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Caribbean: Great Stirrup Cay & Dominican Republic from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

30th Mar 2024 | 7 nights | Norwegian Cruise Line | Norwegian Escape

Freestyle dining - no fixed times
Solo Inside, Oceanview & Balcony Cabins on every ship
Puerto Plata
Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas
Road Town, Tortola
Great Stirrup Cay
Freestyle dining - no fixed times
Solo Inside, Oceanview & Balcony Cabins on every ship
30th Mar 2024 Saturday
Port Canaveral, Florida
31st Mar 2024 Sunday
At Sea
1st Apr 2024 Monday
Puerto Plata
2nd Apr 2024 Tuesday
Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas
3rd Apr 2024 Wednesday
Road Town, Tortola
4th Apr 2024 Thursday
At Sea
5th Apr 2024 Friday
Great Stirrup Cay
6th Apr 2024 Saturday
Port Canaveral, Florida

There's nothing subtle about Norwegian Escape, which you'll notice before you even board the cruise ship. The hull art, designed by artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, is a bold yet beautiful, in-your-face marine wildlife scene that spans more than 1,000 feet from bow to stern. Once onboard, you'll be captivated by the glitzy three-level 678 Ocean Place; virtually all the action at night takes place at its various restaurants and bars. Even the top decks of the ship are bold, with a ropes course and four water slides that are sure to make your heart race.

Escape is ideal for people looking for stellar theatre entertainment and variety. Broadway-quality performances, in the form of two shows ("After Midnight" and "For the Record: The Brat Pack"), are pitch-perfect. The music and performers are flawless and among the best we've seen at sea.

When it comes to the variety of activities, Escape is a winner. With 28 bars and restaurants onboard, most people will have to sail twice to try out everything. Everyone will be able to find something that appeals. Latin food? Check. An incredible brew pub that feels so genuine you'll forget you're on a ship? It's got that, too. An indoor-outdoor dining concept, called The Waterfront, which allows passengers to dine seaside? It's there. A first-at-sea Margaritaville? Yep.

With so much going on, the ship can -- and does -- get loud. Loud music, loud people, loud venues. Crowds, too, are noticeable, especially at peak periods around dinner and at show times, when everyone is clamouring for the same things at the same time.

At full capacity, the ship can hold 5,218 passengers, most of whom are from the United States. You'll find yourself sharing the ship primarily with couples and groups of friends, with families and little ones dominant during the holidays and summer breaks.

While Escape preaches a "freestyle" cruise experience, reservations are highly recommended and help reduce wait times, though expect lines to be part of the Norwegian Escape experience no matter what.

Daytime: Casual, with swimsuits, shorts and T-shirts poolside and around the ship.

Evening: There's generally no formal dress code (though there is an optional elegant night). Khakis and collared shirts are the norm for men in the evening, while women wear sundresses or blouses with capris, slacks or skirts.

Not permitted: Shorts are not allowed at some of the more upscale restaurants, such as Cagney's and Bayamo.



Day & Night

  • Daytime schedules are packed with trivia, pub games, animal towel-folding demos, drink tastings, live music performances, water park and ropes course open hours, and other activities
  • Evenings are full of energy, with Broadway-caliber shows, a plethora of bars, game shows and Norwegian's popular top-deck dance parties
  • Massive casino with a variety of table games, slot machines and tournaments
  • O'Sheehan's features two duckpin bowling lanes, open throughout the day

You'll find various forms of entertainment going on all over the ship at any time of day. During the day, passengers who aren't outside sunbathing or cooling off at the Aqua Park have their fair share of indoor activities, most of which are free of charge. The buzzing, glowing arcade, on the other hand, with its vast array of games, costs extra.

At night, activity centres around the main atrium and other lounges, where you'll find trivia, music, dancing, the hilarious "Perfect Couple Game Show" and live bands. Evening karaoke is another popular activity. 

Norwegian Cruise Line offers some of the best theatre productions in the industry, and Escape is no exception. The two-deck Escape Theater hosts the bulk of formal entertainment options onboard, including the Broadway show, "After Midnight" and the comedic adults-only "For the Record: The Brat Pack," a musical that's based on John Hughes movies from the '80s. Reservations for the shows, which are free, can be made by visiting the adjacent box office or using your in-cabin TV or touch-screen monitors located throughout the ship.

There is no disco onboard, so dance action takes place in Spice H2O, where the resident DJ spins dance tracks into the wee hours of the morning. Norwegian is famous for its Glow Parties, which take place in Spice H2O on select nights and are sometimes family-centric.

Norwegian Escape Bars and Lounges

Whether you're in the mood for handcrafted cocktails or craft beer, Norwegian Escape offers a place for every taste, each with a personality of its own.

Highlights include:

Skyline Bar (Deck 7): Located adjacent to the Escape Casino, the Skyline Bar is a wide-open space with multiple LED screens projecting cityscapes on the walls. It is the largest of the lounges onboard and features in-bar video poker and live entertainment at night.

O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill (Deck 7): The centrally located pub is a popular spot for food and drinks onboard. In the bar area, you'll also find pool, darts, Skee-Ball, video games and two duckpin bowling lanes. All games require an additional fee. TVs abound in all areas, and sports are broadcast throughout.

Prime Meridian Bar (Deck 8): Sitting gracefully between the ship's two steakhouses is Prime Meridian, a compass-shaped bar. It's ideal for those looking to imbibe in a low-key atmosphere, as the space never tends to get too crowded.

Sugarcane Mojito Bar (Deck 8): Next to Bayamo, you'll see the Cuban-inspired Sugarcane glowing green under enchanting palm tree pillars. It's a relatively small bar, so the wait time can get extremely long at night -- but it's worth it, for a unique-flavoured mojito such as pineapple coconut, raspberry guava and jalapeno cucumber.

