Norwegian Cruise Line takes delivery of Norwegian Prima

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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in the world of cruise travel with a 55-year history of breaking boundaries, today took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Prima, in Marghera, Venice, famous Fincantieri shipyard.

This highly anticipated milestone marks the arrival of NCL’s first Prima Class ship which will see the delivery of six new ships through 2027. Attending this historic event was Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd; Harry Sommer, Chairman and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line; Luigi Matarazzo, managing director of Fincantieri’s Merchant Ships division; as well as other notable NCLH and Fincantieri executives. The traditional flag-exchanging ceremony followed the delivery celebration.

Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “Today we usher in an exciting new era in cruising as we celebrate the delivery of Norwegian Prima, the long-awaited first ship of our extraordinary new prima class. It is a true testament to our Guest First philosophy and our commitment to providing unforgettable experiences that exceed expectations. We thank our wonderful partners at Fincantieri, whose coveted know-how, expertise and dedication helped bring Norwegian Prima to life. We look forward to welcoming our guests on board.

At 965 feet/294 m in length, with a gross tonnage of 142,500 tons and a capacity of 3,300 passengers, Norwegian Prima is designed to put passengers first. It offers large spaces, thoughtful and stunning design, and a variety of branded and industry-first experiences. She lays claim to the title of most spacious new cruise ship in the contemporary categories and offers the largest exterior deck space and expansive accommodations of any new construction. Its variety of elevated experiences and epicurean delights include the brand’s first high-end outdoor dining venue, Indulge Food Hall; the largest and first offshore tri-level racing course at Prima Speedway as well as The Drop, the world’s first freefall dry slide offering a 10-story diving experience that reaches more G-forces than a car speeding F1 race car.

Other stars on board include Ocean Boulevard, which wraps around the entire deck; it’s over 44,000 square feet, allowing guests to connect to the ocean while enjoying al fresco dining and elevated experiences. Guests will enjoy the ultimate in relaxation via Infinity Beach, with two stunning infinity pools that are positioned near water level to take in the vastness of the ocean with uninterrupted views as well as Oceanwalk, where two glass bridges make customers feel like they are walking on air above water. An oasis for art lovers, Norwegian Prima will feature 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.

Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager of Fincantieri’s Merchant Vessels Division, said: “We are delighted to be working with Norwegian Cruise Line to create a series of world-class ships, and it is a proud day to see the first of six Prima-class ships delivered. today. Norwegian Prima is packed with world firsts, never-before-seen features and extraordinary attractions you wouldn’t expect at sea.”

Launched in August, Norwegian Prima will be the first major cruise ship to be christened in Iceland, beginning its eight-day maiden voyage in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik on August 27, 2022, heading to Amsterdam. Global pop star Katy Perry, who is the Norwegian prima’s godmother, will fulfill the long maritime tradition of blessing and officially naming the ship and performing at the christening ceremony.

After her maiden voyage, Norwegian Prima will make a series of eight-day voyages departing from Amsterdam and Copenhagen, giving passengers the chance to explore Northern Europe and the Norwegian fjords. It will sail to Bermuda from October 10, 2022; Caribbean itineraries from October 15, 2022; and voyages to the Western Caribbean from December 11, 2022 to March 19, 2023, before returning to Bermuda from March 28 to May 7, 2023. She will then offer cruises to Northern Europe from May 14 to September 17, 2023.

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