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With 21st-century life becoming faster, louder and more connected than ever before, Norwegian Cruise Line offer the perfect escape to the best destinations around the world, complete with some of the most unique onboard entertainment at sea. From race cars, laser tag and high-rope courses during the day to Broadway-style shows and parties in the evening, no matter whether you're travelling alone, as a couple or family, time spent onboard with NCL is nothing short of amazing. Complete with more dining choices than you can imagine, incredible pool decks and even luxurious spas, you'll never want your NCL cruise to end. Plus, with NCL's Free at Sea upgrade option, you can access a selection of incredible benefits, including premium beverages and speciality dining!

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Gourmet cuisine and superb service can be enjoyed across NCL's many dining venues where the choice is endless, with menus offering international cuisine including French, Italian, pan-Asian, American, Brazilian, Japanese and more. From sophisticated dinners to light bites, grilled plates or on-the-go choices, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

Norwegian Cruise Line prides itself on offering flexibility with no fixed dining times so you can eat where you want, when you want and with who you want. You can expect:

  • An incredible choice of flexible dining venues with up to 21 options on each ship
  • Formal, informal and casual dining options
  • No fixed dining times or pre-assigned seating
  • 24 hour room service, offering a great choice of in-room dining (available at an additional cost)

As the pioneer of freestyle cruising, Norwegian Cruise Line continues to offer one of the best selections of dining choices at sea. Whatever your mood or fancy there is something available for you. Find a great balance of formal, informal and casual dress codes depending on the day or evening. Whether it’s breaking out your dickie bow or favourite cocktail dress for an evening of elegance, or you want to relax in comfy clothes after a full day of activities, the choice is yours.

The Garden Café

The Garden Café is the popular casual dining venue onboard most of Norwegian Cruise Line's ships (onboard Norwegian Spirit this restaurant is called Raffles Court, onboard Norwegian Star it is called the Market Café and onboard the Pride of America the restaurant is called the Aloha Café). The restaurant offers a laid back atmosphere, indoor and outdoor dining and a fantastic selection of freshly prepared food including pasta dishes, omelettes, salads and more. You will also find 24 hour casual dining onboard all of NCL's ships.

Main Dining Rooms

Norwegian Cruise Line offers two main dining rooms, offering the traditional three course gourmet cuisine that you would expect on a cruise. Whether heading there for a table service breakfast, a long lunch or a sumptuous evening meal, the elegant surroundings, great service and superb cuisine has meant that the dining rooms have remained a favourite, even with all the choice onboard!

Speciality Dining

NCL offers a selection of speciality restaurants onboard their ships which can be enjoyed for a small service charge or a la carte. These venues offer more choice, intimate surroundings and something a little different during your cruise. Moderno Churrascaria is a Brazilian-style grill, offering a superb variety of meat carved right at your table. There is the Steakhouse, offering the finest cuts of beef and seafood, as well as Italian, French, Asian and Teppanyaki and more restaurants to choose from. Before you book, check to see which of these great venues are available onboard your ship of choice!

Alternatively, if you opt for NCL's Free at Sea option, you can access speciality dining within your upgrade. The number of meals included is, determined by the length of your cruise and dependent on the stateroom you opt for. With Free at Sea Plus, you'll be able to access the same dining benefits as Free at Sea, with the added perk of 2 additional speciality meals (plus some extras to the other included packages).

Themed Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line offers an exciting collection of specialist cruises, on which passengers can not only enjoy meals and wine with well-known figures from the wine industry, but they can also attend presentations and talks held by experts. Popular among those who seek to enhance their knowledge of wine, this is the perfect opportunity to get your questions answered, and to taste or purchase selected bottles. You can also experience concerts onboard with music cruises and more!


Find award winning entertainment across Norwegian Cruise Line’s innovative fleet that will keep guests of all ages amused. From phenomenal shows to casual bars or livelier nights of dancing, every guest will be sure to remember their evenings onboard the ship.

