Norwegian Cruise Line delays Prima-class deliveries by one year 

Norwegian Cruise Line has made changes to its upcoming cruise ship delivery schedule, with its Prima-class vessels delayed by a year through 2027.

In announcing the delayed delivery schedules, the cruise line cited shipyard delays due to supply chain constraints.

The next Prima-class cruise ship was meant to be introduced in 2024, but it will instead enter service in 2025. The other four vessels on order for the class will now be delivered in 2026 and 2027, with 2026 featuring two new ship debuts.

Norwegian Prima debuted this summer, with her sister ship Norwegian Viva scheduled to follow in 2023.

Norwegian Prima is the first ship of a new six-vessel line-up

The four Prima Plus class ships round out the series of new Norwegian Cruise Line ships from Fincantieri. As the class name suggests, they are also bigger, going from 3,215 berths to 3,550 per ship.

The Prima class builds on some of the most popular features of its Breakaway-Plus class ships, including an expanded Waterfront area (renamed the Boulevard aboard Prima), and a go-kart track up on the top deck.

The Prima-class feature a waterfront promenade deck that wraps around the entire ship.

The Prima Theater & Club is another innovation aboard the ship. The three-deck space transforms from a theatre in the early evening into a Vegas-style nightclub later in the night, providing guests with a multifaceted entertainment experience.

The main dining menu aboard Norwegian Prima has also been completely re-imagined, while existing venues in the fleet, such as the Le Bistro, Cagney’s Steakhouse, Food Republic and the Observation Lounge, have all been enhanced.

Onda by Scarpetta aboard Norwegian Prima

Onda by Scarpetta

When it comes to entertainment, Norwegian Prima features Tony Award-nominated musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical as its interactive headlining act, as well as numerous cruise industry firsts and new-to-brand elevated onboard experiences.

The exact configuration and entertainment options of the larger sister ships in the class have not been announced, but Prima and Viva both debut nine new dining and beverage venues among a total of 35, including the brand’s first sustainably-focused bar.

Balcony cabin aboard Norwegian Prima

The ships also feature the Mandara Spa’s charcoal sauna, derived from Japanese and Korean wellness practices. The spa sauna will use a radiant heat system with an outer charcoal layer to reach temperatures between 86 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

The charcoal sauna will be one of eight thermal offerings available at the spa, which also has a salt and steam room, an ice room, a flotation salt pool and infrared sauna.

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