One of the rising stars among popular cruise ship lines is NCL Cruise Line, the home of “Freestyle Cruising”. Freestyle Cruising means that you’re not restricted to schedules on board and you’re free to enjoy the amenities on a Norwegian cruise the way YOU want to.
Feeling hungry at 2 in the morning? No problem…go eat something! The restaurants are open for you whenever you’re hungry. There are no dress codes, nobody tells you where to sit. And with a multitude of restaurants, bars, lounges and amenities, you’ll be free to choose exactly what you want to do as well as when you want to do it. Here’s a look at what you can choose to do on 5 Norwegian cruise ships…
The Norwegian Jewel cruise ship boasts Garden and Courtyard Villas that it calls the biggest and most luxurious suites in the business, in addition to their ‘standard’ selection of connected staterooms, suites and penthouse accommodations. You’ll find 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges as well as 24 hour room service that’s available on all NCL ships. Not bad!
For the kids, the Jewel offers Splashdown Kid’s Club and the Sapphire Kid’s pool. The Underground Teen’s Club is also available. As for general features, you’ll find several pools, hot tubs and spa, casino, fitness center, chapel, basketball/volleyball/tennis court, art gallery, arcade, shopping, library and meeting rooms. The Jewel can take you to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Egypt or the Greek Islands depending on the time of year.
The Norwegian Spirit cruise ship has 300 ‘family friendly’ connected staterooms and nearly 600 ocean view staterooms with balconies. You get a variety of pools and hot tubs, 10 bars/lounges, 9 restaurants, a karaoke bar and disco. You also get a spa, arcade, library, stores and salons, conference areas, chapel, theater, jogging track, basketball court and golf driving net. A Norwegian Spirit cruise can take you along the East coast to the Caribbean, New England or eastern Canada.
The Norwegian Sun cruise ship gives you 5 hot tubs to choose from, pools for the kids and adults, 12 restaurants and 10 bars and lounges. Of course there’s a spa and casino; there’s also a conference center, library, art gallery, chapel, fitness center, jogging track, basketball and volleyball court, golf driving net and internet cafe. You can enjoy these while your Norwegian Sun cruise takes you to the Caribbean, Europe, the Panama canal or South America.
The Norwegian Star cruise ship boasts Rooftop Garden Villas that give you 3 bedrooms and a baby grand piano! If you don’t know how to play it, try the 13 restaurants, 10 bars, 6 hot tubs and pools. Or visit the casinos, boardroom, library, spa, fitness center, basketball/volleyball court, golf driving net, theater, jogging track, internet cafe, chapel or games room. The Norwegian Star cruise will take you to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal or on a Pacific Coast weekend trip.
Last up is the Pride of America cruise ship. It’s the first US-flagged cruise ship in 50 years and is Americana-themed from stem to stern. It has the usual mix of staterooms, suites and penthouse rooms, pools and hot tubs. You’ll also find 11 restaurants and 9 bars/lounges, meeting rooms, an arcade, internet cafe, library, card playing room, art gallery, fitness center, theater, basketball/volleyball/tennis court, jogging track and golf driving net. It cruises Hawaii exclusively on various 7-day itineraries.