Norwegian Cruise Line was founded in 1966 and now has 17 luxurious and exciting ships that take people on vacation all over the world. Most Norwegian ships hold somewhere in between 2,000 to 3,000 people, and each of the ships has an intricate mural painted on the outside. Here’s the breakdown on five of this cruise line’s most popular ships.
The Encore was built in 2019, making it Norwegian’s newest addition to the fleet. It holds 4,000 guests and travels to the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Florida. This large and impressive ship features a race track on the deck — something you don’t see on every cruise ship — where you can hop into a car and compete against your traveling buddies around the 1,100-foot track. You can also play laser tag, shoot down a multi-story waterslide or enjoy an immersive virtual reality experience. Stay in a Spa Suite or, if you’re traveling alone, book a peaceful Studio stateroom. The Encore isn’t lacking in entertainment, either — you can see Kinky Boots, the award-winning Broadway musical, onboard.
The 965-foot Norwegian Pearl was built in 2006 and given a facelift in 2017. The 2,394 guests can enjoy each voyage to the Bahamas, the Caribbean or various European destinations. The Pearl has a bowling alley, 15 bars and lounges, a casino and a spa. The ship also has 16 restaurants or dining options, such as a 24-hour Irish pub and the casual Topsiders Bar & Grill that serves classic cheeseburgers and hot dogs. If you’re feeling fancy, book The Haven as your stateroom; it’s at the top of the ship and has a private sundeck plus 24-hour butler service.
The Norwegian Sky was built in 1999 and newly refurbished in 2019. It can hold just about exactly 2,000 people, and upcoming cruises are headed to Cuba and the Bahamas from Miami. Each Norwegian Sky cruise stops off at Great Stirrup Cay — a private island where you can swim with dolphins. As far as onboard amenities and attractions, the Sky has eight different bars where you can drink for free. Balcony staterooms have beautiful floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The Stardust Theatre offers a comedy show and you can also enjoy a hot stone massage at Mandara Spa.
On the Epic, you can take a transatlantic voyage that stops off in exotic places like Spain and Portugal. The Epic’s entertainment options are many and varied: a European ballroom dance performance, circus shows and a dueling piano bar take center stage. The ship isn’t lacking in culinary prospects, either — with 20 dining options (such as the Garden Cafe that serves crepes and omelets, the Manhattan Room with a dance floor for after dinner and the Brazilian steakhouse Moderno Churrascaria), there’s something for even the pickiest of eaters. Take your kids to the Teen Center or Aqua Park and enjoy the voyage.
The Norwegian Bliss is easily recognizable by the painted whales and other sea creatures leaping across its hull. The Bliss is one of Norwegian’s bigger ships — it can hold just over 4,000 guests. Built in 2018, it’s also relatively new to the fleet. The Norwegian Bliss travels just about everywhere. Choose a voyage to Mexico, Alaska or one along the Pacific Coast. Onboard activities include mini golf, a race track, a casino, a spa with a unique snow room, Aqua Park and more. The ship even has a barber shop in case you need a trim while at sea. As far as dining options, enjoy seafood, Mexican and even a chocolate shop. Don’t forget to catch the Beatles cover band playing in a replica of the original band’s Liverpool club.