Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Prima

About Norwegian Prima

Introduced as the first ship in NCL's Prima Class in 2022, Norwegian Prima is purposely designed to feel like a swanky resort instead of a cruise ship. It succeeds in giving off that feel, thanks to its minimalist modern design, cool small spaces that create an intimate atmosphere and brilliant outdoor Ocean Boulevard promenade, which is the spot everyone will want to be.

At 3,099 passengers, it's blissfully smaller than the 4,000-guest ships of Norwegians' preceding Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus classes. This, along with a smart design that puts all the fun stuff in the middle of the ship, makes it easy to navigate; you'll learn your way around the ship by Day 2.

Highlights on the ship include the sophisticated Penrose Atrium, a three-deck modern atrium that is always hopping, the introduction of new included dining options in Indulge Food Hall, the high-quality entertainment and abundance of activities. The Haven -- Norwegian's luxury ship-within-a-ship suite complex -- is the best yet on Prima.

Norwegian Prima gives us some pause when it comes to excess fees, however, which are charged for things like specialty restaurants, mini-golf, go-kart racing, darts, and virtual-reality gaming. Fees are just a part of the Norwegian Prima experience, for better or worse

Still, Norwegian Prima moves NCL into new territory. It's an evolution for a cruise line that has been on the path of reinvention for the better part of a decade.

Norwegian Prima Deck Plan is Packed with Activities

The Norwegian Prima deck plan is loaded with places and features to keep every passenger busy and happy. Rather than massive spaces, Norwegian Prima has multiple small spaces designed to feel more intimate.

For the adrenaline lover, the ship's top decks are the spots to be hanging out. Here, passengers will find a three-level go-kart track, entrances to a water slide and two dry slides, a mini-golf course, a fun gaming space called The Stadium and a virtual reality arcade, called the Galaxy Pavilion.

The downside of this is the activities cut into the pool deck, which has a tiny pool and only a small amount of space to lounge.

If you want more space and additional pools, head to the Ocean Boulevard on Deck 8, which is gorgeous and a spectacular alternative to the tight space up top.

All of the ship's restaurants, including the stunning main dining room Hudson's, are located at the aft (back) of the ship. Bars tend to be more centrally located, including a number around the three-level atrium (decks 6 through 8), which gets busy at night pre- and post-dinner.

The main theater, Prima Theater & Club, is located all the way forward on decks 6 and 7. This is a multiuse space, with seats that can be removed to turn this spot into a late-night dance club. Fans of live music won't want to miss Syd's Pour House, which has nightly shows, including a full rendition of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album.

Norwegian Prima Cabins are Spacious, Offer Variety

Norwegian Prima cabins offer options of all types, from cozy solo interiors to large family suites. All cabins are bigger than you're likely to see on other Norwegian ships, and we were impressed with the space of our balcony cabin, which gave us room for working (and even yoga!).

Norwegian Prima's modern, sophisticated cabins are a cut above what you'll find on the cruise line's other ships.

Norwegian Prima stands apart because of its massive Haven suite complex, as well as a Studio area devoted to solo travelers. Both come with private access and areas to mingle with fellow passengers.

Most of the cabins onboard feature balconies, and we like that these felt big -- we really wanted to spend time on our veranda, sitting in the comfy chairs as we sailed. A ship that appeals to families, Prima offers an impressive number of family options that fit all sorts of budgets.

Norwegian Prima cabins to avoid include any room above or around the ship's theater, which doubles as a night club and can be loud late into the night.

Also, if you are concerned about noise or balcony obstruction, don't book cabins near the Drop or the Rush slides, between decks 8 and 16, as the slides pass clean through some balconies.

Norwegian Prima Food Offers Options for All Budgets

Norwegian Prima takes a novel approach to dining, offering two main dining rooms (Hudson's, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the smaller Commodore Room (dinner only) that share the same menu, and this menu doesn't change from day to day. This is different than we see on most cruise ships, where the MDR menu rotates daily. It works on Prima because there are so many other restaurant options (including free venues) from which to choose.

