Norwegian Cruise Line

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Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian or NCL) is notable for revolutionizing the cruise experience via its "Freestyle Cruising" philosophy. Eschewing traditional cruise line stuffiness -- in dress codes, dining options and even entertainment offerings -- Norwegian has inspired other lines to copy its more successful "freestyle" concepts. Norwegian has also carved itself a niche in the homeland cruising specialty, featuring departures from a number of continental U.S. homeports that include New York, Seattle, New Orleans, Boston and Tampa, among others.

Aiming to operate the cruise industry's youngest fleet, the line is currently focused on ridding itself of pre-Freestyle-designed ships. As such, Norwegian Dream sailed its last cruise with Norwegian on October 26, 2008, and Norwegian Majesty left the fleet for Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines in 2009. The line did reverse its plans in one instance: Pride of Aloha, which finished its Hawaiian itineraries in spring 2008, has stayed on with the cruise line and now sails under its original name, Norwegian Sky.

On its newest ships, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a number of amenities -- like luxury villas, martini and Champagne bars, interconnecting cabins, onboard bowling alleys and electronic restaurant reservation systems -- that are reminiscent of land-based resorts. Another distinction is NCL's revolutionary (for mass-market cruising) disembarkation policy, which is so relaxed that it is more resort-like than cruise-like. Norwegian Epic, part of the embattled F3 project, debuted in June 2010, and took freestyle cruising to the next level.

The first of its Breakaway Class vessels -- Norwegian Breakaway -- launched in April 2013; sister ship Norwegian Getaway launched in January 2014. Norwegian has two more new-builds on the docket as part of the "Project Breakaway" initiative. The 163,000-ton, 4,200-passenger Escape and Bliss will debut in October 2015 and March 2017, respectively.

In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line is the only cruise line to offer year-round Hawaiian itineraries. At present, the NCL America fleet, which formerly consisted of three ships, has been significantly downsized; only Pride of America remains in Hawaii.

Norwegian Cruise Line is also known as an aggressive discounter, and past initiatives have included $99 kids' fares, cruises for $25 a night before taxes, and complimentary onboard credit.



Starting with one ship in 1966, Norwegian Cruise Line was first established by Oslo-based Klosters Rederi A/S, one of Norway's oldest and most respected shipping firms. Its first ship (M/S Sunward) repositioned from Europe to the then-obscure Port of Miami for Caribbean cruising. The line added four more vessels by 1971 and the former S/S France (which was renamed the Norway) in 1979, and NCL was on its way to becoming an industry leader and one of the largest cruise companies in the world.

Malaysia-based Genting Hong Kong (then Star Cruises) acquired Norwegian in 2000. As a result of the investment by Star Cruises, the largest Asian-based cruise line, NCL underwent an unprecedented growth spurt that resulted in the introduction of ships specifically designed to carry out its Freestyle innovations. To date, the line has launched eight brand-new ships since 2001.

In 2007, Norwegian entered into another chapter when private equity firm Apollo Management agreed to become a 50 percent owner of the cruise line, sharing leadership with Genting Hong Kong. The cost for half the company? A mere $1 billion. In early 2008, TPG Capital, another private equity firm, acquired a 12.5 percent stake in the cruise line. Apollo now holds a 37.5 percent share.

The Fleet

Norwegian operates under two brands: Norwegian Cruise Line and NCL America. As ships that pre-dated Star Cruises' ownership are being pruned from the fleet, Norwegian Cruise Line is focusing efforts on its designed-for-Freestyle models. These include Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn, which launched in 2001 and 2002. They also include even more design-forward vessels, such as Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Pearl, which have debuted more recently. The oldest ship in the fleet is Norwegian Spirit, a 10-year-old vessel that debuted for Star Cruises as SuperStar Leo and was transferred to the Norwegian fleet in May 2004. The ship underwent a multi-million dollar overhaul and emerged downright sparkling. Other than Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Sky (launched in 1999), the rest of Norwegian's fleet will be 21st-century -- something about which the line is sure to brag.

The NCL America offshoot is now down to just one ship -- Pride of America, which continues to sail year-round, Hawaii-based itineraries. Pride of Hawaii is now Norwegian Jade and Pride of Aloha re-launched as Norwegian Sky.

Norwegian built only one new ship in the F3 class -- the 155,873-ton, 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic -- rather than the two it originally planned, due to contractual disputes. Epic debuted in June 2010, and has a radical setup, including curved staterooms, 128 solo cabins, innovative nightlife options, multi-purpose indoor and outdoor spaces, entertainment headlined by Blue Man Group, a massive water park and many other noteworthy features, including a whopping 21 dining venues, a squash court and the first true Ice Bar at sea.

