NCL has all the usual cruise activities, plus some unusual ones to spice things up, including workshops on improv comedy, organic cooking, and bartending. You can also take cha-cha lessons; play bingo, shuffleboard, or basketball; attend an art auction or spa or beauty demonstration; and, on some cruises, sit in on enrichment lectures about classic ocean liners, nutrition, personal investing, or other topics. There are snorkeling demonstrations in the pool, makeovers, talent shows, wine tastings (for $15 per person), and trivia contests, plus your classic cruise ship "silly poolside games." In Hawaii, Pride of America has many activities themed on Hawaiian arts and culture, while Norwegian Pearl, Gem, and Epic have onboard bowling alleys.
Internet cafes allow e-mail and Internet access fleetwide. For those wanting flexibility in their Web surfing, a Wi-Fi wireless system lets you log on from various places on board using your own or a rented laptop and an NCL network card. You can also use your cellphone through an onboard relay system. In Hawaii, Pride of America sails close enough to shore that signals get picked up by regular land towers.
Gyms fleetwide are open 24 hours and have free stretching, step, aerobics, and other traditional classes. Spinning, kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, and other trendy choices cost an extra $10. All ships have golf driving cages where guests can practice at their leisure. In port, NCL's Dive-In program provides at least one snorkeling and one scuba excursion at almost every Caribbean port, escorted by the ship's certified instructors. In Hawaii and Bermuda, the line offers a comprehensive program of golf excursions to some of the islands' best courses, including Puakea, Poipu Bay, Princeville, and Kaua'i Lagoons (Kauai); Mauna Lani Resort, Hapuna, and Big Island Country Club (Hawaii); Makena, Wailea, and the Dunes at Maui Lani (Maui); Ko'olau Golf Club (Oahu); and the Ocean View, Belmont Hills, Mid Ocean, Port Royal, Tucker's Point, St. George's, and Riddell's Bay courses (Bermuda). Pride of America, the line's full-time Hawaii ship, also has an onboard pro shop.
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