NEW YORK — The brand new Norwegian Bliss is making quite a splash on its inaugural tour, a month-long celebration with stops in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and lastly Seattle, where it will be officially christened on May 30.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s 16th ship kicked off its two-day inaugural preview in New York City on May 3, with a star-studded gala taking place onboard the following day. In attendance were Norwegian Bliss’s Godfather, Elvis Duran, president and CEO Andy Stuart, indie-pop band AJR, and the cast from the Z100 morning show, who broadcasted live from the ship.
Guests enjoyed a performance of ¡HAVANA! , NCL’s original musical theatre show, as well as an exclusive show by Grammy-award winning singer Albita in the Bliss Theater. Other highlights included country tunes by Camille Rae at Q, the new Texas Smokehouse Barbecue restaurant on the Bliss, and a special appearance by Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, two of the original members of The Four Seasons, which inspired the Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys.
“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! onboard Norwegian Bliss,” said Stuart. “It has been such an honor to have icons in the music and theater world partner with and join us on this inaugural tour.”
The ship departed New York City on May 6 and is cruising to Miami for its next stop on its U.S. tour. During its preview cruise out of PortMiami (May 8-10), special guests will include the hull artist, Wyland, Godfather Duran, members of The Morning Show, and celebrity car guru and host of Discovery Channel’s ‘The auto firm’, Alex Vega, who outfitted two of the Norwegian Bliss go-carts for the largest race track at sea.
Following its stop in Miami, the Bliss will then cruise to Los Angeles where it will become the largest cruise ship to cross through the Panama Canal. Preview events will take place from May 25-27 before sailing to Seattle on May 30 for its christening ceremony.
Beginning June 2, Norwegian Bliss will cruise seven-day voyages to Alaska from Seattle with featured calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, B.C. It will then cruise select voyages to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, and for fall/winter it will sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami.
In 2019, the ship will return to New York City and sail seven-day voyages to the Bahamas and Florida, the Southern and Western Caribbean.