Norwegian Cruise Line reviews

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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.

Top 5 Norwegian Cruise Line Destinations:

Europe - Mediterranean

(30 cruises)

Alaska - Inside Passage

(24 cruises)

Panama Canal, Central America

(23 cruises)

Caribbean - Bahamas

(21 cruises)

Europe - Western Europe

(20 cruises)

Top 5 Norwegian Cruise Line Departure Ports:

Miami, Florida

(45 cruises)

New York, New York

(35 cruises)

Seattle, Washington

(22 cruises)

Southampton (London), England

(16 cruises)

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

(16 cruises)

Norwegian Cruise Line rankings

Why you should sail with Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Cruise Line tips

Norwegian is known for their Freestyle Cruising because of their laid-back atmosphere with no set dining times. You should consider taking a Norwegian cruise if you...

  • Wish to eat where you want, when you want
  • Are basically anyone who likes a laid-back atmosphere — Norwegian attracts a broad range of passengers, including couples, families, and seniors
  • Are a solo traveler, as Norwegian ships offer single cabins
  • Enjoy upscale entertainment including popular Broadway shows
  • Are willing to pay a bit extra for an enhanced experience; you will find an upcharge on dining and activities more often than on other lines

Expert review of Norwegian Cruise Line

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

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Ship Quality

4.1

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Destinations and Excursions

4.1

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.1

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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

4.1

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What cruisers say

  • DonnaJ5 says ...

    Our two room stewards were very friendly and did a wonderful job. They went well above and beyond their jobs and always had a smile on their faces no matter what. The ship's other staff were friendly, courteous, and very helpful. All the... Read full review
  • KyleW1 says ...

    The ship was beautiful, wonderfully clean, and featured fantastic decor and a warm welcoming enviroment. 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

17 Norwegian Cruise Line ships

Norwegian Bliss

Price: $
Ship size: XL
4.1

Norwegian Bliss is one of Norwegian’s newest ships and one of the largest in the world, yet it strik...

Sails to:

Alaska - Inside Passage Caribbean - Eastern Coastal - West Coast Mexico Panama Canal, Central America

Sails from:

Los Angeles, California Miami, Florida San Pedro (Los Angeles), California Seattle, Washington Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

Norwegian Breakaway

Price: $$
Ship size: XL
3.7

With three dazzling Broadway shows, five waterslides, 15 bars, and 27 restaurants, Norwegian Breakaw...

Sails to:

Bermuda Canada, New England, New York Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern

Sails from:

Miami, Florida New Orleans, Louisiana New York, New York

Norwegian Dawn

Price: $
Ship size: L
3.7

Norwegian cruises are known for their innovative, world-class entertainment, and Norwegian Dawn live...

Sails to:

Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Europe - Mediterranean Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Sails from:

Barcelona, Spain Cape Town, South Africa Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Dubai, U.A.E. Venice, Italy

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
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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