Norwegian Bliss was officially delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line on 19 April 2018 in Bremerhaven, Germany, when ship was handed over to the cruise line from the Meyer Werft shipyard.
The new 167,800 gross tonne cruise ship, which is the third Breakaway-Plus class ship, is the sixteenth ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet.
During the handover ceremony the shipyard flag was lowered and the Norwegian Cruise Line flag was hoisted into position. The ship will depart Bremerhaven on a 2-night press sailing to Southampton, United Kingdom.
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.
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