Norwegian Cruise Line chose the setting of the Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas to announce new features for their soon-to-be-launched Norwegian Bliss cruise ship.



Andy Stuart

At a packed press conference at the Bellagio hotel on August 13, Norwegian’s President & CEO Andy Stuart announced a number of innovations, explaining, “We are trying to bring things guests have never seen and combine them with the things the guests really love. It’s a question of finding a balance.”

Norwegian Bliss will boast many firsts at sea for the global market including the largest competitive race track at sea and an open-air laser tag course and will feature heart-racing waterslides that round the side of the ship.

The vessel’s new features will join the brand’s signature elements including a myriad of new dining options, including, for the first time, an upscale barbecue restaurant, and a vibrant on-board atmosphere fuelled by dynamic intimate spaces and a multitude of bars and lounges.


Norwegian Bliss is set to feature a two-level go-cart track on the upper deck.

“Norwegian Bliss will no doubt be our most incredible ship to date,” said Stuart. “We have elevated Norwegian Bliss’s on-board experience to new heights, bringing the best features from across our fleet plus exciting new first-at-sea activities like the largest race track and new dining concepts to create the ultimate cruising experience.”

Virtual Go-Cart

Racing a “virtual” go-cart on the Norwegian Bliss

The competitive track, the longest at sea at nearly 1,000 feet, will rev up the hearts of all who race around her many twists and turns with four speed settings accommodating novice, intermediate and advanced drivers, reaching up to 30 miles per hour — with a special “turbo boost” available on each lap.

The electric cars run silent so as to not disturb those seeking to enjoy the serene environment. But guests will have the full racing experience while they channel their inner Andretti, as the sounds of a race car engine are piped in through speakers located in the car’s headrest.

To enable journalists and travel professionals to discover the new features, Norwegian set-up a number of 3D Virtual Reality stations, where they were able to imagine experiences of the ship’s race track, Observation Lounge, The Waterfront, pool deck and a waterslide.

Norwegian Bliss is the line’s sixteenth ship, and has been designed for the “ultimate cruising experience”.

ncl_Bliss_Ocean_Loops.jpgShe is set to sail to Alaska and the Caribbean with select voyages to the Mexican Riviera beginning in June 2018.

Haven Observation Lounge

Haven Observation Lounge

At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Bliss is currently being constructed at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany and is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018.