Norwegian Cruise Line will specifically tailor its next brand new cruise ship – which will be named Norwegian Bliss – for cruising in Alaska, the line announced today.
To be built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, the forthcoming 4,000-passenger ship will be the third in Norwegian’s Breakaway-Plus class of ship after Norwegian Escape (which currently sails from Miami) and Norwegian Joy (set to debut in 2017, sailing year-round in China). Once complete and following a repositioning from Europe through the Panama Canal and up the US West Coast, Norwegian Bliss will make its debut from Seattle in 2018.
Weekly, seven-day cruises will depart from the Pacific Northwest city in time for the 2018 Alaskan summer peak cruise season, each visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia as well as undertaking some scenic glacier viewing.
The line has advised, yet not detailed, that there will be a number of passenger amenities and features onboard designed to offer “the ultimate Alaska cruise experience”. More details are sure to emerge in coming months as the company releases design details of the vessel. One element which has already been announced is that the ship will feature hull artwork designed by marine life artist Wyland, who is known for his whale murals, marine paintings and sculptures. The artwork to adorn the hull will be revealed soon.
In line with the ship’s home porting in Seattle, Norwegian Cruise Line has also joined forces with the port’s authorities to collectively invest US$30 million to upgrade passenger facilities at the terminal. Over a 15-year agreement, check-in facilities will be expanded, a new VIP pre-boarding lounge will be opened and two new boarding bridges will be constructed.
Reservations for cruises on Norwegian Bliss will be open from January 2017.