Norwegian Cruise Line

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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.

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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.


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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
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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 - Bahamas Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Western Coastal - West Coast
Sails from:
Los Angeles, California Miami, Florida New York, New York San Pedro (Los Angeles), California Seattle, Washington Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

Norwegian Breakaway

Price: $$    Ship Size: XL
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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 Port Canaveral, Florida

Norwegian Dawn

Price: $    Ship Size: L
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Norwegian cruises are known for their innovative, world-class entertainment, and Norwegian Dawn live...

Sails to:
Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Western Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Europe - Mediterranean
Sails from:
Barcelona, Spain Cape Town, South Africa Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Dubai, U.A.E. New York, New York Tampa, Florida 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


  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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