What’s Included on Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise in 2020

What’s Included on Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise in 2020


One thing we love about cruising is that
for one set fare, a cruise vacation enables you to see multiple destinations
while enjoying most of the onboard amenities. Although, what is included in
each cruise line’s standard price can fluctuate. If you are new to Norwegian
Cruise Line, you may not be sure what’s covered in your cruise fare. Well as
frequent sailors with NCL, we’re here to help.
I’m DB from EatSleepCruise.com, and in this video, we cover everything that’s
included on Norwegian Cruise Line plus what will cost you extra. Your cruise
fare covers the cost of your stateroom for the duration of the trip. Included
with your accommodations, you’ll have a friendly stateroom attendant who’ll make
up your room twice a day. All NCL ships offer a variety of different room
categories from studio cabins for solo travelers to suites and everything in
between. Choosing your cabin type will be the
main driver of your total cruise costs. Certain cabin categories provide
travelers access to exclusive areas of the ship like the thermal suite or even
a private sun deck, lounge, and restaurant for those staying in the exclusive Haven.
So, make sure to review all the benefits of each cabin category before selecting
the perfect fit for your next NCL cruise. Regardless of the ship, you can enjoy
three meals a day with some snacks in between at the casual Garden Cafe. This
buffet is part of your cruise fare and offers a variety of menu items morning,
noon, and night. Other casual fare does vary from ship to
ship such as poolside grills or snacks at venues like the Observation Lounge
or Spice H2O. Some ships also have a noodle bar or a complimentary pub. Either
O’Sheehan’s or the Local is available on most ships in the NCL fleet. This
sit-down venue is your go-to spot for pub favorites and is normally open 24
hours a day. In addition to this casual fare, cruisers can also dine in the
main dining room. Norwegian Cruise Line offers the unique freestyle approach to
dining. This means that you can dine wherever you want, whenever you want.
There is no set dinner time or no set table arrangement. Most of the larger NCL ships have two to three complementary
main dining rooms. These dining rooms are always open for dinner serving a
different menu each night with some standard dishes that never change. All
the venues serve the same menu. One of the main dining rooms is also open on select
days and hours for a sit-down breakfast as well as lunch. When it comes to
beverages onboard the ship, you will have the option of select drinks like ice tea, some
juices, lemonade, filtered water, and brewed coffee and tea. While these items
are complimentary, soda, bottled water, specialty coffees, and alcoholic
beverages will cost you extra money. All Norwegian Cruise Line ships have a
large pool deck for all cruisers to enjoy at no additional cost.
Offering at least one main pool, some hot tubs, and loungers, the pool deck is the
ideal place to spend your days at sea. Many of the newer and larger ships in
the fleet also offer other pool deck amenities like a kid’s aqua park and
some of the most thrilling water slides at sea. Some ships also offer adult only
pool areas. Many of the elements of the Norwegian Cruise Line sports decks are
also included in the Norwegian Cruise Line fare. Activities like a basketball
court, mini-golf, and ropes courses are all complimentary and fun for cruisers of
all ages. Your cruise ship is a hub of activity and events. You’ll always find
something to do on the ship that will not cost you a dime. On Norwegian Cruise
Line, you can enjoy modern fitness facilities, select exercise classes, and
an outdoor jogging track for a workout at almost any time of day.
Various poolside activities also occur when the weather permits.
From dance classes to table tennis, there are plenty of ways to stay active. On
board events like trivia contests, game shows, and various demonstrations and
seminars are also included in the cruise fare. There’s even a complimentary escape
room experience on some ships to challenge your wits. These events will be
listed in the daily schedule left in your room each evening, so be sure to
check the exact events occurring on your cruise. Even if
you do not participate, these daily activities are equally as fun to watch.
Included in the cruise fare on Norwegian Cruise Line are youth programs for
children aged 3 at 17 years old. Splash Academy is for kids 3 to 12 and
includes various interactive activities. Entourage is a teen hangout for those 13
to 17 years old. This area includes a dance zone, game zone, and other
activities taking place around the ship. Family fun activities can also include a
movie night, scavenger hunts, dance parties, and more. There’s also a Guppies
nursery program, a non drop-off program for parents and children aged 6 months
to 3 years old. This area allows you to interact on a dedicated play space.
Drop-off services for children 6 months to 3 years of age are available on
select ships but will cost you a fee. At night,
your Norwegian Cruise Line ship comes alive with plenty of entertainment
options that won’t cost you anything. The signature evening entertainment can
be found in your ship’s main theater. Here, there will be featured headliner acts
such as comedians, singers, and other performers showcasing their talents. The
ship’s cast of singers and dancers will also routinely perform in various
production shows. On newer ships in the NCL fleet, there are also signature shows
like Jersey Boys, Choir of Man, the new musical SIX, and Burn the Floor. While
still complimentary, these signature shows will require reservations that can
