NCL Ships By Age, And Size, Newest To Oldest 2023

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Booking a Norwegian Cruise vacation offers so many diverse choices. Choosing the right family cruise ship for your cruise depends on so many factors. Where do you intend to sail? What’s on your cruise itinerary wish list? Or are you led by the best cruise deal or cruise ship?

We fit between all brackets depending on the trip; however, for us, the ship is a huge factor. Thus we thought it a great idea to share all of the NCL Ships By Age and Size, Newest To Oldest and also by how many passengers each NCL ship holds.

Additionally, if you are a fan of a more modern cruise ship, we have noted when each NCL ship was renovated. And for more reading, check out what the biggest cruise ships in the world are.

Norwegian Cruise Line Ships by Age
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NCL Ships By Age, Newest To Oldest 2023

How Many Ships DO NCL Have?

Norwegian Cruise Line has 19 ships, including the launch of Norwegian Viva in August 2023

What Are The Newer NCL Ships?

The newest NCL ships sailing are Prima Class Ships, Norwegian Prima and Viva. NCL Encore, Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy preceded her. These Breakaway Plus class ships offer excellent facilities such as race tracks at sea, Broadway shows, and boardwalks lined with bars and restaurants overlooking the sea.

Race track on NCL Encore

What Is NCL’s Newest Ship?

The latest NCL ship is Norwegian Viva which launched in 2023, and Norwegian Prima, which launched in 2022—followed by Norwegian Encore in October 2019.

Prima and Viva will stretch and improve features offered on NCL’s already groundbreaking ships. The Rush is now a double slide but is also rivalled by the drop, the first free fall slide at sea: the famous Speedway, golf simulators and even more dining experiences. You can also expect to find an exciting games gallery for even more family fun at sea.

The Newest NCL ships

Norwegian Cruise Line Ships By Age, Newest To Oldest

The below list details each NCL Ships By Age when it was launched. Additionally, if the ship has been refurbished, we have included the year.

  • Norwegian Viva, 2023
  • Norwegian Prima, 2022
  • Norwegian Encore, 2019
  • Norwegian Bliss, 2018
  • Norwegian Joy, 2017, Refurbished 2019
  • Norwegian Escape, 2015, Refurbished 2022
  • Norwegian Getaway, 2014, Refurbished 2020
  • Norwegian Breakaway, 2013, Refurbished 2020
  • Norwegian Epic, 2010, Refurbished 2020
  • Norwegian Gem, 2007, Refurbished 2020
  • Norwegian Jade, 2006, Refurbished 2022
  • Norwegian Pearl, 2006, Refurbished 2021
  • Pride of America, 2005, Refurbished 2016
  • Norwegian Jewel, 2005, Refurbished 2021
  • Norwegian Dawn, 2002, Refurbished 2016
  • Norwegian Sun, 2001, Refurbished 2018
  • Norwegian Star, 2001, Refurbished 2018
  • Norwegian Sky, 1999, Refurbished 2019
  • Norwegian Spirit, 1998, Refurbished 2022
NCL ships newest to oldest

NCL Ships By Age, Passengers, Weight And Size?

This table has all the NCL ships by age and class and size but also how many passengers each ship holds. This is useful if you are booking a ship and want a large ship with all the facilities or indeed the smaller ship feel.

Ship And ClassClassYearRefurbishedPassengersCrewWeight
Gross Tons
Length
Norwegian VivaPrima Class202332151388142,500965ft
Norwegian PrimaPrima Class202232151388142,500965 ft
Norwegian EncoreBreakaway Plus 201939981735169,1161094 ft
Norwegian BlissBreakaway Plus201840041716168,0281094 ft
Norwegian JoyBreakaway Plus 2017201938041821167,7251094 ft
Norwegian EscapeBreakaway Plus 2015202242661733164,9981069 ft
Norwegian GetawayBreakaway2014202039631646145,6551068 ft
Norwegian BreakawayBreakaway2013202039631657145,6551068 ft
Norwegian EpicEpic2010202041001724155,8731081 ft
Norwegian GemJewel 200720202394107093,530965 ft
Norwegian JadeJewel200620222402103793,558965 ft
Norwegian PearlJewel200620212394107293,530965 ft
Pride of America20052021218692780,439920 ft
Norwegian JewelJewel200520212376106993,502965 ft
Norwegian DawnDawn200220162340103292,250965 ft
Norwegian SunSun20012018193690678,309848 ft
Norwegian StarDawn200120182348103191,740965 ft
Norwegian SkySun Class19992019200489977,104848 ft
Norwegian Spirit19982022201891275,904880 ft

Which Is NLC’s Biggest Ship?

