Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed features and amenities for Norwegian Bliss, the line’s sixteenth ship, which will sail to Alaska and the Caribbean with select voyages to the Mexican Riviera beginning in June next year.
The ship will have the largest race track at sea and an open-air laser tag course.
Its new features will join the brand’s signature elements of freedom and flexibility that Norwegian is known for including dining options, bars and lounges, award-winning youth programs and more.
Many of the ship’s amenities were announced by Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive officer, at an event at Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, where media and travel partners were able to Imagine Bliss through interactive 3D virtual reality experiences of the ship’s race track, Observation Lounge, The Waterfront, pool deck and a waterslide.
“Norwegian Bliss will no doubt be our most incredible ship to date,” said Stuart. “We have elevated Norwegian Bliss’s onboard experience to new heights, bringing the best features from across our fleet plus exciting new first-at-sea activities like the largest race track and new dining concepts to create the ultimate cruising experience.”
At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, the vessel is currently being constructed at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany and is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018.
The two level electric-car race track, the longest at sea at nearly 1,000 feet, has 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 other passengers.
At the open-air laser tag course guests can test their agility. 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.
The ship’s pool and sundeck feature two spacious pools and six infinity hot tubs that scale the side of the ship. The ship’s Aqua Park includes two multi-story waterslides. Junior cruisers can enjoy themselves at the Kids’ Aqua Park.
There’s a new Texas Smokehouse, a new à la carte specialty restaurant serving authentic Texas barbecue. The flavours aboard Norwegian Bliss will travel south-of-the-border with Los Lobos, an outpost of the brand’s new restaurant serving elevated Mexican cuisine that made its debut in 2016 aboard Norwegian Dawn offering upscale, modern take on traditional favourites.
Between Los Lobos and Norwegian’s signature restaurant Cagney’s Steakhouse, The A-List Bar, named for Norwegian President & CEO and 30-year veteran Andy Stuart, will serve handcrafted cocktails, wines and premium spirits.
Sweets and treats will be served up day and night at Coco’s, a new à la carte dessert venue where liquid chocolate in an enclosed oversized chocolate fountain. There will also be a full service Starbucks® store on board.
During her inaugural summer season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle.
Norwegian Bliss’ has a variety of accommodation 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.
Entertainment offerings include the Jersey Boys and two observation lounges, including the exclusive Horizon Lounge for guests of The Haven®.