Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has cancelled the first and second sailings of its new Prima-Class ship Norwegian Viva.
A recent statement that was sent to booked guests confirmed the news, with construction delays being cited as the reason for the change.
The cancellations are a result of “global supply chain constraints impacting industries worldwide and the related downstream construction delays at the shipyard,” NCL told guests in a statement.
The cruise line said the 3,215-guest ship won’t be ready in time for the cruises, which were scheduled to depart on June 15 and June 24, 2023.
The Mediterranean itineraries were supposed to sail from Viva’s homeport in Lisbon, to Trieste and Civitavecchia, both Italy, and Piraeus, Greece.
Affected passengers will receive a full refund and 10 per cent discount on future sailings taken by June 20, 2023, NCL said.
Both June 2023 sailings for Norwegian Viva have also been removed from NCL’s website and are no longer available for booking.
“We are committed to always putting our guests first. This includes providing information regarding any changes to voyages with as much notice as possible,” Norwegian told guests.
Mirroring the design and structure of sister ship Norwegian Prima, Norwegian Viva, also built by renowned Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in Marghera, Italy, will eventually debut at 965 feet long, 142,500 gross tons and accommodate 3,219 guests at double occupancy.
NCL has said the ship will offer “the most spacious accommodations” including the brand's largest inside, ocean view and balcony category staterooms.
“The world-class vessel will not only offer the highest staffing levels and space ratio of any new cruise ship in the contemporary and premium cruise categories and largest variety of suite categories available at sea, but will also boast a redefined The Haven by Norwegian, NCL's ultra-premium keycard-only access ship-within-a-ship concept,” the company said in a statement in January.