Norwegian Encore is Norwegian Cruise Line’s Biggest Cruise Ship as of 2019 at a whopping 169,116 tons an holding 3998 passengers and 1735 crew which is a passenger ratio of 2.3 passengers per crew member.

Her sister, Norwegian Bliss, closely follows this at 168,028 tons. The newer ships Prima and Viva are smaller and hold fewer guests; this is a conscious effort by NCL to maintain service on their ships; Prima holds 3215 guests with 1388 crew and a passenger-to-crew ratio of 2.3.

Which IS NCL’s Smallest Ship?

Norwegian Spirit is NCL’s smallest ship at 175,904 tons, holding 2018 passengers and 912 crew. However, after a recent renovation, I am dying to try out all the styles and classes of the larger vessels.

More Norwegian Cruise Ship Facts And Stats

And if you want more info, scroll down to your chosen Norwegian Cruise Ship, where we have added all the facts that will give you an overall feel for the size of each cruise ship that will help you decide on your next cruise vacation.

Norwegian Viva

  • Launched, 2023
  • Class, Prima class
  • Length, 965ft
  • Width, 135 ft
  • Gross Tons, 142,500
  • Has a capacity of passengers 3,215
  • crew members on Viva 1388
  • Decks, 20
  • Cruising Speed of knots, 22
Ncl Norwegian Viva Ship
Ncl Norwegian Viva Ship

Norwegian Prima

  • Launched, August 2022
  • Class, Prima Class
  • Length, 965ft
  • Width, 135 ft
  • Gross Tons, 142,500
  • Has a capacity of 3,215
  • And a crew of 1,388
  • Decks, 20
  • Cruising Speed of knots 22
Ncl Norwegian Prima Ship
Ncl Norwegian Prima Ship

Norwegian Encore

  • Launched 2019
  • Class, Breakaway plus
  • Length, 1,094 ft
  • Width, 134,5 ft
  • Gross Tons, 169,116
  • Has a capacity of 3,998
  • And a crew of 1,735
  • Decks, 20
  • Cruising Speed of knots 22.5
Great cruise ships for babies, Norwegian Encore,Norwegian Cruise Line's Biggest Ships?
Ncl Norwegian Encore Ship

Norwegian Bliss

  • Launched 2018
  • Class, Breakaway plus
  • Length, 1094 ft
  • Width, 134.5
  • Gross Tons, 168,028
  • Has a capacity of 4,004
  • And a crew of 1,716
  • Decks, 20
  • Cruising Speed of knots 23
Ncl Norwegian Bliss Ship
Ncl Norwegian Bliss Ship

Norwegian Joy

  • Launched 2017
  • Refurbished in 2019
  • Class, Breakaway plus
  • Length, 1,094 ft
  • Width, 134.5 ft
  • Gross Tons 167,725
  • Has a capacity of 3,804
  • And a crew of 1,821
  • Decks, 20
  • Cruising Speed of knots 23
Ncl Norwegian Joy Ship
Ncl Norwegian Joy Ship

Norwegian Escape

  • Launched 2015
  • Refurbished 2019
  • Class, Breakaway Plus
  • Length, 1,069 ft
  • Width, 134.5 ft
  •  Gross Tons 164,998
  • Has a capacity of 4,266
  • And a crew of 1,733
  • Decks, 20
  • Cruising Speed of knots 23
Ncl Norwegian Escape Ship
Ncl Norwegian Escape Ship

Norwegian Getaway

  • Launched 2014
  • Refurbished 2019
  • Class, Breakaway class
  • Length, 1,068 ft
  • Width, 170 ft
  • Gross Tons 145,655
  • Has a capacity of 3,963
  • And a crew of 1,646
  • Decks, 18
  • Cruising Speed of knots 21.5
Ncl Norwegian Getaway Ship
Ncl Norwegian Getaway Ship

Norwegian Breakaway

  • Launched 2013
  • Refurbished 2018
  • Class, Breakaway class
  • Length, 1,068 ft
  • Width , 170 ft
  • Gross Tons 145,655
  • Has a capacity of 3,963
  • And a crew of 1,657
  • Decks, 18
  • Cruising Speed of knots 22
Ncl Norwegian Breakaway Ship
Ncl Norwegian Breakaway Ship

Norwegian Epic

  • Launched 2010
  • Refurbished 2020
  • Class, Epic Class
  • Length, 1,081 ft
  • Width, 170 ft
  • Gross Tons 155,873
  • Has a capacity of 4,100
  • And a crew of 1,724
  • Decks, 19
  • Cruising Speed of knots 22
Ncl Norwegian Epic Ship
Ncl Norwegian Epic Ship

