Norwegian Cruise Line currently has 19 cruise ships in service. Established in 1966 with its headquarters in Miami, FL, Norwegian Cruise Line has been an industry innovator. With its “First Fleet of the Caribbean” with four dedicated ships sailing in 1971.
Norwegian Cruise Ships Newest to Oldest
It’s no wonder this trend-setting cruise line now carries over 2.2 million guests annually.
List of Norwegian Cruise Ships By Age With Photos
Recently, the cruise line has been known for its beautiful hull artwork, multi-level go-cart race tracks at sea, and more. We hope you enjoy our comprehensive list of Norwegian cruise ships by age listed newest to oldest.
Norwegian Viva – 2023
Norwegian Viva is Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship in the fleet, the second ship in the popular Prima Class, and sister to Norwegian Prima. She is 142,500 GRTs and carries 3,100 passengers (based on two per cabin).
Norwegian Prima – 2022
Norwegian Prima is the first ship in the innovative and popular Prima Class, and sister to Norwegian Viva. She is 142,500 GRTs and carries 3,100 passengers (based on two per cabin).
Norwegian Encore – 2019
Norwegian Encore is currently the largest Norwegian Cruise Line fleet ship at 169,116 GRTs. She carries 3,998 passengers (based on two per cabin) and is the last ship built in fan favorite Breakaway Plus Class.
Norwegian Bliss – 2018
Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in the Breakaway Plus Class. She is 168,028 GRTs and carries 4,004 passengers (based on two per cabin).
Norwegian Joy – 2017
Norwegian Joy is the second ship in the Breakaway Plus Class. She is 167,725 GRTs and carries 3,804 passengers (based on two per cabin).
Norwegian Escape – 2015
Norwegian Escape is the first ship in the Breakaway Plus Class. She is 165,157 GRTs and carries 4,266 passengers (based on two per cabin). Renowned marine artist Guy Harvey completed the ship’s hull artwork.
Norwegian Getaway – 2014
Norwegian Getaway is the second ship in the Breakaway Class. She is 145,655 GRTs and carries 3,963 passengers (based on two per cabin). The ship’s mural on the hull was designed by David “LEBO” Le Batard. Known as Lebo in the artworld, he is recognized for working in a wide spectrum of creative mediums including murals, paintings & sculptures.
Norwegian Breakaway – 2013
Norwegian Breakaway is the first ship in the Breakaway Class. She is 145,655 GRTs and carries 3,963 passengers (based on two per cabin). The hull artwork was completed by artist, Peter Max.
Norwegian Epic – 2010
Norwegian Epic is 155,873 GRTs and carries 4,100 passengers (based on two per cabin). Norwegian Epic was originally one of three ship’s to be ordered. A dispute ultimately resulted in only one ship in the Epic Class being delivered. When built Norwegian Epic was the third largest cruise ship in the world in June of 2010.
Norwegian Gem – 2007
Norwegian Gem is the final ship in the Jewel Class. She is 93,530 GRTs and carries 2,394 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line on October 1, 2007 and received a major refurbishment in 2015.
Norwegian Pearl – 2006
Norwegian Pearl is the third ship in the Jewel Class. She is 93,530 GRTs and carries 2,394 passengers (based on two per cabin). She began service in 2006 and received a major refurbishment in 2017.
Norwegian Jade – 2006
Norwegian Jade is the second ship in the Jewel Class. She is 93,558 GRTs and carries 2,402 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was originally built as Pride of Hawaii for their NCL America division. Norwegian Jade was also used as a floating hotel during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Norwegian Jewel – 2005
Norwegian Jewel is the first ship in the Jewel Class. She is 93,502 GRTs and carries 2,376 passengers (based on two per cabin). The ship’s Godmother is former First Lady, Melania Trump. She launched in 2005 and received a major refurbishment in 2018.
Pride of America – 2005
Pride of America is the only ship in the Pride of America Class. She is 80,439 GRTs and carries 2,186 passengers (based on two per cabin). The initial construction of the vessel began in 2000 in the United States as part of a plan for a US-built and US-flagged cruise ship under Project America. Still, the project failed and she was eventually purchased by Norwegian Cruise Lines and completed in Germany.
Pride of America was inaugurated in 2005 and was the first new U.S. flagged, deep-water vessel cruise ship in nearly fifty years since the SS Argentina of 1958. The Godmother, is a former U.S. Secretary of Labor
Elaine L. Chao.
Norwegian Dawn – 2002
Norwegian Dawn is the second ship in the Dawn Class and is the sister of Norwegian Star. She is 92,250 GRTs and carries 2,340 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was originally intended to operate with Star Cruises under the name SuperStar Scorpio, but it was later decided that she would be delivered to Star’s then subsidiary, Norwegian Cruise Line as the Norwegian Dawn in December 2002. Her Godmother is actress Kim Cattrall.
Norwegian Star – 2001
Norwegian Star is the first ship in the Dawn Class and is the sister of Norwegian Dawn. She is 91,740 GRTs and carries 2,348 passengers (based on two per cabin). The ship was originally ordered by and intended for Star Cruises, it was originally named SuperStar Libra before being transferred to Star’s then subsidiary, Norwegian Cruise Line.
