Norwegian Bliss, the 3rd Breakaway Plus class ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, will seasonally homeport in Seattle beginning in the Summer of 2018. The ship will be the ultimate vessel for Alaska with hull art designed by marine mammal conservationist Wyland. The hull art will be revealed later this month.
Norwegian Bliss will be Norwegian’s first ship to debut in the Emerald City and promises to once again pioneer the cruise line to a new era of Alaska cruising. The ship will have custom built features and amenities specifically designed for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience.
Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, gave the following statement: “Norwegian was the first 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. Alaska is one of the top destinations for our guests to explore and we are thrilled to be the first 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 first of its kind to ever debut in Seattle.”
The 167,800 gross ton ship will be the largest cruise ship sailing to Alaska and will accommodate 4,000 passengers. Norwegian Bliss will be built at MEYER WERFT in Germany 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 along the West Coast, reaching Seattle for the start of the summer cruising season. Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, offering guests the premier way to see America’s last frontier, while also providing all of the innovative features, entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
To further enhance the overall guest experience for cruisers from Seattle, Norwegian’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has entered into a groundbreaking 15-year agreement with the Port of Seattle to collectively invest $30 million to upgrade the Pier 66 facilities. From expanding the guest check-in space by 300% to more than 150,000 square feet to a new VIP lounge with expansive views of Elliott Bay and the addition of two new elevated passenger boarding bridges to provide easy and comfortable passenger boarding, the new amenities will provide guests with the perfect send-off to start their Alaskan adventure.
Reservations for bookings on Norwegian Bliss will open in January 2017.