For those who enjoy cruising, no cruise company sets the bar higher than Norwegian Cruise Lines based out of Miami, Florida, and best known for their concept of freestyle cruising. Free style cruising allows cruisers to be in control of every aspect of their cruising experience – as there are no timed itineraries that tend to interfere with the fun on a traditional cruise ship – such as a set time for dinner, seating arrangements, and formal attire requirements just to have a good meal! And with Norwegian Cruise Lines freestyle cruising options, you have the ability to get into your cabin on the day that you embark from port whenever you're ready – unlike other cruise companies that make you wait in line for hours. That means that if you get there early, you can check in, unpack and get to know the ship instead of waiting for the cabin to be opened.
Origins of Norwegian Cruise Lines
Founded in 1966 with only one ship in their "fleet", Norwegian Cruise Lines soon became known for their low-cost cruises to the Caribbean. Fast forward four decades and NCL is still sailing to the Caribbean – and over 150 other exciting ports-of-call on five continents, including Alaska, South America, Europe, Hawaii, Bermuda and other hot-spots. Over sixty itineraries make it easy for the avid cruiser to find a cruise that is right for them, with departures from cities from New York to Seattle and everywhere in between. Cruisers who have been around the block love Norwegian Cruise Lines modern and continuously updated cruise ships that feature all the amenities that makes for a memorable cruise.
Economical Cruising on NCL
With the economy uncertain, there has never been a better time to book a cruise aboard any of Norwegian Cruise Line's luxurious ships – prices have never been better – and NCL offers the best facilities, onboard services, and entertainment of any ship on the water. Once you have decided on a location, finding a good deal is easy. Most travel agents and agencies offer cruise holiday packages, so shopping around is definitely important when you are looking for economic cruises. When booking a cruise, the best way to save money is to book early or book late. Booking early can help you find early bird discounts, upgraded cabins at no extra cost, onboard credits for various ships, and the best selection of cabins. If you are planning to travel during peak cruising season, booking early is ideal; book at least six months ahead of time to get a cabin with an ocean view or balcony, or if you want to go aboard a ship that has a particular itinerary. Early bird cruises can cost significantly more than those purchased later on in the season, and since ships fill up fast, you are guaranteed to get the cruise you want. When booking late to save, you have to be certain that your travel dates are flexible and that you are willing to take an inside cabin as most outside cabins fill up quickly. Many travel agencies will pre-book cabins in advance and let them go at outrageously low prices the closer it comes to the date of departure in order to avoid losing money – usually within the final three weeks prior to setting sail.