Norwegian Viva, the second of six vessels in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Prima Class, floated out from its dry dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Venice.
To celebrate the occasion, a commemorative coin was welded into the ship in a traditional maritime ceremony presided over by Harry Sommer, president and CEO of NCL.
“The float out of Norwegian Viva has been much anticipated and it’s an incredibly proud day for us all,” said Sommer. “As our nineteenth ship and the second in our innovative Prima Class, Norwegian Viva continues to represent our ongoing commitment to giving guests the best holiday experience imaginable. With Norwegian Viva’s name meaning ‘to be alive,’ and her motto being ‘Live it Up,’ we simply cannot wait to put this into practice…”
The float out marks a major construction milestone for the ship signifying the completion of external work, including the painting of the ships’ hull with artwork designed by Italian graffiti artist Manuel Di Rita, commonly known as “Peeta.” Construction now continues on Norwegian Viva’s interior fittings and guest accommodations before being officially delivered to NCL next July.
Norwegian Prima, the first in the all-new class of ship, debuts later this month. Travel Market Report will be onboard for the celebrations, including its naming ceremony featuring godmother Katy Perry.