If you eat every night in the MDR, you'll likely have enough choice to keep you happy, and the dishes offered are very good.

Indulge Food Hall is a concept introduced on Norwegian Prima. This spot is actually a true food hall, made up of 11 restaurants. Options here range from noodles (Nudls) to snacks (Tapas) and barbecue (Q Texas Smokehouse). Restaurants here are included in your cruise fare, with the exception of Starbucks and Coco's.

Prima additionally offers a buffet and included pub (with comfort food), as well as a large number of specialty restaurants that run the gamut from sushi to Mediterranean and Italian or hibachi.

Norwegian Cruise Line COVID Rules

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. Visit

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Cabins

Norwegian Prima has 39 cabin types available

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Deck Plans

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Activities and Entertainment

Theater and Shows on Norwegian Prima

All of the big production shows take place in the Prima Theater and Club, located forward on decks 6, 7 and 8. The space itself is notable for its innovative design, which allows it to function as a traditional theater or a nightclub, depending on the need. This is done by essentially tucking away the chairs from Deck 6 away, creating a big, open space for dancing.

NCL has made a habit of bringing Broadway and West End shows to its cruise ships. On Prima, the show is "

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

." It's an excellent biographical look at the disco queen, her life and her music. It's at times touching, occasionally raucous, and it will have you singing along to Summer's biggest hits, including "Last Dance" and "She Works Hard for the Money."

After the musical, the theater shut down temporarily, then reopened for a 70s dance party, carrying the disco theme late into the night.

The theater also hosts The Price is Right: LIVE Game Show. This one was a bit of a surprise, in that it felt familiar -- it's definitely the game show you watched as a kid when you stayed home sick from school, but it's absolutely hilarious. Contestants from the crowd are called to "come one down" and bid on prizes. There's even Plinko and a Showcase Showdown. Circle this on your daily cruise planner.

Finally, don't miss Noise Boys, a troupe that combines tap dancing, beat boxing and hip hop flow in one show. It's the type of thing that will even appeal to the jaded teenagers and 20somethings in your family.

Tip: Shows are included in the cruise fare but book up fast. Make a reservation via the app as soon as you can. If you find it's "sold out," show up early to join a wait list. Chances are, you'll get in.

Daily Things to Do on Norwegian Prima

Prima offers a solid selection of activities to keep you entertained during the day. Daily trivia sessions take place, usually in The Local, and you'll find lectures, often about the areas you're visiting, are offered, too. But much of the fun involves more active pursuits built around the ship's top deck.

All of the daily activities are listed on the Freestyle Daily, a calendar of events left each night in your cabin. They're also listed on the app, where you have the ability to favorite things you want to do, which will give you push reminders.

Nightlife on Norwegian Prima

NCL Prima is a ship that stays up late, offering a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of lounges to suit virtually any taste.

The ship's deck plan is designed to keep spaces intimate, which ultimately allows lounges and the like to develop their own personality and feel. The flip side is that many of them get crowded quickly, and you might struggle to find that quiet little nook for a late-night cocktail and conversation.

Norwegian Prima has a large casino that runs through the middle of Deck 6. A smoking casino is tucked away into a corner on the starboard side. Sealed off by glass doors, the smoke actually stays in the smoking section; we didn't notice any smoke seepage on our sailing.

Norwegian Prima Ship Bars and Lounges

While you can get what you want pretty much anywhere you want when it comes to drinks on Prima, we appreciate that each of its lounges really has a specialty or lane that goes along with its personality. Yes, you can get fine whiskey at any bar, but visit Proof for the perfect pour.

Drinks packages

are often included in various deals when you book a NCL cruise, and many of the standard drinks are covered. If you're looking for something a little more premium, you might only pay the $1 or $2 difference in pricing.

