Norwegian Cruise Line Planning
Mom Approved Travel

Looking for a Norwegian Cruise Travel Agent? You have found Mom Approved NCL cruise experts!

Mom Approved Travel specializes in family cruise vacations!

With its freestyle approach to cruising, Norwegian Cruise Line is a great choice for sailing for everyone including multi-generational families to adults cruising without the kids. With its great service, a wide array of entertainment options, flexible Freestyle dining options, the widest choice of stateroom options, onboard activities for all ages, and exciting port excursions, a Norwegian Cruise has everything you need for a fun, flexible cruise experience for the whole family!

Using Mom Approved Travel takes away the overwhelm of planning a Norwegian cruise vacation by helping you with everything from the best time to cruise, which ship and itinerary is best for you, cabin category and location, assistance with hotel stays before or after your cruise, ground transportation, what to pack, excursions, dining, and more. We also utilize our relationship with NCL to ensure our client families have the best possible experience. Our connections allow us access to dedicated support, education, tools, and more to enhance your Norwegian Cruise Line vacation!

At Mom Approved Travel, one of our core beliefs is Moms should get a vacation too. What that means is, Mom should actually enjoy going on vacation – she should not be stressing or spending her precious time worrying about which kid-friendly activities are in Alaska, how best to navigate the NCL app, spending hours researching all the packing things, or making sure she doesn’t miss important payment, activity or check-in deadlines. Mom can spend her time and energy elsewhere when she partners with Mom Approved Travel to book her NCL cruise!

That core belief is why we plan Norwegian Cruise Line cruises a little differently. Our personalized Norwegian Cruise with kids planning approach is crafted to protect the precious time and hard-earned travel dollars of overwhelmed Moms (and Dads). Unique Mom Approved processes allow you to focus on the fun and spend less time worrying about or messing with the logistical details of your NCL cruise- we take care of those for you!

Your family is unique, which is why it is important to have a Mom Approved Travel Advisor that understands this and will curate a Norwegian Cruise vacation unique to your family and their specific interests, needs and wishes!

Why book a
Norwegian Cruise with Mom Approved Travel?

Mom and daughter talking a selfie on a Norwegian cruise ship

We help busy Moms and families plan Norwegian Cruise Line  cruises for families.

Booking a NCL Cruise with Mom Approved Travel

With a powerful combination of experience, expertise and connections, Mom Approved Travel will take away the overwhelm of planning a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation so you can focus on the fun!

It is important to know we are Professional Travel Advisors, not order takers. We will take the time to find out your needs and get to know more about your family. Every Travel Advisor at Mom Approved Travel believes vacation memories are priceless. Your cruise is not simply a transaction to us, we are invested in making sure you have the ideal Norwegian Cruise experience for your family.

We are extremely knowledgeable about the latest NCL cruise ships. We invest a lot of time in continued education for all of the port destinations from Alaska to Europe and beyond, we leverage our first-hand experience and our Advisors are always current on the highest levels of training offered by Norwegian Cruise Line.

When you book your cruise with Mom Approved Travel, you’ll get help with: 

We will help you make the most of your time before, during, and even after your trip! Sailing out of Seattle? We have fantastic pre-cruise stay hotel options for you! Sailing out of Europe? We have great pre and post cruise itineraries that await your family!
Your Mom Approved NCL Travel Agent will also:

  • Save you hours of research by narrowing down your options based on your needs, accommodation preferences and dream cruise wishlists
  • Find a convenient departure port
  • Pick the best Norwegian Cruise ship for your family
  • Choose a sailing with an ideal port itinerary
  • Select the best dates to accommodate your schedule and budget
  • Secure the ideal cabin type for your family
  • Advise on the best cabin location 
  • Recommend onboard specialty dining options
  • Handle and pre and post cruise stays for you
  • Assist with transportation and transfers
  • Save you time by acting as your dedicated customer service contact and advocate – we will be the ones to sit on hold with Norwegian Cruise Line and work to sort out any issues, questions, or discrepancies

Mom Approved Travel will help you plan a stress-free, fun and Mom Approved, NCL cruise for your family that is as individual as your people are!

