The 7 Best Norweigan Cruise Ships Ranked By Travellers

Norweigan was recently ranked as the third-best cruise line in the world. And, it’s pretty easy to see why. Whether you’re an expert cruiser or are treating yourself to your first vacation out on the open seas, Norweigan offers something for everybody.

Their 17-ship fleet sails all over the world with the most popular routes reaching places such as the Mediterranean, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. 2020 itineraries last anywhere from three to 24 days. So, you can sail to suit your style.

Not sure which trip to take or which ship is best for you? We compiled rankings and took a look at some traveller comments on Cruise Critic reviews in order to help you make sense of the best Norweigan cruise ships. 

Best Norweigan Cruise ShipsHow do these rankings work?

1. Norweigan Encore

Cruiseline.com ranked the Norweigan Escape first in every single category except for children’s activities. And, travellers agree. It’s one of the best Norweigan cruise ships regardless of what you’re looking for. However, where it really stands out is for its amenities. It’s home to the longest racetrack at sea and a 10,000-square-foot laser tag arena. Enjoy the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots Broadway show before retiring to your spacious cabin.

Cruise Critic Review: “The ship is absolutely wonderful. It is new and in great shape. The stateroom was immaculate and the cabin steward was very accommodating.”

Best Norweigan Cruise Ships

2. Norweigan Joy

The same study that ranked Norweigan as the third-best cruise line in the world ranked the Norweigan Joy as the best ship in the fleet. In 2020, it will spend a lot of time travelling through scenic Alaska. But, the breathtaking ice-covered views are rivalled by the impressive onboard amenities. From laser tag to aqua parks and even the chance to catch the Broadway musical Footloose, there’s a lot to do onboard the Norweigan Joy.

Cruise Critic Review: “So many great words to describe the Norwegian Joy. Being just recently refurbished after relocating from Asia, everything looked, felt, and smelled brand new, and the crew made sure it stayed that way.”

Best Norweigan Cruise Ships

3. Norweigan Spirit

The Norweigan Spirit is one of the best Norweigan cruise ships for those who are interested most in world-class service. The staff aboard this ship go above and beyond to accommodate the needs of their guests. And, in 2020, it’s set to sail to some pretty luxurious destinations. Enjoy a 20-night “Arabian Odyssey” from Rome to Dubai or a 20-night “Exotic Expedition” to Seychelles, Madagascar, and South Africa. It’s luxury at its finest.

Cruise Critic Review: “We found Norwegian Spirit to be one of the happiest cruise ships we’ve sailed, filled with contented passengers and a smiling, engaged and enthusiastic crew who can’t do enough for them. “

Best Norweigan Cruise Ships

4. Norweigan Escape

Not only is the Norweigan Escape home to the District Brew House and Norwegian’s first-ever wine bar, but it’s also got 18 different restaurants to choose from. Yes, 18. So, it’ll appeal to the foodie in you for sure. Diverse accommodations and some great activities for travellers of any age (even the little ones) ensure that this is one of the best Norweigan cruise ships for families who need to ensure everybody in their party has a good time.

Cruise Critic Review: “We thought the food was excellent and the servers were very attentive and well trained. We were sad to leave this beautiful ship and are looking forward to the next time we see her.”

5. Norweigan Gem

If you’re looking to travel to somewhere in the Caribbean in 2020 and want to do so in comfort, the Norweigan Gem is the best option for you. It’s rated fairly well for families and for an overall level of comfort that’s sometimes hard to find on other ships. Multiple sports courts, plenty of pools and lots of nightly dining options and activities ensure you’ll be able to find something to do that’ll help you relax and unwind.

Cruise Critic Review: “The ship is beautiful and very clean. All the staff were really friendly. The entertainment was quite good, the cruise director was fantastic.”

6. Norweigan Bliss

From trips to the Mexican Riveria, all the way over to the Caribbean and back up to the Alaskan glaciers, the Norweigan Bliss is going to travel quite a few places in 2020. Splurge on a suite that’s got complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites. Or, ride on virtual rollercoasters and indulge in some of the best buffet food you’ll find on the Norweigan cruise line. The ship itself is massive, giving you lots of space to explore during your trip.

Cruise Critic Review: “Nice ship with lots of bars and comfy lounges – beer pub, whiskey bar, wine bar and others. We really enjoyed the fun and attentive bar staff.”

7. Norweigan Jade

Couples love the Norweigan Jade, with 55% of its travellers being paired up duos indulging in a short trip to places like the Western Caribbean and Greek islands. Travellers note that the excursions they offer are one of the best things about cruising on the Norweigan Jade. However, there’s quite a bit to do onboard as well. Whether you’re relaxing in a suite or laying out by the pool, the ship’s laidback nature really makes you feel at home.

Cruise Critic Review: “I was impressed by the comfy beds and the bathroom was larger than I have experienced on other ships. All the staff were very happy and friendly. This short cruise was over too quickly.”

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Elizabeth Thorn
Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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