Norwegian Cruise Line unveils second Prima Class ship
Luxury Cruise Guide
16 January, 2022
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has unveiled the next ship in its brand-new Prima Class, Norwegian Viva, which will begin sailing Mediterranean itineraries in June 2023, homeporting in key Southern European port cities, including Lisbon, Portugal; Venice (Trieste) and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; and Athens (Piraeus), Greece. The ship will then sail the Southern Caribbean for its 2023-24 winter season offering warm-weather getaways from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Mirroring the design and structure of Norwegian Prima, the 142,500 gross tons Norwegian Viva, also built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in Marghera, Italy, will be 965 feet long and accommodate 3,219 guests at double occupancy. The ship is said to have the brand's largest inside, ocean view and balcony category staterooms.
Norwegian adds that Norwegian Viva will not only offer the highest staffing levels and space ratio of any new cruise ship in the contemporary and premium cruise categories and largest variety of suite categories available at sea, but will also include 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 designed by Piero Lissoni, will have an expansive sundeck, an infinity pool overlooking the ship's wake and an outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.
The Prima Class’ variety of recreational activities also make their comeback on Norwegian Viva with only-available-on-Prima-Class experiences, including the fastest freefall drop dry slides at sea with The Rush and The Drop and the largest three-level racetrack at sea with the Viva Speedway.
Norwegian Viva will showcase hull art designed by Italian graffiti and sculpture artist Manuel Di Rita, commonly known as "Peeta," who also illustrated the hull design on Norwegian Prima. Architects who helped design Norwegian Prima, including Rockwell Group, SMC Design and Miami-based Studio Dado, also have returned to influence the aesthetic of various restaurants, staterooms and public areas.
The first two Prima Class vessels, Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, will use alternative technologies, such as a NOx reduction system (SCR), that reduce the ship’s overall environmental impact. SCR catalysts filter out sulfur oxides up to 98 percent and nitrogen oxides up to 90 percent, ensuring the vessels meet Tier III NOx compliance. Further, they will be equipped with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS), an Advanced Wastewater Treatment System to treat and clean all wastewater to meet stringent international standards and Cold Ironing functionality to connect to onshore power grids to further reduce emissions while in port.
Norwegian Viva will become the largest new ship to ever homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It will depart San Juan, on December 15, 2023, on a seven-day Caribbean voyage with its first stop in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. It will then make its way to Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; St. John’s, Antigua; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for its last stop before returning to San Juan on December 22. Future sailings will also include notable ports in the Caribbean for seven- and nine-day sailings.
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