Norwegian Prima

Former name: Fincantieri Venice 6298

Norwegian Prima current position

Norwegian Prima current location is at Gulf of Mexico (coordinates 26.51720 N / -91.28121 W) cruising at speed of 20.3 kn (38 km/h | 23 mph) en route to GALVESTON. The AIS position was reported 21 minutes ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Current itinerary of Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Prima current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan. The itinerary starts on 23 Feb, 2024 and ends on 01 Mar, 2024.

Date / TimePort
23 Feb 16:00    Departing from Galveston, Texas hotels
25 Feb 13:00 - 20:00    Costa Maya, Quintana Roo Mexico, Riviera Maya
26 Feb 09:00 - 17:00    Harvest Caye Belize, NCL private island
27 Feb 07:00 - 16:00    Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras
28 Feb 09:00 - 18:00    Cozumel, Quintana Roo Mexico, Riviera Maya
01 Mar 08:00    Arriving in Galveston, Texas hotels

Specifications of Norwegian Prima

Year of build2022  /  Age: 2
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassNCL PRIMA-LEONARDO
Building costEUR 730 million (USD 850 millioan)
Engines (power)Wartsila ( MW / 0 hp)
Speed22 kn / 41 km/h / 25 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)44 m / 144 ft
Gross Tonnage143535 gt
Passengers3215 - 3950
Crew1388
Passengers-to-space ratio36
Decks20
Cabins1646
Decks with cabins9
Sister-shipsNorwegian Viva, Norwegian Aqua, NCL 2026, NCL 2027
Former namesFincantieri Venice 6298
Christened byKaty Perry
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Prima Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston
2024 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston
2024 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston
2024 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston
2024 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston
2024 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston
2024 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $1849
2024 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $1849
2024 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $1939
2024 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $1369
2024 Apr 05 11 days, one-way from Galveston to Miami Galveston $1239
2024 Apr 16 11 days, one-way from Miami to New York Miami $1499
2024 Apr 27 15 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1199
2024 May 12 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $1349
2024 May 23 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1119
2024 Jun 02 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $1649
2024 Jun 13 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1659
2024 Jun 23 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $2049
2024 Jul 04 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1849
2024 Jul 14 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $1949
2024 Jul 25 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $2049
2024 Aug 04 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $2189
2024 Aug 15 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $2189
2024 Aug 25 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $2099
2024 Sep 05 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $2099
2024 Sep 15 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $2269
2024 Sep 26 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $2199
2024 Oct 06 12 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia-Rome Southampton $1549
2024 Oct 18 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia-Rome $2119
2024 Oct 28 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia-Rome $1759
2024 Nov 07 16 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to New York Civitavecchia-Rome $1499
2024 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Bermuda New York $999
2024 Nov 30 11 days, round-trip Caribbean Bermuda Dominican Republic New York $1599
2024 Dec 11 10 days, round-trip Caribbean Bermuda Dominican Republic New York $1259
2024 Dec 21 12 days, round-trip Caribbean Bermuda Dominican Republic New York $2779
2025 Jan 02 15 days, one-way from New York to Galveston New York $1389
2025 Jan 17 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Cozumel Dominican Republic Galveston $1399
2025 Jan 31 14 days, round-trip Caribbean Cozumel Dominican Republic Galveston $1329
2025 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $799
2025 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $699
2025 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $799
2025 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $1039
2025 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $899
2025 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Galveston $899
2025 Apr 01 5 days, round-trip Bermuda New York $749
2025 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Bermuda New York $1049
2025 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Bermuda New York $1099
2025 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Bermuda New York $1149
2025 Apr 27 14 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1999
2025 May 11 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $1949
2025 May 22 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1699
2025 Jun 01 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $1979
2025 Jun 12 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1749
2025 Jun 22 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $1999
2025 Jul 03 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1879
2025 Jul 13 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $2099
2025 Jul 24 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1779
2025 Aug 03 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $2049
2025 Aug 14 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1699
2025 Aug 24 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $2049
2025 Sep 04 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1749
2025 Sep 14 14 days, round-trip Iceland Reykjavik, Belfast Paris Southampton $2399
2025 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $999
2025 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $999
2025 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1149
2025 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $999
2025 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $999
2025 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1099
2025 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1499
2025 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1499
2026 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1049
2026 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1049
2026 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1049
2026 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1049
2026 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1049
2026 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1049
2026 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1099
2026 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1099
2026 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1099
2026 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1099
2026 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1199
2026 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1199
2026 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1199
2026 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $1199

