Carnival vs. Norwegian Cruises

Carnival vs. Norwegian Cruises
Anyone craving for atypical fun can take to the seas aboard cruise ships. Norwegian Cruise Line offers freestyle cruising which frees passengers from conforming to set schedules or required attire. Carnival provides pre- or post-cruise extended stay vacation packages.


Carnival sails to over 60 destinations worldwide, including Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico.
Norwegian Cruise Line sails to 150 ports of call in five continents, including Europe, Mexican Riviera, South America and Pacific Coasts.

Short Cruises

Carnival offers two-day round-trip "Cruise to Nowhere" options from New York and Norfolk, Virginia.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers one- or two-day weekend getaway round-trip cruises from Miami, Boston and Los Angeles.

Onboard Activities

Passengers on Carnival can avail of a library, spa treatments, nightly live entertainment and casinos. Carnival Glory offers Club O2 for teens 15 to 17.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers Broadway-style shows, 13 bars and dancing, comedy shows, bowling and spa treatments. Nintendo Wii games can be played on a two-story screen.

Shore Excursions

Carnival offers stingray and dolphin adventures, kayaking, trekking, snorkeling, diving and sailing excursions.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers catamaran sailing, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and dolphin encounters.

Dining Options

Carnival offers casual dining, a 24-hour stateroom service, sushi bar and European-style café with early (6 p.m.) or late (8:15 p.m.) dining. Passenger-choice dining (5:45 to 9:30 p.m.) is offered on select ships.
Norwegian Cruise Line has 13 restaurants and dining rooms with freestyle dining.

Article Written By Cristina Dimen

Cristina Dimen is a freelance writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience. She honed her skills within the publishing and advertising industries and non-profit sector. She served as an editor for a trade magazine and recruiter for editorial and print production staffing. She received her bachelor's degree in marketing from State University of New York - Empire State College.

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