NCL Welcomes Its Newest Ship — Norwegian Viva — to Fleet

Norwegian Viva is officially part of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. In an announcement earlier today, the cruise line said it has taken delivery of its newest ship in Italy.

Norwegian Viva, the second ship in the cruise line’s Prima class, has officially joined the NCL fleet. It begins sailing with passengers on August 10. Image courtesy of NCL.

“Delivery marks an important milestone for Norwegian Viva, and we are beyond excited to bring this spectacular ship to life as we welcome guests aboard next week,” said Norwegian Cruise Line President David Herrera.

Viva is the second vessel in the groundbreaking Prima class of cruise ships for the company and represents the 19th ship in the Norwegian fleet. Coming in at 965 feet and nearly 145,000 gross tons, the ship has a capacity of 3,100 passengers. That’s noticeably smaller than many other new ships from other lines and also smaller than some of the recent builds in the NCL fleet.

For instance, Norwegian Encore, launched in 2019, comes in at 169,000 gross tons and carries around 4,000 passengers at double occupancy.

However, slightly smaller ships has been a purposeful direction taken with the new class of vessel. Norwegian has focused on providing a more luxurious experience while also still having those favorites that people have come to expect from the cruise line.

Viva features a three story speedway for its famous go-kart track, Indulge Food Hall with 11 different spots to eat, and even The Concourse, an outdoor sculpture garden on the wrap-around boardwalk that brings passengers closer to the ocean.

But anyone who has sailed its sister ship Norwegian Prima knows that this class of vessel is simply a different way of cruising altogether from NCL. The style and atmosphere, while still being comfy, is higher-end. This is especially the case of the ship’s decor and design, which seems to relate more to a high-end hotel rather than a typical cruise ship.

In other words, those who want the draws of a large ship with all the activities and amenities that it provides, but also want a high-end experience, may find the perfect fit with Norwegian Viva.

This ship’s inaugural voyage with passengers is just days from now on August 10. The ship will be officially christened in Miami in November, followed by homeporting in San Juan, Puerto Rico from December 2023 through March 2024.

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