Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has floated out its new vessel, Norwegian Viva, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Venice), Italy.
The ship is the second of six vessels in its ground-breaking Prima Class, and follows Norwegian Prima which was officially handed over last month and makes its inaugural voyage later this month.
“It’s an incredibly proud day for us all,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of NCL.
“As our 19th 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 and welcome guests on board soon for the vacation of a lifetime.”
To celebrate the occasion, a commemorative coin was welded into Norwegian Viva in a traditional maritime ceremony.
The float out signifies the completion of external works and painting of Norwegian Viva, including the hull artwork designed by Italian graffiti artist Manuel Di Rita, commonly known as Peeta. Construction now continues on the ship’s interior before it enters service in 2023.