  • Live music- enjoy all genres of music from rock to sing-along piano performances and long-running tribute acts.
  • Broadway Shows- make the most of award-winning shows even when you’re at sea, such as Burn The Floor.
  • Parties- themed events, sailaway deck parties and nights of dancing are guaranteed on your NCL cruise.
  • Comedy- for those who like stand-up shows, Headliners Comedy Club on Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Escape is the place to go.
  • Bars- with up to 21 bars and lounges to choose from on each ship, you won’t have to go to the same place twice (unless you want to!). Whether you want to sip your cocktail as you admire the sunset, sample some of the finest beers and whiskeys at sea or get your dancing shoes on, there’s a venue that’s exactly what you’re looking for.


A Norwegian Cruise Line cruise really is the perfect family holiday where you can spend quality time together, as well as some peaceful moments apart.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Kids clubs

  • Guppies- for those cruise passengers aged between 6 months and three years old, Norwegian Cruise Line's Guppies programme provides the perfect way for children to bond and learn new skills. Guppies provides quality time for parents and children as parents are required at all times. The programme offers up to two hours per day of child care where little ones can enjoy nursery rhymes, sensory play and much more. Norwegian Escape offers a drop-off Guppies nursery service for a fee.
  • Splash Academy- divided into Turtles for 3-5 years, Seals for 6-9 years and Dolphins for 10-12 years, NCL Splash Academy offers everything from arts and crafts to pyjama parties, theme nights, sports games, challenges and storytelling. This programme is active, energetic, educational and, most importantly, fun. Children involved in any of the child care programmes will be under the constant supervision of carefully chosen, qualified staff. Each member of the childcare team attends a special training course on safety, communication skills and confidence-building.
  • Entourage- Teens aged 13-17 can enjoy their own private hang out area which switches from a relaxing lounge in the day to a club at night, there is plenty to keep them occupied. With so many activities, including video game tournaments, movie nights, pool parties and workshops, fun is guaranteed.

The Kids’ Clubs are open from 9am until 10:30pm on Sea Days, from 8pm until 10pm on embarkation day and on port days from departure until 10:30pm. Though the kids clubs are free to join, the group babysitting for children 3 - 12 years is fee based, with more information available onboard. This offering varies by ship and subject to change.

Each child's name, stateroom number, allergies, medications and lifeboat station numbers are written on the back of a Kid's Crew ID bracelets. Teenagers are free to come and go as they please, while children 12 years and younger are not allowed to leave the program unless picked up by a parent.

Norwegian Cruise Line Activities

No other cruise line does family holidays like NCL. There are endless things to see and do whilst cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line's colourful and fun packed fleet. Find race tracks, virtual reality immersive experiences, aqua parks, rope courses, climbing walls, sports courts, bowling alleys and lots more - and that’s just onboard, as the fun and adventure continues onshore with exciting port calls and shore excursions.

If you want to use the cruise holiday to really bring everyone together, other family activities include family games and fun with the onboard entertainment team.

Norwegian Cruise Line Accommodation

The whole family can have happy dreams onboard with Norwegian Cruise Line as there is a range of flexible and adaptable accommodation on offer. Choose from family cabins, connecting cabin doors or even luxurious suites in The Haven by Norwegian®. Some family cabins are even specifically located near the kids’ areas to make life onboard that little bit easier.


Norwegian Cruise Line sails to a variety of international destinations, offering no-fly and fly cruise options. Whether you opt to venture to the beautiful state of Alaska, that’s known for its glistening glaciers and extraordinary wildlife, to Greece for its historic and picturesque streets or the tranquil and tropical islands of the Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line has the perfect getaway for you. With award-winning ships that boast unique amenities and features, such as floor-to-ceiling windows that are perfect for sightseeing, you can travel to these breathtaking destinations amongst others in style.

If you’re planning on opting for a no-fly cruise, NCL sails from Portsmouth and Southampton, to destinations such as the awe-inspiring Norwegian Fjords, Europe and Iceland. Or if you’re looking for a fly cruise, you can start your getaway with a flight from a range of UK airports, including Gatwick, Glasgow and Belfast. Not only does Norwegian Cruise Line offer cruises that start in the Mediterranean, Greece and the USA, but as many of the ships are based in the USA, you could sail to the Pacific Coast, Mexico, South America and the Panama Canal.

