Norwegian’s newest ship Norwegian Bliss arrived in the U.S. in early May, then sailed through the Panama Canal to her christening ceremony in her first homeport at Pier 66 in Seattle, Washington before departing for her first seven-day voyage to Alaska.
The third ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class, the Norwegian Bliss is the first cruise ship specifically designed with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruising experience including the expansive and beautiful Observation Lounge offering 180 degree views. Guests are treated to great new features, such as the largest competitive Go-Kart race track at sea, an open-air laser tag course, and side-by-side Aqua Racer waterslides, one of which extends over the edge of the ship and loops down to the deck below.
Culinary enthusiasts will love the myriad dining options such as Cagneys, the Manhattan Room and Le Bistro as well as new specialty dining and bar concepts such as the Texas smokehouse – Q, the cruise line’s first full-service Starbucks at sea, and Coco’s – a chocolate and sweet treats shop.
Ocean Blue Restaurant
Fabulous onboard entertainment includes the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys, and ¡Havana! – an original musical theater show created and produced specifically for Norwegian Bliss as well as a new theatrical cocktail hour experience, Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical.
There is also a Cavern Club with a Beatles tribute band bringing down the house on every occasion – and so many more spots including the fabulous Waterfront for al fresco cocktails and dining at a number of venues.
Staterooms range from luxurious suites in The Haven by Norwegian to studios for solo travelers with virtual ocean views, and plenty of connecting staterooms ideal for large groups and families.
Norwegian Bliss will spend her summer cruising seven-day voyages to Alaska, and the fall season cruising to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles. In winter of 2018, she will sail the Caribbean from Miami, and in the 2019 fall/winter season she will cruise from New York City to Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Originally published in Cruise & Travel Lifestyles Spring/Summer 2018 issue. Photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.