Construction officially started on upcoming Norwegian Bliss. The first piece of steel was cut at Meyer Werft shipyard (Papenburg, Germany). The event was held at the shipyards laser center on October 28. The steel cutting of the ship with yard number S.707 marked the start of construction of a further vessel for Norwegian Cruise Line.
Frank J. Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, pressed the start button of the computer-controlled cutting machine, thereby commencing work on the first steel plate for the Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship that has been specially designed for use on Alaska cruises.
Based on the environmental regulations in that destitnation the ship is equipped with scrubbers and a new environmental friendly generations of engines. The whole engineering process was dominated by the idea of improving the energy efficiency via Heat Recovery Systems, LED Lights, better hydro dynamic as to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions.
Norwegian Bliss, the 3rd vessel in the Breakaway Plus class, is not just a very engery efficient ship, but is equipped with features tailor-made for the destination to make cruises through Alaska a first class experience. The ship, which can accommodate 4,000 passengers, sets new standards in terms of its gross tonnage of 167,800 and also in terms of its design.
Norwegian Cruise Line contracted American artist Roger Wyland, who specialises in painting marine wildlife, to design the hull artwork of Norwegian Bliss. With a reputation for his underwater world designs, Wyland has created a wealth of sources of inspiration for the protection of our oceans.
The Norwegian Bliss is due to be completed by Spring 2018.
Source: Meyer Werft