be made online up to 120 days prior to your sailing. Norwegian Cruise Line also
features dedicated venues on select ships that host dueling pianos, comedy
shows, Beatles tribute bands, karaoke, and so much more. If that’s not enough,
there’ll be plenty of other live music around the ship including a DJ that
spins tunes until the wee hours of the morning.
Norwegians know how to party, so there will certainly be themed parties that
take place during your cruise, from outdoor deck parties to 70’s, 80’s, and even 90’s themed parties, even a silent disco. There’s always something
happening for those who like to live it up. While cruises do provide a great
vacation value, not everything will be covered in the cruise fare on Norwegian
Cruise Line. There are other amenities that can be purchased if cruisers choose
to do so. Your cruise ship will transport you to several exciting ports of call.
Unfortunately, shore excursions are not part of the base fare. These tours and
additional experiences can be booked through the cruise line or through
third-party retailers at an additional cost. Shore excursions can range from $25 a
person for a group walking tour to several hundreds of dollars for private
tours or unique experiences. As mentioned previously, alcoholic beverages are not
part of the cruise fare. On NCL ships, beer, wine, cocktails, soda, specialty
coffee and tea, and bottled water will carry additional costs. Depending on your
drinking habits, purchasing one of the Norwegian Cruise Line beverage packages
might be a better option than paying the a la carte pricing. Or better yet, take
advantage of the free at sea promotion to score a free premium beverage package.
Of note, bottled water and specialty coffees are only included in the new
premium plus beverage package. While there are several included activities and
entertainment, many ships offer additional classes and activities that
cost an upcharge. These can range from mixology
demonstrations to food and wine pairings and games like Deal or No Deal
or Bingo. Some ships include premium entertainment like Cirque Dreams or
Happy Hour Prohibition – the Musical which also require a cover charge.
Unfortunately, on the newest ships, the racetrack,
laser tag, and games in the galaxy pavilion virtual reality complex will
cost extra money. All NCL ships have a spa providing a variety of services
for additional costs. These experiences such as massages or salon services can
be booked pre-cruise or while onboard the ship.
Many ships also have a thermal suite. This area includes a selection of
relaxing experiences such as saunas, therapeutic pools, heated
loungers, and sometimes even a snow room. Cruisers staying in select staterooms
will have access to the ship’s thermal suite included in their fare, but for
most cruisers, you’ll need to purchase a pass. Of course,
any shopping in the retail stores onboard the ship or any gaming in the
casino are all at your own expense well. There are many dining venues covered in
your cruise fare. Norwegian Cruise Line also offers several upcharge dining options
and experiences. Specialty restaurants like Cagney’s Steakhouse, the French
inspired Le Bistro, the new Italian restaurant Onda by Scarpetta, or Q
Texas Smokehouse are all al a carte pricing. The Japanese-style steakhouse
Teppanyaki is the only flat fee specialty restaurant on NCL ships. If
you do want to dine at one or more of these restaurants, reservations are
highly recommended, and you can make them up to 120 days prior to your sailing on
the Norwegian Cruise Line website. If you plan to dine at a few of these venues,
you should consider purchasing a specialty dining package. These packages
can save you quite a bit of money. For those who want to stay in touch with
family and friends online, you’ll need to purchase an internet package. Wi-Fi is
not part of the Norwegian Cruise Line fare.
Neither is laundry services. If you’d like clothing washed or pressed, it will cost
you extra money. Room service carries an additional charge on Norwegian
Cruise Line as well. Morning coffee and continental breakfast are still
complimentary, but other hot items will incur a service charge of $7.95 for each
order. Cruisers staying in the Haven are exempt from these charges. Other add-ons
like previously mentioned beverage packages and specialty dining packages
are all an additional fee unless you take advantage of some promotion or perk
the cruise line is running. Likewise, any onboard pictures or photo packages,
celebration packages, and transportation to and from the cruise port are all not
included in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fare. Finally, there’ll be a daily service
charge added to your onboard cruise account. These daily gratuities
currently are $15 per person per day for most rooms and
$18 for suites and Haven guests. These charges go towards the hard-working
staff on the ship including your stateroom attendant, waitstaff, bar
servers, and various other crew. If you choose, the daily gratuities can be
prepaid using your online account prior to the cruise. And there you have it,
that’s everything that’s included on Norwegian Cruise Line plus what will
cost you extra, but of course, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the
comment section below what included amenity you love most on Norwegian Cruise
Line ships. I’m DB from EatSleepCruise.com, and if you enjoyed this video, we’d
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5 thoughts on “What’s Included on Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise in 2020

  1. Going on our 15 th cruise – first with Norwegian Spirit. Depart Hong Kong 12 March 2021 to Tokyo – going with great friends Gary and Marilyn Hawthorne

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