Norwegian Cruise Line Ships by Size & Age (Fleet Comparison)

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Norwegian Prima Cruise ship docked at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam

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Norwegian Cruise Line has a fleet of 19 cruise ships that offer passengers large-vessel luxury vacations.

NCL is a popular cruise line for its laid-back, freestyle approach to cruising. Their newest and largest vessels boast go-kart tracks, F1 simulators, rock climbing walls, water slides, and more.

We’ll compare Norwegian Cruise Line Ships by size, age, and class to help you decide which vessel is right for your next cruise vacation.

Norwegian Cruise Line Ships by Size: Biggest to Smallest

Norwegian Prima Cruise ship docked at the Passenger Terminal AmsterdamPin

When comparing cruise ships, size is the most popular choice. Cruise ships are typically measured using gross tonnage(GT), a measure of a vessel’s internal volume.

Although size isn’t everything, it is a quick way to assess the number of facilities, restaurants, activities, and entertainment options available on a ship.

Below is a comparison of Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ships by size, arranged from largest to smallest:

ShipClassGross TonnageLengthPassengers (Double Occupancy)Crew Members
Norwegian EncoreBreakaway Plus169,116 GT326 ft3,9981,735
Norwegian BlissBreakaway Plus168,028 GT326 ft4,0041,716
Norwegian JoyBreakaway Plus167,725 GT326 ft3,8041,821
Norwegian EscapeBreakaway Plus164,998 GT326 ft4,2661,733
Norwegian EpicEpic155,873 GT329 ft4,2281,724
Norwegian GetawayBreakaway146,600 GT326 ft3,9631,646
Norwegian BreakawayBreakaway145,655 GT326 ft3,9631,657
Norwegian VivaPrima143,500 GT294 ft3,2151,388
Norwegian PrimaPrima143,500 GT294 ft3,2151,388
Norwegian JadeJewel93,558 GT294 ft2,4021,037
Norwegian GemJewel93,530 GT294 ft2,3941,070
Norwegian PearlJewel93,530 GT294 ft2,3941,072
Norwegian JewelJewel93,502 GT294 ft2,3881,069
Norwegian DawnDawn92,250 GT294 ft2,3401,032
Norwegian StarDawn91,740 GT294 ft2,3481,031
Pride of AmericaAmerica80,439 GT281 ft2,192927
Norwegian SunSky78,309 GT258 ft1,936906
Norwegian SkySky77,104 GT258 ft2,004899
Norwegian SpiritLeo75,904 GT268 ft2,018912

Norwegian Cruise Line Ships by Age: Newest to Oldest

The pool deck and waterslides on Norwegian GetawayPin

If you want to experience the latest and greatest cruise ships, you might want to sail on a newer vessel.

Newer cruise ships often have better amenities, updated decor, and more activities. NCL’s newest Prima-class vessels offer a three-story go-kart track, Broadway-style shows, a 10-story dry slide, mini golf, water slides, and more.

Below is a comparison of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships by age, from newest to oldest:

Norwegian VivaPrima2023Fincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
Norwegian PrimaPrima2022Fincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
Norwegian EncoreBreakaway Plus2019Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian BlissBreakaway Plus2018Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian JoyBreakaway Plus2017Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian EscapeBreakaway Plus2015Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian GetawayBreakaway2014Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian BreakawayBreakaway2013Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian EpicEpic2010Chantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
Norwegian GemJewel2007Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian JadeJewel2006Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian PearlJewel2006Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Pride of AmericaAmerica2005Litton-Ingalls & Lloyd Werft
Norwegian JewelJewel2005Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian DawnDawn2002Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian StarDawn2001Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Norwegian SunSky2001Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven, Germany)
Norwegian SkySky1999Bremer Vulkan (Bremen, Germany) & Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven, Germany)
Norwegian SpiritLeo1998Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)

Norwegian Cruise Line Ships by Class

Norwegian Breakaway docked in the CaribbeanPin

Norwegian Cruise Line currently offers seven classes of cruise ships.

Each class features similar designs, features, and amenities, with slight differences between sister ships.

Here are Norwegian Cruise Line ships by class:

PrimaNorwegian Prima
Norwegian Viva
Breakaway PlusNorwegian Encore
Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Joy
Norwegian Escape
BreakawayNorwegian Getaway
Norwegian Breakaway
EpicNorwegian Epic
JewelNorwegian Gem
Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Jewel
DawnNorwegian Dawn
Norwegian Star
SunNorwegian Sun
Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Cruise Line also operates two cruise ships that don’t belong to any classes:

  • Norwegian Spirit
  • Pride of America

Norwegian Cruise Ships on Order

Norwegian Prima at the Passenger Terminal AmsterdamPin

Norwegian Cruise Line currently has four Prima-class cruise ships on order.

Norwegian’s new cruise ships are identical to the Norwegian Prima, with a gross tonnage of 142,500 GT and powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). The new cruise ships are scheduled to debut in 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027.


What is the Biggest NCL Ship?

NCL’S biggest cruise ship is Norwegian Prima, with an internal volume of 142,500 GT, a length of 1,070 feet, a passenger capacity of 3,998, and a crew of 1,735.

What is the Smallest NCL Ship?

Norwegian Spirit is the smallest cruise ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet at 75,904 GT and has a passenger capacity of 2,018.

What is the Newest NCL Cruise Ship

Norwegian Viva is the newest NCL cruise ship. The Prima-class vessel joined the fleet in 2023.

What is the Oldest NCL Ship?

Norwegian Spirit is the oldest cruise ship in NCL’s fleet. The cruise ship was built in 1998.

What Was the First NCL Cruise Ship?

Cruise ship Sunward at Pier A in 1970.  Photo by Raymond L. Blazevic.Pin

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship was the MS Sunward, which it acquired in 1966.

How Many Cruise Ships Does NCL Have?

Norwegian Cruise Line currently operates a fleet of 19 cruise ships.

Who Owns Norwegian Cruise Line?

Norwegian Cruise Line is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), which also owns Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Article by

Marcello De Lio

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