New Cruise Ship Custom Built for Alaska

what a crock of EMM EFFING BULLSHIT…custom built to sail in US waters but not US built or flagged! Can you imagine the jobs we’d have if the goobermint mandated that cruiseships visiting national park waters in the US had to be American ships

New Cruise Ship Custom Built for Alaska

By MarEx 2016-10-13

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced today that its next new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss, will be the first cruise ship custom built for Alaskan cruising.

The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss is approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodates 4,000 guests. It will be built at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, and is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018.

After a transatlantic cruise and a Panama Canal transit through the new locks, the ship will sail north along the West Coast, reaching Seattle for the start of the summer cruising season. It will cruise from Seattle and will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut there.

Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.

Norwegian’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has entered into a 15-year agreement with the Port of Seattle to collectively invest $30 million to upgrade the Pier 66 facilities. This will include expanding the guest check-in space by 300 percent to more than 150,000 square feet, a new VIP lounge with expansive views of Elliott Bay and the addition of two new elevated passenger boarding bridges to provide easy and comfortable passenger boarding.

Continuing Norwegian’s tradition of decorating each ship’s hull with signature art, Norwegian has also announced that the world’s premier marine life artist, Wyland, has been commissioned to design the hull artwork for Norwegian Bliss. Wyland is known for his iconic whale murals, marine life paintings and sculptures. The enormous extent of Wyland’s public artworks, his award-winning art galleries and his non-profit foundation’s community service projects have made him one of the world’s most recognized and beloved artists. His design for Norwegian Bliss’ hull art will be revealed later this month.

Pretty SHITTY artwork too I might add

it’s an American company, managed by Americans in its Miami headquarters but they have a mailbox in Bermuda that means you pay more taxes than they do and have fewer options on how to run your business. You obviously haven’t bought enough of the right politicians.

Just so nobody misunderstand:
There is nothing Norwegian about Norwegian Cruise Line any more.
Original Kloster Cruises / Norwegian Caribbean Line who pioneered cruise traffic from Miami in 1966

It is now a Bermuda registered corporation owned by a Malaysian Tycoon based in Hong Kong:

To force all cruise ships visiting US National Park waters to be US flagged sounds like a good idea.
It will ensure peace and quiet for the few people that manage to get there. Let the whales and sea otters reign supreme.

Norway should do the same; all cruise ships visiting Norwegian fjords and the North Cape should have to be Norwegian flagged.
No more pollution problems and traffic jam in Geiranger. (Probably nobody would live there anymore either, but the nature would be pristine)

I wonder what kind of “custom” solutions NCL has adopted for the Alaskan waters…

[QUOTE=ombugge;191576]Norway should do the same; all cruise ships visiting Norwegian fjords and the North Cape should have to be Norwegian flagged.[/QUOTE]

Wouldn’t mind the same for Svalbard - it was pretty terrible with two 3000+ pax floating hotels simultaneously in Longyearbyen, and Chinese tourists in yellow full-body down suits and golden thigh-high moon boots walking on the tundra - but considering the state of coal mining on the archipelago, having more tourists is probably better than having to shutter the settlements and move back to mainland…