The primary wave of an enormous ship invasion is hitting Alaska.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest, largest, and most tricked-out cruise ship, Norwegian Bliss, has begun seven-day journeys to Alaska from its house port in Seattle. The four,000-passenger, 168,028-ton Bliss is touted as the biggest cruise ship ever to sail to Alaska waters. Not less than it is going to be till Royal Caribbean deploys its even-larger behemoth—the practically 5,000-passenger Ovation of the Seas—to Alaska subsequent 12 months.
So whereas the Bliss briefly owns the Alaska waterways, now’s the right time to test it out (particularly as we are actually in peak Alaska cruise season). How does the large new ship fee? I took a glance:
By the numbers
- Company: four,004 (at double occupancy)
- Decks: 20
- Staterooms: Simply over 2,000—together with 80 within the unique “Haven” part, 308 mini-suites, 1,088 staterooms with balcony views, 374 staterooms with inside views, and 82 studio staterooms for solo vacationers
Major points of interest
Bliss‘s largest attraction is an onboard racetrack, a primary for North America (NCL boasts a barely smaller observe on the Norwegian Pleasure, which homeports in China). The flexible, twisty course winds its method up and down the highest two decks and means that you can hit speeds of as much as 30mph—which in these automobiles seems to be so much quicker than it would sound.
One other barely surprising attraction is an open-air laser tag course, the place you’ll be able to blast away at fellow passengers day and night time. The ship’s ginormous pool space consists of an Aqua Park with two waterslides, together with Ocean Loops (which features a loop that juts out over the facet of the ship) and the 360-foot Aqua Racer, the place you’ll be able to race fellow company down the chute.
For a extra passive—however no much less thrilling—exercise, the place to go is the Commentary Lounge on the entrance of the ship. There, you’ll discover a gorgeous, 180-degree panoramic view that could be a prime spot to view Alaska’s pure wonders (together with the bald eagles you’re nearly sure to see, so deliver your binoculars). There’s a bar close by, so it’s the right place to spend an hour or two. Talking of bars…
Foods and drinks
Roughly 20 bars adorn Bliss, together with some designed to cater to any potential libational craving: beer (the stylishly informal District Brew Home), whiskey (Maltings Whiskey Bar); wine (The Cellars, NCL’s partnership with the Michael Mondavi household); and mojitos (Sugarcane).
Bliss boasts eight complimentary eating choices (not counting room service), and twice as many specialty eating choices, together with a Starbucks and NCL’s newest Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea. Different standouts: the upscale Mexican restaurant Los Lobos, NCL’s new Texas Smokehouse, Q (which contains a dwell pop-country music every night time), and Coco’s, which options all types of modern (and ridiculously tempting) dessert choices.
The centerpiece of the onboard leisure is NCL’s at-sea manufacturing of the Broadway hit, “Jersey Boys.” There’s additionally the Cuba-flavored “¡HAVANA!”
In case you just like the “resorts at sea” that outline fashionable mainstream cruising, Norwegian Bliss is a more-than-worthy entry. It’s a gorgeous, roomy ship with loads of actions to maintain each era in your cruising celebration occupied and glad.
Simply be sure to don’t let all of the actions distract you from the actual purpose to cruise to Alaska: the beautiful pure great thing about the Final Frontier (notably, the awe-inspiring Glacier Bay, which Bliss will go to throughout subsequent 12 months’s Alaska cruising season). Sure, the onboard perks are nice, however Alaska’s pure wonders are much more thrilling than a racetrack.
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