Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that Norwegian Bliss will be based out of Seattle in 2018 and will operate cruises to Alaska.
The new ship is the third ship in Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Breakaway Plus class of ships and will be sister to Norwegian Escape launched in 2015 and Norwegian Joy which will launch in 2017.
The 167,800 gross tonne Norwegian Bliss will begin cruising from Seattle in summer 2018 and will be the largest cruise ship to ever sail to Alaska.
The new ship’s hull art will feature whales and is to be designed by Wyland, a conservationist and artist. Norwegian Bliss will also boast new venues which have been specially designed for Alaskan cruising.
“Norwegian was the first cruise line to begin cruising to Alaska from Seattle in 2000 and it’s only fitting that we bring our newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, directly to this incredible location,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Alaska is one of the top destinations for our guests to explore and we are thrilled to be the first cruise line to offer our guests the opportunity to experience this coveted destination aboard a brand new, state-of-the-art cruise ship custom designed for Alaska, the first of its kind to ever debut in Seattle.”
The new ship will launch in spring 2018 and will arrive in Seattle after a transatlantic crossing and a transit of the new locks at the Panama Canal and cruise the West Coast of America.
Norwegian Bliss will then operate seven-day cruises to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia. Guests will be able to enjoy scenic views of glaciers.
Norwegian Cruise Line has also announced a 15-year agreement with the Port of Seattle, investing around £24 million to upgrade the facilities at Pier 66. Upgrades will includes an expanded check-in area, a new VIP lounge as well as two new air bridges.