NCL Shares New Photos of Norwegian Aqua Float Out

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Front view of norwegian Aqua at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard during the floatout
  • Norwegian Aqua was floated out at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard, signifying a major advancement in its construction.
  • The first Prima Plus-class cruise ship will debut in 2025 and offer seven-day Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral.
  • The ship showcases unique hull art by Allison Hueman, integrating vibrant, abstract art with themes of sea and sky.

Norwegian Aqua reached a significant milestone with the ship’s float-out at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. Norwegian Cruise Line and Fincantieri celebrated the key phase in the shipbuilding process. The milestone celebrates the vessel’s transition from dry dock to water, symbolizing a near completion of the exterior work.

“We are excited to celebrate another milestone with our partners at Fincantieri, who are integral to the Prima Class journey and supporting us in evolving the amazing experience we design and deliver for our guests,” said David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Building upon the guest-favorite features of the award-winning vessels of this class, the 10% increase in space provides us with more flexibility to deliver more offerings and more beautifully designed venues for our guests to relax and explore on board Norwegian Aqua.”

Close up of the artwork on the bow of Norwegian AquaPin

Aqua is the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s expanded Prima Plus Class. With its innovative design and guest-focused amenities, it is heralding new standards in the cruise industry.

Norwegian Aqua is 1,056 feet long and has an internal volume of 156,300 gross tons. It is approximately 10% larger than the previous two Prima-class ships and can accommodate 3,571 guests at double occupancy.

“We are excited to mark this significant moment with Norwegian Cruise Line as we witness the float out of Norwegian Aqua, which represents a new chapter in our long-lasting partnership,” stated Luigi Matarazzo, general manager of the Fincantieri Merchant Ships Division. “We are proud to be part of this transformative journey in which innovation, a cornerstone of our industrial plan, is one of our key points, as we strive to push boundaries and elevate industry standards.”

The bow of Norwegian Aqua during the first float out as the dry dock fills with waterPin

Upon completion, the Norwegian Aqua will set sail on its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral in April 2025. The vessel offers guests seven-day Caribbean itineraries with calls in Puerto Plata, Tortola, St. Thomas, and Great Stirrup Cay.

“The Prima Class is a true evolution of the brand,” said Mark Kansley, senior vice president of hotel operations of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We hear from our guests following every cruise, and they appreciate the intimate nature and greater variety of elevated spaces throughout the ship for them to relax in or explore while on vacation.  We are excited to soon deliver on this next chapter of our evolution – the Prima Plus Class – and bring our guests along on our journey.”

Photos of the float out showcase the ship’s exclusive hull art design by Allison Hueman, a Filipino-American artist renowned for her ethereal realism and vibrant, abstract compositions. This artwork, entitled “Where the Sky Meets the Sea,” represents a blend of modern mythology and natural elements, showcasing Norwegian Cruise Line’s commitment to integrating art and travel.

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Marcello De Lio