Norwegian Prima Review

Review of Norwegian Prima

The 2022-built Norwegian Prima cruise ship is the first of all six PRIMA-Class NCL liners constructed in Italy by Fincantieri (Marghera Yard/Venice). By volume (142500 GT-tons) Prima's sistership is Viva (2023). From the PRIMA PLUS series are the 10% larger (158000 GT-tons) sisterships Aqua (2025) and TBN4 (2026), as well as the 20% larger (172000 GT-tons) sisterships TBN5 (2027) and TBN6 (2028).

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 (NCL)

The design is based on 20 decks, 1646 staterooms, gross-tonnage/volume 142500 GT-tons, passenger capacity 3215 (double occupancy), 16 elevators (passenger lifts, including 2 dedicated to The Haven complex). The Haven complex (public areas and all the 107 staterooms) were designed by the Italian interior design company Lissoni & Partners (Piero Lissoni).

NCL Prima's hull artwork was designed by Manuel Di Rita (aka Peeta/Italian graffiti artist).

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American).

In 2017, the brand NCL had a worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue).

NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania, and RSSC-Regent.

Norwegian Prima cruise ship (NCL)

Decks and Cabins

Norwegian Prima staterooms (1646 total) are in 35 grades and 7 types - The Haven Suites (107x total), Suites, Club Balcony Suites (Mini-Suites), Balcony-Oceanview- Interior staterooms, and Studios (single-occupancy Interior cabins / no single supplement is required). The NCL PRIMA design boasts 18x Suite categories (including the fleet's first 3-bedroom suites) and the NCL's biggest-ever Inside-, Oceanview- and Balcony staterooms.

The ship has a total of 41 handicap staterooms (ADA-certified, wheelchair-accessible cabins) in the following categories/types: HB-Haven Aft Penthouse (1), BA-BB-BF-Balcony (16), O4-Oceanview (7), IA-IB-IF-Inside (17). "Guaranteed" cabin categories are MX-Club Balcony Suite, BX-Balcony, OX-Oceanview, IX-Inside.

The smallest category is T1-Studio (95 ft2 / 9 m2). Inside cabins are sized 160-255 ft2 (15-24 m2). Oceanview cabins are with a Large Round Window and in types Standard (185 ft2 / 17 m2), Large (235 ft2 / 22 m2) and Family (235-370 ft2 / 22-34 m2). Balcony cabins vary in sizes between 230-270-360 ft2 (21-25-34 m2), with step-out balconies sized between 45-70-100 ft2 (4-7-9 m2). The largest accommodation is The Haven Premier Owner's Suite (capacity 8 passengers) sized 2100 ft2 (195 m2) and with a wraparound terrace sized 830 ft2 (77 m2).

The boat has 20 decks, of which 16 are passenger-accessible and 9 with cabins.

Staff/crew cabins are 912.

Shipboard facilities and amenities

NCL's PRIMA-class ship design features more and larger public spaces (both indoor and outdoor), smaller passenger capacity (in comparison to the preceding designs/BREAKAWAY and BREAKAWAY PLUS), new dining and entertainment options, a total of 35x dining venues and bars/lounges (including 7x fleet-first food venues), higher service levels.

The Waterfront (outdoor Promenade deck space found on other NCL vessels) was reimagined by doubling the space on Ocean Boulevard. The 360-degree Promenade complex (sized 44000 ft2 / 4090 m2) completely wraps around the entire deck 8, offering unobstructed seaviews and housing multiple spaces. The Ocean Boulevard features two large infinity pools, Oceanwalk (glass-bottomed bridges), Indulge Food Hall (NCL's first open-air marketplace), The Concourse (outdoor sculpture garden with "selfie" installations/metal sculptures by Alexander Krivosheiw and David Harber.

