Following on from my recent post, Cruising as a family – Royal Caribbean, today I am looking into the concept of Norwegian Cruise Line, who offer stylish and exciting ships and offer a vast array of amenities, exciting activities and venues to ensure a fun and action packed cruising experience

Families

Norwegian Cruise Line

 

Norwegian Cruise Line prides itself on the ethos of its ‘Freestyle Cruising’ and offers its guests a more  casual approach to cruising, therefore making it a great choice for families with children of any age, more so for those families who don’t want to be held to a set dining time and or restaurant.

 

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The Freestyle Dining concept allows guests to initiate their own choices, from choosing who to sit with, to choosing what to wear. Norwegian Cruise Line’s most recent ships, offer all the facilities and excitement that is normally associated with any mega-ship to ensure that families are well catered for, from the range of on board swimming pools, children’s pools, and relaxing hot tubs to the truly thrilling multi slide Aqua Parks (available on the newest ships within the fleet).

 

Poolside Family Fun

 

For those who seek the ultimate adrenaline rush, there’s the abseiling and rock climbing walls, whilst for those in search of relaxation can sample the adult – only beach clubs, with stunning ocean views, or take in a treatment in the tranquil Mandara Spa area that features a steam room, sauna and a thalassotherapy pool and available on the newest ships within the fleet, the unique salt and snow rooms, enabling the adults to truly unwind and relax, whilst the younger ones are enjoying the numerous on board children and teen facilities.

 

 

Relax and enjoy a treatment in the Spa

 

Norwegian Cruise Line offers the Splash Academy, and offers individual experiences and activities for children from the age of 3 years to 5, 6 and 9 years old,  and for the older children aged 10 to 12 years.  Children are offered the opportunity to participate in various arts and crafts, karaoke sessions, and play the on board video games.

 

Arts and Crafts Workshop

 

Norwegian Epic offers a jungle gym, offering a spacious area for children to let off steam, and a ultra modern dance floor that lights up.

 

The Splash Academy

 

The Splash Academy is spread over two stories, it is Norwegian Cruise Line’s most innovative area for children at sea, featuring various high-tech games, an on board cinema and a circus school. The activities on the lower level, features activities that are segmented for groups aged 3 to 5 years, and 6 to 9 years, whilst children aged 10 to 12 years have the full run of the upper level of the club.

 

Splash Academy

 

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Teenagers within the family are offered Entourage , a space specifically designed  for teenagers aged between the ages of 13 and 17 years, and offers activities such as air hockey, theatre workshops, pool parties and a selection of the most up to date video games, large sunken couches and large flat-screen televisions. Entourage becomes a nightclub geared for teenagers in the evening, and gives teenagers the chance to mingle and meet life long friends.

 

Entourage

 

A nursery is also offered on board, Guppies offers up to two hours a day of activities such as nursery rhymes, and features soft play areas specifically designed for babies from the ages of 6 months up to 3 years old, and it offers parents the chance to interact and have some quality time with their children in colourful surroundings. It features an Active Room with sensory-based activities, games and toys based on a daily theme, plus a Quiet Room for babies to sleep and rest, meaning parents can have the holiday they deserve whilst their little ones do too.

 

Guppies Nursery

 

Norwegian Cruise Line’s also offers a baby sitting group in the evenings, for a nominal charge, and gives parents the chance to dine as a couple, or enjoy one of the fantastic on board shows.

 

If your planning a romantic dinner for two, then leave your children with at The Late Night Fun Zone, which is open every night. (For a small fee.)

 

 

Port Play, designed for children aged 3 years to 12 years allows parents and the grown up’s within the group to experience the various ports, safe in the knowledge that the younger one’s are occupied on board in Port Play, supervised by experienced and fully qualified staff for a small fee

 

Adults can enjoy some alone time whilst in port, children can be dropped off at Port Play. (Small fee applies.)

 

Featured activities include rock climbing walls, on board bowling alleys, and a spectacular array of on board water-park areas, featuring 5 multi – story water slides and a number of hot tubs (available on Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway)

 

Bowling Alley

 

Aqua Park

 

Norwegian Epic offers 3 water slides and a number of hot tubs, and features a 303 foot long corkscrew style tube and the Drainpipe, an impressive 104 foot tube that drops guests into a giant bowl like structure, the only one of it’s kind on a ship.

 

The Drainpipe – Norwegian Epic

 

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a variety of main pools, with the offering of separate children’s pools, whilst Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway entice the younger children into a Nickelodeon-themed splash area.

 

Children’s Aqua Park

 

The Nickelodeon theme is extended through to the option of a character breakfast, offering fun and excitement at the breakfast table, with the opportunity for children to enjoy breakfast with their favourite characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants for a small charge. Guests are offered other exciting activities, such as mini golf, table tennis, and basketball.

 

Nickelodeon Fun

In the evening families are set to be wowed, with the award-winning entertainment on board Norwegian Cruise Line, every member of the family is truly entertained, from the acrobats that soar high above, a truly memorable experience awaits the family on board Norwegian Breakaway, with the offering of the amazing performance set by Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy guests are transported from reality with jaw dropping acrobats, who perform magical twists and turns, that transports guests on a journey through the depths of the jungle, a sure hit with all the family!

 

Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy

 

Broadway inspired shows keep the family entertained, guests are starry eyed with the sheer size and scale of the shows that are produced on board, combined with fantastic special effects and talented dancers, popular and well loved shows are brought directly to the whole family, from Broadway!

 

When it comes to accommodation, Norwegian Cruise Line’s boasts two bedroom family villas, that can sleep up to 6 people, The Haven Family Villas, feature one bedroom with a queen size bed, a separate children’s bedroom, two bathrooms and a living room featuring a dining area, they offer exclusive benefits, such as a Butler and Concierge service, exclusive access to The Haven Courtyard area which features a private pool, sundeck and hot tub, with added touches such as in stateroom plush bathrobes, fine linens, feather duvets and a pillow menu.

 

Family Haven Villa

 

Family Haven Villa floor plan

 

 

Two bedroom Family Suites are offered, and sleep up to 6 people, featuring one bedroom with a queen size bed, as well as a separate children’s bedroom, and they include a Butler and Concierge service, other exclusive amenities include special suite menus for breakfast and lunch, treats delivered every night, as well as the plush bathrobes, fine linens and a pillow menu.

 

Two bedroom Family Suite

 

Two bedroom Family Suite floor plan

 

Smaller families of up to 4 guests have the option of the Family Balcony Stateroom, which features a private balcony, many of the staterooms interconnect to allow families to be together, whilst enjoying some privacy with the added benefit of two bathrooms! They are set in a prime location, close to Splash Academy and the Entourage youth and teen facilities.

 

Family Balcony Stateroom

 

For families just wishing to have a view of the water, from a picture window, a Family Ocean view Stateroom can sleep up to 4 guests and offers comfortable surroundings. Two lower beds convert to a queen – size bed and feature a private bathroom, and two additional beds. Not available on Norwegian Epic

 

Family Ocean view Stateroom

 

Families seeking the most affordable way to cruise, a Family Inside Stateroom offers all the space and comfort a family needs, sleeping up to 4 guests, they feature two lower beds that convert to a queen – size bed, a private bathroom, and two additional beds.

 

Family Inside Stateroom

 

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: angelina@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 7982536

 

 

 

 

 



Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.

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