Norwegian Cruise Line
95 Merrick Way
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: (800) 327-7030
Website: www.ncl.com

OVERVIEW: NCL is known for its theme-- Big Band, Sixities and Country Music and Comedy cruises-- and its sport cruises, which are particularly popular with families. On a sports cruise, celebrity athletes from football, basketball, baseball or hockey teams, offer game pointers and interact with the passengers. NCL also has an alliance with Sports Illustrated magazine to create a Sports Illustrated cruise annually on the Norway (usually in early December). On this cruise former hockey, basketball, football and other sports pros sign autographs, answer questions and lead cruisers in sports clinics. Kids , teens and many adults are thrilled to see their heroes up-close.

DESTINATIONS: Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, and South America. The Norwegian Sea has a "Texaribbean" itinerary-round-trip departures from Houston to Cancun, Cozumel, Mexico and to Roatan, Honduras.

SHIPS: Norwegian Dream, Norway, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Majesty, Norwegian Sea, Norwegian Wind

KIDS/FAMILY PROGRAMS OFFERED: Kids Crew, a year-round youth program, is available on all ships except the Marco Polo, which concentrates on extended, around-the-wrold cruises.

Children are divided into four age groups: 3 to 5; 6 to 9; 10 to 12; and 13 to 17 years. Activities include sports competitions, dances, arts and crafts, and, in the Caribbean, the popular "Circus at Sea" program in which children learn circus routines, juggling, and clown acts.

Those under 13 years old must wear a name badge which also has the child's age; cabin number; allergies; whether the child has permission to leave the program on his or her own or must be picked up by a parent; as well as the child's lifeboat number.

TEENS: The teen program operates for ages 13 to 17. The new Norwegian Sky will also have a teen room. Teen activities include basketball tournaments, pool/jacuzzi parties, trivia contests and teen dances which are offered most nights in the disco an hour before the disco opens to adults.

NUMBER OF YOUTH COUNSELORS ONBOARD: There are always at least two youth counselors on board and more during summer and holidays.

HOURS OF OPERATION ONBOARD: The program operates on sea days from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.; 2:30 to 4:30 P.M.; and from 8 to 10 P.M. Teen programs hours vary.

IN-PORT KIDS PROGRAMS: The youth program is available on port days from 3pm-5pm and from 7:30pm -10pm.

For more information about Norwegian cruises, give them a call at: (800) 327-7030 or visit them online at:www.ncl.com

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