Norwegian Cruise Line welcomes newest ship in Prima class

Posted by Anita Froneman on 3 August 2022

Little more than two years after cruising worldwide ground to a halt, the industry is booming again. Norwegian Cruise Line has just taken delivery of the first of six ships in their Prima class, their newest class ships in nearly a decade.

The Norwegian Prima will be followed by five more ships to be delivered by 2027.

Present at the landmark event in Venice were Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line and Luigi Matarazzo, general manager of the Merchant Ships Division of Fincantieri among others.

Harry Sommer, President and CEO of NCL and Norwegian Prima Captain Roger Gustavsen

The ship is 294 m long, weighs 142 500 gross tons and has capacity for 3 100 guests. She features a variety of brand and industry-first experiences. She lays claim as the most spacious new cruise ship in the contemporary categories and offers the most outdoor deck space and expansive accommodations of any new build.

She also boasts the largest and first three-level racetrack at sea, as well as The Drop, the world’s first freefall dry slide offering a 10-story plunge experience that reaches more G-forces than an accelerating F1 race car.

Other onboard standouts include Ocean Boulevard, which wraps around the entire deck of over 4 000 square metres. On the Oceanwalk, two glass bridges make guests feel as though they are walking on air over the water. An oasis for art lovers, Norwegian Prima will boast 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.

Launching this August, Norwegian Prima will be the first major cruise ship christened in Iceland, commencing her eight-day inaugural voyage in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik on August 27 sailing to Amsterdam where the Getaway team will also be onboard. Global popstar Katy Perry, who serves as Norwegian Prima’s Godmother, will fulfil the longstanding maritime tradition of blessing and officially naming the ship, as well as performing during the christening ceremony.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages in August and September to make the journey with us! The itinerary includes stops in Ireland, England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Following her inaugural voyage, Norwegian Prima will sail a series of eight-day voyages from Amsterdam and Copenhagen offering guests the opportunity to explore Northern Europe and the Norwegian Fjords.

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