Why do we love Norwegian Cruise Line?

shot of NCL Bliss cruise ship with race car track against mountains in Alaska

Alaskan NCL sailings are perfect for multi-generational trips!

Mom Approved Travel loves Norwegian Cruise Line for families and couples

Cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line means you and your family can relax and play while being whisked from ports of call as you enjoy everything a Norwegian Cruise has to offer: the freedom of Freestyle dining, incredible accommodations,  and a wide variety of sea day activities for every age and activity level.

There is fun, relaxation, and flexibility for everyone on NCL, perfect for a multi-generational cruise

There is such a wide variety of activities onboard a Norwegian Cruise ship for the whole family including adults, kids, teens, and littles. From the poolside to trivia games, dance lessons, rock wall climbing, Broadway caliber shows, Bingo, waterparks at sea, comedy shows, casino, sports court, fitness center, and everywhere in between, there are activities to keep the fun going as long as you want! Norwegian’s full service Mandara Spa, lounges, and yoga classes offer quiet spaces to relax and unwind.

Want to spend some time without the kiddos? You can even have non-stop family fun or non-stop relaxation with some time for just the two of you when you utilize the complimentary, supervised youth and teen programming onboard that is fun and engaging for the kids! There is a reason NCL was voted Best Family Experience by Travel Weekly!

Location! Location! Location!

NCL ships cruise ALL over the world and with a wide variety of popular port destinations on Norwegian Cruise itineraries, there is a sailing for every bucket list! Norwegian sails out of convenient ports such as New York, Galveston, Miami, New Orleans, Seattle and SO many more!

NCL is the only cruise line to sail from New York year-round and are the only large U.S.-flagged cruise line with a ship in Hawai’i offering a 7-day, inter-island itinerary.

Here are a few of our favorite Norwegian Cruise destination ports:

  • Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
  • Harvest Caye, Belize
  • Kona, Hawaii
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Rome, Italy
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Sydney, Australia

…and so many more!

What about Dining on a Norwegian Cruise?

Young Family dining in Aqua restaurant on NCL cruise

With all of the NCL Freestyle dining options available, you will never go hungry or have a hard time finding a snack!

Why we really love the Freestyle Norwegian dining options

You need to pack your stretchy pants, because no matter what you are craving, no matter what mood you are in, or what time of day it is, a Norwegian Cruise has something delicious to eat and you can do it YOUR way!

Freestyle Dining

Only Norwegian offers the freedom and flexibility of Freestyle Dining, in up to 3 main dining rooms, with no fixed dining times or preassigned seating. So you get to follow your mood, not a schedule! You can dine when and where you want, including inside or oceanside along the Waterfront!

Specialty Dining

One of the other areas where Norwegian Cruise line stands out is with the Specialty Dining options onboard,with upgraded menus and beautiful venues like Moderno Churrascaria, Le Bistro or Ocean Blue. These Specialty Dining options do have an additional charge; but your Mom Approved Travel Advisor can help you navigate which options are best for you. Norwegian also features promotions from time to time including Free Specialty Dining options, so your Advisor will be watching for those as well!

Quick Dining Options

Looking for something quick so you and the family can hop back into the pool? No worries! The complimentary buffet will have tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. There are plenty of other grab and go options on the ship, and the themes vary but with options like a meat carving station, omelets, pasta and more- something tasty is always available for you to get a quick bite!

Don’t worry, even the pickiest of eaters can find something delicious, and you can rest easy knowing NCL has great options for those with food allergies and special dietary needs, as they offer a variety of special dietary menus as well!

Will the kids have fun on a Norwegian Cruise?

Kids participating in the NCL kids Circus Parade

Entertaining and fun, families have options to play together and in their own spaces on an NCL cruise!