Looking forward, Norwegian will build four "next generation" ships as part of Project Breakaway. The first ship debuted in April 2013 (Norwegian Breakaway). The second (Norwegian Getaway), launched in January 2014. Escape and Bliss are set to debut in October 2015 and March 2017, respectively. At 163,000 gross tons and about 4,200 passengers, Escape and Bliss will be the line's largest ships when completed.

Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet

Onboard Experience

You keep seeing Freestyle Cruising and you don't know exactly what it is, right? That's because we're the only cruise line that offers anything like it. Let's start with the fact that there are no fixed dining times. And you never have to eat in the same restaurant twice. Really. We won't ask you to sit with strangers like on other cruise lines. And, you only have to dress up if you want to. We've created that kind of freedom throughout the ship with a ton of fun things to do, or not do. It's NCL's Freestyle Cruising. Where you're free to whatever.

About Freestyle Cruising : Freestyle Dining

No other cruise line offers 13 different restaurants on board a single ship. Heck, no other cruise line even comes close. Steak, sushi, Teppanyaki, tapas, French, Mediterranean, Asian Fusion, Italian, Tex-Mex, buffets, pizza. Your choices are endless. Dine where you want: With up to 13 restaurants, you'll find what you're in the mood for. We apologize for the "What do you feel like for dinner?" conversation ahead of time. If you just can't decide, there's also 24-hour room service. Dine when you want: Our restaurants are open for dinner from 5:30pm to midnight with seating until 10:00pm. Do your thing and catch dinner when you're hungry, not when the dinner bell rings. It's totally up to you. Dine with whomever you want: Not everyone wants to eat dinner with people they don't know. We say you're welcome to enjoy dinner with the people you came on vacation with. Or, if you'd like to meet new people, we'll gladly seat you with other cruisers.The choice is yours.

About Freestyle Cruising : Freestyle Accommodations

It's your first anniversary. It's a vacation with your best friends. Or a big family reunion. Well, it's all good because we've created the most flexible staterooms and suites on the high seas. Huge 3-bedroom rooftop Garden Villas. Cozy Inside Staterooms. Expandable Family Suites. And everything in between.

About Freestyle Cruising : Freestyle Activities

Looking for fun? On board, you can go bowling or to the spa. Try out the bungee trampoline or yoga. Karaoke or kick-boxing. Or go swimming, spinning, shopping or jogging. Off the ship, try our hiking, biking, diving, snorkeling, surfing, golfing, touring and partying Shore Excursions.

About Freestyle Cruising : Freestyle Attire

One of you wants a little glamour and you-know-who wants to wear khakis. Can this relationship be saved? No problem. Thanks to our policy of, well, no formal policy, you can be elegant one night and casual the next. It's called resort casual and it's a lot more comfortable than wearing a tuxedo.

About Freestyle Cruising : Freestyle Disembarkation

With traditional cruising, getting off the ship can be a lot of "hurry up and wait." Not with NCL. We thought that maybe sleeping in and having a quiet breakfast or a quick workout might be a better alternative. So we say, relax any way you like, until it's really time to go.

And who said cruises aren't for kids? It's our middle name. NCL and NCL America offer what you want, what your kids want&good times all around, for all ages, at all times, just the way you like it. Plus, complimentary activities happen every day—whether your child wants to paint, have a pajama party or put on a show. And just think of the new friends they'll make—you might even have to schedule time just to see them.

Freestyle Family Fun : All Ages

Active Age-appropriate, Supervised Activities, Kids Crew Dinner & Teens Dinner, Kids Crew News & Teens Crew News, Child Care Center & Qualified Counselors, Undersea Adventures, Featuring Officer Snook

Freestyle Family Fun : Juniors (Ages 2-5)

Storytelling & Painting Developmental Activities Age-specific Games Family Activities

Freestyle Family Fun : First Mates (Ages 6-9)

Children's Pool Area** Pizza Making Party Games & Parties Crafts & Classes

Freestyle Family Fun : Navigators (Ages 10-12)

Sports Activities Team-building Challenges Games & Parties Video Arcade

Freestyle Family Fun : Teens (Age 13-17)

