Norwegian Cruise Lines for "Freestyle Cruising!                                                                     


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Norwegian Cruise Lines offers fabulous "Freestyle Cruising"!

For a relaxed, casual atmosphere in vacationing you would be hard pressed to find a better environment than Norwegian Cruise Lines' "Freestyle Cruising" itineraries. This concept allows NCL passengers a resort-style cruise with more flexibility and a relaxed, no-rush attitude. Norwegian Cruise Lines have extended this concept to all its cruise ships with the exception of the S/S Norway.

In May of 2000, Norwegian Cruise Lines introduced this novel and innovative idea aboard the Norwegian Sky. Designed to meet the ever changing needs of cruise guests, the concept appears to be a hit with NCL passengers.

Freestyle dining offers an open seating concept allowing passengers to dine where they want, when they want ( 5:30 to midnight) and with whom they want. Norwegian Cruise Lines guests can eat in a different restaurant each evening, or choose to have a more conventional "same time, same table, same dining room". This relaxed atmosphere allows passengers to linger over dinner and desert without feeling rushed.

Freestyle Attire allows "resort casual" cruise wear attire. There are still formal nights on Norwegian Cruise lines' Cruise ships, but they are completely optional for those who like to dress up for the occasional meal.

There are other freestyle changes as well. Gratuities have been added to your on board account. These are of course optional, but allow guests the benefit of not having to rush around at the last minute trying to find the staff members to tip. Norwegian Cruise Lines have made disembarkation more relaxed as well allowing passengers to have breakfast until their luggage color is called.

The Fleet

Norwegian Cruise Lines have a policy of now having new vessels purpose built cruise ships for the freestyle cruising concept. Norwegian Sun, a 1,960 passenger vessel was introduced in September of 2001. October of that year saw the delivery of Norwegian Star a 2,240 passenger cruise ship and in December of 2002, NCL introduced Norwegian Dawn the 2,224 passenger sister ship to Norwegian Star. These two cruise ships offer guests a choice of 10 different restaurants!

Other cruise ships in the Norwegian Cruise Lines' fleet include Norwegian Wind with ten bars and lounges; Norwegian Spirit with eight restaurants and a 900 seat theatre; Norwegian Sea having had a multi-million dollar makeover; Norwegian Majesty with six restaurants and eleven bars and lounges; Norwegian Dream having six restaurants and ten bars and lounges; Norwegian Crown having 527 extra large staterooms. In August of 2005, NCL expects the launch of their new Norwegian Jewel, a 92,000 ton vessel featuring ten restaurants, two garden villas, and the new 10 courtyard villas with private courtyard.

Norwegian Cruise Lines has launched a new brand name - "NCL America". Included in this fleet are the cruise ships Pride of Aloha with its distinctive Hawaiian décor; Pride of America with eight restaurants and ten bars and lounges. These ships are U.S. flagged and U.S. manned.

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