NCL Cruises Ultimate Guide

About NCL 

Norwegian Cruise Line, headquartered in Miami, Florida, is renowned for pioneering the "Freestyle Cruising" concept, offering guests flexibility and freedom with no fixed dining times or formal dress codes. As a trailblazer in the cruise industry, NCL provides a wide range of contemporary amenities and entertainment options, making it a top choice for travellers seeking casual yet refined cruising experiences.

Currently ranked among the top cruise lines worldwide, NCL operates voyages to over 300 destinations globally. 

Interesting Facts about NCL

  • Freestyle Cruising Pioneer - Introduced flexible dining options and no formal dress codes.
  • First to offer a private island, Great Stirrup Cay.
  • The Haven - Exclusive, luxurious "ship-within-a-ship" area.
  • Environmental Leader - Noted for advanced wastewater treatment systems.
  • Offers over 450 unique cruise destinations.
  • Broadway-Caliber Shows - Multiple awards for onboard entertainment.
  • Solo Traveler Studios - Pioneered studio staterooms with a dedicated lounge.
  • Diverse Dining Options - Over 25 dining experiences, including celebrity chef partnerships.
  • Ships designed for expansive sea views with lots of glass.

NCL Destinations

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is celebrated for its access to some of the globe's most sought-after destinations. Whether you're looking to bask on the sun-kissed shores of the Caribbean, explore the rugged landscapes of Alaska, or immerse yourself in the rich histories of the Mediterranean, NCL offers an unmatched journey for every type of traveller.

NCL Haven

The Haven is an exclusive, top-tier section on select NCL ships that offers a private and luxurious cruise experience. It provides a serene escape with the most well-appointed accommodations and premium, personalised services.

Key Features of The Haven:

  • Luxurious, spacious suites with elite amenities.
  • 24/7 Butler & Concierge Service
  • An exclusive sundeck 
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation
  • A complete all-inclusive experience
  • Gourmet dining in a private restaurant

Exclusive Amenities and Services
While enjoying The Haven, guests can still access the ship's amenities, entertainment, and services. This allows for a unique blend of exclusivity and the full range of cruise experiences.

The Haven is featured on the following ship classes:

  • Breakaway Plus Class: Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Encore
  • Breakaway Class: Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway
  • Epic Class: Norwegian Epic
  • Jewel Class: Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Gem

Luxurious Accommodations
Guests of The Haven can enjoy incredible accommodations, including The Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite, The Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa, The Haven Courtyard Penthouse, and The Haven Spa Suite. Each offers exclusive amenities and privileges that enhance the cruise experience to premium levels.

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NCL Private Islands

Since the 1990s, cruise lines have been enhancing their guests' experiences by investing in exclusive, land-based private islands. Norwegian Cruise Line owns two private islands, each offering unique attractions and pristine natural environments.

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
First opened to guests in 1977, this idyllic island in the Caribbean is NCL's private paradise. It features white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and an array of activities, from snorkelling to private cabana rentals.

Harvest Caye, Belize
Opened in 2016, Harvest Caye offers a luxurious resort-style experience with a large pool, nature centre, and a variety of beach activities. Unlike many private islands, it integrates local culture and entertainment, giving guests a taste of Belizean life.

These islands provide NCL travellers with exclusive, serene getaways, enhancing their cruise experience with unforgettable tropical beauty and relaxation.

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

 The island provides an exclusive beach experience, complete with white sandy beaches, and a newly enhanced landscape that includes a luxury beachfront villa and multiple dining options. The surrounding waters are designated as a protected marine sanctuary, making it an ideal spot for snorkelling and underwater exploration.

Harvest Caye, Belize
Harvest Caye, Belize

Harvest Caye offers a deep connection with the natural and cultural heritage of Belize. Guests can enjoy a lush 10-acre beach with a massive pool area, private luxury beach villas, and a variety of water sports.

NCL Fleet

NCL boasts one of the most contemporary fleets in the cruise industry. With 17 ships varying in size from 1,936 to 4,266 passengers, NCL offers a diverse range of experiences tailored to different traveller preferences. 

Family Fun Onboard

Norwegian Cruise Line is perfect for family vacations, offering a range of activities that cater to all ages.

  • Kids can enjoy the Guppies Program for toddlers up to 3 years, featuring the Guppies Nursery with professional care, free baby essentials, and a playroom filled with toys.
  • Older kids and teens have access to pools, waterslides, sports complexes, and age-appropriate clubs offering games, crafts, and parties.

Families can also enjoy flexible dining options with kid-friendly menus, ensuring meal times are stress-free and fun. 

Exclusive Partnership with Broadway

This partnership brings spectacular performances directly to the high seas. NCL hosts award-winning shows like "Kinky Boots," "The Choir of Man," and classics like "Jersey Boys" across various ships, including those in the Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus classes.

World-Class Entertainment: Guests can enjoy these Broadway hits performed multiple times weekly in state-of-the-art theatres specially designed for an intimate viewing experience. Enhance your evening by pairing the show with dinner or cocktails from one of the many onboard restaurants and bars. This commitment to delivering top-tier entertainment is a hallmark of the NCL cruise experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

NCL stands for Norwegian Cruise Line. It is a globally recognized cruise line known for pioneering the concept of Freestyle Cruising, which offers guests flexibility and freedom to design their ideal cruise vacation. Norwegian Cruise Line operates various ships that sail to spectacular destinations worldwide, providing unique onboard experiences, amenities, and entertainment.


We recommend checking your chosen itinerary's specific health and safety protocols by contacting our customer service for the most current information, as these requirements can change based on public health guidelines and regulations.

A valid passport is required for most Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) cruises. Guests should have a passport book that is valid for at least six months beyond the completion of their travel for international voyages.