BREAKING: Norwegian Bliss to debut in Alaska
October 13, 2016 – Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that their third Breakaway Plus Class ship, Norwegian Bliss, will spend its inaugural summer season in Alaska. The ship will leave the German shipyard and immediately sail an transatlantic cruise followed by a Panama Canal cruise through the new locks. Once she arrives in Seattle the ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
“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,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “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.”
Being built in Papenburg, Germany at the Meyer Werft shipyard, Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in Norwegians Breakaway Plus class. She will be 167,800 Gross tons and hold 4000 passengers at double occupancy. Norwegian Bliss hull art will be designed by marine artist Wyland. The hull art will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Norwegian also announce along with Pot of Seattle CEO Ted Fick that Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Norwegian’s parent company, 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.
More details about Bliss such as accommodations, dining and onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months. Reservations will open up for booking January 2017.