Norwegian Cruise Line, taking a page out of Royal Caribbean's onboard recreation thrust, is introducing its own innovation -- the industry's first full-size 10-pin bowling alley. The feature will be introduced on its still-under-construction Norwegian Pearl, slated for delivery next year. It will be part of Bliss, a sports-themed gathering spot; beyond the bowling alley, elements include a sports bar, air hockey, flat-screen televisions telecasting various feats of athleticism, foosball and other arcade games.
At night, Bliss will be transformed into a high-energy nightclub with mood lit bowling, a D.J. to spin dance tunes, and a spacious dance floor.
The big question: Can you bowl a true game on a moving ship? Says NCL President and CEO Colin Veitch, "will the ball roll perfectly true? Much of the time yes, and some of the time no. We won't be hosting the world bowling championships; it's just fun we're shooting for."