**Our Picks **

For Something Different: The Metropolitan Bar on Norwegian Prima is a 180 from the typical bar. This "zero waste" bar focuses on sustainable beverage options, creating syrups and reductions from items like banana peels and cucumber skins -- things that otherwise would be headed for the trash can. Spirits, too, are sustainably focused. Order from a tablet, or simply tell the bartender or waiter what you'd like. But make sure to ask for the story on sustainability, as it's a fascinating tale that highlights NCL's emphasis on eco-friendly measures. Try the Primadonna, a rummy take on the old-fashioned, or the refreshing cucumber cool, made with Wheatley vodka and cucumber pulp cordial.

For the Serious Whiskey Lover: Visit Proof, located at the heart of the Penrose Atrium on Deck 8. Sure, Proof offers drinks other than whiskey, but why would you bother, when you can pick from a menu loaded with both standard and knock-your-socks off premium whiskeys, including The Kurayoshi 18-Year-Old Pure Malt Whisky, The Macallan Enigma and Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon. Can't decide? Try a flight.

For the Aft Views: It's tough to beat the Soliel Bar, located on the ship's wraparound promenade, Ocean Boulevard for epic sea views. This spot directly overlooks the wake below, and it's also great for people watching, the Ocean Boulevard is positively buzzing in great weather.

For the Forward Views: The Observation Lounge is simply beautiful, with floor-to-ceiling windows wrapping 270-degrees around the front of the ship. This place is always hopping during the day yet somehow feels quiet.

For a Rock Star: Syd Norman's Pour House feels like the garage bar a real rock fan would build, if they were into classic rock and obscure old beer signs. This small venue gets crowded fast, especially when there's live music. Don’t miss the Fleetwood Mac cover band, which runs through the epic album, "Rumours." Just get there early. We didn't, and we ended up enjoying the music from the hallway.

For a Laugh: The Improv at Sea is the ship's comedy club, with comedians performing several nights -- and days -- each cruise. Like Syd Norman's, this venue fills quickly.

To See and be Seen: The Belvedere Bar, located midship on Deck 6, is sleek and sophisticated, with lots of conversation areas. It's centrally located, with traffic to and from the casino and dining options. They mix a good cocktail here, with heavy tumblers and even craft ice.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Prima's main pool is the Waves pool, located on Deck 17. It's flanked by two infinity hot tubs. The pool itself is surprisingly small for a ship this size, as is the surrounding sun deck. On a hot day, expect that this area will be jammed with people. It lacks a bit of the serenity vibe you might want on a cruise, in part because it's right below the three-deck go-kart track, and motor sounds and screeching tires can be heard when it's running.

A better bet is to head to Ocean Boulevard on Deck 8. Here, you'll find two beautiful, side-hanging infinity pools, plus lots of lounge chairs, sunbeds and chair swings. The views here are superior to what you'll find on Deck 17, which feels enclosed because of its proximity to the track.

If you're willing to spend a little extra, Vibe Beach Club is worth it. This adults-only space is gorgeous and serene, with hot tubs, lots of shade and full-service bar. You can book passes online before you go.

The Haven has a private pool area for suite guests only, featuring an infinity pool.

A colorful kid's aqua park featuring splash and play toys is located on Deck 18.

Slides, Racetrack and Virtual Reality Arcade on Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Prima is rich with activities that could keep you entertained for hours, no matter your age. We had fun feeling like kids again, playing with some of the cool features onboard.

The Drop and The Rush are certainly the most noticeable of the onboard features; you can't miss these 10-story dry slides when you first approach the ship. The Drop, a free-fall slide that starts when the floor literally drops out from under you, is located on the port side of Deck 18. The Rush, across on the starboard side, is actually dual slides, designed so friends can race each other down to their Deck 8 terminus. For those looking for something a little less heart-pounding, they can try the Wave, a tidal waterslide in which riders hop on a raft.

Tip: To watch and hear the fun without actually taking the plunge, plant yourself outside at the Local on Deck 8. You'll hear the screams and see the exhilarated expressions as riders exit the Rush.

