Norwegian Bliss a boost fo r Seatt le
Seatt le’s rivalry with Vancouver as an Alaskan cruise gateway will receive a boost in June 2018 when Norwegian Cruise Lines introduces its recently announced ship Norwegian Bliss. The 4,000-passenger ship will be the third in Norwegian’s Breakaway-plus class and has been touted as a first, being custom-built for Alaskan waters by German shipyards Meyer Werft. Bliss will sail weekly seven-day itineraries calling at the Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, in addition to Victoria in British Columbia and scenic glacier cruising. Its announcement comes as Norwegian’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, enters a 15-year agreement with the Port of Seattle to contribute to a US$30 million upgrade of its Pier 66 cruise ship facilities.