Cellars Wine Bar (Deck 8): Through the line's partnership with the Michael Mondavi family, Cellars Wine Bar is an oenophile's dream, with a curated wine list that includes 35 varietals from all over the world, as well as service from a certified sommelier. The refined venue also offers tastings and courses for a fee.

Tobacco Road Liquor Bar (Deck 8): Norwegian features an at-sea version of Tobacco Road, once Miami's oldest bar -- now sadly defunct -- that's a seductive place to hang out among leather couches and try a handcrafted cocktail.

The Humidor (Deck 8): Adjacent to Tobacco Road, this aptly named venue is simply the indoor smoking area and cigar bar, which also leads out onto the open Waterfront.

5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar (Deck 8): The 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar is part of the iconic Jimmy Buffett franchise. It exudes a laid-back Caribbean-inspired atmosphere, both indoors and outdoors on The Waterfront. A stage in the back is home to a house band that plays a mixture of reggae and up-tempo tunes.

District Brew House (Deck 8): Norwegian Cruise Line nailed the draft pub concept with District Brew House, which is complete with a keg room (though nothing is brewed on site), 24 draft beers on tap and more than 50 bottled beers, including some from Miami-based Wynwood Brewing Co. Nights see either a piano player or live band; there's also a photo booth (photos cost $5).

Norwegian Escape Outside Recreation

  • Just two pools to service the entire ship; one additional pool for guests staying in The Haven
  • Top-deck recreation is an adrenaline junkie's dream, with two free-fall water slides, a racing-style water slide and a challenging ropes course

Norwegian Escape's outdoor offerings provide something for everyone -- and every mood, whether that's being lazy by the pool or facing your fears on the free-fall slide.

There are three swimming pools, including the main pool with a shaded hot tub on each side, a smaller all-ages pool with a waterfall feature (not to be confused with the kids' splash area) and one reserved for suite passengers in The Haven. (A quieter hydrotherapy pool can be found in the spa's thermal suite, which requires a day- or weeklong pass.)

Spice H2O (Deck 17), the line's adults-only sun deck, does not have a pool; though passengers can cool off in a walkthrough grotto, by wading in shallow water. Vibe Beach Club (Deck 19) is another adults-only sun deck, but it comes with a fee.

You'll find plenty of other spots for sunning yourself on decks 16, 18 and 20, as well as another hot tub on Deck 19.

Other recreational activities include a mini-golf course, sports courts and the hard-to-miss ropes course, one of the largest at sea. Standout ropes course features include sky rails (akin to ziplines) and two planks that jut out over the side of the ship, 172 feet above the water.

Perhaps the biggest draw to the top deck is the water park on Deck 16. The Aqua Park includes two freefall water slides, where each rider waits in a capsule for the bottom to drop, starting a twisting, heart-pounding plunge. It also includes a tube slide called the Aqua Racer, in which competitors can race side by side in tubes; there's even a clear portion that extends over the side of the ship. An open yellow slide makes for a tamer ride.

Norwegian Escape Services

  • Guest and shore excursion services
  • Future cruise sales
  • Small library and card room
  • Photo gallery
  • Internet cafe (find Norwegian Cruise Line prices here)
  • Shops: designer accessories and clothing, fine jewellery, Norwegian-branded items, toiletries, snacks, duty-free alcohol and tobacco products
  • Laundry service (no self-serve facilities)
  • ATM
  • Medical centre
  • Large selection of body treatment, facial, medi-spa and salon services
  • Frequent spa specials offered, especially on port days
  • Extra-fee thermal suite features heated loungers, a hydrotherapy pool, a steam room, a dry sauna, a samarium (combination sauna and steam room that's not so hot), a salt room and a snow grotto
  • Full fitness centre with lots of Technogym equipment, as well as free weights, a stretching area and two classrooms (one for spinning and another for TRX and aerobics)


The Mandara Spa, with its panoramic ocean views, spans two upper decks. It has 24 treatment rooms, which include two fancy couples' treatment rooms (one with a bath in the room).

The spa offers more than 50 services, including facials, which start at $107 and go up to $325 for the 24-karat gold option; and numerous massages, starting at $107 for a 50-minute Swedish massage. Spa prices are subject to a 20 percent service charge.

The salon offers haircuts and styling, nail treatments and waxing, along with acupuncture, teeth whitening and cosmetic medical treatments, such as Botox and fillers. There is also a barber shop for men, with a beard trim starting at $15.

Norwegian Escape's thermal suite is huge, taking up the whole front of Deck 16 and affording stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Access to the thermal area can be purchased by the day or for a full sailing; anyone who gets a treatment can purchase a same-day discounted day rate.


The Deck 16 fitness centre features equipment including treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals and a weight area. There are also dumbbells (up to 75 pounds), kettlebells (up to 15 pounds) and free weights as well as a Smith machine, which uses weight plates.

Fitness class studios are accessible from the weight area. Extra-fee classes include TRX suspension training, spinning, Boot Camp and Fight Klub boxing. Personal training is also available for an extra cost, but classes like stretching and abs are free.

A jogging track is located on Deck 17. Eight laps equal a mile. Be warned: The jogging track is only one lane, and it butts up against deck chairs and runs close to the entrance of Margaritaville, so if there's a line there (as is often the case), joggers could be tripping over other passengers.

  • More than 25 free and extra-fee dining options, representing American, Japanese, Italian, French, Brazilian and Spanish cuisines
  • Vegetarian options always available in the main dining rooms; cruisers with other special dietary requests should let the cruise line know ahead of time
  • Room service is available 24 hours a day; while morning coffee and continental breakfast is free, all other orders incur a $9.95 charge; passengers staying in The Haven receive complimentary room service 

Norwegian Escape offers a wide variety of restaurants; passengers who don't want to spend extra on meals onboard have plenty of choices. On the flip side, it can be hard to resist the temptation of so many eclectic for-fee options onboard (such as a hibachi restaurant, a Brazilian churrascaria and a French bistro).

