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Norwegian Ships by Size [2020] with Comparison Chart

Norwegian Ships by Size [2021] with Comparison Chart

Jeremy CamosseMay 3 2021Travel
Below you'll find a complete list of Norwegian Ships by Size. From their smallest, active ship (NCL Spirit) to the largest Norwegian cruise ship (and newest), the NCL Encore. You'll find a sizable difference between NCL's largest and the smallest ships in their fleet. In fact, the difference is over 2x the gross tonnage!
We've create a new post to see how these ships rank on a global scale. Norwegian has one ship that made the list of 20 Largest Cruise Ships in the World! Click to find out which vessel made it and where it ranks. There we also analyze Norwegian's average ship size versus all other lines!
First, a little clarification is needed before viewing our sizing chart. We're measuring Norwegian ships size using the metric, "Gross Tonnage." This always causes a bit of confusion amongst our community members. It's not simply "weight" that determines this size measurement. The definition is technical and boring, but we'll provide it anyway.
Gross TonnageA nonlinear measure of a ship's overall internal volume. Gross tonnage is calculated based on the moulded volume of all enclosed spaces of the ship and is used to determine things such as a ship's manning regulations, safety rules, registration fees, and port dues, whereas the older gross register tonnage is a measure of the volume of only certain enclosed spaces.
Are you still awake? Good. So why do we use this measurement to determine Norwegian Ships Size? As noted above, it's used for safety rules and whatnot. As such, it's the standard across this cruise line and all others. Every passenger cruise ship will have this measurement. That makes it easy to compare ship size across ship, class, line and more.
Additionally, you'll find a number of other stats in our ship list. These include ship length, beam, draft, passenger count, and a few others.
Ok, we're done with today's maritime measurement course. Here's the good stuff.

Norwegian Ships by Size (Largest to Smallest)

Infograph Norwegian Ships by Size Largest to Smallest Ranked
Click above to pin this Norwegian Cruise Ships by Size Infograph to your cruise planning board, so you can refer back to it when choosing your next ship!
That's every NCL Cruise Ship currently active in their fleet. You can see the vast difference in ship size. This is particularly dramatic when looking at Norwegian's newest ship, the NCL Encore, vs the smallest Norwegian ship ever built! Here's a visual representation showing the smallest in the fleet's history vs this new behemoth. !
Norwegian Largest Cruise Ship compared to Smallest Cruise Ship
The experience on these two ships will be completely different! On the newest Norwegian Escape, you'll be lucky to experience half of the venues on the ship. Whereas the smaller ships offer a more quaint and personal experience. In just a day or two, you'll have your bearings and likely a fixed routine on these ships. Which is better? That's all going to depend on personal preferences!
Here's a menu of all Norwegian Ships by Size. Click on any for quick access to ship stats for that vessel.
Below we've listed all Norwegian Ships by size, including a bit more info.

Norwegian Encore Size

1) Norwegian Encore Size

The NCL Encore has a construction date of 2019 and a total size of 169,116 gross tons. The ship measures 1,094 feet (333 meters) in length and falls in line as number 1 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Breakaway Plus Class. At full capacity, the Encore holds 5,733 passengers. That includes 3,998 cruise vacationers and 1,735 staff members. The Norwegian Encore total number of staterooms is 2,040.
  • Gross Tonnage: 169,116 GT
  • Ship Length: 1,094 feet (333 meters)
  • Beam: 136 feet (41 meters)
  • Draft: 29 feet (9 meters)
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Years Served: 2019-present
  • Capacity: 3,998 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,735
  • Total on Board: 5,733
  • Total Staterooms: 2,040
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $920 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Bliss Size

2) Norwegian Bliss Size

The NCL Bliss has a construction date of 2018 and a total size of 168,028 gross tons. The ship measures 1,094 feet (333 meters) in length and falls in line as number 2 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Breakaway Plus Class. At full capacity, the Bliss holds 5,720 passengers. That includes 4,004 cruise vacationers and 1,716 staff members. The Norwegian Bliss total number of staterooms is 2,220.
  • Gross Tonnage: 168,028 GT
  • Ship Length: 1,094 feet (333 meters)
  • Beam: 136 feet (41 meters)
  • Draft: 29 feet (9 meters)
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Years Served: 2018-present
  • Capacity: 4,004 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,716
  • Total on Board: 5,720
  • Total Staterooms: 2,220
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $920 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Joy Size

