Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has taken delivery of the first of six Prima Class vessels from Italian shipbuilding firm Fincantieri.

Dubbed Norwegian Prima, the cruise ship has been delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Venice.

With a length of 294m (965ft), the 142,500 gross-tonne ship can accommodate 3,215 guests.

The new ship features wide-open spaces, an upscale open-air food hall, called Indulge Food Hall; and the Prima Speedway, which is the first three-level racetrack at sea.

It also claims to have the world’s first freefall dry slide, which provides a ten-storey plunge experience.

The ship’s other features include the ocean boulevard, infinity beach, Oceanwalk and The Concourse, a first-of-its-kind outdoor sculpture garden.

Fincantieri will deliver the Prima Class ships through 2027.

NCL president and CEO Harry Sommer said: “Today we usher in a thrilling new era in cruising as we celebrate the delivery of Norwegian Prima, the long-anticipated first ship in our extraordinary new Prima Class.

“She is a true testament to our Guest First philosophy as well as our commitment to deliver unforgettable experiences that exceed expectations.”

Next year, Fincantieri will deliver Seven Seas Grandeur, the third luxury cruise ship in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises series, to NCL’s parent firm Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

The parent company received the Seven Seas Explorer in 2016 and Seven Seas Splendor in 2020.

Recently, Fincantieri won a contract from MSC Group’s Cruise Division, the luxury travel brand Explora Journeys, to build two more hydrogen-driven cruise ships.