Cruising with Kids: Norwegian Cruises Giveaway!

Terence and I love to travel.  In fact you can check out all our travels on the navigation tab above under Categories: Travel.  Among the ways we love to travel is cruising.  Traveling on a cruise ship is great because it’s an easy way to plan a vacation.  Terence and I have cruised before, but it’s been about 10 years and I think we are about due for another one.  We definitely had a great time and our entire cruising experience was something we still talk about years later.  This time we have our son, Connor. Let me tell you vacationing with a 3 year old is a lot different than vacationing just the two of us.  It’s still a lot of fun we just have to plan activities around him as well!  We wouldn’t have it any other way.  We want him to feel included and have fun too.



Our first cruise 2002

(love that you get to dress up on cruises!)

That’s why I think Norwegian Cruise Line’s youth program is a great option for our next vacation. Norwegian is now offering Nickelodeon experiences on some ships. In order to continue to offer the best experience for families, Norwegian has revamped its youth program. Kids will never be bored with all of the below new enhancements.

The youth program from Norwegian will keep kids of all ages active and entertained throughout the entire cruise.  You know what that means?  Mom and Dad can get a little R&R in too while still enjoying fun activities as a family!

Parents can join in on the fun during some brand new family events, of course all activities are optional.  The youth counselors are highly energized, engaging and a key benefit of the youth program – the kids will love them! They are cool, hip, active and fun.

Exclusively aboard Norwegian Cruise Line, Hilario Productions presents Cirque Du Jour. Cirque Du Jour will offer circus school consisting of a series of family workshops throughout the cruise including a circus show starring your kids and surprise pop-ups throughout the week by stilt walking clowns, balloon animal makers and much, much more! Oh gosh this sounds like something we would all enjoy!  Non-stop interactive workshops will encourage learning, allowing kids to develop new skills while having fun and giving them something memorable to take home with them.

Some of the fun activities on a Norwegian Nickelodeon cruise:


Our future globe trotter- He loves Nick Jr. so I know he would love this! 

Specific Details of the youth program

All Ages – new and exclusive to Norwegian

Cirque Du Jour

“Hilario Productions presents Cirque Du Jour”

Series of family workshops throughout the cruise

Look out for surprise “Surprise Pop-ups from the famed Cirque Du Jour”

Appearances by mobile clowns

Stilt walking clowns

i.e. White Hot Night clowns with wings with white face on stilts

Someone making balloon animals

Interactive family experience

Circus show – featuring kids

Sporting Activities

Norwegian collaborated with Kings Camps and Foundation, the UK’s number one camp experts, to develop sporting activities for new youth program onboard

Norwegian has leveraged Kings Camps expertise to develop a sports program that includes interactive play that encourages bonding, teamwork and confidence building

Specifically, activities focus international sports so not your traditional, everyday sports – learn something new!

Sporting activities now brings youth program outdoor and utilize all the great areas of our ships – i.e. sports court, rock walls, etc.

Sporting activities will take place each day throughout the cruise

Shipboard Family Fun Challenge – all age groups

Will be included every week on ships with new youth program

Includes games like balloon toss and other silly, not serious, fun games

Culminates with Family Challenge Award Ceremony


Splash Academy – Youth Program

Guppies: Ages 6 months – 2 years

Overall, under 2 programming will consist of sensory and creative play for under 2’s and their parents

Approximately two ½ hour sessions per day for sensory and creative play for babies and parents

Turtles: Ages 3 – 5 years

Seals: Ages 6 – 9 years

Dolphins: Ages 10 – 12 years

Overall, programming will be age appropriate

Lots of options consisting of indoor activities programmed alongside outdoor activities

Teen programs too!

Group Sitting Services

Port Play – Want some alone time while in port? Then drop off your kids at Port Play for free. (For a small fee during lunch and dinner hours.)

Late Night Fun Zone – Late Night Fun Zone is open every night (for a small fee.)


In addition to the youth programs, Norwegian is an ideal option for a family vacation because now Norwegian gives families their best vacation ever with Freestyle Cruising® and exclusive Nickelodeon™ entertainment.  With so many activities and dining experiences you are bound to have a great time together.  The ships also feature slides, pools, and lots of family entertainment.  So what are you waiting for?  If you’ve been looking for something fun to do with your family this summer, but don’t have the time or energy to plan out every single day and activity (like me) then Norwegian takes care of all of that for you!  No fuss and all fun!  Make memories that will last a lifetime for you and your child.

For more information about Norwegian’s family vacation experience, click here.

And now for a sweepstakes with a cruise voucher for a family of four for the grand prize! 

This is one prize for all the blogs in the program—not a cruise for each blog.  Enter to win by answering this question:


 “What is your dream vacation for your family?” 

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

Entries from all participating blogs will be pooled for winner selection; only two entries per household.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 5/7/2013-6/2/2013.

Be sure to visit Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand page on where you can read other bloggers’ posts!




67 thoughts on “Cruising with Kids: Norwegian Cruises Giveaway!

  1. Before kids, my dream vacation was to travel in the Holy Land, Greece, Rome and Ireland with no time restraints or specific must be somewhere plans.
    Now with kids, I want a vacation that is all-inclusive (save $$$) and has opportunities to do short activities or just relax. We are thinking that a cruise or an all-inclusive resort will be the best for us until our kids (ages 2 & 4) get older.

  2. I’d love to go on a family cruise with my husband and daughter. Actually spend some care free time together just having fun, it would be awesome! Maybe to Alaska, always wanted to go there.

  3. I look for fun for the whole family. A relaxing environment for my husband and I, and plenty of fun activities for my son.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  4. Our dream vacation would be to go to the ocean and see Colombia for 2 weeks, my sons were adopted from there.

  5. My 2nd entry, “My Dream Vacation for My Family” would always included water and sand. We love the beach and usually take our vacations to Florida, but we would love to go to the Caribbean or some place like that. We have never taken a cruise so that is something that is at the top of our dream list. Winning this cruise for my family would come at a great time this year. This is my oldest sons senior year in high school and may be our last yr for a while to take a family vacation together. Because when he starts college next yr, he will be on a totally different schedule and will be on a different new and exciting part in his life. I would LOVE & SO APPRECIATE a wonderful family vacation together. My boys are my life and it is so hard to see them grow up and be off to find their way in life. I think I am going to have a harder time then they are, LOL…

  6. I have loved the cruises that we have been on in the past. It is such a carefree way to travel and I would love to take my family on one!

  7. It would be wonderful to get away any place tropical where we could have fun family time as well as dates for my husband and myself.

  8. My mom has some mobilty issues so a cruise would be great! We’d love to go to the South Pacific or the Mediterranean.

  9. My parents went to Egypt for their 25th anniversary. I always loved their slides, and would love to go there myself.

  10. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to go on my dream vacation: to the Panama Canal! It is a special place to my family and our ancestors, so I am hoping to be selected.

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  12. If we are talking dream vacation and anything goes, I would be on an endless vacation to mostly islands all over the world. From Alaskan islands to the Bahamas to Okinawa 🙂

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