Norwegian vs. Carnival: How do they compare?by Fran Golden | August 31, 2016
Both lines serve their passengers well, particularly on their newer ships, but with slightly different strengths and weaknesses.
More than 10 years ago, Norwegian originated the idea of "Freestyle Cruising," which did away with some of the more dated traditions associated with cruising (assigned dinner tables at set times with set companions, and fixed dress codes with strict formal nights). As a result, the line essentially made cruising more casual and modern. Today, the rest of the industry has largely caught up, but this innovation continues to define the line, which has some of the best quality stage shows, coolest bar concepts, and hottest specialty restaurants at sea on the newest of the 14 ships.
Carnival, on the other hand, may not have the same caliber of stage shows or specialty restaurants on their 25 ships, but their complimentary
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.