Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, the 167,800 gross tonne Norwegian Bliss was floated out at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 17 February 2018.
Norwegian Bliss is the third of four ships in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class of ships and is due to enter service in April 2018.
The new ship will depart on its maiden voyage from Southampton on 21 April 2018. The 13-night cruise will visit the Azores, Halifax before arriving into New York.
Norwegian Bliss has been purpose-built for cruises in Alaska. It will spend its first summer offering seven-night cruises from its homeport of Seattle. During the winter months the ship will reposition to Miami, where it will offer seven-night cruises around the Caribbean.
The ship boasts a huge array of innovative passenger amenities, including various bars and restaurants, a laser tag court, waterslides and a go-kart track which is 40% bigger than the track on Norwegian Joy. Norwegian Bliss will also offer a new cabin category for solo travellers, with 82 inside staterooms featuring virtual ocean views. The Haven is twice as large as the one on Norwegian Escape, with a total of 80 suites.
At the bow is a 20,000 square-foot Observation Lounge which will offer amazing 180-degree views, perfect for when cruising in Alaska. The hull art on Norwegian Bliss was designed by world renowned marine artist, Wyland.