Norwegian Sun – 2001
Norwegian Sun is the second ship in the Sun Class and is the sister of Norwegian Sky. She is 78,309 GRTs and carries 1,936 passengers (based on two per cabin).
Norwegian Sky – 1999
Norwegian Sky is the first ship in the Sun Class and is the sister of Norwegian Sun. She is 77,104 GRTs and carries 2,004 passengers (based on two per cabin). She sailed from 2004 and 2008, as Pride of Aloha for NCL America.
Norwegian Spirit – 1998
Norwegian Spirit is the only ship in the Leo Class. She is 75,904 GRTs and carries 2,018 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was built in 1998 for Star Cruises as SuperStar Leo by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. In 2004 she was transferred to NCL and renamed Norwegian Spirit.
List of Norwegian Cruise Ships Newest to Oldest
|Norwegian Encore||Breakaway Plus||2019|
|Norwegian Bliss||Breakaway Plus||2018|
|Norwegian Joy||Breakaway Plus||2017|
|Norwegian Escape||Breakaway Plus||2015|
|Pride of America||Pride of America||2005|
The Many Different Classes Of Norwegian Ships
Norwegian Cruise Line currently has six different classes of cruise ships with three other ships being their own individual class. Each class of ship is a unique architectural design and has it’s own unique layout and features. Most ships in a particular class have an almost identical layout with some minor changes.
The table below shows the Norwegian Cruise Line ship classes.
|Class||Ships||Average Gross Tonnage|
|Prima Class||Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Viva||142,500|
|Breakaway Plus Class||Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Encore||169,116|
|Breakaway Class||Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway||145,655|
|Jewel Class||Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Gem||93,558|
|Dawn Class||Norwegian Star, Norwegian Dawn||92,250|
|Sun Class||Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Sun||78,309|
|Leo class||Norwegian Spirit||75,904|
|Pride of America Class||Pride of America||80,439|
|Epic Class||Norwegian Epic||155,873|
Norwegian Cruise Ships on order
|Ship Name||Class||Year||Gross Tonnage|
|Prima Class III||Prima||2024||140,000+|
|Prima Class IV||Prima||2025||140,000+|
|Prima Class V||Prima||2026||140,000+|
|Prima Class VI||Prima||2027||140,000+|
FAQ on Norwegian Cruise Line
What is the newest Norwegian Cruise Line ship?
The newest Norwegian Cruise Line ship is Norwegian Viva. She is the second ship in the lines’ new Prima Class.
What is the newest class of Norwegian Cruise Line ship?
The newest class of Norwegian Cruise Line ship is the Prima Class. The first ship in this class is the Norwegian Prima, which was launched in 2022. The Prima Class ships feature innovative designs, modern amenities, and unique experiences for passengers.
What is the oldest Norwegian Cruise Line ship?
The oldest Norwegian Cruise Line ship is the Norwegian Spirit. It was launched in 1998 and is part of the Leo Class of ships.
Which Norwegian ship is the biggest in the fleet?
Norwegian Cruise Line’s biggest ship is the Norwegian Encore at 169,116 GRTs and the capacity for 3,998 guests at double occupancy. The Norwegian Encore debuted in 2019. While not Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, she is packed with fan favorites and has become one of the brand’s most popular ships in the fleet.
Which Norwegian cruise ships have a racetrack and go carts?
The Norwegian Viva, Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore all have a speedway and go-carts.
These ships feature a unique attraction called “Norwegian Speedway, go-kart,” which allows guests to experience high-speed go kart racing at sea.
Do Norwegian cruise ships have hair dryers in the rooms?
Yes, Norwegian cruise ships do have hair dryers in the rooms for guests’ convenience. Hair dryers are typically provided in the cabins.
Do any Norwegian ships have laundry facilities?
Yes, Norwegian Cruise Line ships do have onboard laundry facilities. Guests can take advantage of self-service laundromats conveniently located on the ships. The laundry facilities are equipped with washers, dryers, and ironing boards for guests to use during their voyage. This allows guests the convenience of laundering their clothes while on their cruise, ensuring a fresh and clean wardrobe throughout their trip.
Do Norwegian ships have casinos?
Yes, Norwegian Cruise Line ships have casinos onboard. The casinos offer a variety of games such as slot machines, blackjack, poker, roulette, and more. Guests can enjoy the excitement of gambling and try their luck while sailing to different destinations. Please note that access to the casino is restricted to passengers who are at least 18 years old or the legal age to gamble in the cruising region, whichever is higher.
Who owns Norwegian cruise line?
Norwegian Cruise Line is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Which cruise ships have the Haven?
The Haven is a luxurious ship-within-a-ship concept offered by Norwegian Cruise Line. It provides exclusive accommodations, amenities, and access to various private areas for Haven guests. The following Norwegian Cruise Line ships have the Haven.
Take a 360 Virtual Tour of The Haven’s Spa Suite with Balcony on Norwegian Escape (requires Adobe Flash Player).