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NCL Ships By Age

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NCL’s fleet of 19 ships sorted by age.

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Newest To Oldest Norwegian Cruise Ships By Age

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Newest to Oldest: Norwegian Cruise Line Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line has 19 ships in their fleet, ranging from new mega-ships to ships built in the 1990s. This blog post provides a guide to NCL ships by age starting with the latest ship.

Norwegian Sun cruise ship - one of the best smaller ships
Norwegian Sun cruise ship – one of the best smaller ships

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What Are The Best NCL Ships?

When it comes to choosing the best NCL ship, personal preferences play a significant role. While some passengers may prioritise amenities and entertainment options, others may value affordability or a quieter atmosphere. Take some time to assess what matters most to you during your cruise experience—the ship’s age and amenities, the onboard activities and entertainment, the overall atmosphere, or even the dining options.

Understanding your preferences will help you make an informed decision that aligns with your desires, ensuring you have the best possible experience onboard an NCL ship.

Newer ships like Norwegian Viva, Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Prima are great for teenagers

If you’re a teenager or traveling with teenagers, newer NCL ships such as Norwegian Viva and Norwegian Prima offer a fantastic array of activities and entertainment options that cater specifically to this age group.

These ships are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including water parks, thrilling waterslides, and even dedicated teen lounges. The teen lounges provide a space for teenagers to socialize, engage in fun activities, and make new friends while enjoying their cruise vacation.

Additionally, the onboard entertainment on these newer ships is designed to appeal to a younger audience, with high-energy shows, concerts, and parties. From Broadway-style performances to live music and dance clubs, teenagers will have no shortage of exciting experiences to enjoy aboard these ships.

Older ships have been refurbished and offer lower fares

If budget is a significant factor when choosing an NCL ship, you may want to consider the older ships that have been refurbished. These ships often offer lower ticket prices without compromising on the overall cruise experience.

NCL regularly invests in refurbishing their older ships, ensuring that they maintain a high standard of quality and comfort. These renovations include updates to staterooms, public spaces, dining options, and even the addition of new onboard activities.

By choosing one of the refurbished older ships, you can enjoy the amenities and features of a modern cruise ship while saving costs on your ticket price. This is a great option for budget-conscious travellers who still want to experience the best of what NCL has to offer.

Norwegian Aqua – Newest Ship Scheduled for 2025

One of the most exciting additions to the NCL fleet is the Norwegian Aqua. Scheduled to launch in 2025, this ship promises to be a game-changer in the cruise industry. Designed with sustainability in mind, the Norwegian Aqua will feature cutting-edge green technology and innovative amenities.

With its sleek and modern design, the Norwegian Aqua will offer a truly immersive cruising experience. Passengers can look forward to state-of-the-art entertainment facilities, world-class dining options, and luxurious accommodations.

But what sets the Norwegian Aqua apart is its commitment to environmental stewardship. The ship will incorporate advanced waste management systems, energy-efficient technologies, and a focus on reducing its carbon footprint. Sustainable practices such as using biofuels and recycling will be at the forefront of this vessel’s operations.

Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or a luxury traveller, the Norwegian Aqua will have something to offer. Get ready to embark on a voyage like no other and experience the future of cruising.

NCL Viva Cruise Ship

Norwegian Viva

Launched 2023

Step on board the Norwegian Viva and prepare to be amazed. This ship boasts luxurious staterooms, world-class dining options, and a variety of entertainment venues to suit every taste. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing day by the pool or an action-packed night at the casino, the Norwegian Viva has it all.

NCL Prima Cruise Ship

Norwegian Prima

Launched 2022

With its sleek design, modern amenities, and top-notch service, the Norwegian Prima is the perfect choice for those looking to cruise in style.

Step aboard NCL Encore featuring a cool go-kart track

Norwegian Encore

Launched 2019

Sail through the Caribbean from Miami, or set sail to Alaska from Seattle and discover more of the wild and wonderful Last Frontier in a ship designed to make every moment unforgettable. Tear it up on the Norwegian Encore Speedway, the biggest race track at sea. Immerse yourself in an out-of-this-world virtual reality paradise at Galaxy Pavilion. Let loose and belt out classic rock tunes every night with The Choir Of Man.

NCL Bliss launched in 2018

Norwegian Bliss

Launched 2018

Tailored just for the awe-inspiring, Norwegian Bliss boasts a game-changing Observation Lounge where you can savor every breathtaking moment, from majestic bald eagles gliding over icy glaciers to playful dolphins frolicking in vibrant turquoise waters.

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NCL Joy Cruise Ship

Norwegian Joy

Launched 2017, Refurbished 2019

Get ready for an adrenaline-packed adventure as you zip through the ocean on an epic two-level race track. Indulge in lavish, well-designed rooms and treat yourself to a dose of blissful holiday experiences that will leave you feeling rejuvenated aboard Norwegian Joy.

NCL Escape Cruise Ship

Norwegian Escape

Launched 2015

Prepare for a thrilling adventure aboard one of the most thrilling vessels out on the open waters! Norwegian Escape is all set to sweep you off your feet as you embark on a journey to The Caribbean from Miami and Orlando, Canada & New England from New York, and the Mediterranean from Rome.

