Norwegian Bliss

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Norwegian Bliss at Meyer Werft
Name: Norwegian Bliss
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line
Operator: Norwegian Cruise Line
Port of registry: Nassau, Bahamas
Ordered: July 2014[1]
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Yard number: S.707[2]
Launched: April 21, 2018
Completed: April 21, 2018
Maiden voyage: April 21, 2018
In service: April 21, 2018
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Class and type: Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship
Length: 1,094 ft (333 m)[3]
Beam: 136 ft (41 m)[3]
Draught: 8.70 m (28.5 ft)
Decks: 20
Installed power:
  • 2 × MAN B&W 14V48/60CR
  • 3 × MAN B&W 12V48/60CR
Speed: 22.5 knots (42 km/h) (26 mph) (cruising)
Capacity: 4,002 passengers (at Double Occupancy)
Crew: 1700[3]

Norwegian Bliss is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, which entered service on April 21, 2018. The ship was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. The ship has a schedule of debuting in Alaska in June 2018, and is designed for improved energy efficiency to meet Alaska's environmental regulations.[4][5]


Construction started on 28 October 2016 and the ship was delivered to NCL on 21 April 2018. [2] The Norwegian Bliss is part of the Breakaway Plus class of cruise ships, and is the sister ship to Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy. The Norwegian Joy had been provisionally designated as the Norwegian Bliss, before being renamed and redesigned for the Chinese market.[6] A first section was launched on 10 June 2017.[7]

On 13 November 2017 one man was killed in an accident during the construction phase.[8]

Norwegian Bliss float out was on February 17, 2018. The ship was towed from the building dock and berth at the out-fitting pier to get her funnel.

As planned, the ship was floated out the yard's building hall on February 17, 2018.[9]

The ship was delivered to NCL on April 21, 2018 where the CEO of NCL, Andy Stuart signed the ship documents where Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings Limited took possession of the ship and started its inaugural later on in the day.

While sailing to Seattle, her summer homeport, Norwegian Bliss passed through the Panama Canal and became the largest cruise ship to ever transit it.[10]


Norwegian Bliss has an overall length of 333.5 m (1,094 ft), moulded beam 41.50 m (136.2 ft) and maximum draft 9.00 m (29.53 ft). The ship has gross tonnage of 168,028 GT and deadweight of 11,700 DWT. Norwegian Bliss has 20 decks, 2,220 staterooms and capacity for 4,000 passengers.[11] More than 80% of the rooms have seaview, while 40% of them have their own balconies. There will be returning features that the Joy and Escape have combined including an aqua park, laser tag, Food Republic, Los Lobos (from the Dawn), Ocean Blue (from the Breakaway), and Cagney's.

One of the distinguishing features of Bliss is its two-story go-kart track on the top deck of the ship[12], making it the first cruise ship to incorporate a multi-level racing track as part of its design.

The hull art for Bliss was designed by Wyland[13], the internationally famous marine wildlife artist best known for his "Whaling Wall" murals[14], in which he painted life-sized whales on 100 buildings all over the world.


Norwegian Bliss sailed on its inaugural cruise on 21 April 2018.[15] The Norwegian Bliss will sail on Mexican Rivera cruises and cruises from Miami for her 2018 winter/spring season

For her 2019-2020 winter season, Norwegian Bliss will sail out on New York City, New York, replacing her sister Norwegian Escape which moves back to Miami. Norwegian Bliss will sail 7-Day cruises to the Bahamas & Florida, as well as longer cruises to the Caribbean.[16]

Ship engineering[edit]

Norwegian Bliss has five main engines with total output power of 102,900 hp. The vessel has two MAN B&W 14V48/60CR, each with power of 22,520 hp and three MAN B&W 12V48/60CR, each with power of 19,300 hp. The propulsion system is two ABB Azipod XO units with total power of 40 MW, which allows service speed of 22.5 kts, while the maximum speed during trials exceeds 25.0 kts.[citation needed] The engines are equipped with scrubbers and a heat recovery systems for improved energy efficiency.[5]

Ship amenities[edit]

On board Bliss, the specialty dining options[17] include Cagney's Steakhouse[18], Los Lobos, Dolce Gelato, The Bake Shop, Ocean Blue, La Cucina Italian Restaurant, Food Republic, Coco's, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea[19], Q, Le Bistro, Teppanyaki, and Starbucks.

