Norwegian Cruise Line, founded in 1966, offers a variety of cruises
to Bermuda from east coast ports in the United States
. The line is known for its modern cruise ships and for introducing the concept of "Freestyle Cruising," allowing guests to dine with whomever and at whatever time they desire each night. NCL ships are noted for its variety of accommodations, including family suites as well as multiple dining options. Most cruises spend multiple nights in Bermuda, at the capital and commercial center of Hamilton and at King's Wharf, located on the southern tip of Bermuda. Bermuda, a British overseas territory, is noted for its many, cove-like beaches
, many of which have a pink tint from coral. Bermuda also offers excellent golf courses, duty-free shopping for British consumer goods and striking, pastel-colored houses.
The "Norwegian Spirit" sails on seven-night voyages to Bermuda. The 1,996-passenger vessel calls at both King's Wharf and Hamilton. The 13-deck liner offers 15 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, a full spa, a running track, a swimming pool and a 24-hour casino. Accommodations range from the two-room "Owner's Suite" with its own private veranda, to the bare-bones and affordable inside cabins with two lower beds.
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The 2,226-passenger "Norwegian Dawn" sails from New York City to Bermuda during the summer months. The ship is noted for its unique 5750-square foot garden villas, the largest accommodations at sea. Other ship features include 15 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, a full spa, a casino, an outdoor swimming pool complex and a kids pool and activity center.
Launched in 2005, the 2,376-passenger "Norwegian Jewel" makes periodic voyages to Bermuda from New York City. The ship has 13 restaurants, 11 bars, a spa, casino, two pools, a kids club and a Broadway theater. The ship also has garden villas, similar to those on the "Norwegian Dawn" but with the addition of a central private pool atrium area for four villas.
The "Norwegian Gem," launched in 2007 also makes periodic voyages from New York City to Bermuda. The 2,384-passenger vessel has 15 passenger decks and features 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges. Other amenities include a bowling alley, three pools, a casino, a basketball court and five hot tubs. The "Gem" also has garden villas as well as numerous staterooms with private verandas.
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