Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), has unveiled the all-new Norwegian Aqua, the first of the expanded Prima Plus Class setting sail in April 2025.
Travellers can now book Norwegian Aqua’s first voyages to the Caribbean with seven-day itineraries departing from one of the world’s most sought-after cruise ports, Port Canaveral. Voyages include calls to the idyllic island destinations of Puerto Plata, Tortola, St. Thomas, and Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas.
Building upon the award-winning experiences of Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, Norwegian Aqua will set new standards and deliver brand-new guest experiences with an overall 10 percent size and capacity increase from its sister ships. Spanning 322 metres long, 156,300 gross tonnes, and accommodating 3,571 guests at double occupancy, Norwegian Aqua will offer more outdoor space and the highest staffing levels of any new contemporary cruise ship.
“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.
Norwegian Aqua will showcase a lively and colourful hull art design by NCL’s first-ever major female hull artist, Allison Hueman. World-renowned for her street art and global brand collaborations, including Nike, L’Oreal and Google, Hueman’s distinctive art style is a blend of ethereal realism. Norwegian Aqua’s design, entitled "Where the Sky Meets the Sea," is curated by Goldman Global Arts and evokes modern mythology through colorful mashups of abstract and figurative representations of sea and sky, ruled by ancient goddesses.
“I’m honoured, not only to be the first major female hull artist for Norwegian Cruise Line but to also know that my artwork will be roaming the seas touching different parts of the world,” said Allison Hueman, Filipino-American multidisciplinary artist.
Norwegian Aqua will premiere the world’s first hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, the Aqua Slidecoaster. Complete with dual slides and a magnetic lift that propels adventurous guests through two different courses.
The new Glow Court, a digital sports complex with an interactive LED floor, will offer interactive guest activities throughout the day before transforming into a nightclub in the evening.
Boasting NCL’s first-ever Three-Bedroom Duplex Haven Suites, Norwegian Aqua will offer all-new luxurious accommodations in the Brand’s premium keycard-access-only-complex, The Haven by Norwegian. These four two-story spacious suites feature separate living and dining areas; three bathrooms; a sprawling balcony; and three bedrooms, of which two include a king-size bed, with the master offering floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking ocean views.
The Haven aboard Norwegian Aqua will offer the largest Haven complex in the fleet with 123 well-appointed suites, including access to a dedicated sundeck, an infinity pool overlooking the ship’s stern, an outdoor spa, and an exclusive bar pouring rare spirits and vintages. Haven guests will continue to enjoy 24-hour butler service and a dedicated concierge team.
Norwegian Aqua will offer a variety of the most spacious accommodation in the fleet including inside, ocean view, and balcony category staterooms, while solo travellers will continue to enjoy NCL’s signature Studio staterooms, which are priced and designed with the solo traveller in mind and include private keycard access to a dedicated Studio Lounge. The ship will also feature the Company’s latest solo stateroom expanded categories, solo inside, solo oceanview and solo balcony.
NCL’s family-favourite Splash Academy, for children ages three to 12, will return to Norwegian Aqua. Adolescents aged 13 to 17, can engage in fun, age-appropriate activities at Entourage, NCL’s signature teen club.