New ship Norwegian Prima is a journey into space with a huge pool deck, large suites, eight-deck Haven and big Ocean Boulevard

Norwegian Prima (Picture: NCL)

New ship Norwegian Prima will treat passengers to the most outdoor space yet – including doubling the size of the wraparound dining deck – Norwegian Cruise Line revealed today.

The first in a class of six, previously known as Project Leonardo, the 3,215-passenger ship arriving in summer 2022 will have the most pool deck space in the NCL fleet, as well as several infinity pools.

Taking it easy on Ocean Boulevard (Picture: NCL)

The Waterfront al fresco eating and promenade area on deck 8 has doubled in size to 44,000 square feet and gained more dining options to become Ocean Boulevard, including the open-air Indulge Food Hall with a choice of cuisines from 11 venues such as a rotisserie, noodles, tapas and barbecue food.

Hybrid venues offering both indoor and outdoor seating include Onda By Scarpetta (serving Italian food), Los Lobos (Mexican) and The Local Bar & Grill.

Onda By Scarpetta (Picture: NCL)

On accommodation, Norwegian Prima will offer 13 categories of suite, including what’s said to be the largest three-bedroom suite of any new cruise ship, and boast the line’s largest ever inside, oceanview and balcony staterooms, with the biggest bathrooms and showers yet.

The Haven ‘ship within a ship’ will span eight decks of 107 suites at the rear of the ship, close to lifts (elevators) reserved for the premium guests. All the public areas within the complex have sea and destination views, with the Haven Courtyard transformed into a sundeck with an infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake, as well as an outdoor spa with glass-walled sauna and cold room.

The Haven pool deck (Picture: NCL)

Norwegian Prima will be 965ft long, 142,500 gross tons and launch NCL’s first new class of ships – Prima class – in ten years, offering the highest staffing ratios in the fleet.

Hull artwork designed by Italian graffiti artist Manuel Di Rita, known as ‘Peeta’, extends to the forward superstructure of the ship. More art can be seen on Ocean Boulevard in an outdoor sculpture garden called The Concourse, with seven installations worth more than $2million.

One of the sculptures on the Concourse (Picture: NCL)

Guests can bathe in two infinity pools close to the surface of the sea, get great views on two Oceanwalk glass bridges or simply relax in La Terraza open-air lounge with forward-facing views.

After a string of inaugural cruises, Norwegian Prima will begin sailing eight-day voyages from Amsterdam and Copenhagen to Northern Europe, the Norwegian fjords and the Baltics from August 17, 2022. On September 23 next year it will set off on a 12-day transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York then offer itineraries to Bermuda and the Caribbean. The ship will return to Europe in May 2023 and end its season with a 14-day round trip from Southampton.

Part of the Indulge Food Hall on Norwegian Prima (Picture: NCL)

‘Despite not having sailed in more than a year, we never stopped working and innovating, we never once pressed pause,’ said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. ‘Not only will we begin cruising this July, we’re so proud and so incredibly happy to announce the start of an exciting new chapter as we introduce the Prima Class and the first ship in a line of unrivalled vessels with Norwegian Prima.’

The stern of Norwegian Prima (Picture: NCL)

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