Norwegian Cruise Line is a great cruise line for kids

For busy parents who struggle getting away, sailing on an Norwegian Cruise with kids is a GREAT option for a family cruise because even though you are cruising with the kids, you can choose to have some time to yourselves because there is SO MUCH for them to do! Yes, you can have date night(s) or date day for the two of you while on vacation with the kids!

Are you thinking about bringing your baby or toddler on a NCL cruise?

For the youngest passengers, NCL offers Guppies Programs (6 months – under 4 years old) so parents and kids can have a spot to play big and participate in complementary fun activities together!

Most ships also include a supervised nursery Guppies program available for a fee so Mom & Dad can enjoy other activities onboard for daytime fun or enjoy an evening out without the littles.

Exploration and fun for the kiddos 3-12 years old with Splash Academy

For potty-trained children, there is fun available day to night! Your children can explore activities and play in a complementary supervised programs lead by fun, engaging youth counselors! Don’t worry, kids are broken up into age groups for developmentally appropriate fun!

Children from 3 – 5 years old will play in the “turtles” group and engage in Arts & crafts, painting, Circus School, sensory play, storytelling parades, and other developmental play.

Children from 6 – 9 years old will play with fellow “seals” participating in theme nights, painting, sports & games, treasure hunts, video games, parades, team-building challenges and learning circus skills such as: juggling, plate spinning, devil sticks, rope spinning and more!

Your 10-12 year old tweens will play with other “dolphins” engaging in scavenger hunts, spy themed night play, sports, games, video games, an Entourage take-over, Circus skills and show including stilts, ball juggling, Chinese yo-yo, plate spinning, devil sticks and more!

Our favorite part about bringing the kids on a NCL cruise is the  Youth Programs are included in your cruise fare!

Have teens sailing with you on your NCL cruise?

Don’t worry, Norwegian has special spaces and events for your teenagers as well that will let them do their thing under the watchful eye of trained teen counselors. Entourage is JUST for teens and gives them a place to kick back and chill doing everything from games, arts & crafts, dance, sing and just be themselves.

Do want to enjoy a late night  without the kids on your NCL cruise?

A Norwegian Cruise has you covered! Late Night Fun Zone is a fee-based option from 11pm-1am available for 3-12 years old so you can enjoy a romantic night out knowing the kids are supervised by trained and certified staff.

Wondering about family NCL cruise activities?

The Youth Programs are great; but part of the fun on a family NCL cruise is spending time together! Norwegian Cruise Line provides plenty of family friendly amenities and activities across their fleet to keep children of all ages, as well as parents who are kids at heart, engaged and entertained. Your family can take part in a towel animal folding workshop, minigolf, bowling, family trivia, swim, watch shows, experience the rock climbing wall, racetrack at sea, sports deck and more!

Will the adults have fun on a Norwegian Cruise?

NCL cruise Bliss spa overlooking ocean

The Thermal Suite Lounge allows for relaxation in a space to soothe all the senses.


Norwegian Cruise Line experiences for adults

There are so many truly great adult areas of the ship for you to enjoy, you may want to book another cruise for only the 2 of you, or for a girlfriends getaway.

Adult only areas

Ever wanted to truly relax without the kids? Vibe Beach Club has a space for that! NCL’s Vibe Beach Club requires a purchased pass to enter; but you can choose a 1 day pass or length of cruise as a retreat for you to chill and relax, enjoy a soak in a whirlpool spa or soak up some rays on a kid-free sundeck with access to a full service bar, fancy fruit skewer and chilled towels.

Did you say spa? Yes please!

Norwegian understands how important a spa is as part of the adult-only experience on board. Mandara Spa onboard a NCL Cruise has a wide variety of experiences, but one of our absolute Mom Approved favorites is the Thermal Suite Lounge where you can  unwind in a hot stone lounger as you enjoy breathtaking views of the sea.

Adult only onboard activities

There are trivia nights, nightclubs, games, a premiere casino experience and more. Some lounges are adult exclusive the entire sailing like like Spice H20 and there are lounges and spaces that become adult-only in the evening.

