In her inaugural transatlantic voyage from Germany to the Pacific Northwest, the Norwegian Bliss marked a major milestone and she is now the largest passenger ship to transit the Panama Canal since its expansion in 2016. The Norwegian Bliss will arrive at her homeport in Seattle for the Alaskan cruise season on May 30th, where she will have her official christening ceremony, and then embark on a three-day exhibition cruise, that includes her first stop in Victoria on June 1st. From June 2nd, Norwegian Bliss will start her seven-day voyages from Seattle to Alaska with featured calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria.
Launched: April 21, 2018
Built by: Meyer Wefts in Papenburg, Germany
Length overall: 333.5 m / 1,094 ft
Max Beam: 41.5 m / 136 ft
Tonnage: 168,028 GT / 11,700 DWT
Passengers Capacity: 4,004
Cruise speed: 23.2 knots
Engines: Diesel Electric
The Norwegian Bliss is the sixteenth ship in Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet and has a number of unique features including a private area called The Haven that encompasses 80 luxurious suites and a two-story Horizon Louge for these guests' exclusive use. For the young at heart, there is a two-level 1,000-foot long electric car race track with cars reaching up to 30 miles per hour, an open-air laser tag arena and two multi-storey waterslides.
Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in the Breakaway Plus-class and is the 16th ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) fleet. The ship has been fitted with the ABB Azipod XO electrical propulsion system, which includes an electric-drive motor housed inside a submerged pod and exhaust gas scrubbers, reducing sulphur emissions by 99%. NCL will introduce an additional new "Breakaway Plus" Class cruise ship in 2019 and has four additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022, with an option to introduce two more ships in 2026 and 2027.