The steel cutting of the vessel with yard number S.707 at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg marks the start of the construction of a further cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line.
Frank J. Del Rio, president and CEO of the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, pressed the start button of the computer-controlled cutting machine, thereby commencing work on the first steel plate for the Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship that has been specially designed for use on Alaska cruises. Based on the environmental regulations in that destitnation the ship is equipped with scrubbers and a new environmental friendly generations of engines. The whole engineering process was dominated by the idea of improving the energy efficiency via Heat Recovery Systems, LED Lights, better hydro dynamic as to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions.
Norwegian Bliss, the third vessel in the Breakaway Plus class, is not just a very engery efficient ship, but is equipped with features tailor-made for the destination to make cruises through Alaska a first class experience. The ship, which can accommodate 4,000 passengers, sets new standards in terms of its gross tonnage of 167,800 and also in terms of its design.
Norwegian Cruise Line contracted American artist Roger Wyland, who specialises in painting marine wildlife, to design the hull artwork of Norwegian Bliss. With a reputation for his underwater world designs, Wyland has created a wealth of sources of inspiration for the protection of our oceans.
The Norwegian Bliss is due to be completed by Spring 2018.