Keel Laid For Custom-Built Alaska Ship Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Cruise Line President & CEO Andy Stuart and Meyer Werft Managing Partner Tim Meyer at the keel laying for Norwegian Bliss.
Norwegian Cruise Line and the Meyer Werft shipyard have celebrated the keel laying of Norwegian Bliss at the yard’s facility in Papenburg, Germany.
During the ceremony, one of the keel blocks of the 167,800 gross ton, 4,000-pax vessel was lifted into the covered building hall, signifying a major milestone in the ship’s construction. Norwegian Bliss is due for delivery in April 2018 and is being touted as the first cruise ship custom-built for Alaska cruising.
Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and CEO, laid the traditional “lucky coin,” etched with the outline of the ship’s signature hull designed by wildlife artist Wyland, before the block was lowered into place.
“We are overjoyed to celebrate the keel laying of Norwegian Bliss, our 16th ship and sure to be our most innovative ship to date,” Stuart said.
“We have seen overwhelming anticipation and excitement from our guests and travel partners for Norwegian Bliss, from her awe-inspiring custom-designed spaces like her observation lounges to her elegant suites in The Haven by Norwegian, and we are all thrilled to see this magnificent ship begin to come to life with the craftsmanship, precision and cutting edge technology that Meyer Werft consistently delivers.”
During her inaugural summer 2018 season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from the recently expanded Pier 66 Cruise Terminal in Seattle.
The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
Norwegian Bliss will sail her inaugural Winter season beginning in November 2018, sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, with calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.