The ship doesn't have a main dining room in the traditional sense, where everyone eats at set times in a large venue. Instead, it has a larger restaurant, called the Manhattan Room, and two smaller venues, Taste and Savor, which offer the same menus. Meals are "freestyle," meaning passengers can show up any time the venues are open when it's convenient for them, rather than at set times.

Free Dining

Taste and Savor Restaurants (Deck 6) and the Private Room at Taste (Deck 5)
Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)

These two restaurants, both of which are included in the basic cruise fare, sit across from one another, midship, with Mixx Bar in between. Menus are the same for both, and each layout offers a mix of seating arrangements, with tables for two to six and beyond.

Breakfast fare is simple and continental-style, while the three-course lunch menu includes a mix of eclectic options, such as Vietnamese pho soup and hummus. For dinner, options range from a rotating selection of international dishes, along with some standards that are available every night. Just remember to save room for dessert, as the spread is extensive. 

For an extra fee, designated Chef's Signature Dishes can be paired with selected wine recommendations at lunch and dinner. For large families and groups, the Private Room at Taste offers a more secluded space and can be requested when making dinner reservations.

The Manhattan Room (Deck 7)
Meals: D

Norwegian Escape's Manhattan Room is the largest complimentary dining venue onboard. It's a two-level restaurant with a spacious dance floor taking up a large swath of space near floor-to-ceiling windows at the back of the room. The dinner menu in the Manhattan Room is the same as in Taste and Savor.

O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill (Deck 7)
Meals: B, L, D 

O'Sheehan's is Norwegian's Irish-inspired pub. The space, which overlooks the atrium, is divided into two areas (a larger bar section and a smaller dining section), but the food and drink menus are the same. In the dining section, tables and booths are available, and it's significantly quieter than the bar area. The comfort food-style fare is pretty average when it comes to quality; the plus is the venue is open 24 hours a day.

Garden Cafe (Deck 16):
Meals: B, L, D 

The Garden Cafe is Escape's massive buffet complex. It's designed with stations, which repeat throughout so passengers don't have to do endless laps to make sure they didn't miss anything. This also effectively manages passenger flow, as lines are seldom long.

In the morning, a wide range of breakfast options is available, though they don't vary much from day to day. Lunch options, on the other hand, change each day, though the most popular (the salad and pasta bar, for example) are available every day. Dinner includes carving stations, salad bars and a variety of hot mains and sides. Dessert options abound as well.

The Haven Restaurant (Deck 18)
Meals: B, L, D 

The dedicated restaurant for The Haven's suite passengers is spacious, yet exclusive. Meals are similar to what you'll find on the rest of the ship but are a step up in terms of quality. A sizable seating area is just outside the entrance to the restaurant and makes for a great place to relax with a pre-dinner drink from the bar just steps away.

Pricing was accurate at time of review, but may have changed since.

Margaritaville at Sea (Deck 17); $14.95
Meals: B, L

This at-sea version of Jimmy Buffet's popular land-based eatery boasts a relaxing yet social atmosphere outdoors, only a few steps away from the water park. Menu items, for the most part, have either some type of island flair (Key West omelette with shrimp for breakfast) or Jimmy Buffet theme (Who's to Blame margarita or Cheeseburger in Paradise). The restaurant closes in poor weather.

Teppanyaki (Deck 6); $29.95
Meals: D 

You'll want to book Teppanyaki early, as it's sold out most nights. The hibachi-style restaurant is more like a show, with the chef as the entertainment, and you -- the diners -- as the willing participants. Everyone sits at a square cooking station, which houses two chefs, a large grill/hot plate and 12 people on each side. The chef chops onions, throws eggs into his hat -- and occasionally "at" you -- and prepares the meal in front of your eyes. Theatrics notwithstanding, the food and quality of cooking are outstanding.

Le Bistro (Deck 6); a la carte
Meals: D 

On a casual and laid-back ship like Escape, Le Bistro is the spot to go for slightly upscale dining (the dress code requests no shorts). The venue is French through and through. Dine on the terrace and people-watch from a patio-style area outside the restaurant, or settle into one of the mood-lit tables inside. You can also choose from a selection of wine, or one of Le Bistro's featured cocktails, to pair with your dinner, which includes French classics such as escargot, coq au vin and bouillabaisse.

The Supper Club (Deck 6); $24.99
Meals: L, D 

The Supper Club embodies the slick ambience of dinner theatre with velvety blacks and reds and intimate seating. Here, passengers indulge in a three-course dinner with a show. Shows vary by cruise, with rotating guest performers. One show that's consistent is "Wine Lovers the Musical," a comedic afternoon lunch theatre and wine-tasting experience, held on select afternoons.

Cafe at The Atrium (Deck 6); a la carte
Meals: Snacks 

The cafe serves a variety of speciality coffees, teas and pastries.

Cagney's Steakhouse (Deck 8); a la carte
Meals: D 

Norwegian's signature steakhouse, Cagney's offers indoor and outdoor seating in a traditionally designed setting with dark tones and booth seating. The menu, likewise, offers classic steakhouse dishes spread out among starters, main courses, sides and desserts. Couples looking for a more intimate dining experience should snag a seat outside, at sunset.

Moderno Churrascaria (Deck 8); $29.95
Meals: D 

Moderno Churrascaria, the ship's Brazilian steakhouse, gives diners a great bang for the buck -- with a massive hot and cold salad bar, myriad sides and the popular pao de queijo (cheese bread), all in addition to roving meats dished out by passadors. You'll be lucky if you can save room for dessert. While there is plenty of seating spread out inside, those looking for a more intimate setting can enjoy the outdoor seating.

Bayamo (Deck 8); a la carte
Meals: D 

This elegant yet relaxed eatery offers a variety of Spanish delicacies -- and views of either all the action from inside, or the ocean outside along The Waterfront.