Penrose Atrium is NCL's first 3-level atrium (spanning decks 6-7-8). The glass-walled Atrium is marked by scenic sea views, futuristic architecture, a 3-ton crystal chandelier (custom-built by Lasvit / Czechia, constellations-themed), a full-height wall artwork (resembling a topographic map), retail shops and bars on each level (including Starbucks Coffee Shop, Whiskey Bar, Penrose Bar, Prima Casino).

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Prima restaurants and food bars.

  • The aft-located "Indulge Food Hall" (with a Firepit) is an open-air Marketplace that houses total 11x eateries (with indoor-outdoor seating, 120 items in 3x different menus/breakfast, lunch, dinner), Luna Bar, Indulge Outdoor Lounge, Soleil Bar, Waves Pool Bar, Prima Speedway Bar, a seating area serving Starbucks coffee.
  • "Los Lobos Cantina" is new for NCL dining concept. Los Lobos is a la carte-priced restaurant that has both indoor and outdoor seating and offers traditional Mexican cuisine specialties. The menu includes tableside-made guacamole, fresh-baked corn tortillas, Tacos Al Pastor (with marinated pork, similar to doner kebabs/gyros), Chicken Enchiladas de Mole, handcrafted cocktails.
  • "Onda by Scarpetta" is an Italian specialty restaurant (reservations-only, cover charge, kids charged a full cover) with both indoor and outdoor seating. The Onda restaurant is open between 5:30-9:30 pm and has large tables. The liner's Italian dining experience is marked by a casual atmosphere and large portions (perfect for family dinners) and traditional fine Italian wines and gourmet cuisine specialties - including oven-baked pizzas, homemade daily pasta, top-quality seafood, classic salads, freshly-baked bread, gourmet desserts (including gelato ice cream). Onda by Scarpetta features an outdoor terrace (Waterfront seating area).
  • "Coco's" (patisserie shop) serves artisan sweet treats.
  • "Seaside Rotisserie" offers a variety of grilled and spit-roasted meat dishes.
  • "Nudls" is a food bar offering noodle dishes and global street food.
  • "Tamara" serves classic Indian dishes along with multiple vegetarian options.
  • "Tapas Food Truck" offers Spanish-inspired street food.
  • "Q Texas Smokehouse" offers Southern USA comfort food and barbecue dishes.
  • "The Local Bar & Grill" provides a beach club experience and serves classic American cuisine and premium cocktails.
  • "Garden Kitchen" offers customized salads with 12+ ingredients to choose from.
  • "The Concourse" is an outdoor sculpture garden (located midship-starboard) featuring an art wall designed by David Harber (who specializes in outdoor sculptures, sundials and water features) and 6x "Instagrammable/selfie" installations by Alexander Krivosheiw and David Harber, both specializing in bronze and aluminum sculptures. The cruise ship's 7x sculptures are valued at USD 2+ million (~EUR 1,7M).
  • "La Terraza" is an open-air Promenade lounge featuring a quaint retreat with forward-facing sea views.
  • "Infinity Beach" (sundeck) has 2 infinity swimming pools (at the edge of the deck / aft-midship) and two Oceanwalks (glass-bottom bridges / midship) - a first feature for the NCL brand.
  • Palomar (specialty Mediterranean seafood restaurant)
  • Hasuki (specialty Japanese hibachi restaurant, decorated with original Japanese artworks and handcrafted pottery)
  • Nama (specialty Japanese sashimi and sushi bar house)
  • Le Bistro (specialty French restaurant)
  • Cagney's Steakhouse is a specialty dinner restaurant (open 5:30-10:30 pm) for prime steaks (Certified Angus Beef) and gourmet seafood specialties. The Cagney's restaurant is reservations-only, with a cover charge of US$30 per person and a free Kids Menu. At Cagney's, kids are charged a full cover. Additionally, the steakhouse is open for suite guests only serving Breakfast (7:30-9:30 am) and Lunch (12-1:30 pm).
  • Food Republic (Asian-fusion restaurant) is an exclusive dining concept (via a partnership with the Pubbelly Restaurant Group). This specialty restaurant is open lunch through dinner, and offers international cuisine with a la carte menu and an iPad ordering system.
  • Observation Lounge & Bar (also has telescopes)
  • Humidor Cigar Lounge (cigar shop and bar)
  • The Belvedere Bar (cocktail lounge)
  • Metropolitan Bar is NCL's first "sustainable bar" serving zero-waste cocktails, "green spirits" (produced with renewable energy), 20+ biodynamic wines (organically farmed).
  • Surfside Cafe and Surfside Grill offer self-serve casual food and a-la-minute items (upon request).

