LA Welcomes its Largest Ever Cruise Ship

The new Norwegian Bliss departing Meyer Werft (NCL)

By The Maritime Executive 10-01-2018 11:01:19

This Friday, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss will set sail from the Port of Los Angeles, setting a new record for the city's largest home-ported cruise ship. She will depart LA for a series of weeklong voyages to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, before transiting the Panama Canal to the cruise hub of Miami, Florida for the winter season. 

The newly built Bliss is NCL's largest cruise ship, and she will be the largest ever to home port in LA. She is a conventional large-scale vessel with family-friendly amenities - an onboard go-kart race course, a water park, Broadway theater shows, a chilled "snow room," and a laser tag arena, among other novel attractions. A separate upscale section, branded "The Haven," offers quieter, more luxurious appointments.

“Norwegian Bliss was one of the most highly anticipated ships in the company’s history and was well received by our loyal guests and travel partners,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, congratulating her crew for a successful launch. 

Bliss has just concluded her first Seattle-based summer season cruising to Alaska. She became the largest cruise ship to dock at the Port of Vancouver, B.C. dring her travels up and down the Inside Passage; according to Canada's Global News, her air draft required her to schedule her arrival for a seasonal low tide in order to clear Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge.