About Norwegian Cruise Line

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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Norwegian Cruise Line Rankings

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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.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line Cruiser Reviews

Service and Staff

4.2

Average Rating

Destinations and Excursions

4.1

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Ship Quality

4.1

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.0

Average Rating

Entertainment

3.9

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Food and Dining

3.8

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Onboard Activities

3.8

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Children's Programs

3.7

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.2

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What Cruisers Say

  • CharleneT1 says ...

    The staff was outstanding. Our steward, Mariano, was the best. Read Full Review
  • jfminor4 says ...

    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 it worked great in Hawaii. See my general comments. Read Full Review

Norwegian Cruise Line Ships

Class: Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

3.6
(1935 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: XL

Norwegian Getaway

3.9
(1460 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: XL

Class: Breakaway Plus

Norwegian Escape

4.0
(1181 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: XL

Norwegian Bliss

Not enough reviews for review score

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Ship Size:

Class: Dawn

Norwegian Dawn

3.6
(2617 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Norwegian Star

3.4
(1564 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Epic Clas

Norwegian Epic

3.5
(1677 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: XL

Class: Jewel

Norwegian Jade

3.7
(863 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Norwegian Jewel

3.6
(1991 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Norwegian Pearl

3.7
(1433 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Class: Norwegian American Line

Pride of America

3.4
(987 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Class: Spirit

Norwegian Spirit

3.5
(1504 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: M

Class: Sun

Norwegian Sky

3.5
(2571 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: M

Norwegian Sun

3.5
(1257 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: M

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Norwegian Gem

3.6
(1654 Reviews)

Price: $

Ship Size: L

Ship Size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
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