Norwegian Getaway refurbished in 2019

Norwegian Getaway

Launched 2014, Refurbished 2019

Norwegian Getaway brings together the best of Norwegian’s luxuries with amazing ports of call for an unforgettable experience. Take a leisurely walk on The Waterfront, a unique open-air promenade that gives you a one-of-a-kind connection to the sea, unlike any other cruise line. Treat yourself to 20 different dining choices, take on the adrenaline rush of five water slides, and enjoy three levels of non-stop fun in the sports complex. And the fun doesn’t stop there – get ready for the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet for even more excitement and entertainment.

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

Launched 2013, Refurbished 2018

Inhale the rejuvenating ocean breeze and bond with the sea in a whole new way at The Waterfront, a stunning 0.25-mile oceanfront walkway featuring a plethora of eateries, bars, and breath-taking vistas. Treat yourself to a diverse range of culinary adventures, including three fresh, specialized seafood hotspots. Plus, delight in electrifying shows – Six and Burn the Floor. Norwegian Breakaway presents a plethora of splendid facilities while out at sea.

NCL Epic Cruise Ship

Norwegian Epic

Launched 2010, refurbished 2020

Norwegian Epic is proudly strutting its stuff as the winner of the Best Cruise Ship Entertainment title from Frommer’s, and it’s not going to let anyone forget it. With sizzling shows like Burn the Floor, they’re definitely raising the cruise ship entertainment game. And that’s not all – they’re also shaking things up in the accommodations department, catering to solo travelers with their sleek Studios and upping the ante on luxury with The Haven. So come on board and experience the Norwegian Epic difference for yourself!

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NCL Gem cruise ship

Norwegian Gem

Launched 2007, refurbished 2015

Step aboard this glamorous cruise ship and set sail for the ultimate year-round vacation experience.  With an abundance of dining options and flexible meal times, Norwegian Gem caters to all your culinary desires. Relax by the pool, try your luck at the casino, pamper yourself at the spa, and keep the little ones entertained with dedicated kid-friendly spaces. This ship has everything you need for a fabulous getaway.

NCL Jade sailing around Norway

Norwegian Jade

Launched 2006, refurbished 2022

Hop on board and prepare for non-stop entertainment as you sail along breathtaking coastlines. We’ve got everything from hip nightclubs and top-notch dining options to a lavish casino, refreshing pools, and a luxurious spa. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of fun activities for the little ones too, so bring the whole crew and get ready for the ultimate family adventure. 

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Norwegian Pearl cruise ship

Norwegian Pearl

Launched 2006, refurbished 2021

No matter what you decide to do, we dare you to indulge in the fabulousness of traveling on Norwegian Pearl. With 16 swanky dining choices, 14 hip bars and lounges, a flashy casino, serene spa, and luxurious Garden Villas, this Jewel Class cruise ship is truly a destination in itself. 

NCL Jewel cruise ship

Norwegian Jewel

Launched 2005, refurbished 2022

Not only does NCL Jewel have some of the most spacious suites at sea, but she also has staterooms to match every vibe. And when it comes to keeping you entertained, this ship is jam-packed with options: from a diverse range of dining choices to lively bars and clubs, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Come on board and let’s dive into the untamed wilderness on an Alaska Cruise. Or switch it up and go from stunning natural vistas to bustling cityscapes on an Asia Cruise. 

NCL Pride of America in Hawaii

Pride of America

Launched 2005, refurbished 2022

Step on board the Pride of America, our exclusive cruise ship that sets sail from Honolulu and returns year-round, giving you the freedom to vacation whenever suits you. As you hop from one fabulous island to another, immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture with the help of our native ambassadors. Whether you’re dining in our diverse range of restaurants and bars, relaxing in our family-friendly accommodations or enjoying the stunning views from our spacious suites and balconies, you’ll do it in style. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for whales, catch a glimpse of the Kilauea Volcano, or simply take in the breath-taking natural scenery.

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NCL Dawn sailing around Cape Town

Norwegian Dawn

Launched 2002, refurbished 2021

Come indulge in a culinary experience at Los Lobos Cantina, a classy Mexican eatery that puts a contemporary spin on traditional flavors. Swing by The Cellars, a wine bar by the Michael Mondavi Family, for a delightful wine sampling. And if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at the extensive Dawn Casino.

Norwegian Star Cruise Ship

Norwegian Star

Launched 2001, refurbished 2021

Freshly revamped as a part of The Norwegian Edge initiative, Norwegian Star offers a liberating and adaptable experience for voyages covering the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America, and Transatlantic. On the ship, Norwegian Star offers an abundance of delectable dining choices, vibrant bars and lounges, a spacious spa, a thrilling casino with a VIP section, as well as a plethora of entertainment for kids of all ages.

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NCL Sun sailing around Asia

Norwegian Sun

Launched 2001, refurbished 2021

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Norwegian Sky in Miami

Norwegian Sky

Launched 1999, refurbished 2022

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Norwegian Spirit the smallest NCL ship

Norwegian Spirit

Launched 1998, refurbished 2021

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