Agents enthused about Norwegian Bliss

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The Haven is one of agents’ favorite features on Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Pictured, a rendering of The Haven’s restaurant on Norwegian Bliss.

LAS VEGAS — Agents praised Norwegian Cruise Line’s history of innovation after seeing the new features planned for the Norwegian Bliss, unveiled at Virtuoso Travel Week here.

Among the Bliss’ attractions are a go-cart course longer than the one that first debuted aboard the Norwegian Joy, an enclosed water slide that projects riders out over the side of the ship and an outdoor laser-tag course.

It will feature some new restaurants — like upscale barbecue eatery Q and a sweets emporium dedicated to chocolate called Coco — as well as some old favorites like Cagney’s.

Andy Stuart, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said the mix of new and old is all about balance.

“We’re trying to bring a lot of new innovations, things our guests have never seen, and combine them with the things our guests absolutely love,” he said.

The agents in attendance for Norwegian’s announcement took notice of that, and said the cruise line has always been a leader in innovation.

“The Bliss just kind of ups the entertainment part. Norwegian Cruise Line has always been really excellent, and really the best, on their entertainment — that shines for them,” said Nancy K. Yale, president of Cruise and World Travel in Fairfield, Conn.

She said the go-carts in particular are a feature that will attract all ages, and called them an “interesting concept.”

John Maguire, CEO and president of Morristown, N.J.-based CruiseDirect.com, also pointed to the innovative features on the Bliss as a highlight.

“They’re always first in innovation,” Maguire said of Norwegian. “They’re always out there doing things other people aren’t doing.”

Lea Nielsen, CruiseDirect.com’s vice president of sales, said she was excited about the dining venues, especially the new additions.

According to Stuart, The Haven on the Bliss will be the largest ever built, something Virtuoso agents will find attractive. The Haven features the line’s largest and most well-appointed accommodations and exclusive venues for guests staying there.

Yale called The Haven “the thing I like most” about Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

“The Haven is an upscale, ship-within-a-ship, and the service and everything up there is as good as any of the luxury cruise lines. It is great for family vacations and multigenerational groups.”

In addition to showing agents renderings of the Bliss and its features, Norwegian also enabled them to experience it live using virtual reality. They could don headsets and virtually ride a go-cart or slide down the water slide, among other experiences.

Norwegian Epic back in service with new attractions and spaces

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The Norwegian Epic set sail this week with new venues and attractions after a three-week renovation.

The ship now features the Cavern Club, an entertainment venue that pays tribute to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, where the Beatles performed in their early years.

The Epic has a new Broadway-style revue, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert — The Musical,” a show that celebrates gay pride and is based on the 1994 Australian film. Well-known pop songs from yesteryear are part of the score, including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

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A scene from “Priscilla Queen of the Desert — The Musical.”

The Aqua Park now has SplashGolf, a game that combines water features with minigolf.

Norwegian Epic also was outfitted with a new photo gallery, library and card room.

Several restaurants received new decor, carpeting and furnishings, including Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney’s, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Garden Cafe, Manhattan Room and Taste.

Other venues that were spruced up: the Mandara spa, Bliss Ultra Lounge, Marketplace buffet, Epic Theater, casino and Haven suite complex.

The Norwegian Epic entered service in 2010. The ship will sail Mediterranean cruises this winter and next spring and summer before returning to the U.S. and its new home in Port Canaveral, Fla., in fall 2016.

Norwegian Escape ship to feature 3-level atrium

The Norwegian Escape will benefit from a three-level atrium, among other features.

The ship will also boast dining and entertainment venues within the 678 Ocean Place complex, offering passengers a wide variety of activities to look forward to.

Dining venues such as Le Bistro, Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney’s, Teppanyaki and O’Sheehans will all be featured on decks six, seven and eight of the Escape vessel. The facilities spill onto the waterfront, giving passengers fantastic views.

 

Stretching for a quarter of a mile, the promenade allows travellers to benefit from stunning ocean views while tucking into some of the delicious food on board.

 

However, the casino will remain on deck seven, where it spans more than 19,000 feet. On deck six, there will also be the Taste and Savor dining rooms, along with the Prime Meridian, Mixx and the Bar at the Atrium.

 

It is expected that the new ship will launch in October 2015 and will become the largest to home port in Miami across the year.

 

As well as this, there will be a private room accommodating 100 people at Taste and a private dining venue situated just below it, where there will be a lounge and dining area.
Another new area is the Skyline Bar within the Escape Casino.Decorated with gold and metallic finishes, the area will offer entertainment,video poker and a number of LED screens providing a variety of stunning,relaxing vibes.

 

What’s more, the vessel will benefit from a new portrait studio on deck six and more dining and entertainment venues will be confirmed in the coming months.

Norwegian Escape offers a number of luxurious staterooms, ranging from cosy studios to spa rooms and spacious two-bedrooms.

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