(eap) The newest and second ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Prima class made its maiden voyage in August this year, marking its first summer season in Europe. In the presence of around 1,500 guests, the latest NCL cruise ship was christened “Norwegian Viva” by Latin pop star Luis Fonsi at the company’s home terminal in Miami this week. With the Prima class, the shipping company has set itself the goal of breaking new ground in ship design and equipment – especially with regard to the guest experience. “To christen Norwegian Viva in Miami is incredibly special to many of us at NCL, not only because Miami is our hometown, but also because we can share this moment with our local family and friends,” said David J. Herrera, President of NCL. “Launching a ship is no solo endeavor. I am overwhelmed with gratitude towards the entire NCL team, our partners and especially our amazing crew who have contributed to bringing Norwegian Viva to life and who care for and deliver exceptional vacation experiences for our guests,” Herrera added. “The addition of Norwegian Viva further elevates our world-class fleet, providing our valued guests with another incredible way to vacation, discover new experiences and create unforgettable memories,” said Harry Sommer, President & Chief Executive Officer of NCL Holdings Ltd.
With a length of 294 meters and a capacity of 3,099 guests, Norwegian Viva offers a number of unique and exciting attractions, including the three-story race track “Viva Speedway” (by Rimo) and “The Drop and Rush” – two dry slides by Wiegand, one of which has been equipped with a free-fall capsule launch. Norwegian Viva guests can also have fun on a Lotus water slide (Wiegand Waterrides), which can be ridden on one-person rafts. For extra comfort, a Chairkit tube lift transports the rafts to the top so that the water fun can begin right at the start...
A culinary highlight is the “Indulge Food Hall”, a modern, upscale food marketplace with eleven varied restaurants. Art is also traditionally a high priority at NCL – an impressive collection of outstanding pieces can be admired on board this ship, including an almost 16-metre-wide, interactive work of art by British digital artist Dominic Harris: “Metropolitan Bar”.
After the christening voyage and several cruises from Miami, Norwegian Viva will dock in her home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. From December 15, 2023, she will set sail from there on seven-day Caribbean cruises, where guests will wake up in a new tropical island paradise every day. In April 2024, Norwegian Viva will return to Europe to cruise throughout the Mediterranean or around the Greek islands. ■