Norwegian Gem

  • Launched 2007
  • Refurbished 2015
  • Class, Jewel class
  • Length, 965 ft
  • Width, 125 ft
  • Gross Tons 93,530
  • Has a capacity of 2,394
  • And a crew of 1,070
  • Decks, 15
  • Cruising Speed of knots 25
Ncl Norwegian Gem Ship
Ncl Norwegian Gem Ship

Norwegian Jade

  • Launched 2006
  • Refurbished 2017
  • Class, Jewel class
  • Length, 965 ft
  • Width, 125 ft
  • Gross Tons, 93,558
  • Has a capacity of 2,402
  • And a crew of 1,037
  • Decks, 15
  • Cruising Speed of knots 25
Ncl Norwegian Jade Ship
Ncl Norwegian Jade Ship

Norwegian Pearl

  • Launched 2006
  • Refurbished 2017
  • Class, Jewel class
  • Length, 965 ft
  • Width, 105 ft
  •  Gross Tons
  • Has a capacity of 2,394
  • And a crew of 1,087
  • Decks, 15
  • Cruising Speed of knots, 25
Ncl Norwegian Pearl Ship
Ncl Norwegian Pearl Ship

Pride of America

  • Launched 2005
  • Refurbished 2016
  • Class of its own
  • Length, 920ft
  • Width 105 ft
  • Gross Tons, 80,439
  • Has a capacity of 2,186
  • And a crew of 927
  • Decks, 15
  • Cruising Speed of knots, 22
Ncl Norwegian Pride of America Ship
Ncl Norwegian Pride of America Ship

Norwegian Jewel

  • Launched 2005
  • Refurbished 2018
  • Class, Jewel class
  • Length, 965 ft
  • Width, 106ft
  • Gross Tons, 93,502
  • Has a capacity of 2,376 passengers
  • And a crew of 1,069
  • Decks, 15
  • Cruising Speed of knots 25
Ncl Norwegian Jewel Ship
Ncl Norwegian Jewel Ship

Norwegian Dawn

  • Launched 2002
  • Refurbished 2016
  • Class, Dawn Class
  • Length, 965 ft
  • Width,
  •  Gross Tons, 92,250
  • Has a capacity of 2,340 passengers
  • And a crew of 1,032
  • Decks, 14
  • Cruising Speed of knots 25
Ncl Norwegian Dawn Ship
Ncl Norwegian Dawn Ship

Norwegian Sun

  • Launched 2001
  • Refurbished 2018
  • Class, Dawn class
  • Length, 965 ft
  • Width 125 ft
  • Gross Tons, 78,309
  • Has a capacity of 1,936
  • And a crew of 1,032
  • Decks, 12
  • Cruising Speed of knots 25
Ncl Norwegian Sun Ship
Ncl Norwegian Sun Ship

Norwegian Star

  • Launched 2001
  • Refurbished 2018
  • Class, Dawn Class
  • Length, 965 ft
  • Width, 125 ft
  • Gross Tons 91,740
  • Has a capacity of 2,348
  • And a crew of 1,031
  • Decks, 14
  • Cruising Speed of knots 25
Ncl Norwegian Star Ship
Ncl Norwegian Star Ship

Norwegian Sky

  • Launched 1999
  • Refurbished 2019
  • Class, Sun class
  • Length, 848 ft
  • Width , 121 ft
  •  Gross Tons, 77,104
  • Has a capacity of 2,004
  • And a crew of 899
  • Decks, 12
  • Cruising Speed of knots 24
Ncl Norwegian Sky Ship
Ncl Norwegian Sky Ship

Norwegian Spirit

  • Launched 1998
  • Refurbished 2020
  • Class of its own
  • Length, 880 ft
  • Width, 121 ft
  •  Gross Tons, 75,904
  • Has a capacity of 2,018
  • And a crew of 912
  • Decks, 13
  • Cruising Speed of knots 25
Ncl Norwegian Spirit Ship
Ncl Norwegian Spirit Ship

In Summary

Norwegian Cruise Line has spent fortunes renovating its fleet in recent years, thus you can expect the same level of style and decor on many of their ships. The decision is based in itinerary, if you like the large ship experience offering facilities such as laser quest and racing tracks. Or indeed the more laid back feel of smaller cruise ships.

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Author

  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

2 thoughts on “NCL Ships By Age, And Size, Newest To Oldest 2023”

  1. Went on Getaway on her maiden cruise .fantastic ……

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    • They are such great ships areant they?

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