Freestyle Cruising 101

So, what exactly is freestyle cruising you ask? Well, freestyle cruising means passengers have the freedom to choose when to dine, when to dress to the nines or go casual, when relax or when to party, and even when to disembark. In a nutshell, freestyle allows the passenger to control what he or she does and when, not a set schedule like most ships.

With freestyle cruising, there are no schedules and accommodations are much more flexible. This means, passengers will have their pick of an excellent assortment of accommodation types. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is the leader in freestyle cruising, so it seems like the right thing to do to tell you about what NCL has to offer.

On Norwegian Cruise Line, passengers can select from 3-bedroom rooftop Garden Villas, inside staterooms, and large family suites. Accommodations are comparable aboard all NCL ships, with the exception of NCL’s latest edition – Norwegian Epic. Epic is the line’s largest and most innovative ship yet, complete with room for 4,100 and entertainment that is out of this world. Norwegian’s Epic features Blue Man Group, Cirque, and an authentic ice bar that must be seen to be believed. NCL’s other super vessels include:

Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Star
Norwegian Sun
Pride of America

Another top dog in the Norwegian fleet is Norwegian Gem. The sister ship to Norwegian Pearl features 12 restaurants (and 24-hour room service), 11 bars and lounges, a four-lane, mood-lit bowling alley, exclusive courtyard villas and garden villas, and inter-connecting staterooms (excellent for families or groups). Besides mood-lit bowling, other onboard activities include: bungee trampoline, yoga, kick-boxing, swimming, spinning, shopping, relaxing at the spa, and jogging, to name a few. Norwegian Gem’s itineraries range from the Bahamas and Florida, to the Caribbean and Europe. This ship also offers one and two-day cruises around New York City!

With so many bars and lounges onboard, one might expect the nightlife to be lively aboard NCL Cruise Lines ships’ and you guessed right! Its not just about the bars and lounges here though, Norwegian Cruise Line happens to house the best casinos at sea in the industry. In fact, Norwegian is the only cruise line with certified slots. How about that?

When you are not at the spa, playing the slots, or shopping, you may find yourself on one of NCL Cruise Lines many exciting shore excursions in a number of popular destinations. If you decide to go on an excursion, here’s what you can expect: biking, diving, golfing, hiking, snorkeling, surfing, exploring, and partying!

NCL Cruise Lines destinations include: Alaska, Bermuda, Bahamas and Florida, the Caribbean, Canada & New England, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coastal, the Panama Canal, and South America. The costs for Norwegian cruises depend on a wide variety of factors including, but not limited to accommodations, destinations, season, length of trip, ship, booking time and method, etc.

To book a freestyle NCL Cruise vaction, visit the official NCL website at for details. You can also contact NCL Cruise Lines directly by calling 1-866-234-0292. You can also contact your local cruise travel specialist or visit any discount booking search engines listed below for some of the best NCL Cruise Line deals available today!

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