Both MDRs/Main Dining Rooms are aft-positioned (The Commodore Room/deck 6, and Hudson's Room/deck 7) and with revamped fixed menus that offer a sampling of various international dishes, fully vegetarian and vegan options, as well as build-your-own-pasta (24 combinations/custom-made dishes can be requested by selecting the Italian pasta, sauce, topping) plus Specialties menu (you can select/sample a dish from one of the specialty restaurants).

Other onboard culinary choices include "The Latin Quarter" (classic Latin food with a twist), "Just Desserts" (including pies and cakes), "Just Ice Cream".

new NCL cruise ship design (PRIMA-class/Project LEONARDO)

"The Haven by Norwegian" on PRIMA-class NCL ships (designed by Piero Lissoni & Partners) spans 8 decks and groups suites, public areas, and exclusive venues, all positioned in the aft/stern section.

NCL's luxury "ship-within-a-ship" ( exclusive/keycard-access-only) complex has 107x Haven Suites (aft-positioned) and 2x private elevators - exclusively for Haven passengers. The aft lifts rise into The Haven's public areas and interconnect decks 6 through 18. For the first time, every public area offers sea views from floor-ceiling windows. The Haven Sundeck is an exclusive sunbathing area with plenty of padded sun loungers and deckchairs and is located aft on decks 16-17.

  • Deck 16's Sundeck has an infinity pool at the stern (swimming pool overlooking the ship's wake), an outdoor Spa (featuring a glass-walled Sauna Room and Cold Room), Concierge Desk, Haven Outdoor Restaurant, Haven Outdoor Lounge & Bar (offering a limited buffet for breakfast and lunch, with traditional Chinese and Western cuisine specialties).
  • Deck 17's Haven Sundeck has two Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpool hot tubs) and outdoor Showers.
  • Deck 18's Haven Sundeck has an infinity pool (with a stern-facing glass wall) and a large sunbathing area with padded loungers and Showers.

The 24-hour butler service is provided complimentary.

The ship's wellness complex groups the facilities of the Mandara Spa and the Pulse Fitness Center.

  • The Gym is fitted with ultra-modern equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, steppers, free weights) and features a separate Aerobics Studio (for classes/spinning, yoga, pilates, dance, cardio, fitness and strength training, TRX workouts) and a Performance Recovery Room (for group fitness classes and gym workshops using Hyperice products).
  • The indoor Spa features a charcoal Sauna Room and a 2-story/2-deck cascading waterfall, as well as Salt Room, Steam Room, Ice Room, Infrared Sauna, Finnish Sauna, Experiential Showers, Vitality Pool, Flotation Salt Pool, Relaxation Lounge (fitted with 22x hot-stone loungers), 20x Treatment Rooms (for massages), Changing/Locker Rooms.

With the PRIMA-class ships, NCL also introduced new spa services, including computer-controlled acoustic and vibrational therapies (via 2x Gharieni massage beds - Welnamis, and Wellmassage5D), as well as "Ocean Spa Wave Massage" (therapeutic warm wrap using sea plants and marine algae, based on seaweed masks, aromatherapy essential oils, massages/scalp and feet), "Zero Gravity Wellness Massage" (8x tables/the body is suspended on the treatment table) and ELEMIS' "Musclease Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap" (beneficial for rheumatism, arthritis, muscle spasms, fatigue, based on essential oils/pine and rosemary) and "Cellutox Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap" (reducing cellulite and fluid retention, based on detoxifying essential oils/juniper and lemon).