3) Norwegian Joy Size

The NCL Joy has a construction date of 2017 and a total size of 167,725 gross tons. The ship measures 1,094 feet (333 meters) in length and falls in line as number 3 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Breakaway Plus Class. At full capacity, the Joy holds 5,625 passengers. That includes 3,804 cruise vacationers and 1,821 staff members. The Norwegian Joy total number of staterooms is 1,926.
  • Gross Tonnage: 167,725 GT
  • Ship Length: 1,094 feet (333 meters)
  • Beam: 136 feet (41 meters)
  • Draft: 29 feet (9 meters)
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Years Served: 2017-present
  • Capacity: 3,804 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,821
  • Total on Board: 5,625
  • Total Staterooms: 1,926
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $920 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Escape Size

4) Norwegian Escape Size

The NCL Escape has a construction date of 2015 and a total size of 165,157 gross tons. The ship measures 1,069 feet (326 meters) in length and falls in line as number 4 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Breakaway Plus Class. At full capacity, the Escape holds 5,999 passengers. That includes 4,266 cruise vacationers and 1,733 staff members. The Norwegian Escape total number of staterooms is 2,092.
  • Gross Tonnage: 165,157 GT
  • Ship Length: 1,069 feet (326 meters)
  • Beam: 136 feet (41 meters)
  • Draft: 28 feet (9 meters)
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Years Served: 2015-present
  • Capacity: 4,266 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,733
  • Total on Board: 5,999
  • Total Staterooms: 2,092
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $920 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Epic Size

5) Norwegian Epic Size

The NCL Epic has a construction date of 2010 and a total size of 155,873 gross tons. The ship measures 1,081 feet (329 meters) in length and falls in line as number 5 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Epic Class. At full capacity, the Epic holds 5,824 passengers. That includes 4,100 cruise vacationers and 1,724 staff members. The Norwegian Epic total number of staterooms is 2,122.
  • Gross Tonnage: 155,873 GT
  • Ship Length: 1,081 feet (329 meters)
  • Beam: 171 feet (52 meters)
  • Draft: 29 feet (9 meters)
  • Max Speed: 25 mph (22 knots)
  • Year Built: 2010
  • Years Served: 2010-present
  • Capacity: 4,100 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,724
  • Total on Board: 5,824
  • Total Staterooms: 2,122
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $1200 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Breakaway Size

6) Norwegian Breakaway Size

The NCL Breakaway has a construction date of 2013 and a total size of 145,655 gross tons. The ship measures 1,068 feet (326 meters) in length and falls in line as number 6 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Breakaway Class. At full capacity, the Breakaway holds 5,620 passengers. That includes 3,963 cruise vacationers and 1,657 staff members. The Norwegian Breakaway total number of staterooms is 2,014.
  • Gross Tonnage: 145,655 GT
  • Ship Length: 1,068 feet (326 meters)
  • Beam: 170 feet (52 meters)
  • Draft: 28 feet (9 meters)
  • Max Speed: 25 mph (22 knots)
  • Year Built: 2013
  • Years Served: 2013-present
  • Capacity: 3,963 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,657
  • Total on Board: 5,620
  • Total Staterooms: 2,014
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $840 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Getaway Size

7) Norwegian Getaway Size

The NCL Getaway has a construction date of 2014 and a total size of 145,655 gross tons. The ship measures 1,068 feet (326 meters) in length and falls in line as number 7 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Breakaway Class. At full capacity, the Getaway holds 5,609 passengers. That includes 3,963 cruise vacationers and 1,646 staff members. The Norwegian Getaway total number of staterooms is 2,008.
  • Gross Tonnage: 145,655 GT
  • Ship Length: 1,068 feet (326 meters)
  • Beam: 170 feet (52 meters)
  • Draft: 28 feet (9 meters)
  • Max Speed: 25 mph (22 knots)
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Years Served: 2014-present
  • Capacity: 3,963 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,646
  • Total on Board: 5,609
  • Total Staterooms: 2,008
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $780 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Jade Size

8) Norwegian Jade Size

The NCL Jade has a construction date of 2006 and a total size of 93,558 gross tons. The ship measures 965 feet (294 meters) in length and falls in line as number 8 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Jewel Class. At full capacity, the Jade holds 3,439 passengers. That includes 2,402 cruise vacationers and 1,037 staff members. The Norwegian Jade total number of staterooms is 1,191.
  • Gross Tonnage: 93,558 GT
  • Ship Length: 965 feet (294 meters)
  • Beam: 125 feet (38 meters)
  • Draft: 27 feet (8 meters)
  • Max Speed: 29 mph (25 knots)
  • Year Built: 2006
  • Years Served: 2006-present
  • Capacity: 2,402 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,037
  • Total on Board: 3,439
  • Total Staterooms: 1,191
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $390 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Gem Size

