The first piece of steel for the Norwegian Bliss was cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenbergen, Germany on 28 October 2016, marking the ceremonial start of the 167,800 gross tonne ship’s construction.
Norwegian Bliss will be launch in summer 2018 and will based in Seattle, operating cruises to Alaska. The 4,200 passenger cruise ship will be the largest to ever operate cruises to Alaska.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, Frank Del Rio pressed the start button of the computer-controlled cutting machine, which commenced the steel cutting and construction of the new ship. The first piece of steel was cut by a plasma torch and will become part of the first of 81 large blocks which will make up the Norwegian Bliss.
“As we close in on Norwegian Cruise Line’s 50th anniversary, we are thrilled to celebrate the start of construction for Norwegian Bliss, our latest and most innovative ship yet,” said Del Rio. “Norwegian Bliss will offer the ultimate in Alaska adventures, both on and off the ship, and we look forward to welcoming guests on board in June 2018.”