Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) on Tuesday (Nov. 28) celebrated the christening of Norwegian Viva, the company’s newest vessel in its Prima Class.
Over 1,500 guests joined the christening ceremony held at PortMiami.
David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line, added how christening the ship in Miami was “incredibly special to many of us at NCL, not only because Miami is our hometown, but also because we can share this moment with our local family and friends.”
“Launching a ship is no solo endeavour. I am overwhelmed with gratitude towards the entire NCL team, our partners and especially our amazing crew who have contributed to bringing Norwegian Viva to life and who care for and deliver exceptional vacation experiences for our guests,” he said.
Luis Fonsi, Norwegian Viva’s godfather and Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, officially named and christened the vessel with the ceremonial champagne bottle break across the ship’s hull which signifies good fortune and safe travels for all who sail aboard.
The Prima Class aims to break new ground in ship design and amenities.
“The addition of Norwegian Viva further elevates our world-class fleet, providing our valued guests with another incredible way to vacation, discover new experiences and create unforgettable memories,” said Harry Sommer, president & chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
At 965 feet long with the capacity for 3,099 guests, Norwegian Viva has unique, onboard activities including the three-story Viva Speedway; elevated offerings such as Indulge Food Hall, an open-air food market featuring 11 unique eateries; and an awe-inspiring art collection with stand-out pieces including British digital artist Dominic Harris’ 52-foot-wide interactive work of art named “Every Wing has a Silver Lining” installed at the Metropolitan Bar.
Following the inaugural sailing and select voyages from Miami, the ship will reposition to San Juan, Puerto Rico and be the newest ship to homeport in the destination when she arrives on Dec. 15, 2023.
Through March 2024, Norwegian Viva will offer seven-day Caribbean voyages, where guests will wake up each day in a new tropical island paradise with calls to Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with no days at sea.
In April 2024, Norwegian Viva will return to sail Mediterranean and Greek Isles itineraries that offer an unmatched opportunity to experience the beauty and culture of Europe.
In addition, NCL’s year-round ‘Free at Sea’ offer provides travellers with more value with vacation-enhancing benefits, including unlimited open bar, specialty dining, shore excursion credits, complimentary Wi-Fi, discounted rates for the third and fourth guests and free roundtrip airfare for the second guest.