Norwegian to introduce new Prima Plus ship class

The new line of vessels will launch in 2025 with the arrival of Norwegian Aqua.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has opened sales for its new Norwegian Aqua, the first ship of its next-generation Prima Plus class, which will debut in April 2025.

Fincantieri will construct the four-ship Prima Plus class, having earlier this year completed the delivery of the second of NCL’s two Prima class vessels – the first time the cruise line had worked with the Italian shipbuilder.

Building upon the Prima class, Aqua will deliver an overall 10% size and capacity increase from her sister ships Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva.

Aqua will accommodate 3,571 guests at double occupancy, and will offer more outdoor space and the highest staffing levels of any new contemporary cruise ship.

She will debut with seven-day Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral to destinations such as Puerto Plata, Tortola, St. Thomas, and Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas.

Aqua is a true testament of fusing together what represents the future of our brand as the first ship in the Prima Plus Class, and our commitment to pushing the boundaries in guest-first experiences that will make new waves at sea,” President David Herrera said.

“[She] will feature new, elevated and exhilarating offerings that once again showcase NCL as the innovator in the industry and as a key contributor to a new era of cruising.”

Aqua’s highlights will include the world’s first “hybrid-coaster”, the Aqua Slidecoaster – a cross between a rollercoaster and a waterslide.

Complete with exhilarating dual slides and a magnetic lift which propels adventurous guests through two different courses, this experience will feature three storeys of exciting twists and turns around Aqua’s funnel.

An innovative digital sports complex, the Glow Court, will feature an interactive LED floor, offering a variety of interactive guest activities by day, before transforming into a nightclub in the evening.

NCL’s first Three-Bedroom Duplex Haven Suites, located in the cruise line’s premium keycard-access-only-complex, will feature two storeys, separate living and dining areas, three bathrooms, a sprawling balcony, and three bedrooms, of which two include a king-sized bed.

Aqua will also feature captivating hull art designed by world-renowned graffiti artist Allison Hueman.

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