PICS: New Norwegian Bliss cruise ship sets sail to Alaska

2018-05-09 18:00
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Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, has begun its US inaugural tour with stops in New York, Miami and Los Angeles before a christening in Seattle, kicking off a season of cruises to Alaska.

The ship's seven-day cruises to Alaska begin in June and will include one port call in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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Nick Wilkinson, NCL’s general manager for Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa told Traveller24 that the liners’ competition are not other cruise lines, but rather land-based resorts, referring to their liners as "floating resorts".

The ship's features include a race course for electric go-karts, laser tag, a waterslide with a tube that swooshes you along the side of the ship and an observation lounge for enjoying Alaskan scenery.

It's also got a mojito bar, cigar lounge, brew house, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville At Sea and Q Smokehouse - a Texas barbecue restaurant.

Norwegian Bliss in New York for a preview event. (Photo: Charles Sykes/ Norwegian Cruise Line via AP)

As it repositions from the Atlantic to the Pacific, it will become one of the largest ships to ever navigate the Panama Canal. Norwegian Bliss measures 41 metres wide and 333 metres long, while the canal is 50 metres wide and 400 metres long.

Guests enjoy the largest race track at sea aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss. (Photo: Charles Sykes/ Invision for Norwegian Cruise Line/ AP Images)

Norwegian Bliss is the largest ship in Norwegian's fleet, with 20 decks and a capacity of about 4 000 passengers. As cruise ships go, however, at least a half-dozen other ships are larger. Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, which also recently set sail, is the world's largest, with a passenger capacity of 6 680.

Norwegian Bliss features a water-slide with a tube that swooshes you along the side of the ship. (Photo: Charles Sykes/ Norwegian Cruise Line via AP)

The hull of Norwegian Bliss features images of whales and other sea creatures designed by the artist Wyland, who is known for his depictions of marine life.

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