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Norwegian Prima Review

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Norwegian Prima (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)
Onda by Scarpetta on Norwegian Prima (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)
Oceanview Cabin on Norwegian Prima (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)
The Haven Sundeck on Norwegian Prima (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Prima is the first cruise ship in Norwegian Cruise Line's new Prima class, and is scheduled to debut in August 2022. The ship will be smaller than the last few ships that Norwegian has built, the Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus class – carrying 3,215 passengers vs. more than 4,000.

Norwegian Prima's Deck Plans Look Different Than NCL's Other Ships

Norwegian Prima has a distinctive look compared to the NCL cruise ships that preceded it. The line's luxury ship-within-a-ship area, The Haven, has been relocated to the back of the ship so all cabins and suites, as well as the area's special sundeck, face the water. This deck plan design makes the ship look like a Miami waterfront condo building.

Norwegian Prima's deck plans also have an expanded outdoor space with pools and restaurants on Deck 8 called Ocean Boulevard. The area is 44,000 square feet long and wraps around the entire deck, encompassing not just restaurants and bars, but pools and relaxation space.

A first for Norwegian is The Concourse, an outdoor sculpture garden with installations designed by Alexander Krivosheiw. Two Oceanwalk glass bridges are another new deck plan feature, ready for your Insta feed. La Terraza is a new open-air lounge, meant as a retreat for sea views and as a place for people to take things easy.

Infinity Beach is another new concept debuting on Norwegian Prima. The highlight here are two infinity pools, each on one side of the ship, to bring people closer to the sea.

Norwegian Prima Features NCL's First 3-Story Atrium

Norwegian Prima debuts the line's first three-story Atrium.

Designed by Miami-based Studio Dado, the glass-walled Penrose Atrium will span decks six, seven and eight will be one of the focal points on Norwegian Prima. The space will include futuristic architecture including a large-scale chandelier inspired by constellations and features moving light fixtures weighing more than 7,300 pounds (3,311 kgs).

Lining the Penrose Atrium will be a three-deck-high light feature that will convey the feeling of the sun rising on the horizon and surround a three-level wall art piece that will resemble a topographic map.

You'll also find plenty of shops, bars and cafes in the Penrose Atrium, including Starbucks Coffee, the Whiskey Bar and the Prima Casino and The Penrose Bar featuring video poker machines.

Dining on Norwegian Prima Includes New Indulge Food Hall

Located at the back of Deck 8, Indulge Food Hall is an upscale open-air marketplace-style eatery, with 11 different venues serving different types of cuisine.

Among the venues that are new on Norwegian Prima include Seaside Rotisserie, serving rotisserie chicken and other items; Nudis, which will have noodle dishes from around the world and Tamara, serving classic Indian dishes and vegetarian options. The Latin Quarter will serve "classic Latin food with a twist," while the Tapas Food Truck will have elevated Latin-inspired street food. Garden Kitchen will serve customized salads. Sweet lovers will gravitate to Just Desserts and Just Ice Cream.

Other new venues include seafood specialty restaurant Palomar, which will feature high-end Mediterranean cuisine; Hasuki, a new take on the traditional "hibachi-style" Japanese restaurant and Nama, a new sushi bar.

Besides these new venues, Indulge Food Hall will be home to the returning restaurant Q Texas Smokehouse, as well as Coco's sweets and Starbucks.

Beyond Indulge Food Hall, Ocean Boulevard will have three specialty restaurants with indoor/outdoor seating. Onda by Scarpetta, which debuted on Norwegian Encore and is also on Norwegian Spirit, returns on Norwegian Prima. Los Lobos is the line's premium Mexican venue.

The Local Bar & Grill has been revamped as an upscale beach club, and will have live music, cocktails and Americana cuisine.

But it's not all new onboard Norwegian Prima, several of the line's most popular dining venues will return, including NCL's signature steakhouse, Cagney's Steakhouse, French specialty restaurant, Le Bistro and Food Republic, the Asian-fusion specialty venue.

Norwegian Prima Debuts New Bars And Drinking Venues

Launching under the line's Sail and Sustain program, The Metropolitan Bar will feature responsibly crafted zero-waste cocktails prepared with surplus ingredients as well as offer a fully sustainable spirits menu and more than 20 biodynamic wines.

NCL has once again partnered with James Beard Award-nominee and Bar-Lab founder, Gabe Orta to pair quality cocktails with sustainably focused practices.

Other new bar and lounge options on Norwegian Prima include The Belvedere Bar, a contemporary cocktail lounge featuring crafted cocktails.

Activities on Norwegian Prima Include Racetrack and a 10-Story Slide

Although Norwegian Prima is smaller than the larger ships Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore, it will still boast a top deck racetrack. The Prima Speedway will be on three levels, and 1,378 feet -- making it 22 percent larger than the racetrack on Norwegian Encore. 

