Norwegian Cruise Line Names Godfather for New Ship, Norwegian Viva

Norwegian Cruise Line names the Godfather for its new ship, Norwegian Viva. Singer Luis Fonsi will christen the ship in Miami this November.

Norwegian Cruise Line Names Godfather for New Ship, Norwegian Viva


  • The Multiplatinum Star Behind Multiple Hits Including “Despacito” Will Perform and Bless the Ship at Official Naming Ceremony in Miami on Nov. 28, 2023

Norwegian Cruise Line announced that singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Luis Fonsi, will serve as the godfather of Norwegian Viva. The ship’s christening will take place in Miami before homeporting in San Juan, Puerto Rico this fall.

Luis is known for his hits including “Despacito”, which was on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Song” list for 56 consecutive weeks. The Puerto Rican-born Fonsi will fulfill this longstanding maritime tradition. He will bless and officially name Norwegian Viva at the Nov. 28, 2023 christening ceremony in Miami, the “Cruise Capital of the World.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Names Godfather for New Ship, Norwegian Viva

The “Live it Up!” theme of Norwegian Viva will continue with a lineup of Latin entertainers joining Fonsi. They include The Queen of Latin Pop, Paulina Rubio; “Saturday Night Live” cast member and Miami-native, Marcello Hernandez; and singer, Pedro Capó. All of which will deliver exclusive performances throughout the night.

“We are thrilled to welcome Latin music icon Luis Fonsi to the NCL family as Godfather of Norwegian Viva and to join us as we christen our newest ship,” said David J. Herrera, President of Norwegian Cruise Line.

“Miami, our hometown, is immersed in Latin culture, and we want to celebrate Norwegian Viva’s debut with an infusion of Latin talent headlined by Luis.  As a native Puerto Rican, who is also based in Miami, he brings people together from around the world with his energy, positivity and music, making him the perfect complement to the vibrant energy of Norwegian Viva.  We cannot wait for him to join us as we celebrate this milestone moment later this year.”

“I am so honored to be named Godfather of NCL’s newest ship, Norwegian Viva, and look forward to sharing her with the amazing people of Puerto Rico, a community that truly represents the spirit of ‘live it up’” said Luis Fonsi, award-winning global artist.  “Growing up on an island, the ocean plays such an important part in my life, and there is nowhere else I’d rather be.  Cruising provides such an incredible vacation experience, and I cannot wait to christen this incredible ship and to introduce her to the world.”

Norwegian Viva Itineraries

Debuting in August 2023, Norwegian Viva will sail a selection of bucket-list-worthy Greek Isles and Mediterranean voyages through November.

On Nov. 28, 2023, Luis Fonsi will officiate the ceremonial breaking of a champagne bottle on the ship’s bow to bid the vessel and its travelers good fortune on their voyage, a fundamental nautical tradition customary for any ship launch.

After its christening voyage, Viva will be the newest ship to homeport in San Juan upon arrival on Dec. 15, 2023. It will offer a variety of seven-day Caribbean voyages through April 2024. Calls include Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St John’s, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She will then return for a summer season of cruises to Europe. Departure ports include Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Lisbon, Portugal; and Rome (Civitavecchia) and Venice (Trieste), Italy.

More on Norwegian Viva

Norwegian Viva is the second of six vessels in the Prima Class and sister ship to the award-winning Norwegian Prima. The elevated offerings of the Prima Class prioritize the guest experience and raise the bar on cruising. Offerings include world-class cuisine, the brand’s most spacious design yet, and stellar onboard activities like the Viva Speedway.

Norwegian Viva features many of the outstanding onboard experiences that makes the Prima Class in a league of its own. This includes Indulge Food Hall, the upscale food market exhibiting 11 unique eateries. The ship is also home to the fastest slides at sea, The Drop and Rush, and NCL’s industry-exclusive sustainable cocktail bar, the Metropolitan Bar.

SOURCE Norwegian Cruise Line


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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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