Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship built for Alaskan cruisesNorwegian Bliss will be the third member of the Breakaway Plus Class alongside Norwegian Escape and the built-for-the-Chinese-market Norwegian Joy.

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The 4,250 passenger Norwegian Bliss is currently under construction at Meyer Werft Papenburg, Germany and we are booked on the 12 -day Inaugural Transatlantic sailing from Southampton to New York on 21st April 2018!

Here are the top 5 things we can’t wait to try:

  1. Observation Lounge

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The main highlight will be an almost 2,000 square foot Observation Lounge which will span the entire forward part of the ship. It will feature 180-degrees of floor-to-ceiling windows for unparalleled views of Alaska and the Caribbean. Plush seating will be located throughout the lounge, which will be anchored by a central bar area constructed from aluminum and polished quartz. We are looking forward to meeting up for sailaways from Southampton, Ponta Delgado and Halifax in the Observation Lounge!

     2. New Dining/Drinks Venues

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New dining options will include Texas Smokehouse Q offering authentic Texas barbecue. This smokehouse will offer a different selection of smoked meat nightly, which will be accompanied by live contemporary pop country music.  It’s  à la carte menu  will feature hickory, oak, and pecan smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, and sausage. Sides are available as well with options including deviled eggs with natural air cured ham, pickled jalapeños, and a fresh cheddar and breadcrumb-crusted mac-n-cheese. The Norwegian Bliss artist-in-residence for the first 3 months has been announced as Camille Rae and her band.

Also new is Coco’s, an a la carte dessert venue whose main entrance will be dominated by a liquid chocolate fountain.  Check out 6 of the new desserts that will be offered. Plus a new bar will be debuted – the A-List Bar – which will serve handcrafted cocktails, wines and premium spirits. There will also be an onboard Starbucks.

Note: there are also revamped menus for the Ocean Blue and La Cucina venues.

  1. Race Track

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Like her sister ship Norwegian Joy, there will be a two-level electric-car race track (but 40% longer) on Norwegian Bliss. The cars will run on electricity in silence, but with race car engine sounds piped in through speakers located in the car’s headrest without disturbing non-racing passengers. The four speed settings will accommodate novice, intermediate, and advanced drivers, reaching up to 30 miles per hour—with a special ‘turbo boost’ available on each lap. Chris is hoping to get pole-position especially as there won’t be that many kids on board the Transatlantic to beat him!

  1. Laser Tag Course

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The top deck will also include an open-air laser tag course, themed on an abandoned space station and open day and night. This sounds like so much fun –  only a small part of us wishes it was zombie-themed!

  1. New Entertainment Offerings

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“Big Girls Don’t Cry”  – Norwegian Bliss will bring the best of Broadway to sea with the Tony Award®-winning Jersey Boys and will also include a new comedy club and nightlife venue, a theatrical cocktail hour experience and a version of the legendary Beatles’ venue The Cavern Club.

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¡HAVANA! is making its world debut on Norwegian Bliss and is led Tony Award®–winning director and choreographer Warren Carlyle. This is a celebration of Cuba’s music and culture, journeying back in time to its 1950’s heyday.

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With Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical you will travel back in time to the eve of the Prohibition era – for a rip-roaring good time with the interactive show set in Madam Lulu’s New Orleans speakeasy. You will even be able to try Prohibition Era speciality cocktails, each with a modern twist, whilst enjoying an unforgettable night with Miss Lulu and her girls

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Norwegian will also be debuting three new theme nights:

  • Caliente is an urban street party for all ages, featuring pop-Latin music on the pool deck.
  • Nashville Nights & Lights, an evening of dancing under the stars to the sounds of a DJ and live Nashville band.
  • The silent disco will enable you to dance to the beat of your own tune.

We are really excited to have the opportunity to try these out first – plus there is nothing quite like the buzz of discovering all the gleaming nooks and crannies of a new ship. We plan to post daily updates while onboard.

Norwegian Bliss will spend her first summer sailing week long Alaska itineraries from Seattle. From October she moves to Los Angeles for Pacific Coastal, Mexico and Panama Canal cruises before arriving at her winter homeport of Miami, from which she will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises.