Today is cruise day, and you’re about to embark on an incredible journey on the world’s newest cruise ship, the Norwegian Viva. This ship is a marvel, with its three-story Go-kart track, a theater that transforms into a Vegas-style nightclub, and a virtual reality mega arcade. Although the cruise may be a bit pricey, it’s worth every penny for the luxurious experience it offers. As you check in your bags and go through the boarding process, you can already feel the excitement building. You have a balcony suite on deck nine, complete with all the amenities you could ask for. Norwegian has even provided you with extra perks like premium Wi-Fi, champagne, chocolate strawberries, and a room service dinner package. You can’t wait to explore the ship and enjoy all the entertainment options it has to offer. From the indulge Food Hall and Ocean Boulevard to the water slide, go-kart track, and exclusive adult-only beach club called Vibe, there’s something for everyone on this cruise. With nine days of adventure ahead, including stops in stunning destinations like Lisbon, Portugal, you’re ready to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Day One: Arrival and Check-In

Checking in bags

As you arrive at the cruise terminal, the first order of business is to check in your bags. The process is quick and efficient, with designated areas for bag drop-off. Simply hand over your luggage to the staff, who will ensure it is safely loaded onto the ship.

Boarding process

After checking in your bags, it’s time to proceed to the boarding process. This involves presenting your boarding pass and passport at the passport control. Norwegian Cruise Line provides an online check-in option, allowing you to access your boarding pass through the Norwegian app. Once through passport control, you will receive your key card, which serves as your access to your stateroom and various onboard amenities.

Now that you have completed the check-in process, you are officially on board the Norwegian Viva. The excitement of embarking on your cruise adventure begins.

Accommodations on Deck Nine

Balcony Suite

Your chosen accommodation for this cruise is a balcony suite located on Deck Nine. Upon entering your suite, you are immediately greeted with spaciousness and luxury. The room features a comfortable bed, a USB port, and a type C charge port conveniently located on both sides of the bed. A cozy couch, drawers, a desk, and ample hanger space are also provided.

Room amenities

Within the balcony suite, you will find a range of amenities to enhance your onboard experience. The bathroom area offers a spacious shower and a porcelain throne. A mini-bar refrigerator is available for your use, stocked with complimentary champagne and sparkling water. You’ll also find robes provided for your comfort and convenience.

Upgrade cost

To secure this balcony suite, you chose to upgrade from the original interior cabin, adding an additional $750 per passenger. The upgrade fee includes access to the exclusive amenities and perks associated with the club balcony suite.

Extras provided by Norwegian

Norwegian Cruise Line has gone above and beyond to make your cruise experience special. As a gesture of appreciation for choosing their cruise line, Norwegian has provided you with a range of extras. These include premium Wi-Fi for two devices, chocolate strawberries, room service dinner packages at select restaurants, and a bottle of champagne. These additional amenities add a touch of luxury to your already fantastic balcony suite.

Exploring the Ship

Indulge Food Hall

Your exploration of the ship begins at the Indulge Food Hall. This culinary hotspot offers a wide variety of dining options to suit every taste. From international cuisines to local delicacies, the Indulge Food Hall ensures that you are spoiled for choice when it comes to satisfying your culinary cravings. With its vibrant atmosphere and tantalizing aromas, this is a must-visit spot for food enthusiasts.

Ocean Boulevard

Next, you venture to Ocean Boulevard, a promenade deck filled with exciting activities and entertainment options. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the picturesque ocean views as you explore the various shops, bars, and lounges along the way. From upscale boutiques to lively bars, Ocean Boulevard offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to all interests.


Elegant but confusing Atrium

As you continue your exploration, you find yourself in the ship’s elegant Atrium. The grandeur of this central gathering space is awe-inspiring, with its soaring ceilings, intricate architecture, and stylish interior design. However, navigating through the Atrium can be a bit confusing at times due to its layout. But fear not, with a little time and exploration, you’ll soon find your way around this stunning centerpiece of the ship.

