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7 Things to Know Before Going on a Norwegian Cruise


With more than 14 destinations worldwide and nearly 300 different cruise vacations to choose from, Norwegian Cruise Line offers no shortage of creative getaways. With so many deals and promotions, you’re sure to find one to fit your budget. Here’s 7 things to know before going on a Norwegian Cruise.


1. To tip or not to tip? First thing’s first, be aware that there’s a service charge of at least $13.50 per person per day. The company says that this charge supports a combination of salary and incentive programs for the crew members, who are encouraged to work as a team. The staff members are permitted to accept tips, but you are not required to do so. Bartenders receive an 18 percent gratuity from all beverage service charges. I’d suggest bringing cash and tipping those individuals who go above and beyond.

2. Customize your bed: Make a special request for an egg crate mattress pad before your cruise sail date or ask a crew member for one once you're on board. Sweet dreams!

3. Learn something new: Take a class on anything from fitness to shopping to beauty all while sailing! Check your Freestyle Daily to see what’s being offered while you’re cruising.


4. Get deals on alcohol: Instead of buying individual glasses of wine, which can get pricey, buy a full bottle and have the server re-cork it for you if your party doesn’t finish it. Your name and cabin number will be noted and your bottle will be stored for the next time your party wants to break it open! In addition to deals on wine, Norwegian offers The Ultimate Beverage Package, which you can buy ahead of time at a discounted price. It includes cocktails, wines by the glass, and bottled or draft beer up to $15 USD, as well as unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars, lounges, restaurants and the Great Stirrup Cay. Get a 20 percent discount on all bottles of wine purchased on board, too!

5. Hung out to dry: Get your clothes washed during your cruise and returned the next day! Prices vary depending on the garment, but this service could help you pack lighter to leave more room in your suitcase for souvenirs.

6. Celebrate in the comfort of your room: Request an in-room surprise gift to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or …anything, really! The cruise line can provide flowers, desserts, wine, spa gift certificates, and even casino packages. In-room gifts like flowers etc., has to be booked pre-cruise. You can even renew your vows on your private balcony! Your room can also be decorated for the day. Call ahead to make arrangements.


7. A break from the kids: While cruises are great family vacations, there are plenty of cruise activities that were made just for the kids. Splash Academy is a complimentary day care service, divided into appropriate age groups, that entertains little ones with activities ranging from environmental awareness lessons to scavenger hunts around the ship. You can actually say that it's more than a day care service. Ship cell phones can be given to the parents to check in with their kids upon request. Teens can participate in the Entourage program, which hosts themed events, sporting activities, and parties in the “teens only” lounge. With a service like this your kids may not want to leave.

Let's discuss: Are you looking forward to taking a Norwegian Cruise? 

Annmarie John
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  1. These are great tips. I always tip the people who do an extra good job. I know they already get tips of a sort, but the ones who are really good deserve it!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this. I had no idea that all workers already received a "tip" via a gratuity fee. I think you're right, though. Those who go above and beyond should get a little extra.

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  3. Thanks for the info. We've been talking about going on a cruise, so every bit of information helps. Thanks again!

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  4. Thanks for the tips. I love to cruise, but I have never tried this cruise line. I will have to check them out.

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  5. Believe it or not, we have never been on a cruise. So will have to keep your advice in mind if and when we do now, too. Thanks :)

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  6. Thanks for the tips. These will really make cruising more fun. I agree with your tip about getting a whole bottle of wine instead of paying per glass. I'll have to remember that next time we go on a cruise.

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  7. I am working on taking a cruise this summer maybe. They look like fun and so many people encourage me to take one. Your tips are very helpful in me making the choice.

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  8. We are Norwegian Cruiseline fans! It has been awhile since we have been on one, but we do love it!

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  9. Norwegian offers so many different services and perks. I like the ability to schedule an in-room surprise celebration.

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  10. Some great info! I'd love to go on a cruise, we've never been on one but have discussed it. The thought of a Norwegian cruise has come up a few times! - Jeanine

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  11. I absolutely love cruises and other than road trips, it's my fave way to travel! And I have taken classes on cruises and loved them!

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  12. I have been on several cruises but never Norwegian. I want to go on their cruise line now!

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  13. I have never been on a cruise like this before but have always wanted to. It sounds like such a great way to take a vacation.

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  14. I've never been on a cruise. I would be afraid of getting sea sick... I often get motion sickness (except in cars). I've always wanted to do a cruise though -- I think it's because I have fond memories of watching The Love Boat at my grandma's house.

    You shared some great tips here. I love the idea of in room gifts. Sweet!

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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  15. I have never been on a cruise, but my husband and I are planning to go next year. I will bookmark this for reference.

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  16. I love cruises. My husband and I did one for our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing. We did carnival last time but we should try this one next time!

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  17. This is a brilliant tips, cruises is what I love. It's really fun and exciting.

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  18. I've been on one cruise and my husband never has. I've tried to convince him that cruising isn't as complicated as he thinks. I think these are all great tips and have to add, enjoy what the boat has to offer! Don't think that you have to book an excursion at every stop. These boats are amazing and have so much to do!

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  19. I have never been on a Norwegian cruise before. These are great tips, especially that they can re-cork your wine bottle for you for next time!

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  20. These are such great tips! I have always wanted to go on a cruise. I cannot wait for the day we get to go.

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  21. This is helpful! We're planning to go on a cruise soon. This info will be very useful! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I've always wanted to do one of these Norwegian cruises! Thanks for the great tips. I'm glad to know they're so family friendly.

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  23. I wish I could go in Norwegian cruise, traveling feed my soul.

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  24. I did not know your room could be decorated for the day - pretty neat.
    I did go on cruises before - Royal Caribbean lines.

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  25. Norwegian cruise is something fun to do before end of year. This is a great tips, I'll bring my family there soon.

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  26. We took a Norwegian cruise for our honeymoon and it was fantastic! I love the way they do the different restaurant style dining!

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  27. We went on an NCL cruise in May and LOVED it. We went on the Gem. We're hoping to go on the Breakaway this spring.

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  28. I have never done a cruise, but let me tell you, this would be a fun one! Great tips!

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  29. I have only cruised Carnival and Royal Caribbean, but this cruise ship looks AMAZING! If it was in our budget, we would go this year. We live next to several cruise ports in Florida.

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  30. Now I have cruise fever again! I only been on Carnival Cruises but I definitely would look into Norwegian!

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  31. I would love to take a cruise. I first need to rid myself of the idea of drowning haha!

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  32. I have never taken a cruise, because it makes Cassidy claustrophobic more than any other thing to do, but Norwegian always seems above and beyond other lines. And #1 is a great tip about "tips"!

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  33. I would love to experience a cruise one day! I would definitely check out the Norwegian cruises, they look like so much fun!

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  34. Thanks for sharing! I would love to take a Norweigian cruise. I think these are great tips!

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  35. I love to travel but so far it's been by plane, I have never taken an ocean cruise, but I have done River. I have heard only good things about Norwegian and will definitely have to try them out, maybe for my birthday in 2017!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  36. You make cruise life seem amazing! I definitely want to go on a Norwegian cruise one day, and these all sound like fabulous added benefits!!

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