Norwegian Viva named in Miami ceremony

Norwegian Cruise Line’s second Prima class ship has been named at a ceremony in Miami.

Norwegian Viva, which made its debut in August with a series of European sailings, will reposition to San Juan, Puerto Rico as the newest ship to homeport in the destination when it arrives on December 15. 

The 3,099-passenger vessel, which features a karting speedway over three levels and an open-air food market, will run seven-night winter Caribbean sailings until March.

The ship will then return to Europe for summer cruises in the Mediterranean, including Greek islands itineraries.

The ship’s naming, conducted by Puerto Rican singer songwriter Luis Fonsi as godfather, was attended by more than 1,500 guests.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president nd chief executive Harry Sommer said: “As a company, it has been a milestone year with the debut of next-generation ships across all three of our best-in-class cruise brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

“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. 

“Since she launched in August, Norwegian Viva’s initial guest satisfaction scores have outshined any new-build in the history of the NCL fleet, a testament to not only how stunning this ship is, but also the exceptional level of service and attention provided by our amazing crew on board.”

Meanwhile, Celebrity Cruises’ newest Edge-series ship Celebrity Ascent is to be named tomorrow (Friday) at Port Everglades ahead of an inaugural winter season of Caribbean sailings.   

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