 

The Aqua Park (3-decks high) has 2x swimming pools, 5x multi-level waterslides (Ocean Loop), 2x racing slides (The Rush), 1x freefall dry slide (The Drop), "Tidal Wave" waterslide (fleet's first to allow innertube surfing), 4x Jacuzzies (2x infinity pools/hot tubs), poolside bar, sundeck/sunbathing area.

Vibe Beach Club is an adults-only relaxation area (surcharges per day apply) with cantilevered whirlpools (2x infinity spa pools/hot tubs), an outdoor pool bar, sunbathing area (with loungers and luxury chaise lounge chairs), private cabanas.

Syd Norman's Pour House (debuted on Norwegian Breakaway in 2018) is a rock-and-roll-themed bar lounge with live band music (all-time-greatest songs).

At the Headliners Comedy Club Lounge are presented the shows "The Second City" (comedy), "Howl At The Moon" (piano), "The Improv at Sea" (standup performances), "Science of Comedy" (intellectual).

The Sensoria Theatre Lounge (aka Prima Theater & Club Bar) spans 3 decks (6-7-8) and features a large stage (for live performances), a huge dance floor, customizable seating, a large LED moving screen lowering down from the ceiling (sized nearly half the venue's size), UHD media, surround sound, special visual effects. In the evenings, Sensoria transforms into a Vegas-style disco nightclub with live DJ programming and high-energy music.

Daily at Sensoria Theatre are held enrichment lectures, bingo, trivia games with prizes.

  • Exclusively for NCL Prima was developed the interactive "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" themed on the American singer and actress Donna Summer (born as LaDonna Adrian Gaines/1948-2012). The 75-minute show features 20+ of her hits including "Heaven Knows" (1978), "Last Dance" (1978, from the "Thank God It's Friday" film's soundtrack), "Hot Stuff" (1979), "Bad Girls" (1979), "Dim All the Lights" (1979).
  • Sensoria Theatre also houses the NCL's series of interactive game shows "LIVE on NCL", featuring grand prizes and themed "The Price is Right", "Supermarket Sweep", "Press Your Luck", "Beat the Clock".

Norwegian Prima's interactive show productions are the first at sea when the Prima Theater transforms into a nightclub and all guests participate in the show. The shows were developed via partnership with Fremantle (fka FremantleMedia, British/London-based TV production and distribution company, subsidiary of the RTL Group/Luxembourg-based media broadcasting corporation). The theater lounge also hosts the 2022-debuted game show "The Price is Right LIVE".

Like all boats from the BREAKAWAY and BREAKAWAY PLUS series, NCL's Prima has the "Prima Speedway" (fleet's largest racetrack), "The Rush" (2-tube/dueling dry slides) and "The Drop" (world's first freefall dry slide/10-deck high).

"Prima Speedway" is NCL fleet's first racetrack on 3 levels/decks (the old racetracks are 2-level), with a longer straightaway/straight section, 14 turns and total length 420 m (1378 ft), which is ~1/5th larger than the racetrack on Norwegian Encore (fleet's previous largest). The racetrack goes around and through the funnel/smokestack, max capacity 15 cars (racing simultaneously) and allows max speeds 50+ kph (30+ mph). The unique sports facility is served by the Speedway Bar (located beneath the racetrack).

The "Galaxy Pavilion" is an indoor complex for virtual-world and multi-player gaming, equipped with interactive video walls and virtual reality technology.

  • On NCL Prima ship, the complex has 14 total attractions, including 4x new simulators and 2x Escape Rooms.
  • Also new is the Topgolf Swing Suite (fleet's first golfing venue to deliver "social experiences") fitted with Topgolf's games (virtual golf courses, multi-player gaming) and powered by Full Swing Golf (the same simulation technology used by PGA Tour professionals).
  • "The Bull's Eye" is a new competitive gaming experience (based on the classic darts game) featuring a video tracking system that automatically calculates each gamer's score and offers instant replays.

