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WICO Welcomes Prima, Norwegian’s Most-in-Demand Flagship

A USVI delegation hosted by WICO President and CEO, Anthony A. Ottley, (center) welcomes Captain Kevin Bellido (to the right of Ottley) at the official ceremony welcoming Norwegian Prima to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Also attending Thursday’s ceremony were (left to right) WICO Board member Vincent Richards; Department of Tourism’s Nicole George-Petersen; St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island Administrator Avery Lewis; Virgin Port Services’ Rita Meyer; and Best Taxi’s Paschal Simeon (Photo credit: Photo courtesy of WICO).

One of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest flagships made her inaugural visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday, April 22, Norwegian Prima arrived at the West Indian Company Dock at 12:30 p.m. and remained in port until 9 p.m.

She is the first of six prima-class ships being delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) between 2022 and 2027.

WICO executives and cruise industry stakeholders welcomed the ship at a plaque exchange ceremony to observe the occasion.

“The much-anticipated Project Leonardo vessels are Norwegian’s first new class of ships in a decade,” said Anthony A. Ottley, WICO president and CEO. “The overwhelming response on the first day and during the first week Norwegian Prima bookings opened made her the cruise line’s most in-demand ship ever. It is a pleasure to welcome this Prima-class leas vessel to our shores.”

Norwegian Prima features elaborate hull art in muted shades of blue with the ship’s interior reflecting that of an intimate resort. Prima-class ships are designed with lower passenger capacity and more public spaces. They are about 140,000 gross tons, have 16 passenger decks, 11 dining options and other amenities.

In service since 2022, the $1.5 billion Norwegian Prima appeals to a broad range of cruise travelers by mingling understated, elegant, luxurious amenities with fun opportunities such as go-karts and food trucks.

The 3,206 passengers and 1,471 crew are on an 11-day sailing that also includes stops to the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao and the USVI.

Norwegian Prima Specifications

Built: Fincantieri Shipyard, Italy

Entered Service: 2022

Port of Registry: Nassau

Class: Prima

Cost: $850 million

Capacity: 3,099 passengers

Crew: 1,506

Weight: 143,535 tons

Length: 965 feet

Decks: 20

Speed: 22 mph

Godmother: Katy Perry

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