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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

  • Donna Doyle  Norwegian Getaway  Caribbean

    What a horrific cruise experience!!! Arrived to a dirty, filthy cabin with no wash cloths - not even vacuumed. Room Steward nasty and mean. Had to beg almost every day of the cruise for more... read more

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • Tim  Norwegian Dawn  Western Caribbean

    Overall, just fair. Embarkation was worst I have ever experienced. Food quality and dining room service both somewhat below standard for modern cruises. One disastrous shore excursion... read more

  • vinnie  Norwegian Escape  western carib

    The ship - beautiful, crew and service - great. We had a group of 24 adults. Our 10th NCL cruise. 13 smokers. 2 outside bar areas at which to smoke, one was closed for several nights for private... read more

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • Amy  Norwegian Jewel  Mexican Riviera

    So good things first: A.) This was our first cruise and the embarkation / disembarkation at all the ports (including LA) was fast. We were particularly worried about the disembarkation... read more

  • Dorr Tymon  Jade  caribean

    I would not go on this ship again if they gave it for free Every up-charge restaurant made mistakes on orders, with cold food too often to count. Very very below Norwegian's standards... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • Carol Lipsit  Norwegian Escape  Eastern Caribbean

    We found the common areas very crowded on days at sea. Had to wait in line for everything. Could not get in to Margaritaville Restaurant as they had already passed out 50 pagers and to... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • Crystal  Norwegian Sky  Bahamas

    When I boarded the Norwegian Sky ship and found my room (inside 10th floor, room #0134) we passed a fan drying the smelly carpet that smelled like dirty dish water most likely from the dishwasher... read more

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • Lynn  Pride of America  Honolulu

    Have been in 10 cruises so far, Norwegian Cruise Line customer service is the worst of all. Booked Cruise with Travel Agent, everything works fine. After cruise, I found there were a few wrong... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • Dawna Scheich  Norwegian Breakaway  Bermuda

    First of all it was a beautiful ship. I, however, would recommend sailing without children. On the positive side, Ina in excursions and Leo who serviced our floor were excellent. In fact, I... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Diana  Norwegian Getaway  Caribbean

    This cruise line nickel and dimes you for everything, no where were we told that there will be a 26.00 a day charge for room steward - didn't know that until we looked at our bill. If you want... read more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • Sara Hanna  Norwegian Sun  Alaska

    I will NEVER cruise with Norwegian again!!!! Food was not as expected. We opted for the upgraded dining and were not able to even make reservations to some of the restaurants. One evening it took... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Terry  Norwegian Sun  Alaska

    Just finished trip on SUN roundtrip to Alaska from Vancouver. (Returned Memorial day) We Liked 6A deck. Outside window. You Enter from 7th floor, down side stairs. Quiet in halls. Not... read more

    8 users found this review helpful.
  • Dave  Norwegian Star  Cabo San Lucas

    This was easily the worst cruise I've been on. Compared to Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, this cruise line is a joke. Mediocre food, terrible comedians, and quite possibly the worst disc jockey... read more

    5 users found this review helpful.
  • Cornelia  Pearl  Eastern Caribbean

    This was our second cruise, first time with Norwegian. All in all, we had a great time. The Norwegian Pearl is a beautiful ship. It is elegant, colorful, and comfortable. We... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • 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

    18 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

    1 users found this review helpful.
  • 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

    20 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

    18 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

    15 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

    15 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

    6 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

    21 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

    4 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

    5 users found this review helpful.
 

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