7 Tips for First-Time Norwegian Cruisersby Donna Heiderstadt | September 21, 2017
All Norwegian Ships Are Not Alike
Norwegian’s five newest ships — Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic, and the soon-to-debut Norwegian Bliss — all carry around 4,000 guests and have the line's latest bells and whistles, including aqua parks and sports complexes, as well as dinner theaters, a dozen or more specialty restaurants, and up to 21 bars and lounges that active and social travelers love.
Norwegian's other ships carry around 1,900 to 2,400 passengers and feature a smaller selection of specialty restaurants and bars as well as pool decks with a more traditional vibe. However, the line has been updating older ships, giving them a more modern look and popular features such as the Sugarcane Mojito Bar and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. Recently enhanced ships include Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Dawn, Pride of America, Norwegian Pearl, and Norwegian Jade.
Donna Heiderstadt is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Coastal Living and Islands.