The biggest go-kart track at sea, Prima Speedway, is three twisty-turny levels. Drivers race between Deck 18 and Deck 20, looking to cross the finish line first and maybe earn the fastest time. The speedway has become an NCL staple since the company launched its first one on Norwegian Joy in 2017. And people seem to love it. There's a fee to race, either per ride or a per cruise package.

Tip: Even if you aren't participating, you can watch from the Speedway Bar or viewing area, where you can shoot lasers at cars below, giving them "power ups" if you hit them.

Another favorite, the Galaxy Pavilion, returns on Norwegian Prima. This area holds 13 virtual-reality games, from shoot-em-ups to driving or flying experiences. In some cases, you'll wear a VR headset; in others, you'll simply be immersed via a big 4K screen. You'll pay a fee to play, either a per game or package, and those prone to motion-sickness might want to skip this attraction.

Inside the Galaxy Pavilion, you'll find the ship's Escape Room. This attraction wasn't open during our inaugural voyage.

One of our favorite play spaces is the Stadium, located Deck 18. This spot is loaded with included activities, like a pickleball court, tube ping-pong, mini-soccer table, foosball, table shuffleboard and beer pong. It's a fun spot for a laugh, and nicely blends kind and adult activities.

Across the way on Deck 18, you'll find the Bull's Eye and Tee Time. The Bull's Eye is a number of private dart suites, where guests choose from a variety of the classic game options (cricket and 301, for example). The board is cork, and the darts are steel tipped, but it's all hooked into a sensor system that does the scoring for you. A TV screen shows the score and makes fun of you when you have a bad round. Drink service is available, so you don't have to wander to the bar for a refill. The fee for this one runs about $1 a minute, but it's charged per group, rather than per person.

Tee Time is the ship's take on mini-golf, and it also integrates electronics and mini games into the nine-hole course. It feels more like a land-based goofy golf game than you might find on other cruise ships as there are obstacles you'll need to maneuver through and around. Golf comes with a fee as well, and packages are available.

Tip: Many of these activities come with an extra fee, so consider whether you're going to try something just once or if it's an activity you'll do again and again. If it's the latter, ask about packages, which could cut costs significantly.

Sundecks on Norwegian Prima

For the best sundeck, head to Ocean Boulevard. You'll have your pick of spots anywhere around the promenade, with full sun and shady options. It does fill up on hot days, but we found the turnover to be fast.

A dedicated sundeck is located on Deck 18, and it was little used on our cruise, perhaps because it feels a little out of the way of the action.

Services and Wi-Fi on Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Prima offers a number of shops onboard, from the typical Effy jeweler to a high-end handbag retailer, as well as logo and gift shops for fans of the brand.

A guest services desk, as well as an onboard credit desk, are located on Deck 7. You can book shore excursions at the desk on Deck 7. An ATM is located just outside the casino. Guests can browse photos taken of them or schedule a portrait session in the gallery on Deck 8.

Many of the ship's restaurants and activities are available through the NCL app, which includes the opportunity to get on a waiting list if venues or activities are overbooked. It also includes a PDF version of the daily schedule.

Internet packages are available for lighter use (emails, social media and apps) or premium (VPN access and streaming), charged daily. Be warned: While we had the premium package on our sailing, even minimal use took forever. We were unable to upload photo content or log into our company VPN. Some video meetings worked, others didn't, and we were unable to make Wi-Fi calls.

Dining

Food on Norwegian Prima is generally very good, whether you're eating in one of the included restaurants or the upcharge specialty restaurants. Norwegian subscribes to a Freestyle approach to cruising, and for dining that means you can eat when you want, where you want. The caveat is, you really do need reservations if you have your heart set on a certain type of food.

The main dining rooms are Hudson's and the Commodore Room. Hudson's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the Commodore Room generally serves as a spillover area for dinner. Both offer the same menu every day, which is a bit of a departure from the usual cruise ship approach.

