Here is the next in my Focus on specific cruise lines. So, who are NCL?
Norwegian cruise Lines
The cruise line was founded as Norwegian Caribbean Line in 1966 by Knut Kloster and Ted Arison. It first operated as a car Ferry between Southampton and Gibraltar. At present they own 15 Ships with a number of new ships planned in the near future.
In addition to the NCL fleet and you may be surprised to know this, NCL Shipping also owns Luxury cruise brands, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Making it the third largest Cruise Shipping Company in the World.
Norwegian Cruise lines also own two private islands in the Caribbean. Harvest Caye in Belize and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.
The company has long been at the forefront of cruise innovations. It has pioneered many firsts in the cruise industry, such as the first combined air-sea program, allowing you to book a package with them and the first cruise line to develop new ports in the Caribbean, like Ocho Rios in Jamaica.
The company is best known for its Freestyle Cruising concept, which means that there are no set times or seating arrangements for meals and formal attire is not required. They are also easily identified by the Trade mark Art work on their Hulls.
In 2017 they also went All Inclusive meaning that their fares included an All-inclusive Drinks Package for everyone in the cabin and Gratuities.
They have sort of back tracked a little on this as they introduced a Just Cruise fare which does not have the Drinks but does have the Gratuities still. This was so they could remain competitive in the marketplace.
There are two new ships on the imminent horizon, Norwegian Bliss which is due to launch this year and Norwegian Encore which will launch in 2019.
NCL cruise all over the world including the Mediterranean, Baltics and Fjords, Alaska, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Far East, Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii and many more exciting destinations.
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