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Game on aboard the Bliss

Norwegian Bliss will boast many firsts for the global market, including the largest competitive race track at sea and an open-air laser tag course.

Relaxation will be fast and furious aboard the Norwegian Bliss, the 4,250-passenger ship especially built for the Alaska trade. 

The ship will include a competitive race track on the top deck (billed as the largest at sea). The two-level, electric-car track will span 1,000 feet and allow drivers to reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The laser-tag course will be themed as an abandoned space station and will offer different experiences both by day and during the night. 

A large pool and sundeck with two pools and six infinity hot tubs will scale the side of the ship. The Aqua Park will have two, multi-story waterslides: the Ocean Loops freefall slide, which includes two loops (one of which extends out over the side of the ship), and the tandem Aqua Racer. There will also be a Kids Aqua Park and Splash Academy for younger cruisers, as well as an Entourage space for teens and a Guppies playroom for parents and babies. 

For dining, the ship will offer the Q Texas smokehouse, an a la carte specialty restaurant serving up Texas barbecue in an “urban setting. The ship will also host Mexican eatery Los Lobos, which first debuted in 2016 onboard Norwegian Dawn, as well as the adjacent Cagney’s Steakhouse, an American steakhouse. Between Los Lobos and Cagney’s Steakhouse, The A-List Bar will offer guests handcrafted cocktails, wines and premium spirits. For dessert, Coco’s will be a new a la carte venue on deck 6, with a chocolate fountain as its centerpiece. There will also be an onboard Starbucks in a nod to the ship’s Seattle homeport, as well as a number of other signature al la carte restaurants: Le Bistro (French); La Cucina (Tuscan); Ocean Blue (seafood); Food Republic (global fusion); Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea; and The Bake Shop. The Japanese hibachi steakhouse Teppanyaki will also be onboard at cover-charge pricing. In a new complimentary dining concept, The Local will serve up pub fare in a relaxed atmosphere 24 hours a day. For beverages, The District Brew House will have 24 draft and more than 50 bottled beers, while The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, will offer an extensive wine list. 

In terms of wellness offerings, the ship will have a Mandara Spa with 24 treatment rooms, a full-service salon and barber shop, fitness center and thermal suite. There will also be two private, adults-only lounge spaces: Vibe Beach Club and Spice H20. Starting June 2018, Norwegian Bliss will sail its inaugural season on weekly, seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, calling at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising. 

Source: Travel Agent Central

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