By Dana Niland
Norwegian Cruise Line has officially debuted its new Norwegian Bliss, the sixteenth ship of its fleet.
Its arrival marks the beginning of a month-long inaugural celebration with its next stops in Miami, Los Angeles and Seattle, where it will officially be christened on May 30.
The ship kicked off its two-day inaugural preview in New York City last week.
“Norwegian has been committed to providing our guests with the finest entertainment at sea and we have elevated this commitment by introducing Jersey Boys and ¡HAVANA! on board Norwegian Bliss,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “It has been such an honor to have icons in the music and theater world partner with and join us on this inaugural tour.”
Following her stop in Miami it will cruise to Los Angeles, California, and be the largest cruise ship to cross through the Panama Canal.
Preview events will take place from May 25 to 27, before making its voyage to Seattle, Washington arriving on May 30 for its official christening ceremony and then embarking on a three-day exhibition cruise.
Beginning June 2, Norwegian Bliss will cruise seven-day voyages to Alaska from Seattle with featured calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia.
The ship will then cruise select voyages to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, and for its fall/winter season, it will sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami.
In 2019, it will return to New York City and sail seven-day voyages to the Bahamas and Florida, the Southern and Western Caribbean.