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Introducing Norwegian Viva – NCL’s Newest Ship

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced yet another ship to come to the fleet, the Norwegian Viva. The Viva is the second of six Prima-class ships that will eventually come to the cruise line. 

Norwegian Viva is very similar to the Norwegian Prima

The Norwegian Viva is a Prima-class cruise ship and will be very similar to its sister ship, the yet to sail Norwegian Prima. It’ll accommodate 3,219 guests, based on double capacity. That’s 19% fewer people than Norwegian’s Breakaway-class ships. The ship is slightly smaller than the Norwegian Breakaway, but overall, it means that the ship will feel more spacious and open.

Guests on the Norwegian Viva will have multiple opportunities to “connect” with the Ocean.

In terms of amenities and features, the Viva will have many of the same ones that will be found on the Prima. Norwegian didn’t need to reinvent the wheel here; the original Prima sailings had Norwegian record bookings, so they focused less on changing the ship and more on new itineraries.

Dining Options Galore

Guests will have over 20 different dining venues to choose from aboard the Viva. It will include some returning favorites, like Onda by Scarpetta, and some new concepts. One of the most significant changes on the Viva from previous Norwegian ships is the lack of a traditional buffet. Instead, they have Indulge Food Hall, with 11 distinct concepts. This type of casual dining seems to be where the industry is heading, with ships like Virgin Voyage’s Scarlet Lady and Carnival Mardi Gras already implementing food stand-type venues. 

The new go-to-place to quick eats, Indulge Food Hall

Norwegian Speedway

The Norwegian Speedway has been a staple on their ships since the Norwegian Joy. Passengers can zoom around the race track at up to 40 miles per hour, racing each other in a timed test. The Viva Speedway will be 3-levels and 22% longer than the race track on the Encore. 

race track on norwegian viva
The Viva Speedway is 22% longer than the Encore with 3 levels of fun

Ocean Boulevard

norwegian viva deck overlooking the ocean
Ocean Boulevard features seating, thrill slides, infinity pools and more.

On previous Norwegian ships, the Waterfront is the popular promenade area that wraps around the ship with dining and loungers available. On the Viva, it’s been transformed into Ocean Boulevard. It’s now bigger and has more attractions. Guests will find infinity pools, thrill slides, glass walkways suspended over the ocean, art gardens, and more. The whole area is designed to make guests feel connected with the ocean. It’s a significant departure from ships like Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas that have a much more “internal” focus and might feel more like a mall than a ship. 

Prima-class ships feature infinity pools in the new Ocean Boulevard promenade
glass walkway on Norwegian Viva
The Viva has two glass walkways over the ocean

The Haven

The Haven Sun Deck at Night on Norwegian Viva
The Haven Sun Deck at Night on Norwegian Viva

The Haven is an exclusive section of the ship with upgraded rooms and amenities. It’s a “ship within a ship” concept, where guests who want to spend more can have access to things like concierges, exclusive dining rooms, and lounges while still being on a ship with mass appeal. 

On the Viva, the 107 suite Haven area will have a dedicated restaurant, lounge, and huge sun deck with an infinity pool. The whole back of the ship will be home to the Haven with a dedicated elevator moving guests through the space. 

Norwegian Viva initial itineraries 

greece skyline
The Viva will visit ports in Greece like Santorini, Mykonos and Anthens

The big difference between the Prima and the Viva will be the itineraries. Norwegian has created some truly unique offerings for the Viva that will allow guests to travel to some less-visited ports.

The Viva will launch on June 15, 2023. During that summer, it will sail Northern European cruises from London to Reykjavik. It’ll also sail on some Mediterranean cruises from Lisbon to Rome and visit ports like Ibiza, Palma, Barcelona, Florence, Naples, Sicily, Dubrovnik, Venice, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, and Istanbul.

Later that year, the ship will reposition and start sailing Eastern Caribbean itineraries from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Will the Norwegian Viva be a hit?

Since no one has yet stepped foot on a Prima-class ship, we don’t know for sure. The ship is mostly a carbon copy of the Norwegian Prima, but that’s not a bad thing at all. The renders look breathtaking, and the increased focus on outdoor spaces makes the ship seem like more of a luxury cruise line than a mainstream one. Of course, we’ll get a better idea once the Prima sails later this year, but so far, the Viva looks like a fantastic ship.  In the next few months, Norwegian will release more information about new restaurants and dining options specific for this ship.

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Randy Young

Randy Young is the founder and editor-in-chief at Cruise Spotlight. He has been in marketing for 19 years and has been cruising for just as long. Over the years, he's worked with products like TVs, copiers, light bulbs, and EV chargers, but cruising has always been his passion. There's nothing Randy likes more than the first couple of hours on a ship, exploring every nook and cranny and seeing how it's different from everything else out there. He's known for providing detailed and analytical coverage of cruising to help cruisers get a comprehensive picture of a ship's offerings.