What about a Group Cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line?

Group of adult friends enjoying drinks on the deck of a Norwegian Cruise ship

Group cruising with NCL and Mom Approved Travel means we do the work, so all you have to do is have fun with your group!


We can create a Norwegian group cruise sailing for your friends, family or club

If you are thinking about planning a cruise vacation for your large family, friends, travel ball team, Sunday School members, coworkers on an incentive trip or any other group, you should absolutely work with a Mom Approved Travel Advisor!

Did you know a travel agent can set up a group with Norwegian Cruise Line to possibly save money, or qualify for perks?  Your Mom Approved Norwegian Cruise Travel Agent can handle all of the details for you, at no extra cost for your big group.

Of course, savings and perks are great, but the absolute BEST part of group cruising with Mom Approved Travel, is your Travel Advisor will be the one to handle the logistical issues of payments, price adjustments and answering common questions for all members of your group Norwegian cruise- not you! As the cruise group leader, all you have to do is pack!

We know you love your family and enjoy spending time with your friends; but reminding Aunt Bertie it’s time to make final payment, telling Grandma to leave her iron at home or figuring out if your neighbor’s 4 year old child needs a passport is not something you need or should be worried about. 

Mom Approved Travel can do it all for you, Norwegian Cruises without stress or drama is very Mom Approved!

professional Travel Agent extending hand to shake after agreeing to work together on planning a vacation

Are you Ready to
Start Planning your NCL Cruise?

How to work with a Mom Approved
Norwegian Cruise Line
Expert Travel Advisor

You have decided you want to cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line and you want to use an experienced, trusted family NCL Cruise Planner at Mom Approved Travel.
Now what?

Working with a Mom Approved Travel Advisor to plan your NCL sailing is easy, promise! You can now rest easy knowing our team is made up of avid cruisers who maintain the highest levels of training for Norwegian Cruise Line.

If you already have a MAT Travel Advisor, or you know who you would like to use, fill out our quote request and choose their name from the dropdown menu.

If you are not sure which MAT Travel Advisor you would like to work with, or if you are looking for a NCL Travel Agent near you:
(though it is not necessary to use someone close to you) simply:

1) visit our MAT Team page to meet our Travel Advisors
2) fill out our quote request and choose “surprise me” from the drop-down menu and we will match you with a MAT Advisor and Norwegian Cruise Travel Agent expert to fit your family best based on your responses.

Frequently asked questions
about a Norwegian Cruise

Booking your Norwegian Cruise with a Mom Approved Travel Advisor is complimentary for most cruise vacations. There are some unique circumstances, we may charge a service fee which will be disclosed upfront. There are no hidden fees working with Mom Approved Travel.

If you have already booked your Norwegian Cruise Vacation trip with NCL, depending on the circumstances we MAY be able to transfer it to the agency to allow your Advisor to assist without a fee within 14 days of booking, if you are outside of final payment.

If we are unable to transfer a cruise, we do offer a concierge planning option based on your needs.

Booking your Norwegian Cruise through Mom Approved Travel means you get dedicated access to a Professional Travel Planner who specializes in NCL Cruises who can tailor a trip for your family.

To get started, simply fill out our NCL CRUISE QUOTE REQUEST FORM and one of our Advisors will contact you for a quick, free consultation.

Absolutely! MAT Advisors are experienced understanding and setting up families with a wide range of special needs for success. Some of our Travel Advisors have backgrounds in special education, special needs in their own families, or hold certifications from IBCCES. 

Whether it is dietary restrictions, physical handicap, neuro-divergent challenges, cognitive disabilities, hearing or visual disabilities, service animal travel or beyond, your MAT Advisor has the knowledge and expertise to make your Norwegian cruise as comfortable as possible, so everyone can enjoy the fun!

While our core clientele are families, we absolutely assist clients in adult only cruises, Honeymoons, Anniversary trips, girlfriend getaways, group sailings, and more.

Payment terms and conditions are set by the supplier, in this case, Norwegian Cruise Line.

