Port Canaveral, FL – December 21, 2022 – Norwegian Cruise Lines’ brand-new ship, Norwegian Prima, has arrived at Port Canaveral to begin an inaugural season of voyages through March 2023 from her new homeport at Port Canaveral. Norwegian Prima is the first of six new “Prima Class” vessels for Norwegian Cruise Line, the brand’s first new class of vessels in nearly ten years.
“We are thrilled to welcome home Norwegian Prima to Port Canaveral, the first ship in an all-new class for Norwegian Cruise Line,” stated Port CEO, Captain John Murray. “We have a great partnership with NCLH and this important decision to homeport their newest, most innovative ship at our port underscores our commitment to support the expectations of our valued cruise partners.”
“We are thrilled to bring our newest ship, Norwegian Prima, to Port Canaveral with the opportunity to introduce her to the tens of millions of travelers that visit the Orlando area every year,” said Harry Sommer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “The city offers the ultimate family vacation destination, given its accessibility to attractions, the cruise port and easy airlift from almost anywhere in the world. There is fun for everyone, making it one of the best pre-and-post cruise cities.”
In keeping with tradition, Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Kevin Markey joined with Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray to present Norwegian Prima Capt. Kevin Bellido a plaque commemorating the cruise ship’s first visit to Port Canaveral.
Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray (left) and Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Kevin Markey (right) exchanged commemorative plaques with Norwegian Prima Capt. Kevin Bellido
(Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)
The highly anticipated Norwegian Prima features elevated offerings of the Prima Class that prioritize the guest experience and aim to raise the bar on cruising through world class cuisine, most spacious design yet, and onboard activities including the Prima Speedway—the world’s first and only racetrack to span three levels. Boasting nine new dining and beverage options, guests can sample cuisines from around the world by visiting Indulge Food Hall, the upscale food market exhibiting 11 unique eateries; or enjoy the elevated menus at Hudson’s, the complimentary restaurant overlooking 270 degrees of ocean views. Norwegian Prima also features a three-story transformational theater-nightclub, the Prima Theater & Club, the fastest slides at sea, The Drop and Rush, and the cruise industry’s first sustainable cocktail bar with Metropolitan Bar.
Itineraries include calls to the tropical ports of Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras, and including visits to NCL’s exclusive resort-style destinations – Harvest Caye in Belize and Great Stirrup Cay, the Company’s 270-acre private island in the Bahamas.
Norwegian Prima is 965 feet long (294 meters long), 143,535 gross tons and able to accommodate 3,100 guests at double occupancy. The vessel has 20 decks, featuring nearly 1,600 staterooms, 18 dining venues and 17 bars and lounges. The ship features multiple first-at-sea innovations including a three-story transformational theater-nightclub, the Prima Theater & Club; its three-level racetrack with the Prima Speedway; the fastest slides at sea, The Drop and Rush; and the cruise industry’s first sustainable cocktail bar with The Metropolitan Bar.