Norwegian Bliss, the next cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line emerged from her dry dock within the assembly building at the Meyer Werft ship yard in Papenburg, Germany. The ship will remain in the shipyard during the fitting out process, the final stage in the ship’s construction.
The construction of the Norwegian Bliss began in October 2016 with the traditional steel cutting ceremony launching the 12th Norwegian Cruise Line ship to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard. It is the third ship in the Breakaway Plus class, measuring 1,082 feet in length by 136 feet wide, with gross tonnage of 167,800 and accommodating approximately 4,000 guests.
The ship features signature hull artwork designed by world-renowned marine life artist and conservationist, Wyland. Best known for his marine life paintings, sculptures and grand scale murals, or “Whaling Walls,” Norwegian Bliss’ hull design is named “Cruising with the Whales” and features a stunning image of a mother humpback whale and her calf as the centerpiece of the design, representing the beauty of Alaska’s wildlife.
Spending the summers in Alaska, Norwegian Bliss will be the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience, including the 180-degree Observation Lounge where guests can enjoy Norwegian’s most expansive views at sea. Norwegian Bliss will offer weekly seven-day cruises to see America’s last frontier with ports-of-call including Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, as well as Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive officer said:
“Our partners at Meyer Werft have done an excellent job realizing our vision for a ship designed to experience Alaska and the Caribbean like never before,”
“We are counting down the days until her official debut in Seattle this summer, where guests will be able to race around the world’s largest two-level race track at sea against the backdrop of Alaska’s wild frontier, and enjoy other first-at-sea experiences.”
Norwegian Bliss will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make her debut in Seattle, with cruises beginning May 2018. Following the Alaska season, the ship will sail a series of Mexican Rivera cruises from Los Angles before re-positioning to Miami for a winter season in the Caribbean.
For more details on Norwegian Bliss, visit the Norwegian Cruise Line website