Norwegian Cruise Line has christened Norwegian Bliss, the third ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class, at the Port of Seattle, Washington.
The christening ceremony took place on board the ship on May 30, following a month-long show-stopping tour around the United States.
“As the largest ship to ever be christened in Seattle, Norwegian Bliss’ ceremony was our most exciting one yet,” Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, said.
The recently renovated and expanded Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66, a public-private investment between Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and the Port of Seattle, received the 168,000-gross-ton ship early in the morning that day.
“Norwegian Cruise Line has been cruising out of the Port of Seattle for eighteen years, and the public-private investment that made the enhancement of Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 possible, demonstrates the commitment we have to the city of Seattle,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, commented.
Built at German shipyard Meyer Werft, Norwegian Bliss is the first cruise ship specifically designed with features and amenities for Alaska cruising.
With a length of 333.46 meters, the cruise ship can accommodate 4,004 persons, double occupancy, onboard and includes many attractions, one of them being a large go-cart track.
Following a preview sailing from May 30 – June 2, Norwegian Bliss will commence its inaugural summer season with cruises to Alaska including calls in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Victoria, British Colombia beginning June 2.
It will join Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl as the youngest fleet ever to cruise to Alaska, according to the company.