Sail Through the Holidays Onboard NCL

Enjoy a Thanksgiving repast cruising through the Mexican Riviera, a white sand Christmas in the Caribbean, or even ring in the New Year on the steps of the pyramids in Egypt all while cruising on one of 11 Norwegian Cruise Line (“NCL”) ships in November and December.

While on board, guests can dine on fabulous holiday feasts in their choice of 12 restaurants, enjoy Vegas and Broadway-style shows just steps away, cool off swimming, challenge family to a bowling game, or play Nintendo Wii on a two-story screen – all on an entire ship decked out for the holidays. Guests can also take advantage of NCL’s suites and villas with flexible space for the entire family. The best part is NCL does all the work, so there’s more time to celebrate the spirit of the holidays.

All NCL ships feature holiday caroling by members of the staff, Christmas Eve services, and a holiday show in which both crew members and children participate. While kids enjoy NCL’s youth program, parents can check out the high-energy parties on New Year’s Eve, featuring NCL’s White Hot Party and NCL’s Monte Carlo Night.

Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 27
Ships are festively adorned with Thanksgiving decorations to put guests in the holiday mood.  Special Thanksgiving-themed menus are available in the main dining rooms featuring culinary delights such as smoked duck breast, pumpkin soup, and of course traditional roast turkey with chestnut sage dressing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin cheesecake.

Chanukah – Sundown, Sunday, December 21
A rabbi is on board each ship to conduct services for the holiday period, and a menorah is placed in a central location and lit each day to commemorate the eight-day celebration.

Christmas – Thursday, Dec. 25
NCL makes Christmas at sea an unforgettable experience.  To help guests get into the holiday spirit, select public areas are outfitted with a variety of festive holiday decorations.  Crew members stage an interactive holiday show in the ship’s theater, while the cruise director and staff add to the merriment by performing carols.  A priest and a minister are on board each ship to conduct Christmas Eve services for guests who choose to partake, and Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to hand out gifts on Christmas Day.  NCL ships also offer special holiday-themed menus in the main dining rooms with dishes such as honey-glazed Black Forest ham with sweet potato mash, roasted turkey with apple and apricot stuffing, pumpkin soufflé and a pear and chestnut torte.

New Year’s Eve – Wednesday, Dec. 31
After enjoying a special menu in the main dining rooms including decadent fare such as foie gras, Blue Point oysters, and oxtail, party-goers are given hats, noisemakers and colorful streamers.  Each ship’s captain leads a special countdown from the bridge to usher in the New Year.

NCL’s holiday cruises include:
The Caribbean

Ship    Itinerary    Date    Pricing       
Norwegian Pearl
     7-day Western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami    November 23
December 21, 28    From $549

Norwegian Dawn
     7-day Eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami    November 22
December 20, 27    From $549       
Norwegian Spirit
     7-day Exotic Western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans    November 23
December 21, 28    From $799       
Norwegian Jewel
     5-day Western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami    November 23
December 21    From $349       
     9-day Southern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami    December 26    From $1,549       
     14-day Western & Southern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami    December 21    From $2,219    
Bahamas & Florida

Ship    Itinerary    Date    Pricing       
Norwegian Gem    7-day Bahamas & Florida, round-trip from New York    December 20, 27    From $1,189       
Norwegian Sky    4-day Bahamas, round-trip from Miami    November 24
December 22, 29    From $229       
Norwegian Majesty    7-day Bahamas & Florida, round-trip from Charleston    November 22
December 20, 27    From $419    

Ship    Itinerary    Date    Pricing       
Norwegian Jade    14-day Eastern Mediterranean, round-trip from  Barcelona    December 21    From $1,699    

Ship    Itinerary    Date    Pricing       
Pride of America
     7-day Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu    November 22
December 20, 27    From $1,229    
Mexican Riviera

Ship    Itinerary    Date    Pricing       
Norwegian Star
     7-day Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles    November 22
December 20, 27    From $699    
South America

Ship    Itinerary    Date    Pricing       
Norwegian Sun
     14-day Chilean Fjords/Strait of Magellan, from Santiago to Buenos Aires    November 23
December 21    From $1,149    
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