Teen Disco** Sport and Activities Video Arcade Movies and Parties

Freestyle Family Fun : The Youth Staff

We like our Youth Staff because they are carefully chosen from Education and Recreation programs at their University. Your child will like our Youth Staff because they are fun. Actually, they are experts in fun—they design specialized activities for all ages. And they'll keep a constant watch over your children to make you happy. Not to mention, each staff member is CPR and First Aid certified, so your child will be safe and secure at all times plus they're trained in communication and confidence building too. Specifics & Restrictions A few things you need to know before the good times begin: A parent or guardian is required to register kids ages 2-17. After registering, kids can participate as often as they choose. Your child will be assigned to an age group based on his/her age at sailing. If they have a birthday while at sea, only then they are moved up. Sorry, no exceptions can be made—this helps keep your child safe. Kids under 13 may not sign themselves in and out. Only a designated adult over 21 may sign them in and out of Kid's Crew. Until our Youth Staff gets to know you, have a photo ID ready for drop off or pick up. We're flexible. Our activities and programs are subject to change to accommodate a child's needs. Sorry, we are not able to have one-on-one care within our Youth Programs. Leave the flip-flops and sandals in your stateroom—we play hard and require proper footwear. We are not able to change diapers or pull-ups, but we leave you with a beeper to alert you to do the duty. Beepers do not work ashore, so parents will have to stay onboard when their children are in our Youth Program. Your child not feeling well? Sick children need to see the medical center before coming to the program. There's no charge if your child is well and is allowed to join the activities. Please let us know if your child has allergies or note any medications on their registration&we like to have snacks and will need to know. Want to involve the whole family? Great activities are offered throughout the cruise including Pizza Making. Just remember, a parent is required to attend with a child to participate. Because our Youth Staff is not included in onboard gratuities, cash gratuities are divided among the staff and greatly appreciated. Individual gratuities can be made through the onboard Reception Desk. Please don't hesitate to call with questions at 1.800.327.7030 or speak with the Youth Program Supervisor once aboard.

Freestyle Family Fun : Kid's Crew Safety and Emergency Information

Relax—it's your job to have fun and our job to keep your kids happy and safe. Every child in our Program receives a Kid's Crew bracelet with their name, stateroom number, emergency station, allergies, and medications listed. If an emergency does occur, our Youth Staff is responsible for the mustering of the child in their care and bringing them to safety at the Child Muster Station. There, you can claim your child. All unclaimed children will be taken to the secondary station and distributed to their assigned lifeboat stations. Group-Sitting for Kids Need a little more me time? We offer more supervised fun for the kids. The Late Night Party Zone and Port Play are both group-sitting services for kid's ages 2-12. The Youth Staff runs these activities in the Kid's Crew Facilities and all the requirements and procedures apply. The Port Play is offered from 9am-5pm and we accommodate those parents booked on Shore Excursions. Sign up is 8pm the evening prior to the desired Port Play. The Late Night Party Zone is offered nightly from 10pm-1am. The charges are $5.00 per hour, per child, and $3.00 per hour for each additional sibling in the same immediate family. Charges are applied directly to your onboard account. Sign up is 8pm the evening prior to the desired Late Night Party Zone. A reminder, if your child requires you to keep a beeper, a parent or guardian must stay behind on the vessel during either activity, as our beepers do not work off the ship. Also, no private or in-stateroom babysitting is available on any NCL or NCLA vessels. Our Youth Staff is waiting for you to sign up now&your kids will have a blast!

Freestyle Family Fun : Youth Program Discipline Policy

Your children are important to us. We want your kids to have as much fun and be as safe as possible. Here is our four-step Discipline Policy to ensure this happens. STEP 1: Warning: The Youth Counselor addresses the child and it is explained that his/her behavior is unacceptable and needs to be improved immediately. STEP 2: Time out: If the child continues to disobey the Youth Counselor, a time out is issued and the parents are notified at pick-up time. STEP 3: Suspension: If a time out is not effective in eliminating the inappropriate behavior, the parents are located and the child is grounded from the program for 24 hours. The child is then welcomed back, but if there is any reservation on the part of the Youth Counselor a parent may be required to attend with their child. STEP 4: Dismissal: Once the child is allowed back into the program after the initial dismissal, if any disobedient behaviors continue, the child will no longer be allowed to participate.

