The Most Colourful Cruise Liners in the World

If you’ve ever seen cruise liners docked in a harbour, you’ll know that they look spectacular all on their own. Soaring into the sky metres above the other ships and often adorned with winding water slides and swimming pools on the top decks – cruise ships always catch your eye whenever they’re in port. But some cruise liners simply aren’t happy with being eye-catching just because of their sheer size and magnificence. Some of them want you to drop everything you’re doing, grab your phone and start snapping pictures because they’re truly stunning.

If you live close to a harbour where cruise liners regularly dock, make a note of these cruise ship names and check if their itineraries will see them stop at your harbour. But before you rush out the door, make sure you’ve got a good camera handy, because you won’t want to miss the chance to snap photos of the most colourful cruise liners in the world.

The Most Colourful Cruise Liners in the World

AIDA Diva

The AIDA Diva is a German cruise liner which sails all over the world, including across Northern Europe, Western Europe and the Baltic. With a lot of sailings in Europe, there is a chance that the weather could be chilly and overcast – especially on autumn and winter sailings – but the cheerful exterior of the ship is always sure to add a bit of colour, whatever the weather. The outside of the AIDA Diva is designed to look like a face, with plump, red lips at the bow and huge blue eyeshadow-wearing yellow eyes on either side.

The Most Colourful Cruise Liners in the World: AIDA Diva sailing past Weener, Ostfriesland in Germany
AIDA Diva sailing past Weener, Ostfriesland in Germany: Photo Bernd Sieker / CC BY-SA 2.0

Norwegian Sky

Although AIDA Diva puts up a fair fight, Norwegian Cruise Line is the king when it comes to colourful exteriors. One of the cruise liner’s most beautiful ships is the Norwegian Sky which is adorned with brightly coloured flowers, just like the kind you’d see on a hula girl in Hawaii. But the Norwegian Sky doesn’t actually sail to Hawaii. Instead, this ship sails between Miami and the Bahamas, with three- and four-night cruises available to book all-year-round.

The Most Colourful Cruise Liners in the World: The Norwegian Sky, decorated in tropical flowers
The Norwegian Sky, decorated in tropical flowers: Photo Montel G / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Norwegian Getaway

If you were hoping for something more abstract and artistic than pretty flowers, you’ll love the Norwegian Getaway. This colossal cruise liner features a sea-inspired design, with a mermaid swimming through swirls of waves and battling against what look like flames. Although what’s precisely going on is largely up for interpretation – I’m leaning toward the side of an illustration from a mythical tale – you can’t argue that the result is truly beautiful. The Norwegian Getaway sails from Miami to the Bahamas and the Caribbean throughout the year, with each itinerary lasting seven nights.

The Most Colourful Cruise Liners in the World: The Norwegian Getaway docked in Southampton, UK
The Norwegian Getaway docked in Southampton, UK: Photo Eddie / CC BY-ND 2.0

Norwegian Breakaway

We’ve saved the best for last. No matter how many times you look at the Norwegian Breakaway, chances are you’ll see something new. This magnificent cruise liner is decorated with everything from the Statue of Liberty and a New York cityscape to the solar system and, bizarrely, a yellow duck, making it one of the most colourful cruise liners in the world. If you’re ever lucky enough to sail on this ship, you’ll have to wear blinkers as you disembark, otherwise you’ll waste your whole day staring at the ship in awe, seeing what new things you can spot! As you’d expect from the ship’s decoration, the Norwegian Breakaway calls New York its home and sails to Bermuda in spring and summer, and Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean in winter.

The Most Colourful Cruise Liners in the World: The Norwegian Breakaway, heavily decorated in all kinds of images
The Norwegian Breakaway, heavily decorated in all kinds of images: Photo Martijn Barendse / CC BY-NC 2.0

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Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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