Get ready to voyage on NCL’s vivacious new Norwegian Viva next year!

First look at the cruise company’s plans for another Prima-class vessel that will wow the world in 2023.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has just unveiled the Norwegian Viva, the next ship in its brand-new Prima Class, which will begin sailing Mediterranean itineraries in June 2023. NCL promises that, like her record-breaking sister ship the Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Viva too will set the standard in the premium segment, pushing boundaries when it comes to providing wide open space, service that puts guests first, thoughtful design and experiences beyond expectation.

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Open spaces and the freedom to breathe are one of the main USPs of the new Prima Class ships. Image: Courtesy NCL.

Mirroring the upscale design and structure of Norwegian Prima, also built by renowned Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in Marghera, Italy, Norwegian Viva will debut at 965 feet long, 142,500 gross tons and accommodate 3,219 guests at double occupancy. Travellers will live up every second of their journey in the most spacious accommodations including the brands’ largest inside, ocean view and balcony category staterooms.

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Monochromes and minimalistic style that give the interiors an edge. Image: Courtesy NCL.

At first glance, cruise enthusiasts will also be impressed by the eye-catching hull art designed by Italian graffiti and sculpture artist Manuel Di Rita, commonly known as ‘Peeta’, who also illustrated the exceptional hull design on Norwegian Prima.

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The Norwegian Viva’s magnificent build and gorgeous hull design will set new trends. Image: Courtesy NCL.

The world-class architects who helped design the Prima, including Rockwell Group, SMC Design and Miami-based Studio Dado, also have returned to influence the aesthetic of various restaurants, staterooms, and public areas on Viva.

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Its modern restaurants offer unusual seating options that you don’t usually find on a cruise! Image: Courtesy NCL.
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Elegant bar areas for sophisticated sips. Image: Courtesy NCL.
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Themed food trucks make for fun meals. Image: Courtesy NCL.

Norwegian Viva’s top public areas include Ocean Boulevard, a 44,000 square foot outdoor walkway which wraps around the entire ship; the Indulge Food Hall featuring 11 varieties of eateries; The Concourse boasting an outdoor sculpture garden; expansive pool decks and infinity style pools at Infinity Beach and Oceanwalk, showcasing glass bridges above water.

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The infinite pleasures to be had on Infinity Beach. Image: Courtesy NCL.

The world-class vessel will not only offer the highest staffing levels and space ratio of any new cruise ship in the contemporary and premium cruise categories and largest variety of suite categories available at sea but will also boast a redefined The Haven by Norwegian, NCL’s ultra-premium keycard only access ship-within-a-ship concept. The Haven’s public areas and 107 suites designed by Piero Lissoni, one of Italy’s most renowned designers, will feature an expansive sundeck, a stunning infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake and an outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.

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The Haven provides a private paradise. Image: Courtesy NCL.
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One of the 107 beautiful suites designed by Miami-based interior design firm Studio DADO for The Haven on board Norwegian Viva. Image: Courtesy NCL.
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The stunning infinity pool offers a spectacular view of the ship’s wake. Image: Courtesy NCL.

The Prima Class variety of recreational activities also make their elevated comeback on Norwegian Viva with only-available-on-Prima-Class experiences including the fastest freefall drop dry slides at sea with The Rush and The Drop and the largest three-level racetrack at sea with the Viva Speedway.

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The Rush and The Drop are the fastest freefall drop dry slides on a cruise ship. with Image: Courtesy NCL.
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The Viva Speedway is the largest three-level racetrack at sea. Image: Courtesy NCL.

Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, says: “We have taken everything our guests love to the next level with this brand-new class of ships designed with them in mind.”

Both vessels also feature cutting-edge alternative technologies, such as a NOx reduction system (SCR), that reduce the ship’s overall environmental impact. SCR catalysts filter out sulfur oxides up to 98 per cent and nitrogen oxides up to 90 per cent, ensuring the vessels meet Tier III NOx compliance. Further, they will be equipped with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS), an Advanced Wastewater Treatment System to treat and clean all wastewater to meet stringent international standards and Cold Ironing functionality to connect to onshore power grids to further reduce emissions while in port.

One of the world’s top cruise companies, NCL already boasts a fleet of 17 ships that sail to nearly 300 of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize.

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A lavish fire pit for those cool evenings at sea. Image: Courtesy NCL.

The Norwegian Viva will homeport in key Southern European cities including Lisbon, Portugal; Venice (Trieste) and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; and Athens (Piraeus), Greece. After which she will sail the Southern Caribbean for her 2023-2024 Winter Season offering warm-weather getaways from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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