Norwegian Bliss To Feature A Deck-Top Race Track

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

There’s good news for the many North American cruisers who were jealous when NCL’s China-based Norwegian Joy got the industry’s 1st deck-top go-kart track. Bliss will have one too – and it will be even bigger!

Norwegian Cruise Line's newest and 16th overall ship will feature an impressive array of attractions when it debuts next June, including the largest race track at sea, an open-air laser tag course, a large pool deck and aqua park with two pools and two waterslides. The electric go-kart attraction and the laser tag will come at an additional cost, while the waterslides will be included in the cruise fare.

The ship will also see the debut of Texas Smokehouse Q, an ‘upscale’ southern Texas-style barbecue joint complete with live country band, as well as the line's first full-size Starbucks location.

In another first, Bliss will feature the A-List Bar. The name is an homage to president Andy Stuart and his wife and children – whose first names all begin with the letter ‘A.’ A-List Bar will serve handcrafted cocktails, wines and premium spirits.

"Norwegian Bliss will no doubt be our most incredible ship to date," said Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Andy Stuart at Virtuoso Travel Week in LAS. "We have elevated Norwegian Bliss' onboard experience to new heights, bringing the best features from across our fleet plus exciting new first-at-sea activities."

The two-level electric-car race track on Bliss will be longer than the one on Joy at nearly 1,000 feet. The silent electric cars will offer four speed settings for different levels of driver, with top speeds of up to 50 km/h. The open-air laser tag course, designed to mimic an abandoned space station, will be open day and night.

In other dining news re Bliss, the ship will be home to Los Lobos, an upscale Mexican specialty restaurant that made its debut in 2016 aboard Norwegian Dawn. And the line's signature 24-hour O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill will be replaced on Norwegian Bliss with The Local, where complimentary pub food will be served.

The previously announced entertainment onboard will include the Tony Award-winning "Jersey Boys."




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