Get ready to enjoy nonstop activities, entertainment and dining while onboard the 3,099-guest Norwegian Viva. The ship was christened in Miami in late November following its inaugural summer season in Europe.
Kate McGowan, partnership operation manager for AAA Northeast, was on Viva’s first voyage out of Miami. “The detail that went into designing this ship was incredible,” she said. “It felt so spacious and the public areas never felt crowded. There were so many cozy areas to escape to and fun features I haven’t seen on other cruise ships.”
Here are some of the adventures you can look forward to.
The Need for Speed
Don a helmet and buckle up in your personal race car as you zoom along the Viva Speedway, what Norwegian Cruise Line says is “the first three-level racetrack at sea.” Or go virtual with racing simulators in the Galaxy Pavilion. Get your adrenaline pumping another way while cascading down the side of the ship either on The Drop free-fall dry slide or the 10-story The Rush dueling slides.
Taste the Cuisines of the World
The 16 dining venues across the ship include specialty restaurants that feature the first Mediterranean restaurant for the cruise line as well as Asian-Latin fusion, Japanese, French, Mexican and Italian cuisines, and a traditional American steakhouse.
More around-the-globe dining can be tasted at the Indulge Food Hall. Take a walk around the 11 eateries, eyeing your favorite dishes from Latin America, India and even Texas barbecue, then order electronically at your table.
You are sure to be entertained while watching the Broadway show “Beetlejuice: The Musical,” based on the Tim Burton movie and staged for the sea on Norwegian Viva. Or sing along to the songs from musical legends during “Icons,” a concert-like experience that shares favorite tunes from the last six decades from icons you love, such as Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga. The rock house band at the intimate Syd Norman’s Pour House will have you singing once again accompanied by a whole lot of clapping. You will be laughing out loud during the show at another intimate venue onboard: The Improv at Sea, where comedians do what they do best.
Get Your Game On
The cheering and energy from the audience may be the best part of the experience when two favorite television game shows are recreated onboard Norwegian Viva. “Deal or no Deal” can have you playing and dealing for cash with play cards available for purchase. “Press Your Luck Live” gets contestants avoiding the “whammys” to win big. Other onboard games get you moving with “interactive and tech-immersive mini golf” at Tee Time and a twist on darts at The Bull’s Eye. The Stadium provides a twist on pingpong and foosball and even the chance to play pickleball.
Pick Your Itinerary
It is an all-island Caribbean adventure with Norwegian Viva sailing through March 2024 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, on seven-day itineraries. The ship stops in a different port each day including Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
“The beaches at Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas) were stunning. I highly recommend splurging on a cabana or villa while there,” said McGowan.
Starting in April 2024, you can discover the Mediterranean and Greek Isles when Norwegian Viva repositions in Europe until November 2024.
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All photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.