Freestyle Family Fun : More Family Friendly Features

Cannon balls welcome here. Just for our Junior cruisers, we offer splash pools on Norwegian DAWN, STAR and SPIRIT. Each ship has its own children's themed wet and wild fun areas—slides, water squirters, and splash areas far away from mom and dad's main pool area. Think about this—we have arcades on every ship, but the bigger the ship the bigger the arcade and how much fun can you have in a day! Move over Tarzan, we got kids coming in! NORWEGIAN DAWN, STAR, SPIRIT, JEWEL, PRIDE OF AMERICA, and PRIDE OF HAWAII offer jungle gyms with ball pits and tunnels. Just check out our Kid's Crew facilities—registered participants can jump in anytime. Time to go surfing? Our onboard Internet Cafe is perfect for kids to send emails to friends, access AOL accounts and just surf the net. Basic time charge is.75 per minute and we offer great packages too. Parents wishing to block their children from Internet access can do by requesting the ship's Internet Cafe Manager onboard to de-activate their accounts. Family Friendly Accommodations Our staterooms are designed with your family in mind—just the way you like them. Freestyle Dining for All Not a lima bean in sight—we give kids what they want to eat—all day long in our Kid's Cafe—our newest addition to the fleet: the NORWEGIAN DAWN, STAR, AMERICA, JEWEL and all of our future ships. Kids can dig into our Kid's Buffet: sandwiches, hot dogs, fruits, yes, some veggies, French fries and cookies. They'll love the tables and chairs just their size too. Plus each itinerary offers a special Kid's Crew Dinner—sorry mom and dad, it's kids only this time. Sign up with the Youth Program staff.

Freestyle Family Fun : Teen's Crew

Break some ice here. Our Teen Program is a great way for teens ages 13-17 to meet each other while engaging in some cruising fun. A member of our Youth Staff supervises all activities. They know what teens want to be doing and design all programs accordingly. Enjoy theme parties, sports events, dining together or taking in a show as a group. Specifics & Restrictions Activities are flexible and subject to change based on participants. We reserve the right to cancel if no teen shows within the first 15 minutes of the scheduled activity. Teens will meet at the next scheduled activity. Teens not feeling well need to visit the medical center before being admitted to the program. Guardians must alert the Youth Staff of any allergies, medications or special needs of their teen when registering. All Teens are responsible for any personal items brought to activities and events. Because our Youth Staff is not included in onboard gratuities, cash gratuities are divided among the staff and greatly appreciated. Individual gratuities can be made through the onboard Reception Desk. NCL strongly encourages that no teenagers go ashore alone in the ports of call. If you have any questions, please see the Youth Program Supervisor. Teens Crew Safety & Emergency Information Teens are responsible for reporting to their assigned emergency stations in the event of a ship emergency. Crew members throughout the vessel are trained to assist those in need. Teens participating in Teen's Crew are prohibited from smoking, drinking alcohol, and using profanity while attending Teen activities. Violence and vandalism will not be tolerated, ever. A Teen exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be asked to stop immediately. If they do not stop, they will be dismissed from the activity. After dismissal, Parents and the ship's Security will be notified. Any behavior reported to a Youth Staff member taken outside of the Teen Program will also be reported to Security. Teens should be advised that all public areas are under 24-hour surveillance.

Nowhere on earth can you get the kind of gaming rewards we give, with the added bonus of Freestyle Cruising at the same time. With NCL's Casinos at Sea Players Club*, you earn reward points, called Seabucks, based on your level of play. And those Seabucks can be used while you're on your current cruise for anything from spa treatments to dinners to simply dollars off your final bill or a future cruise. While you're in the casino, enjoy all the gaming tables you're used to, aboard the only cruise line that has certified slots. And when you're not in the casino, you're free to dine when you want, where you want and do what you want. Basically, you're free to whatever. To find out more, call 1.877.PLAY.NCL

Imagine the two of you dancing under a canopy of stars. What could be more romantic? On your NCL cruise, you can enjoy intimate restaurants, secluded lounges and spacious Oceanview Staterooms. Our discreet staff is available for you morning, noon and night. Ask us about our Bon Voyage & Special Occasions gifts. Champagne and flowers. Professional portraits. Wine and cheese. Passion. Memories. There's no better combination than an NCL cruise and the one you love.

