Norwegian Launches New Cruise Ship With Eco-Friendly Tech Reducing Environmental Impact

Norwegian Launches Cruise Ship With Eco-Friendly Tech Reducing Environmental Impact

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is launching its new eco-friendly creation, the Norwegian Viva, a new vessel that will sail from four European homeports from June 2023.

The ship will depart Lisbon, Venice (Trieste), Rome (Civitavecchia) and Athens (Piraeus), from Jun. 15 to Nov. 6, 2023, with eight, nine, and 10-day itineraries.

The ship is the latest addition to NCL’s Prima Class. It has a capacity of 3,219 passengers at double occupancy. The ship is said to boast the most spacious interior, ocean view, and balcony category accommodations in the brand’s history.

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

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

Both Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, the first two Prima Class vessels, have been designed to feature cutting-edge eco-friendly technologies.

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

The vessel also features “an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS), an Advanced Wastewater Treatment System… and Cold Ironing functionality to connect to onshore power 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 the Norwegian Viva, with 107 suites designed by Piero Lissoni, featuring an expansive sundeck, an infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake, and an outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.

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

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