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Norwegian Bliss, which launched in April 2018 (photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

First float-out for Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new cruise mega-ship takes to the water ahead of its April launch.

Norwegian Bliss, the third in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class, took to the water for the first time this week, ahead of its first guests boarding in April.

The new ship emerged from the Meyer Werft building dock in Papenburg, Germany, before returning to the shipyard port for the final phase of construction.

In mid-March it will sail down the River Ems towards the North Sea, while at the same time the first crewmembers will move into their staterooms and begin their training.

Construction of the vessel began with a steel cutting ceremony in October 2016. The first guests will arrive on April 19, 2018.

Following preview events in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, Bliss will sail into Seattle for her official christening on May 30, with summer cruises to Alaska beginning June 2.

Racing track
NCL’s new Breakaway Plus ships are similar in design to the Breakaway class but with interiors with innovative designs, plush staterooms and amenities surpassing the line’s existing fleet of cruise ships. They are also 10% bigger than the Breakaway class ships.

On-board entertainment will include a racing track for electric go-karts that the cruise line says will be the biggest of its kind at sea.

The third ship in the Breakaway Plus class, Bliss measures 334 metres in length by 41.5 metres in width, with gross tonnage of 167,800 and space for 3,998 guests. The fourth in the class is set to debut in winter 2019.

“Our partners at Meyer Werft have done an excellent job realising our vision for a ship designed to experience Alaska and the Caribbean like never before,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief executive officer.

“We are counting down the days until her official debut in Seattle this summer, where guests will be able to race around the world’s largest two-level race track at sea against the backdrop of Alaska’s wild frontier and enjoy other first-at-sea experiences.”

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