The new ship with “the fastest slides at sea” will pass through Lisbon


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If you’ve always wanted to go on a cruise, don’t put it off any longer. Norwegian Viva, the newly opened Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship and the second of the Prima Class line, will be sailing to Lisbon in 2023 and 2024 – and can take you on an unforgettable journey through the Western Mediterranean.

With a length of 294 meters, more than 140 tons and a capacity for 3,100 passengers, the ship began sailing on August 10 and the capital will be one of the ports of embarkation. From Lisbon, you can take a nine or ten-day cruise to Civitavecchia (Rome), in Italy, with stopovers in destinations such as Valencia (Spain), Villefranche (France) and Livorno (Italy).

“This summer and next, our passengers will have the opportunity to explore Europe aboard the magnificent new cruise ship, Norwegian Viva, while enjoying the spacious and well-equipped design,” says David J. Herrera, president of NCL. With the slogan “Live it Up”, passengers embarking on this adventure can expect “elevated experiences and great culinary offerings”.

The ship offers unique experiences on board, such as the three-story Viva Speedway race track or the Indulge Food Hall, an open-air food market with 11 restaurants. For those who love an adrenaline rush, you can have fun on The Drop and Rush, the “fastest slides at sea”, 10 stories high. In the evening, you can always visit the Metropolitan Bar, the space that serves NCL’s exclusive cocktails.

Scattered around the ship there are also various works of art to see. The Concourse, for example, is an outdoor sculpture garden created by contemporary digital artist Dominic Harris. The evening program also includes “Presss Your Luck Live”, an immersive game experience where you can win prizes at the end.

You can embark on this cruise as early as October 1, Sunday, for a nine-day trip, where you will pass through 10 ports and 10 cities. Prices start at €3,130. In 2024, departures from Lisbon will take place in June, August, September and November. Norwegian Viva’s full itineraries can be found online.

Click through the gallery to see images of the newly opened ship.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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