Deposits: If you are booking a cruise further out, you may only need to pay a deposit to hold your trip. Final payment dates vary and are usually based on length of cruise.

All cruise payment requirements vary based on the supplier, but your MAT Travel Advisor can answer questions about your specific sailing.

Your Mom Approved Travel Advisor monitors your reservations for promos and will apply them IF they save you money. Sometimes promotions do not apply to all dates, room types or are released on the same date as a price increase. Your MAT Advisor has your back and will make sure you get the best value for your hard earned vacation dollars.

Your payments will be processed into the NCL secure payment portals by your Travel Advisor. The agency does not hold or deposit any of your vacation package funds into our company account.

NCL accepts most major credit cards.

Any charges to your credit card will show up as a charge from the supplier, and not Mom Approved Travel.

Thankfully, it is Norwegian Cruise’s policy to have a physician and nurse are on each ship to provide medical care and services at customary charges. Commonly used medications are kept on board and may be prescribed by the ship’s doctor. 

However, we still STRONGLY recommend getting Trip Insurance.

What does my cruise fare include? (updated 04/2024)
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation to some of the most beautiful places on earth via cruise ship
  • Dedicated Kids & Teen (ages 3-17) programming & spaces during at sea days until 10:30 pm and from departure until 10:30 pm during port days
  • Meals in one of our many complimentary dining venues
  • 24-hour Dining venue (on select ships)
  • Room service menu items (convenience charge may apply)
  • Outdoor Buffet (on select ships)
  • Pool Bar and Grill (on select ships)
  • Coffee Bar (regular coffee and pastries included, specialty coffees at nominal extra charge)
  • Iced Tea, some juices in the buffet (for breakfast), regular coffee, tea and ice water
  • All entertainment onboard (with the exception of dinner and lunch theater entertainment)
  • Art Auctions
  • Poolside activities
  • Access to fitness facilities
  • Select onboard presentations
  • Sports Court activities
  • Use of outdoor pools and hot tubs
  • In-stateroom TV programming (except for on-demand movies)
  • Phone calls onboard the ship (stateroom to stateroom)
  • Use of private Studio Lounge if staying in Studio accommodations on Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Pride of America, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Escape
  • Suite Guests receive additional amenities, based on the category of accommodation.


The following items are not included in the cruise fare:

  • Service Charges/Gratuities
  • Meals in Specialty Restaurants
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Sodas and some other non-alcoholic beverages
  • Spa and Salon Services
  • Exercise classes
  • Casino
  • Dining Entertainment
  • Transfers (unless pre-purchased with air/sea packages)
  • Hotel Stays pre-/post-cruise (unless pre-purchased)
  • Shore Excursions
  • Photography
  • Internet Access
  • Baby Sitting Services
  • Specialty Onboard Seminars
  • Art purchases
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Video Arcade
  • Phone calls off the ship
  • Wi/Fi & Satellite connection for tablets, phones/mobile devices
  • Laundry Services
  • Use of the Medical Center
  • Government taxes, port expenses, and fees
  • Convenience Charge for Room Service (does not apply to The Haven and Norwegian Suites)

Unlike most other ships in the cruise industry, there is no required or recommended tipping on NCL ships for service that is generally rendered to all Guests. (MAT still suggests gratuities) 

While you should not feel obligated to offer a gratuity, NCL encourages all of their staff are encouraged to “go the extra mile,” so they are permitted to accept cash gratuities for exceptional or outstanding service if you care to offer them.

Also, certain staff positions (e.g., concierge, butler, youth program staff and beverage service) provide service on an individual basis to only some guests and do not benefit from the overall service charge. NCL encourages those Guests to acknowledge good service from these staff members with appropriate gratuities.

Additionally, there is an 20% gratuity and spa service charge added for all spa and salon services, as well as an 20% gratuity and beverage service charge added for all beverage purchases and an 20% gratuity and specialty service charge added to all specialty restaurant dining and entertainment based dining.

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