On Prima, NCL offers "Tee Time" (interactive mini-golfing) where gamers can play on a 9-hole Mini-Golf Course.

 

NCL debuted on Prima its own gin brand "'66 by Norwegian" (sustainably sourced, distilled and bottled in Nicaragua) named after NCL's founding year (1966). The new '66 Gin was first offered at Prima's Metropolitan Bar (aft-starboard on Deck 7). A new draft beer ('66 by Norwegian) was also introduced on Prima and first served at the Soleil Bar (aft of Deck 8). The new '66 beer (brewed by the 2002-founded, Athens GA USA-based Terrapin Beer Company) is with a citrus flavor.

The list of the rest of Norwegian Prima lounges, clubs, and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults include the following:

  • Viva Theater & Club (Bar/Disco Nightclub) fka Sensoria Theatre Lounge
  • Penrose Atrium
  • Penrose Bar (a morning and late-night venue serving wine, beer, cocktails, and more)
  • Cruise Next, Sales Office, Shore Excursions & Guest Services Desk
  • Casino (VIP & Smoking)
  • Belvedere Bar is a contemporary bar & cocktail lounge serving crafted bottled cocktails
  • Splash Academy (kids 3-12 yo, is a 2-story facility with Nickelodeon-themed activities, a light-up floor (interactive dancing), a resident clown at the circus school, Nintendo and PS3 consoles, kids cinema, crafts-arts activities, pirate parades), Guppies Nursery (for kids 6 months to 2 yo), Kid's Aqua Park (with a splash pool, Nickelodeon characters entertainment).
  • I-Connect Internet Cafe (24-hour), Art Gallery
  • Whiskey Bar
  • The Gateway mini mall offers various brands and items.
  • Beauty by Design & Aficionados (shop) sells top-brand cosmetics/fragrances, including IT Cosmetics, NYX, Clinique, Chanel, Lancome, and more. Guests can save up to 50% on spirits, including Prima exclusives.

The ship's other shops include Roberto Coin (jewelry), Effy Jewelry, Timeless Luxury & Fine Watches, Pandora Jewelry & Lifestyles, The Zone & Eye Style, Tech @ Sea, Perspectives Photo Studio & Gallery.

Itineraries

Norwegian Prima itinerary program is based on European and Caribbean seasonal deployments with seasonal Transatlantic voyages (RepositionCruises.com) and three USA homeports - two in Florida (Port Canaveral, Miami) and one in Texas (Galveston/since 2023 December). Bookings opened on May 12, 2021. On May 17, NCL bragged that (by first-day bookings and week of sales) Prima has become the brand's most popular ship ever.

NCL Prima ship's Maiden Voyage was initially scheduled to start on August 17, 2022. The inaugural season included 10-day Baltic itineraries leaving from Amsterdam Holland and Copenhagen Denmark and visiting ports in Northern Europe (including Norway's Fjords).

  • On September 22, 2022, departed the 12-day Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to NYC New York, with call ports in Scotland (Lerwick), Iceland (Reykjavik), and Nova Scotia Canada (Halifax).
  • On October 10th started the inaugural ex-USA voyage (5-day to Bermuda) out of NYC.
  • On October 15th started the 12-day relocation from NYC to Galveston Texas (first-ever time for NCL), visiting in the Caribbean Dominicana (Puerto Plata), The Netherlands' ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) and Mexico (Cozumel).
  • On October 31st started the 11-day relocation from Galveston to PortMiami, visiting Cozumel, the ABC islands, and The Bahamas (Great Stirrup Cay, NCL's private island).

Between December 11, 2022, and March 19, 2023, the liner was based in Port Canaveral for 5-7-9-day roundtrips to Western Caribbean ports (Cozumel Mexico, Ocho Rios Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, Great Stirrup Cay). Then the ship was shortly homeported in NYC (March through May 2023) for 5-7-day Bermuda cruises.

