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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Newest Ship Prima, Viva Coming Soon

Norwegian Cruise Line has planned six sister ships in its new Prima class, the first of which will start sailing with passengers in a few weeks and head to Florida later this year.

The cruise line took delivery of the Norwegian Prima in a ceremony at Fincantieri shipyards in Marghera, Italy, on July 28, and it is scheduled for a series of European crossings before a mini-tour of New York, Galveston and Miami before calling Port Canaveral home for the winter boating season.

But as the line prepares for a christening event with godmother Katy Perry from Iceland on August 27, the line also hit a milestone with Prima’s first sister ship, Norwegian Viva, which was launched at the same shipyard on August 2.

NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer was on hand for both events, presiding over the first new ships since taking over in 2020 from Andy Stewart, who handed over the reins after the launch of the company’s latest ship. line, the Norwegian Encore, in 2019.

“As the nineteenth ship and second in our innovative Prima Class, Norwegian Viva continues to represent our ongoing commitment to providing guests with the best vacation experience imaginable,” Sommer said at a ceremony that included welding in the hull of the Viva a commemorative coin for good. chance. “With Norwegian Viva’s name meaning ‘to be alive’ and its motto being ‘Live it Up’, we just can’t wait to put this into practice and soon welcome guests on board for a vacation to remember.”

The new Prima class is smaller than the last seven ships launched by NCL with 142,500 gross tons and a capacity of 3,250 passengers in double occupancy.

“This is our first new ship class in 10 years, so we’re extremely excited,” Sommer said in an interview with the Sentinel in 2021. “It’s a complete overhaul. It’s not an expansion. Breakaway, Breakaway-Plus ships We started with a blank sheet of paper.

By comparison, the Norwegian Encore, Bliss, Joy and Escape all weigh over 165,000 gross tons and can carry 3,804 to 4,266 passengers.

“She is a true testament to our guest ethos,” Sommer said during the transfer signing ceremony. Sommer previously said Prima would have the highest guest-to-space ratio and guest-to-service ratio for similarly sized ships in the high-end and contemporary cruise market.

Part of that is a new design that Sommer says will attract passengers to wide-open lower deck space just as much as they tend to congregate on the upper decks.

“I think what unlocked that for us was moving the engines from the back of the ship to the center of the ship, which really freed up a huge amount of space for us,” he said. -he declares.

The end result is the Ocean Boulevard concept of 44,000 square feet of deck space on Deck 8 primarily aft of the ship, although passengers can walk the entire deck which will also feature a sculpture garden with $2 million worth of art and the Indulge Food Hall concept.

“So an upscale dining hall with 11 different dining options with indoor and outdoor seating,” Sommer said. “We’re going to have everything, you know, Italian, BBQ, Latin, tapas, healthy desserts, Starbucks, you know everything you can imagine, plus three full specialty restaurants…so 14 dining options just over half a bridge of ship.

Across the ship, there will be 35 food and drink venues, nine of which are new to the lineup.

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Prima will begin sailing to the Caribbean from New York and Galveston from October before three seven-night voyages from PortMiami on November 19, 26 and December 3. It will then migrate to Port Canaveral with voyages from December 11, 2022 through March. 19, 2023. This is the first time the cruise line has commissioned a new ship in Port Canaveral in its first year of service, and will sail alongside Norwegian Escape, the first time the company has based two ships in port for an extended course.

Norwegian Viva, which has been given European duties as well as Caribbean crossings from Puerto Rico, is due to arrive in 2023 and the rest of the six ships in the class are due to arrive once a year until 2027.

“We are pleased to work with Norwegian Cruise Line to create a series of world-class ships, and it is a proud day to see the first of six Prima-class ships delivered today,” said Luigi Matarazzo, Director General of Fincantieri. “Norwegian Prima is packed with world firsts, never-before-seen features and amazing attractions you wouldn’t expect at sea.”

This includes their own version of a go-kart track, a three-deck version which is the largest in the fleet. And for added thrills, both ships will feature a 10-deck dry slide called The Drop, which will be a free-fall slide unlike the twisting slides found on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships. that the line promises to mimic G-forces similar to racing in a Formula 1 car.

And as far as entertainment goes, the big show on board will be a Broadway-style production called “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.”

For cabins, passengers will be able to choose from 13 suite categories. For high-end customers, the ship will for the first time have The Haven’s largest version of the line, located on eight decks aft of the ship.

“It’s a question of space. This is a beautiful design. It’s a lot of outdoor spaces and we think it’s really a game-changer for the brand and hopefully the industry in terms of what a contemporary brand can deliver,” Sommer said.