There's nothing more exciting in the cruise world than a new cruise ship.
Norwegian Cruise Line is riding the waves of its recent success, and debut of its newest ship, the Norwegian Prima. With the introduction of its newest ship class, the Prima Class, NCL has announced that it has eight new ships on order, to be launched in the next few years.
So far announced, at least the next five of these new ships are set to fall under the new Prima Class and will make their debut between 2023 and 2027. The first of the new Prima Class is the Norwegian Prima, which made its debut this year.
The Prima Class
“In 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line announced the next generation of ships with its Prima Class. The Company has placed six ships on order from 2022 to 2027. The new class will build upon the brand’s legacy of freedom and flexibility found across its fleet and feature a host of cutting-edge designs that will further elevate its already award-winning guest experience,” states Norwegian Cruise Line, prior to the release of the Norwegian Prima.
Currently the cruise line industry knows the name of the next ship in NCL’s ship pipeline, the vessel will be called the Norwegian Viva. The Norwegian Viva will be the second ship in the Prima Class.
The Norwegian Viva is set to resemble the Norwegian Prima in nearly every way. These two ships will be very similar. The Norwegian Viva ship is currently scheduled to hit the high seas this coming summer, in 2023.
Just like the groundbreaking Norwegian Prima, the Norwegian Viva will come equipped with new technologies, design, and amenities for guests to explore and enjoy. Some of these new features that have made their debut with the Prima Class include, a multi-level race track, 10-story dry slide, new restaurants and lounges, new pool areas, and much more.
Both the Norwegian Prima, and the Norwegian Viva will be constructed by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri. The Norwegian Viva is scheduled to measure in at 964 feet long, and be capable of accommodating up to 3,219 guests.
Once completed this second vessel in the Prima Class will feature more than 43,000 square feet of outdoor space for passengers to take in the ocean views while onboard. Some of this space will be occupied by what NCL is calling the ‘Ocean Boulevard’, a new space designed to hold outdoor lounges, bars, pools, and relaxation spaces onboard.
“Norwegian Viva sets the standard in the premium segment, illustrating our commitment to pushing boundaries in four main areas: wide open space, service that puts guests first, thoughtful design and experiences beyond expectation,” states Norwegian Cruise Line’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank J. Del Rio.
Currently the Norwegian Viva is set to make its debut in the Mediterranean, sailing in this region from June 15th to November 6th 2023. The newest Prima Class ship will visit destinations such as Greece, Italy, and Portugal in its initial season.
After the summer and fall cruise seasons, Norwegian Viva will venture to the Caribbean. Starting in the winter of 2023, and into 2024. The newest NCL vessel will then homeport out of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Norwegian Viva is currently scheduled to have many of the same stateroom accommodations that the Norwegian Prima is equipped with. Guests will be able to choose from many different cabin types in order to fit their budget and needs.
Guests will be able to choose from studio (or solo traveler), Inside, Oceanview, Balcony, multiple Suite types, and The Haven staterooms onboard the Norwegian Viva.
The Prima Class vessels on order, along with the Norwegian Viva will feature state of the art entertainment and activities for guests to participate in. For example, “race around a quarter-mile of pure adrenaline rush. Then fly down one of the fastest free-fall dry slides at sea. From exploring virtual worlds to relaxing in our infinity hot tubs, there’s excitement for everyone aboard Norwegian Viva,” states NCL.
In addition to revolutionary activities onboard, guests will be able to enjoy some classics as well. Such as one of the several pool areas onboard, the ship’s casino, theater and Broadway style shows, and the kids areas.
Guests looking for a better understanding of what the future Prima Class vessels will look like, don’t have to look too far. Currently the Norwegian Vivia is set to very closely resemble the Norwegian Prima.
The next few years are going to bring with them exciting change and innovation for Norwegian Cruise Line as they finish and debut the rest of the Prima Class vessels. With the announcement of at least five more Prima Class ships between now and 2027, we are looking forward to reporting the latest news and updates about these coming ships!