9) Norwegian Gem Size

The NCL Gem has a construction date of 2007 and a total size of 93,530 gross tons. The ship measures 965 feet (294 meters) in length and falls in line as number 9 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Jewel Class. At full capacity, the Gem holds 3,464 passengers. That includes 2,394 cruise vacationers and 1,070 staff members. The Norwegian Gem total number of staterooms is 1,197.
  • Gross Tonnage: 93,530 GT
  • Ship Length: 965 feet (294 meters)
  • Beam: 125 feet (38 meters)
  • Draft: 27 feet (8 meters)
  • Max Speed: 29 mph (25 knots)
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Years Served: 2007-present
  • Capacity: 2,394 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,070
  • Total on Board: 3,464
  • Total Staterooms: 1,197
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $390 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Pearl Size

10) Norwegian Pearl Size

The NCL Pearl has a construction date of 2006 and a total size of 93,530 gross tons. The ship measures 965 feet (294 meters) in length and falls in line as number 10 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Jewel Class. At full capacity, the Pearl holds 3,466 passengers. That includes 2,394 cruise vacationers and 1,072 staff members. The Norwegian Pearl total number of staterooms is 1,197.
  • Gross Tonnage: 93,530 GT
  • Ship Length: 965 feet (294 meters)
  • Beam: 125 feet (38 meters)
  • Draft: 27 feet (8 meters)
  • Max Speed: 29 mph (25 knots)
  • Year Built: 2006
  • Years Served: 2006-present
  • Capacity: 2,394 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,072
  • Total on Board: 3,466
  • Total Staterooms: 1,197
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $390 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Jewel Size

11) Norwegian Jewel Size

The NCL Jewel has a construction date of 2005 and a total size of 93,502 gross tons. The ship measures 965 feet (294 meters) in length and falls in line as number 11 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Jewel Class. At full capacity, the Jewel holds 3,445 passengers. That includes 2,376 cruise vacationers and 1,069 staff members. The Norwegian Jewel total number of staterooms is 1,197.
  • Gross Tonnage: 93,502 GT
  • Ship Length: 965 feet (294 meters)
  • Beam: 125 feet (38 meters)
  • Draft: 28 feet (9 meters)
  • Max Speed: 30 mph (26 knots)
  • Year Built: 2005
  • Years Served: 2005-present
  • Capacity: 2,376 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,069
  • Total on Board: 3,445
  • Total Staterooms: 1,197
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $390 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Dawn Size

12) Norwegian Dawn Size

The NCL Dawn has a construction date of 2002 and a total size of 92,250 gross tons. The ship measures 965 feet (294 meters) in length and falls in line as number 12 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Dawn Class. At full capacity, the Dawn holds 3,372 passengers. That includes 2,340 cruise vacationers and 1,032 staff members. The Norwegian Dawn total number of staterooms is 1,032.
  • Gross Tonnage: 92,250 GT
  • Ship Length: 965 feet (294 meters)
  • Beam: 125 feet (38 meters)
  • Draft: 38 feet (12 meters)
  • Max Speed: 29 mph (25 knots)
  • Year Built: 2002
  • Years Served: 2002-present
  • Capacity: 2,340 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,032
  • Total on Board: 3,372
  • Total Staterooms: 1,032
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $400 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Star Size

13) Norwegian Star Size

The NCL Star has a construction date of 2001 and a total size of 91,740 gross tons. The ship measures 965 feet (294 meters) in length and falls in line as number 13 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Dawn Class. At full capacity, the Star holds 3,379 passengers. That includes 2,348 cruise vacationers and 1,031 staff members. The Norwegian Star total number of staterooms is 1,176.
  • Gross Tonnage: 91,740 GT
  • Ship Length: 965 feet (294 meters)
  • Beam: 125 feet (38 meters)
  • Draft: 27 feet (8 meters)
  • Max Speed: 28 mph (24 knots)
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Years Served: 2001-present
  • Capacity: 2,348 passengers
  • Crew Members: 1,031
  • Total on Board: 3,379
  • Total Staterooms: 1,176
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $400 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Pride of America Size

