Norwegian Bliss makes over the must do Alaskan cruise
Once seen as a cruising destination for more senior travellers, the brand new Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line’s sixteenth ship designed for the ultimate cruising experience, is re-imagining the conventional Alaskan cruise to cater to all ages and make multi-generational voyages an appealing option for families keen to enjoy an exciting once-in-a-lifetime holiday together.
“Accommodating up to 4,000 guests, Norwegian Bliss will be our brand’s most incredible vessel to date, custom built for Alaska and elevating the on board experience to new heights by taking the best-loved elements from across our fleet, and adds new first-at-sea features like the largest competitive race track at sea and an open-air laser tag course aboard a North American-based cruise ship,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
“Contrary to the misconception that Alaskan cruising is for retirees, Norwegian Bliss will create a raft of unique experiences for cruisers of all ages – young and old. Now everyone – from families to singles to couples – will be treated to the best of Alaskan cruising aboard one of the most thrilling ships in the world,” he added.
Multi-generational cruising – activities for all ages…
Norwegian Bliss will be added to the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet specifically with Alaska in mind, allowing guests to savour a raft of innovative on board offerings for cruisers of all ages. Everyone in the family – from grandma and grandpa, to mum and dad, to the grandkids, as well as singles and couples – can take in spectacular shore excursions like glacier trekking, whale watching and dog sledding before returning to the array of cleverly designed new spaces on board.
For the youngsters, the Kids’ Aqua Park – offering two multi-storey slides – provides a watery wonderland of tipping buckets, slides and water cannons. The complimentary youth programme, Splash Academy, has a jam-packed supervised activity schedule for kids aged three to 12. Teens can chill in their own dedicated space – Entourage – filled with plush lounging furniture, gaming stations, foosball and air hockey, with the space morphing into a neon-lit nightclub after dark.
For the big kids and kids at heart, the two level electric-car race track – at 305 metres – will be the longest at sea with a special turbo boost available where silent electric cars hit speeds of up to 48 kilometres per hour. Also on the top deck is an open-air laser tag course with an abandoned space station theme, open day and night. After exploring several age-appropriate activities on board, guests can cool off at the expansive sundeck and pool area with two sprawling pools and six infinity hot tubs.
From signature restaurants to brand new concepts, dining hits new heights aboard Norwegian Bliss, including signature Norwegian favourites like Teppanyaki – the brand’s favourite Japanese hibachi steakhouse, Cagney’s Steakhouse – the incredibly popular signature American-style steakhouse, Le Bistro – Norwegian’s signature French restaurant and La Cucina – bringing the flavours of Tuscany to life, as well as exclusive newcomers like Q – the Texas Smokehouse where guests listen to pop country music as they indulge in authentic barbeque and Los Lobos – serving elevated Mexican cuisine.
Guests on board Norwegian Bliss can also savour the finest fresh seafood at Ocean Blue; global fusion cuisine serving sushi, dumplings and handhelds at Food Republic; Cheeseburgers in Paradise® at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville® at Sea; and handmade cupcakes and macarons at The Bake Shop. The A-List Bar, named for Norwegian President & CEO and 30-year veteran Andy Stuart, will serve handcrafted cocktails, wines and premium spirits.
Alaska al fresco…
Following its success on Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Bliss will incorporate The Waterfront, an outdoor promenade lined with al fresco dining, bars and lounge spaces where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of Alaska’s iconic scenery and wildlife while they dine in style on board.
A three-deck central hub – 678 Ocean Place – conveniently brings together vibrant restaurants, entertainment, guest services and shops into one area, so that everyone can experience a Norwegian Bliss Alaskan cruise on their own terms.
Accommodation for everyone…
Multi-generational families, singles and couples can create their ideal cruise holiday at sea with accommodation to suit every budget, including The Haven by Norwegian® for those looking to indulge in a little luxury, as well as the more budget-friendly connecting staterooms for families with young kids.
Plenty of pampering…
Guests can treat themselves to a variety of pampering choices at the renowned Mandara Spa – with access to 24 treatment rooms, a full-service salon and barber shop, an equipment-packed fitness centre, and the innovative thermal suite, the ideal antidote to the cold, which is home to a vitality pool, heated whirlpool, salt, steam and snow rooms…even heated stone loungers where guests can relax idly with one eye on their novel and one on the panoramic views outside.
Nightlife and entertainment…
Boasting world-class night time entertainment, choices include the A-List Bar, wine bar The Cellars, 24 beers on tap at The District Brew House, deck parties at Spice H2O, live rock and roll at the Cavern Club, an expansive casino, fresh comedy club Alibi with both family-friendly and adult shows, a new original Cuban-inspired musical production, and the Tony-Award winning smash hit Jersey Boys. With hundreds of table games and slot machines for novice and pro gamblers, the spacious casino also offers smoking and non-smoking areas to satisfy all guest preferences.
There has never been a better time for guests on tight schedules to experience Alaska by sea. With weekly 7-day itineraries departing Seattle from 2018, Norwegian Bliss is packed with 27 dining options, world-class entertainment and a broad selection of superb shore excursions. Featuring stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, British Columbia and Victoria, Norwegian Bliss gives travellers the opportunity to discover the spectacular marvels of the region.
For more information on Norwegian Bliss, please visit http://au.bliss.ncl.com, call Norwegian’s local hotline, Australia: 1300 255 200, New Zealand: 0800 969 283, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Norwegian Bliss
At approximately 167,800 gross tonnes and accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Bliss is currently being constructed at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany and is scheduled for delivery in 2018. The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss will be the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise.
During her inaugural summer season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, offering guests the premier way to see America’s last frontier, while also providing all of the innovative features, entertainment, signature dining and on-board experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionised the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise holiday on their schedule. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise holiday on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodation options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers.
Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the ninth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fourth time and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the fifth straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian will introduce two new “Breakaway Plus” Class cruise ships through 2019 and has four additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022, with an option to introduce two more ships in 2026 and 2027.