Top Things You Can Only Find on Norwegian Cruise Line Ships

See why NCL ranks among the top cruise lines for families and couples alike with our Top 10 Things You Can Only Find on Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

Things You Can Only Find on Norwegian Cruise Line


Norwegian Cruise Line has seen some rapid growth in the last few years, now ranking among the top cruise lines for families and couples alike. Part of the recent appeal is that Norwegian Cruise Line offers some amenities that you can’t find anywhere else at sea. In fact, here are the top things you can only find on Norwegian Cruise Line. Cue the music, “I think I finally found my hallelujah.”

Top Things You Can Only Find on Norwegian Cruise Line Ships

True Freestyle Dining

Other cruise lines might have their version of “anytime” or “my time” dining, but NCL is home to the first Freestyle dining concept. Here, there are no set dinner times or table arrangements. You can dine wherever you want, whenever you want on all NCL ships. With the NCL app and online reservation system, choosing your dining option each night is even easier. The brand allows over-planners like us to pre-book dining up to 120 days in advance, choosing an exact dining time and restaurant location. For those who like to go with the flow on vacation, you can enjoy the flexibility of walking up to a restaurant whenever you want to dine and waiting for a table just like on land. With the Norwegian Cruise Line Specialty Dining Package, you can enjoy even more variety in your dining options while also saving money.

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Signature Restaurants

Yes, many cruise lines now have signature restaurants; although, Norwegian Cruise Line was home to some of the first dining concepts at sea for contemporary cruise lines, like the line’s Teppanyaki restaurant. There is also the casual Margaritaville at Sea, the new Q Texas Smokehouse, and Onda by Scarpetta which debuts on Norwegian Encore. Of course, the line also has Italian, French, and seafood inspired locales, not to mention the 24 hour complimentary pub. The restaurants on NCL are surely one of a kind.

A Racetrack

Do you feel the need for speed? On Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest ships, you can challenge your family and friends to a competition on the racetrack. Yes, you read that correctly. There is a racetrack on a cruise ship! This two-story track features electric race cars that can reach up to 30 miles per hour. Racers of all abilities will have the chance to compete in this exhilarating onboard activity for an up-charge. Just be sure to pack closed-toe shoes to enjoy this one of a kind activity. 

Howl at the Moon

The entertainment on Norwegian Cruise Line rivals any other cruise line with its variety of nighttime entertainment, music, parties, and activities. One of our favorite venues on NCL megaships is Howl at the Moon. This dueling piano bar is high energy, with great talent and plenty of laughs. The best part is that there is no cover charge or reservations required for this venue. You will want to get there early though as this place fills up quickly. Sing along with the musicians as they play your requests until the early morning hours. Attend one show and you will be hooked! 

The Fastest Waterslides at Sea

Several cruise lines have waterslides, but Norwegian Cruise Line has some of the fastest, gravity-defying slides at sea. These slides found on the newer ships are touted by the line as being the “fastest drop slides at sea”. Our unofficial speed test confirms that these slides are indeed quick and exhilarating. Some will even have you extending over the side of the ship during your ride. Just be prepared as there are certain restrictions for riders. This means no wedding rings, watches, earrings, or GoPros, as you will be turned away and forced to wait in the line all over again.

Things you can only find on norwegian cruise line

The Plank

Are you daring enough to venture eight feet over the edge of the cruise ship? Did I mention you will be suspended hundreds of feet above sea level? It is honestly just as exciting and terrifying as it sounds. The Plank on NCL ships is the only activity of its kind at sea. Built into the ropes course on some of Norwegian Cruise Line’s larger ships, this adrenaline-inducing activity is a must for any thrill seeker. You will need to pass several rope challenges before testing your balance high above the sea on the plank. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pull the cord to have your picture taken to prove you did indeed “walk the plank” on your latest cruise.

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The Svedka Ice Bar

You can chill out at one of the coolest places at sea, quite literally, on a few of NCL’s ships. The Svedka Ice Bar is kept at a balmy 17 degrees which means the entire bar is covered in ice. For a cover charge, you are provided two cocktails and access to this frozen venue. Of course, you will want to take a few selfies and test out the vodka based cocktails which bubble in front of you. Don’t worry, a jacket is provided to help you stay warm. While it may not be your idea of a Caribbean vacation, it is certainly a one of a kind experience that you can only find on Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

Top Things You Can Only Find on Norwegian Cruise Line Ships

A Virtual Reality Complex

Norwegian Cruise Line is now home to one of the most exhilarating and technologically advanced indoor playrooms at sea, the Galaxy Pavilion. Among the various high-tech adventures found on Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore are the family friendly electric hovercraft bumper cars, an F1 race car simulator, several dark ride simulators, and a virtual reality maze for all the thrill-seekers among us. With all of these new features, this indoor venue is popular with cruisers of all ages. 

