Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has opened bookings for its second of six new Prima-class ships, revealed today [Thursday 13 January 2022] as Norwegian Viva.
Norwegian Viva will begin sailing Mediterranean itineraries in June 2023, homeporting in Southern European port cities including Lisbon, Portugal; Venice (Trieste) and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; and Athens (Piraeus), Greece. She will then sail the Southern Caribbean for her 2023/24 northern hemisphere winter season offering warm-weather getaways from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Mirroring the upscale design and structure of her record-breaking sister ship Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Viva, will debut at 294 metres long, 142,500 gross tonnes and accommodate 3,219 guests at double occupancy. The vessel will offer NCL’s most spacious accommodation including the largest inside, ocean view and balcony category staterooms.
NCL’s Prima Class ships provide the largest variety of suite categories available at sea. Luxury-loving guests will enjoy a redefined The Haven by Norwegian, NCL’s ultra-premium keycard-only access ship-within-a-ship concept. The Haven’s public areas and 107 suites have been designed by Piero Lissoni, one of Italy’s most renowned designers, with features including an expansive sundeck, a stunning infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake and an outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.
Only-available-on-Prima-Class experiences including The Rush and The Drop, the fastest freefall drop dry slides at sea, and the Viva Speedway, the largest three-level racetrack at sea, will be offered aboard.
Norwegian Viva will also feature Ocean Boulevard, the 44,000 square foot outdoor walkway which wraps around the entire ship; 11 eateries at Indulge Food Hall; The Concourse boasting an outdoor sculpture garden; Oceanwalk’s glass bridges over water; and expansive pool decks and infinity style pools at Infinity Beach.
Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “Norwegian Viva sets the standard in the premium segment, illustrating our commitment to pushing boundaries in four main areas: wide open space, service that puts guests first, thoughtful design and experiences beyond expectation. We have taken everything our guests love to the next level with this brand-new class of ships designed with them in mind.”
World-class architects who helped design Norwegian Prima including Rockwell Group, SMC Design and Miami-based Studio Dado, have also returned to influence the aesthetic of various restaurants, staterooms and public areas.
Following a string of inaugural cruises and beginning June 2023, Norwegian Viva will become the newest ship embarking in the Mediterranean. Between 15 June and 6 November 2023, she will sail a series eight-, nine- and ten-day voyages from Lisbon, Portugal; Venice (Trieste) and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; and Athens (Piraeus), Greece, offering guests the opportunity to explore the Mediterranean’s Spanish, Italian and Greek regions.
Norwegian Viva‘s maiden sailing will be a 9-day Italy, France and Spain sailing from Lisbon, Portugal, setting sail on 15 June 2023. Prices listed on NCL’s website for the top-of-the-line Haven product start at $12,626 per person twin share (normally $19,290ppts).
On 15 December 2023 Norwegian Viva will depart San Juan – the largest new ship to ever homeport from the Puerto Rican hub – on a seven-day Caribbean voyage with her first stop in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. She will then make her way to Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; St. John’s, Antigua; and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands before returning to San Juan on 22 December. Future sailings will also include ports in the Caribbean for seven- and nine-day sailings.
To view Norwegian Viva’s launch season program, go to ncl.com/au/en/vacations?cruise-ship=norwegian-viva or see ncl.com.