NEW YORK - Norwegian Cruise Line's newest and largest ship, Norwegian Bliss, has begun its U.S. inaugural tour with stops in New York, Miami and Los Angeles before a christening in Seattle on May 30, kicking off a season of cruises to Alaska.
The ship's seven-day cruises to Alaska begin June 2 and will include port calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia.
The ship's features include a race course for electric go-karts, laser tag, a waterslide with a tube that swooshes you along the side of the ship and an observation lounge for enjoying Alaskan scenery. It's also got a mojito bar, cigar lounge, brew house, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville At Sea and Q Smokehouse, a Texas barbecue restaurant.
As it repositions from the Atlantic to the Pacific this month, it will become one of the largest ships to ever navigate the Panama Canal. Norwegian Bliss measures 135 feet wide by 1,093 feet long, while the canal is 164 feet wide by 1,312 feet long.
Norwegian Bliss is the largest ship in Norwegian's fleet, with 20 decks and a capacity of about 4,000 passengers. As cruise ships go, however, at least a half-dozen other ships are larger. Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, which also set sail this spring, is the world's largest, with a passenger capacity of 6,680.
The giant ship will arrive in Seattle on May 30 for its official christening ceremony and then embark on a three-day exhibition cruise.
The hull of Norwegian Bliss features images of whales and other sea creatures designed by the artist Wyland, who is known for his depictions of marine life.
By Associated Press & KOMO News Staff
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