Several other included restaurants are peppered in, and you'll find eight alternative restaurants that cost extra. The variety of food will keep most guests happy, as will the depth of the menus.

Free Restaurants on Norwegian Prima

Ostensibly, Norwegian Prima really only has four spaces for free dining, but one of those spaces is a big food hall, loaded with 11 individual restaurants/food trucks. Which means if you want to do nothing but eat at the included restaurants, you'll find enough variety to satisfy.

The most formal of the restaurants are the ship's two main dining rooms, Hudson's and the Commodore Room. Hudson's is a breathtakingly beautiful space with windows that span floor to ceiling and wrap the entirety of the back of Deck 7. Gorgeous gold and crystal chandeliers, with leaf-shaped fronds, hang over the neat white tables and granite floor. We call it formal because this is a sit-down meal, not because you need to dress for dinner. (Freestyle, remember?)

Breakfast and lunch are only available at Hudson's, while dinner is available at both restaurants. (The Commodore Room, located on the starboard -- right -- side of the ship on Deck 6, is also lovely, but nowhere near as striking or memorable as Hudson's.) Breakfast has a good selection of hot and cold items, including fruit, cereal and yogurt as well as eggs, pancakes and French toast. Lunch offers soups, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees.

Dinner offers the broadest menu, with an extensive number of choices from categories including appetizers, soup and salad, meatless, from the sea, from the land, sides and desserts. There's even a create-your-own Italian classic option, for those who want a mid-course pasta dish (or a pasta entree). We visited the MDR several times during our cruise and were happy with our picks, especially a well-prepared sirloin and grilled mahi-mahi.

Indulge Food Hall. A new concept introduced on Norwegian Prima, Indulge Food Hall offers (technically) 11 restaurants, most of them included in the cost of your cruise. (Coco's and Starbucks come with an additional fee here.)

Indulge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The concept is that you can order, from a tablet, dishes from any of the restaurants and have them delivered to your table as soon as they're prepared. It's ideal for groups and people who want to try a little bit of everything. You're not restricted to just one restaurant; you can pick from all of them: Nudls (a noodle restaurant offering Asian, German and Italian dishes); Tapas (a Spanish-inspired tapas food truck); Q Texas Smokehouse (barbecue); The Latin Quarter (Latin-inspired appetizers); Seaside Rotisserie (grilled and skewered meat); The Garden (salads); Tamara (Indian), Just Desserts; Just Ice Cream; Coco's (gelato and huge shakes and sundaes); and Starbucks.

Breakfast is mostly egg dishes and cold options like muesli and yogurt. This was the least-inspiring meal, basically replicating what you'd find in the buffet. It felt a bit like a missed opportunity to push the envelope and offer interesting and exciting international dishes. Lunch and dinner, though, were the real winners, and made Indulge a place we visited multiple times on our cruise.

The dinner menu is more expansive than the lunch menu, offering some of the same dishes as well as a host of heartier options. Regardless of which meal, Tamara was our favorite. We loved that the options went beyond chicken tikka and that the flavors were bold, and dishes didn't shy away from the spice. (Try the aloo gobi!) Meat lovers should indulge in the beef options at Seaside Rotisserie, which are flavorful and well-prepared. At Nudls, skip the Pad Thai (meh) and try the Chinese noodle soup (available for dinner only), which punches you in the taste buds with depth and spice.

Tip: Order a few items at a time. They are delivered as soon as they're made, and some take longer than others. It's easy to over-order here, even though portion sizes are purposely small. You can always order more.

Indulge Food Hall is a large space located at the aft of Deck 8, and it includes indoor and al fresco dining options. Inside, you'll find lots of large tables/booths, with only a few options for just two or four. It makes for a lovely space, but it also means you'll see lots of parties of two taking up large tables. Ask to join, as seating is pretty limited, especially during the lunch rush. You also have the option of sitting at a bar at each of the restaurants, but this means you're restricted to dining only at that restaurant. (If you're seated at one bar, you can walk up and order at other counters; you'll be handed a pager so you can go pick up your meal when it's ready.)

