Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the modern cruise experience with Caribbean offerings in 1966 when it was known as Norwegian Caribbean Line and has continued at the heart of mainstream cruising ever since. The sheer decadence with which you're greeted the moment you step aboard is undisputable. The fleet of 14 colourful, striking ships is at the cutting edge of fun-packed cruising and offers some of the best entertainment at sea, including big-name Broadway acts and shows. The mould-breaking ships reflect contemporary lifestyles and offer an abundance of activities for all ages around the clock, emphasising sports, music and entertainment.
Among the many pioneering elements Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced to cruising is Freestyle Dining. Breaking with traditions of rigid schedules and stuffy dress codes, NCL has brought the convenience of open dining to the sea. There's still traditional large dining rooms where menus are served around a theme and dress is casual. NCL has, however, realised that passengers also want an expanded range of upscale dining options from which to choose, at a time to suit their personal schedule. For a supplement, guests can select from a number of smaller, themed restaurants serving French, Brazilian, Japanese and Italian cuisines, to name a few.
Norwegian Cruise Line was also a pioneer of the concept of a ship-within-a-ship, offering an exceptional range of accommodation to its suite passengers in The Haven, who can enjoy their own pool, restaurant and sunbathing area.
Three new ships launching in three years have taken all the best concepts of their older sisters and with new concepts like an ice bar and a long, waterfront promenade for outdoor dining thrown into the mix, this cruise line goes from strength to strength.