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About Norwegian Cruise Line:

Norwegian is generally known as mainstream or mass-market cruise line, catering to many younger and first-time cruisers as well as families with kids, though newer ships with high-end suites and exclusive, private areas are changing this image. NCL works hard to promote a relaxed atmosphere at sea, with no fixed times or seating arrangements for lunch or dinner (as opposed to other lines where passengers are assigned to specific tables). Norwegian also never requires formal attire from passengers.

Norwegian has been working aggressively to remake its service over the past decade. Four new ships in the Jewel class entered service between 2005-2008, greatly modernizing the line. Norwegian has really begun to come into its own with a new style based on its “F3” class design. The Norwegian Epic and the Norwegian Breakaway are the first ships to do away with huge dining rooms, and put the focus an having large numbers of more intimate restaurants. It can require some advance planning from cruisers to avoid waits at these venues, but many people believe that the variety in experience is well worth it. These ships are is also the first major ships with cabins built specifically to accommodate solo travelers without single-supplement fees. Norwegian is also knows for it spectacular live brand-name entertainment.

Norwegian is also the only major line to operate an American-flagged ship cruising the Hawaii market, the Pride of America. Because if the ship’s American registry, passengers can sail round-trip from Honolulu without having to visit at least one foreign port during the cruise.

Best for:

Adults and families who want a fun and lively cruise experience where there are few rules or fixed schedules. Solo travelers who don’t want to pay a single supplement.

Norwegian Cruise Line Ships:

  • Norwegian Breakaway, 3969 Passengers
  • Norwegian Bliss, 4,200 Passengers (Spring 2017)
  • Norwegian Dawn, 2,340 Passengers
  • Norwegian Epic, 4,100 Passengers
  • Norwegian Escape, 4,248 passengers
  • Norwegian Gem, 2,394 Passengers
  • Norwegian Getaway, 3,969 Passengers
  • Norwegian Jade, 2,402 Passengers
  • Norwegian Jewel, 2,376 Passengers
  • Norwegian Pearl, 2,394 Passengers
  • Norwegian Sky, 2,004 Passengers
  • Norwegian Spirit, 2,018 Passengers
  • Norwegian Star, 2348 Passengers
  • Norwegian Sun, 1,936 Passengers
  • Pride of America, 2,186 Passengers

Atmosphere and experience on board:

Norwegian Cruise Line offers “Freestyle Cruising”. This gives their cruisers the freedom to enjoy their cruise vacation on their terms. Freestyle dining, entertainment, and accommodations are all on tap. Freestyle dining offers no set dining times or assigned tables and offers a variety of restaurants to meet any taste. Freestyle entertainment includes water slides, modern fitness centers, kids and teen programs, spas. Their Freestyle accommodations offer single rooms to 2 bedroom family suites.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Destinations:

  • Alaska
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Bahamas and Florida
  • Bermuda
  • Canada and New England
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Hawaii
  • Mexican Riviera
  • Pacific Coastal
  • Panama Canal
  • South America
  • Transatlantic


A mix of age groups, including the usual mature travelers, but also young families and couples, both straight and gay. Mostly American but also other English speakers from the U.K, Australia and New Zealand.

Policies regarding children onboard:

Children under six months of age may not travel on Norwegian ships. The Splash Academy program accommodates and engages kids from six months to 12 years old. (For the six month to three-year-old group, at least one parent must attend with the child.)
Norwegian doesn’t offer babysitting service, but it does have Group Sitting Services for kids ages three to 12, every night from 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. and on port days when the ship is docked.

On most sailings, the line offers heavily discounted rates for the third to eighth guest, which should appeal to families traveling with multiple kids.

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