Norwegian Cruise Line has opened its next Prima class cruise ship up for sale, and revealed her name as Norwegian Aqua, with a maiden voyage scheduled for April, 2025.
A sister ship to Norwegian Prima, and Norwegian Viva, Aqua will be the first of the expanded Prima Plus Class, offering a range of new amenities and features, such as a rollercoaster and new cabin categories.
Norwegian Aqaua’s inaugural season will feature a range of Caribbean itineraries out of Port Canaveral, Florida from April, 2025, visiting the Dominican Republic, the US and British Virgin Islands, and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas.
Norwegian Aqua has been designed to set new standards and deliver brand-new guest experiences. At 156,300 gross tons, she’s 10% larger than her sister ships, and will carry 3,571 passengers.
The ship will offer more outdoor space and the highest staffing levels of any new cruise ship, while also featuring the world’s first hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, Norwegian’s first-ever Three-Bedroom Duplex Haven Suites, as well as larger pool areas and daybeds around the main pool.
“Norwegian 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,” said David J. Herrera, President of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“Named for both the beautiful shades of blue from the ocean and our connection to the sea, Norwegian Aqua 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,” he added.
Norwegian Aqua will also be one of Norwegian’s most colourful ships to date, showcasing a lively hull art design by the cruise line’s first-ever major female hull artist, Allison Hueman.
World-renowned for her street art and global brand collaborations, including Nike, L’Oreal and Google, Hueman’s distinctive art style is a blend of ethereal realism. Norwegian Aqua’s design, entitled “Where the Sky Meets the Sea,” is curated by Goldman Global Arts and evokes modern mythology through colourful mashups of abstract and figurative representations of sea and sky, ruled by ancient goddesses.
First Hybrid-rollercoaster at sea:
Norwegian Aqua will debut the world’s first hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, the Aqua Slidecoaster. Complete with exhilarating dual slides and a magnetic lift that propels guests through two different courses, this NCL exclusive experience will span three stories around the ship’s funnel.
Additional New Features:
The new Glow Court: a digital sports complex with an interactive LED floor will offer a variety of interactive guest activities by day and then transform into a nightclub in the evening. Guests will also be able to continue to enjoy some of their favorite Prima Class experiences aboard Norwegian Aqua, including The Drop, NCL’s 10-story free-fall slide, and the Stadium, a now expanded game space offering complimentary activities.
Largest Haven Complex: Norwegian Aqua will offer the cruise line’s first-ever Three-Bedroom Duplex Haven Suites, and the largest Haven complex in the fleet. A range of all-new luxurious accommodations will be available in the line’s premium keycard-access-only-complex.
These four two-story spacious suites feature separate living and dining areas; three bathrooms; a sprawling balcony; and three bedrooms, of which two include a king size bed, with the master offering floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking ocean views.
The Haven aboard Norwegian Aqua will offer the largest Haven complex in the fleet with 123 well-appointed suites, including access to an expansive, dedicated sundeck; a serene infinity pool overlooking the ship’s stern; an outdoor spa complete with a glass-walled sauna and cold room; two hot tubs; a private lounge; exclusive bar pouring rare spirits and vintages; and sweeping sea views available from every public space. Haven guests will continue to enjoy 24-hour butler service and a dedicated concierge team.
Larger Ocean Boulevard: Aboard Norwegian Aqua, guests can spend their days exploring and enjoying NCL’s most expansive Ocean Boulevard to-date, the outdoor walkway that wraps around the entire ship.The expanded promenade features Oceanwalk, a glass bridge that offers great photo opportunities; Infinity Beach with expanded vistas and intimate pools overlooking each side of the ship; and La Terrazza, the open-air lounge with sweeping sea views.
More outdoor spaces: Norwegian Aqua’s infinity edge pool will feature expanded seating, and for the first time in NCL’s fleet, day beds will be available on the main pool deck for guests to lounge and relax.
NCL’s family-favorite Splash Academy, for children ages three to 12, will return to Norwegian Aqua. Adolescents aged 13 to 17, can engage in fun, age-appropriate activities at Entourage, NCL’s signature teen club, which will enjoy its very own dedicated space.
For an elevated and adults-only experience, the expanded Vibe Beach Club will also offer more lounge seating.