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Get To Know Norwegian Cruise Line

Posted December 15th, 2017

Innovative and committed to excellence, Norwegian Cruise Line has been a pioneering force in the cruise industry since its inception. From industry first to industry first, this cruise company has a strong focus on creating personalised experiences for each and every one of its guests.

The History

  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s history dates back to 1966, when the Oslo-based shipping company, Klosters Rederi A/s bought the M/S Sunward and moved it from Europe to the Port of Miami.
  • The company was originally titled Norwegian Caribbean Lines and offered regularly scheduled voyages to the Caribbean.
  • The cruise line’s fleet expanded over the years with the introduction of the M/S Starward in 1968, the M/S Skyward in 1969, the M/S Southward in 1971 and the M/S Sunward II, which replaced the original ship of the same name in 1971.
  • In 1987, Norwegian Caribbean Lines became Norwegian Cruise Line to better reflect the company’s now diverse routes and itineraries.
  • Over the years, Norwegian Cruise Line launched bigger vessels and altered its ships’ names, ensuring each vessel included a ‘Norwegian’ prefix. 

Cruise Industry ‘Firsts’

Freestyle Cruising: In May 2000, the cruise line introduced ‘Freestyle Cruising’, which aimed to bring freedom and flexibility to cruise holidays. As part of this initiative, guests could dine at up to 11 restaurants and enjoy open eating, extended dining hours, ‘resort-casual’ dress at night, simpler tipping processes, and a more relaxed disembarkation process.

Bowling Alley: With the introduction of the Norwegian Pearl in 2006, the cruise world was presented with its first bowling alley on a ship.

Internet at Sea: The first ever internet café at sea appeared on the Norwegian Sky in 2000, while the cruise line was also the first to offer remote Wi-Fi access and mobile service on its voyages. Norwegian Cruise Line also has the distinction of being the first cruise line to launch its own website ( was introduced in 1997).

Ice Bar: The innovative Norwegian Epic became the first cruise ship to feature an ice bar; the bar’s walls, tables, seats, glasses and sculptures are all crafted from ice.

Did You Know?

  • There are currently 16 ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. 
  • Set to cruise Alaska and the Caribbean in 2018, the cruise line’s newest ship, the Norwegian Bliss, will be part of the Breakaway Plus class and carry 4,004 passengers and 1,716 crew members.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line has been the recipient of countless awards over the years. Remarkably, it has won the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Line’ at the World Travel Awards each year from 2008 to 2017.
  • The cruise line offers more than 65 itineraries that journey to 52 countries around the world.
  • The cruise line hosts several themed cruises, from Star Trek cruises and Country Music cruises to a Walker Stalker cruise, which revolves around the popular TV show ‘The Walking Dead’. 

Want to find out more about this amazing cruise line and its ships and itineraries? Call us on 1300 769 228 and our friendly cruise consultants can answer your questions and help you find the ideal cruise getaway.



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