Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled the features on board its latest ship, Norwegian Aqua, the first Prima Plus vessel, which will be setting sale in 2025.
The new ship is also now on sale, with its inaugural season consisting of seven-day sailings out of Port Canaveral from April 2025.
The cruises will call at Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas.
“Norwegian Aqua is a true testament of fusing together what represents the future of our Brand as the first ship in the Prima Plus Class, and our commitment to pushing the boundaries in guest-first experiences that will make new waves at sea,” said David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Named for both the beautiful shades of blue from the ocean and our connection to the sea, Norwegian Aqua will feature new, elevated and exhilarating offerings that once again showcase NCL as the innovator in the industry and as a key contributor to a new era of cruising.”
Norwegian Aqua will be 10% larger than Norwegian Prima and Viva, allowing for 3,571 guests when at full capacity.
The hull work will be by Allison Hueman, the first female artist to showcase her work on an NCL hull.
“I’m honored to not only be the first major female hull artist for Norwegian Cruise Line, but to also showcase my artwork at sea to millions of guests a year,” said Allison Hueman, Filipino-American multidisciplinary artist. “Norwegian Cruise Line has continued to demonstrate its commitment to art with the debut of the Prima Class, and it’s incredibly special to partner with a Brand that believes in the connection between art, travel and the guest experience.”
In terms of new experiences, Norwegian Aqua will have the world’s first hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, called the Aqua Slidecoaster. There will also be the Glow Court, a digital sports complex with an interactive LED floor, which transforms into a nightclub in the evening.