Norwegian Cruise Line have confirmed they will expand their fleet in 2014, allowing more people to experience the art of “freestyle cruising.”
Earlier this month, speaking at a special media lunch in Sydney, Norwegian Cruise Line vice president and general manager international Francis Riley confirmed the line are going to expand their fleet, as well as explaining that the company’s signature ‘freestyle cruising’ style is an approach he believes Australian travellers will love:
“Freestyle cruising is unique to Norwegian Cruise Line, allowing passengers the freedom to enjoy their cruise experience the way they see fit, without restrictions or forced schedules”
“We feel it’s a way of travelling that Australian’s would enjoy and relate to and we’re always looking at the possibility of bringing ships to Asia and Australia in the future.”
But what is Norwegian’s “Freestyle Cruising”?
If you’ve never heard the “freestyle” way of cruising before, here’s a quick explanation:
Freestyle Cruising allows you the freedom to dine when you please, morning, noon and night. There are no seating arrangements either, so it’s very flexible – allowing you to pick a place to sit that suits you! And let’s not forget the sheer variety of dining options to choose from: did you know there are more restaurants onboard Norwegian ships than days in the week?
In an article for The Guardian newspaper, Desmond Balmer reviews ‘freestyle cruising’ and explains why Norwegian developed the concept:
“Significantly, the average age of passengers has been falling – by roughly a year each year … This new generation of passengers reflects changing lifestyles. We’re less stuffy and while we might enjoy dressing up from time to time, we don’t like to be regimented. Freestyle cruising is an attempt to reach out to a more informal group of travellers.”
Simply put, “Freestyle Cruising” is an informal style of cruising, which means you can eat when you choose, dine where you choose and dress as you please.
Once Norwegian’s Getaway ship launches in January 2014, two other ships will join the fleet later in the year. This will increase the line’s fleet by 40% in less than 12 months!
Norwegian Getaway’s homeport will be Miami; the ship will become the first to offer roundtrip voyages from the port. Onboard, there will be a range of fabulous restaurants and exclusive entertainment offerings for holidaymakers, including Tony Award-nominated musical Legally Blonde, which will make its at-sea debut on Norwegian Getaway post-launch.
Currently, Broadway spectacular Rock of Ages is playing onboard brand new sister ship Norwegian Breakaway; this ship made its debut in May this year.
Norwegian Breakaway is the line’s newest “Game Changing” ship, that’s located in New York, offering cruises to Bermuda, Bahamas and Florida. She carries over 4,000 guests, weighs over 146,000 gross tonnes and has a total of 1,024 staterooms and a further 238 suites.
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