On Board NCL’s ‘Prima’: A Ship Punching Well Above its Weight

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Norwegian flag on the mast of a cruise ship

Mary McKenna, Managing Director of Tour America and Cruise Holidays boarded the recently launched Norwegian Cruise Line, Prima.  

Katy Perry sent the ship off in style from Reykjavik, which was out of this world.  Having been on many ships from Celebrity, to Royal Caribbean and Norwegian, Mary thinks this ship certainly punches well above its weight.  

Here are Mary’s Top Must-Do’s on Norwegian, Prima.

1.    With 19 bars and lounges on board, along with 15 dining areas, you are completely spoilt for choice. There is Cagney’s Steakhouse (my favourite), Hasku’s Japanese Grill,  Los Lobos Mexican, Nama Sushi & Salshimi, and Onda by Scarpetta Italian food to name but a few.

2.    Prima Speedway is a must do.  This is where you can race a motor car on the ship which is larger and zoomier than ever. Speed across the horizon on the first three-level race track at sea.

3.    The Pulse Fitness Centre has a 270 degree view of the ocean, with state of the art equipment (techno gym). There are spinning classes along with yoga and pilates classes.  There is nothing like this incredible view to take the sting out of a tough work out. 

4.    107 Haven Suitesall at the Aft of the ship (back of the ship) with 13 different types of categories including a 3 bedroom suite which are situated on the 16th and 17th floor. All the suites were designed by the Italian designer Piero Lissoni.  From the moment you check in, which is a separate exclusive area for suite class, you are greeted by your butler, you have your own exclusive pool, Haven restaurant and private outdoor sanctuary. These are just perfect for that special occasion.

5.    The Drop and the Rush slide should be on your list to do whether you are a child or an  adult! At 10-stories tall Norwegian Prima’s newest slides are the fastest at sea.  The Drop and Rush is the first free-fall slide in the world.

6.    Bull’s Eye – discover the twist on a classic game of darts.Sit back in a classically elegant pod and play a round of darts.  There are 3 large pods on board where you have a group of friends and enjoy darts. I have never seen this on board a cruise ship before, what fun.

7.    Infinity beach offers an unparalleled pool experience to South Beach Miami.  Perched at the edge of the ship its innovative, modern, rectangular designs allows guests to the best views of the ocean.

8.    Ocean walk, is a glass- bottom walkway, giving all a view of the oceanas they walk above. It truly is something else.

9.    The entertainment on board is incredible. You can enjoy, ‘Summer’, the Donna Summer Musical, and “Noise Boys” from the producers who brought you ‘The Choice of Man’.

10.  And to top it all off you have the Prima Theatre & Club, which is the first venue in the world that transforms from a three-story theatre to a spectacular Vegas-style nightclub just like that.  

Here are two great offers from Norwegian Cruise Line on Prima.  Remember once you are on board everything is at your fingertips.  For the best advice and service call www.touramerica.iewww.cruiseholidays.ie, 01 8173535.

10 night Orlando & Caribbean fly cruise & stay from €1,529pp

Includes return flights to Orlando

3 nights at the Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando

7 nights on the brand new Norwegian Prima

Based on 2 adults sharing an inside stateroom

Includes all food & entertainment onboard

Itinerary; Port Canaveral (Florida), at Sea, Cozumel (Mexico), Georgetown (Grand Cayman), Rios (Jamaica), at Sea, Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas), Port Canaveral (Florida)

Ref: 692575

Departs: 9th Feb 2023

10 night Northern Europe fly cruise from €2,959pp
Includes return flights to Rejkavik/London and all transfers
10 nights onboard the brand new Norwegian Prima
Based on 2 adults sharing an inside stateroom
Includes all food & entertainment onboard
Itinerary; Reykjavik (Iceland), Isafjordur (Iceland), Akureyri (Iceland at sea), Alesund (Norway), Oldun (Norway), Bergen (Germany), at Sea, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Southampton (UK).
Ref: 692577

Departs 16th June 2023

Mary McKenna is Managing Director of Tour America and Cruise Holidays

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