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Norwegian Cruise Line - An Introduction
 
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Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 46-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of its signature Freestyle Cruising. Challenging the conventional model of cruising, this on-board program is designed to meet the changing needs of today’s cruise passengers. It offers Norwegian passengers a more relaxed, resort-style cruise product with complete flexibility and non-intrusive service of the highest standard. Hallmarks of the innovative on-board program include up to 20 places to eat (from casual to elegant), open seating and extended hours in the main restaurants, “resort-casual” attire each night, simplified tipping procedures, and a more leisurely disembarkation procedure.

Today, Norwegian invites guests to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of 12 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for the fifth consecutive year.

The Company took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway on April 25, 2013. Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city, sailing to Bermuda in the summer and to the Bahamas and Caribbean in the winter. Norwegian Breakaway’s features include hull art by legendary artist Peter Max, seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, bakery by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss,” and fitness classes and a retrospective display from the ship’s iconic godmothers, the Rockettes®. The entertainment lineup includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy. Sister ship Norwegian Getaway, currently under construction at Meyer Werft will be the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami and will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February 2014. The Company also has one larger “Breakaway Plus” vessel on order for delivery in the fall of 2015, with the option for a second ship.

The Company’s largest ship, the 4,100 passenger Norwegian Epic has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row and “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic.

Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert, the official cruise line partner of The GRAMMY Awards and is an official partner of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall.
Only Norwegian offers Freestyle Cruising®, giving you the freedom and flexibility to do what you want, when you want. With the most dining options at sea, dazzling entertainment and exciting onboard activities, there’s plenty of ways to make your vacation one for the record books. Bask in the bright lights of Broadway with performances like Rock of Ages. Go wild with our Nickelodeon™ activities. Tickle your funny bone with The Second City. Or get lucky at our award-winning Casinos at Sea®. As the “World’s Leading Large-Ship Cruise Line,” we promise a vacation like no other. Get ready to Cruise Like a Norwegian®.

Freestyle Dining is where Freestyle Cruising begins. Sit down to a four-course meal and a fine wine. Or grab a burger hot off the grill. Dress up. Dress down. Sit with your friends or make new ones. You'll find more dining options than days of your cruise, and you're free to enjoy them all on your own schedule.
Key Selling Points
  • Norwegian offers Freestyle Cruising, which challenges the conventional model of cruising and is designed to meet the changing needs of today’s cruise passengers. Freestyle Cruising is characterized, in particular, by having no fixed dining times, no formal dress codes, up to 20 different dining experiences (from relaxed to elegant), relaxed disembarkation and even more lounges, bars, theatres and other entertainment and activity options.
  • Norwegian offers cruises from 11 U.S./Canadian ports: Boston, New York, Miami, Tampa, Port Canaveral, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Seattle, Quebec and Vancouver.
  • Norwegian’s innovative Villas consist of Courtyard Villas, Garden Villas, and Deluxe Owner’s Suites, which are located on the top two decks of each Jewel-class and Epic-class ship. Guests in these luxurious accommodations can enjoy a private haven while still experiencing all the amenities, and Freestyle flexibility, of a big ship.
  • The only cruise to four Hawaii islands in seven days year-round. Capture the Aloha spirit at our luau show which was voted the "Best Luau Show in Hawaii" by Lonely Planet. Nearly 100 hours in port on your Hawaii cruise – more than double any other cruise line. You get the option of overnights in both Maui and Kauai as well as visits to Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. You'll be on island time as you discover cascading waterfalls, active volcanoes, black, green and white sand beaches, historic sites and unspoiled nature. And if you're a golfer, we've partnered with some of the best golf courses on all four islands.