Pincho Tapas Bar (Deck 8); a la carte
Meals: D 

Traditional Spanish tapas are available at Pincho Tapas Bar, a casual spot, adjacent to Bayamo. Dishes like calamari and imported ham are prepared on an authentic la plancha grill, tableside, as diners watch.

La Cucina (Deck 8); a la carte
Meals: D 

Norwegian Escape's Italian restaurant, La Cucina, is the place to go for a long, relaxing meal. Savour traditional Italian by choosing from several starters, main courses -- including a whole menu section dedicated to pasta and risotto – and, of course, dessert.

Food Republic (Deck 8); a la carte
Meals: D 

Food Republic offers cruisers the chance to splurge on international gourmet dishes. The emphasis is clearly on Asian cuisine, and portions are tapas-size, making the plates great for sharing. Diners order and pay via iPads, and the food comes out quickly; you can even belly up to the food bar to watch the chefs prepare your order.

District Brew House (Deck 8); a la carte
Meals: L, D 

Light gastropub-style snacks are available at this brew pub venue during lunch and dinner hours.

The Bake Shop (Deck 8); a la carte
Meals: Snacks 

Get your sweet fix at The Bake Shop, where you can find cupcakes, pastries, pralines and macarons. Prices start at $1.50 per item.

Dolce Gelato (Deck 8); a la carte
Meals: Snacks 

Grab a scoop or two of gelato at Dolce Gelato, located on The Waterfront. You can order cups or cones starting at $2.50.



  • Room categories include: inside, The Studio for solo travellers, ocean view, balcony, mini-suite, spa and suites
  • Families have multiple options, such as connecting rooms, rooms near the kids' club, ocean-view cabins that fit up to five and dedicated Family Villas that sleep up to six
  • Accessible versions of inside, ocean-view, balcony, mini-suite and suite categories are available
  • Excellent suite offerings, particularly The Haven, a private enclave accessible only by keycard, with a pool and sun deck, restaurant, concierge service and other perks

Norwegian Cruise Line has opted for a contemporary, sophisticated design with the 2,175 cabins on Escape, giving the rooms on the ship an upscale feel, similar to that found in a modern business hotel in a city centre. That said, standard cabins are just that; Norwegian opts for uniformity over wow factor and reserves any surprises for the suites and above.

All cabins (except studios) have two lower beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed and are outfitted with a safe, hair dryer, desk with a small stool, three power sockets above the desk and a large flat-screen TV. Each room also has a wardrobe and bedside cabinets, with plenty of shelving to help reduce clutter. There is a small reading light above each bed. All cabins, other than studios, include mini-bars, as well. 

Bathrooms have a shower with a glass door and shaving bar, as well as a single sink and toilet. A small fixed cabinet underneath the sink houses the trash can and additional storage. The shower has a drawstring for drying wet clothes. Toiletries are generic in the standard cabins, with soap from a dispenser over the sinks and gel and shampoo dispensers in the showers. Suites and above enjoy Bulgari products.

Interior: There are 408 inside cabins on the ship, which each run between 135 and 201 square feet. Many are connecting and sleep up to four passengers. The inside rooms on Deck 5 are near the children's facilities, so they're ideal for families.

Studio: For solo travellers, Escape offers 82 inside cabins of 100 square feet, all located in a complex on Decks 10, 11 and 12, complete with an exclusive lounge with a bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and wine-dispensing machines, as well as plenty of seating. (Tea, coffee and snacks are free; booze costs extra.). The cabins are small, but they're well laid out to maximize space, and the entire complex is only accessible by keycard.

Ocean View: The 114 ocean-view cabins have large picture windows and range from 161 to 252 square feet. Forty are Family Ocean Views that sleep up to five people and have bathrooms with modern double sinks and bathtubs, as well as second wardrobes for added storage.

Balcony: The 1,150 balcony cabins range from about 207 to 239 square feet. The balconies are narrow (43 square feet), with just enough space for two chairs (not a lounger).

Mini-Suite: The 308 mini-suites offer more space than balcony cabins, coming in at 239 to 513 square feet. A sofa bed in the living area converts to a king-sized bed. The 40 Family mini-suites are the same size and layout, but they come with bathtubs and are nearer to the kids' club.

Spa: Spa cabins come in two variations -- Spa Balcony and Spa Mini-Suite. They share the same layout and size (208 to 239 square feet) as a standard balcony and mini-suite. The difference is the decor, which is more tranquil. The cabins offer easy access to the adjacent spa and fitness centre (all on Deck 16), and passengers receive complimentary passes to the Thermal Spa Suite.

Suites: Norwegian Escape has 95 suites -- spread out among five categories. There are 55 suites within The Haven and a further 40 suites (specifically, the Spa Suites and Aft and Forward Penthouses) outside it. Passengers in all suites receive access to The Haven, among other perks such as priority embarkation and disembarkation; priority boarding of tender boats; en-suite espresso/cappuccino machines; gourmet treats delivered each evening; Bliss Bed Collection by Norwegian pillow-top mattress; fine linens, feather duvets and pillow menus; plush bathrobes and slippers; and oversized towels and beach towels.

Spa Suite: The 13 Spa Suites (and one Deluxe Spa Suite) feature an oval-shaped hot tub in the bedroom, and a bathroom with an oversized waterfall shower and twin sinks. All Spa Suites span 309 square feet, though the Deluxe Spa Suite has a different layout. As with the other spa cabins, Spa Suites and the Deluxe Spa Suite include easy access to the adjacent Mandara Spa and fitness centre, as well as complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites during regular spa hours.

Forward-/Aft-Facing Penthouse: Each penthouse includes a square-shaped living room and dining area with a small dining table, a double sofa bed, a chair, a coffee table and a writing desk. The bedroom is a similar size and shape with a king-sized bed. Adjoining it is a beautiful bathroom that's ultramodern with double bowl sinks, a curved oval bathtub and a separate shower. A huge balcony offers space for several loungers, a table and chairs, plus drinks tables. Some penthouses have interconnecting doors to other cabins, making it ideal for large families. The 26 penthouses (14 aft-facing, 12 forward-facing) are all outside The Haven. The aft-facing suites are larger at 534 square feet with 78-square-foot balconies; forward-facing penthouses are 451 square feet with 32-square-foot balconies.

