Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) recently announced that its game-changing new ship, Norwegian Prima, hit a major milestone when the new vessel was floated out from drydock at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Venice), Italy, touching water for the first time.
The float out marks the completion of painting and other external work done on the Norwegian Prima, with a striking hull artwork designed by Italian graffiti artist Manuel Di Rita, AKA Peeta. Work continues on the ship’s interior fittings and staterooms before she is officially delivered to the Cruise Line and starts sailing in summer 2022.
According to Harry Sommer, President and CEO of NCL: “A ship’s float out is always a significant milestone, but this one is extraordinary. Our 18th ship, Norwegian Prima, represents an exciting new chapter for our Brand and the first vessel to be delivered in our groundbreaking new Prima Class. We’ve worked closely with our partners at Fincantieri to deliver a truly remarkable vessel. Their passion, skill, and craftsmanship have brought to life one of the most stylish and innovative ships ever to set sail. I’m thrilled we’re now one step closer to welcoming our guests onboard in just 12 months.”
“The float out of Norwegian Prima signifies a renewed confidence in cruise and a new era for shipbuilding,” added Luigi Matarazzo, General Manager of the Merchant Ships Division at Fincantieri. “We are glad to celebrate not only many months of hard work, but also the true spirit of collaboration between our brands – a partnership that will lead the way for a pioneering class of ships in NCL’s Prima Class.”
Next summer, Norwegian Prima will offer voyages from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Copenhagen, Denmark, a great opportunity to explore the stunning Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Sea. Later on, the ship will sail on a 12-day transatlantic voyage from Southampton, England to New York, with ports of call in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, Halifax in Nova Scotia, and an extended overnight in Reykjavik, Iceland. Through the fall and winter, Norwegian Prima will offer a variety of port-rich Bermuda and Caribbean cruises sailing out of New York, Galveston, Texas, as well as Miami and Orlando, Florida, with calls to Harvest Caye, the Company’s private resort destination in Belize, and the Company’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas.