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The inside scoop on NCL

The inside scoop on NCL

When people hear the name Norwegian Cruise Line, many think of breathtaking, icy voyages around the fjords of Scandinavia. And those people wouldn't be wrong; NCL does offer incredibly scenic voyages around the more chilly parts of the globe - but that's far from all that Norwegian Cruise Line delivers.

For a start, they range much further abroad than their name might suggest. From the frozen vistas of Alaska to the sun-drenched islands and hills of the Mediterranean to familiar destinations much closer to home, Norwegian Cruise Line introduces holidaymakers to some of the most beautiful corners of the world. And don't worry - if your heart is set on the Norwegian fjords, they cruise there too.

There's a lot more to NCL than just the destinations it sails to of course. This is a cruise line which sets itself apart from the pack in all kinds of exciting ways.

  • Studio Staterooms specially designed for solo travellers. Cruising solo can often be pricey but this option takes the sting out of striking out on your own at sea. 
  • Families will find plenty to love about Norwegian Cruise Line. Opting for connecting cabins gives kids and parents the chance to enjoy a little space while still staying close. Then of course there's the epic entertainment options, with some NCL ships even featuring race tracks and virtual reality arcades.
  • Freestyle dining does away with the traditional cruise standbys of set mealtimes and assigned seating; it's your vacation, no one should be able to tell you how to enjoy it!
  • The Norwegian Jewel is homeported in Australia, so it's easy for Down Under cruisers to jump aboard an NCL cruise and set out on a quick escape around Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific without having to pay a fortune in flights.

Norwegian pearl

The fleet

Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet is one of the most innovative in the world. Designed with their signature Freestyle philosophy in mind, these ships facilitate flexibility and freedom, ensuring that each traveller gets exactly what they want out of their cruise. From the luxurious "Jewel Class" (pioneered by our very own Norwegian Jewel) to the beautiful, wide-ranging "Sun Class", these are vessels specially crafted to give each passenger the dream cruise that they envisioned. Plus, NCL has one of the most distinctive looking fleets in the world - make your friends jealous with holiday snaps that not only showcase the beautiful places you visit, but the striking ship you're cruising on.

Cirque on NCL

Activities and entertainment

Norwegian Cruise Line Doesn't deal in half measures when it comes to entertainment. Some of the biggest names in musicals can be found onboard: rock out to Rock of Ages on Norwegian Breakaway, take in the big-hearted glamour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert aboard Norwegian Epic or witness Legends in Concert on the Norwegian Pearl. No matter which ship you're on, the shows are sure to be top notch.

If you'd rather be diving into fun activities than lazing by the pool (or you have kids looking for fun stuff to do) NCL has you covered. The Aqua Park is always a popular place to cool off on a warm day, hortling down breathtaking waterslides or splashing in shallower waters. Adults even have their own poolside space to relax without the chaos of kids, at Spice H2O. There's also sports facilities so you can challenge friends or family and work off that second buffet lunch.

Ships like Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss take activities to the next level with an elaborate go-kart race track and virtual reality arcade - some of the most elaborate entertainment at sea.

 

Destinations

In keeping with their ethos of freedom and choice, Norwegian Cruise Lines offer a massive range of top quality experiences around the world. The Norwegian Jewel majors in Australasian and South Pacific cruises of course but if you want to head a little further afield there are plenty of opportunities for far flung adventures. Whether you're dying to experience the rugged majesty of the North in Alaska or Norway, or you plan to work on your tan as you glide amidst Caribbean isles or down the Mexican Riviera, you'll find that NCL has a voyage that's perfectly suited to your idea of an ideal cruise. Panama, Hawaii, Argentina, San Francisco, Bermuda, Greece, Venice... the sheer variety of experiences on offer is a little staggering. But far from being intimidating, it's simple to search for the cruise that best suits you - the only difficulty you'll have is deciding what you want to do first.

 

Intrigued? Take a peek at where Norwegian Cruise Line could carry you on your next amazing cruise holiday.

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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