New cruise ships are built with more balcony cabins than they are with any other accommodation type, but not all veranda cabins are created equal. Some have more interior space, while others have larger balconies or extra amenities. If you're looking for the best balcony cabin you can book -- without having to upgrade to a mini-suite or suite -- here are our five favorites across mainstream lines.
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Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet consists of 16 ships (with a 17th coming at the end of 2019) spread across six classes, with three ships unclassed. There are many similarities among the classes, with a number of signature Norwegian Cruise Line dining venues and bars standard across the fleet.
Among the largest ships in Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet, the line's two Breakaway Class ships were the among the first in the industry to feature several innovations including a full scale ropes course, large water park, cabins sized and priced for solo travelers, and a lounge and restaurant reserved exclusively for suite cruisers. The two 3,963-passenger ships debuted in 2013 (Breakaway) and 2014 (Getaway) and were instantly the line's most popular and have remained among the most loved, outpaced only by their slightly tweaked Breakaway Plus Class shipmates.
Cruisers on the go want a ship that's as high-energy as they are. Enter Norwegian's Breakaway Plus-Class ships. Carrying about 4,000 passengers apiece, the four ships in this class mimic small cities that offer tons of outdoor activities, restaurant choices and nighttime entertainment options so a cruiser can tailor their experience exactly how they please. There are significant differences between the first Breakaway Plus-class ship (launched in 2015) and the latter ships (the last debuted in 2019), so cruisers should do their research before making a decision.
Spend more time outside your cabin than in it? Want to save money on a room you'll only sleep in? You can't go wrong with these nine options, which make up for their lack of views with more space and fun features. Just steer clear of the last three.
Since 2008, the Cayamo Cruise -- also known as the Journey Through Song -- has brought together musicians of diverse genres for one of the most eclectic festivals at sea. Cayamo draws many repeat cruisers, so if you're interested, it's best to sign up for the pre-sale, as cabins begin booking long
Since the 1990s, cruise lines have been investing in land-based private islands that allow them to offer passengers exclusive beach time as an extension of the onboard experience. Check out our guide to seven cruise line private islands to plan your next cruise.
The shift from mass-market domestic beer to the small-batch suds available from craft breweries has finally made it out to sea. This makes sense; Americans alone consume billions of gallons of beer each year, and while on vacation, one might be inclined to drink a bit more than average. The variety -- not to mention quality -- of craft beer appeals to the light beer drinker, the adventurous imbiber and the person who appreciates local flavors. The following cruise ships and cruise lines have made a serious effort to provide top-notch craft beer onboard, from partnerships with homeport-based breweries to their own kegs made right on the ship. If you're a beer-lover looking for a cruise, drink in these best cruises for craft beer.
Norwegian Cruise Line's laid-back style is a great fit for families traveling with children. This is especially true of the cruise line's newest ships, which are jam-packed with activities and amenities for children and their parents to enjoy. The Breakaway Class, which includes [Norwegian
The old phrase "rock the boat" took on a whole new meaning in April 2019 when 80's rock legend Jon Bon Jovi took over [Norwegian Cruise Line](/reviews/cruiseline.cfm?CruiseLineID=24)'s Norwegian Jade to host a four-day music festival at sea. The "[Runaway to Paradise with Jon Bon
Not convinced Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Encore, is for you? With an impressive array of top-deck activities, nearly 20 restaurants and more day and evening fun than you can get to in a week, there's plenty for everyone to do. Before you risk missing out on a ship you're bound to love, Cruise Critic has rounded up the most exciting things you need to know.