The second Prima-class ship, Norwegian Viva, was christened on November 28 at PortMiami. Godfather and Grammy Award-nominated singer Luis Fonsi and other Latin stars attended the event.
After Norwegian Viva’s August debut and inaugural summer European sailing, over 1,500 guests celebrated her christening on Tuesday.
One of the event’s highlights was the unveiling of the Knut Kloster Hall, an installation at the terminal commemorating Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) founder and the company’s 57-year history. Knut was the founder of NCL and passed away in late 2020.
As the cruise ship’s godfather, Luis broke the ceremonial champagne bottle across the Viva’s hull. The “Despacito” singer was chosen because of his ties to Miami and the vessel’s home port in Puerto Rico.
“Fonsi is the perfect fit for Norwegian Viva,” explained NCL President David J. Herrera. “Like NCL, Miami is his hometown. Norwegian Viva is going to be homeported in San Juan, which is Fonsi’s other hometown. And most importantly, Fonsi has totally figured out the whole ‘live it up’ vibe.”
During the festivities, the crowd enjoyed live performances from Fonsi, who sang his famous “Despacito” together with hits “Échame La Culpa” and “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Other Latin celebrities took to the stage—comedian Marcello Herandez, singer Paulina Rubio, and Grammy-nominated musician Pedro Capó.
Viva’s signature amenities
The Norwegian Viva is 965 feet long, 142,500 gross tons, and can accommodate over 3,000 guests. Her features include a 3-story racetrack, a large open-concept food hall, more intimate entertainment spaces, thrilling sea slides, a 52-foot interactive digital artwork, and a glass bridge.
“The addition of Norwegian Viva further elevates our world-class fleet, providing our valued guests with another incredible way to vacation, discover new experiences, and create unforgettable memories,” said Harry Sommer, President and CEO of NCL Holdings.
Sommer added that the Viva’s guest satisfaction scores have “outshined any new build in the history of the NCL fleet.”
What’s next for the Viva?
The cruise ship, which was delivered in August, will be docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on December 15. From then on until March 2024, it will offer 7-day Caribbean voyages where guests can explore a new tropical island every day.
The ship will take passengers to various destinations, including St. John’s in Antigua, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Castries in St. Lucia, Bridgetown in Barbados, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and Philipsburg in St. Maarten.
In April, she will sail to Greece and the Mediterranean.