What is freestyle cruising?

Free from assigned dining, dress codes and schedules, Norwegian Cruise Line allows guests to design their own adventure, at their own pace, with freestyle cruising. 

Escape the mundanity of the daily grind with an extraordinary voyage upon the seas. Discover bucket list destinations and unrivalled freedom aboard Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the pioneers of freestyle cruising. Untethered to the typical rules of schedules, assigned dining and dress codes, NCL embraces a personalised guest concept across its contemporary ships. 

Most notable is that offered aboard the Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, the first two ships of their ground-breaking new Prima Class. Drawing upon more than 50 years of cruising experience, NCL have delivered the next generation of ships that exceed all expectations for both traditional and freestyle cruising.  

What is freestyle cruising?

Freestyle cruising challenges conventional notions of life aboard a cruise ship in order to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s passengers. Freestyle cruising has no fixed dining times, no dress codes, a multitude of different dining and drinking experiences to choose from, relaxed disembarkation and plenty of entertainment options.

What cruise line is best known for freestyle cruising? 

Norwegian Cruise Line is the leading provider of the freestyle cruise concept and has been an industry leader for more than 50 years. 

Norwegian Escape at the Amalfi Coast
Norwegian Escape at the Amalfi Coast © ZGPhotography/ Shutterstock

What to expect from Norwegian Cruise Line 

Featuring the line’s most spacious accommodation to date, the stunning new Mandara Spa and fitness centre, plus inviting sun decks for bathing in Vitamin D, the Prima Class ships also boast a vast array of gourmet dining options, sleek bars for sunset libations and infinity pools for afternoon dips. Elevate your journey with a stay in The Haven by Norwegian, the most luxurious accommodation with a personal concierge service, 24-hour butler and complete privacy. 

Park Guell, Barcelona
Barcelona © Lukasz Szwaj/Shutterstock

Itineraries with NCL

Adventure is the name of the game and the range of itineraries is vast. Make your New Year’s resolution one of exploration and join NCL on a freestyle cruise of Europe. The 2024-25 itineraries traverse the seas to more than 170 ports of call including Athens, Venice, Barcelona, London, Lisbon, Istanbul and Paris. Culture vultures, globetrotters and gourmands will find equal pleasure in the charming routes through Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, France and beyond. 

Guests have the freedom to design their day with endless activities, diverse culinary encounters and a multitude of shore excursions across the Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Northern Europe to choose from. If a day luxuriating in the indulgences onboard is more your style, NCL offers a selection of award-winning entertainment, state-of-the-art spa facilities and more incredible dining options than sea days. Freestyle cruising with NCL allows you to go to sleep in Paris one day and wake up in London the next; ride a gondola in Venice in the morning and drive the only race track at sea in the afternoon. Wander the winding streets of Santorini or peruse the ruins of Pompeii before delving into Barcelona. Learn to cook like the Greeks with a Folkloric Gastronomical Experience, then explore Topkapi Palace or the Grand Bazaar on an overnight stay in Istanbul. 

Visit a new destination almost every day with NCL and let the promise of tomorrow inspire you. For more information, contact your travel agent, call NCL on 1300 255 200 or visit ncl.com.

Read more: 

Cruise the South Pacific on Norwegian Spirit 
All new cruise ship Norwegian Viva debuts in Europe

This article originally appeared in volume 121 of Vacations & Travel magazine. Be the first to see more exclusive online content by subscribing to the newsletter below.

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