NCL's newest ship Norwegian Prima completes first USA cruise from NYC

   October 11, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line announced the completion of the first U.S. voyage of Norwegian Prima, which sailed roundtrip from Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ/NYC), visiting Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) from October 6-10, 2022.

As NCL’s newest ship in the company’s 18-ship fleet, Prima, made her grand USA debut in New York City on October 6, 2022, after a historic launch as the first major liner to be officially christened in Reykjavik (Iceland).

For the first time in the United States, Norwegian Prima welcomed 2,400+ passengers who enjoyed unparalleled experiences only available on NCL’s Prima Class, including the only and largest 3-level racetrack at sea with Prima Speedway, the line’s first upscale Food Hall, Indulge, as well as The Metropolitan, the industry’s first sustainable cocktail bar featuring zero-waste cocktails.

The NCLH-owned Norwegian Prima is the first of all six PRIMA-Class liners by Fincantieri (Marghera Yard/Venice Italy), scheduled for deliveries in 2022 (Prima), 2023 (Viva), 2024 (tbn), 2025 (tbn), 2026 (tbn) and 2027 (tbn). The vessel (IMO number 9823986) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311001059) and registered in Nassau. NCL PRIMA class unit's building cost is EUR 730 million (USD 850M). NCL's previous Breakaway Plus-Class boats were all built by Meyer Werft Germany (in Papenburg).

Norwegian Prima cruise ship

After completing her first set of voyages from New York City, visiting warm-climate destinations including Virginia Beach, Bermuda, Dominicana, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, Norwegian Prima will sail back to the Big Apple to offer roundtrip cruises to Bermuda starting March 28 through to May 14, 2023, prior to returning to Europe sailing in the summer from Reykjavik (Iceland) and Southampton (England UK) making bucket-list calls at some of the most beautiful northern European ports throughout Iceland and Norway.

For winter season 2023-2024 (December-March), the ship is homeported in Galveston Texas.