The sixteenth ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet departed Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard on March 13 for its conveyance along the Ems River.
Measuring 333,4 meter feet long, 41,4 feet wide, and at a gross registered tonnage of 167,800, Norwegian Bliss embarked on its journey down the Ems River and up to the North Sea in reverse, making the narrow passage through Meyer Werft’s sea lock, with less than four feet clearance.
With this milestone the cruise ship, scheduled to reach Eemshaven, Netherlands on March 15, has taken another step closer to its delivery date.
Once in Eemshaven, the vessel will take on additional provisions and crew members, before heading toward the North Sea for technical and nautical sea trials.
This will be one of the final phases, before Norwegian Cruise Line takes delivery of their sixteenth ship on April 19, 2018 in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class and it will have the capacity to accommodate 4,000 guests.
During its inaugural summer 2018 season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from the recently expanded Pier 66 Cruise Terminal in Seattle. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.