- Norwegian Cruise Line's newest Prima cruise ship has plenty of activities for families.
- Norwegian has "always been a family oriented cruise line," it said during the Prima's inaugural sailing.
- Here are the 10 best amenities for families aboard the Norwegian Prima.
Norwegian Cruise Line has "always been a family oriented" brand, the company said in October during the inaugural sailing of its newest ship, the Norwegian Prima.
And the 3,100-guest Prima definitely reflects this sentiment.
Every popular cruise vessel has amenities like a pool deck, hot tubs, and plenty of outdoor lounges.
But not all ships have the Prima's kid-friendly go-kart track, virtual reality arcade, or mini golf course.
It feels like the new Norwegian cruise ship has endless pockets of activities designed to appeal to multi-generational families …
… so here are the 10 best ones aboard the one-of-a-kind Prima that's now operating revenue sailings.
1. You can go-kart at sea on the ship's Prima Speedway, a tri-level 1,378-foot-long race track with views of the ocean.
Family members who aren't interested in driving can watch from the viewing deck instead.
But if they still want to participate, they can use laser tag guns to shoot the top of their family member's vehicle three times, giving the racer an extra boost.
Travelers with an insatiable "need for speed" can also opt for the "you and the track" option …
… which gives individual drivers access to an empty track without other racers, allowing them to hit over 30-miles-per-hour.
Source: Norwegian Cruise Line
But a thrilling drive at sea isn't free: Go-karts start at $15 per driver.
2. Picky eaters will have plenty of dining options, including the Indulge Food Hall.
The ship has a buffet, a primary dining venue, specialty restaurants, and a food hall …
… which means travelers likely won't need to eat a repeat meal unless they want to.
Children who can't get enough of their tech will be delighted to see the tableside touchpad ordering system at the indoor-outdoor food hall …
… which allows diners to order endless plates from the venue's 11 restaurant concepts.
3. Children and parents looking for a thrill can fly down the ship's inner tube water slide, the Wave.
Water slides are an increasingly popular amenity aboard cruise ships.
4. But not all modern ships have the Norwegian Prima's free-fall dry slides.
These heart-pounding slides drop thrill-seeking victims 10 decks in a few seconds.
And competitive families can also race each other down two of the three slides.
5. If a child isn't old enough for the water or dry slide, they can spend time at the children's Aqua Park.
6. The traditional pinball machine arcades are a relic of the past: The Prima has a virtual reality-based arcade instead.
The Galaxy Pavilion is the ship's go-to destination for virtual entertainment.
Here, families can put on VR headsets to race each other in the driving simulator, defeat aliens in a shooter game, or take a realistic ride on a roller coaster.
It's also home to the Prima's escape rooms at sea.
But like the go-karts, the Galaxy Pavilion isn't free.
The gaming center is $8 a la carte or $29 for one hour, while the escape room is $15 per person.
7. Mini golfing is as fun at sea as it is on land.
The Prima's flashy $10 per person mini golf course includes bright lights ...
… kitschy decor …
... and a hole where golfers get their pictures taken.
While children make their rounds on the mini golf course, parents can squeeze in a few rounds of darts.
The golf course is adjacent to a series of open-aired darts "rooms" with dart-tracking technology to can calculate its players' scores.
8. The nighttime shows on the Prima are surprisingly engaging.
Travelers of all ages will likely enjoy the modern tap dancing and beat boxing "Noise Boys" show …
… and "The Price is Right Live," an almost perfect replica of the hit television show.
9. Families can compete in shuffleboard, ping pong …
… pickleball, and even beer pong at the outdoor Stadium, a hub of complimentary activities.
10. But if the younger travelers would rather spend their days at sea making new friends, parents can drop them off at the Splash Academy children's club. The one pictured below is on the Norwegian Encore.
Adults sailing on the Norwegian Prima will also have their own spaces like bars, a spa, and an adults-only lounge.
But with amenities like go-karts and free fall dry slides, Norwegian isn't hiding its goal of appealing to travelers of all ages, including children.
The Prima began operating revenue sailings in October. Looking ahead, rates for the ship's 2023 itineraries will start at $780 per person for a seven-day cruise from Orlando, Florida to the Caribbeans.
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