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Ship Details
Began service: 1993
Guest capacity: 1,748
Total staff: 754
Length: 680 feet
Passenger decks: 10
CDC inspection score: 97

Norwegian Wind Overview

The Norwegian Wind cruise ship departs from San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and New Orleans, LA. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Alaska, Caribbean, and Panama Canal.

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The Norwegian Wind offers a wide array of activities, dining and entertainment. Active passengers find plenty to do, including a 24-hour fitness center and an ambitious shore excursion program that features snorkeling and diving (even in Alaska!), hiking, kayaking and biking. Norwegian Cruise Lines top-notch entertainment offerings include three production shows. The Wind was stretched in 1998, adding 251 cabins and new and enlarged public rooms. The ship appeals to guests of all ages who want a casual and relaxing vacation.


There are 15 categories with staterooms featuring two lower beds that convert to queen, small bathroom with shower, hairdryer, cabin-controlled thermostat, duvet, TV, and radio. Inside cabins measure 140 sq. ft.; standard outside cabins are 152 sq. ft; superior deluxe suites are 176 sq. ft. Owner's Suites feature a living room, separate bedroom, picture windows, refrigerator, stereo with CD library, and tub and shower -those on Sun Deck have balconies. Penthouse suites have a sitting area, refrigerator and balconies. All suite guests enjoy concierge services. Important notes: all cabins on the port side of the ship are non-smoking. Staterooms on Promenade Deck open to the jogging track. Some people may wish to steer clear of forward cabins on Star Deck and International Deck as guests need to go through a dining room or the show lounge to get to other public areas. Some cabins have fully obstructed views and some with partially obstructed views so choose carefully.


The food is fine, service is good, but the views are the best -- the three main restaurants all offer panoramic vistas. Tables for two, four, six and eight are featured. Freestyle Cruising is in full swing onboard and dining rooms are open from 5:30pm until midnight but you must be seated by 10pm. The Sun Terraces (234 diners) is the nicest, most intimate restaurant, followed by The Terraces (308 seats). Both have terraced seating and floor-to-ceiling windows opening up to the ship's tiered aft decks. The Four Seasons (452 seats) has great tables next to glass walls on each side. Dining rooms offer open seating breakfast; lunch is open seating in port so guests can try all three main restaurants. As part of an alliance with Cooking Light, menus feature more than 160 of the magazine's delicious recipes. Le Bistro, a reservations-only, 78-seat alternative restaurant, serves Italian fare for an additional fee. There is no official Lido restaurant: the Four Seasons offers buffet breakfast at sea; and the Sports Bar features buffet breakfast, lunch, teatime snacks and fresh popcorn, but it is a very small space for this number of passengers. There is a poolside snack bar/pizzeria, ice cream bar and a small coffee lounge. The lavish Chocoholic buffet is the most popular of the midnight snacks. Room service is available 24 hours.


NCL excels in nighttime entertainment. Smokey Joe's Cafe is a production featuring 50s and 60s hits such as "Hound Dog" and "On Broadway", Dazzles Disco is a popular dancing spot, Sports Bar & Grill broadcasts major sports events, and the Monte Carlo Casino has six blackjack tables, one roulette, one dice, one Caribbean Stud Poker, one Let it Ride table and 158 slots.

Fitness & Recreation

The spa on Sports Deck has seven rooms for European-style treatments, sauna and a 24-hour gym with state-of-the-art exercise equipment including five bikes, four treadmills and four stairsteppers. The main pool has a multi-level sun deck area that is sheltered from the wind. Additionally, there is a second outdoor pool, twin Jacuzzis, a basketball/volleyball court, jogging track, golf-driving net, and Ping-Pong.

Public Areas

Interiors have a contemporary ambiance with lots of glass walls that afford views of the sea and ports. As a result of the stretching, the Four Seasons Restaurant was expanded to encompass the entire width of the ship, so guests in 86 cabins situated forward of the Four Seasons have to walk through the dining room to get to the Rendezvous Bar and other public spaces on their deck. Similarly, on Star Deck, passengers on forward cabins need to go through the Stardust Lounge (which may be closed for shows or rehearsals) or use another deck to get across. The two-level Stardust Lounge features a stage for revues including the Sea Legs Circus at Sea, starring Olympians from around the world. Views are good from most seats. Lucky's, a horseshoe-shaped piano bar with a dance floor is one of the most popular lounges on board for a drink after the show. The Observatory Lounge with its floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides is a great perch for watching the Alaska wilderness or Caribbean sunsets.; For people watching, the Rendezvous Lounge is best. The 24-hour Internet Cafe is equipped with four computer terminals (cost is 75 cents per minute). This facility, however, took away the space that had been devoted to a library, which now consists of several bookshelves on the walls leading to the Internet Cafe. There is no self-service launderette; laundry and dry cleaning are available for a fee.


Young sailors enjoy a playroom and youth center with video games, jukebox and 45-inch TV. Supervised activities are offered for ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and 13-17. Eight children's menus are featured. Baby-sitting (individual or group) is available for a fee ($8 per hour, individual; $4 per hour for group sessions for first child, $2 for each additional child in the same family) between noon and 2am. Arrangements must be made at the Information Desk 24 hours in advance. A backpack package including souvenir cup and unlimited sodas is $39.50; the soda package can be purchased separately for $16. Expectant mothers must present a medical certificate establishing due date and fitness to travel. NCL will not accept passengers in their 24th week of pregnancy by the time their travel with the line concludes.

Expert Norwegian Wind reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Norwegian Wind cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Norwegian Wind Score: 97

Cruise Critic: Norwegian Wind
The Cruise Critic gives NCL's Norwegian Wind a 3-ribbon rating.

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