Norwegian Prima touches water for the first time

Norwegian Prima, the first of six vessels of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Prima Class of ships was floated out at the shipyard in Marghera (Venice). Along with her sister-ships, Norwegian Prima will form the backbone of the future NCL fleet.

Norwegian Prima, the game-changing new ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, was floated out from her drydock at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Venice), Italy. The float out marks a major construction milestone and the first time the new vessel touches water.

The float out signifies the completion of external works and painting to Norwegian Prima, including the striking hull artwork designed by Italian graffiti artist Manuel Di Rita, known commonly as ‘Peeta’. To celebrate the occasion, a commemorative coin was welded to Norwegian Prima in a traditional maritime ceremony.

“A ship’s float out is always a significant milestone, but this one is particularly special,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Our 18th ship, Norwegian Prima represents an exciting new chapter for our brand and the first vessel to be delivered in our groundbreaking new Prima Class. We’ve worked closely with our partners at Fincantieri to deliver a truly remarkable vessel. Their passion, skill and craftsmanship has brought to life one of the most stylish and innovative ships to ever set sail. I’m thrilled we’re now one step closer to welcoming our guests onboard in just 12 months’ time,” Sommer concluded.

Work now continues on Norwegian Prima’s interior fittings and guest accommodations, before she is officially delivered to the Cruise Line and commences sailing in summer 2022.

New Prima Class

Norwegian Prima is the first of six ships in NCL’s highly anticipated Prima Class, the brand’s first new class of vessels in nearly 10 years. At 965 feet or 295 meters long, 142,500 gross tons and with capacity for 3,215 guests at double occupancy, the vessel is designed to put guests first. Norwegian Prima boasts wide-open spaces, thoughtful and stunning design, and a variety of new experiences for the Brand.

Laying claim to the title of the most spacious new cruise ship in the premium and contemporary categories, Norwegian Prima offers the most outdoor deck space and the most expansive accommodations of any new build. She boasts multiple company firsts, including Ocean Boulevard, wrapping around the entire deck over 44,000 square feet, allowing guests to connect to the ocean while enjoying alfresco dining and unique experiences such as Infinity Beach, where two stunning infinity pools are positioned to take in the vastness of the ocean with uninterrupted views, and Oceanwalk, where two glass bridges will make guests feel as though they are walking on air over the water.

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Dining is elevated on Norwegian Prima with the addition of Indulge Food Hall, the brand’s first upscale open-air marketplace offering diverse menu items from a variety of eleven different culinary venues. In addition, Ocean Boulevard hosts three restaurants; Onda by Scarpetta, Los Lobos and The Local Bar & Grill.

Eight decks of pure luxury

Meanwhile The Haven by Norwegian on Norwegian Prima offers the most exclusive and centralized ‘ship-within-a-ship’ suite complex. Spanning eight decks of suites and public areas, it is accessible via private elevators and located at the aft of the ship for the very first time.

Designed to be more open to the sea than ever before, every public area in The Haven will offer spectacular views, together with a stunning new infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake and a new outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.

Commencing summer 2022, Norwegian Prima will offer bucket-list itineraries in Northern Europe with voyages from Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark) giving guests the opportunity to explore the stunning Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Sea. She will then sail a 12-day transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York via Scotland’s Shetland Islands, Halifax in Nova Scotia and an extended overnight stay in Reykjavik (Iceland). Through the fall and winter, Norwegian Prima will offer a variety of port-rich Bermuda and Caribbean cruises from New York; Galveston, Miami and Orlando (Port Canaveral), including calls to Harvest Caye, the company’s private resort destination in Belize as well as the company’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas.

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