Nor­we­gian Bliss a boost fo r Seatt le

Travel Bulletin - - CRUISE REPORT -

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.

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