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Meet Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the most innovative cruise line of all. In 2000 Norwegian introduced the world to Freestyle Cruising. In 2010 Norwegian introduced the world to the Norwegian Epic, a ship where South Beach, Las Vegas and chic converge to create the most impressive lineup of entertainment, dining options and innovative staterooms ever assembled.


What differentiates Norwegian is Freestyle Cruising, the art of doing ... whatever you want - when ever you want. No more eating at assigned tables with assigned table-mates at a precisely assigned time. Between 5:30 and 10pm you choose the dining venue and time you want. And of course you can wear what you want (within good reason). Don’t need to get off the ship immediately on disembarkation day? Don’t. You can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and hang out in your lovely cruise ship cabin instead of cramming into a stairwell or lounge. That’s flexibility you can really enjoy. Most NCL ship offer 8 to 10 dining venues. The Norwegian Epic will have as many as 20 venues – on one ship. Astounding!


Innovation? Norwegian offers the only 7-day Hawaiian Islands cruise that sails roundtrip from Honolulu and spends two days on each of the major Hawaiian Islands – Maui, Kauai and the Big Island Hawaii; sometimes overnight. Norwegian also offers Caribbean cruises from New York and along the eastern coastline including Florida. Norwegian offers Alaska cruises from Seattle and Vancouver and they even cruise through breathtaking Glacier Bay, something several major cruise lines can not do. If you want to cruise to Bermuda, Europe, the Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal, and South America, Norwegian goes there too.


Norwegian offers every luxury you expect at sea and many you’ve never thought of. Casinos, Spa’s, Kid’s Clubs – got them. Maybe these are some of the reasons Norwegian earns so many accolades. Here are but a few of the.



• Top Five Best Cruise Lines – 2009 Readers’ Choice Award, Southern Living

Top 10 Best Cruise Ship Spas – 2008 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards, SpaFinder Magazine

Best Alternative Dining Room Cuisine – 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards, Porthole Cruise Magazine

• Best Entertainment – 2008 Editors’ Pick Awards, CruiseCritic

• Best Suites - 2008 Editors’ Pick Awards, CruiseCritic

• Top 10 Large-Ship Cruise Lines – 2008 World’s Best Awards, Travel + Leisure


Norwegian has never rested on its sizeable laurels, and apparently they won’t start now. Make room for the Norwegian Epic, with innovations never seen at sea. Innovation? How about an entertainment lineup that includes Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy, and a Cirque dinner show? The 20 bars are highlighted by the 17°F Ice Bar (the only one at sea), Spice H2O where the outdoor pool floor rises to become a dance floor, and a chic bowling alley with mood lighting. 20 must be the magic number as there are 20 restaurants featuring a traditional churrascaria served in an Argentinean-style steakhouse.


Accommodations will make you doubt you are on a cruise ship. Every ocean view stateroom has a balcony. They will have curved walls, domed ceilings and concealed contour lighting. If these staterooms aren’t enough for you there are The Villas, a luxurious enclave with an exclusive pool area, butler service, private restaurants and your own private beach party at the top of the ship.



Norwegian will break new ground for kids and families with the Norwegian Berakaway and the Norwegian Getaway (due in February 2014). Nickelodeon at Sea is available year-round on Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Getaway. Activities include breakfast with characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, Dora's Dance Party, meet-and-greets with the characters, Story Time with Dora, family trivia and arts-and-crafts sessions.


completed a major enhancement of its 250-acre private island in the Bahamas in the fall of 2012. Added were a stingray attraction that allows guests to swim with these gentle creatures; a snorkel trail with underwater scenes portraying the tale of a shipwreck. Plus they opened a theme beach bar sponsored by Patron Spirits, which has umbrellas and menu boards, and two large flat-screen TV's showing music video's and sporting events.


Earlier, Great Stirrup Cay saw the opening of the new marina and dining facility at the cost of over $20 million. The new marina basin has four docks for the island's tenders. Moving the tenders' arrival to the marina and away from the beach opens up a great expanse of beachfront for guests to enjoy.


The new 8,500-square-foot dining facility has two bars and four picnic pavilions. The facility will feature hot and cold food stations just like onboard. Additionally, it will feature a central pizza-making station, two grills, plus fresh fuits and breads.


Several new island activities have been added, including 16 WaveRunners, kayak rentals, and an eco-adventure boat tour around the island. These are in addition to the existing snorkeling, floats, inflatable hippo slide and parasailing. The next phase includes an arrival/departure pavilion, aditional bar facilities, several comfort stations, a band stand, private beachfront cabanas, kids play area, straw market and beach volleyball courts.


We did not even scratch the surface – really. To learnmore about Norwegian Epic and Norwegian visit the Ships, Destinations and Specials sections shown shown abover on this page. When you ready to check prices and availability contact ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION. Our specialists know all about Freestyle Cruising and are here to help you attain the very best value on your Norwegian cruise.

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