Courtyard Penthouse: Each of the 22 Courtyard Penthouses accommodates three passengers and includes a king-sized bed and a living area with a small, round dining table with two chairs, a single sofa bed and a desk. A dressing/closet area leads into the bathroom, which has a tub/shower combo. Courtyard Penthouses range from 328 to 540 square feet, with balconies of 48 to 58 square feet.

Owner's Suite: Four Owner's Suites sleep up to four passengers each. Each measures 572 square feet and is laid out with a living/dining area, master bedroom, bathroom, second smaller bedroom and shower room. The living room leads out to a standard-size balcony, which is not big enough for a sun lounger. The second bedroom is off the living room and is ideal for kids. The bathroom has twin sinks, a standalone shower and an oval corner bath, complete with a massive picture window.

Deluxe Owner's Suite: There are four Deluxe Owner's Suites on the ship, each located at the front of the ship and measuring 1,345 square feet. Highlights include a large living/dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows running the length of the room, a dining table and chairs, wet bar, large sofa, chairs and a coffee table; a massive balcony with almost the same square footage as the suite; and a master bedroom with a marble bathroom, walk-in closet and separate balcony.

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Best for...

Active families, picky eaters, and couples/groups who love to bar hop

Not the best for...

People who can't stand crowds, or those seeking a relaxed onboard environment

Who goes on Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ships?

Norwegian cruise ships draw a diverse crowd, though the majority of passengers on ships sailing to the Caribbean and in Alaska and Hawaii hail from North America. You'll find a decent number of people from other English-speaking countries, and smaller numbers from South America and Europe. On European cruises, North Americans still dominate but you'll find more people from the United Kingdom and other European countries. You'll find plenty of young families onboard Norwegian ships, especially during holidays and school breaks. However, the line's newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, is less family-friendly than the line's other ships, with all the kids clubs on the lowest levels of the ship and onboard entertainment that is decidedly adult. Generally speaking, Norwegian Cruise Line attracts mostly middle-aged and older couples, as well as groups of friends of all ages.

Do I have to dress up on a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise?

Norwegian Cruise Line maintains a casual atmosphere onboard; during the day, casual wear is the norm. There's no formal dress code at night either, though most people do change into something slightly less casual for dinner. Additionally, some of the speciality extra-fee restaurants do require long pants, collared shirts and closed-toe shoes. Most evenings you'll see men in dark jeans or khakis and collared shirts, and women in blouses with slacks or skirts, or sundresses. Don't be surprised if you see people in shorts in the main dining rooms. Norwegian doesn't have any formal nights, but there is an optional Norwegian's Night Out at least once per sailing, for which passengers are encouraged to dress up. You'll rarely see a tux or gown, but suits and cocktail dresses are not unheard of. Norwegian ships also typically hold several themed nights (glow party, '70s or '80s, etc.) during a typical sailing. You might want to bring a few appropriate items, such as white clothing for the glow and white parties or bell bottoms for '70s night.

Is everything free on Norwegian Cruise Line cruises?

No. Unless you have an all-inclusive dining or beverage package (which you can buy), you'll have to pay extra for most gratuities, speciality dining, room service, all drinks (alcoholic and non, except water, select juices at breakfast, and coffee and tea), shore excursions, visits to the spa and any retail purchases, including photos. On the newest ships, you'll also have to pay for some of the entertainment options and even some of the top-deck fun: On Norwegian Bliss, for example, the laser tag and go-karts cost extra.

What are Norwegian Cruise Line's most popular activities?

On warm-weather cruises, the main pool is the line's most popular spot onboard. On ships with water slides, ropes courses, go-kart tracks and laser tag, these are also popular and often require a wait of up to 30 minutes or more. Inside, you'll find activities that range from trivia, bingo and Deal or No Deal during the day to song-and-dance revues or Broadway shows in the theatre and live music or cabaret shows in the evening. Norwegian ships also have a lively bar nightlife. There's also an always-busy casino, which opens when the ship is out to sea.

What are Norwegian Cruise Line Covid-19 policies and onboard protocols?

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NCL offer two simple price models. The base fare is available on all stateroom categories and includes:

  • Comfortable, well-appointed en-suite accommodation
  • Meals in the main dining rooms, snack and buffet restaurants
  • Daily stateroom attendant service
  • All entertainment unless part of a dining entertainment production onboard
  • Casino & nightclub entry
  • Access to well-appointed gyms
  • Complimentary room service continental breakfast (other times, a tray delivery charge applies)
  • Selected soft-drinks in buffet restaurants at meal times plus tea & coffee

NCL's Free at Sea option allows to you add on your choice of perks. Usually, you can choose two but during selected promotions, you may receive all perks. Prices vary by duration but start at just £149pp for a 7-night cruise. You can choose the following:

  • Premium beverages
  • Speciality dining 
  • Wi-Fi package
  • Excursion discounts
  • Guests 3 & 4 (when sharing with 2 adults) sail for taxes only - selected sailings only
    • When purchasing a Free at Sea package, all gratuities and service charges associated with the selected perk are included (some exceptions may apply in certain territorial waters)
  • Guests travelling in Suites (not Club Balcony Suites) or The Haven can take advantage of all applicable Free at Sea perks at no additional cost

Suites & The Haven Suites

Guests staying in Suites and The Haven accommodation can enjoy a host of upgraded services and amenities including:

