If you’re considering a cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines, you might want to know about Norwegian’s ships. Some cruisers like smaller ships and some prefer the larger ships. Here’s what you need to know.
Norwegian Cruise Lines currently has four classes of ships.
- Breakaway Class
- Jewel Class
- Dawn Class
- Sun Class
There are 11 different ships in these four classes. Two other Norwegian Cruise Lines ships, the Pride of America and the Norwegian Spirit, are not classified in these four classes.
If you’re looking for the largest ships in the Norwegian fleet, you will want to book cruises on their Breakaway Class ships. These are the Norwegian Getaway, the Norwegian Breakaway, and the Norwegian Epic. Here’s a closer look at all three of these Breakaway Class ships.
- Norwegian Getaway was built in 2014. It can host 4028 guests. Its tonnage is 146,600 tons.
- Norwegian Breakaway was built in 2013. Like the Getaway, it can host 4028 guests and is the same tonnage, too.
- Norwegian Epic was built in 2010. It is the largest ship in Norwegian’s fleet, at 155,873 tonnage. It can host 4100 guests.
Smaller in size, the next Norwegian class is their Jewel Class. There are four ships in the Jewel Class.
- Norwegian Gem was built in 2007. It can house 2382 guests. The Gem’s tonnage is 93,530.
- Norwegian Pearl was built in 2006, and has the same tonnage as the Gem. It can house two more guests, for a total of 2384.
- Norwegian Jade was built in 2006 and was then refurbished in 2011. Its tonnage is 93,558, and it can house 2388 guests. I sailed on this ship in 2016 on a Mediterranean cruise, in one of the penthouse concierge staterooms, so if you want details about the Jade, let me know!
- Norwegian Jewel was built in 2005. It can house 2374 guests. Its tonnage is similar to other Jewel Class ships, at 93,502.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Dawn Class is comprised of two ships.
- Norwegian Dawn, built in 2002 and refurbished in 2011, can host 2338 guests. Its tonnage is 92,250.
- Norwegian Star was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2010. It can host 2346 guests. It weighs in at 91,740 tons.
The fourth class of Norwegian Cruise Lines ships is the Sun Class. There are two ships in this class.
- Norwegian Sun, which was built in 2001 and was refurbished in 2011. It holds 1935 guests and has a tonnage of 78,309.
- Norwegian Sky, which was built in 1999 and refurbished in 2009. It holds slightly more guests than the Sun, at 2346. It’s slightly smaller in weight, though, at 91,740.
Two Norwegian Cruise Lines Ships not classified
Norwegian’s Pride of America is one of two ships not in the above four classes of ships. It was built in 2005 and refurbished in 2013. The Pride of America is assigned permanently to sailing the Hawaiian Islands out of Honolulu. It holds 2124 guests and weighs in at 80,439 tons.
The Norwegian Spirit is the second ship that is not classified in the above four classes of ships. It was built in 1998 and refurbished in 2011. It holds 2000 guests and its tonnage is 75,338. It sails primarily in Europe.
Which is best, large or small ships?
As you look at Norwegian Cruise Lines and their ships, keep in mind the differences that size brings to your cruising experience. My rule of thumb when I advise clients is as follows:
- Larger ships have more entertainment venues and restaurants. If you cruise primarily to experience the ship itself, a larger ship gives you more to explore.
- Smaller ships offer less entertainment on board, but they can visit ports (like Venice, Italy) that larger ships are not able to visit. They are often a bit friendlier and intimate in feel. If you cruise primarily to experience the ports you are visiting, a smaller ship gives you more port options.
My experience with travel clients and for myself is that the more you have cruised, the more you gravitate toward the smaller ships. It’s like a small boutique hotel rather than a larger chain hotel. We travel to see where the ship takes us more than to experience the ship itself, though. So factor that into your trip planning.
Norwegian Cruise Lines offers a wide variety of ships and cruises to almost every part of the world. To book a cruise or talk about where you’d like to go, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get you going!