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Norwegian Prima cruise ship to feature world’s first freefall dry slide and more attraction firsts

by Attractions Magazine Staff

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has unveiled some exciting new onboard experiences and entertainment available on Norwegian Prima — the first of six ships within the cruise line’s all-new Prima Class.

Norwegian Prima
Photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Prima will offer numerous cruise industry firsts and new-to-the-brand onboard experiences when it sets sail next summer, including free-fall drop slides, the largest racetrack at sea, and more.

“We’re not just elevating the guest experience, we’re giving it an adrenaline rush and multisensory overload,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “When we launched Norwegian Prima, we aimed at going beyond expectations, providing our guests with more wide-open spaces, elevated service, thoughtful design and a variety of unforgettable experiences, and this latest unveiling of our entertainment and onboard activities lineup is going to have the wow-factor they’ve yearned for in a much-anticipated cruise vacation.”

As the only cruise line to offer go-karts at sea, NCL will take it to the next level on Norwegian Prima with the largest and first-ever three-level racetrack, the Prima Speedway. Featuring a longer straightaway with a track more than a quarter mile in length and 22% larger than the current racetrack on Norwegian Encore. The speedway will now go around and through the funnel of the ship and features 14 turns where 15 drivers can simultaneously race on the open ocean at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour.

Guests looking for the most extreme adrenaline rush can look no further than The Drop, the world’s first free-fall dry slide where riders will plunge down 10 stories, reaching the highest G-forces of any cruise line. There’s even a competitive experience with The Rush, which features dueling dry slides where guests can race each other.

Another experience making a splash on the ship as part of its Aqua Park and Main Pool area will be NCL’s first Tidal Wave waterslide, featuring gushing surfs where guests can ride an innertube to catch some waves. Guests wanting to relax can do so in either of two infinity hot tubs or under the area’s cascading water feature.

NCL’s indoor virtual gaming complex, The Galaxy Pavilion, will also level up and offer 14 attractions to choose from — including four new simulator experiences only available on Norwegian Prima, two escape rooms, and the only Topgolf Swing Suite available at sea.

Norwegian Prima

Other experiences and offerings include:

  • The Prima theater and Nightclub, a three-story venue designed to seamlessly convert from a performance stage to an expansive dance floor.
  • Interactive “Live on NCL” game show experiences
    • “The Price is Right LIVE on NCL”
    • “Supermarket Sweep LIVE on NCL”
    • “Press Your Luck LIVE on NCL”
    • “Beat the Clock LIVE on NCL”
  • The Bull’s Eye, an elevated twist on darts featuring a video tracking system that automatically calculates each guest’s score and offers instant replays.
  • Tee Time, a supercharged version of minigolf, with nine interactive holes set against a Vegas-style backdrop and a chance to win prizes.
  • Vibe Beach Club, NCL’s adults-only area that features a dedicated bar and two infinity hot tubs.
  • Syd Norman’s Pour House, the onboard classic rock club, complete with a house band playing all the greatest hits.
  • The Improv at Sea comedy club, where guests can see standup performances against an intellectual tongue-and-cheek “Science of Comedy” theme.

With voyages kicking off in summer 2022, Norwegian Prima will be 965 feet long, more than 142,000 gross tons and accommodate 3,215 guests at double occupancy.

To learn more about Norwegian Cruise Line and upcoming itineraries, visit NCL.com.

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