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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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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