Norwegian Viva welcomes first guests on debut sailing

The Prima-class vessel embarked on its maiden voyage from Italy

Norwegian Viva welcomes first guests on debut sailing

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Viva is the 19th vessel to join the NCL fleet, is 965 feet long, 143,535gt and can accommodate 3,100 guests

By Laura Hyde |

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest Prima-class ship, Norwegian Viva, has departed on its maiden voyage from Venice, Italy.  

The first guests boarded on 10 August for a nine-day voyage through the Mediterranean, sailing from Venice to Lisbon in Portugal, calling at Salerno in Italy, Cannes in France, and Ibiza in the Balearic Islands. The vessel was delivered to NCL on 4 August

“This summer, our guests will have the opportunity to explore Europe aboard our newest magnificent vessel, Norwegian Viva, while enjoying its well-appointed spacious design, elevated experiences, expansive culinary offerings and signature Norwegian Cruise Line hospitality provided by the best crew in the industry,” said David J. Herrera, president of NCL. “Norwegian Viva’s tagline is ‘Live it Up’, and I have no doubt our guests will be doing just that while they cruise to some of the liveliest cities in Europe and the Caribbean during the ship’s inaugural season.” 

Norwegian Viva’s official christening ceremony is scheduled to take place on 28 November 2023 in Miami, Florida, where Latin Grammy award-winning artist and ship godfather Luis Fonsi will officially name the ship. He will be joined by Latin popstar Paulina Rubio, Puerto Rican singer Pedro Capó, and Saturday Night Live cast member Marcello Hernandez. 

Largely mirroring the design of its sister ship Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Viva features the Indulge Food Hall with 11 eateries; the fastest slides at sea, The Drop and Rush; a three-level racetrack called Viva Speedway; and NCL’s exclusive sustainable cocktail bar, the Metropolitan Bar. 

Norwegian Viva will sail Greek Isles and Mediterranean voyages until November, before homeporting in San Juan, Puerto Rico in December for a winter in the Caribbean. In May 2024, Norwegian Viva is expected to return to Europe to begin offering Mediterranean itineraries once again. 

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