Norwegian Cruise Reviews

June 7, 2015
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  • Long lines may occur at dining venues and theaters
  • Some onboard activities are not included in cruise rates
  • Meals at specialty restaurants cost extra

On Board

Norwegian Cruise Line caters to families, offering age-appropriate programming geared toward younger passengers. On cruises that take place over the winter holidays and during the summer months, you'll likely find more families. Conversely, far-flung itineraries tend to draw an older crowd. Some ships also offer studio rooming options for those traveling alone, with special discounts and social events for solo travelers. Because many of its home ports are based in the United States, Norwegian attracts a primarily American clientele.

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On Shore

At many ports of call, you can disembark and explore the surrounding area through one of Norwegian's planned shore excursions. There are more than 1, 400 excursions to choose from, and they vary based on itinerary and region of the world (Norwegian cruises to several different regions, including Alaska ...

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Before You Book

  • Individuals younger than 18 must be accompanied by a passenger 21 or older. Underage cruisers must also stay in the same (or an adjoining) stateroom as an adult.
  • All Norwegian itineraries require passengers to be at least 6 months old. On voyages that include three or more consecutive days at sea, infants must be at least 12 months old to travel.
  • All cruises require a per-person deposit, the value and due date of which depend on your cruise type and stateroom category.
  • Final payment for cruises must be paid between 60 and 90 days prior to sailing, depending on your itinerary and travel dates. If you choose to stay in a Garden Villa, Courtyard Villa or Specialty Suite, your final payment is due 90 days before sailing.
  • Women who have entered or will enter their 24th week of pregnancy before the cruise ends are not allowed to sail with Norwegian.
  • If you have booked a one- to five-day cruise, you must cancel at least 61 days prior to sailing to receive a full refund (77 days if your cruise is over a holiday). If you have booked a cruise that will last six days or longer, you must cancel at least 76 days prior to sailing to receive a full refund (91 days if your cruise is over a holiday). If you miss these deadlines, you will forfeit your entire deposit or a set percentage of your cruise fare, whichever one is higher. The amount you lose will depend on how close the cancellation date is to the date of departure. And if you cancel your cruise less than 14 days before your cruise sets sail, you will receive no refund.
  • If you have booked The Haven or another Norwegian Suite category on any cruise, you must cancel at least 120 days prior to sailing to receive a full refund. Cancellations on a Haven or Norwegian Suite made with 55 days or less remaining before a departure date will not be eligible for a refund.
Source: travel.usnews.com
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