Norwegian Unveils Norwegian Prima, First Ship in New Class

Norwegian unveils details for newest ship in its fleet, Norwegian Prima - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line officially unveiled details of its highly-anticipated new ship, the Norwegian Prima. This vessel will be the first of six ships of the line’s new Prima class of ships, the first redesign of NCL ships in nearly 10 years. Norwegian Prima will be the line’s most spacious ship, offering expansive outdoor deck space and cutting-edge amenities. The ship is slated to debut in Summer 2022. 

“Despite not having sailed in more than a year, we never stopped working and innovating, we never once pressed pause,” remarked Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, on the unveiling of Prima. “Not only will we begin cruising this July, we’re so proud and so incredibly happy to announce the start of an exciting new chapter as we introduce the Prima Class and the first ship in a line of unrivaled vessels with Norwegian Prima.”

 Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line

When complete, Norwegian Prima will be 965 feet long, 142,500 gross tons, and will accommodate 3,215 guests at double occupancy. The vessel was built in Marghera, Italy by shipbuilder Fincantieri, and will feature striking hull artwork designed by Italian graffiti artist Manuel Di Rita. For the first time on any NCL ship, Prima’s hull art will extend to the forward superstructure of the ship. World-class architects that helped design Norwegian Prima include Italian designer Piero Lissoni and architectural firms Rockwell Group, SMC Design, Tillberg Design of Sweden, YSA DESIGN, and Miami-based Studio Dado. 

According to the line, the word ‘Prima’ means ‘first’ in Italian. This word ties into Norwegian’s history of firsts for the industry, as well as serves as a tribute to their new shipbuilding partners in Fincantieri. 

Innovative New Spaces and Amenities

An exterior cabin on the Norwegian Prima. - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Prima will offer the highest staffing levels and space ratio of any new cruise ship in the contemporary and premium cruise categories. Guests will be able to choose from the largest variety of suite categories available at sea, with 13 suite categories as well as the largest three-bedroom suites of any new cruise ship. The ship will also offer and the line's largest-ever inside, oceanview, and balcony staterooms, including their largest-ever bathrooms and showers for standard stateroom categories. 

Sundeck on The Haven - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line


The Haven by Norwegian on Norwegian Prima has received an elevated makeover. This ‘ship-within-a-ship’ key-carded area will include eight decks of suites and public areas. For the first time, the Cruise Line relocated all 107 Haven suites to the ship’s aft, within close proximity of private elevators exclusively reserved for Haven guests. Every public space in The Haven will offer stunning views, a first for the line in this area. The Haven Courtyard has been transformed into a sundeck area, offering an infinity pool overlooking the ship's wake and a new outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.

Expansive Outdoor Spaces 

Ocean Walk on the new Ocean Boulevard. - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Prima will offer the most outdoor deck space of any new cruise ship including more total pool deck space than any other ship in NCL’s fleet as well as multiple infinity pools and vast outdoor walkways allowing guests to take in the sea, the ocean breeze, and a variety of elevated experiences.

Located on deck eight, Norwegian Prima’s new ‘Ocean Boulevard’ will span 44,000 square feet, wrapping around the entire deck. Here guests can walk around the entire deck and experience amazing ocean views and numerous outdoor activities. 

Exceptional Global Cuisine 

An exterior space at the Indulge Food Hall. - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line

On Norwegian Prima, the line will debut its first-ever upscale open-air marketplace, the ‘Indulge Food Hall’. This area will offer a number of diverse culinary venues as well as a mix of indoor and outdoor seating.

Indulge Food Hall will include 11 venues that are both familiar and new to guests: Coco’s, Q Texas Smokehouse, Starbucks, Seaside Rotisserie, Nudls, Tamara, The Latin Quarter, Tapas Food Truck, Garden Kitchen, Just Deserts, and Just Ice Cream. 

Adding to the culinary offerings available on Norwegian Prima’s Ocean Boulevard, the site will host three additional dining venues offering both indoor and outdoor seating including Onda By Scarpetta, Los Lobos, and The Local Bar & Grill. 

Inside Italian-inspired Onda by Scarpetta. - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line

Exciting New Itineraries 

Starting August 2022, Norwegian Prima will sail Northern Europe offering a series of eight-day voyages from Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Copenhagen, Denmark, visiting ports in Northern Europe, and the Norwegian Fjords and Baltic regions.

On Sept. 23, Norwegian Prima will depart Southampton, England, on a 12-day transatlantic voyage to New York to commence a five-day roundtrip itinerary on Oct. 10 to Bermuda. On Oct. 15, she will depart from New York on a 12-day Caribbean itinerary where she will be the newest ship in the region and for the first time ever for NCL, the vessel will visit Galveston, TX. 

On Oct. 31, Norwegian Prima will kick start its Winter 2022 Caribbean season departing from Galveston, TX, to Miami on an 11-day Caribbean itinerary. From Nov. 19 - Dec. 3, Norwegian Prima will sail from Miami offering three, seven-day Western Caribbean cruises. 

Norwegian Prima is slated to homeport in Port Canaveral for Fall/Winter 2023 Caribbean sailings, spend early Spring 2023 in Bermuda, and then will spend the late Spring/Summer 2023 season in Northern Europe. 

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Would you consider sailing on Norwegian Prima someday?


Posted by AlanAndGlory

Looks interesting, but the NCL website is short on details. No deck plans, nothing about entertainment or amenities on board, and very little about dining venues. I do like what I see, but I'm waiting for more information before I decide to book a cruise.

Posted by oladyrobin

I've been on two inaugural cruises, one on Norwegian and one on Royal Caribbean, both had problems. from now on I think that we'll wait six months or so for the cruise lines to work out the bugs.

Posted by CruiselineAdmin

Hi @AlanAndGlory. We're on it! I'm updating today, it should show on Monday. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Posted by RamGeo

Where does it sail?

Posted by klis763

We're booked on that October 10th cruise! I can't wait till more of the deck plans come out. As of now I've pretty much only see the 8th deck, and decks with cabins. Since it looks like it's catered more to adults, wondering what shows will be on board.

Posted by CruiselineAdmin

Hi @klis763 We have updated Prima's ship page on including deck plans. (As NCL updates, Cruiseline/Shipmate will too!) If you haven't already, don't forget to join the roll call:

Posted by CruiselineAdmin

@RamGeo It sails to: Bermuda & Atlantic Coast (NY RT), Northern Europe (Iceland & Norway), Caribbean, and 11 night transatlantic. For more info, visit: Check prices will show you current sailings.

Posted by AlanAndGlory

In spite of what I wrote earlier, I just booked the transatlantic cruise on the Prima after my Hawaii cruise was cancelled. The wait begins!

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