Weddings and Romance : Wedding Packages

Celebrate the most important day of your life on board one of NCL's wonderful ships bound for paradise. Or have your event in beautiful New York, the Caribbean or Bermuda. Every detail -- from the day you schedule your wedding to your ceremony and champagne toast -- will be handled for you. We've thought of everything, so you can enjoy your big day. New York offers a one-of-a-kind spark of excitement that makes everything magical. Or, if you prefer, have your ceremony blessed by the balmy breezes of a tropical locale like Bermuda or the Caribbean. Wherever you choose to say, "I do," NCL will make sure you do it in style. Whether you want to exchange vows or vow to do it all over again, your wedding plans are a piece of cake with NCL's Wedding Planner. Choose to celebrate your special day with just the two of you, or together with family and friends, followed by a romantic reception package. With NCL the choice is yours. All of our packages include:;Wedding Coordinator to ensure everything is just the way you pictured it;Personalized Romantic Wedding Ceremony;Wedding Officiant to legally pronounce you husband and wife;Romantic Recorded Ceremony Music;Keepsake Marriage Certificate;Wedding Cake for the Bride and Groom;Bottle of NCL Private Selection Sparkling Wine or Champagne;Photography Service to capture all of your memories.For additional information on, availability and package pricing, of Wedding Packages only, please contact The Wedding Experience Coordinators from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm EST, (Monday through Friday) or call toll free: 1.800.392.3472, direct: 305.421.1280, or email us at ncl@theweddingexperience.com.

Weddings and Romance : Romance Packages

Honeymoon / Anniversary Package - $79 per stateroom• Sparkling wine and strawberries in your stateroom on embarkation day • Canapes delivered to your stateroom one evening • Complimentary sparkling wine and cake party • A keepsake photograph • Romantic dinner for two in Le Bistro with a complimentary bottle of wine.Deluxe Honeymoon / Anniversary Package - $229 per stateroom• Sparkling wine and strawberries in your stateroom on embarkation day • Canapes delivered to your stateroom one evening • Complimentary sparkling wine and cake party • A keepsake photograph • Romantic dinner for two in Le Bistro with a complimentary bottle of wine • Breakfast in bed on one day of your choice • Two 25-minute Mandara Spa® half-body Seven Seas Massages.Romance Packages - $249 per stateroom• Sparkling wine and strawberries in your stateroom on embarkation day • A traditional Mandara Spa® pedicure and manicure for one • Two 25-minute Mandara Spa® half-body Seven Seas Massages • Tea service in your stateroom on the afternoon of your choice.Deluxe Romance Package - $329 per stateroom• Sparkling wine and strawberries in your stateroom on embarkation day • Choice of Mandara Spa® Exotic Frangipani Body Nourishing Wrap or Exotic Coconut and Milk Ritual Wrap for one • Two 25-minute Mandara Spa® half-body Seven Seas Massages • Tea service in your stateroom on the afternoon of your choice • Breakfast in bed on one day of your choice • A beautiful keepsake formal portrait • Romantic dinner for two in Le Bistro with a complimentary bottle of wine.For additional information concerning the Romance Packages only, please call our Reservations Department at 1.800.327.7030. Packages need to be booked prior to 2 weeks to sailing.

After playing 18 holes in paradise, it's tough finding accommodations to match. Unless, of course, you're on Norwegian Cruise Line. As the newest partner of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour we give you golf like no one else. Relax and enjoy your golf getaway to premiere courses like Mauna Lani in Hawaii and Port Royal in Bermuda. In fact, there's a new course and new experience waiting in every port. And NCL makes it really easy. So, whether it's hitting a bucket of balls at sunrise or playing till you can't swing anymore. When it's Freestyle Cruising®, you're free to whatever.

NCL Golf : Tee it up with us and get:*

Advanced Tee Time Booking; Callaway® Rental Clubs; Pro-line Rental Shoes; Club Valet Service with Secure Club Storage; Transportation to and from the Course; Help with Planning Golf Tournaments

NCL Golf : NCL's Golf Hawaii

"Golf Heaven" really does exist - and we sail there. Hawaii is a golfer's paradise with the greenest greens and some of the most challenging courses in the world, even for golf champs. Best of all, we do all the work and get you the best tee times at most of the hottest courses on all four of Hawaii's main islands. If you bring your own clubs, our exclusive Club Valet will carefully store, clean and bring them to the pier for you everyday. If you don't want to travel with them, rent a set of top of the line Callaway® clubs from us, or purchase a set (and other golf equipment) at our on-board Pro Shop. So come golf with us in Hawaii and make your foursome back home jealous. Bragging rights included. Learn More

NCL Golf : NCL's Golf Bermuda

Sure, Bermuda has great pink-sand beaches, famous shorts and fantastic underwater life. .but, we're talking golf. There are more courses in Bermuda per square mile than anywhere else in the world. And NCL makes it really easy to golf on all the best courses the island has to offer. Just show up with your game face on and we'll do the rest. Play once just to say you did or, spend each day playing on some of the most beautiful courses you can imagine. Learn More

How about a mid-morning run 10 stories above the ocean? We built our ships with jogging and walking tracks, great spas for the perfect massage, basketball courts and fitness centers open 24 hours with televisions, treadmills, and ellipticals, free weights, special classes, and more. Here a just a few of our treatments that will make you ooh and aah.