Visit to the casino on deck 17

For those feeling lucky, a visit to the casino on Deck 17 is a must. This vibrant and energetic space offers a wide range of gaming options, from slot machines to table games. Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or just looking for a bit of excitement, the casino provides a thrilling experience filled with anticipation and the possibility of hitting the jackpot.

The Viva Experience

Party atmosphere

One of the standout features of the Norwegian Viva is its lively party atmosphere. From the moment you step on board, you are greeted with upbeat music and the sound of applause. The energetic vibe creates a sense of celebration and sets the tone for a fun-filled cruise experience.

Entertainment options

The Norwegian Viva offers a plethora of entertainment options to keep you entertained throughout your cruise. From Broadway-style shows to live music performances, there is something for everyone. You can immerse yourself in the world of virtual reality at the Galaxy Pavilion, where thrilling rides and attractions await. The theater, which transforms into a Vegas-style nightclub, offers a nightlife experience like no other.

Exclusive adult-only beach club: Vibe

For those seeking a more tranquil and adults-only environment, Vibe, the exclusive beach club, is the perfect sanctuary. Located on a secluded deck, Vibe provides a serene and sophisticated retreat. Relax on comfortable loungers, take a dip in the private pool, and enjoy panoramic views of the ocean. Vibe offers a peaceful escape from the energetic party atmosphere found elsewhere on the ship.

Virtual reality arcade: Galaxy Pavilion

The Galaxy Pavilion is a virtual reality arcade that takes entertainment to new heights. Step into a world of immersive experiences and cutting-edge technology. From thrilling roller coasters to interactive games, the Galaxy Pavilion offers endless fun for all ages. Get ready to be transported to a realm of virtual adventure like never before.

Partner’s experience with social media

While you immerse yourself in the various entertainment options, your partner delves into the world of social media. Capturing and sharing the highlights of your cruise experience, they document every moment for your followers to enjoy. From picturesque views to exciting activities, your partner’s social media presence adds an extra layer of engagement and excitement to your cruise journey.

The Cruise Itinerary

Sailing for a nine-day adventure

The Norwegian Viva embarks on a nine-day adventure, promising a voyage filled with excitement and exploration. As you set sail, you leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enter a world of relaxation and adventure on the open sea.

Destination: Lisbon, Portugal

Your cruise itinerary includes a visit to the enchanting city of Lisbon, Portugal. Rich in history, culture, and stunning architecture, Lisbon offers a plethora of experiences to indulge in. From exploring the iconic Belém Tower to strolling through the colorful streets of Alfama, Lisbon promises to leave a lasting impression.

Planned activities: Water slide, go-karts, comedy show

During your cruise, you have planned a range of exhilarating activities to make the most of your time on board. A thrilling water slide provides the perfect opportunity for some splashing fun, while a go-kart track offers a taste of high-speed excitement. Additionally, a comedy show promises laughter and entertainment for a memorable evening.

Buffet experience

No cruise experience is complete without indulging in the delightful array of culinary offerings, particularly at the buffet. Norwegian Cruise Line is renowned for its delectable and diverse buffet options, catering to various tastes and dietary preferences. From international cuisines to mouthwatering desserts, the buffet is a gastronomic adventure waiting to be savored.


As your first day on the Norwegian Viva comes to a close, you reflect on the incredible experiences and impressions that have already left an indelible mark. The warmth and friendliness of the crew, the luxurious accommodations, the vibrant party atmosphere, and the thrilling entertainment options have all contributed to a truly memorable start to your cruise adventure.

With anticipation building for the days to come, you eagerly await the next chapter of your voyage and the exciting discoveries that await you aboard the Norwegian Viva. The ship’s atmosphere exudes positivity and sets the stage for an unforgettable cruise experience filled with relaxation, adventure, and countless moments of joy.

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