Norwegian Cruise Line -
see Alaska your way!
Norwegian Cruise Line will be represented by 2 ships in Alaska for 2011.
Norwegian Pearl – a 2,394 passenger vessel
Norwegian Star – a 2,240 passenger vessel
The Norwegian Star repositions twice at the beginning of the season before settling into a 7-day Inside Passage itinerary roundtrip from Seattle. Once from Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C. for a 7-day journey and then Vancouver, B.C. to Seattle for 7-days. At the end of the season she repositions again sailing from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. for 7-days. Her itnerary focuses on the Sawyer Glacier and departs on Saturdays.
The itinerary of the Norwegian Pearl highlights Glacier Bay and departs on Sundays. This ship also sails roundtrip from Seattle the majority of the season. She repositions once at season start from Vancouver, B.C. to Seattle sailing a 7-day Inside Passage route. Season end offers a reverse 7-day Inside Passage cruise sailing Seattle to Vancouver, B.C.
- Numerous dining options and the choice to dine when, where and with whom you want.
- You’re welcome to come as you are no wardrobe formalities necessary.
- Service is friendly but has been inconsistent in the past. NCL is focusing on improvements.
- Characteristic of large ships, you may experience some lines and frequent loud speaker announcements.
You won’t hear “are we there yet?” on this cruise. Norwegian Cruise Line passengers are attracted to the non-stop almost unlimited choice of things to do onboard. In Alaska, the brisk pace is toned down with a slightly older clientele when compared with sailings on the lines warmer itineraries. You’ll find first-timers, an increasing number of families and a solid base of fans who have cruised on the line before.
Accommodations/Cabins: Since Norwegian Cruise Line has the widest choice of accommodations at sea, cabin type varies widely from ship to ship. Design elements enhance an open airy feeling. Each stateroom provides a small sitting area and adequate storage.
Amenities include a small refrigerator, tea/coffeemaker, broadband internet connection, a personal safe, hair dryer and upgraded linens and pillows. Suites take it up a notch with butler and concierge service, walk-in closets, whirlpool tubs, and entertainment centers.
Staterooms in the “Villa” category are some of the most unique and available on the Norwegian Pearl. These range from 500-5000 sq. ft. and include exclusive use of a shared private courtyard with pool, hot tub, sundeck and small gym.
Cruising with the family has never been easier. With interconnecting cabins across a wide range of categories families of nearly any size will find comfort and privacy.
The Norwegian Pearl offers 27 wheelchair accessible staterooms and the Norwegian Star has 20.
Dining: You will certainly find no monotony here. Norwegian Cruise Line offers multiple dining venues with spice of life variety where you can dine whenever you wish. The Pearl has 13 interesting venues and the Star has 14.
Depending on the ship you may find French-Mediterranean, a steak house, Spanish Tapas, Italian trattoria and pan-Asian including a sushi and sashimi bar and teppanyaki room. The specialty restaurants are popular, some require an additional charge and reservations are suggested.
NCL offers one formal night and you can choose to participate or not. Dress is extremely casual with jeans and T-shirts acceptable. The food is good but not gourmet. Be sure to save some room for the midnight Chocolate buffet offered once during each cruise.
Entertainment: The merriment continues after dark with an array of diversions. Extravagant Broadway and Las Vegas-style production shows that showcase some of the most gifted artists at sea. A terrific blend of musical delights in smaller lounges for dancing and listening, award-winning casinos and a lively disco. You’ll also find entertainment like comedians, magicians, jugglers and karaoke for you audience participation types.
Spa/Fitness: There can be no place more rewarding than a spa sanctuary at sea. Spa facilities are offered fleetwide on Norwegian Cruise Line ships and are staffed by the highly-praised Mandara Spa.
Services are inspired by the beauty, spirit and traditions of Bali’s natural environs. Emphasis is placed on creating a unique experience with an East-West flavor. Spa facilities will vary by ship.
You won’t have any excuses for not sticking to your workout routine onboard these ships. With 24-hour fitness centers featuring state-of-art equipment, team games on the sports court, swimming, jogging and walking tracks and a wide range of specialized classes taught by certified instructors there is never a dull moment. The Norwegian Pearl even offers rock climbing and bowling.
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Junior Sailors: Norwegian Cruise Line offers fun for young cruisers of all ages in their “Kid’s Crew” program. Activities are very family-friendly and age appropriate for youth between the ages of 2-17. Young sailors are divided into 3 groups, ages 2-5, 6 to 9 and 10 to 12. Teenagers 13-17 hang out in the “Teen Crew” program.
The facilities are some of the largest at sea and are staffed by qualified counselors. For kids 2-12 it’s safety first, with ID bracelets and parents required to sign children in and out. Group sitting is available while in port and in the evening beginning at 10pm. Participants must be 2 years of age and there is a nominal fee.
Cruise tour program: Since the majority of Norwegian Cruise Line itineraries concentrate on round-trip travel from Seattle or an inside passage route between Seattle and Vancouver a smooth transition into a cruise tour product visiting Alaska’s interior is not available. However, a pre and/or post cruise package in either city offers discoveries not to be missed and should be considered.
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