Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Prima, in Marghera, Venice at the Fincantieri shipyard. This marks the arrival of the first ship in NCL’s Prima Class that will see 6 new ships delivered through 2027.
Present at the landmark event were Frank Del Rio, President & CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd; Harry Sommer, President & CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line; Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager of the Merchant Ships Division of Fincantieri; as well as other notable NCLH and Fincantieri executives. The delivery celebration was followed by the traditional flag exchange ceremony.
Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line said: “Today we usher in a thrilling new era in cruising as we celebrate the delivery of Norwegian Prima, the long-anticipated first ship in our extraordinary new Prima Class. She is a true testament to our Guest First philosophy as well as our commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences that exceed expectations. We thank our wonderful partners at Fincantieri, whose coveted craftsmanship, expertise, and dedication, helped bring Norwegian Prima to life. We cannot wait to welcome our guests on board.”
Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager of the Merchant Ships Division of Fincantieri said, “We’re glad to work with Norwegian Cruise Line to create a world-class series of ships, and it’s a proud day seeing the first of the six Prima Class vessels delivered today. Norwegian Prima is packed with world-firsts, never-before-seen features, and extraordinary attractions you would never expect at sea.”
Launching this August, Norwegian Prima will be the first major cruise ship christened in Iceland, commencing her 8-day inaugural voyage in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik on August 27, 2022, sailing to Amsterdam. Global popstar Katy Perry, who serves as Norwegian Prima’s Godmother, will fulfill the longstanding maritime tradition of blessing and officially naming the ship, as well as performing during the christening ceremony. Following her inaugural voyage, Norwegian Prima will sail a series of eight-day voyages from Amsterdam and Copenhagen offering guests the opportunity to explore Northern Europe and the Norwegian Fjords.