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NCL Debuts Norwegian Prima with the help of Godmother Katy Perry

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The first of six ships in the groundbreaking Prima Class, Norwegian Prima, debuted last month to more than 2,500 guests in Iceland’s beautiful capital, Reykjavík, with help of the world-famous pop icon Katy Perry, in a christening celebration like no other. As the ship’s godmother, Perry not only fulfilled the longstanding maritime tradition of blessing and officially naming Norwegian Prima, with the ceremonial champagne bottle break across the ship’s hull, she also took to the stage in the three-level Prima Theatre & Club and treated guests to a powerhouse performance of her chart-topping hits including “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Roar”, and “Firework”, wishing them a happy bon voyage.

"My most favourite way to vacation with my family is on the water. Every morning that you wake up, you get to experience an incredible new view," said Katy Perry. "I love that I get to christen her with my good vibrations, and I’m so excited for this new, beautiful, high-end, high-tech ship to take to the seas, and provide once-in-a-lifetime vacations for so many families."

Be the First to discover a new experience at sea. At 965 feet (294 meters long) and more than 143,535 gross tons with capacity for 3,100 guests at double occupancy, Norwegian Prima offers the highest staffing levels and space ratio of any contemporary or premium cruise ship. She also boasts the largest variety of suite categories (13) available at sea as well as a redefined The Haven by Norwegian, NCL's ultra-premium keycard only access ship-within-a-ship concept. Her variety of recreational activities including the fastest slides at sea - The Rush and The Drop - and the Prima Speedway, the first three-level racetrack at sea, provide guests with adrenaline-pumping moments. Spaces like Ocean Boulevard, the 44,000 square foot outdoor walk way which wraps around the entire ship; The Concourse, which boasts a multi-million dollar outdoor sculpture garden; and expansive pool decks and infinity style pools at Infinity Beach, offering guests a chance to slow down and relax.

There is also the Vibe Beach Club, NCL’s adult-only area providing enhanced experiences including a dedicated bar and two infinity hot tubs where guests can enjoy the ocean’s horizon at leisure while sipping a beverage of their choice.

As part of the multifaceted experiences offered on Ocean Boulevard, NCL introduced its first-ever upscale open-air marketplace with Indulge Food Hall offering vacationers diverse menu items from a variety of culinary locales as well as a mix of indoor and outdoor seating options. There are 11 venues showcasing captivating colours and aromas including culinary favourites such as Coco’s, serving artisan sweet treats; Q Texas Smokehouse, boasting delicious American Southern comfort food and barbecue; and Starbucks. Aboard the Prima, Indulge will unveil Seaside Rotisserie, offering a wide array of rotisserie-cooked dishes; Nudls, an emporium serving noodle dishes from around the world; Tamara, preparing classic Indian dishes and multiple vegetarian options; The Latin Quarter, serving classic Latin food with a twist; Tapas Food Truck, cooking elevated Spanish-inspired street food; Garden Kitchen, where guests can order customized salads with more than two dozen ingredients to choose from; Just Desserts, featuring classic dessert items such as pies and cakes and Just Ice Cream with its all-time favourite ice cream flavours and other over-the-top decadent creations.

In the evening, the Tony Award® nominated musical “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” will entertain Prima's guests as the interactive headlining act. Presenting the story of Donna Summer’s meteoric rise from young starlet to the Queen of Disco and showcasing a score of more than 20 of her mega hits such as the “Bad Girls”, “Last Dance”, and “Hot Stuff” to name just a few. During this 75-minute immersive production, the theatre itself transforms into a full disco and guests can become a part of the show and dance to Summer’s all-time medleys, a first at sea. The three-story venue features a customizable seating layout and awe-inspiring moving LED screen that lowers from the ceiling and is nearly half the size of the venue itself.

There is so much to do and see aboard the Norwegian Prima. All you need to do is decide which destination appeals to you the most.

Exciting itineraries on NCL's Newest Ship

Fall/Winter 2022: Bermuda and The Caribbean

Following a 5-day Bermuda itinerary departing on October 10th, Norwegian Prima sets sails on October 15th from New York on a 12-day immersive Caribbean itinerary with calls to Willemstad, Curacao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; and Oranjestad, Aruba, all visits featuring between nine and 10 in-port hours. On Oct. 31, Norwegian Prima departs from Galveston, TX, to Miami on an 11-day itinerary with visits to Willemstad, Curacao; Kralendijk, Bonaire, and the cruise line's recently enhanced private island Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. From Nov. 19 to Dec. 3, the ship sails from Miami offering three, seven-day Western Caribbean cruises visiting Harvest Caye, NCL's private resort destination in Belize, in addition to other notable ports including Cozumel, Mexico, and Roatan Island, Honduras.

Fall/Winter 2022-2023: Western Caribbean Voyages Homeporting from Orlando (Port Canaveral)

From Dec. 11, 2022, to March 19, 2023, Norwegian Prima homeports in Orlando, Fla. (Port Canaveral), sailing 15 roundtrip Western Caribbean voyages featuring five, seven, and nine-day port-rich itineraries visiting notable destinations, including Cozumel, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and NCL's private island, Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas.

Spring and Summer 2023: Northern Europe

From May 25 to Sept. 7, Norwegian Prima's summer 2023 season will offer a mix of 10 and 11-day Norway and Iceland sailings from Reykjavik, Iceland, and Southampton, England, offering her guests the unique opportunity to cruise through the remarkable Heritage Fjords, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where Prima will be one of the few ships that meet the criteria to sail in these environmentally protected waters. Other bucket-list worthy destinations include a call to Geiranger, Norway, where guests can visit Norway's most famous fjord, Geiranger Fjord, an awe-inspiring deep blue UNESCO protected nine-mile fjord surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush vegetation. The world famous Seven Sisters and The Bridal Veil waterfalls are just two of the numerous cascades that run down the steep mountainside throughout Geiranger Fjord. Norwegian Prima will also call to Olden, Norway, with access to the jaw-dropping Briksdal Glacier, a branch of the famous Jostedal Glacier, where visitors can partake in once-in-a-lifetime nature trail hikes.

Winter 2023-2024

Once Norwegian Prima concludes her inaugural year sailing bucket-list itineraries as the industry’s newest ship, she will be the only vessel during the winter 2023 and 2024 season offering 7-day voyages to the Western Caribbean out of Galveston, Texas, providing the most extensive port experiences in the region with every itinerary visiting four ports. Norwegian Prima will call to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Harvest Caye, the Caribbean's premier island destination in Belize and exclusive to guests of NCL; and Roatan Island, Honduras, with all visits featuring between eight and nine in-port hours.

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