In summer 2023 (May 25-Nov 20), Norwegian Prima was deployed in Northern Europe (10-11-day "Norway and Iceland" itineraries leaving out of Reykjavik Iceland and Southampton England UK) and also in the Mediterranean (9-10-day voyages from Civitavecchia-Rome to Barcelona).

From November 19 through December 3, 2023, Norwegian Prima cruises from PortMiami offering three 7-day Western Caribbean voyages to Harvest Caye Belize (NCL's private island), Cozumel Mexico, Roatan Island Honduras.

In September 2021 NCL announced that for season 2023-2024 Prima will be homeported in Galveston Texas. The 7-day Western Caribbean roundtrips visit Mexico (Cozumel, Costa Maya), Belize (Harvest Caye) and Honduras (Isla Roatan/Mahogany Bay), with call port stays between 8-9 hours.

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On February 16, 2017, the shipowner NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd) signed with Fincantieri an order for 4x NCL LEONARDO Class (renamed to "NCL PRIMA" in 2021) units for the NCL brand.

  • The newbuilds were scheduled for deliveries in 2022 through 2025 (one ship per year), with an option for two more units to be added to the order in the future. On July 12, 2018, NCLH ordered two more units (PRIMA PLUS series) currently scheduled for deliveries in 2027 and 2028.
  • The NCLH-Fincantieri deal was backed by CDP (Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA/1850-founded, Turino-based Italian investment bank) and SACE SpA (Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero/1977-founded Italian Export Credit Agency).
  • All shipbuilding orders were signed by Frank Del Rio (NCLH's President and CEO) and Giuseppe Bono (Fincantieri SpA's CEO).

Next YouTube video is NCL's official release with renderings of the new-class cruiser.

 

The ship was launched (floated out from drydock at Marghera yard/near Venice Italy) on August 13, 2021. The float-out ceremony was attended by Harry Sommer (NCL's President and CEO) and Luigi Matarazzo (Fincantieri's Merchant Ships Division's General Manager).

 

The Norwegian Prima vessel was initially scheduled for delivery to NCLH (shipowner) on June 30, 2022, but was delayed to July 29th. The ceremony was held at the Marghera yard and attended by Harry Sommer (NCL), Pierroberto Folgiero (Fincantieri's CEO and Managing Director), Captain Roger Gustavsen (the ship's first Master), as well as by Frank Del Rio (NCLH's President and CEO).

Prima is the first of all six PRIMA-class (fka LEONARDO) units ordered by NCLH for its subsidiary NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line. The deliveries of all PRIMA-class units were originally planned for 2022 through 2027 (one vessel per year).

The NCL ship's namesakes are the AmaWaterways' riverboat AmaPrima (2013-built) and the AIDA's liner AIDAprima (2016-built).

The vessel (Fincantieri Marghera yard/hull number 6298) has a powerplant based on 5x main Wartisla diesel engines - 3x model 8L46 (8-cylinder) and 2x model 12V46 (12-cylinder), plus 1x Caterpillar diesel generator (model 3516C HD) and 6x Alfa Laval auxiliary boilers (1x oil/gas fired plus 5x exhaust gas heated).

The propulsion system is diesel-electric and based on 3x bow thrusters (model Brunvoll FU115) and 2x aft thrusters (model ABB Azipod XO).

The registered shipowner is Leonardo One Ltd (subsidiary of NCLH) while as ship manager is listed NCL Bahamas Ltd.

Ship christening 2022

On March 17, 2022, NCL announced the name of the ship's godmother - Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry, 1984-born American singer, songwriter, "American Idol" judge).

  • Having sold 143+ million records (as of 2022), Katy Perry is listed among the "best-selling artists of all time" (those with 75+ million record sales). She has 9x US No1 singles, 3x US No1 albums, 5x Billboard Music Awards, 5x American Music Awards, 1x Brit Award, 1x Juno Award.
  • She also has 4x Guinness World Records - 2010 ("Best Start on the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist"/2+ million digital single copies sold), 2013 (female artist with five No1 "Billboard Hot 100" songs), 2014 (the most-watched show in history/Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, 118,5 million viewers in the USA), 2015 (for most Twitter followers).
  • As of 2022, she has the most Twitter followers (100+ million).
  • Since 2018, Katy Perry is among the judges on "American Idol" (2022-launched singing competition TV series, since 2018 aired on ABC).