Spa, Sports and Fitness : Massage Treatments

Mandara's Hot Stone Heaven: Warmed volcanic stones caress smoothly over your body and impart a deep soothing heat to sore and tired muscles. An experience not to be missed! Bali-Press: Balinese remedy for stress relief. Fingers, elbows and palm pressure stimulate, relax and soothe acupressure points and energy meridians -- done with a Mandara twist! Earth, Wind & Sky: A soothing neck, scalp and face massage followed by hand and foot reflexology. Feel like you're floating in heaven. Mandara Dream Time: Swedish style massage with a Mandara difference. Seven Seas Massage: Can't decide which massage to do? Why not allow our therapist to incorporate a combination of massage techniques from around the world? Mandara Four Hands Massage: This is Mandara Spa's signature treatment. Two therapists working on you simultaneously, in synchrony -- and in serene silence. . The ultimate indulgence! Mandara To You: We bring the spa to you. A massage in the privacy of your own stateroom. (Stateroom size permitting) Mandara To You For Two: We bring the spa to both of you. A massage for two in the privacy of your own stateroom. (Stateroom size permitting)

Spa, Sports and Fitness : Facial Treatments

Exquisite facial treatments that will nurture you inside and out. Natural ingredients * Caring touch * Perfect combinations. La Therapie Oxygen Lifting Facial: An oxygenating facial that uses galvanic stimuli and hi-frequency to penetrate into the deepest layers gently and effectively. By prolonging the life of skin cells and withdrawing deeply embedded impurities, this facial will assist in lifting the appearance of the skin while helping blemished or impure skin-types to heal quickly. Elemis Japanese Silk Booster Facial: Experience the ultimate in holistic skin therapy. This facial promises to take your skin on a journey of total renewal. Natural Asian silk protein or sulphur compresses combined with pure phytoamine biocomplexes have been formulated for advanced aromatherapy skincare to produce immediate results beyond question. Absolute Pro-Collagen Lift for boosting collagen production, lifting mature skins and anti-aging. Absolute Oxygen SkinCalm for restructuring tired, fragile and sensitive skin. Absolute Vita-C Harmony with added Vitamin C for problem, congested and oil-rich skins. Elemis Japanese Silk Eye Zone Therapy: Taking rejuvenating eye therapies to new levels, this treatment combines reflexology with a unique Asian silk protein compress and our Eternal Synergy range. With specialized lifting massage to refine, oxygenate and increase cellular renewal, your eyes will look smoother, firmer and back to their sparkling best! Absolute Pro-Collagen Lift helps to plump out, smooth and define eye contour. Absolute Bright Eyes helps to disperse congestion and reduce puffiness. Add This Therapy to Your Asian Silk Booster Facial. Norway Aromapure Facial: A therapeutic facial that combines the power of Absolutes with true premium grade essential oils, to treat the skin at the deepest level without irritation. Prescribed to your needs, the power of nature, combined with specialized Eastern massage techniques, oxygenates your skin and brings the body and mind into balance. Choose from:; Fruit Active Glow a great pick-me-up and pre-occasion treat to lift dull skin; Herbal Lavender Repair to heal and repair congested oil-rich skin; Exotic Cream Moisture Dew to give dry, thirsty skin a hydrating surge; Absolute Lift improves skin tone, to revitalize and feel lift to the skin

