The Norwegian Aqua cruise ship will be the first of the expanded Prima Plus Class of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).
The next-generation cruise ship will be constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and is expected to set sail on its maiden voyage in April 2025.
Norwegian Aqua design and features
The Norwegian Aqua cruise ship will have a length of 321.8m and a gross tonnage of 156,300 tons (t). Featuring a total of 20 decks, the vessel will be able to accommodate 3,571 passengers at double occupancy.
It will feature hull art designed by NCL’s first-ever major female hull artist, Allison Hueman. Goldman Global will curate the design of the Norwegian Aqua, titled ‘Where the Sky Meets the Sea’. The theme of the cruise ship’s design depicts modern mythology and representations of sea and sky.
Accommodation onboard Norwegian Aqua
Norwegian Aqua will be built based on the experiences of Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, offering luxurious accommodations such as the NCL’s premium keycard-access-only-complex, The Haven by Norwegian.
The Haven will feature the largest Haven complex in the fleet, which will include 123 suites. It will offer exclusive access to a sundeck, infinity pool, an outdoor spa, a private lounge, and a bar.
The Haven suites will accommodate up to eight guests, with room sizes ranging from 34m2 to 195m2 featuring 8m2 to 77m2 balconies.
The Haven’s Owner Suites will be available in four categories, namely Premier Owner’s Suite with Large Balcony, Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite with Balcony, Haven Owner’s Suite with Large Balcony, and Aft-facing Owner’s Suite.
Other Haven suite categories include Haven 3-Bedroom Duplex Suite with Large Balcony and Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Large Balcony and the 2-Bedroom Family Villa.
The Studio category staterooms will cater to solo travellers. With a living space of 9m2, guests will have access to the Studio Lounge on deck 12. The ship will also feature the cruise line’s new solo stateroom expanded categories, namely Solo Inside, Solo Oceanview, and Solo Balcony.
The Balcony category staterooms will accommodate up to four guests with a room size of 21m2 to 33m2 and a 4m2 to 9m2 balcony.
The Suite category staterooms will be able to accommodate four guests with a living space of 37m2 to 59m2 and a balcony covering an area of 4m2 to 34m2.
The Oceanview category staterooms will offer a living space of 17m2 to 34m2 and can accommodate up to four guests.
The Inside category staterooms will cover an area of 15m2 to 24m2, which will be able to accommodate four guests.
The Club Balcony Suite category staterooms will accommodate up to four guests. It will have a living space of 22m2 to 38m2, with balcony sizes ranging from 4m2 to 17m2.
Dining and entertainment options
Norwegian Aqua will boast exclusive amenities for the Haven guests, including a dedicated restaurant, bar, and outdoor lounge, along with a sundeck, all located on decks 16 and 17.
The ship will also introduce the world’s first two-person, hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, the Aqua Slidecoaster, which will stretch from deck 18 to 19, complemented by duelling slides.
On deck 20, passengers can enjoy the Glow Court, a high-tech LED sports floor while deck 18 will feature The Drop, a ten-storey spiral slide, and additional adult-only spaces such as the Vibe Beach Club. The Aqua Park and a game space called the Stadium will offer further entertainment options.
Catering to younger guests, deck 15’s Splash Academy will provide creative play and sports for children aged three to 12, including Guppies programming for interactive parent-child activities. A dedicated club called Entourage will cater to teens.
Furthermore, the ship will enhance the cruising experience with a variety of bars, lounges, and activities along the newly expanded Ocean Boulevard, which will include attractions such as Infinity Beach and the open-air lounge, La Terrazza.