Cruise NewsNorwegian's Giant New Cruise Ship Floats Out of Dry Dock

Norwegian’s Giant New Cruise Ship Floats Out of Dry Dock

Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest mega cruise ship, was floated out of dry dock at the MEYER WERFT shipyard in Germany earlier today.
Now that Norwegian Bliss has been floated out of dry dock, the final work can be completed to prepare the cruise ship for her inaugural cruise in April 2018.

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Norwegian Bliss will sail a series of one way cruises as the ship makes her way to Seattle for the Alaska cruise season. Once in Seattle, the cruise ship will sail week long, round trip cruises to Alaska with port stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria.

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Norwegian Bliss will boast excitement around every corner and delight guests with thrills, with activities spanning the entirety of the ship’s top deck. Following overwhelming popularity aboard Norwegian Bliss’ sister ship in China, Norwegian Joy, guests will be able to put the pedal to the metal for the first time aboard a North American-based cruise ship with a two level electric-car race track.

The competitive track, the longest at sea at nearly 1,000 feet, will rev up the hearts of all who race around her many twists and turns with four speed settings accommodating novice, intermediate and advanced drivers, reaching up to 30 miles per hour — with a special “turbo boost” available on each lap. The electric cars run silent so as to not disturb those seeking to enjoy the serene environment. But guests will have the full racing experience while they channel their inner Andretti, as the sounds of a race car engine are piped in through speakers located in the car’s headrest.

After burning rubber at the race track, guests can test their agility at the open-air laser tag course. Themed as an abandoned space station, the course comes to life both day and night as guests go into stealth-mode and compete against family and friends with state-of-the art laser guns.

After working up a sweat, guests aboard Norwegian Bliss can cool down at the ship’s expansive pool and sundeck featuring two spacious pools and six infinity hot tubs that scale the side of the ship. The ship’s Aqua Park also includes two multi-story waterslides. Not for the faint of heart, the high-speed Ocean Loops free fall slide includes two exhilarating loops, one that extends out over the side of the ship and a second see-through loop that stretches down to the deck below, sure to offer a wet and wild ride. The tandem Aqua Racer slide allows guests to race side-by-side on inner tubes for more than 360 feet, with a translucent section that provides stunning ocean views as guests twist and turn to the finish line.

Norwegian will bring together the best of its specialty dining experiences aboard Norwegian Bliss with signature à la carte restaurants including French cuisine at Le Bistro; the tastes of Tuscany at La Cucina; the finest fresh seafood at Ocean Blue; global fusion cuisine featuring sushi, dumplings, handhelds and more at Food Republic; Cheeseburgers in Paradise® at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville® at Sea; and handmade cupcakes and macarons at The Bake Shop. Teppanyaki, the brand’s family-favorite Japanese hibachi steakhouse will also be onboard at cover charge pricing.

Norwegian Bliss will serve up premium quality cuisine with fresh ingredients in all complimentary dining venues with rotating menus curated by the brand’s coveted culinary team. In a new complimentary dining concept, The Local will offer guests pub fare in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere 24 hours a day.

Norwegian’s vibrant nightlife scene will be taken to the next level aboard Norwegian Bliss with live entertainment, electrifying deck parties at Spice H2O and an expansive casino featuring hundreds of slot machines and table games to suit the likes of novice and pro gamblers alike. In a first for Norwegian, the casino will now offer a smoking and a non-smoking casino to cater to all guest preferences.

Norwegian Bliss’ custom design will offer guests the freedom and flexibility to “imagine Bliss” and create their ideal experience at sea, with a wide variety of accommodations including luxurious suites in The Haven by Norwegian®, Studio staterooms for solo travelers with virtual ocean views, and new connecting staterooms ideal for large groups and families traveling together. Norwegian Bliss will also feature an incredible lineup of entertainment offerings including the Tony-Award winner for “Best Musical” Jersey Boys and two observation lounges, including the exclusive Horizon Lounge for guests of The Haven®, perfect for whale watching in Alaska or taking in sunsets in the Caribbean, and more. Continuing its tradition of featuring original artwork on its ship’s hulls, Norwegian Cruise Line commissioned Wyland, one of the world’s premier marine life artists, to design the hull art for Norwegian Bliss.

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Cruise NewsNorwegian's Giant New Cruise Ship Floats Out of Dry Dock


  1. You should be able to find a lot of info on the Haven suites if you Google it. NCL offers the Haven Suites at the top AFT of the ship, and they are GORGEOUS !!! They spoil you, and the suites are absolutely stunning. Once you go NCL Haven (if you can afford it), you will probably never go to another cruise line.

  2. It will only be there for its inaugural voyages during summer 2018. The ship was built specifically for beautiful views, and Alaska is gorgeous wilderness. The Bliss will be repositioning to Los Angeles in October and cruising down the west coast to ports in Mexico, such as Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerta Vallarta. In November, it will reposition to Miami cruise to the Caribbean 🙂 Can’t wait to cruise like a Norwegian on the Bliss – a beautiful ship !

  3. I’m absolutely baffled why NCL is putting this ship in Alaska? What are they thinking? Who is going to be enjoying the race track in 50 degree (+/-) weather? Who’s going to be out in the pools? Open air laser tag?
    We went to Alaska a few years ago and lucked out in getting a 60 degree day in mid-July. This ship has so much to offer, and I’d love to sail on her to Mexico, Panama, Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Hawaii, but definitely NOT Alaska.

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