Unsurprisingly, The Garden bar always seemed to have spots available. Somehow, salads never seemed to be on anyone's mind, even though the options here are solid, especially with protein add-ons. (Don't laugh: The teriyaki tofu salad topper is excellent.)

Tip: Lunch is by far the busiest time in Indulge. Show up 15 minutes before the restaurant opens and grab a seat. Invite new friends if you have room at your table, as people will be circling looking for a spot.

Surfside Cafe & Grill. This is the ship's buffet restaurant, located aft on Deck 17. As with virtually every restaurant on Norwegian Prima, it has indoor and outdoor seating, complete with overhead heat lamps for cold weather.

The space is fairly small for a buffet, compared with other ships in the fleet and other cruise lines. For the most part, this won't matter, as there are other options for free dining. Still, it's noticeable during rushes at breakfast and lunch, when seating is hard to come by and queues can form at places like the egg station.

Open for all three meals every day, Surfside has a good variety and quality of food. We enjoyed the made-to-order eggs as well as the daily lunch options, ranging from pasta to sandwiches and everything in between. The pizza was excellent, though only available a couple of days during our cruise. It's worth seeking out and might become your mid-afternoon snack.

In the evenings, Surfside is pretty quiet, as diners tend to look for other, more formal options. Still, you can find a variety of dishes to keep you happy and satisfied.

The Local. This pub feels like an upscale sports bar, with big TVs and sophisticated decor. This is where you a burger and wings, chili or fish and chips. The menu is the same at lunch and dinner, but it also was our favorite spot for breakfast, when you can get French toast, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and eggs made to order.

Located on Deck 8, The Local restaurant is located on the port (left) side, and the lounge, complete with swinging chairs, a big bar and conversation areas is just opposite. There is outdoor seating for both the bar and the restaurant.

Tip: Even if you're not sitting at the restaurant section, you still can order food in the lounge area.

The Haven Restaurant. This restaurant is for guests staying in the ship's private suite enclave, the Haven. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu here is drool-worthy, as are the views; Norwegian Prima is the first ship in the NCL fleet to offer al fresco dining at the Haven Restaurant.

Menu highlights at dinner include a Delmonico steak and a pork tomahawk.

What Restaurants Cost Extra on Norwegian Prima?

Norwegian Prima offers plenty of choice when it comes to specialty dining, with three new-to-fleet restaurants: Nama, Palomar and Hasuki. All of the restaurants except Hasuki are priced a la carte, and the fees are comparable to what you'd pay at a fine restaurant on land.

Tip: For those who love trying out the extra cost dining, your best bet is to purchase a dining package. This is the best bargain you'll find. Essentially, you'll pay a flat fee, and you'll be able to order four items off the menu at each restaurant. Pricing varies depending on which package you buy but run roughly from $25 to $45 per person per meal. You could pay $40 for just a steak, for example, from Cagney's.

Pricing noted here assumes you'll order an appetizer, soup or salad course, entree and dessert. Drinks aren't included in the estimates. Restaurants designated at $$$ will run between $30-$50 per person; $$$$ indicates $50 or more per person.

Cagney's Steakhouse, $$$$.

Cagney's

is Norwegian's signature steakhouse, located on Deck 6, port side, and it's routinely a favorite for NCL guests, who love the steakhouse ambience and excellent options. Don't miss items include the classic iceberg wedge, filet mignon and ribeye.

Nama Sushi & Sashimi, $$$. One of the more innovative sushi and sashimi restaurants we've tried on the big cruise ships, Nama offers a variety of sushi rolls that go beyond the yawn-inducing California classic. (The yellowtail, with hiramasa, crab, yuzu juice and truffle oil, was our favorite.) The crunchy nori bistro chips were also a delight. Pair your meal with any of the hot or cold sake options or put together a sake flight.

