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Ship Details
Began service: 1992
Guest capacity: 1,754
Total staff: 483
Length: 758 feet
Passenger decks: 10
CDC inspection score: 93

Norwegian Dream Overview

The Norwegian Dream cruise ship departs from Seattle WA, and Houston, TX. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Alaska/British Columbia, Mexican Riviera, and Panama Canal.

Check Dates & Prices for cruises to Alaska/British Columbia, Mexican Riviera, and Panama Canal.

Norwegian Dream offers a wide array of activities, dining, and entertainment that appeals to guests of all ages. Active passengers find plenty to do, including a 24-hour fitness center and an ambitious shore excursion program that features snorkeling and diving (even in Alaska!), hiking, kayaking and biking. Norwegian Cruise Lines entertainment offerings include three production shows. The Dream was stretched in 1998 with the insertion of a 130-foot midsection. Cabins aren't the largest in the mid-price category but layout is excellent as most come with a small sitting area and picture windows. Don't expect elegance, but take this ship if the price and itinerary are right and the roster of activities seem to fit the bill. If you like an upbeat atmosphere with plenty of onboard activities, along with a wide range of shore excursions and quality entertainment, this ship is a good bet.


There are 15 categories with staterooms featuring two lower beds that convert to queen, small bathroom with shower, hairdryer, cabin-controlled thermostat, duvet, TV, and radio. Inside cabins measure 140 sq. ft.; standard outside cabins are 152 sq. ft; superior deluxe suites are 176 sq. ft. Owner's Suites include a living room, separate bedroom, picture windows, refrigerator, stereo with CD library, tub and shower - those on Sun Deck have balconies. Penthouse suites have a sitting area, refrigerator and balconies. All suite guests enjoy concierge service. Important notes: all cabins on the port side of the ship are non-smoking. Staterooms on Promenade Deck open to the jogging track.

Some people may wish to steer clear of forward cabins on Star Deck and International Deck as guests need to go through a dining room or the show lounge to get to other public areas. Some cabins have fully obstructed views and some with partially obstructed views so choose carefully.


The food is fine, service is good, but the views are the best -- the three main restaurants all offer panoramic vistas. Tables for two, four, six and eight are featured. Freestyle Cruising is in full swing onboard and dining rooms are open from 5:30pm until midnight but you must be seated by 10pm. The Sun Terraces (234 diners) is the nicest, most intimate restaurant, followed by The Terraces (308 seats). Both have terraced seating and floor-to-ceiling windows opening up to the ship's tiered aft decks. The Four Seasons (452 seats) has great tables next to glass walls on each side. Le Bistro, a reservations-only, 78-seat alternative restaurant, serves Italian fare for an additional fee. There is no official Lido restaurant: the Four Seasons offers buffet breakfast at sea; and the Sports Bar features buffet breakfast, lunch, teatime snacks and fresh popcorn, but it is a very small space for this number of passengers. There is a poolside snack bar/pizzeria, ice cream bar and a small coffee lounge. The lavish Chocoholic buffet is the most popular of the midnight snacks. Room service is available 24 hours.


NCL excels in nighttime entertainment. Smokey Joe's Cafe is a production featuring 50s and 60s hits such as "Hound Dog" and "On Broadway", Dazzles Disco is a popular dancing spot, Sports Bar & Grill broadcasts major sports events, and the Monte Carlo Casino has six blackjack tables, one roulette, one dice, one Caribbean Stud Poker, one Let it Ride table and 158 slots.

Fitness & Recreation

The Norwegian Dream has a mediocre fitness center divided into two small square rooms - one room contains aerobics exercise machines and the other has an assortment of weight machines and stationery weights. Both the size of the fitness center and the number of exercise machines are far less compared to fitness centers on similar-sized ships. There are only four treadmills, four stairmasters and five stationery bikes. As a result, the room is often filled to capacity and passengers who want to work out have to wait in line to use the machines. Another disadvantage is the fitness center is located directly beneath the basketball court. When you're working out and a basketball game is in progress, there is the constant banging of crashing feet right above your head. Other onboard recreational facilities include a golf driving net, shuffleboard courts, and ping pong tables. There are also two Jacuzzis, sauna, massages, and a daily schedule of aerobics classes.

Located midship on deck 11 is the main swimming pool with a terraced deck. There is a smaller pool on deck 9 for those seeking more seclusion.

Public Areas

Interiors have a contemporary ambiance with lots of glass walls that afford views of the sea and ports. As a result of the stretching, the Four Seasons Restaurant was expanded to encompass the entire width of the ship, so guests in 86 cabins situated forward of the Four Seasons have to walk through the dining room to get to the Rendezvous Bar and other public spaces on their deck. Similarly, on Star Deck, passengers on forward cabins need to go through the Stardust Lounge (which may be closed for shows or rehearsals) or use another deck to get across. The two-level Stardust Lounge features a stage for revues including the Sea Legs Circus at Sea, starring Olympians from around the world. Views are good from most seats. Lucky's, a horseshoe-shaped piano bar with a dance floor is one of the most popular lounges on board for a drink after the show. The Observatory Lounge with its floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides is a great perch for watching the Alaska wilderness or Caribbean sunsets.; For people watching, the Rendezvous Lounge is best. The 24-hour Internet Cafe is equipped with four computer terminals (cost is 75 cents per minute). This facility, however, took away the space that had been devoted to a library, which now consists of several bookshelves on the walls leading to the Internet Cafe. There is no self-service launderette; laundry and dry cleaning are available for a fee.


The "Kid's Crew" children's program is featured year-round for Junior Sailors (3-5), First Mates (6-8), Navigators (9-12) and Teens (13-17). Baby-sitting is available for $12 an hour in the play areas from 10 pm - 1 am and $25 per hour in staterooms (minimum two hours). Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Expectant Mothers are not allowed to sail past 24 weeks without a doctor's certificate.

Expert Norwegian Dream reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

Check Dates & Prices for cruises to Alaska/British Columbia, Mexican Riviera, and Panama Canal.


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Norwegian Dream cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Norwegian Dream Score: 93

Cruise Critic: Norwegian Dream
The Cruise Critic gives NCL's Norwegian Dream a 3-ribbon rating.

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