Norwegian Prima is the first in a new class of ships of Norwegian Cruise Lines launched in 2021. It sets itself apart from others, having more wide open spaces, wider rooms, and a service where the guests are always the priority.
As the month of October 2022 ended, Norwegian Prima began its Western Caribbean voyages from the Port of Galveston. Of course, Journeys travel did not miss the opportunity to hop on its inaugural cruise and we’re here to give you a first-hand preview of the experience. So if you are planning to be on cruise or on vacation in the upcoming year, just keep reading till the end, and you might just find a Norwegian Prima Voyage worth your time!
Getting onboard the ship at the Port of Galveston was so easy and fast. In fact, it only took us 1 ½ hour from our hotel to finally settle down in the cruise cabin. The cabins are indeed modern, beautiful & spacious. It has functional features which cruisers don’t usually realize that they need until they’re actually at sea. And oh, they’ve got lots of plugs where you can charge your gadgets!
Norwegian cruises have consistently proven that they have one of the best at sea entertainment. They kicked-off this amazing trip with no less than Kelly Clarkson performing live for the guests. The joyous vibe at that moment will simply make you sing every song, dance in the aisle, and interact with others.
The first day on the cruise was thoughtfully planned and you can see the heart in every service given by the staff to make each experience amazing. Onboard food and drinks were such a delight, not only to the eyes but also to our picky pallets.
The second day is a day to explore the ship’s key features and unique spaces. A wonderful breakfast at “The Local” definitely sets the mood. The Local is not just a bar & grill restaurant as it may seem, rather, it’s a full restaurant that offers a variety of food to choose from, and of course, there’s a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. There is also a Starbucks coffee shop on board where you can have a chit-chat with friends, with some of the best views you have yet to see. Lunch is in ‘Indulge’ which is a food court/food truck restaurant with 7 food options. They are all ordered from a pad and delivered straight to you. In the evening, there’s live music and the Donna Summer show at the theater. The same transforms into a nightclub before your eyes that you can’t resist dancing and moving through every beat. Dinner is in the ‘Hudson’s’, one of the main dining rooms; their clam chowder, beef Wellington and Lava Cake is the best!
On the third day, early risers were greeted by the sunrise while sipping some hot coffee or chocolate. It’s also the day when cruisers step back on land, off to some shore excursions around Progresso. The city has many places to shop and eat. They have a Malecon to enjoy & the Mayan Spa which offers relaxing massage therapies that will allow you to relax fully. In the evening, cruisers jump back on board to enjoy the bars and taste their different specialties. For us, we went to one bar that serves sustainable cocktails, and then hopped on to another whisky bar. Dinner is at Palomar, a Mediterranean and Seafood specialty restaurant. And since the night is young, there is a laser light show / dance party you can join in; or you can go to the nightclubs or casino. For sports lovers, the World Series was being broadcasted on the big screens throughout the ship, in the bars, and in the staterooms. Football fans will be able to watch all the games too.
Since it’s the last sea day before disembarkation, on the 4th day, the goal is to try everything and go to all the ship features you haven’t been to in the past 3 days. The Galaxy Pavilion is one that should not be missed, because it’s where many of the activities & people of all ages were having the time of their lives. Try also moving out to the pool deck to watch the game. We tried the food at “Cagney’s”, which is a nice steakhouse where you will be allowed to select your own kind of knife. Next stop was listening to an awesome band that told the story of Rumors and sang side A & B (for those under 40 reading this, that’s an album). On to Noise Boys, one of the feature performances; It was a mix of tap, beat box & vocals. It was interactive & everyone seemed to love it. Right outside the theater was a bar with a great band that played great music of all types. And finally, a fun way to end the night is to witness the 80’s Flashback party at the pool deck.
On the 5th day after breakfast and after some sweet goodbyes with friends on board, an easy disembarkation process completed the VIP treatment in Prima. The voyage definitely ended with us feeling free and special so we want to you to experience it too. And the good news is that starting in the winter season 2023 and 2024, Norwegian Prima’s home port will be Galveston, offering seven-day voyages to the Western Caribbean. The ship will call to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Harvest Caye, a private island in Belize; and Roatan Island, Honduras.
We hope that you’ll join us in a journey that puts you first on board Norwegian Cruise Line!