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  • Brand Overview

    Norwegian Cruise Line is going big for Alaska in 2020, unmatched in excitement and ship hardware – in fact with the newest fleet out of Seattle.  They are:  Norwegian Joy again joining her sister mega-ship, Norwegian Bliss, for cruises alternating on Saturdays and Sundays from Seattle each weekend.  These two sparkling new vessels represent the largest ships to ever cruise the Pacific Ocean, and certainly to ever see Alaska!  They are also the only two ships to have a Go Kart track offered up on the top deck, if you can believe it (plus many other amazing activities and amenities)!  In addition is the return of Norwegian Jewel to operate weekly scenic one-way voyages between Vancouver, BC and Seward, AK (or reverse) – and with the added option to add a comprehensive land package into the interior and to see Denali National Park too.  To complete the picture is the popular Norwegian Sun, sailing more extensive 7 – 12 night voyages roundtrip from Seattle to more out of the way spots along the Inside Passage.


    Norwegian Cruise Line was the first to pioneer Freestyle Cruising – wonderfully elaborate ships with an array of dining and entertainment choices throughout, allowing one the flexibility and ease of doing things on your own schedule, with no structure nor requirements, no set dining times, and no formal nights.  Do what you want, when you want!  This is Alaska all on your own terms and schedule.


    You will find that Norwegian Cruise Line ships are perfectly suited to all walks of life, from the sophisticated traveller to families and to those who want to upgrade to supreme luxury with access to The Haven – Norwegian’s private ship-within-a-ship suite class.  Perfect arrangements for the single traveller (specially-designed and more affordable single staterooms are offered on Norwegian Bliss & Joy) or the multi-generational family gathering of rooms and suites.  Norwegian also offers a complimentary and fully supervised kids/teen program onboard.


    Come and see the Last Frontier – the remote state of Alaska – as only Norwegian Cruise Line can show you. 

  • Youth Program

    Guppies (6 months – 3 years) - Hosted by an Early Years Coordinator, Guppies is perfect to for Norwegian's youngest guests. Enjoy up to two hours a day of interactive parent-child activities, including sensory play, painting and more.

    Splash Academy (Kids) - Your kids will have a blast inside Splash Academy where they can enjoy creative play, sports and more. From themed activities to parties, youth staff has a knack for this stuff. Or drop off the kids during supervised Group Sitting on port days or in the evening and make it a romantic night out.

    Entourage Teen Club (Teens) - Movies. Art. Music. Video games. Dance parties. Welcome to Entourage - a retreat for teens looking to have fun and hang out with people their own age. One thing's for sure: absolutely, positively, no parents allowed.

    Kids' Aqua Park - They'll splish. They'll splash. They'll definitely have a blast. Whether they want to zoom down a tube slide or get drenched by tipping buckets or water cannons, kids will have the best of times at the new interactive Kids' Aqua Park.

  • Alcohol Policy

    Passengers must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcohol.

    Except for Alaska and Hawaii itineraries, Norwegian permits young adults to purchase and personally consume wine and beer only while onboard and with the consent of an accompanying parent. Authorization will be given only when the accompanying parent completes the Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver form. This form can be obtained and completed at the Guest Services Desk upon embarkation of the vessel. However, passengers 18 years of age or older are permitted to consume beer and wine when sailing on round-trip European voyages without having to complete the Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver form.

    Please note that except for Wine and Champagne, all guests are prohibited from bringing alcohol on board our ships. If you purchase any alcohol at one of our ports-of-call or in our onboard shops, we will safely store your purchase(s) and either on the final night of the cruise or the morning of debarkation it will be available for pick up in a designated area.

  • Gratuities

    Applying to all guests ages 3 years or older, Norwegian charges $14.50 per person per day to your onboard account (Suites #17.50). Called a service charge, the fund is pooled and distributed amongst restaurant staff, stateroom stewards, and behind-the-scenes support staff.  If you wish to decrease the amount of the service charge due to an issue, please advise the desk staff immediately. Norwegian strives for a satisfactory solution, however, should your concerns persist, the charges can be adjusted. 

    Unlike most other ships in the cruise industry, there is no required or recommended tipping on Norwegian ships for service that is generally rendered to all Guests. While you should not feel obligated to offer a gratuity, all staff are encouraged to "go the extra mile," so they are permitted to accept cash gratuities for exceptional or outstanding service if you care to offer them. Also, certain staff positions (e.g., concierge, butler, youth program staff and beverage service) provide service on an individual basis to only some guests and do not benefit from the overall service charge. Norwegian encourages those Guests to acknowledge good service from these staff members with appropriate gratuities. Additionally, there is an 20% gratuity and spa service charge added for all spa and salon services, as well as an 20% gratuity and beverage service charge added for all beverage purchases and an 20% gratuity and specialty service charge added to all specialty restaurant dining and entertainment-based dining.

  • Dress Code

    As part of Freestyle Cruising™, you have the freedom to choose what to wear. Where other cruise lines have formal night, Norwegian has “Dress-Up or Not Night.” 

    At the buffet, swimwear is acceptable, but a shirt or cover up must be worn. Footwear is also required. 

    In the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants, swimwear is not permitted. Tank tops (for men), flip flops, baseball caps, visors, overly faded jeans with holes or tears and worn below the hips are not permitted. Kids 12 and under are welcome to wear nice shorts in all our restaurants. 

    As air conditioning can be cold in public areas, packing a sweater is recommended. 

  • Pregnancy & Infant Policy

    Women are permitted to board if pregnant for 24 weeks or less on day of disembarkation. A physician's letter must be faxed to Passenger Courtesy (305-436-4147) for women in any stage of pregnancy. Doctor's note required.

    Infant minimum age is 6 months. For sailings with three or more consecutive days at sea, infants must be 12 months old at the time of sailing.