Norwegian Cruise Line officially christens Norwegian Prima in Iceland
By Claire Benktander | 31 Aug 2022
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has officially christened leading-edge Norwegian Prima in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, alongside the ship’s godmother, Katy Perry.
NCL’s newest ship addition has made history as the first major cruise ship christened in Reykjavik in Iceland. The first of six ships in the line’s Prima Class, Norwegian Prima, debuted to more than 2,500 guests who enjoyed an immersive experience and christening celebration.
Guests at the christening ceremony enjoyed a performance by popular Icelandic group and 2021 “Eurovision Song Contest” fan favourites Daði og Gagnamagnið before Norwegian Prima’s godmother Katy Perry took to the main stage to officially name and christen the vessel with the ceremonial champagne bottle break across the ship’s hull and a rendition hits including “California Girls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Roar,” and “Firework.”
“With her stunning design and unique offerings, Norwegian Prima is in a league of her own,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
“As the industry’s most spacious new cruise ship featuring ‘only-available-on-Prima-experiences,’ she is continuing NCL’s legacy of industry firsts.
“We wanted to launch Norwegian Prima in a location just as special and unique as she is, and Reykjavik’s striking landscape is the perfect setting for such a milestone occasion. We thank the Reykjavik community for welcoming us with open arms.”
Norwegian Prima is home to the largest variety of suite categories available at sea as well as The Haven by Norwegian, NCL’s premium keycard-only concept, as well as spaces like Ocean Boulevard, the 44,000 square foot outdoor walkway which wraps around the entire ship; The Concourse’s multi-million dollar outdoor sculpture garden and expansive pool decks and infinity style pools at Infinity Beach.
“We have been eagerly anticipating and preparing for this special event for several years, so we are delighted to embark on NCL’s next chapter with Norwegian Prima,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“It’s been a joy to see our vision come to life with this landmark christening ceremony, which sets the tone for the unparalleled holidays guests will enjoy for years to come. We are so thankful to our team members and partners worldwide who have made Norwegian Prima a stunning reality.”
“It was so much fun to sprinkle some fairy godmother dust on Norwegian Prima and send her on her way to sail the high seas,” said Katy Perry.
“I always appreciate a family vacation and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I was happy to wish all the vacationing guests a happy bon voyage!”
Guests were also treated to an LED light show by Artist Olafur Eliasson as well as performances by Icelandic singer-songwriter Bríet who joined the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Norwegian Prima will depart on inaugural voyages to Northern Europe from the Netherlands, Denmark and England beginning 3rd September, 2022, before making her way to the U.S. She will then sail voyages to the Caribbean from New York City, Galveston, Texas, and Miami in October and November before settling into her homeport of Port Canaveral, Fla., and Galveston, Texas for the 2023 and 2024 cruise season.
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