Frank and I were lucky to attend the May 4th NYC Inaugural of The Norwegian Bliss – a brand new way to explore Alaska! This impressive ship features the U.S. debut of the largest racetrack at sea and the Tony award-winning Broadway Show “Jersey Boys”.
What makes this ship uniquely positioned for an Alaska sailing is an awe-inspiring Observation Lounge which takes up half of the 15th deck and has panoramic windows with lounge chairs, breakfast and lunch buffets and a circular bar near the bow of the ship. You want to move right in!
When not spotting whales and glaciers out those panoramic windows, there is plenty of other activities to occupy all ages onboard this ship.
The eco-friendly racetrack on the top of the ship and is a marvel of engineering. Cruisers here were excited about the $7 ride, on which up to ten electric go-karts can race each other day and night. An absolute “must do” for all ages (min. height is 4’6”) Another new attraction is the Ultimate Laser Tag Adventure where families can explore a giant abandoned space station that hasn’t been inhabited for 200 years.
Another first on Norwegian’s 16th ship is Coco’s, an a la carte dessert venue that serves. “Mad Milk Shakes”. They are definitely sized for sharing at $14.99, but worth every penny. With 27 dining options and 22 bars & lounges, you would be hard pressed to get to all of them in a 7 day cruise. Standouts included the new Los Lobos Mexican restaurant, and Food Republic, presenting a culinary tour around the world ordered off a smartpad (ala carte pricing applies).
The 4,000-passenger Bliss has the line’s largest Haven area, (a ship within a ship) which has 50 luxury suites within the Haven complex and another 30 outside which offer access to a private restaurant, bar, concierge, lounge, and Haven Courtyard with a retractable roof over a pool, two whirlpools and a sundeck. The Bliss’ Haven area has a two-story Horizon Lounge with panoramic views.
Although the ship was built with Alaska in mind, it will also offer Mexican Riviera sailings in the fall and Caribbean sailings in the winter. This ship is sure to be in high demand!