Norwegian Bliss: first steel cut

By ,   September 16, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Executives at Meyer Werft shipyard (Papenburg, Germany), gathered to celebrate the steel cutting of Norwegian Bliss. This is the moment symbolically marking ship's first step in construction process.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) President Andy Stuart and Bernard Meyer, Meyer Werft honcho, jointly pushed a button to start a computer program operating the steel cut.

At least two ways are possible to cut steel. The first one, used at Norwegian Epic's the steel cutting, immerses the steel in water and is then slicing through it. The water method injects the metal with heat. However, in this case, the shipyard used dry plasma method, making the cuts more precise and creating less mess which is better for the material. 

Meyer talked about the long partnership with Norwegian in an introductory speech. The yard has constructed most of the line's cruise ships, including Pride of America, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Dawn; the Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Pearl series; as well as both Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway.

Bernard Meyer also shared that the year-and-a-half timeline for building the Bliss was a very short time and promised to surprise the market again. Norwegian Bliss is scheduled to launch in 2017 spring. She will join Norwegian Escape as one of the two largest ships in the NCL Norwegian fleet. 

The 4,248-passenger Escape is slated for launch in about a month. She will sail away from the shipyard later this week.