Whenever a new cruise ship debuts, it typically does so in Europe or the Caribbean. Finally, cruisers bound for Alaska have reason to celebrate with the news that Norwegian Cruise Line will homeport its latest-and-greatest ship, Norwegian Bliss, at Seattle’s Pier 66 for her inaugural season in 2018.
After a transatlantic cruise and a Panama Canal transit through the new locks, Norwegian Bliss will sail north along the West Coast, reaching Seattle for the start of the summer cruising season. She becomes the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to ever debut in Alaska, and will operate roundtrip voyages departing on Saturdays with calls on Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria, British Columbia. No mention as of yet as to whether the ship will visit Glacier Bay National Park, or opt for Tracy Arm Fjord.
The decision to homeport Norwegian Bliss in Seattle is especially poignant, as Norwegian led the way in cruising from Seattle, drawing up plans in the late 1990’s at a time when every cruise line operated out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Norwegian inaugurated its service from Seattle waaay back in the day, using the then-brand-new Norwegian Sky.
“Norwegian was the first cruise line to begin cruising to Alaska from Seattle in 2000 and it’s only fitting that we bring our newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, directly to this incredible location,” s