Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates with Katy Perry

THE christening ceremony for Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Prima is all about being first. The first large cruise ship to ever be named in Iceland. The first of six newbuilds in an intriguing new class which has continued its development apace despite the impact of the pandemic. The first ship to boast a three-storey racetrack at sea. And of course, the first cruise ship to be named by a pop music megastar.

Godmother and superstar Katy Perry, christened Norwegian Prima alongside Norwegian Cruise Line executives.

Some of those lucky enough to be on board have reported multiple sightings of Katy Perry after she helped break the ceremonial Champagne bottle in Iceland. She’s stayed on the ship with husband Orlando Bloom, her family and a small entourage, and they have been spotted in the theatre enjoying (and taking part in) the onboard shows, driving the go-kart track and dancing the night away in the nightclub.

The christening ceremony included an emotional speech from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio, who recounted the struggles the cruise industry has undergone through the pandemic and the significance of Prima‘s launch as a milestone achievement despite COVID-19.

“With her stunning design and unique offerings, Norwegian Prima is in a league of her own,” he said.

The ship has capacity for 3,099 guests at double occupancy, and is claimed to offer the highest staffing levels and space ration of any contemporary or premium cruise ship.

As well as a huge variety of suite categories, Prima also boasts an evolved version of Norwegian’s The Haven luxury ship-within-a-ship, with more than 100 upmarket suites in a special private section of the vessel served by an exclusive bank of lifts. The Haven has its own restaurant, an outdoor sauna and a spectacular infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake, while guests also enjoy butler service and concierge bookings for the wide array of specialty restaurants, shows and activities on board.

The Haven Sundeck

And those activities are many and varied – headlined by the amazing Prima Speedway, a three-storey racetrack which wraps around the ship’s funnel. Developed as an exclusive offering for Norwegian, the Speedway features scores of high speed electric go-karts which provide an enthralling and exciting experience for guests. Adjacent to the track is The Stadium, an area containing a host of old and new games including electronic dartboards and a new twist on mini-golf with the opportunity for cruisers to win big prizes if they manage a hole-in-one on the ninth tee.

There are also three gigantic slippery dip tubes which take adventurous cruisers down ten decks in just a few thrilling seconds, a huge waterslide, and the Virtual Reality-focused Galaxy Pavilion which gets the heart pumping with a wide array of immersive games involving racecars, dodging obstacles and killing aliens and dinosaurs in particularly bloody fashion.

The exciting Galaxy Pavilion

This week’s christening cruise from Reykjavik to Amsterdam has included the world onboard premier of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, a Tony-award winning offering staged in the incredibly high-tech Prima Theatre – which also transforms into a nightclub for guests to dance the night away after the show. And while Katy Perry’s performance during the christening was just amazing, guests on board will also later this week enjoy live concerts from 80s stalwarts Kool and the Gang and the incomparable Chaka Khan.

The innovative design of Prima also includes a large amount of open space, including the Ocean Boulevarde which wraps around the outside of deck eight, with infinity pools on the side of the ship along with loungers, bars and alfresco restaurants. And on the subject of restaurants, the two-level main dining room actually faces outwards, with diners able to enjoy expansive views of the ocean through enormous picture windows. There’s also the new Indulge Food Hall, where a collection of about a dozen mini-eateries offer a huge variety of tastes which can be ordered through tablet devices for almost instant delivery. There’s also the Surfside Cafe buffet and the pub-style Local Bar and Grill, while specialty eateries onboard include Onda By Scarpetta (Italian), Cagney’s (steak), Food Republic (Asian), Hasuki (Japanese), Le Bistro (French), Los Lobos (Mexican), Nama (Japanese) and Palomar (seafood).

Indulge in the Mandara Spa Thermal Suite

And of course there’s a delightful onboard Mandara Spa featuring an array of treatments – plus the option of a “day pass” to the thermal suite where guests can while away their days experiencing a salt room, steam room, multiple types of saunas, a heated indoor pool and a relaxation suite overlooking the ocean.

Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said it had been a joy to see the company’s vision come to life, with the christening ceremony “setting the tone for the unparalleled holidays guests will enjoy for years to come”.

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