Read our blog - Top Things to do in Iceland to find out more about what you can do whilst exploring Iceland on a Norwegian Cruise Line getaway. Alternatively, you can explore our blogs - Why You Should Choose NCL The Haven and 10 Must-Visit Cruise Line Private Islands to find out more about the exclusive retreat area and Norwegian Cruise Line's private island.

Things to do

Norwegian Cruise Line is at the forefront of bringing some of the most exciting and innovative activities to guests on the high seas. Thanks to this forward-thinking cruise line, you can enjoy some of the most unique cruise ship experiences, no matter where in the world you are. Whether you’re suspended above the Caribbean Sea on a high-ropes course or racing around the go-kart track as you sail across the Mediterranean, there’s nothing more memorable than a journey on one of the incredible ships in this fleet. Other activities for thrill seekers range from the exhilarating slides at the onboard waterpark to the stunning views from the top of the climbing wall, sports complex and state-of-the-art fitness centre.

However, not everything has to be about getting your adrenaline pumping as there is plenty to suit those looking to slow the pace down a little. Choose to relax by the pool, get pampered at the Mandara Spa or enjoy a leisurely game of mini-golf if you like a bit of competition.

No matter what you choose to do, one thing’s for sure- you’ll create memories you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Useful Information

Norwegian Cruise Line Suites

Offering suites with space for 2 to 8 people, The Haven makes sure that no matter what size your group, you'll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of a spacious room throughout your cruise. What's more, with a dedicated butler and special touches including priority boarding and 24-hour room service, you'll feel like a VIP from the moment your cruise begins.

  • Deluxe Owner's Suite- offering one or two balconies depending on the ship, you'll have more than enough space for five guests to dine, sleep and relax as you soak up the sweeping ocean views. For even more space, choose a Deluxe Owner's Suite which sleeps up to six guests.
  • Penthouse Suite- featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a balcony and stylish indoors areas for sleeping, dining and winding down, make the most of your time at sea with a Penthouse Suite, sleeping up to six.
  • Family Suite- sleeping up to six guests, all the family can enjoy spending time together in these dedicated suites, or choose a 2-bedroom suite so everyone can have their own space.
  • Garden Villa- designed to accommodate up to eight guests, you'll forget you're at sea in this spacious villa complete with private terrace, stylish and contemporary décor and three separate bedrooms.

Free at Sea

With NCL’s Free at Sea option, you can enjoy a wide selection of perks including Premium Beverages, Speciality Dining and more.

Premium Beverages:

  • Select, premium cocktails & spirits under $15
  • A variety of different wines (by the glass) and beer under $15
  • 20% off all bottles of wine and champagne
  • Unlimited soft drinks and juices

Speciality Dining:

  • 3-6 night cruises - 1 meal (all cabin categories)
  • 7-11 night cruises - 1 meal (Studio/Inside/Oceanview cabins)
  • 7-11 night cruises - 2 meals (Balcony cabins and above)
  • 12 + night cruises - 2 meals (Studio/Inside/Oceanview cabins)
  • 12+ night cruises - 3 meals (Balcony and above)

Applicable for up to 2 guests


  • $50 per tour (for 1st guest)


  • 3 - 6 night cruises - 75 minutes per person
  • 7-11 night cruises - 150 minutes per person
  • 12+ night cruises - 300 minutes per person

Please note: the Premium Beverages Package, and other Free at Sea inclusions are subject to change.

Free at Sea Plus

Alternatively, you can opt for Free at Sea Plus. Elevating your cruise experience to the next level, you’ll be able to access even more perks, from unlimited Wi-Fi to shore excursion discounts and more!

Premium Beverages:

  • Unlimited soft drinks, juices, still & sparkling bottled water
  • Speciality drinks, including Starbucks coffee
  • Energy drinks
  • All top-shelf spirits and cocktails
  • All white wine, red wine and NCL’s exclusive rose champagne by the glass, alongside beers
  • Select premium bottles of wine included with dinner - alongside the exclusive NCL rose champagne
  • 40% off other bottles of wine not included in the above

Speciality Dining:

With Free at Sea Plus, you’ll not only be able to enjoy the speciality dining benefits of Free at Sea, but 2 additional meals on top!


