Norwegian Bliss Review
Norwegian Bliss Overview
When it emerges from construction at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, in June of 2018, the 167,800-ton, 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss will be the third member of Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway Plus Class. While Norwegian Bliss is a sister ship to Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Cruise Line seems to be bucking the trend of making all ships in a class identical. The second Breakaway Plus Class ship, Norwegian Joy, is being built for the Chinese cruise market and has different features than Escape, as well as fewer passengers.
Brand new to Norwegian Cruise Line will be a category of 82 inside cabins designed and priced for solo travelers that feature virtual ocean views. The cabins will be part of a dedicated space for solo cruisers that is keycard accessible only and features a private lounge.
Also onboard will be a series of interconnecting rooms designed for groups traveling together.
The exclusive suites-only The Haven on Norwegian Bliss will be double the size of The Haven complex on Norwegian Escape with three stories and featuring: 80 suites, a private restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, lounge with dedicated mixologist, two-story Observation Lounge, plus a courtyard with retractable roof, a private pool, four whirlpools, a sauna and single spa treatment room.
The rest of the ship will feature a standard mix of inside, oceanview, balcony, mini suite and spa balcony cabins.
A highlight of Norwegian Bliss will be its massive, 20,000-square-foot Observation Lounges with 180-degree views. The lounge will span the entire forward section of the ship and will feature a centerpiece bar.
Purpose-built for Alaska cruises, Norwegian Bliss will spend its first summer sailing weeklong Alaska itineraries from Seattle. Port stops will include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria (British Columbia).
To tie in with the Alaska theme, the ship's hull will boast a marine life design, painted by Wyland, an artist known for his whale murals.
In fall 2018, the ship will feature a series of Pacific Coastal, Mexico and Panama Canal voyages before arriving at its winter homeport of Miami, from which it will offer seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises.