Norwegian Cruise Line recently marked the christening of Norwegian Viva, the highly awaited latest addition to NCL’s Prima Class, which follows the launch of the first ship in the class, Norwegian Prima, just a year ago. The christening ceremony, attended by over 1,500 guests, took place at the LEED Gold Certified terminal in PortMiami.
With a length of 965 feet and a capacity for 3,099 guests, Norwegian Viva made its debut in August this year, embarking on its inaugural summer season with European voyages. The ship boasts distinctive and exhilarating features, such as the three-story Viva Speedway, elevated culinary offerings like the Indulge Food Hall—an open-air food market with 11 distinct eateries—and an art collection that includes standout pieces such as Dominic Harris’ interactive artwork, “Every Wing has a Silver Lining,” a 52-foot wide creation displayed at the Metropolitan Bar.
Luis Fonsi, a GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, serves as the godfather for Norwegian Viva. In the official naming and christening ceremony, he broke a ceremonial champagne bottle across the ship’s hull, symbolising good fortune and safe travels for all passengers. As a Puerto Rican native and Miami resident, Fonsi represents the lively spirit that guests can experience on Norwegian Viva, with its warm-weather itineraries covering destinations from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.
Fonsi performing his award-winning and global chart-topping hit “Despacito,” among his other beloved Latin hits like “No Me Doy Por Vencido” and “Échame La Culpa.” He was joined by other talented performers with authentic Miami and Latin roots, including “Saturday Night Live” cast member and Miami-native Marcello Hernandez; the Queen of Latin Pop, Paulina Rubio; and recently announced GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Pedro Capó.
Norwegian Viva’s christening festivities also included the unveiling and dedication of the Knut Kloster Hall, a newly added installation at the NCL Terminal that pays homage to the Company’s founder, Knut Kloster, and colourfully shares details on NCL’s 57-year history of innovation in the cruise industry.
After its inaugural sailing and initial voyages from Miami, Norwegian Viva will relocate to San Juan, Puerto Rico, becoming the newest ship to homeport there from December 15, 2023. From December 2023 to March 2024, Norwegian Viva will offer seven-day Caribbean voyages, emphasizing port visits to tropical destinations such as Tortola, St. John’s, Bridgetown, Castries, Philipsburg, and St. Thomas. Notably, there will be no days at sea during these itineraries. Norwegian Viva will transition to sailing in the Mediterranean and Greek Isles in April next year. Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘Free at Sea’ offer provides travellers with added value, including benefits like unlimited open bar, specialty dining, shore excursion credits, complimentary Wi-Fi, discounted rates for third and fourth guests, and free roundtrip airfare for the second guest.