Norwegian Cruise Line

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About Norwegian Cruise Line Awards 2016 Winner

Best Line for Entertainment

Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the flexible dining trend more than a decade ago, and the line continues to offer numerous, creative dining choices. (Think lobster roll stands and Cuban grills.) The line’s studio cabins on newer ships are a boon for supplement-weary singles, and Haven suites — which share a private sundeck and restaurant — feel like the concierge floor of an upscale hotel. Among the many kid pleasers: breakfast with Nickelodeon characters (such as Dora and Sponge Bob) and learning Cirque du Soleil-inspired tricks.

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Best for

Families and couples who appreciate innovative dining, entertainment, and activities. Plus, singles will be wowed by Norwegian's studio cabins.

Not for

Introverts and cruise purists who may prefer traditional ships over these resorts-at-sea.

We love

  • Creative dining outlets, including a Chinese noodle bar and a lobster roll stand.
  • The studio cabins on newer ships make it the most affordable line for solo cruisers. 
  • Haven suites, which share a private sundeck, feel like a mini-luxury ship within a mass-market one.
  • While other lines have comedy acts, Second City offers improv on these ships, and Norwegian Breakaway’s edgy Broadway show, “Rock of Ages,” pushes boundaries. (Picture bra dancing, potty-mouth language, and adult themes.)
  • Original activities for grown-ups include onboard pub crawls that will make you feel like an undergrad again.
  • On Breakaway and Epic, the water park and sports decks — which include a bungee trampoline, a spider web climbing frame, and multiple corkscrew water slides, as well as a ropes course on Breakaway — are outstanding.
  • Kids love the family breakfast with Nickelodeon characters.
  • Bars and eateries on Breakaway’s Waterfront deck have the best setting at sea.

We could live without

  • Compared to those on Carnival and Holland America, The standard cabins on Norwegian cruise ships are tight, especially the bathrooms.
  • Nickel and diming for food: Other than the main dining room and buffet, there is a charge (from $15 to $75) for almost everything else.


Service and Staff

69% Loved it!
"Great staff, crew, captain, cruise director. Cabin crew was wonderful, loved talking to all the international crew!" Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

69% Loved it!
"Disembarkation was confusing, as they never made announcements to clear the ship. They said it will be cleared soon, but never actually said..." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

63% Loved it!
"Use NCL only; Better rent from Enterprise and drive your self using "Revealed" series of guide books. I would not do this outside the US; but..." Read More

Ship Quality

62% Loved it!
"Great new ship, layout was easy to find everything, great decks to view Alaska scenery from. Very clean, we never washed our hands so much, great..." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

59% Loved it!
"Awesome cabin, clean, organized, great view from the balcony. Loved the beds, and the toiletries and thanks for the hairdryer, it came in handy...." Read More


55% Loved it!
"Didn't have much time to get involved in the adult activities, spent all my time with my girls. However, in looking at the daily activities..." Read More

Food and Dining

53% Loved it!
"Fantastic food, great variety, international cuisine. Loved the desserts, Italian, Asian restaurants and huge buffets. Coffee could use impr..." Read More

Onboard Activities

50% Loved it!
"A wide range of activities were offered - enough for everyone." Read More

Children's Programs

47% Loved it!
"My children had the time of their lives. Sooo much to do, they didn't get to do everything, but enjoyed what they did get a chance to get involved..." Read More

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