All about the Norwegian Aqua

Norwegian Aqua cruise ship
Norwegian Aqua

The Norwegian Aqua is still being built and will debut in 2025. It's considered a medium size ship. Coming in at 1,056 ft long and 133 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.9 football fields, as wide as 2.5 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 15-story building. The Norwegian Aqua is 10% larger than its sister ships. It gets rid of the Race Track and instead has a new Slidecoaster around the funnel. The Aqua is still under construction and Norwegian hasn't released all the details yet. This page will be updated as we learn more.

The Aqua can hold 3,571 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Aqua has a space ratio of 44. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.

Gross Tonnage156,300
Passenger Decks15
Passengers (double occupancy)3,571
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.6
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)44
Norwegian Aqua Space Ratio
30 44 52

The Aqua is one of three Prima-class ships currently sailing with Norwegian. The Prima-class ships are smaller than Norwegian’s Breakaway-plus-class of ships. They have more outdoor space than any other Norwegian cruise ship with an expansive Ocean Boulevard wrapping around the ship. The ships also feature the popular Indulge Food Hall and a 10-story dry thrill slide. The Aqua is very similar to its sister-ships; Prima and Viva, although each ship may have some differences.

Norwegian Aqua Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Norwegian Aqua. You have 21 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 10 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 11 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 48% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Cagney's SteakhouseSit downA la cartSteakhouse
Coco'sQuick serveA la cartDessert
Food RepublicSit downA la cartFoodie
HasukiSit downFlat feeJapanese
HudsonsSit downIncludedAmerican
Latin QuarterQuick serveIncludedLatin
Le Bistro FrenchSit downA la cartFrench
Los LobosSit downA la cartMexican
NamaSit downA la cartSushi
Onda by ScarpettaSit downA la cartItalian
PalomarSit downA la cartMediterranean
Q Texas Smokehouse - IndulgeQuick serveIncludedBBQ
Seaside RotisserieQuick serveIncludedRotisserie
StarbucksQuick serveA la cartCoffee
Surfside CafeQuick serveIncludedBuffet
Surfside GrillQuick serveIncludedBurgers
TamaraQuick serveIncludedIndian
The Commodore RoomSit downIncludedAmerican
The GardenQuick serveIncludedSalad
The HavenSit downExclusiveAmerican
The LocalSit downIncludedAmerican

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Norwegian serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. You can check outrecent bar menus for the Aqua below.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Norwegian Aqua

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Norwegian Aqua has a total of 4 pools and 6 hot tubs. 1 of the pools and 4 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Total Pools4
- Pools - General Access3
- Pools - Adults Only
- Pools - Exclusive1
Total Hot Tubs6
- Hot Tubs - General Access2
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive4

Norwegian Aqua Features

There are quite a few things to do on the Aqua. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Adult Only Relaxation Area (extra fee)Flat fee
CasinoA la cart
Cigar LoungeIncluded
Comedy ClubIncluded
Escape RoomFlat fee
Fitness CenterIncluded
Golf SimulatorA la cart
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Splash parkIncluded
Thermal SuitesFlat fee
Thrill SlideIncluded
Virtual ArcadeA la cart
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Norwegian is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year. Typically newer ships cost more, so a cruise on Norwegian Aqua will likely cost more than other ships in the fleet.

Norwegian Aqua Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Norwegian ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services20%
Soda Price$3.50
Domestic Beer Price$6.00
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$109
Learn more
Internet Plan$12.50 to $25 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a Free at Sea fare. Through this program, guests receive free open bar, a discount on excursions, some free internet, and some meals at their specialty restaurants. If you book using this promotion, you'll be responsible for the gratuities on the dining and drink package. If you won't be using these options, booking a "sail away" rate that doesn't include the Free at Sea benefits is considerably cheaper. Also, most of these benefits are the base packages; you can spend more to upgrade to better alcoholic drinks or faster/more wifi.

Compare the Aqua to Another Ship

First ship:

Second ship: