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 Norwegian Cruise Line

One of the oldest of the modern cruise lines that had not been in the ocean liner business, Norwegian Cruise Line was established - originally under the name Norwegian Caribbean Line - by Norwegian entrepreneur Knut Kloster and Ted Arison, who later started his own company, Carnival Cruise Lines, in 1966 with a single ship, the Sunward. Kloster added four new ships until 1971, and in 1979 his decision to purchase the former pride of the Grande Nation, the S/S France, made the public sit up and take world-wide notice of his company. The former liner was skillfully converted into cruising's very first superliner, S/S Norway, by Germany's Lloyd Werft shipyard in 1980. She became the prototype of the huge cruise ships of the 1990s and the new millennium. Norwegian Cruise Line now operates the newest fleet in cruising, led by the innovative Norwegian Epic which debuted in 2010 and offers perhaps the finest entertainment choices at sea. Project Breakaway promises even more innovation as it's two ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway are introduced in April 2013 and April 2014, respectively.

 Recent Norwegian Reviews

  • Celeste Balderas  Norwegian Dawn  Western Carribean

    The cruise was enjoyable, but we encountered 2 issues with NCL that could have been easily remedied that were not. It made me worry about if a larger issue arose. The first was that 2 of our... read more

    6 users found this review helpful.
  • Alex J  Norwegian Star  Mexico

    In the past, we have done Princess Cruises and this was our first time doing Norwegian. It was very disappointing compared to Princess. The food was subpar and very basic. The service was moderate... read more

  • Len  Norwegian Star  Panama Canal

    Started off in LA and the inprocessing was a complete disaster. The personnel handling the inprocessing were completely inept. Must have been all trainees, not all stations were manned. They... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • Alan Snow  Norwegian Getaway  Eastern Caribbean

    My family just returned from a weeklong vacation on the Getaway. We are experienced cruisers, with each of us taking over 25 cruises over the past 15 years on Royal Caribbean, Princess and even... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Angie  Norwegian Jewel  Western Caribbean

    We were booking a last-minute vacation, so even though we normally go with Carnival or Princess, we didn't have any other cruise lines to choose from, so we decided give Norwegian a shot. While... read more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • Kristy Ellis  Norwegian Spirit  Grand Mediteranean

    The overall cruise was great. Our family was able to see a lot of great places in Europe without doing a lot of travel. Our floating hotel room took us to each new port while we slept and we woke... read more

    10 users found this review helpful.
  • Gloria Shack  Norwegian Breakaway  Bahamas

    Sailed in the Breakaway out of New York to the Bahamas. Due to rain the stop at Ncl's private island was cancelled. Instead we arrived in Nassau in the early evening the night before we were due... read more

    6 users found this review helpful.
  • E Vvvvvvv  Norwegian Spirit  Mediterrain

    The cost of this NCL cruise was a bargain. The same cruise on Princess Cruise line would cost at least $1,000+ more per person. Dining - Buffet Self-Serve Style: Sufficient,... read more

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • Patti  Norwegian Dawn  Bermuda

    After years of dreaming of going to Bermuda, my husband and I decided to take a cruise there. We chose Norwegian, because their sail date was over our anniversary and the time in port was to be 3... read more

    10 users found this review helpful.
  • Florence crandall  Norwegian Spirit  Medetrannien

    We cruised in the Mediterranean from Venice to Barcelona. We were very satisfied with the cruise. My husband loved the shows and the cleanliness of the cabin. We had excellent service and enjoyed... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • graham connolly  Norwegian Epic  med

    If you like crowds and hidden charges then this is the ship for you. Prices shown on drinks menus do not include VAT and service charge. Total price for two beers nearly $16. The food was good... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Helene Mikell  Norwegian Dawn  Bermuda

    First look at the Norwegian Dawn experience: Our first impression of the Cruise line and the cruise was the baggage handlers, the people who met us at the street as we exited our taxi.... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • Elaine aldrich  Norwegian Star  Transatlantic

    The ship was older, but nice. The specialty restaurants were very good. There were many food options. The entertainment was good.... especially in the bars and atrium. The wait staff, art staff and... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • Nir   Norwegian Epic  Mediterranean

    Overall, a pretty disappointing cruise. The entertainment was not great, the staff were not very helpful. When we went to the concierge desk, there was a long line since there were two dedicated... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Liliane Davis  Norwegian Getaway  Caribbean

    This was a fantastic cruise! My husband and I, along with our two children ages 13 and 7, had an amazing time! We have been on many cruises before, with different cruise lines; however, this was... read more

    32 users found this review helpful.
  • Michael Rizzi  Norwegian Epic  Mediteranean

    Crowds, crowds and more crowds. Absolutely ridiculous how many people were on that ship. You can't get a table to eat breakfast, heck, you can't even get into the line to get the breakfast. Kids... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • Genus  Norwegian Breakaway  NY to Bahamas

    Over the years, my husband has been a little hesitant on cruising, saying that the "first big boat ride" didn't turn out too well for our ancestors (LOL!) so this was our Family's first. Wow! and... read more

    10 users found this review helpful.
  • Linda  Norwegian Epic  Eastern Mediterranean

    This is a self service, buffet style, canned cruise. Anything you want you will need to be prepared to get yourself. freestyle cruising means you can eat at the buffet, or pay extra to eat... read more

    12 users found this review helpful.
  • kathy k  Jade  Europe

    This was our first cruise with Norwegian cruise line and it was our least favorite. We were a party of six and we all talked about how this was our least favorite. We felt like we were being... read more

    11 users found this review helpful.
  • Den  Norwegian Getaway  Caribbean

    Food quality in the buffet is excellent with great variety. Service is great every where. La Cucina was average. Cagnes Steakhouse was excellent.... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • Cruise Girl  Norwegian Star  Mexico

    We just got back from our 7 day cruise on the NCL Star. We had a wonderful time with friends and family – we were a large group. We had so much fun it was the best cruise ever but the... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Gothencruiser  Norwegian Epic  Miami roundtrip

    A great cruise ship and a good cruise that could improve. Eastern Caribbean Christmas cruise From Miami 21/12/13 Like many other reviews of cruises with Norwegian Epic this one... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • John  Norwegian Dawn  Western Caribbean

    Worst cruise ever. Missed one port, service staff was terrible. Suite stateroom was in state of deferred maintenance. Worst cruise director we have ever seen. Dining staff couldn't get orders... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Maura Roxby  Pearl  Key West Cozumel

    I have been on quite a few cruises and this one was my least favorite. The ship is showing wear and tear. Moldy carpets outside the bathroom. TV in room had about 5 channels and was about 13 inches... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • GD Bird  Norwegian Star  Mexican

    Ship is in average condition for its age. Food in restaurants is average with small menu choices. Wait times for seating are typically 5-20 minutes. Service in the non-premium restaurants is by far... read more

    6 users found this review helpful.

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