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As a jetsetter, flying from one destination to the next, a plane is almost like my second home, or sometimes even the first. This is why the main things that I judge when I travel are comfy seats, legroom, decent food and good entertainment. Of course, as a human being, we all look for the best airfare deals without compromising our main or basic needs. Every traveler is different and might prefer some conveniences over other ones, especially when there is time to be selective and choosey. But, whenever I can, I try new airlines so that I can give you my best judgment and tips for traveling with them. This time I got the opportunity to travel twice aboard the newest addition to the Norwegian family to review it, The Norwegian Dreamliner. Read on to find out what it’s like aboard The Norwegian 787 Dreamliner Premium Cabin. It was a premium experience!

Check out my experience traveling aboard The Norwegian 787 Dreamliner Premium Cabin!

Where Norwegian flies

Norwegian flies to over 150 destinations around the world, on the most modern fleet. I recently flew from New York to Lisbon and, for most airlines, having the premium experience usually means more money. 

But for Norwegian, the premium experience comes at a lower cost. They have super affordable prices to many popular destinations around the world, so why not upgrade the travel experience for yourself?

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Norwegian Air Low-cost Fares

Depending on the time of the year, Norwegian has international round-trip flights in the premium cabin at excellent prices including two free luggage of 20kg (approximate 44 pounds) each, meals, drinks, extra space and more. Read on to discover all of the perks (and for the full review).

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Source: Norwegianair.com

Check-in Luggage restrictions and fees

As mentioned above, the premium cabin on long-haul international flights experience includes two free luggage check-ins of 20kg (approximate 44 pounds).

However, if you do not have Norwegian premium cabin, the standard economy ticket has no check in baggage allowance included but the flex ticket allows one check-in luggage for free.

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Norwegian Air Cabin Baggage Allowance

The good news is that with Norwegian you can always bring one carry-on bag in the cabin free of charge. You can also bring one small personal item on board.

This could be a little handbag or a slim laptop case that fits comfortably under the seat in front of you. Your ticket type will determine how heavy your hand baggage can be. In PremiumFlex for example, you can take:

PremiumFlex

  • 1 carry-on bag: max. 55x40x23 cm
  • 1 small personal item: max. 25x33x20 cm
  • Max. combined weight: 15 kg

While on LowFare, Lowfare+, Flex, Premium you can take:

LowFare, Lowfare+, Flex, Premium

  • 1 carry-on bag: max. 55x40x23 cm
  • 1 small personal item: max. 25x33x20 cm
  • Max. combined weight: 10 kg

*Just try to avoid overpacking, especially if your goal is saving money!

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Norwegian 787 Dreamliner Premium Cabin Review

What is a premium cabin on Norwegian Air? The Premium Cabin Experience is an option on all of its long-haul flights aboard their newest addition, the 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft has 32 premium seats and 259 seats in Standard Economy.

The Norwegian premium cabin ticket includes priority check-in and boarding, airport lounge access (when applicable), more comfortable seating on board, and the flight includes food and entertainment.

Source: Norwegianair.com

Norwegian priority check-in at JFK Airport

The Norwegian air priority check-in at JFK airport was fast and efficient. As a travel fashionista, I loved that I can check in two, 44 pound bags for free (I cannot leave my heels behind!). Overall, everything went smoothly and without any problem.

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Does Norwegian Air have a lounge at JFK?

Yes, Norwegian offers premium cabin passengers access to a lounge at JFK. The Norwegian Air lounge is located at Alitalia Lounge inside Terminal 1. Opening hours are 7:00am to 11:00pm.

jfk norwegian lounge

At the JFK lounge, you will find snacks, hot food items, drinks, newspapers and magazines, plus free wifi. I loved how the lounge was conveniently located near the gate and they made announcements about the flights. So, it was super easy to get to my gate and take advantage of my Norwegian priority check-in.

Norwegian Air Business Lounge at JFK

Norwegian priority boarding

The staff was very welcoming and friendly. They received us with a big smile and welcome drinks. It was a super smooth process and a wonderful way to continue the premium experience from the airport to the aircraft!

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Seating – Norwegian Premium Seats

There was way more space than in standard economy in Norwegian air premium seats, including lots of legroom, which is so much more comfortable. For your convenience, there’s a power outlet and USB charger right under your seat to charge all of your devices while in flight.

I also loved how the windows were bigger and I got to better enjoy the views as the plane was taking off and landing.

Thanks to the sunglasses-style lighting, you can pick and choose how much sunshine streams through your window inside, with just the touch of a button. Since I love to sleep or watch movies, I usually just lower the shade on most flights.

I found this feature as a wonderful compromise since I like to let the sunshine in when I want to take photos from up in the skies. I am a clouds lover since I am a big dreamer!

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Norwegian Entertainment on board

They have a pretty good selection of movies, TV shows, video games, and an interactive 3D map with travel tips for your destination. How convenient for you to use your time aboard to learn more about your destination and further organize your visit.

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entertainment onboard norwegian air flight

Service on board – Norwegian Long Haul Cabin Crew

The service on board was always fast, professional and well-organized. I found the flight crew fun, helpful and friendly. They definitely go above and beyond to ensure your comfort.

My observation is that they not only take pride in their work, but they also enjoy what they do. This is a pleasant surprise from other experiences I’ve had.

Meals on board – Norwegian Air Premium Menu

On most long-haul flights like this, for an average premium cabin experience, you get drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), a main meal and another snack. In this case, there were drinks* along with a full dinner meal followed by dessert. And afterwards, they stopped by with small bottles of Bailey’s or whiskey to choose from (of course, I picked Bailey’s, since I love it).

