The next Norwegian Cruise Line ship to be delivered for the
North American market will sail from Seattle and be themed to Alaska.
At a ceremony in Seattle with port officials, Norwegian
president Andy Stuart said Norwegian Bliss will become the first ship in the
fleet to be christened in Seattle when it arrives in June 2018.
Stuart said the third Breakaway Plus vessel will be “custom-built
with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience.”
The 4,000-passenger ship will be the largest for any line in
the Alaska market.
Plans call for weekly Saturday sailings on an itinerary with
stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, B.C., “along with scenic
glacier cruising,” Norwegian said.
Norwegian has been sailing from Seattle since 2000, usually
with one or two ships each summer. In 2017, it will have the 2,376-passenger
Norwegian Jewel and the 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl there.
At the ceremony, Stuart also announced an agreement with the
Port of Seattle to redevelop the port’s Pier 66.
The 15-year lease calls for Norwegian’s parent company,
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, and the Seattle port to jointly invest $30
million in a bevy of improvements to the pier, also known as the Bell Street
The funds will expand guest check-in space by more than 300%
to 150,000 square feet. There will be a new VIP lounge with expansive views of
Elliot Bay. Two new elevated passenger boarding bridges will be installed to
Norwegian said that nature artist Wyland has been
commissioned to paint the hull art for Norwegian Bliss. Wyland is known for his
whale murals, marine life paintings and sculptures. His design will be unveiled
later this month.
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