Spa, Sports and Fitness : Body Wraps

All wraps include a gentle face, scalp or foot massage. Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap: Creating a perfect combination from nature itself, coconut extract and Tahitian Frangipani are soaked together to produce the most exotic aroma and texture imaginable. Traditionally used by Polynesian women to protect their beautiful bodies and lustrous hair, Monoi oil will soothe, condition and soften your skin. Drench yourself in its moisture and bathe in sensuality. Elemis Exotic Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual Wrap: A ceremony of pure sensuality to tantalize and delight! A traditional Balinese coconut recipe polishes the skin while the exotic body oil indulges your senses. Cleopatra was renowned for bathing in milk before her secret liaisons with Mark Anthony, so now it is your turn to bask in the ritual as a warm Milk Bath is smothered over your entire body. Healing, comforting opulence with pure unadulterated pleasure. Elemis Aroma-Star Ocean Wrap: The Power of aromatherapy is combined with the riches of the ocean in this deeply warming and detox therapy. A heated seaweed mask containing a warming blend of essential oils is applied to your body before you are cocooned in a warm wrap. Relax, weightless in a foil wrap, while the active ingredients work to ease arthritis, fatigue and promote internal cleansing. Choose from: Musclease Aromaspa -- soothes, warms and caresses the muscles and joints. Cellutox Aromaspa -- focuses on detoxifying and cleansing the entire internal system. Respect For The Sun Ritual: The sun is good for the soul, but not for the skin. . so fake it with the Elemis Total Glow Self Tanning Therapy. First we exfoliate your body with Lime and Ginger Salt Glow -- an exotic exfoliation ritual to invigorate and bring vitality to your face and body. After a light body brushing, warm oil is dripped luxuriously all over your body before our Lime and Ginger Salt Glow is applied. Your skin is deeply cleansed and polished to perfection before applying the Total Glow Self Tanning Cream. Within a few hours, your skin will be transformed with a golden hue, and no one will know your secret except you! Ionithermie Sea-Algae Detox Wrap: Ionithermie is the leading cellulite correction therapy in Europe. Created by a surgeon in France, Ionithermie is the only therapy available that helps to detoxify the body and offer substantial inch loss after just one session. Combining 21st century technology with specially selected sea-algae, you will experience both firming and toning of the body after just one session. For ultimate benefits and detoxification we recommend you book in for a course of three on your cruise.

Spa, Sports and Fitness : Finishing Touches

Step out in perfection! Hair care and skin care products are available for purchase at our salon.; Shampoo/ Set or Shampoo/ Blow Dry; Up-Do (Shampoo and Blow Dry not included); Color Services; Traditional Manicure; French Manicure; Nail Polish Change; Toe Polish Change; French Polish Change; Traditional Pedicure; Paraffin Hand Dip; Paraffin Feet Dip

Give those special people in your life a festive and thoughtful Bon Voyage gift or party from our exclusive collection. Some of the items available:

Bon Voyage Gifts : Flowers

Flowers are available only on cruises departing from Miami, San Juan, Boston, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, and Honolulu. 800 Harmony $20.00- $35.00; 802 Springtime $20.00- $35.00; 801 Tropical Delight $35.00- $45.00; 803 Classic Dozen Roses $50.00-65.00;

Bon Voyage Gifts : Hawaii Flowers

These flowers and prices are only available on the Hawaii Sailings out of Honolulu. 810 Harmony $35.00; 812 Springtime $30.00; 811 Tropical Delight $42.00; 813 Classic Dozen Roses $60.00;

Bon Voyage Gifts : Mandara Spa Gift Certificates

There is nothing more luxurious than a treatment at our Mandara Spa. Treat yourself or someone special to a complete menu of body - soothing experiences. Try a Coconut Body Polish, a Japanese Honey Steam Wrap, a Bali- Press Massage or a tempting selection of other choices. 605 $25.00 Certificate $25.00 606 $50.00 Certificate $50.00 607 $100.00 Certificate $100.00

Bon Voyage Gifts : Onboard Credit / Casino Gift Credits

Some restrictions apply to purchase and use of game chips and tokens. This offer is limited to one per person. 600 $25.00 Onboard Credit Certificates $25.00; 601 $50.00 Onboard Credit Certificates $50.00; 602 $75.00 Onboard Credit Certificates $75.00; 603 $100.00 Onboard Credit Certificates $100.00;

Bon Voyage Gifts : Casino Chips / Tokens

Give the gift of good fortune with NCL table game chips and/or slot tokens 706 Triple Play Chips: Triple Play Chips stay in play as long as they win, so you get more chances to lure Lady Luck to your side! And they're good on all table games, including Blackjack, Stud Poker, Craps, Roulette and Let It Ride. $10.00; 700 $25.00 Chips/Tokens $25.00; 701 $50.00 Chips/Tokens $50.00; 702 $100.00 Chips/Tokens $100.00; 704 Casino Win Card: Learn to play your favorite table games like a pro. NCL's Win Cards show you how with instructions on Craps, Blackjack, and Roulette. $5.00;

Bon Voyage Gifts : "Leave the Decorating to Us" Party Package!

