Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in the Breakaway Plus-class being built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, for American cruise operator, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). Norwegian Bliss will become the 16th ship in NCL’s fleet and will be home-ported in Miami. Its sister ships include the Norwegian Escape and the Norwegian Joy.

Construction of Norwegian Bliss commenced in October 2016 and the vessel is expected to make its maiden voyage in November 2018. The ship is being designed specifically for Alaskan cruises.

Norwegian Bliss design

Capable of accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Bliss will have an overall length of 324.6m, width of 41.4m, and gross tonnage of 167,800t.

Hull art for the ship has been rendered by marine life artist, Wyland, and features images of humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea turtles.

Accommodation on the new cruise ship

The Norwegian Bliss will feature a range of accommodations for solo travellers, families and high-end guests.

The top of the ship will include The Haven, a private access three-storey complex featuring 80 luxurious suites. Spread across decks 17 through 19, the complex features a private restaurant and lounge, an outdoor area, a courtyard, a pool, whirlpools, spa treatment rooms, and a sunbathing deck.

The suites in The Haven will feature luxurious furnishings with custom stonework, nightstands, vanities and exquisite linens. Exclusive services will be provided, including butler and private concierge services, priority reservations, and exclusive reserved seating at the ship’s theatre.

The types of suites in The Haven include owner’s suites, a two-bedroom family villa, a courtyard penthouse, a deluxe spa suite, forward and aft-facing penthouses, and the Haven suite.

The Norwegian Bliss will also include 308 mini-suites featuring bigger bathrooms with a bathtub and a balcony. The ship’s 1,088 balcony staterooms will feature rich décor, vanity and desk areas, a sofa, and a coffee maker. The ship’s 111 Oceanview staterooms will feature picturesque windows to offer views of the sea.

The 374 inside staterooms feature two lower beds, which can be converted into a queen-size bed. For solo travellers, the ship includes 82 studio staterooms with access to a private lounge and a full-size bed.

Facilities on-board the Breakaway Plus-class ship

One of the striking features of the ship is an 180° observation lounge located on deck 15. Covered with floor-to-ceiling windows and spanning 20,000ft², the lounge will offer spectacular views of the sea.

The lounge will feature a silver and grey colour palate covered with furnishing in rich wood tones. It will be fitted with modern seating facilities, such as couches and chaise loungers. A 360° polished aluminium and quartz-topped bar will offer alcoholic drinks for guests.

The ship will also feature the Bliss Theatre, which will host Broadway shows and musicals. In addition, a comedy and nightclub venue called the Alibi will host comedy shows, while a music venue called the Cavern Club will feature live performances.

Other facilities on the ship will include a casino, fitness and kids area, a spa, pool, and other outdoor areas.

“The highly-efficient Azipod XO technology helps to minimise vessel lifecycle costs and increase the ship’s profitability.”

Norwegian Bliss propulsion system

Norwegian Bliss will be fitted with the ABB Azipod XO electrical propulsion system, which includes an electric-drive motor housed inside a submerged pod.

The highly-efficient Azipod XO technology helps to minimise vessel lifecycle costs and increase the ship’s profitability.

The ship will also be fitted with exhaust gas scrubbers, which help to reduce sulphur emissions by 99%.

Contractors involved

Notholt has been contracted to provide lighting design for various areas of the ship, including restaurants, the theatre, stair cases, lobby and suites.

Antti Marine supplies accommodation and interior doors for the ship.