Need help from past cruisers. My wife and I are nudists and looking for info on NCL. We have heard that they have small adult only areas that you can tan in the nude, male and female without being hassled. We have cruised with RCL, Carnival and Princess many times and all of those don't have what we're looking for. I've read conflicting post's about NCL and this subject. Anyone out there that can tell us 100% truefully one way or another?
That's right. Even European-based cruise lines like MSC only allow topless as far as I know. Do a "google" on nude cruises, however. There is a company that does charters all the time (I forget the name, not exactly a fan of showing off this body).
I am guessing the most "free" cruise line would be a German line like Aida. The Germans have nude beaches that are popular.
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.
I know for a fact that the Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl have what is called the "Freestyle Sundeck" on Deck 15 Forward. I'm guessing that this area is also on the other Jewel Class ships. You can check the deck plans at NCL.com. It is adults only, and on my transatlantic voyage, on the Jewel, nude sunbathing was allowed. If I recall, the sign pointing up the stairway to the deck states that it is adults only and clothing optional. I was on the Pearl in Alaska, and the weather didn't encourage any type of sunbathing at all! While it was sunny, it was chilly!
I just checked the deck plans for the Epic, and it shows a Freestyle Sundeck area on Deck 19.
S/S Emerald Seas - 6/83
S/S Norway - 12/99
Norwegian Majesty - 11/02
Norwegian Sea - 12/02
Norwegian Star - 10/04
Norwegian Star - 04/05
Norwegian Jewel - 10/06
Norwegian Pearl - 6/07
Crown Princess - 10/08
Norwegian Spirit - 4/09
Star Clipper - 09/09
Celebrity Mercury - 10/09
Pride of America - 6/10
Celebrity Eclipse - 11/10
Norwegian Dawn - 2/11
Last edited by jla418; January 16th, 2010 at 11:20 AM.
Reason: Added statement about Epic
Yes, the Freestyle Decks are topless. I have seen / been there on the Gem. I know the Jewel also has one. Any NCL ship that has a Freestyle Deck on the upper deck is topless. Not sure about total nude.
I would agree that nudity in public is a problem, as the nude person is goading others to be embarrassed.... it's too often a foolish political statement.
However, warm weather vacation spots often cater to people like me who really enjoy the feeling of skinnydipping of lying naked in the sun. So, I politely ask whenever I go, in the hopes of finding a quiet patch of water and sand where I can enjoy my hard earned vacation to the fullest without imposing myself on others.
Carnival had "clothing optional" decks when I went on, 2 for 2 Carnival Cruises w/ those decks, and they were EMPTY the whole duration of the cruise, it's not really that private, you can see the deck clearly from other decks below, in a small distance...