  • Guests 1 & 2 receive all Free at Sea perks (drinks, speciality dining, Wi-Fi, shore excursion discount)
  • Haven accommodation get exclusive access to The Haven Courtyard area with private pool, sundeck, hot tub and fitness area
  • 24-hour trained and certified suite butler
  • Concierge service
  • White tablecloth in-suite dining & escort to your suite
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation
  • Distinctive platinum keycard to ensure priority service throughout the ship
  • Priority access to onboard dining & entertainment options, plus early access to pre-booking prior to sailing.
  • Complimentary limousine service from pier to airport (Garden Villa H1 only)
  • Champagne, custom selection of spirits, fruit, bottled water & sodas (H1, H2, H3, H4 only)
  • Sparkling wine, bottled water & fruit on embarkation day (all other H & S categories)
  • 24-hour room service
  • Mini-bar and espresso/cappuccino maker
  • Special Haven menus
  • Gourmet treats delivered to the suite each evening
  • Invitations to exclusive breakfast, lunch and Cocktail part with the ship's officers
  • Bliss Collection by Norwegian™ pillow-top mattress
  • Fine linens, feather duvet and pillow menu
  • Plush bath robes, slippers and oversized towels

What's included in NCL's Drinks Package?

Open Bar (Premium Beverage Package) $99 per day - unless part of the Free At Sea promotion~.

Enjoy a wide selection of soft drinks, beers, spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to and including $15 during your entire cruise.

Beers: Angry Orchard, Blue Moon, Bud (Light & Regular), Coors Light, Corona – Extra/Light, Dos Equis Lager, Goose Island IPA, Heineken/Light, Lagunitas Little Sumpin, Michelob Ultra, Modelo Especial, Molson, Newcastle Brown, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Red Stripe, Sam Adams, Strongbow, Plus 4+ brands on draft.

Gins & Vodka: Beefeater London Dry, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray Special, Absolut, Absolut Citron, Belvedere, Ketel One, Krakus Polish vodka, Grey Goose, Russian Standard, SKYY, Smirnoff, Stolichnaya, Stolichnaya Vanil, Tito’s Handmade, Voli 305.

Whisky, Brandy & other Spirits: Bulleit Kentucky Straight, Canadian Club, Chivas Regal 12 Years, Crown Royal, Dewar’s White Label, Fireball Cinnamon, Glenmorangie Original Single Malt, Jameson Irish, Jack Daniels Old No. 7, Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, Jim Beam Kentucky Straight, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Johnnie Walker Red Label, Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt, Seagram’s 7 Crown, Seagram’s VO, Hennessy VS, Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Hidalgo Reserva 12-YearSpanish Brandy, St Rémy VSOP French Brandy, Sandeman Founders, Reserve Porto, Sandeman Tawny Porto, Tabernero Pisco Puro, Tío Pepe Spanish Sherry, Gekkeikan Sake, Momokawa Pearl Sake, 1800 Reposado, 1800 Silver, Cazadores Blanco, José Cuervo Gold Los Corrales Silver, JAJA “HaHa” Blanco, Patrón Silver.

Rum: Atlántico Platinum, Bacardi 8, Bacardi Black, Bacardi Limón, Bacardi Oakheart, Bacardi Superior, Brugal Añejo, Captain Morgan Spiced, Captain Morgan White, Flor De Caña, Gosling’s Black Seal, Malibu Coconut, Mount Gay Eclipse, Myers’s Original Dark, Pusser’s, Zacapa Ámbar.

Liqueurs/Cordials: Aperol Apéritif, Averna, B&B, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Brogan’s Original Irish Cream, Bottega Limoncino, Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur, Campari, Cedilla – Açai, Cointreau, Disaronno Amaretto, Drambuie, Dubonnet Rouge, Fernet-Frangelico, Grand Marnier, Jagermeister, Kahlúa, Licor 43, Pernod, Pimm’s No. 1, RumChata, Southern Comfort, Tuaca.

Plus, hundreds of cocktails, over 20 wines by the glass & sodas, tonics & juices.

Premium Plus Beverage Package $128 per day or upgrade from Premium Package for $29 per day

Includes everything in the Premium Package, plus:

Tequilla & Rum: Patron Añejo, Patron Reposado, Don Julio Reposado, Don Julio Blanco, Cazadores Añejo, Mezcal Gracias A Dios, Zacapa 23, Pryrat Cask 1623, Wyland

Vodka & Gin: Cîroc, Ultimat, Hendrick’s, The Botanist Islay Dry, Tanqueray Ten, Ableforth’s Bathtub Small-batch Gin.

Scotch, Whiskey & Bourbon: Whistle Pig Rye, Bookers, Woodford Reserve, Gentleman Jack, Macallan Quest, Paul John Indian Single Malt, Johnnie Walker Platinum 18 YO, Glenfiddich Reserve Single Malt, Glenfiddich Select, The Glenlivet Founders Reserve, Dewar’s 12yr Malt/Grain Blend, Talisker 10.

Cordiales, Brandies & Cognac: Chambord, Remy Martin VSOP, Remy Martin 1738, Armagnac Cles Des Ducs VSOP, Courvoisier VSOP.

