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Fri, 20 April 2018

NCL Takes Delivery of Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 167,800-gross-ton Norwegian Bliss on Thursday.

The ship will will begin her first transatlantic journey from Southampton, England on 21 April.

Upon her arrival to the U.S. on 3 May, the festivities for her U.S inaugural tour will commence with two-night preview events in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, and will conclude with a grand christening ceremony and sailing from her first homeport at Pier 66 in Seattle, Washington on 30 May. Following a three-day inaugural voyage with a call into the port of Victoria, British Columbia, she will return on 2 June and will then embark on her first seven-day voyage to Alaska.

“Norwegian Bliss is one of our most highly-anticipated ships to date, and today marks another exciting milestone for the newest and most innovative ship of our young and modern fleet,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “The Meyer Werft team, along with our operations teams, ship officers and crew members, has done an incredible job bringing Norwegian Bliss to life and we cannot wait for guests to experience all she has to offer.”

The staterooms inside The Haven onboard Norwegian Bliss are impressive to say the least. They feature private balconies, luxury showers and amazing views. Click to enlarge.

Norwegian Bliss, the third ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class, the most successful class in the company’s history, is the first cruise ship specifically designed with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruising experience.

 Norwegian Bliss features the largest competitive race track at sea, a first for any North America-based cruise ship. The two-level electric-car race track sits at the top of deck 19, offering guests amazing views while twisting and turning at a speed of up to 30 miles per hour. After a thrilling ride, guests can then test their agility at the open-air laser tag course, or race side-by-side on the Aqua Racer waterslide at the expansive Aqua Park, with two multi-storey water slides that extend over the edge of the ship and loop down to the deck below.

How's this for a luxurious bathroom at sea?! The staterooms inside The Haven onboard Norwegian Bliss are very impressive. Click to enlarge.

Aboard Norwegian Bliss, culinary enthusiasts can savor new exclusive specialty dining and bar concepts such as the debuting Texas Smokehouse – Q, the cruise line’s first full-service Starbucks Café at sea, and Coco’s – a chocolate and sweet treats shop. At the District Brew House, guests can enjoy a variety of craft cocktails and beers, including local Seattle favorites from Red Hook Brewery.

Guests on Norwegian Bliss can relax with a variety of accommodation including luxurious suites in The Haven by Norwegian (pictured), studio staterooms for solo travelers with virtual ocean views, and plenty of connecting staterooms ideal for large groups and families.

Two expansive observation lounges, one exclusively accessible for The Haven guests, will offer cruisers uninterrupted views of the natural beauty of the sea and shore throughout their journeys.

Beginning June 2018, Norwegian Bliss will spend her summer cruising seven-day voyages to Alaska, and fall season cruising to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles. In winter of 2018, she will sail the Caribbean from Miami, and in the 2019 fall/winter season she will cruise from New York City to Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.

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