The bar options[20] include Maltings Whiskey Bar, Skyline Bar, Social Comedy & Night Club, Spice H20, A-List Bar, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, The Humidor Cigar Lounge, The Cavern Club[21], The Cellars Wine Bar, and The District Brew House.

The onboard shopping options[22] include Sandbar, The Beauty Shop, The Jewel Box, The Margaritaville Store, Tradewinds Tax & Duty Free, Park West Gallery[23], The Marketplace, The Tides, and The Time Zone.

Ship Godfather[edit]

On November 29, 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line named nationally-syndicated radio and digital personality Elvis Duran as the Godfather to Norwegian Bliss. Duran hosts the nationally syndicated morning talk radio show, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. On-air, Duran also made the entire morning show (along with himself) "Godparents" of the ship, including Co-Host Danielle Monaro, Scot 'Froggy' Langley, Greg T, Skeery Jones, David Brody and Nate Marino. The Elvis Duran and the Morning Show team broadcast their morning radio show live from aboard the ship on Friday, May 4th, and hosted the christening ceremony aboard Bliss on May 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. [24] [25]


  1. ^ "NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE ORDERS TWO NEW SHIPS". 14 July 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Steel cutting for Norwegian Bliss". 28 October 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "NORWEGIAN BLISS". Norwegian Cruise Line. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Norwegian Bliss to debut in Alaska in June 2018". 14 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Steel cutting for Norwegian Bliss" (Press release). Meyer Werft. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Features of Norwegian Joy, Company's First Purpose-Built Ship for China". Norwegian Cruise Line (Press release). 30 March 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Ausdocken eines Bauteils der Norwegian Bliss 10.Juni 2017" (in German). 2017-06-10. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  8. ^ "Serious workplace accident at MEYER WERFT". 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  9. ^ Staff, CIN (2018-02-17). "Norwegian Bliss Floated Out in Germany". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  10. ^ "Norwegian's New Cruise Ship Largest to Ever Pass Through Panama Canal". Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  11. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line To Debut New Ship Designed For Alaska Cruising In 2018 (NASDAQ:NCLH)". Norwegian Cruise Line. 19 October 2016. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Incredible cruise ship that's part theme park, part hotel sets sail". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  13. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line Reveals Wyland's Visionary Hull Artwork for Norwegian Bliss". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  14. ^ "Wyland Foundation's National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation". Wyland Foundation. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  15. ^ "12-Day Transatlantic from London (Southampton) | Norwegian Cruise Line". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  16. ^ Staff, CIN (12 January 2018). "Bliss to Homeport in New York for Winter 2019-2020". Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Norwegian Bliss Cruise Ship Amenities | Onboard Experience | Norwegian Cruise Line". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  18. ^ "Norwegian Bliss Cagney's Steakhouse Photos - 47 Pictures". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  19. ^ "Margaritaville at Sea & The Five O'Clock Somewhere Bar | Norwegian Cruise Line". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  20. ^ "Norwegian Bliss Cruise Ship Amenities | Onboard Experience | Norwegian Cruise Line". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  21. ^ "The Cavern teams up with Norwegian Cruise Lines for a 2nd time!". Cavern Club. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  22. ^ "Norwegian Bliss Cruise Ship Amenities | Onboard Experience | Norwegian Cruise Line". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  23. ^ "The Art of the Cruise: Q&A with Park West Gallery | NCL Travel Blog". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  24. ^ "Elvis Duran Named Norwegian Bliss Godfather - NCL Travel Blog". Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Our Adventures Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Bliss - Elvis Duran - Elvis Duran and the Morning Show". Retrieved 3 June 2018.

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