Norwegian Bliss Sets Sail
Norwegian's newest ship is on its way across the pond and, after a brief media stop in Miami, will arrive in Seattle for it's first Alaska sailing on May 30. Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in the cruise line's Breakaway Plus class, the largest in its fleet. Sister ships Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy debuted in 2015 and 2017, respectively, while a fourth ship in the class, Norwegian Encore, will debut in 2019.
Bliss will sail 7-Day Alaska Inside Passage routes roundtrip out of Seattle in the summer, 7-Day Eastern and Western Caribbean routes out of Miami, plus a handful of other one-off repositioning cruises.
Signature features of Norwegian Bliss include the marine-life themed hull artwork by Wyland and the largest go-kart race track at sea. Also on board is a laser-tag course set in an "abandoned spaceship" and a water slide that sends riders out over the ocean.
Unique to Bliss is Q-Texas Smokehouse, serving barbecue in a high-end setting featuring pop country music, and The Local, serving pub fare in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere 24 hours a day. Like the other Norwegian ships in this class, Bliss also features the waterfront dining on deck 8 where many restaurants have an outside seating that is sure to impress. Guests sailing on Bliss will also enjoy a full-size Starbucks, District Brew House, Los Lobos, Cagney's Steakhouse, Le Bistro, La Cucina, Ocean Blue, Teppanyaki, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and the A-List Bar.
Also on board are six infinity hot tubs as part of the two-pool sundeck, a kids' aqua park, spaces for teens, pre-teens and children, a new dessert venue called Coco’s with a decorative oversized chocolate fountain, The Cellars wine bar from the Mondavi family, the Mandara Spa with 24 treatment rooms including the snow room, a fitness center and casino.
Since the ship is designed for both Alaska and Caribbean, the cruise line has tried to give it touches of Seattle and Miami, including a beverage program that features local craft cocktails developed by Seattle-based celebrity mixologist and chef Kathy Casey and Miami-based Gabe Orta, known for the Magic City's BarLab concepts.
“Jersey Boys” will headline the entertainment offerings on board along with a Cuban-inspired Broadway-style musical comedy. Also on board is a theatrical production called “Happy Hour Prohibition — The Musical,” a one-hour performance set in 1919 on the eve of Prohibition. A new comedy club and nightclub venue called Alibi as well as its own version of a venue that recently debuted on Norwegian Epic — The Cavern Club, which is inspired by the Liverpool club where The Beatles played in the 1960s, round out the ship's entertainment venues.
Among the ship's signature features are a 180-degree observation lounge for all passengers plus a second observation lounge dedicated to those sailing in The Haven, the all-suite exclusive area which also has its own restaurant, outdoor terrace, private lounge and courtyard with pool, whirlpools, sauna, spa and sunbathing deck.
Norwegian caters to solo travelers with its unique studio staterooms and their private lounge. On the other hand, NCL has also allotted for more connecting staterooms across all of its categories with larger family groups in mind. There's truly something for everyone onboard Norwegian Bliss!
Ready to set sail? Request a free quote today and let a Diserella Dream Maker turn your vacation dream into a dream vacation.