Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) christened its new ship Norwegian Prima over the weekend, which made history as the first major cruise ship to be christened in Reykjavík, Iceland.
The first of six ships in the groundbreaking Prima Class, Norwegian Prima, made her debut in front of over 2,500 guests who enjoyed an immersive experience in Iceland’s beautiful capital and a christening celebration like no other.
“With her stunning design and unique offerings, Norwegian Prima is in a class of her own,” said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “As the industry’s most spacious new cruise ship offering ‘only available on Prima’ experiences, she continues NCL’s legacy of industry firsts. We wanted to launch Norwegian Prima in a place as special and unique as she is, and the striking landscape of Reykjavik is the perfect setting for such a momentous occasion.We thank the community of Reykjavik for welcoming us with open arms.
At 965 feet (294 meters) in length and over 142,500 tons with a capacity of 3,100 passengers in double occupancy, Norwegian Prima offers the highest staff levels and space ratio of any contemporary cruise ship. or upscale. It also features the widest variety of suite categories available at sea as well as a redefined concept of The Haven by Norwegian, NCL’s ultra-premium key card concept providing only ship-within-a-ship access. Its variety of recreational activities, including the fastest slides at sea – The Rush and The Drop – and the Prima Speedway, the first tri-level racing circuit at sea, provide guests with adrenaline-pumping moments. Spaces like Ocean Boulevard, the 44,000 square foot outdoor promenade that wraps around the entire ship; The Concourse, home to a multi-million dollar outdoor sculpture garden; and the expansive pool decks and infinity-style pools at Infinity Beach, offer guests a chance to slow down and relax.
“We’ve been anticipating and preparing for this special event for several years, so we’re excited to embark on the next chapter of NCL with Norwegian Prima,” said Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “It was a joy to see our vision come to life with this historic christening ceremony, which sets the tone for an unprecedented vacation that guests will enjoy for years to come. We are very grateful to our team members and partners around the world who have made Norwegian Prima a breathtaking reality.
Guests at the naming ceremony were treated to a stunning performance by popular Icelandic band and 2021 “Eurovision Song Contest” fan favorites Daði og Gagnamagnið (pronounced “Dah-they Oh Gack-no-Mak-ne “), before the Norwegian Prima her own godmother, Katy Perry took to the main stage to officially name and christen the ship with the ceremonial pause of the bottle of champagne on the hull of the ship. The three-level Prima Theater & Club stage was then transformed into a whimsical backdrop where guests enjoyed a powerful performance of some of Perry’s hits including “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Roar ” and “Firework”.
“It was so much fun to sprinkle some fairy godmother dust on the Norwegian Prima and send her out to sea,” said Katy Perry. I always enjoy family vacations and a once in a lifetime experience, so I was happy to wish all vacationers a safe trip!”
Prior to the naming ceremony, guests were treated to an authentic Icelandic experience at the HARPA Cultural Center. Attendees were treated to a captivating LED light show by artist Olafur Eliasson as well as performances by Icelandic singer-songwriter Bríet who joined the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in an awe-inspiring show.
Norwegian Prima will depart on maiden voyages to Northern Europe from the Netherlands, Denmark and England from September 3, 2022, before heading to the United States. He will then make trips to the Caribbean from New York, Galveston, Texas and Miami. in October and November before moving to her homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida and Galveston, Texas for the 2023 and 2024 cruising seasons.