‘Freestyle is the future of cruising'

Sep 5, 2003
Author: Vernon Buxton

The superb brand new NORWEGIAN DAWN features a record 10 restaurants…more than any other cruise ship in the world

Norwegian Cruise Line – pioneer of Caribbean cruising – has evolved a formula that has changed the face of sea cruising forever! It’s called ‘Freestyle Cruising’.

Freestyle Cruising encompasses every aspect of ship life, from dining choices to attire, service, disembarkation, activities and gratuities.

“Since it was introduced in 2000, our guests have discovered just how different Freestyle Cruising is from ordinary cruising,” says NCL’s Cape Town-based owner’s representative, Stewart Venn.

“In essence, you get to do what you want to do. You want to eat early, you eat early. You want to dine with new friends, you join them. You want to wear black tie, or no tie, that’s fine too. You want to lie around in bed all morning…be our guest.”

“NCL has done away with dinner seatings. So, whether you prefer to turn up on spec or make a reservation, you’re completely free to vary where and when you dine out. Not to mention who sits at your table.

“The same goes for the way you dress, “added Stewart. “Evenings are smart casual, that’s all. And if you do want to dress up, you’ll get the chance – but it’s completely optional.

“Guests may enjoy shore excursions to the full, without ever worrying about what time to get back for dinner,” Stewart told Ports & Ships.

The 91,000grt NORWEGIAN STAR boasts a wide range of restaurants, a large casino, huge show lounge with two balcony levels, Internet café, and an enormous shopping complex

There are up to 10 restaurants on each NCL vessel, over a dozen bars, sports and pools to dip into, and everything from a calming yoga class to a sizzling Broadway show. With Freestyle Cruising, you can do as much or as little as you like.”

Another big plus is that you can sleep in or linger over breakfast on your last day. There’s no checking out early required, so no more hanging around the lobby.

“Plus, a policy of no-worries gratuities, they’re automatic and easy, but still optional. All NCL liners have more staff, meaning attentive yet unobtrusive service for every guest.”

Freestyle Cruising is available on all NCL ships, wherever anyone travels in the world…other than on the classic NORWAY.

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