SEATTLE: Norwegian Bliss, the latest ship from Norwegian Cruise Line was officially christened today in Seattle, Washington.
“As the largest ship to ever be christened in Seattle, Norwegian Bliss’ ceremony was our most exciting one yet,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“We thank the Emerald City for a very warm welcome and their partnership, and we are looking forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship with the Port of Seattle for years to come,” he added.
Norwegian Bliss was welcomed to its summer home with a sky-high water-canon salute by the Seattle Fire Department as it cruised into the Port of Seattle.
“The Port of Seattle is thrilled to host the magnificent Norwegian Bliss and its passengers for many Alaska cruise seasons to come,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Courtney Gregoire.
“Cruise ships like Norwegian Bliss meet our objectives of increasing economic opportunity in our region while constantly raising the bar on environmental sustainability,” he added.
“We thank Norwegian for their 18 years of partnership with the Port of Seattle, and look forward to many more to come.”
The christening ceremony took place on board the ship, another Norwegian and industry first.
Led by the godfather, Elvis Duran and The Morning Show crew, nearly 2,400 people witnessed the christening ceremony as it was broadcast throughout the ship, making it an interactive experience for all on board.
The main event took place in the 900-seat Bliss Theater with satellite activations in Q – the debuting Texas Smokehouse, the new 20,000-square-foot Observation Lounge offering 180-degree views, the Atrium and other venues throughout.
Frank Del Rio and Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, welcomed travel partners, investors and industry representatives on board Norwegian Bliss, and spoke to the beauty of the ship, the excitement of her incredible inaugural tour, the industry leading amenities and their gratitude to all those who ensure a memorable guest experience aboard Norwegian Bliss.
Special guests included governor of Alaska Bill Walker and local officials from Seattle. Also in attendance was the internationally renowned marine life artist Wyland, whose larger-than-life mural adorns the hull of Norwegian Bliss, and stands as an inspiring reminder of the splendour of Alaska and the importance of preserving the world’s oceans.
After the traditional blessings, honorary Godfather, Elvis Duran, officially christened Norwegian Bliss with the symbolic bottle break across the ship’s hull, wishing a safe voyage to all guests and crew wherever in the world it may travel, and commencing an evening full of show-stopping surprises.
Norwegian Bliss will cruise seven-day voyages to Alaska from Seattle and then in October it will sail select voyages to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles. For its autumn/winter season, it will sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami and in 2019; she will sail from New York City to the Bahamas and Florida, the Southern and Western Caribbean.
*To learn more about Norwegian Bliss, please visit www.bliss.ncl.com. For additional information or to book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional on 0333 2412319 or visit www.ncl.co.uk