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Norwegian Prima Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Norwegian Prima to Transatlantic
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2022
Sunrise in Iceland
Concourse featuring sculpture
Infinity pool
Balcony Cabin - Deck 14
"The Price is Right" at the Prima Theatre
The Prima in Iceland
Hudson's dining room in Southampton, with a view of Anthem of the Seas.
Balcony Stateroom Bed
"Summer" at the Prima Theatre
Improv - a small theatre that is used as a public space for other events
Entrance to Galaxy Pavilion - high end tech game arcade
The three-story water slide
Deck 14 Starboard corridor
Los Lobos - premium dining
Indulge Food Halls - complimentary dining featuring an airstream trailer and a food truck
The main pool - deck 17
Indulge Food Halls - order from a touch screen - except for dessert.

This was the repositioning cruise from Southampton UK to New York City, the second leg of its maiden voyage. Prima is daring in design and most of it works - but some warnings.

This is a warm-weather ship, with lots of real-estate devoted to the outdoors. Public rooms are small (intimate?) and the ship is enigmatic in its layout. Many public rooms are narrow and easily crowd when access to the outdoors is limited, as was the case in our transatlantic crossing. For those of us over 60, such toys as as the race track, water slide, and galaxy pavilion of virtual reality games were idle. So not only is the Prima a warm-weather lady, but a cougar.

The ship was full of loyal NCL fans brandishing their medals like war generals at a reunion. They sail only (or mainly) NCL, having gotten caught up in their brilliant marketing scheme - Cruise Next. They have little to compare NCL to, and forgive them most everything - especially the way they nickel and dime cruisers - up-charging for everything and anything. Toward that end, they have packed the ship with more than a dozen premium restaurants. In return, they have muted and dumbed-down the 'complimentary' dining rooms (except Food Nation, which is excellent). The quality of the 'comp' food is mediocre and repetitive, whereas the premium eateries feature some of the best food I've ever tasted. So get the dining package; you'll thank yourself later.

Cabin Review

The roomiest cabins NCL has yet offered. Bathrooms and showers were also spacious. The blue and beige design is carried through the ship into the staterooms. Beds were comfortable. Plenty of closet space. Comfy balcony chairs!

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