Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it will base the upcoming Norwegian Bliss out of Seattle in 2018, operating cruises to Alaska.
The third ship in Norwegian’s Breakaway Plus-class, Norwegian Bliss, will begin sailing out of Seattle in the summer of 2018, becoming the largest cruise ship to ever sail to Alaska.
With hull art being designed by Wyland, a conservationist and artist, which will feature whales, the ship will also boast new features and facilities, specifically designed for Alaskan cruising.
“Norwegian was the first cruise line to begin cruising to Alaska from Seattle in 2000 and it’s only fitting that we bring our newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, directly to this incredible location,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Alaska is one of the top destinations for our guests to explore and we are thrilled to be the first cruise line to offer our guests the opportunity to experience this coveted destination aboard a brand new, state-of-the-art cruise ship custom designed for Alaska, the first of its kind to ever debut in Seattle.”
The 167,800 GT ship is due to launch in spring 2018, and will arrive in Seattle after a transatlantic crossing, a transit through the new locks of the Panama Canal, and a sailing along the West Coast of America. The ship will then operate seven-day sailings to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia. Guests will also be able to enjoy scenic views of glaciers.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has also announced a 15-year agreement with the Port of Seattle to invest around £24 million in upgrading the Pier 66 facilities. Check in space will be expanded, in addition to a new VIP lounge offering views of Elliott Bay, as well as the installation of two new air bridges.
Reservations for Norwegian Bliss’ Alaskan sailings will open in January 2017. The ship’s winter homeport will be announced at a later date.