I’ve been on nearly every Norwegian Cruise Line ship afloat; here are my 1st impressions of the new Norwegian Prima

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Sloan accepted a free trip from Norwegian Cruise Line to attend this week’s unveiling of Norwegian Prima. The opinions expressed below are entirely his and weren’t subject to

review by the line. It really is elevated. And elegant. So much so that I’m sort of in shock. Norwegian Cruise Line has been promising to take things up a notch with

its new ship, Norwegian Prima — to “elevate” the experience as compared to earlier Norwegian vessels, as its executives have been saying. But in typical journalist fashion, I’ve

been skeptical. After five days on board Norwegian Prima in advance of its first sailing with paying passengers, I am skeptical no more. For more cruise news, guides

and tips, sign up for TPG’s cruise newsletter. The 3,100-passenger ship is loaded with stylish, upscale bars and restaurants. Its cabins are sleek and modern. Its suite

complex is next-level. It has an array of onboard entertainment and amusements that is as impressive as ever, too. In short, it’s like nothing you’ve seen before in

the Norwegian fleet. And I say this as someone who has sailed on every one of the 18 ships operated by Norwegian except two (Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Spirit). That isn’t

to say Norwegian Prima is perfect. There are a few things about its design that leave me scratching my head — things that maybe the line can change before it moves ahead with the

rollout of five sister ships that already are on order.