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Best Large-Ship Cruise Lines: Norwegian Cruise Line

Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

No. 11 Norwegian Cruise Line

Since innovating “Freestyle cruising” (a break from a more formal onboard experience), Norwegian Cruise Line hasn’t stopped pushing the envelope: the 2010 Norwegian Epic introduced solo traveler cabins and the first ice bar at sea. NCL has also been a leader in the home porting trend, offering sailings that depart from New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle.

What’s New: Haven, the ship-within-a-ship complex on Norwegian Breakaway, will launch in April 2013 with around-the-clock butler service, poolside valets, and sumptuous suites with wraparound balconies.

Number of Ships: 11.

Destinations: Year-round, more than half of NCL’s fleet sails to the Caribbean and Bermuda from various domestic ports. The rest of the ships are deployed in Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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