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Best Norwegian Cruises

U.S. News ranks 13 Norwegian Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Norwegian Jewel is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can filter your search based on price, region, traveler type and brand to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

#1 Norwegian Jewel (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Norwegian Jewel (the namesake of the line's Jewel-class ships) has been cruising since 2005. Maintaining a low guest-to-crew ratio (about 1,100 staff members serve up to 2,376 passengers), the ship offers a more tailored experience than you ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Norwegian Gem (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Norwegian Gem will sail around the Caribbean, Canada and New England in 2015. Like other ships within the fleet, Norwegian Gem offers a high level of customer service with a low staff-to-crew ratio, with 1,101 staff members serving up ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Norwegian Epic (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 1,081-foot-long Norwegian Epic, which maintains a crew of 1,753 to cater to 4,100 passengers, has been navigating the Mediterranean and the Caribbean since 2010. It was aboard this ship that Norwegian premiered its Studio staterooms, designed ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Norwegian Pearl (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Norwegian Pearl — which debuted in 2006 — splits its time between the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, shuttling up to 2,394 passengers (and 1,099 crew members) around beaches and glaciers. A member of Norwegian's Jewel class, Pearl ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Norwegian Getaway (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2014, the 3,969-passenger Getaway is Norwegian's newest ship. With features like a quarter-mile-long "Waterfront" area that's lined with shops, bars and restaurants, the ship distinguishes itself from mainstream midsize competitors. While sailing around the Caribbean ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 Norwegian Jade (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,402-passenger Norwegian Jade spends most of its time in the Mediterranean, passing through ports in Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia and Turkey. Because of its ex-pat status, the ship appeals to an international crowd. And thanks to a major ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Norwegian Breakaway (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 3,969-passenger Norwegian Breakaway was named the "Best New Ship for 2013" by CruiseCritic.com, but not all cruisers are impressed — namely those who were seeking some peace and quiet. According to previous passengers, music is almost constantly playing ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Norwegian Dawn (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 2002 (and renovated in 2011), Norwegian Dawn offers a higher level of personalization than its peers, with 1,032 staff members serving up to 2,340 guests. During days at sea, younger cruisers can take advantage of the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 Norwegian Sky (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Though it first debuted more than a decade ago in 1999, Norwegian Sky has kept up with its mainstream competitors thanks to a major refurbishment in 2009. Carrying up to 2,004 passengers and 934 crew members, Sky also offers ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Norwegian Spirit (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Like Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit spends most of its time exploring the Mediterranean, making stops in Barcelona, the Canary Islands and Casablanca, Morocco. This midsize ship can carry up to 2,018 passengers and 962 crew members and was first ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Pride of America (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 2005, Pride of America is the only ship in the industry that offers sailings in Hawaii year-round. Though based in the 50th state, Pride of America represents the entire country: The ship's Newbury Street Shops pay tribute ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 Norwegian Star (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.0
    3.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Norwegian Star is one of only two ships that make up the line's Dawn class (the other being Norwegian Dawn). This midsize ship — capable of carrying 2,348 passengers and 1,083 crewmembers — first launched in 2001. In 2010 ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 Norwegian Sun (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Slightly smaller than its nearly identical sister ship, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Sun will offer sailings up and down the Pacific Northwest coast and around Alaska's glaciers in 2015. With its low staff-to-guest ratio (953 staff members cater to 1 ... Reviews & Pictures»

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.