One of my very first seven day cruises was on the Norwegian cruise lines, the SS Norway. This was an antique vessel if there ever was one and reminded most passengers of the older stately ships like the Queen Mary and others from her era. The experience offered a mixed bag, especially since I had already been on one of the Newer Carnival ships before, the Ecstasy. The trip took us to the Caribbean from Miami and included the US Virgin islands and St. martin. There was a great deal of trust for everyone on board, and other than the creaking of the ship and having to deal with the tenders, it was a great experience all around.
Since that time, Norwegian cruise lines has grown in leaps and bounds and although I have stuck primarily with the carnival fleet, I am very impressed with the changes that NCL has made throughout the years. One of the more popular vessels is obviously the Norwegian Jade, especially since it is extremely forthcoming and sails across the pond on the European continent.
With every new cruise ship built, they seem to be getting bigger and better, with interiors that appear like huge shopping malls and itineraries that are restricted only by size and depth. Cabins are no longer small and cramped, with many that can be easily compared to the average hotel room. Meals are much more enjoyable, with more options than ever before, only to take second place to the safety and comfort of all the passengers.