The Norwegian Prima will be completed and delivered in 2022 (Source: Filippo Vinardi)

First new Prima Class cruise ship floated out in Italy

The first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) six Prima-class of ships, Norwegian Prima, has been floated out at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Venice. The vessel is due for delivery in 2022, with others in the class scheduled to be commissioned each year until 2027.

With a gross tonnage of more than 142,500 and capacity for 3,215 passengers, the 295m-long vessel will form the backbone of NCL’s future fleet, according to a Fincantieri statement.

The Prima class is based on a prototype project developed by Fincantieri, the shipbuilder said, with a focus on energy efficiency. This includes minimising consumption at sea and reducing environmental impact, in compliance with the most recent relevant regulations.

Fincantieri has a long-standing relationship with NCL holding company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, a United States-based company which also owns the Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises. Two vessels have been delivered to Regent – the Seven Seas Explorer in 2016 and the Seven Seas Splendor in 2020 – and the shipbuilder has two ships in its order book for Oceania, the first in the new Allura class of vessels.

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