State of the Art Laser Tag

While some other cruise ships now offer laser tag, Norwegian Cruise Line is the only brand to offer a state of the art course. So, if you are sailing on one of the newest ships in the fleet, get ready for an all-out guerrilla warfare game of laser tag. Join a team, get suited up with a blaster, and prepare for the most thrilling and tactical experience at sea. With an elaborate backdrop setting the stage for the game, you will need to be prepared to use some strategy if you want your team to come out victoriously.

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Harvest Caye, Belize

Although private destinations are not specific to Norwegian Cruise Line ships, you will need to be on an NCL cruise if you want to visit one of the hottest cruise line private islands. Harvest Caye, Belize is a private resort area that is among the best cruise line islands. Featuring two different zip lines, a large resort style pool, and several restaurants, this island is the perfect beach day. Coupled with an exclusive cabana area and spa, as well as Jimmy Buffett’s Landshark Bar and Grill, it is easy to see why cruisers can’t wait to visit this island.

Bonus- Free at Sea Promotions

While most cruise lines run sales and promotions, Norwegian Cruise Line is almost always running a “Free at Sea” promotion. This promotion gives cruisers the ability to select at least one free perk with almost all stateroom categories. These perks include a beverage package, specialty dining, gratuities, shore excursion credit, WiFi, and sometimes even airfare. You do still need to pay the gratuity on the free packages which is now 20%. Even when you factor in those costs, you still come out ahead when compared to paying out of pocket for other cruise line drink packages.


Have you taken a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line? What do you like about sailing with this brand? Drop us an anchor below with your favorite Norwegian Cruise Line moments.

Top Things You Can Only Find on Norwegian Cruise Line Ships

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Top 10 Things Found Only on Norwegian Cruise Line
Don Bucolo, or “DB”, loves everything about cruising- the ocean, the food, and the atmosphere. While he may be obsessed with doing extensive amounts of research on ships and all elements of a cruise, Don enjoys sharing his new found knowledge with fellow cruisers. When he is not sailing the high seas, he does whatever his wife tells him to do-it only took 10 years to realize this.
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  1. Our first cruise was on Norwegian. We love it. Only thing is you moved to Florida. We are in Texas. We have been on Norwegian 3 times.


        I was on Norwegian 3 times loved everything planning to go in the spring and fall really cant wait hospitality was great!!!!!

          NCL has always been the best bang for the buck. Have been cruising with them since 1984. Every cruise has been great. Currently have 3 more booked with them.

      Sailed twice on norweign once from NY n once from Fl. Love the freestyling lifestyle. Booking with Jason was superb. Free at sea perks awesome.

    Been cruising with NCL since early 90s and it just keeps getting better every time. 1st cruise was on the Leeward and have one coming up in October on the Breakaway.

      My first cruise ever was on Norwegian. I was very apprehensive about sailing. That was needless. It was a wonderful sail and the food and drink packages were outstanding!!

    I do miss the midnight CHOCOLATE buffet, however have no problem with the food served over the past 23 years on the 18 NCL cruises I’ve taken.

    Went on my first Norwegian cruise to Alaska. Everything was fantastic. The entertainment superb, food great.

    Sailed on Escape 2yrs ago. Good value but they just stretched the ship up 2 decks with no increase in public areas so often crowded and chaotic. Service was wanting the first 2 days. No pool deck or Spice waiters. Food was good. Pay as you go on private island, unlike RCL Coco Cay where packages are included.

    I have been on several cruises with Norwegian. The last one was Sept. and are doing one in July and planning one to the Mediterranean. This should let you guess I enjoy this cruise line. I have been on two other cruise lines but Norwegian wins out. The service is great. The food is amazing. The entertainment is wonderful. Can not say enough about this company. Thank you for all the great times.

    One of our favourite things on Norwegian was the free continental breakfast and coffee in the morning. It is no longer free now there is a4.95 cost + 20%. Very disappointing and not well like by cruisers.
    The Broadway shows were the best entertainment of any cruise ship line and now these also are being taken away. NCL says changes are necessary etc etc etc…….but why would you change something that cruisers love. why take those things away. I don’t know if the continental breakfast was only available on NCL but MSC only delivers coffee to your room not breakfast so I’m assuming it’s only found on NCL……
    I haven’t heard of other cruise lines offering free room service for continental breakfast. Disappointed in these two favourite things on NCL