(11:50 a.m. EST) -- Following a summer season of weeklong Alaska sailings from Seattle, Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyages from Miami, beginning in late 2018.
At a press conference Tuesday, the line revealed that the 3,900-passenger vessel is slated to reposition to Miami in mid-November 2018 with a series of sailings that will include the Pacific Coast, Mexico and the Panama Canal in the following breakdown:
- 5-night Pacific Coastal cruise from Vancouver to San Francisco, September 30
- 8-night Mexico voyages from Los Angeles, October 5
- 8-night Mexico sailings from Los Angeles, October 13, October 20, October 27
- 14-night Panama Canal itinerary from Los Angeles to Miami, November 3
Norwegian Bliss will begin sailing a regular schedule of seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises from Miami on November 17, 2018, departing each Saturday and calling on ports that include St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau.
"As the Caribbean is our most sought-after winter destination, there was no question that Norwegian Bliss would sail from Miami," Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart said in a statement.
In addition to the ship's deployment, Norwegian also announced that the vessel will offer special interconnecting rooms for groups traveling together; a dedicated area for solo cruisers, featuring keycard access, a private lounge and 82 single cabins with virtual ocean views; and two observation lounges, one just for passengers staying in The Haven, the line's exclusive suite area. Both observation lounges will offer ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows.
The ship is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany and is scheduled for launch in spring 2018.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor