Norwegian Cruise Lines has launched Norwegian Prima, the first of six new ships in its new Prima class.
There will be more space, more amenities, more activities and more entertainment options for a ship this size than any other in the contemporary fleet.
Set to debut in summer 2022, the Norwegian Prima will cater for 3,215 guests at double occupancy, which NCL CEO Harry Sommer describes as the “sweet spot” between current the Jewel (2,000 pax) and the Epic and Getaway classes (4,000 pax).
A new member of the Prima class will be introduced every year from 2022, which will expand NCL’s fleet from the current 17 to 23 by 2027.
Norwegian Prima’s downsized capacity from the popular Breakaway class – which was introduced in 2012 – also means she will be able to visit a variety of smaller but more exotic ports in destinations such as Iceland and Norway, while offering guests exciting itineraries, more wide-open spaces and a variety of new experiences.
The Ocean Boulevard will feature two infinity pools, one of each side of the ship and close to the ocean surface, plus an outdoor sculpture garden, glass bridges and an open-air lounge.
“There will be more space, more amenities, more activities and more entertainment options for a ship this size than any other in the contemporary fleet,” added Sommer, summing up the major changes of the new ship.
“Space and connection to the sea” are also what Ben Angell, vice president & managing director of the Asia Pacific region for NCL, sees as the biggest differences standing Norwegian Prima apart from its competitors.
“The space aspect will really resonate with our guests from Asia Pacific — there’s up to 36% more space per guest compared to our competitive set, plus more spacious accommodation for any new cruise ship,” he shared.
A ship of many firsts at sea
Many game-changing firsts can be expected of the Norwegian Prima.
There’s up to 36% more space per guest compared to our competitive set, plus more spacious accommodation for any new cruise ship.
‘Prima’, which means ‘first’ in Italian, is a fitting tribute for the new ship class, offering “a clean slate” for the company to "innovate with purpose and create Norwegian Prima to push the boundaries of conventional cruising", said Sommer.
He revealed that Norwegian Prima is the first NCL ship that Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of parent Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings — who has had a strong hand in all things involving cruise ship design for sister brands Oceania and Regent — tapped his creative energy for the new vessel’s design.
Currently under construction in Marghera by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Norwegian Prima will feature a striking hull artwork designed by Italian graffiti artist Peeta.
The Norwegian Prima will feature the Indulge Food Hall, an upscale open-air marketplace offering guests a variety of culinary venues, as well as a mix of indoor and outdoor seating.
For the first time, the engine will be moved from the back to midship, which allows more open space, said Sommer.
Taking central stage is Ocean Boulevard, a 4,100sqm space that wraps around the entire deck eight, offering guests the opportunity to partake in numerous outdoor activities with ocean views.
The Ocean Boulevard will feature an upscale open-air marketplace, Indulge Food Hall, serving up 11 dining concepts — running the gamut from American Southern comfort dishes and food trucks to Thai and Indian cuisines — plus three specialty restaurants including Onda By Scarpetta, Los Lobos and The Local Bar & Grill.
One of the 14 F&B offerings, Onda by Scarpetta will showcase the rich and bold flavors the modern Italian cuisine, amid an elegant atmosphere featuring expansive indoor and outdoor ocean views.
There’s also the Concourse, which includes an outdoor sculpture garden, two infinity pools located close to the ocean surface, and two Oceanwalk glass bridges to make guests feel they are walking on water.
All 107 Haven suites be relocated to the back of ship, the cruise line also evolved the ship-within-a-ship concept to be more open to sea than ever before.
Norwegian Prima is expected to feature the highest staffing levels aboard any new cruise ship in the contemporary and premium cruise category. She will offer the largest variety of suite categories available at sea with 13 suite categories as well as the largest three-bedroom suites of any new cruise ship.
With a guest capacity of 3,200 pax, the Norwegian Prima will be able to sail to smaller and more exotic ports such as those in Norway and Iceland.
New itineraries, exciting destinations
Norwegian Prima will launch cruises in Northern Europe from 17 August 2022 to 13 September 2022, offering 10-day sailings from Amsterdam and Copenhagen to Northern Europe, the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic regions.
The Prima will then cross to New York to offer one-off cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean; one sailing from Galveston, Texas, marking an NCL debut; and one month of cruises from Miami to the Caribbean, before settling into its winter homeport, Orlando.
From 11 December 2022 to 19 March 2023, the Norwegian Prima will homeport in Port Canaveral, sailing 15 round-trip Western Caribbean sailings of five-, seven- and nine-day itineraries to destinations including Cozumel, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and NCL's private island, Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas.
The ship will relocate to New York during the spring to offer Bermuda cruises from 28 March to 7 May 2023, before returning to Northern Europe for the 2023 summer season.
Norwegian Prima measures 294m and weighs 142,500 gross tons.