Later, I also got breakfast, which was of course a little lighter (a sandwich of cheese and ham), along with fruits, etc. It was all very tasty.

*If you are a wine enthusiast, I definitely recommend trying the wine. 

Note: You can always use the call button or touchscreen directly from your seat for the flight attendant to bring you more drinks or anything else that you might need.

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A Premium Experience at an affordable cost – Norwegian Dreamliner

If you don’t want or care about all of the perks (doubtful) that this premium cabin experience offers, you can still grab a seat at an even lower cost than their competitors.

I love how their prices are 100 percent transparent when booking the flight online. You’ll definitely know what to expect. If you prefer to pay less, you do not get the same perks of the Norwegian premium cabin which means that aboard you would have to pay separately for food and other add-ons to your in flight experience.

No Judgment, I know that it is not always about taste or priorities, but also about budget. But if you can book a premium cabin experience, to really understand and feel the difference for yourself, I say go for it!

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Premium experience all the way to the destination!

With a quick layover in Oslo, up until boarding the next short flight, the staff was friendly and on point. I arrived safely (and in a relaxed-state) to my destination, with nothing but pleasant memories of my experience aboard the Norwegian 787 Dreamliner Premium Cabin from New York. For me, the conveniences included in premium are definitely worth the difference in cost!

Next adventure starts after my Norwegian flight!

There is so much to do, see and eat in Lisbon, that it’s worthy of leaving my beautiful NYC behind (for the time being).


Thanks to Norwegian Air, I begin my next adventure on the best footing.

Have you ever flown with Norwegian Air? What was the experience like? Share your thoughts and journey below (and definitely let us know if it was the Norwegian 787 dreamliner premium cabin or the economy experience).

If you never flown with Norwegian, I hope that this detailed Norwegian Air review inspires you to go online and book a flight, especially to somewhere new to you. As the Dalai Lama himself recommends, “Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before.” Or, in my own words:

“Multiple times a year, get out of your comfort zone, if only for a long weekend. Saving miles, or saving pennies, you can travel abroad. Make sure to live life to the fullest, speak with the locals, experience new cultures. Find a place that you’ve never considered before, where nobody knows your name, and go. Traveling is one of the most transformative experiences in life.”


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21 thoughts on “Norwegian 787 Dreamliner Premium Cabin Review – A Premium Experience for a reasonable cost [2020]”

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    I’ve never flown on Norwegian but some of my friends just flew them to London in the premium cabin! They said it was well worth the money, and your review makes it sound even more worth it!

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    I’ve never flown with Norwegian, but my friend was a flight attendant for the airline for many years. He had a lot of praise for Norwegian. I’m jealous of your adventures!

    1. Dreams in Heels

      Thank you Elaine! Norwegian crew is also fantastic. I had a blast with them. They are very friendly and professional. You should join me on my adventures. 🙂

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    Thanks for sharing honest reviews of Premium cabin in Norwegian 787 airlines. I loved how you had a nice sleep due to more space while reclining the seat. It looks comfortable.

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    Wow made me so nostalgic. I lived in Norway for 7 years and have been using Norwegian for most of my travels.. Thanks for taking me through a virtual experience of what it’s like to travel with Norwegian again. ?

    1. Dreams in Heels

      Oh Really! That is so cool. I hope my next Norwegian adventure takes me to explore Norway. It is on my bucket list. xoxo

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    This definitely looks like a luxurious flying experience! It’s rare that we opt to upgrade to premium on a flight, but would definitely consider it for this. We haven’t flown Norwegian air yet, but that will likely change soon!

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    Travelled in Norwegian’s Premium Class – seats decent width and good legroom. Would assume this is similar to Premium Economy seating in BA or Virgin – but rather less costly. Seat price includes meal (economy doesn’t). Seats comfortable enough and very smooth flight but had to wait ages for bag to come out in baggage claim at Oakland.

    1. Dreams in Heels

      I am glad to hear you got an overall good experience. Sorry to hear about your wait for the bags. It can happen with any airline. So far I never had a problem with Norwegian. My bags came out so fast. Safe travels!

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    Hi Olga! Fantastic article and review! We’ve flown Norwegian Premium from Stockholm to Ft Lauderdale (daytime flight) and were very pleased. Quick question…on the flight you were on above, were you in a window in the 8th (last) row of Premium? We’re heading the LGW this summer on a nighttime flight and I’m getting mixed reviews on the last row (SeatGuru seems to indicate Row 8 has limited recline and there is an exit between rows 6 & 7 on V3 of the 787-9???).

    1. Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels

      Thank you for your comment. I was sitting in the Premium area. I was probably around the 4th row. I did not have an issue. I cannot speak about row 8, but I did not see anybody having an issue. Best of luck and safe travels!

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    Elizabeth Penson

    Flying Norwegian to JFK on Wed. Always flown Virgin Atlantic so looking forward to comparing the two. Price on Norwegian was considerably cheaper for our family of 3.

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    Right before I hit the premium upgrade I googled your article, within reading three lines, I confirmed my upgrade! Thanks for your article and I look forward to reading more because I plan to travel solo in Europe shortly after my move to London for a few months.

    1. Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels

      I am glad that my article helped you. I will have more content about Europe on the website, including a solo female travel guide. 🙂

      Congrats on the move!

      xoxo,

      Olga Maria

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