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"Freestyle Cruising"

 

 

Norwegian Cruise Line offers midrange mainstream cruising experience on modern cruise ships with diverse itineraries. The company is somewhat below it's main competitors (Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Holland AmericaCruise Line) and targets middle class passengers, mostly from the U.S. and Canada. Starting with one ship in 1966, NCL was first established by Oslo-based Klosters Rederi A/S, one of Norway's oldest and most respected shipping firms. Its first cruise ship (M/S Sunward) repositioned from Europe to the then-obscure Port of Miami for Caribbean cruising. Adding four more cruise ships by 1971 and the former S/S France (renamed the Norway) in 1979, NCL was on its way to becoming a cruise industry leader and one of the largest cruise companies in the world. Norwegian Cruise Line acquired the one-ship Orient Lines in 1998; its Marco Polo offers destination-oriented cruising to exotic ports of call. Owned by Star Cruises of Malaysia since March 2000, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is notable for revolutionizing the cruise experience by introducing "Freestyle Cruising," which translates to dine-as-you-like options by way of a variety of restaurants and your choice of casual or formal attire. NCL is also carving itself a niche in the homeland cruising specialty, featuring a number of continental U.S. homeports -- NCL offers the only year-round service out of New York on its Norwegian Dawn and, starting in fall, 2005, Norwegian Spirit. That cruise ship will offer 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries from the Big Apple. Norwegian Cruise Line is the only cruise line to offer year-round Hawaiian itineraries. Beyond that, NCL's earned quite a distinctive coup with its NCL America program. With U.S.-flagged cruise ship, the company is the only cruise line in the industry to offer year-round seven day inter-island Hawaii cruises with round-trip itineraries from Honolulu.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers good working conditions for it's crew members and competitive salaries, but in case you could secure a position with any of the above mentioned cruise lines, it is our opinion that they are a better choice.

Cruise ships and itineraries:

Norwegian Epic: Bahamas registry, inauguration 2010, 153,000 gross tons, 4,200 passengers, 1,730 crew members.
Itineraries: Eastern/Western Caribbean out of Miami, FL.
   
     
Norwegian Gem: Bahamas registry, built 2007, 93,500 gross tons, 2,466 passengers, 1,154 crew members.
Itineraries: Bahamas out of New York, NY: Southern Caribbean out of New York, NY; Mediterranean out of Barcelona, Spain and Venice, Italy; Transatlantic out of Barcelona, Spain, Venice, Italy and New York, NY.
  Norwegian Gem cruise ship
     
Norwegian Jade: Bahamas registry, built 2006, 93,500 gross tons, 2,400 passengers, 1,100 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean/Canary Islands/North Africa out of Barcelona, Spain, Mediterranean/Black Sea out of Istanbul, Turkey.
  Norwegian Jade cruise ship
     
Pride Of America (NCL America): U.S. registry, built 2005, 81,000 gross tons, 2,146 passengers, 1000 crew members (100% U.S. residents)
Itineraries: Hawaii
  NCL America-Pride of America ship
     
Norwegian Sky: Bahamas registry, built 1999, 77,104 gross tons, 2,002 passengers, 950 crew members.
Itineraries: Bahamas out of Miami, FL.
  Norwegian Sky cruise ship
     
Norwegian Pearl: Bahamas registry, built 2006, 93,500 gross tons, 2,466 passengers, 1,010 crew members.
Itineraries: Alaska out of Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA; Panama Canal out of Miami, FL and Los Angleles, CA; Eastern/Western Caribbean out of Miami, FL.
  Norwegian Pearl cruise ship
     
Norwegian Jewel: Bahamas registry, built 2005, 93,500 gross tons, 2,400 passengers, 1,000 crew members.
Itineraries: Canada/New England out of New York, NY; Bahamas out of New York, NY and Miami, FL; Caribbean out of Miami, FL and New York, NY; Scandinavia/Baltic Capitals out of Dover (London), UK; Transatlantic out of Dover (London), UK.
  Norwegian Jewel cruise ship
     
Norwegian Dawn: Bahamas registry, built 2002, 91,000 gross tons, 2,240 passengers, 1,100 crew members.
Itineraries: Southern/Western Caribbean out of New York, NY and Miami, FL; Bermuda out of New York, NY; Canada/New England out of New York, NY.
  NCL-Norwegian Dawn ship
     
Norwegian Star: Bahamas registry, built 2001, 91,000 gross tons, 2,240 passengers, 1,100 crew members.
Itineraries: Alaska out of Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Los Angeles, CA; Mexican Riviera out of Los Angeles, CA; Panama Canal out of Los Angeles, CA and Miami, FL.
  Norwegian Star cruise ship
     
Norwegian Sun: Bahamas registry, built 2001, 77,104 gross tons, 2,400 passengers, 800 crew members.
Itineraries: Alaska out of Vancouver, BC; Bahamas out of Port Canaveral, FL; , Mexican Riviera out of San Francisco, CA; Panama Canal/South America out of Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile, South America out of San Francisco, CA, Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Europe/Baltic Capitals out of Dover (London), UK; Eastern/Western Caribbean out of Port Canaveral, FL; Transatlantic out of Miami, FL.
  Norwegian Sun cruise ship
     
Norwegian Spirit: Bahamas registry, built 1998, 77,000 gross tons, 1,966 passengers, 965 crew members.
Itineraries: Canada/New England out of Boston, MA and Quebec City; Caribbean out of Boston, MA and New Orleans, LA.

  Norwegian Spirit cruise ship
     
Norwegian Majesty: Bahamas registry, built 1992, 40,876 gross tons, 1.462 passengers, 570 crew members.
Itineraries: Bermuda out of Philadelphia, PA;  Canada/New England out of Philadelphia, PA.
  Norwegian Majesty cruise ship