New Norwegian Ship To Boast Two 180-Degree Viewpoints

Norwegian Cruise Line’s forthcoming Norwegian Bliss will make her debut in Alaska before sailing the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal, and eventually the Caribbean from Miami. Rendering courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

We’re getting our first look at some of the features that Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss will have when she makes her debut next year in Alaska and, later, in the Caribbean from Miami – and there’s a lot to like.

First and foremost, Norwegian is bringing the Observation Lounge concept back in a big way with not one, but two, 180-degree, forward-facing Observation Lounges that will be extremely popular on the ship’s runs to Alaska from Seattle.

Norwegian Bliss will feature two forward-facing Observation Lounges, including this one dedicated for guests booking the ship’s Haven suites. Rendering courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Each of the ship’s 4,000 guests will be able to make use of the 20,000-square foot Observation Lounge perched high atop Deck 15. Situated at the front of the ship, this Observation Lounge will feature 180-degrees of floor-to-ceiling windows for unparalleled views of Alaska and the Caribbean. Plush seating will be located throughout the lounge, which will be anchored by a central bar area constructed from aluminum and polished quartz.

Guests who book suites in The Haven, Norwegian’s luxury ship within a mainstream ship concept, will be treated to their own exclusive Observation Lounge: a spectacular venue spanning two decks in height that features oversized canopy windows and is actually vaguely reminiscent of the great lounges that Celebrity Cruises debuted aboard its former Galaxy and Mercury.

The Haven Observation Lounge aboard Norwegian Bliss, as seen from the viewpoint of a seated guest. Rendering courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Observation Lounges are a feature that has been disappearing from many newbuilds as of late, though its worth noting that most Norwegian ships (specifically, the Jewel Class ships and the Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun) already come with some of the best observation lounges at sea.

With this announcement, Norwegian is making a commitment to providing guests in Alaska with a superb forward viewing space; a feature that truly does make a difference when you’re sailing to the Last Frontier.

The line also revealed yesterday that the ship, which is currently under construction at the Meyer-Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany, will make its home in the winter of 2018-19 sailing Eastern Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Miami, Florida.

An equally-attractive, 20,000-square foot Observation Lounge on Deck 15 will be accessible to all guests. Rendering courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Following the completion of her Alaska cruising season, Norwegian Bliss will sail one five-day Pacific Coastal sailing from Vancouver to Los Angeles on September 30, 2018, with an overnight stay in Vancouver and calls in Victoria, British Columbia and San Francisco.

The ship will then sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, with calls in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas. Ensenada, Mexico will be featured on the ship’s eight-day Mexican Riviera itinerary.

To reach Miami, Norwegian Bliss will depart Los Angeles on November 3, 2018 for a 14-day journey to Miami through the new locks of the recently expanded Panama Canal, with calls in Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica; and Cartagena, Colombia.

This is in addition to a full season of Alaska cruises that will depart roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, with calls on Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Norwegian Bliss will make her debut in Alaska in 2018, sailing from the Port of Seattle. Rendering courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said the decision to base Norwegian Bliss in the Caribbean following the completion of its maiden season in Alaska was an easy one.

“As the Caribbean is our most sought-after winter destination, there was no question that Norwegian Bliss would sail from Miami,” he said. “This incredibly dynamic ship will offer stunning ocean views from almost every venue, spacious and thoughtfully designed accommodations that fit with every cruiser’s needs, and a variety of exciting and engaging venues that will continue Norwegian’s history of innovation in providing the ultimate dining and entertainment experiences at sea.”

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year – and by all accounts, it sounds like its 51st year in business will be one for the books.

Learn more about Norwegian Bliss by visiting the Norwegian Cruise Line website.


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