14) Norwegian Pride of America Size

The NCL Pride of America has a construction date of 2005 and a total size of 80,439 gross tons. The ship measures 920 feet (280 meters) in length and falls in line as number 14 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Pride of America Class. At full capacity, the Pride of America holds 3,113 passengers. That includes 2,186 cruise vacationers and 927 staff members. The Norwegian Pride of America total number of staterooms is 1,094.
  • Gross Tonnage: 80,439 GT
  • Ship Length: 920 feet (280 meters)
  • Beam: 106 feet (32 meters)
  • Draft: 26 feet (8 meters)
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Year Built: 2005
  • Years Served: 2005-present
  • Capacity: 2,186 passengers
  • Crew Members: 927
  • Total on Board: 3,113
  • Total Staterooms: 1,094
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $450 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Sun Size

15) Norwegian Sun Size

The NCL Sun has a construction date of 2001 and a total size of 78,309 gross tons. The ship measures 848 feet (258 meters) in length and falls in line as number 15 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Sun Class. At full capacity, the Sun holds 2,842 passengers. That includes 1,936 cruise vacationers and 906 staff members. The Norwegian Sun total number of staterooms is 968.
  • Gross Tonnage: 78,309 GT
  • Ship Length: 848 feet (258 meters)
  • Beam: 123 feet (37 meters)
  • Draft: 26 feet (8 meters)
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Years Served: 2001-present
  • Capacity: 1,936 passengers
  • Crew Members: 906
  • Total on Board: 2,842
  • Total Staterooms: 968
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $330 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Sky Size

16) Norwegian Sky Size

The NCL Sky has a construction date of 1999 and a total size of 77,104 gross tons. The ship measures 832 feet (254 meters) in length and falls in line as number 16 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Sun Class. At full capacity, the Sky holds 2,903 passengers. That includes 2,004 cruise vacationers and 899 staff members. The Norwegian Sky total number of staterooms is 1,002.
  • Gross Tonnage: 77,104 GT
  • Ship Length: 832 feet (254 meters)
  • Beam: 123 feet (37 meters)
  • Draft: 26 feet (8 meters)
  • Max Speed: 26 mph (23 knots)
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Years Served: 1999-2004 & 2008-present
  • Capacity: 2,004 passengers
  • Crew Members: 899
  • Total on Board: 2,903
  • Total Staterooms: 1,002
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $330 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Spirit Size

17) Norwegian Spirit Size

The NCL Spirit has a construction date of 1998 and a total size of 75,904 gross tons. The ship measures 880 feet (268 meters) in length and falls in line as number 17 among Norwegian Cruise Line’s 36 existing and former cruise ships. It’s included in NCL’s Spirit Class. At full capacity, the Spirit holds 2,930 passengers. That includes 2,018 cruise vacationers and 912 staff members. The Norwegian Spirit total number of staterooms is 1,008.
  • Gross Tonnage: 75,904 GT
  • Ship Length: 880 feet (268 meters)
  • Beam: 121 feet (37 meters)
  • Draft: 26 feet (8 meters)
  • Max Speed: 28 mph (24 knots)
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Years Served: 2004-present
  • Capacity: 2,018 passengers
  • Crew Members: 912
  • Total on Board: 2,930
  • Total Staterooms: 1,008
  • Flagged Country: NA
  • Ship Cost: $350 Million
  • Status: active

Norwegian Cruise Ships by Size FAQ

We're constantly asked about NCL's ships and size statistics. Here are the most frequently asked questions for your convenience!
Which Norwegian cruise ship is the biggest? The NCL Encore is the largest of Norwegian's 17 cruise ships. It has a gross tonnage of 169,116 and spans 1,094 feet (333 meters) in length. It was built in 2019 and holds 5,733 passengers (including crew).
Which NCL cruise ship is the smallest? Norwegian's smallest, active cruise ship is the Spirit with a gross tonnage measuring 75,904. She's served with the fleet since 2004 and measures 880 feet (268 meters) in length.
How big is a Norwegian cruise ship? NCL's fleet varies in size as seen from our chart. The smallest, active ship holds 2,930 total passengers (including staff) and measures 880 feet in length. The newest NCL ship, the Encore, is significantly bigger. It holds 5,733 passengers and spans 1,094 feet in length. For reference, the Eiffel Tower is roughly 900 feet high! See our chart above for everything in the middle.

We hope that the above list of Norwegian Cruise Ships by size help you to find your ideal cruise.
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