  • An additional $50 per tour for the 2nd guest

NCL Give Back

Norwegian Cruise Line are continuously striving for a more sustainable future in cruising. Through their extraordinary global sustainability programme, Sail & Sustain, they aim at preserving the natural beauty of the world along with driving a positive impact on society.

Alongside Sail & Sustain, Norwegian Cruise Line’s ESG (environmental, social and governance) strategy has five key pillars, including empowering and strengthening local communities, sailing safety, reducing the impact that they have on the environment and ensuring that they operate with accountability and integrity at all times.

Loyalty scheme

After you’ve enjoyed your first cruise with NCL, you will be automatically enrolled in the Latitudes Rewards Programme. With this programme, you’ll be able to access a wide range of incredible rewards, from members-only offers to extraordinary onboard experiences and other tempting savings. Another bonus is that the more you cruise with NCL, the more rewards you’ll receive.

Norwegian Cruise Line Top FAQs

  • The onboard currency used across the Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet us the US dollar ($)

  • Included in your Norwegian Cruise Line fare is:

    • Your stateroom
    • Kids and teens clubs
    • Complimentary dining venues
    • Entertainment
    • Pools
    • Gym
    • Sports activities

    There is also the option of NCL's 'Free at Sea' add on, which includes a wide variety of benefits, from premium beverages to speciality dining and shore excursion discounts!

  • Norwegian Cruise Line lets you cruise your way with a more relaxed approach than many other cruise lines. Here, there is no fixed dress code, formal nights or dinner sittings. Instead, your cruise holiday experience is what you make it.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line are very relaxed and have a great number of family-friendly entertainment and activities. A majority of the customers are usually Americans and people looking for an informal cruise experience thanks to NCL’s freedom and flexibility style.

  • Yes, the Latitudes Programme is based on how many nights you cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line from your first cruise onwards automatically. For more info on the criteria and benefits, please see here.

Food and Drink

  • NCL provide room service 24 hours a day. Their expanded room service menu offers breakfast as well as lunch, dinner and snack options. Individual items on the menu are complimentary but a $7.95 service charge is added to each order with the exception of morning coffees, continental breakfasts and any orders by guests staying in the Haven.

  • Please inform us when enquiring for or booking your NCL cruise so we can best advise you on any special dietary needs such as food allergies, Kosher of gluten-free meals. We need to inform the cruise ship a minimum of 30 days’ in advance of your cruise to prepare for your specific dietary needs.

  • Yes, there is a very popular NCL children’s menu with something for even the fussiest eater- even better, if you want to enjoy a dining experience in a speciality restaurant, the kids can still pick free from the children’s menu if they so wish.

  • Yes, there is a restaurant open 24 hours a day on all Norwegian Cruise Line's ships as well as the option to order room service – look out for O’Sheehan’s or The Local.

  • Yes, the tap water is safe to drink.

Families and Kids

  • Yes, Norwegian Cruise Line are an exceptionally popular cruise line for families with lots of entertainment and activities for children of all ages. A highlight of this are the children’s pools ranging from plunge pools to water slides, fountains and splash pools for little ones.

  • NCL have four kid’s clubs called Splash academy and a separate teens’ zone called Entourage. These activities are complimentary and work on a drop-off, pick up basis.

    • Guppies- 6months to 3 years
    • Turtles- 3 to 5 years
    • Seals- 6 to 9 years
    • Dolphins- 10 to 12 years
    • Entourage- 13 to 17 years

    In addition, NCL also offer baby-sitting services plus late-night and port day activities for a fee and are best to book in advance to reserve your spot.

  • Yes, all NCL cruise ships are equipped for those who require special assistance and accessible facilities, this includes children’s’ entertainment and facilities. Please contact us if you have any queries about this.

  • Children must be at least 6 months old at the day of sailing unless spending 3 or more consecutive days at sea. In this case, the age limit is raised to 12 months.

  • Located on the top deck, Spice H2O is an adults-only area that serves as a relaxing outdoor pool and bar space during the day and cool deck party at night.

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