Norwegian Bliss is a cruise ship for the Norwegian Cruise Line, which entered service on 21 April 2018. The ship was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. The ship had a schedule of debuting in Alaska, United States in June 2018, and is designed for improved energy efficiency to meet Alaska’s environmental regulations.
In these areas, the ship more closely resembles something you’d find in one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s sister upscale and luxury brands (Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises) than a fleetmate. It’s an evolution that the line began with Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy, which serves the Asian market.
But Norwegian Bliss can only mimic a small upscale vessel to a certain extent. At 4,004 passengers at double occupancy, it is a big ship, with a robust selection of dining venues, top-deck fun, and enjoyable nighttime entertainment — particularly The Beatles cover band in The Cavern and the full-scale production of the Broadway hit musical, the “Jersey Boys.”
Norwegian Bliss (2018-built) is the third of all four Breakaway Plus-class Norwegian Cruise Lines ships– together with the sisterships Norwegian Escape (2015) Norwegian Joy (2017) and Norwegian Encore (2019).
Norwegian Bliss cruise ship deck plan shows a total of 2043 staterooms (15 types, 42 categories) for 4004 passengers (max capacity is 4903) served by 1730 crew-staff. The boat has 20 decks (16 passenger-accessible, 11 with cabins), 29 dining options (9 complimentary), 22 lounges and bars, 3 swimming pools, 9 Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpool hot tubs), 5 waterslides, 16 elevators.
Follows a concise review of the ship’s special features, and differences in comparison to the Breakaway-class Norwegian ships:
- Total decks 20 (of which 15 are passenger accessible), with an extra cabin deck.
- An expanded “The Haven” suite area – more deluxe accommodations by adding a 2nd deck (17 and 18, both with keycard access only) to the luxury suite complex. This area features an open-air terrace with The Haven suite guests only private restaurant. A separate 9also expanded) Courtyard Villa guest’s private area has a retractable glass roof, its own pool with 2 Whirlpools, spa treatments rooms, a sauna, and a private sundeck area.
- The Studio cabins are located on three decks (10, 11, and 12 – one more deck in comparison to Breakaway), with the Studio lounge being in the middle (deck 11).
- The Bliss ship’s Deck 5 is with ~100 fewer rooms – which is extra space (~25%) for public rooms on that deck. More public rooms will be also added on Deck 8.
- 18 cabins less on Deck 18, creating more public space.
- More energy-efficient seawater scrubbing technology.
|Owner||Norwegian Cruise Line|
|Operator||Norwegian Cruise Line|
|Port of registry||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Builder||Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany|
|Launched||17 February 2018|
|Sponsored by||Elvis Duran|
|Christened||30 May 2018|
|Completed||15 March 2018|
|Acquired||21 April 2018|
|Maiden voyage||2 June 2018|
|In service||21 April 2018 (including positioning voyages)|
|Class and type||Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship|
|Length||1,094 ft (333 m)|
|Beam||136 ft (41 m)|
|Draught||28.5 ft (8.70 m)|
|Speed||22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph) (cruising)|
|Capacity||4,002 passengers (at Double Occupancy)|
|Notes||Hull art designed by Wyland|