Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest addition to their fleet, Norwegian Bliss, arrived in New York City to kick off a series of inaugural stops during a month-long celebration. The ship will also visit Miami, Los Angeles and end in Seattle where she will home-port for the summer with sailings to Alaska. The official christening of Norwegian Bliss will be held in Seattle on May 30.
On hand for the festivities in New York, were Norwegian Bliss’ Godfather, Elvis Duran and the cast from the Z100 morning show who broadcasted live from the ship. Throughout the day, guests were able to explore the ship, sample the cruise line’s newest culinary innovations, and experience all the amenities, including the longest go-kart race track at sea, the newly designed water slides, and an open-air laser tag arena. Additionally, Elvis Duran brought on indie-pop band, AJR, to give a special performance on board Norwegian Bliss. On the evening of May 4, following the Norwegian Cruise Line original musical theater show – ¡HAVANA! – Grammy-award winning singer, Albita, performed an exclusive show for guests in the Bliss Theater. One deck below, guests were kicking up their boots and enjoying country tunes by Camille Rae and her band at Q, the new Texas Smokehouse Barbecue restaurant on Norwegian Bliss.
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, two of the original members of The Four Seasons, which the Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys is based on, made a special appearance at an intimate cocktail reception in the expansive Horizon Lounge in The Haven, home to the most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations, complete with a private lounge, courtyard and observation area.
Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line said:
“Norwegian has been committed to providing our guests with the finest entertainment at sea and we have elevated this commitment by introducing Jersey Boys and ¡HAVANA! on board Norwegian Bliss,”
“It has been such an honor to have icons in the music and theater world partner with and join us on this inaugural tour.”
Beginning June 2, Norwegian Bliss will cruise seven-day voyages to Alaska from Seattle with featured calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia. She will then cruise select voyages to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles and for her fall/winter season, she will sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami. In 2019, she will return to New York City and sail seven-day voyages to the Bahamas and Florida, the Southern and Western Caribbean.
Norwegian Bliss features the largest competitive race track at sea, an open-air laser tag course, and Aqua Park with side-by-side Aqua Racer waterslides and two multi-story waterslides, one of which extends over the edge of the ship and loops down to the deck below.
For more details on the Norwegian Bliss, visit Norwegian Cruise Line’s website