Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), operated by global cruise firm Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has floated out its new Norwegian Viva Prima Class vessel.

The vessel is the second in the Prima Class series and was floated out by Fincantieri at the dry dock of the company’s shipyard in Marghera, Venice, Italy.

This marked the completion of the external works and painting of the new vessel, which features hull artwork designed by Italian graffiti artist Manuel Di Rita.

Currently, the vessel is undergoing work for the interior fittings and guest accommodations. It is expected to begin operations in 2023.

NCL president and CEO Harry Sommer said: “As our nineteenth ship and the second in our innovative Prima Class, Norwegian Viva continues to represent our ongoing commitment to giving guests the best holiday experience imaginable.

“With Norwegian Viva’s name meaning ‘to be alive’, and her motto being ‘Live it Up’, we simply cannot wait to put this into practice and welcome guests on board soon for the vacation of a lifetime.”

Recently, Fincantieri delivered the first of NCL’s Prima Class vessels, named Norwegian Prima, which has capacity for up to 3,215 guests.

The 142,500 gross-tonne ship is claimed to have the world’s first freefall dry slide, which offers a ten-story plunge experience.