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Norwegian Aqua to Debut New Dining Experiences

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced new culinary and beverage experiences to debut aboard Norwegian Aqua

When she debuts in April 2025, Norwegian Aqua will feature three new offerings–NCL’s first-ever Thai specialty restaurant, Sukhothai; an upscale wine bar, Swirl Wine Bar; and the cruise line’s first venue with a fully plant-based menu, Planterie.

Norwegian Cruise Line President David J. Herrera commented, “Discovering new flavors and dining experiences is such a memorable part of any vacation, especially when you share it with those who matter most to you. Expanding on our award-winning food and beverage program, we’re looking forward to bringing new concepts to life aboard Norwegian Aqua, while continuing to deliver on the variety of available offerings and value that NCL delivers.”

Located on deck 17, Sukhothai will offer authentic, traditional dishes like Thai Cashew Chicken, Salt and Pepper Prawns; Thai Grilled Steak Salad; a variety of complementing curries and more. Guests will feel as if they have been transported to the country of Thailand as they experience a warm and inviting atmosphere of bamboo and rice paper pendant lights, a geometric patterned floor and colorful furniture.

Located at the guest-favorite Indulge Food Hall on deck 8, Planterie will serve plant-based bowls like the Southwest Bowl with smoked tempeh and the Mediterranean Goddess Bowl with spiced vegetables, tabbouleh and honey-roasted carrots. 

Located on deck 6 between the Whiskey Bar and Hasuki restaurant, guests will find the upscale Swirl Wine Bar. The venue will feature a wine-by-the-glass menu along with an extensive list of rare and premium vintages. The inviting space is inspired by the beauty and curvature of the Antelope Canyon in Arizona.

Norwegian Aqua will feature new designs and enhanced spaces as previously debuted on the Prima Class. The Commodore Room will transport guests to the past times of maritime sophistication while the Metropolitan will now feature a grand piano and a small entertainment space. Nama Sushi and Sashimi will feature a new lively Manga art design by Studio DADO, and Surfside Café will provide scenic views out its floor-to-ceiling windows. Other venues will also feature new designs or will be expanded to accommodate more guests. 

The fan favorites are also returning to Norwegian Aqua. Hudson’s, the main dining room; Le Bistro, the high-end French restaurant; Los Lobos, the contemporary Mexican venue; and Onda by Scarpetta, the upscale Italian restaurant will all be onboard.

Norwegian Aqua will be the 20th ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Beginning April 2025, she will sail seven-day Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida. She will call on Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, US Virgin Island; and Great Stirrup Cay, the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas before repositioning to New York in August 2025.