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Norwegian Prima cruise ship launches with fun, firsts, and great food

by Matt Roseboom

The Norwegian Prima is Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest ship and she’s now sailing out of Miami. The ship brings a lot of firsts, fun, and great food. We were invited on a three-day media cruise. Visit our sister site at CruiseNewsWeekly.com for our full Prima cruise Trip Report.

The Norwegian Prima at sea.

Norwegian Prima is the first of six ships in the brand’s Prima Class. At 965 feet (294 meters) long and more than 143,535 tons, with capacity for 3,100 guests at double occupancy, the ship was built to elevate the guest experience and propel the brand forward with upgraded designs and offerings. 

Prima Firsts

The multi-level lobby atrium on Norwegian Prima.
The multi-level lobby atrium on Norwegian Prima.
  • Prima Speedway is the world’s only and largest three-level go-kart race track at sea.
  • NCL’s first upscale Food Hall, Indulge.
  • The Metropolitan Bar, the cruise industry’s first sustainable cocktail bar featuring responsibly crafted zero-waste cocktails prepared with surplus ingredients. 
  • The Drop, the first dry drop slide in the world, not just at sea, and the first ship to feature three dry slides. All three slides are also said to be the fastest at sea.
  • The Galaxy Pavilion is a high-tech VR game room which features the only “flying theater” at sea.
  • Norwegian Prima offers the highest staffing levels and space ratio of any contemporary or premium cruise ship. 
  • Prima boasts the largest variety of suite categories available at sea as well as a redefined The Haven by Norwegian, NCL’s ultra-premium keycard-only access ship-within-a-ship concept, featuring the first NCL ship with exclusive elevators for Haven guests.
  • The only Topgolf Swing Suite at sea.

World's Only Dry Drop Slide - Norwegian Prima Cruise Ship
View down the side of Norwegian Prima.

Innovative spaces include Ocean Boulevard, the 44,000-square-foot outdoor walkway, which wraps around the entire ship; The Concourse, which boasts a multi-million-dollar outdoor sculpture garden; and expansive pool decks and infinity-style pools at Infinity Beach.

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its Broadway-caliber entertainment, and premiered Tony Award-nominated musical “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” on Norwegian Prima. The headlining act is an 85-minute immersive production and a first-at-sea experience where the theater itself transforms into a full disco and guests can become a part of the show and dance to Summer’s all-time fan favorite medleys. Further entertainment highlights on board include “Noise Boys,” an award-winning beat boxing experience produced by Nic Doodson, creator of “The Choir of Man.”

Other Experiences and Offerings

  • Interactive “Live on NCL” game show experiences such as “The Price is Right 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 mini golf, with nine interactive holes set against a Vegas-style backdrop with 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-in-cheek “Science of Comedy” theme.

“With her stunning design and unique offerings, Norwegian Prima is in a league of her own,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “As the industry’s most spacious new cruise ship featuring “only-available-on-Prima-experiences,” she is continuing NCL’s legacy of industry firsts. 

Not only is the Prima NCL’s brand-new ship, but Norwegian also has a brand-new terminal at Port Miami (photos below). It’s the first cruise terminal in the world to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold New Construction v4.0 certification. 

For more information about the NCL’s 18-ship-fleet and worldwide itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit ncl.com. We recommend contacting MEI Travel. There’s no charge for their services whether you end up booking through them or not, and they can answer all your questions. Visit them at mei-travel.com

More Photos and Videos of Norwegian Prima


VR Game Room - Galaxy Pavilion on Norwegian Prima

Prima Speedway POV - Kart Racing on a Norwegian Cruise

Balcony Stateroom Tour on Norwegian Prima Cruise Ship

Studio Stateroom Tour for Singles on Norwegian Prima Cruise Ship

One-Bedroom Suite Tour on Norwegian Prima Cruise Ship

Inside Stateroom Tour on Norwegian Prima Cruise Ship

Accessible Balcony Stateroom Tour on Norwegian Prima Cruise Ship
Luxurious Villa in Silver Cove on Norwegian's Great Stirrup Cay
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