Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has expanded its fleet to 19 ships with the delivery of Norwegian Viva – the second of six ships in the Prima Class set to debut through 2028, following Norwegian Prima’s 2022 launch.
Norwegian Viva has launched to great success, providing guests with elevated experiences – including more wide-open spaces, stunning design and exceptional service – sailing remarkable Mediterranean itineraries.
Following the success of her sister ship, Norwegian Prima, Viva debuted in June 2023 with the highest staffing and space ratios on record among contemporary, premium cruise ships. She’s also home to the most spacious accommodations in the Norwegian fleet, with the brand’s largest Inside, Oceanview and Balcony category staterooms and a redefined version of The Haven by Norwegian, an ultra-premium keycard-only access enclave.
The Haven's public areas and 107 suites, designed by Italian designer Piero Lissoni, will encompass an expansive sundeck, breathtaking infinity pool with panoramic view of the ship's wake, and outdoor spa featuring a glass-walled sauna and cold room.
VIva’s tagline ‘Live it Up’ is a nod to the thrilling onboard experiences: a three-storey go-kart track, the fastest free-fall dry slides at sea and new dining concepts like Indulge Food Hall – an open-air food market featuring 11 unique eateries.
While the ship boasts many highlights central to the Prima Class, unique to Norwegian Viva is the at-sea debut of the Tony Award-nominated Beetlejuice, a musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 film of the same name.
Additional entertainment includes immersive game show Press Your Luck Live, adults-only Vibe Beach Club and the theatre-to-Vegas-style nightclub Viva Theatre & Club.
At 294 metres long and 143,535 gross tons, with space for 3,099 guests, Norwegian Viva also touts expansive decks and pools that showcase glass bridges above water and an interactive, outdoor sculpture garden on its 4000-square-metre wrap-around boardwalk. Reimagined for Norwegian Viva, the area will include work from six artists who have been featured on previous NCL ships.
Harry Sommer, president and CEO of NCL, reports: "Norwegian Viva sets the standard in the premium segment, illustrating our commitment to pushing boundaries in four main areas: wide open space, service that puts guests first, thoughtful design and experiences beyond expectation. We have taken everything our guests love to the next level with this brand-new class of ships designed with them in mind."
Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of the renowned Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy added, “We are proud to play a role in the innovative Prima Class and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come with the next four highly anticipated Prima Class ships.”
Norwegian Viva will sail a series of Mediterranean and Greek Isle itineraries before her official christening in Miami on 28 November 2023. The ship will homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a season of Caribbean voyages from December 2023 through April 2024 with calls to Antigua, Barbados, US Virgin Islands and more, before returning for summer in Europe.