Is someone celebrating a special occasion? We'll decorate their stateroom with streamers, confetti, balloons and a scrumptious party cake. Just specify the type of occasion. 550 Anniversary $30.00; 551 Birthday $30.00; 552 Bon Voyage $30.00; 553 Congratulations $30.00;

Bon Voyage Gifts : Kid's Crew Backpack

341-3 3-day cruise package $30.50 341-4 4-day cruise package $33.00; 341-7 7-day cruise package $39.50

Bon Voyage Gifts : Teen Passport Program

(13-17 Years of Age) 343 20 non-alcoholic drinks, including non-alcoholic smoothie in a 12-14 oz. glass The teen and a guest are entitled to an afternoon dance party with the D.J., pizza and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks The Teen will also receive an invitation to a "Farewell Frat Party" on the last evening of the cruise. Passports are not replaceable if lost. ***Purchase of this package does not serve as the required registration for the Teen Program's activities. A parent or guardian must register their teen by seeing any member of the youth staff once onboard. $34.50

Bon Voyage Gifts : Adult and Teen Soda Program (ages 13 and older)

Unlimited Fountain Soda Includes: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Tonic Water, and Soda Water The entire cruise must be purchased. Non-Refundable. Prepaid @ $6.25 per person per day x Cruise days plus 15% gratuity and applicable taxes Souvenir Thermal mug included in the purchase of the program $6.25/day

Bon Voyage Gifts : Children's Soda Program (ages 1 month - 12 years old)

Unlimited Fountain Soda Includes: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Tonic Water, and Soda Water The entire cruise must be purchased. Non-Refundable. Prepaid @ $4.00 per person per day x Cruise days plus 15% gratuity and applicable taxes Souvenir Thermal mug included in the purchase of the program $4.00/day

Bon Voyage Gifts : Romance Packages

We like to think we know a thing or two about romance. After all, we cruise to some of the most romantic places on earth!

Bon Voyage Gifts : Goodies and Gourmet Fare

Send family and friends off with a special gift from our fabulous selection of goodies

Bon Voyage Gifts : Party Packages

Celebrating a birthday? Surprise that special someone with festive stateroom decorations and a cake. A perfect way to start your perfect cruise!

Bon Voyage Gifts : Onboard Credit & Casino

We offer a variety of amounts to pre-purchase for your onboard enjoyment.

People everywhere are discovering the joys of Freestyle Cruising. But now there's a new way to make your cruise even more rewarding. Simply place a $250 deposit for a future NCL cruise next time you're on board with us and we'll give you a $100 on-board credit to use right away. It's good for Shore Excursions, spa treatments, casino play - almost anything you want. You don't have to choose your sail date or itinerary. Just book when you want to wherever you want within the next year. It's the super easy, Freestyle way to earn $100 on the spot.

Fellow Passengers

The crowd is diverse -- primarily American -- ranging in age from young families to older folks, and as well as a good many cruisers with disabilities. Norwegian has cultivated a broad appeal, which means its ships are oriented to both families and couples. They're appropriate for gay and lesbian travelers, too.

Norwegian is also carving out a major niche for itself in the U.K. and is offering some homeport options there. As well, it targets passengers from other English-speaking countries, such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Itineraries

Norwegian Cruise Line is the leader in roundtrip seven-day cruises from U.S. and Canadian ports with its homeland cruising program. Ships sail seasonally from Boston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami, Seattle and Vancouver ? and Port Canaveral, beginning in 2010 -- and year-round from New York. Pride of America homeports in Honolulu and currently offers seven-night cruises to Maui (Kahului), Hilo, Kona and Kauai.

In addition to Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean, NCL sails to Mexico and South America. Norwegian has been ramping up its presence in Europe for the past few years and that trend continues. In 2013, the line will have four ships -- including Norwegian Jade (cruising from Venice), Norwegian Spirit (cruising from Venice), Norwegian Star (cruising from Copenhagen) and Norwegian Epic (cruising from Barcelona, Rome and Provence) -- in Europe.

Norwegian Cruise Line has also established itself as one of the major players in Bermuda cruising. Currently, Norwegian Star (out of New York) and Norwegian Dawn (Boston) sail there on seven night cruises. In 2013, the line will offer the seven night roundtrip New York-Bermuda cruises on its newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway.

NCL also offers Canada/New England cruises, as well. Two ships -- Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Gem -- sail a series of seven to 10-day Canada & New England itineraries.

Norwegian also offers a variety of short cruises. Travelers looking for a quick getaway can sample one of the line's one- to four-night sailings from New York, Miami, Tampa, Vancouver and even a few select European cities.

Shore Excursions