Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has welcomed its first guests aboard the brand new Norwegian Viva, the company’s highly anticipated new ship and the second ship in the Prima class, from Venice (Trieste), Italy began its maiden voyage.
Norway’s Viva makes her grand European debut as she embarks on her first spectacular 9-day voyage across the Mediterranean, taking passengers from Venice (Trieste), Italy to Lisbon, Portugal, and to some of the most incredible seaside destinations in Europe stops, including Salerno, Italy. the picturesque Amalfi Coast; Cannes along France’s stunning Cote d’Azur; and Ibiza in Spain’s Balearic Islands, among other fantastic destinations. The Norwegian Viva will sail a series of worthwhile Greek Islands and Mediterranean itineraries during November before spending a season in the Caribbean in December, homeporting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“This summer, our guests will have the opportunity to explore Europe aboard our newest majestic ship, Norwegian Viva, while enjoying its well-appointed spacious design, premium experiences, sumptuous cuisine and signature Norwegian hospitality delivered by the best crew in the business. ,” said David J. Herrera, President, Norwegian Cruise Line. “The Norwegian Viva’s motto is ‘Live it Up’ and I have no doubt that our guests will do the same as they sail to some of the liveliest cities in Europe and the Caribbean during the ship’s inaugural season.”
Norway’s Viva follows the design of its award-winning sister ship, Norway’s Prima, with an outstanding onboard experience including the Viva Speedway, a three-level race track; the Indulge Food Hall, an upscale food market with 11 unique restaurants; the fastest at sea slides: The Drop and Rush; and the Metropolitan Bar, a sustainable cocktail bar unique to the NCL industry.
Following the ship’s maiden voyage, Norwegian Viva will embark on a series of cruises in the Mediterranean and the Greek Islands before her official christening in Miami on November 28, 2023. Latin Grammy®-winning artist and godfather of the Norwegian Viva, Luis Fonsi, will be in attendance to officially christen the ship, as will Latin pop queen Paulina Rubio; Saturday Night Live cast member and Miami native Marcello Hernandez; and singer Pedro Capo. The vessel will be homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will conduct Caribbean voyages between December 2023 and March 2024, with calls at Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Johns, Antigua; Bridge, Barbados London; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
In May 2024, Norwegian Viva will return to Europe, and her Mediterranean cruise offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the beauty and culture of Europe. With an average stay time of 10.5 hours in the port, passengers will have more time to explore the sea and reduce the number of days at sea. Guests can unpack once while enjoying the ease and comfort of world-class travel accommodations and be able to wake up in a new destination as the cruise ship transports them from one spectacular European city to another.