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October 8, 2023 - Norwegian Encore

It's been seven years since we cruised Alaska, and because we enjoyed our recent Norwegian Prima sailing so much (check out the vlog here) we've decided to try out Norwegian Encore, a Breakaway-Plus class ship from NCL.  We'll be sailing round trip from Seattle, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, a scenic tour of Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Victoria (BC).  Our Mt Roberts tram ride and hike, along with our day in Victoria were stand read more

Norwegian Prima Inaugural 7 Night Western Caribbean - Freestyle Daily

Included are the daily programs ('Freestyle Daily') for each day of this seven night cruise in the Western Caribbean, which was the inaugural Caribbean sailing for Norwegian Prima.  At the end you can find disembarkation instructions, as well as a single-page deck plan.

To see videos made each day of this cruise so you can see the ship and understand the experience a bit, see our Norwegian Prima Vlog YouTube Playlist. read more

Video: Onboard Norwegian Prima's First Caribbean Cruise

Norwegian Prima - First Caribbean Cruise VlogIn November 2022 we sailed the new Norwegian Prima, the first of her class, for a seven night Western Caribbean cruise.  We visited Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, and Cozumel -  but the real highlight was the ship.  Norwegian Prima is a 144k GT ship carrying about 3100 people, but has a totally new aesthetic, several new venues and entertainment options, and the most favorable passenger : space ratio of any ship in the fleet.  In the player below, you can watch all of our daily videos recorded during our cruise (one per day) and see what sailing on Prima is really like... read more

Norwegian Cruise Line Overview

NCL LogoNorwegian Cruise Line (often referred to as Norwegian or NCL) has become famous for the color livery on their ships and the flexibility they offer guests.  Founded in Miami in 1966 by Knut Kloster and Ted Arison, they carried roughly 2.3 million guests in 2018 - the third highest number of any cruise line. They were also one of the first lines dedicated to cruising, and started with a cruise-ferry that carried passengers as well as cars.  Let's look at what NCL does well, highlight some things to keep in mind, and help you decide if they're right for your next cruise... read more