The speedway will go around the funnel with 14 turns, and 15 drives can simultaneous race reaching speeds of up to 30 mph.

Another must do for thrill seekers is The Drop, a dry, freefall slide with a 10-story plunge -- creating what Norwegian is touting as "the highest G-forces of any cruise line." There’s also The Rush, with dueling dry racing slides.

Other new activities on Norwegian Prima include The Bull's Eye, a twist on the classic game of darts, but with a video tracking system to automatically calculate scores -- the system can also do instant game replays. Tee Time is a new Vegas-style interactive mini-golf experience with participants competing for prizes.

The Aqua Park and Main Pool area gets an energetic update as well. Norwegian Prima will feature the brands first Tidal Wave waterslide -- complete with gushing surf that guests ride on innertubes.

Finally, the popular Galaxy Pavilion indoor virtual gaming complex returns, with 14 attractions, including four new hyper immersive simulator experiences and two different escape rooms.

Entertainment On Norwegian Prima Features the Donna Summer Musical, Live Game Shows

NCL has always scored high in entertainment and Norwegian Prima is no exception.

The theater on Norwegian Prima will be on three levels and able to uniquely transform from a venue for Broadway-style shows into a Vegas-style nightclub and a venue for live game show productions with elaborate sets.

The marquee show on the ship will be the Tony-nominated "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical." The 75-minute musical is based on the rise of Donna Summer to be the Queen of Disco. The theater will transform into a full-scale disco and guests will have opportunity to dance to such Summer hits as "Last Dance," "Bad Girls," and "Hot Stuff."

Also headlining on the ship will be "Light Balance Universe" featuring Light Balance, a golden buzzer winner on "America’s Got Talent." The troupe’s high energy dance and aerobics will be accompanied by a "multisensory light spectacular," the line said.

The theater’s nightclub iteration will feature a dance floor and giant moving LED screen that lowers from the ceiling. The club will have a SENSORIA theme that, according to Norwegian "provides clubgoers an out-of-body experience where they can dance late into the night and enjoy a kaleidoscope of high-energy music and innovative special effects."

Also new for NCL are live game shows, a concept that is already popular on other cruise lines.

The shows include: "The Price is Right LIVE on NCL," where guests will "come on down" and participate in the pricing game – and spin the wheel for prizes. There’s also "Supermarket Sweep Live on NCL" where contestants race through full-scale grocery store aisles in a show that involves trivia questions, product knowledge and speed; "Press Your Luck LIVE on NCL," where guests answer trivia questions for a big win; and "Beat the Clock LIVE on NCL," a team competition based on luck, speed and strategy.

The Haven on Norwegian Prima Has A New Concept

The biggest design change on Norwegian Prima is the relocation of The Haven to the back of the ship. The 107 Haven suites will now have their own private elevators, which take them to the rooms on Decks 10 through 15 and The Haven public areas on Decks 16 and 17.

The new Haven sundeck has its own infinity pool looking out over the back of the ship. It moves away from the former Haven concept, which had an indoor pool and interior courtyard.

The Haven on Norwegian Prima also contains a new outdoor spa, with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.

Norwegian Prima's Maiden Voyage Begins in Europe

Norwegian Prima debuts in Southampton on August 12. It is then scheduled to set sail from Amsterdam on an eight-night cruise to Reyjkavik, Iceland on August 17, 2022.

The ship will then do a couple of Baltic cruises from Copenhagen and Amsterdam, before sailing to New York in September. From New York, the ship will be make an October 10 cruise to Bermuda, before transitioning to the Caribbean.

Norwegian Prima Will Sail Various Caribbean Itineraries From Galveston Before Moving to Iceland

Once Norweigan Prima is in the Caribbean, the ship will sail a series of voyages from Galveston in October before beginning a mini-season of Miami sailings from November 19 to December 3, 2022.

From December 11 to March 19, 2022, Norwegian Prima will homeport in Port Canaveral, sailing the Western Caribbean. In March 2023, it moves back up to New York to make Bermuda sailings through May 7, 2023. From there, the ship will make an 11-day transatlantic journey from New York to Iceland, where it will have an immersive Icelandic itinerary from both Reykjavik and Southampton.

Finally, Norwegian Prima will be based in Galveston for the winter 2023-2024 season. Once Norwegian Prima is in Galveston, the ship will do seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean -- specifically to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Harvest Caye in Belize; and Roatan, Honduras.

Norwegian Prima Specs

Norwegian Prima will weigh 142,500 gross tons and carry 3,215 passengers at double occupancy. Full capacity for the ship is 3,250 passengers and there will be 1,388 crew members.

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