Norwegian Says Bliss Will Be Custom-Built For Alaska Cruising
Norwegian Cruise Line says its next new vessel, Norwegian Bliss, will be the 1st cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities designed specifically for Alaska cruising.
Norwegian Bliss will homeport in Seattle for the Alaska season beginning in 2018, and will be the 1st Norwegian ship to make its debut there. “Norwegian was the 1st 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, Norwegian President & CEO.
“Alaska is one of the top destinations for our guests to explore and we are thrilled to be the 1st 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 1st of its kind to ever debut in Seattle.”
The 3rd ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss will be 167,800 gross tons and accommodate 4,000 pax. The ship will be constructed at Meyer Werft in Papenburg and is scheduled for delivery in spring 2018.
After a transatlantic cruise and a Panama Canal transit through the new locks, the ship will sail north, reaching Seattle for the start of the 2018 summer cruising season.
Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly 7 day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, along with scenic glacier cruising.
Continuing Norwegian’s tradition of decorating each ship’s hull with signature art, the line has also announced that marine life artist Wyland has been commissioned to design the hull artwork for Norwegian Bliss.
To enhance the guest experience for cruisers from Seattle, Norwegian’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has entered into a 15 yr. agreement with the Port of Seattle to collectively invest $30 million to upgrade the Pier 66 facilities.