Hasuki, $$$. Teppanyaki isn't new to Norwegian, but the elevated concept on Prima is. You get dinner and a show at Hasuki, where dining bars surround a teppanyaki grill. A chef prepares your options in front of you, joking along as they show off their knife and food-flipping skills. Seafood, meat and vegetarian selections are available, though all are cooked on the same hibachi grill.

Le Bistro, $$$$. Not for fans of a light meal,

Le Bistro

is the ship's traditional French restaurant. This is the spot to go if you love lamb or veal chops, foie gras, escargot or coq au vin. This is also one of the prettiest venues onboard, with gorgeous floor-level chandeliers and blue velvet chairs sitting beneath stark white trellised ceilings.

Los Lobos, $$$. An upscale Mexican restaurant,

Los Lobos

is a fun and funky spot on Deck 8 that's easy to miss because it's overshadowed by the popular Indulge Food Hall and The Local. Los Lobos offers guacamole made tableside along with entrees like carne asada and slow-braised pork.

Onda by Scarpetta, $$$$. This might be our favorite restaurant on Norwegian Prima. Offering a wide range of Italian specialties,

Onda

somehow feels both rustic and luxurious. The pizza is a must (our margherita was the perfect appetizer), as is the braised octopus. We also enjoyed the lobster tagliatelle. You'll want to fill up on the bread, especially the stromboli, which is filled with cheese and meat. But don't. You'll want to savor every dish here. This restaurant is also gorgeous, with bright white sculptural elements built into the ceiling that are stunning.

Palomar, $$$$. New to Norwegian, Palomar is a take on Mediterranean food. Heavy on seafood, this little gem is a great compliment to the international flair Norwegian Prima brings to dining. What we loved: the incredible variety of seafood offerings. (If you're not a fan of seafood, Norwegian Prima has better choices for you.) What we wished there was more of: traditional Mediterranean dishes, like hummus and tzatziki or even desserts such as baklava. That's a minor niggle. We found the food fresh and the service excellent here.

Food Republic, $$$. A breakout hit on Norwegian's Breakaway-Plus class of ships, Food Republic is a sharing restaurant, with small plates designed for groups with big appetites. As with Indulge, food in Food Republic is ordered by tablet, and it's brought to your table when it's ready. Items run the gamut, from sushi to noodle dishes, dumplings and fried rice. Note: If you're craving good sushi, head to Nama instead. We found the quality superior there. That said, we loved the creative dishes offered at Food Republic, especially the Tijuana street fries, the pork belly bao and the firecracker shrimp

Cruise Critic Restaurant Picks on Norwegian Prima

Without a doubt, Indulge Food Hall is the spot you'll want to go to again and again. You can visit several times without sampling the same place twice. Nama is a must for sushi fans; try eating at the counter and watching as your dishes are made in front of you. If we had to pick only one spot for spending money, that would be Onda by Scarpetta, which earns our favor thanks to the care taken to make creative Italian dishes that feel new and fresh. Palomar is a great pick for seafood fans who also appreciate great service and a cool, open kitchen.

Tip: With all restaurants, you should make reservations early -- before you even cruise, if possible. Restaurants on Prima are smaller and more intimate than you'll find on other ships, and they will fill up.

Dietary Restrictions on Norwegian Prima

Vegetarian and vegan dishes are available at every restaurant, and they're mostly well marked either on the menu, tablet or placards in front of the item on a buffet.

Allergies and food restrictions are accommodated, but your best bet is to mention your food requirements when you book and tell the maitre d at each restaurant when you check in. All servers will ask if you have an allergy, at every meal. They take orders on tablets, and your allergy indication theoretically will follow you no matter where you eat. When in doubt, ask.

Tell NCL about your allergy or food restrictions at least 45 days before you sail and fill out a

Special Needs Request Form

.