Middle East Cruise News

New Prima class ship Norwegian Viva to cruise to Egypt and Israel

Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled its winter 2024/25 and summer 2025 cruises with voyages to the Middle East aboard its newest cruise ship, the upcoming Prima class Norwegian Viva.

Norwegian Viva is the second in the groundbreaking Prima class and will sail a range of cruises featuring the Greek Isles, Israel and Egypt.

In addition to the Middle East itineraries, Norwegian Cruise Line also unveiled voyages in Europe, the Caribbean, and Alaska.

Dry slide and Ocean Boulevard aboard Norwegian Viva

“When planning new itineraries, we listen to our guests and provide them with the ultimate cruise vacation,” said Harry Sommer, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line. “Our itineraries are designed to provide longer port hours and less sea days to truly allow our guests the opportunity to dive into the cultures and destinations they are visiting.”

Middle East & Greek Isles

Norwegian Viva is due to enter service in August 2023, and will offer select roundtrip seven-day Greek Isles voyages from Athens (Piraeus), Greece, as well as nine-to-11-day open jaw sailings between Haifa, Israel; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; and Istanbul, Turkey from May through November 2025.

The voyages will call to ports such as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Iraklion, Greece; offer 15-hour long port stays in Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel; and call to Alexandria and Port Said, Egypt, allowing plenty of time for guests to visit the pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Norwegian Viva

Norwegian Viva will be a sister ship to Norwegian Prima, which was introduced earlier this year. These vessels are an entirely new class for Norwegian Cruise Line, and feature a range of enhancements compared to anything else in the fleet.

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

The 44,000-square foot Ocean Boulevard will go right round Norwegian Viva, from bow to stern and starboard to port. There’ll be swimming pools, sun loungers, art installations, and at least 14 dining venues with outdoor and indoor seating.

The Viva 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.

Palomar restaurant

The main dining menu aboard Norwegian Viva 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.

In addition to the Greek Isles and Middle East cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line has also released itineraries for Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Panama Canal and Alaska.

Northern Europe

Norwegian Prima will sail a series of 10-and-11-day open-jaw voyages from London (Southampton), England and Reykjavik, Iceland from May through September, 2025.

These cruises will call in Geiranger, Norway, home to Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning blue waters, steeps cliffs and waterfalls, as well as Alesund, Flåm and Bergen, Norway; Brussels/Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium; Akureyri, Isafjordur, Iceland, and Amsterdam.


Norwegian Breakaway will offer a series of nine-and-10-day roundtrip Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Spain from April 2025 through October 2025.

These cruises will feature an overnight call to Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy providing cruisers a full two days to explore the destination and immerse themselves in the history and culture around them. The two itineraries will call to bucket-list destinations such as Ibiza, Spain; Cagliari, Naples and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Cannes, France, and more.


Norwegian Prima will sail roundtrip from New York on 10-to-12-day Caribbean sailings beginning November 2024 through March 2025 visiting Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda.

Norwegian Viva will homeport in San Juan, Puerto Rico from December 2024 through April 2025 offering seven-day roundtrip Southern Caribbean sailings with zero sea days allowing cruisers to explore a new warm-weather destination each day.

Norwegian Escape will sail seven- and 14-day Caribbean sailings from December 2024 through March 2025 from Galveston, Texas. The vessel will offer seven-day Western Caribbean itineraries calling to Costa Maya, and Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; as well as Harvest Caye, NCL’s resort-style destination located in Southern Belize.

Alaska and Panama Canal

Norwegian Joy will make her return to Alaska and offer nine-and-10-day roundtrip sailings from Seattle from late April through October 2025.

Norwegian Encore will traverse the 40-mile Panama Canal during her unique 21-day Extraordinary Journey starting October 13th, 2024 from Seattle and sailing down the West Coast to San Francisco and Los Angeles; Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Panama City, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; George Town, Grand Cayman, ending her voyage in Miami.

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