Norwegian launches new cruise ship with eco-friendly technology that reduces environmental impact

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is launch its new ecological creation, Norwegian Viva, a new ship that will depart from four European ports from June 2023.

The ship will depart from Lisbon, Venice (Trieste), Rome (Civitavecchia) and Athens (Piraeus), from June 15 to November 6, 2023, with itineraries of eight, nine and 10 days.

The ship is the latest addition to NCL’s Prima class. It has capacity for 3,219 passengers in double occupancy. The ship is said to have the most spacious interior, ocean views and balcony-class accommodations in the brand’s history.

Following her maiden Mediterranean season, Norwegian Viva will sail to the southern Caribbean for a series of voyages in the winter sun from Puerto Rico, San Juan.

Norwegian Viva will depart Puerto Rico on December 15, 2022, for a seven-day Caribbean cruise that will include stops in the British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Antigua and the US Virgin Islands before returning to San Juan in December 22.

Both Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, the first two ships in the Prima Class, are designed to feature cutting-edge eco-friendly technologies.

A NOx reduction (SCR) system will “reduce the overall environmental impact of the ship. SCR catalysts filter sulfur oxides up to 98% and nitrogen oxides up to 90%, ensuring vessels meet NOx Tier III compliance,” according to a January 12 press release from NCL.

The vessel also features “an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS), an Advanced Wastewater Treatment System… and Cold Pass functionality to connect to land-based electrical grids to further reduce emissions while in port.”

These improvements are expected to help cruise ships lessen their impact on the ocean while remaining profitable.

The Haven by Norwegian will be redefined on Norwegian Viva, featuring 107 suites designed by Piero Lissoni, featuring an expansive deck, an infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake and an outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.

Norwegian Viva will also offer exclusive Prima Class thrills such as The Rush and The Drop, the fastest freefall dry slides at sea, and Viva Speedway, also the largest three-level racetrack at sea.

Other highlights include a 44,000-square-foot open-air Boulevard that wraps around the entire ship and the Indulge Food Hall, which features 11 different restaurants.

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