Singer Katy Perry named godmother of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship

Singer Katy Perry named godmother of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship

Norwegian Prima will be christened by the global pop star in Reykjavík, Iceland on 27 August

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that pop singer and American Idol judge Katy Perry will serve as the godmother to its  newest ship, Norwegian Prima, set to debut in August 2022.

As godmother, Perry will not only fulfil the longstanding maritime tradition of blessing and officially naming Norwegian Prima, the first of six vessels in the Prima Class, but she will perform during the christening ceremony before Norwegian Prima sets sail on its inaugural voyage from Reykjavík, Iceland, where the vessel will be the first major cruise ship christened in the Icelandic capital.

A tradition practised for centuries, appointing a ship’s godmother is a fundamental nautical custom during which the selected godmother officiates a ceremonial breaking of a champagne bottle on the ship’s bow to bid the vessel and its travellers good fortune.

“My most favourite way to vacation with my family is on the water,” said American Idol judge Perry. “Every morning that you wake up, you get to experience an incredible new view. I love that I get to christen Prime with my good vibrations, and I’m so excited for this new, beautiful, high-end, high-tech ship to take the seas, and provide once-in-a-lifetime vacations for so many families.”

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Launching August 2022, Norwegian Prima will offer inaugural voyages to Northern Europe from Southampton, Amsterdam and Reykjavík beginning 12 August; Bermuda sailings from New York City beginning 6 October 2022; and Caribbean itineraries from Galveston, Texas and Miami beginning 27 October 2022. 

While on board, Norwegian Prima’s guests can escape to Ocean Boulevard, featuring multiple infinity pools and the new Oceanwalk glass bridges with exciting views, or visit Indulge, the brand’s first upscale international dining open-air marketplace, and relax on The Concourse, an outdoor sculpture garden featuring installations by famed artists David Harber and Alexander Krivosheiw.


Designed by architects at Piero Lissoni, the ship’s revamped luxurious centralised suite complex, The Haven By Norwegian, will feature 107 staterooms spanning eight decks with a new infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake and an outdoor spa with a glass-walled sauna and cold room.

To mark the partnership with Perry and celebrate other entertainment headliners NCL has compiled a Spotify playlist that will be featured on Norwegian Prima.

Commenting on the announcement, NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer said: “We are so excited to welcome Katy Perry, a one-of-a-kind artist and worldwide sensation, as godmother of Norwegian Prima. We are so incredibly proud that she will be part of the Norwegian Cruise Line family and look forward to launching our beautiful, innovative ship with her in August.”

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