Norwegian a World Travel winner

It's true that we've always had a soft spot for Norwegian, the cruise line that brought us back on board many years ago, following an unhappy cruise which chased us away. Having said that, if you twisted our arms and asked us to pick the "leading cruise line" we can't tell you it would be Norwegian.

Nor could we say it wouldn't be Norwegian.

On Saturday, at the World Travel Awards, Norwegian was decorated as Epicthe "World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line" for the second year in a row.

Is it?

Obviously many travel agents and travelers say so. As you well know, such choices are subjective and the fact Norwegian has been voted "Europe's Leading Cruise Line" for six years running (also by World Travel) and the "Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line" is both consistent and impressive.

The reality is that we've been on most of the major cruise lines, and separating one from the other is tough. So much depends on which ship you're on, when you go, what the weather's like…

Having said that, Norwegian is unique. What appealed to us, and what continues to be one of the basic attractions, is the Freestyle Dining concept. We have been known to have dinner at four o'clock, and also at 10 o'clock. Clearly, our bodies – or at least our stomachs – are not on a tight schedule. Many passengers like the rigidity of dinner at precisely the same time every night. We don't and, judging from Norwegian's widespread appeal, we're not alone.

There's more to like about this cruise line than Freestyle Dining, of course. Ask 100 of the people with World Travel ballots and you might get 100 different answers.

Norwegian Sky
4 nights
January 6, 2014
Miami (return): Grand BahamaNassauGreat Stirrup Cay
Inside: $149
Cost per day: $39

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