Norwegian Takes Delivery of New Bliss

From left: Bernard Meyer of Meyer Werft, and Andy Stuart, president of Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has officially taken delivery of the new 167,800-ton Norwegian Bliss in Bremerhaven, Germany, following a handover from Meyer Werft shipyard.

The Norwegian Bliss is the 11th ship built for Norwegian Cruise Line by the Papenburg-based shipyard.

“This is our 13th cruise ship we delivered to Norwegian within the last 15 years. Our team made has done a great job. I am proud and thankful for their contribution”, said Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft.

Following the delivery, the ship will sail for Southampton, where the ship will be presented to the public for the first time. After a crossing, she will be previewed to media and VIPs in New York and christened later in May in Seattle ahead of her debut summer season in Alaska.

Norwegian Bliss – Main Data

Tonnage 167,800 GRT
Overall length 333.46 m
Width 41.4 m
Number of decks 20
Draught 8.40 m
Machine output MAN 3x 12 V 2x 14V total 76,800 kW
Propulsion power 44,000 kW
Speed 23.2 kn
Passengers 3998
No. of passenger cabins 2043
Number of outside cabins (incl. suites) 1599
No. of inner cabins 444
Crew max. 1,716
Theatre seating capacity 858
No. of restaurants 18
No. of bars/lounges 12
Total weight of applied paint approx. 300 t
Total length of installed cables. 2,200 km
Total length of installed pipes approx. 400 km
Flag Bahamas

Fire not expected to affect Norwegian Joy delivery

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Norwegian Joy

A fire over the weekend in the construction shed where the Norwegian Joy is being assembled should not impact the delivery of the ship next spring, a spokesman for the Meyer Werft shipyard said.

The blaze took the yard’s fire brigade about 30 minutes to extinguish, spokesman Peter Hackmann said.

“Lucky us, it was no big deal. Damage is very limited,” Hackmann said.

The 3,900-passenger Norwegian Joy is the next Breakaway Plus ship to be delivered to Norwegian. It is being designed for use in China.

Quads for Quantum: Royal Caribbean orders fourth ship in the class

Royal Caribbean ordered a fourth Quantum-class vessel from the Meyer Werft shipyard for delivery in 2019.

The cruise line recently announced that a third Quantum ship, Ovation of the Seas, would debut in China in 2017.

Royal have not yet released the name of the new Ship, but they still have two registered names, Passion of the Seas and Pulse of the Seas, which one do you think?

The 4,180-passenger ships have a sky-diving simulator, bumper cars and a crane-powered observation gondola.

Royal Caribbean did not disclose the cost but said that based on current ship orders, its projected capital spending for 2019 would be $1.3 billion.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said its projected capacity increase in 2019 would be 6.5% across all of its brands.