Norwegian Bliss Launches Month-Long Inaugural Celebrations


Norwegian Bliss in Ponta Delgada Azores. (Photo by Dave Jones)

Norwegian Bliss has begun her month-long inaugural celebration in the US.

Now on her way to Miami, the sixteenth and newest vessel in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet arrived in New York City on Thursday, May 3. The ship will then call in Los Angeles and Seattle, where her christening will take place on May 30.

The two-day Norwegian Bliss inaugural preview in New York included brand partners, media, and industry representatives. The ship’s godfather, nationally-syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran, was on hand, as well. Guests enjoyed a performance of the line’s original musical theatre show, ¡HAVANA!.

A cocktail reception on board featured an appearance by Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio. The two are original members of The Four Seasons, the group that inspired the Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The evening ended with the Norwegian Bliss premier of Jersey Boys in Bliss Theater.

“Norwegian has been committed to providing our guests with the finest entertainment at sea and we have elevated this commitment by introducing Jersey Boys and ¡HAVANA! onboard Norwegian Bliss,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “It has been such an honour to have icons in the music and theatre world partner with and join us on this inaugural tour.”

Norwegian Bliss will sail a preview cruise out of PortMiami from May 8 to 10. Special guests include the hull artist, Wyland, the godfather, Duran, as well as television personalities.

After the Miami cruise, Norwegian Bliss will cross the Panama Canal, making history as the largest cruise ship to ever do so. Preview events will take place in Los Angeles from May 25 to 27. The ship will then travel to Seattle. After the christening on May 30, Norwegian Bliss will sail a three-day exhibition cruise.

Norwegian Bliss will begin a series of seven-day Alaska cruises June 2. Calls include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia. For the fall/winter season, Norwegian Bliss will sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles. She’ll also sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami.

In 2019, Norwegian Bliss will return to New York City. From there, she’ll sail seven-day voyages to the Bahamas and Florida, as well as the southern and western Caribbean.

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Norwegian Sun starts Cuba Cruises from Port Canaveral

The first cruise from Port Canaveral to visit Cuba is expected to dock in Havana on May 9.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun is doing a series of four-day voyages from the central Florida port, on an itinerary that makes a call in Key West before overnighting in Havana.

The 1,936-passenger Sun is coming off a drydock and will be berthed at the port’s Cruise Terminal 10, recently renovated at a cost of more than $35 million.

Norwegian continues to sail five-day cruises from Miami to Cuba on the Norwegian Sky.

Carnival schedules 20 more Cuba cruises in 2019

Carnival Paradise in Havana.

Carnival Cruise Line scheduled an additional 20 cruises in 2019 that will include visits to Cuba.

The cruises will be roundtrip from Tampa on the Carnival Paradise, which will sail five-day itineraries with a full day or an overnight in Havana.

The schedule includes:
Ten cruises overnighting in Havana with a visit to Key West — departing March 2, April 13, May 25, June 22, July 6, Aug. 3 and 17, Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 26.

Six voyages featuring a day-long call in Havana and a visit to Cozumel — departure dates are Jan. 5, March 16, May 11, Aug. 31, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7.

Four sailings featuring day-long calls to Havana, Key West and Cozumel — departing Feb. 16, June 8, July 20 and Oct. 12.

The new schedule is in addition to the 17 recently announced Cuba cruises aboard Carnival Sensation departing from Miami in 2019.