Norwegian Prima sets sail to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral.
Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
Norwegian Cruise lines is proud to announce the arrival of the Norwegian Prima, the Cruise Line’s newest ship, to Port Canaveral, FL, the ship's new homeport through March 2023. The Prima is the first of six vessels in the Cruise Line’s highly anticipated Prima Class, and the first new class of ships, from Norwegian Cruise Lines in nearly ten years.
According to a release, this year, Port Canaveral will welcome more NCL ships than ever before, including Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Gem, and Norwegian Prima. The Norwegian Prima is commencing her first season of voyages from the homeport of Port Canaveral, the second busiest cruise port in the world. This next milestone follows an extraordinary inaugural season that began when Norwegian Prima made history as the first major cruise ship christened in Reykjavik, Iceland. After her inaugural tour with voyages from New York; Galveston, Texas; and Miami, she finally arrives on the Space Coast.
"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."
Embarking on her first Caribbean cruise on Sunday, December 11, 2022, from Port Canaveral, the Norwegian Prima will feature port of calls to tropical ports like Mexico, Jamaica, and Honduras. Ports of Call will also include visits to the Cruise Line's exclusive resort-style destinations – Harvest Caye in Belize and Great Stirrup Cay, the Company’s 270-acre private island in the Bahamas.
"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."
The new Prima Class will feature elevated offerings that prioritize the guest experience and raise the bar on onboard activities, including the Prima Speedway-the world's first and only racetrack to span three levels. With 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. The 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.
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