NCL Norwegian Cruise Line Corp. Ltd. - Company portrait

NCL Norwegian Cruise Line Corp. Ltd. - Company portrait


norwegian cruise line

Norwegian Cruise Line Corporation Ltd. (NCL) is the largest of three Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd companies. The international cruise company based in Miami/Fl. has been awarded several times in national markets.

History

In 1966, the Norwegian Knut Kloster founded Norwegian Caribbean Lines AS (NCL). The company started as a branch of Klosters Rederi A/S, Oslo. The time was ripe to implement new, groundbreaking business ideas in the cruise market. Knut Kloster wanted to create a classless cruise company. This was an extraordinary idea for the time. The idea of ​​constantly going on cruises was also brilliant Miami to the Caribbean region.

The company prospered; within five years it put three ships into operation. In 1977, entrepreneurial foresight gave rise to the idea of ​​purchasing the Bahama island “Great Stirrup Cay,” located 122 nautical miles from Fort Lauderdale. Since then it has served as a private resort for the shipping company's guests. Harvest Caye in Southern Belize was later added as a second private island resort.

In 1984 the shipping company acquired the Royal Viking Line AS. The purchase increased the fleet to six ships. In 1987 the company changed its name to Norwegian Cruise Line AS. From 1992, with the commissioning of another ship, investments in our own logistics in the port of Fort Lauderdale performed.

Fort Lauderdale-Port Everglades

Fort Lauderdale-Port Everglades


In 1995 the company changed its name to Norwegian Cruise Line Corporation Ltd. Four years later, shares became the holding company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. introduced into stock market trading.

Facts and Figures

Norwegian Cruise Line has its headquarters in Miami, Florida. There are also ten global offices. The DACH countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) are served from Wiesbaden. The company employs 28.500 people worldwide. The number of beds on board the 19 ships is currently estimated at 56.000; The number of beds corresponds to a number of 2,2 million passengers per year. The NCL ships call at more than 400 ports on seven continents. The company currently has four Prima-class ships on order. Delivery is scheduled for 2028.

Freestyle Cruising by NCL

In the year 2000, “Freestyle Cruising” brought a new lightness on board the NCL ships. A relaxed atmosphere, no dress codes and fixed meal times were the driving forces. In addition, guests were given the opportunity to choose from various restaurants on board the ships, some of which were subject to a surcharge.

Norwegian Dawn - Atrium with Starbucks 

Norwegian Dawn - Atrium with Starbucks


Ship classes and ship names

As previously mentioned, NCL currently operates 19 colorfully painted cruise ships, 18 of which fly the Bahamas flag. Only the Pride of America, which is used year-round for cruises between the Hawaiian islands, sails under the flag of the United States. The list begins with the most recent ship classes and ship names. – In 2025, the shipping company will take over its 20th ship, the Norwegian Aqua.

Prima class

With the Norwegian Prima, a brand new ship was introduced into the fleet in September 2022. The new building, measured at more than 143.000 GT, can accommodate almost 3.100 passengers with double occupancy. A second ship is the Norwegian Viva. The Norwegian Aqua is in preparation; it comes in 2025.

Norwegian Prima - Southampton

Norwegian Prima - Southampton


Breakaway Plus class

The four ships of this class were built between 2015 and 2019. They are measured at almost 170.000 GT and, depending on the ship, offer space for 3.800 to more than 4.200 guests with double occupancy. This class of ships includes the

  • Norwegian Encore
  • Norwegian Bliss
  • Norwegian Joy
  • Norwegian Escape.

Norwegian Joy off Central America

Norwegian Joy off Central America


Breakaway class

The two Breakaway-class ships are 326 meters long. Their bed capacity is estimated at almost 4.000 guests. The survey: 145.655 GT. This class includes the

Norwegian Getaway - water slides

Norwegian Getaway - water slides


Jewel class

The group of four Jewel Class ships fall into what is known as the Panamax category. There are ships that, if necessary, Panama Canal allowed to happen. The ships are over 290 meters long. The number of passengers reaches 2.400 with double occupancy.

  • Norwegian Jewel
  • and Norwegian Jade
  • Norwegian Pearl
  • Norwegian Gem 

Norwegian Jade in Bonaire

Norwegian Jade in Bonaire


Dawn class

The two Dawn class ships technically preceded the Jewel class. The length is 294 meters; the measurement corresponds to approximately 92.000 GT.

Norwegian Dawn in Abu Dhabi port

Norwegian Dawn in the port of Abu Dhabi


Sun class

The two cruise ships in the Sun class are significantly smaller than the ships in the aforementioned ship classes. The ships are 258 meters long. The ships are measured with 77.100 and 78.300 GT.

Norwegian Sun in Ketchikan, Alaska

Norwegian Sun in Ketchikan/Alaska


No class includes the Norwegian Spirit (built in 1998), the Norwegian Epic (built in 2010) and the Pride of America. The Pride of America occupies a special position in the fleet. She is stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and cruises under the American flag in the sea area off Hawaii all year round. With the Norwegian Epic, the shipping company ventured a first step into the large ship market.

Norwegian Spirit in anchorage off Cozumel


Norwegian Spirit in anchorage off Cozumel


Norwegian Epic before Cannes


Norwegian Epic before Cannes 


Norwegian compared to competitors

The Norwegian ships get good ratings in rating portals. Anyone who has previously sailed on larger, higher-positioned ships from TUI Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America or Princess Cruises will also feel comfortable on Norwegian ships. "Cruise like a Norwegian" is another motto of the shipping company. You don't have to be Norwegian to enjoy the atmosphere and the trappings of the ships.

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