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Bars & Lounges to Discover on Norwegian Bliss

With 16 bars and lounges on board the brand-new Norwegian Bliss, there’s no shortage of fun and libations to enjoy on your next cruise vacation. Whether you’re sailing to Alaska and taking in the stunning glacier views from the Observation Lounge bar or cruising to The Caribbean with a fresh mojito in hand, these hot spots have something for your every vacation mood.

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Norwegian's Meet the Winemaker Cruises Return in 2018 & 2019

Norwegian’s Meet the Winemaker cruises are returning for a third season now through February 2019. The special series invites guests sailing on select Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Dawn itineraries to participate in private wine dinners and tastings, seminars, and meet-and-greets with experts in the winemaking industry, including Salvatore Ferragamo, Dina Mondavi, and celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez.

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Cruising to Bermuda: Must-Try Foods of the Island

If you're planning a cruise to Bermuda, the spas, golf courses, and pink sand beaches are far from the only attractions you'll find. The cuisine of the island is equally exciting. You'll find fresh flavors pulled straight from the ocean and spiced with local ingredients. From rum-soaked baked goods to sweet and spicy condiments, Bermuda has a wide range of specialties just waiting for you to take a taste. Just ahead, here are some must-try foods to have on a Bermuda cruise.

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Must-Try Drinks of The Bahamas

No matter what part of your Bahamas cruise you're most excited about, chances are good that at some point, you'll find yourself lounging in the sun with a drink in your hand. After all, what could be more iconic of a Bahamas cruise than relaxing on a white sand beach, sipping a tropical cocktail while you watch the sunset over jewel-toned waves?

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Tips for Cruising with a Special Diet

A cruise vacation is one of the best trips for someone with a dietary restriction. When you cruise with Norwegian, you won't have to worry that your nutritional limitations will keep you from having the vacation of your life.

Norwegian’s chefs are trained to prepare food for a variety of diets — vegetarian, sugar-free, gluten-free and more. Norwegian makes an effort to accommodate all passenger dietary needs and to provide suitable alternatives on request for those with food allergies or other special needs.

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Specialty Dining on Norwegian Cruise Line: Teppanyaki

My love affair with food began at birth, and my love affair with Norwegian Cruise Line began a decade ago on our first cruise to Alaska. My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary aboard Norwegian Pearl, sailing Glacier Bay. We followed that up with another Alaska cruise on Norwegian Star, and then made the life-changing decision to move from Deep South Texas to the wilds of Juneau, Alaska…I blame the whole move on Norwegian, and the chance they gave us to experience God’s country.

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Benefits of Buying a Cruise Beverage Package

One of Norwegian Cruise Line’s greatest appeals is the complimentary amenities included in your trip package. Not only are almost all of the ships’ greatest assets at your fingertips for free, but you also never have to spend an extra dime to eat!  The main dining room, as well as the buffets and several cafes throughout the ship, are also included with the cost of your cruise. I don’t know about you, but unlimited access to savory meals, sophisticated delicacies, and sweet desserts is my idea of a vacation fantasy.

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Cruise Recipes: Mojitos & Hemingway in Paradise

Ernest Hemingway once said, “Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares; if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” When you set sail aboard Norwegian Sun, you can follow the famous writer’s advice by visiting some of his preferred hangouts (and sipping his favorite cocktails) in Key West and Havana, Cuba. Or if you cruise to Havana on Norwegian Sky, you can also recline on our private island, Great Stirrup Cay, with this classic cocktail.

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Dining On Board Norwegian Cruise Line

Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or an experienced traveler, here is some advice that’s always a helpful reminder: Try something – anything – new every day of your cruise. Granted, such a suggestion is easy to indulge because you’re likely to explore a different port city every day. However, I find that when it comes to food, we tend to stick to the first onboard dining experience we like, rather than explore our way through Norwegian’s diverse culinary selections

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If you’re like many cruisers, you’re probably looking to unwind a bit while you’re on vacation and seriously, what says vacation more than a tropical drink with one of those little umbrellas?? On your Caribbean cruise, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and soak up the rays, while sipping some delicious drink concoction you’ve never even heard of. Here are 6 Must-Try Drinks in The Caribbean!

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Of all the things you can bring home with you from your Alaska cruise: photographs, souvenirs, new friends, memories and tales of adventure; you can now add cocktail recipe to the list. The bartenders at Norwegian Cruise Line have crafted a new cocktail to complement the Alaska cruises, and they are happy to share the recipe with you. Be sure to try it while on board. The new Northern Lights cocktail is a refreshing blend of gin, lime juice, soda and fresh mint. The gin and the mint have cooling properties, much like the fresh, clear waters of Alaska. The name is a nod to the mysterious Northern Lights of the polar north. The taste is invigorating after a long day exploring the sights.

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Wade Cleophas from Norwegian Escape had bested 2500 entries across 13 different cruise lines to win Bacardi’s Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year. His winning concoction, Legend Reviver, inspired by spices reminiscent of travelling to exotic places, is the perfect drink to enjoy on a cruise vacation. Balanced and smooth, it combines BACARDÍ® OCHO (8) ANOS, star anise infused sweet vermouth, caramel/cinnamon syrup with drops of whisky barrel aged bitters, and a light absinthe mist. For those who cannot wait for their Norwegian cruise to try the Legend Reviver, here’s how you can make this cocktail at home:

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Wade Cleophas has bested competition from more than 2500 entries across 13 different cruise lines to win the title of 2017 BACARDÍ® Legacy Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year with his drink, Legend Reviver. As he prepares to compete in the Global Finals in Berlin, he took some time to give us the inside scoop.

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Almost every cruise virgin has heard a thing or two about the food feast cruises are famous for. Norwegian offers both complimentary options in the buffets and main dining rooms, as well as a diverse range of Specialty Dining restaurants. To help maximize your food and beverage budget, here are some helpful cruise dining hacks:

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Cruise cuisine from cruise ship restaurants and menus you must try

Embark on a cruise and you might find yourself snorkeling an underwater reef in brilliant blue waters, or tackling a rock climbing wall, or sunning by the pool, drink in hand, or belting out your favorite tune in the karaoke bar. What you won’t find yourself doing is going hungry. When it comes to dining on board, there’s something for everyone, and plenty of it. Not only will you eat on a cruise, but you’ll eat well. And just because the cruise food is complimentary, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Dishes you’d expect to pay a premium for at your favorite restaurants come included in the price of your cruise. And as you might expect from a ship that travels the world, much of the cuisine is internationally inspired. Cruise ship menus present a great opportunity to experience new tastes without breaking the bank. From the main dining room to room service, the complimentary cuisine promises not to disappoint.

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