Katy Perry — arguably one of the biggest music superstars on the planet — will become the godmother for Norwegian Prima, the newest ship from Norwegian Cruise Line.
She will officially name the ship and also perform during the ceremony, set to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland on August 27.
“My most favorite 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 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 the seas, and provide once-in-a-lifetime vacations for so many families.”
“We are so excited to welcome Katy Perry, a one-of-a-kind artist and worldwide sensation, as godmother of Norwegian Prima,” said Harry Sommer, President and CEO of NCL. “We are so incredibly proud that she will be part of the Norwegian Cruise Line family and look forward to launching our beautiful, innovative ship with her in August.”
The ship will first offer voyages from Iceland, England and Amsterdam before heading across the Atlantic to sail for a short stint from New York. Then she will visit Galveston and then sail from Miami in October, followed by Port Canaveral. In other words, in just a few short months several different ports will welcome the new ship.
Norwegian Prima marks the first ship in NCL’s Prima-class and a departure from previous design. Compared to Norwegian Encore, Prima is actually a smaller ship. That’s unusual in a time when vessels continue to get bigger and pack more onboard. Encore comes in at nearly 170,000 gross tons and 4,000 passengers, while Prima is 142,500 gross tons and roughly 3,200 passengers.
On the ship, it seems that NCL is focused more on a higher-end luxury experience as well. The ship features 107 staterooms in its exclusive ‘The Haven’ area (a resort within a resort on the ship), complete with an infinity pool and outdoor spa. Upscale dining, outdoor sculpture garden, and Ocean Boulevard — a wide-open outdoor deck with infinity pools and lounge space — also add to the luxury options.
In other words, even if you have sailed on NCL before but not on Norwegian Prima, then it appears to be a unique experience that’s different from the rest of the fleet.
According to the company, the ship already saw record bookings in its first week of sales. And that’s despite trips first being offered to book back in May 2021, before cruise ships had even returned to sailing in the United States.
“Norwegian Prima is already proving to be a gamechanger for NCL,” said Sommer at that time. “Norwegian Bliss, which debuted in 2018 and boasted our biggest booking day ever during her unveiling, has been outpaced by Norwegian Prima, which has doubled the prior record.”
Prima will mark the first ship to join NCL’s fleet since Norwegian Encore in November 2019 — just before the health crisis hit. That ship welcomed Kelly Clarkson as the godmother, and was christened in Miami.