Fancy taking to a carting track on the open ocean? How about taking a plunge down a 10-storey dry slide? Or racing someone down the edge of a cruise ship on the twin serpentine slides? With attractions like these, adrenaline junkies are sure to be attracted to the Norwegian Viva, coming in 2023 from Norwegian Cruise Line.
A carting track on a cruise ship may seem like something out of Nintendo’s ‘Mario Kart’ franchise, but the concept already exists on the Viva’s predecessor, the Norwegian Prima. The 1,378 feet track includes 14 turns and goes around and through the ship’s funnel.
The second of six Prima vessels
The second vessel in Norwegian’s ambitious new Prima-class of cruise ships, the ship shares many design aspects in common with its sister ship, the Norwegian Prima, launched last year to a sales record.
Built by renowned Italian shipyard Fincantieri, the Norwegian Viva will be 964 feet long with a total passenger capacity of 3,219. More than 43,000 square feet of outdoor space will be available including the vast Ocean Boulevard.
Other notable amenities include the 11 restaurants of the Indulge Food Hall, several infinity pools and the simulator-packed virtual world of the Galaxy Pavilion.
“Norwegian Viva sets the standard in the premium segment, illustrating our commitment to pushing boundaries in four main areas: wide open space, service that puts guests first, thoughtful design and experiences beyond expectation,” said Harry Sommer, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO.
A premium offering
With so much high-octane entertainment on offer, there’s a dedicated space for those looking for a more relaxed, premium experience. This extends well beyond the concept of a first class cabin.
The Haven is described as a ship-within-a-ship, as it’s essentially a closed-off first class area accessible only by keycard.
Guests in one of the 107 exclusive suites from Italian designer Piero Lissoni have access to an exclusive infinity pool, a large outdoor spa and a “cold-room” in which to relax on any especially hot days.
A Mediterranean launch in 2023
The Norwegian Viva will start sailing in the Mediterranean in the summer and fall of 2023, and bookings are already open. From June 15 to November 6, the cruise ship will make a series of sailings from Greece, Italy and Portugal of between 8 and 10 days duration.
In the winter 2023-24 season, the ship will become the largest new ship to homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.