Cruises

Norwegian' massive 'Bliss' liner to be the biggest to ever sail Alaska

  • Norwegian Cruise Line's newest liner, the Norwegian Bliss, will take passengers from Seattle to Alaska in its inaugural season.

    Norwegian Cruise Line's newest liner, the Norwegian Bliss, will take passengers from Seattle to Alaska in its inaugural season.  (Norwegian Cruise Lines)

  • The ship's two-story Haven observation lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows.

    The ship's two-story Haven observation lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows.  (Norwegian Cruise Lines)

The new Bliss liner from Norwegian Cruise Line won’t be ready to set sail until summer 2018-- but reservations for its first voyage to Alaska — and its following voyages through winter 2019— are already available to book online.

Starting August 2018, the Norwegian Bliss will take passengers from Seattle, Wash., to ports in Ketchikan, Juneau and Swagway, Alaska, before stopping in Victoria, British Colombia. The trip then returns to Seattle. Prices for the seven-day trip range from $899 to $5,749 per person, depending on dates and accommodations.

In a press release, Norwegian describes the Bliss as “the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience.”

Notable features also include a sprawling observation deck offering 180-degree views and a two story observation lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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One of the ship's most striking features is a large mural along its hull, painted by marine-life artist Robert Wyland-- who often goes by the moniker Wyland.

In November 2018, the Bliss will begin sailing the Caribbean, starting in Miami, Fla., making stops in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, and Nassau, Bahamas.

The Bliss is currently under construction in Germany, but once complete, the ship will weigh 167,800 tons, measure 1082 feet in length, and hold up to 4004 passengers.