Norwegian Cruise Line has opened bookings for its newest ship – Norwegian Aqua – which will start sailing in April 2025.
The vessel will feature the world’s first hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, the Aqua Slidecoaster.
The ride will have dual slides and a magnetic lift that propels guests through two different courses on three storeys around the ship’s funnel.
The first of NCL’s expanded Prima Plus Class will initially offer seven-day Caribbean cruises departing from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Ports of call will include the Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands and Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas.
Following the Caribbean sailings, Norwegian Aqua will offer five and seven-day voyages from New York to Bermuda, from August-October 2025.
The ship will then sail five and seven-day eastern Caribbean itineraries from Miami, from October 2025 to April 2026.
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri is constructing the 3,571-passenger vessel that will be have a 10% size and capacity increase from its sister ships: Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva.
David Herrera, NCL president, said: “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.
“Named for both the beautiful shades of blue from the ocean and our connection to the sea, Norwegian Aqua will feature new, elevated and exhilarating offerings that once again showcase NCL as the innovator in the industry and as a key contributor to a new era of cruising.”
As well as the world’s first hybrid coaster, the ship will have a new ‘Glow Court’, described as a digital sports complex with an interactive LED floor.
This will offer a variety of activities by day and transform into a nightclub in the evening.
Norwegian Aqua will also have NCL’s first three-bedroom duplex Haven suites, in the premium keycard-access-only-complex, The Haven by Norwegian.
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