Premium Wines, Champagne & Cava

• Veuve Clicquot BRUT “Yellow Label” Champagne, France
• Nicolas Feuillatte ROSÉ NV Champagne, France*
• Moët & Chandon BRUT “Impérial” Champagne, France*
• Isabel Mondavi CHARDONNAY Carneros, California
• Pascal Jolivet SAUVIGNON BLANC Sancerre “Clos du Roy” Loire, France*
• Il Borro CHARDONNAY “Lamelle” by Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscany, Italy*
• Louis Jadot CHARDONNAY Pouilly-Fuissé Burgundy, France*
• Silverado Vineyards CHARDONNAY Napa Valley, California
• Terrazas de los Andes CHARDONNAY “High Altitude Vineyards” Reserva Uco Valley Mendoza, Argentina*
• Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen RIESLING “Eroica” Columbia Valley, Washington*
• Hampton Water ROSÉ by Bon Jovi Languedoc, France*
• Castello Banfi SANGIOVESE Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany, Italy
• Isabel Mondavi PINOT NOIR Carneros, California*
• Emblem, CABERNET SAUVIGNON California
• Luce della Vite BLEND “Lucente” Tuscany, Italy
• Recanati CABERNET SAUVIGNON Galilee,Israel*
• Oberon CABERNET SAUVIGNON Napa County, California
• Silverado Vineyards CABERNET SAUVIGNON “Estate Grown” Napa Valley, California
• Louis Jadot PINOT NOIR Bourgogne Burgundy, France*
• Bodegas Federico Paternina TEMPRANILLO “Banda Roja” Reserva Rioja, Spain*
• Dogliotti 1870 NEBBIOLO, Barolo Piedmont, Italy*
• Spellbound, PETITE SIRAH California*
• Il Borro SYRAH- SANGIOVESE “Pian di Nova” by Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscany, Italy*
• Simi CABERNET SAUVIGNON Alexander Valley, California*
• Château Cantenac BLEND St.-Émilion Bordeaux, France
• Dow’s VINTAGE PORT “Quinta do Bomfim” Douro, Portugal 2015
• Inniskillin VIDAL ICE WINE Niagara Peninsula VQA, Ontario, Canada
• Chateau D’Armajan des Ormes SAUVIGNON-SEMILLON Sauternes Bordeaux, France
• Louis Raynald CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE Rhône, France*
• Terrazas de los Andes MALBEC “Reserva” Mendoza, Argentina*

Terms & conditions

Restrictions apply. Please read the Open Bar Terms & Conditions. Not available for sailings of 2 days or less. A 20% gratuity and beverage service charge will be added at checkout. (not applicable, if the Beverage Package has been selected as part of the Free at Sea upgrade). Beverage packages must be purchased for all guests staying within the same stateroom, additional stateroom, adjoining stateroom or travel with. Individuals under the age of 21 will be required to purchase the Soda Programme. *These wines are also available by the bottle with dinner ** Wine by the glass availability by location.~Taxes may be payable in selected destinations and territorial waters.

Free At Sea

Free At Sea

Feel Free to experience the utmost in freedom and flexibility at sea with so much included in the cruise fare. Plus, with Free at Sea, you can elevate your cruise experience to the next level. Guests staying in Suites or The Haven receive all perks as standard (for the first two guests only).

Premium beverages* - see below for a sample of what's included
Speciality Dining^ - Enjoy a night of fine dining in one of their speciality dining restaurants
Wi-Fi** - Keep in touch with friends and family back at home
Excursion discounts - See the sights the world has to offer with $50 per stateroom discount, per port of call
Family & Friends Offer# - 3rd & 4th guests pay only the applicable taxes for their cruise

Open Bar drinks

Enjoy an unlimited amount of drinks priced up to $15 per serving. Gratuities are taken care of in the package, so it's included if it's under $15! 

Beers & Ciders: Angry Orchard Cider · Blue Moon · Bud - Light & Regular · Dos Equis · Heineken/Light · Lagunitas Little Sumpin · Modelo Especial · Newcastle Brown · Sam Adams · Strongbow and many more

Whiskey, Brandy & other spirits: Canadian Club · Jameson Irish · Jack Daniels · St Rémy VSOP · Sandeman Tawny Porto · Johnnie Walker Black/Red · Seagram's VO · Courvoisier VS Cognac · José Cuervo and many more

Gin & Vodka: Beefeater London Dry · Bombay Sapphire · Absolut · Grey Goose · SKYY · Smirnoff · Stolichnaya · Tito's Handmade · Voli 305 and many more

Rum: Bacardi 8 · Bacardi Superior · Captain Morgan Spiced · Gosling's Black Sea · Mount Gay Eclipse · Pusser's and many more

Liquers / Cordials: Aperol Apéritif · B&B · Bailey's · Bottega Limoncino · Cointreau · Disaronno Amaretto · Grand Marnier · Pernod · Southern Comfort and many more


Hundreds of cocktails, over 20 wines by the glass, sodas, tonics & juices. In addition, buy wines by the bottle and receive a 20% discount

Terms & conditions

Available on all sailings and for all categories, including IX, OX, BX and MX (Sail Away Categories) but applicable terms vary for certain ships and sailings. Upgrade charge depends on cruise length. £149pp is applicable for cruises of 7-9 days. Applicable to 1st and 2nd guests sharing a stateroom only (unless otherwise stated). **Amount of minutes is subject to the length of the cruise. ^Number of meals subject to the length of the cruise and type of stateroom booked. #Select sailings only. *Selection may differ on Pride of America. Brands are subject to change. Age restrictions apply. Exclusions apply including energy drinks, room service, mini-bar, freshly-squeezed juices, premium coffee, bottled water, wine dispensers and vending machines. Taxes may be payable in selected destinations and territorial waters.

Prices based on:


  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Convertible queen-size bed
  • Extra bedding available for additional guests
  • Approximate size 12-18sq. m.

Family Inside
Family Inside

  • Perfect for the family, these staterooms offer easy to the kids facilities onboard and fun on outdoor decks
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Convertible queen-size bed
  • Extra bedding available for additional guests
  • Some can connect to other staterooms
  • Approximate size 12 sq. m.