NCL Prima's christening ceremony was initially scheduled for September 3, 2022 (to be held in Amsterdam Netherlands, right before the Maiden Voyage) but actually happened on August 27th, in Reykjavik Iceland. The "naming party" was attended by 2500+ guests.

The naming was in Reykjavik's Harpa Concert Hall (where are regularly scheduled live performances by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera and Reykjavik Big Band). The special event was attended by Frank Del Rio (NCLH's President and CEO), Katy Perry (godmother) and Richard Ambrose (NCL's Senior VP of Entertainment and Cruise Programs). Performances were made by IDC-Iceland Dance Company (1973-established), Briet Isis Elfar (1999-born Icelandic singer), and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra's 8-person Cello Ensemble.

The ceremony was opened with a LED light show designed by the Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson (1967-born).

Inaugural itineraries 2022

Next tables show the liner's Maiden Voyage and the first cruises by destination/homeport) with lowest prices per person with double occupancy.

(MAIDEN VOYAGE) 10-day from Amsterdam to Copenhagen (US$2250 pp)

Date / TimePort
03 Sep 16:00Departing from Amsterdam, Netherlands
05 Sep 07:00 - 23:00Kiel, Germany
06 Sep 06:00 - 21:30Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany
07 Sep 14:30 - 22:00Gdynia-Gdansk, Poland
09 Sep 08:00 - 18:00Tallinn, Estonia
10 Sep - 11 SepStockholm, Sweden
13 Sep 07:00Arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark

(inaugural Transatlantic crossing) 12-day from the UK to USA (US $3730 pp)

Date / TimePort
23 Sep 17:00Departing from Southampton, England
25 Sep 09:00 - 19:00Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
27 Sep - 28 SepReykjavik, Iceland
03 Oct 09:00 - 17:00Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
05 Oct 07:00Arriving in NYC, New York/Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ

(inaugural Bermuda) 5-day roundtrip out of NYC (US$985 pp)

Date / TimePort
10 Oct 16:00Departing from NYC
11 Oct 11:00 - 18:00Norfolk, Virginia
13 Oct 09:00 - 15:00Kings Wharf, Bermuda
15 Oct 07:00Arriving in NYC

(East Coast USA relocation) 12-day from New York to Texas (US$2045 pp)

Date / TimePort
15 Oct 16:00Departing from NYC
18 Oct 12:00 - 20:00Puerto Plata, Dominicana
20 Oct 08:00 - 19:00Willemstad Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
21 Oct 07:00 - 17:00Kralendijk Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
22 Oct 07:00 - 17:00Oranjestad Aruba, Netherlands Antilles
25 Oct 07:00 - 14:00Cozumel, Mexico
27 Oct 07:00Arriving in Galveston, Texas

(repositioning) 11-day from Texas to Florida (US$2085 pp)

Date / TimePort
31 Oct 16:00Departing from Galveston, Texas
02 Nov 11:00 - 19:00Cozumel, Mexico
05 Nov 10:00 - 20:00Oranjestad Aruba, Netherlands Antilles
06 Nov 08:00 - 20:00Willemstad Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
07 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Kralendijk Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
10 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
11 Nov 08:00Arriving in Miami, Florida

(inaugural Caribbean from Miami) 7-day (US$1330 pp)

Date / TimePort
19 Nov 16:00Departing from Miami, Florida
21 Nov 10:00 - 18:00Coxen Hole, Roatan Island, Honduras
22 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Harvest Caye Belize
23 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Costa Maya, Mexico
24 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Cozumel, Mexico
26 Nov 07:00Arriving in Miami

(inaugural Caribbean from Port Canaveral) 5-day (US$980 pp)

Date / TimePort
11 Dec 16:00Departing from Port Canaveral/Orlando, Florida
13 Dec 12:00 - 19:00Costa Maya, Mexico
14 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Cozumel, Mexico
16 Dec 07:00Arriving in Port Canaveral

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