VENICE — Norwegian Cruise Line has taken delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Prima.
The milestone moment, which took place during an official ceremony in Marghera, Venice on July 29, marks the arrival of the first ship in NCL’s Prima Class that will see six new ships delivered through 2027. Norwegian Prima will officially launch this August with an eight-day inaugural voyage from Iceland to Amsterdam.
“Today we usher in a thrilling new era in cruising as we celebrate the delivery of Norwegian Prima, the long-anticipated first ship in our extraordinary new Prima Class,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “She is a true testament to our Guest First philosophy as well as our commitment to deliver unforgettable experiences that exceed expectations.”
Spanning 965 feet and accommodating 3,100 guests, Norwegian Prima lays claim as the most spacious new cruise ship in the contemporary category, offering the most outdoor deck space and expansive accommodations of any new build. Onboard features include the brand’s first upscale, open-air food hall, the largest and first three-level racetrack at sea, and the world’s first freefall dry slide with a 10-storey plunge and more G-forces than an accelerating F1 race car.
Other standout features include Ocean Boulevard, which at over 4,000 metres long wraps around the entire deck, as well as Infinity Beach, featuring two infinity pools that are positioned close to water-level. There’s also an Oceanwalk where two glass bridges make guests feel as though they are walking on air over the water.
Art lovers will also love The Concourse, the first outdoor sculpture garden at sea, with six installations created by international metal artist Alexander Krivosheiw and an art wall designed by David Harber.
Norwegian Prima will be the first major cruise ship to be christened in Iceland upon its launch in August, with global pop star Katy Perry serving as Godmother. Its inaugural voyage from Reykjavik to Amsterdam is scheduled for Aug. 2, 2022, after which it will sail a series of eight-day voyages from Amsterdam and Copenhagen to Northern Europe and the Norwegian Fjords. It will then sail Bermuda from Oct. 10, 2022, Caribbean itineraries from Oct. 15, 2022, and Western Caribbean voyages from Dec. 11, 2022 to March 19, 2023. The ship will return to Bermuda from March 28 to May 7, 2023 before offering cruises to Northern Europe from May 14 through Sept. 17, 2023.