Fresh out of the shipyard and christened in Reykjavik, Iceland, in late August, the 3,100-guest Norwegian Prima offers cruisers a slew of exciting new features in design, entertainment, and dining.
Following its ceremonial christening, Norwegian Prima embarked on its first series of voyages, exploring Northern Europe and the Norwegian fjords from Amsterdam and Copenhagen. In the fall, the ship will reposition to Miami for a set of Caribbean cruises calling at Belize and Mexico, and then in December to Port Canaveral, where ports of call will include Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas.
Among the new spaces cruisers will experience are Oceanwalk, with two glass bridges positioned high over the water (make sure you have your sea legs for this one), the Indulge Food Hall, featuring 11 culinary venues representing foods across the globe, Infinity Beach, featuring two, you guessed it, infinity pools, and The Drop, described by the cruise line as the world's first freefall dry slide with a 10-story plunge.
Other firsts onboard Norwegian Prima include Ocean Boulevard, a giant area (44,000 square feet) that wraps around the whole ship, and the glass-walled Penrose Atrium, which spans three decks and offers a variety of bars, shops, and eateries.
Entertainment Options Abound On Norwegian Prima
Norwegian Prima introduces a new show called Summer: The Donna Summer Musical that promises to have cruisers dancing up a storm.
In the three-story Prima Theater & Club, guests will be treated to a Las Vegas-style nightclub with late-night parties and light shows.
The Improv At Sea is sure to keep cruisers laughing, while the live bands at Syd Norman’s Pour House will keep 'em rocking.
For those in search of some personal pampering, cruises can check out the Mandara Spa onboard Norwegian Prima. Along with many treatments, the spa has added a charcoal sauna experience. Other luxury treatments include the Ice Room, where guests unwind after a sauna or steam bath, and the Floatation Salt Pool, offering an experience similar to zero gravity.
But all of the fun isn't indoors. The three-level race track, Prima Speedway, will get cruisers racing, while the Tidal Wave Waterslide will give adventurous guests something to write home about.
Global Cuisine Is A Highlight Aboard Norwegian Prima
From pub fare to elegant French cuisine, Norwegian Prima's culinary choices offer something to please everyone.
The ship's Indulge Food Hall features cuisine from around the globe – Italy, Latin America, and India, to name a few, in indoor and outdoor seating areas.
The Local Bar & Grill offers classic pub food, such as sandwiches and fish and chips, and other comfort foods. This indoor/outdoor venue is located in the ship's new Ocean Boulevard section.
At Hudson's, cruisers can dine next to floor-to-ceiling windows on what the cruise line calls specially curated modern and classic dishes.
The Commodore Room is the ship's main dining room, offering an extensive menu.
The Haven Restaurant is limited to guests who booked suites in the ship's exclusive area called The Haven. It offers several signature dishes.
Surfside Café & Grill is a buffet with multiple options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Specialty restaurants include Cagney's Steakhouse, offering steaks, of course, but also seafood such as jumbo lump crab cakes. Food Republic serves favorite dishes from around the world, including Mexican, Japanese, and Thai.
The Japanese grill Hasuki offers seatings at shared tables, with views of the chefs cooking seafood, chicken, and other goodies on a big steel grill. For a French flair, cruisers can dine at Le Bistro, known not only for its cuisine but for its intimate dining spaces.
Norwegian Prima Offers Ultra-Luxury With The Haven
Norwegian Prima's staterooms and suites provide a wide variety of accommodations that can suit any budget. Solo travelers can book a studio cabin that's just 94 square feet, while budget-conscious cruisers can opt for an inside cabin or a standard balcony stateroom with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony.
But those looking for ultra-luxury will find it in The Haven, Norwegian Cruise Line's exclusive retreat that comes with all sorts of perks.
Booking a suite in The Haven means cruisers have the services of a concierge and 24/7 butler, private elevators to reach the rest of the ship, exclusive public areas all with ocean views, and the private fine dining venue, The Haven, with indoor and outdoor seating.
Luxury accommodations include The Haven Premier Owner's Suite with Large Balcony. This suite stretches across 2,100 square feet and sleeps eight. Amenities here are separate living and dining areas, three bedrooms with king-size beds, a double sofa bed, three bathrooms with jetted showers, a half-bath, and an outdoor hot tub.
A smaller suite inside The Haven is the Aft-Facing Penthouse with a Large Balcony. This suite sleeps two and is 830 square feet, with a balcony of nearly 500 square feet. That's to accommodate the private outdoor hot tub. A king bed and luxury bathroom complete this space, and the concierge and butler services are provided as well.