Oceanview with Picture Window
Oceanview with Picture Window

  • Sleeps up to 2
  • Convertible queen-size bed
  • Amazing forward-facing views
  • Approximate size 14-23 sq. m

Family Oceanview
Family Oceanview

  • Perfect for the family, these staterooms offer easy to the kids facilities onboard
  • Sleeps up to 5
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Convertible queen-size bed
  • Additional bedding available for guests 3-5
  • Sitting area
  • Approximate size 14-31 sq. m


  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Convertible queen-size bed
  • Sitting area
  • Private balcony
  • Many connect to adjacent staterooms - perfect for families and groups
  • Approximate size 19-29sq. m. Balcony size approximately 2-7 sq. m
  • Family Balcony
    Family Balcony

    • Perfect for the family, these staterooms offer easy to the kids facilities onboard and outdoor fun on top decks
    • Sleeps up to 4
    • Convertible queen-size bed
    • Sitting area
    • Private balcony
    • Many connect to adjacent staterooms - ideal for larger families and groups
    • Approximate size 19sq. m. Balcony size approximately 2sq. m

    Large Balcony
    Large Balcony

  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Convertible queen-size bed
  • Sitting area
  • Larger private balcony
  • Some connect to adjacent staterooms - perfect for families & groups travelling together
  • Approximate size 22sq. m. Balcony size approximately 6sq. m
  • Aft-Facing Balcony
    Aft-Facing Balcony

    • Sleeps up to 3
    • Convertible queen-size bed
    • Sitting area
    • Private balcony with amazing aft-views
    • Approximate size 19-29 sq. m. Balcony size approximately 2-6sq. m

    Club Balcony Suite
    Club Balcony Suite

  • Club Balcony Suites typically offer a little more space than Balcony Staterooms. All feature two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Convertible queen-size bed
  • Sitting area with sofa-bed
  • Extra bedding available to sleep 4th guest
  • Enhanced bathroom suite with shower. Some have bathtub.
  • Private balcony
  • Some connect with adjacent staterooms - ideal for families and groups
  • Approximate size 23-47sq. m. Balcony size approximately 4-19 sq. m
  • Family Club Balcony Suite
    Family Club Balcony Suite

  • Club Balcony Suites typically offer a little more space than Balcony Staterooms. All feature two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • Perfect for the family, these staterooms offer easy to the kids facilities onboard
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Convertible queen-size bed
  • Sitting area with sofa-bed
  • Extra bedding available to sleep 4th guest
  • Enhanced bathroom suite with bathtub
  • Private balcony
  • Some connect with adjacent staterooms - ideal for families and groups
  • Approximate size 23sq. m. Balcony size approximately 4 sq. m
  • Club Balcony Suite with Larger Balcony
    Club Balcony Suite with Larger Balcony

  • Club Balcony Suites typically offer a little more space than Balcony Staterooms. All feature two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Convertible king-size bed
  • Sitting area with sofa-bed
  • Extra bedding available to sleep 4th guest
  • Enhanced bathroom suite
  • Private balcony
  • Some can connect to adjacent staterooms - ideal for families or groups travelling together
  • Approximate size 30sq. m. Balcony size approximately 11 sq. m
  • The Haven Penthouse Suite with Balcony
    The Haven Penthouse Suite with Balcony

    • Includes Free at Sea upgrade: Premium Beverages Package, Speciality Dining Package, Shore Excursions Credit, WiFi Package, Friends & Family sail at a reduced rate
    • Sleeps up to 2
    • King-size bed
    • Luxury bathroom with shower
    • In-suite hot tub
    • Living area
    • Spacious private balcony
    • Full butler and concierge service
    • Access to The Haven private courtyard area, The Haven Lounge and private restaurant and bar
    • Priority services throughout your cruise
    • Approximate size 28 sq. m. Balcony size approximately 5 sq. m.

    The Haven Forward-Facing Penthouse with Balcony
    The Haven Forward-Facing Penthouse with Balcony

  • Includes Free at Sea upgrade: Premium Beverages Package, Speciality Dining Package, Shore Excursions Credit, WiFi Package, Friends & Family sail at a reduced rate
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • King-size bed
  • Luxury bathroom
  • Living and dining area with sofa bed
  • Private balcony with amazing forward facing views
  • Full butler and concierge service
  • Access to The Haven private courtyard area, The Haven Lounge and private restaurant and bar
  • Priority services throughout your cruise
  • Some can connect to other staterooms - ideal for friends or groups travelling together
  • Approximate size 41sq. m. Balcony size approximately 2 sq. m.
  • The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony
    The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony

    • Includes Free at Sea upgrade: Premium Beverages Package, Speciality Dining Package, Shore Excursions Credit, WiFi Package, Friends & Family sail at a reduced rate
    • Sleeps up to 3
    • King-size bed
    • Luxury bathroom
    • Living and dining area with additional bedding for 3rd guest
    • Private balcony
    • Full butler and concierge service
    • Access to The Haven private courtyard area, The Haven Lounge and private restaurant and bar
    • Priority services throughout your cruise
    • Approximate size 30-50sq. m. Balcony size approximately 4-5 sq. m

    The Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Master Bedroom & Large Balcony
    The Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Master Bedroom & Large Balcony

  • Includes Free at Sea upgrade: Premium Beverages Package, Speciality Dining Package, Shore Excursions Credit, WiFi Package, Friends & Family sail at a reduced rate
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Master bedroom with king-size bed
  • Luxury bathroom with separate shower & tub
  • Living and dining area with additional bedding for 3rd & 4th guests
  • Amazing aft-views from private balcony
  • Full butler and concierge service
  • Access to The Haven private courtyard area, The Haven Lounge and private restaurant and bar
  • Priority services throughout your cruise
  • Some can connect to adjacent staterooms - great for groups and families travelling together
  • Approximate size 49sq. m. Balcony size approximately 7 sq. m
  • The Haven Deluxe Owners Suite with Large Balcony
    The Haven Deluxe Owners Suite with Large Balcony

    • Includes Free at Sea upgrade: Premium Beverages Package, Speciality Dining Package, Shore Excursions Credit, WiFi Package, Friends & Family sail at a reduced rate
    • Sleeps up to 6
    • Separate bedroom with king-size bed facing floor-to-ceiling windows
    • Luxury bathroom
    • Living and dining area with wet bar
    • Additional bedding available for 3rd - 6th guests
    • Two spacious balconies
    • Guest bathroom
    • Full butler and concierge service
    • Access to The Haven private courtyard area, The Haven Lounge and private restaurant and bar
    • Priority services throughout your cruise
    • Approximate size 121 sq. m. Balcony size approximately 36 sq. m.

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