When 4-star Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) introduced its innovative “Freestyle” concept in 2000, they ushered in an extraordinary new era, which transformed traditional cruise into a unique and far more personal experience. Designed to meet changing needs of today’s discerning cruise passenger, Freestyle Cruising offers guests a truly relaxed, resort-style experience, with perhaps most importantly, complete personal flexibility. There is only one schedule on NCL’s freestyle ships, and that is yours. The hallmarks are remarkable.
There is a good assortment of suites most of which have private balconies and separate bedrooms. On Dawn, for example, at very top end you might select her spectacular 5,350 square foot "garden villa" suite complete with living room, dining room, three bedrooms, whirlpool tub and garden with a hot tub, outdoor dining area and terrace (it's true!). And there's butler service too. It simply does not get better than this for families or a group of friends). But no matter which accommodation style you choose, you'll find your surroundings, bright, cheerful and comfortable.
NCL has created a world of options for their guests, which contributes mightily to shipboard atmosphere of family holiday fun, relaxation, personal freedom and romance. Wide open spaces and small private hideaways. Sheer glass walls and views stretching to ends of earth. Coconut body polishes at Mandara Spa. Warm cognac and hand rolled cigars, beer and a game in sports bar. Special clubs just for kids. "And so very much more".
Food is a very big part of cruising, and in this area, NCL is in a league of its own. Along with wide assortment of cuisine found on every ship, there are added treats and variations on theme. A wickedly sinful Chocoholic Buffet, a President's Menu, designed by Henry Haller, former White House Executive Chef, tasty children's menus, Healthy selections from Cooking Light magazine with low fat, low cholesterol and low calorie suggestions. Meals taken in main dining rooms are included, however there is an additional charge for meals enjoyed in specialty restaurants.
The good times roll as lavish entertainment fills night with pizzazz. Broadway style theatre and snazzy productions in grand scale showrooms, cabaret singers and comics in lounges. Dancing at Dazzles. Hot Latin rhythms and latest tunes in disco. The slap of cards and "rat-a-tat-tat" of roulette wheel in sizzling casino. NCL hosted cocktail parties for honeymooners, singles and past guests. Is there a more exciting place to be in evening than on a ship at sea, ablaze with lights, overflowing with music and sound of happy laughter?
Accommodation is of all stripes, truly wide-ranging with owner's suites, penthouse suites, family suites, ocean-view staterooms and inside staterooms (many adjoining and family-friendly). Ocean-view and inside staterooms have two lower beds, bathroom with shower, refrigerator, safe, TV radio and phone. Some also offer a sitting area and many of ocean-view staterooms have private balconies or large picture windows.
Public Rooms and Facilities
A veritable parade! Public areas vary by ship with larger, newer ships having greatest preponderance. A general list includes restaurants, lounges, bars (including coffee, champagne and wine venues), and pub. Also an internet café, sports deck with basketball, volleyball, golf driving net, beauty salon, fitness center, walking/jogging track, card room, cinema, video arcade, pool(s), lap pool, kid pool, hot tubs, and even a snorkeling program.
Originating in Bali, Mandara Spa has been dubbed "aaahhhhhhhh" spa, and for good reason. The name Mandara comes from an ancient Sanskrit legend about Gods' quest to find elixir of immortality and eternal youth. No guarantees on immortality, but you'll certainly feel forever young! How 'bout Hot Stone Heaven? Four Hands Massage, or A massage for two in privacy of your stateroom? Exquisite treatments that will nurture you inside and out. Natural ingredients, caring touch. Could not be more perfect!