This New Cruise Ship Is Bringing a Go-kart Track, Luxe Spa, Onboard Laser Tag and More to Alaska
Travelers looking to cruise to Alaska will have an incredible new option when the Norwegian Bliss makes its debut in June 2018.
Norwegian Cruise Line recently revealed the amenities and features guests can expect onboard its 16th ship, including the biggest race track on a cruise ship, an open-air laser tag arena, and slides down the side of the ship.
“Norwegian Bliss will no doubt be our most incredible ship to date,” Andy Stuart, the cruise line’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
Before embarking on destinations that include Juneau, Victoria, St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tortola, and the Bahamas, take a look at what you’ll find onboard.
The Norwegian Bliss, the first ship to be designed specifically for Alaska according to the cruise line, will accommodate about 4,000 passengers. It will be the biggest cruise ship to sail through Alaska.
There will be three decks, with observation lounges for enjoying the view and safety details like lifeboats that are located on the inside of the ship to allow it to pass through narrow glacial passageways.
Racing on the Seas
Norwegian Bliss will also offer the first go-kart track on a North American-based cruise ship. Norwegian already offers a go-kart track on the Joy, which cruises in China.
First of Its Kind
The two-level race track will be the longest at sea, and includes four different speed settings so riders of all skills can have fun. The electric cars run quietly on the track, so other passengers won't be disturbed.
The ship will also have an open-air laser tag course that's modeled to look like an abandoned space station.
Hot Tubs in Alaska
Norwegian Bliss will also have plenty of onboard water amenities, including two pools and six infinity hot tubs along the sides of the ship.
An Onboard Water Park
At the ship’s Aqua Park, there will be a high-speed free fall slide with multiple loops extending over the side of the ship.
Views and More Views
An outdoor promenade offers dining and lounging, where guests can sit back and enjoy the passing views of Alaska’s towering glaciers or the clear waters of the Caribbean.
Onboard dining options range from BBQ and Mexican food to steakhouses and Hibachi-style Japanese.
Passengers can also grab drinks at locations like The Local, which will offer classic pub fare like chicken pot pie and fish and chips.
A Lounge With a View
Bliss will have a 180-degree observation lounge where travelers can take in the views, though dining spots like the Manhattan Room also offer spectacular panoramas. There will also be performances that include musicals like "Jersey Boys" taking place in the ship's main theater.
Dining Indoors and Out
Al fresco dining options will include restaurants like La Cucina, with dishes inspired by the Tuscan countryside. Those with a sweet tooth will also want to check out Coco’s, a new a la carte desert shop.
There is also a humidor cigar lounge where passengers can pair whiskey cocktails with their cigar of choice.
A Luxury Spa
The ship’s Mandara Spa will have 24 treatment rooms and a fitness center. There’s also a thermal suite with a vitality pool and heated whirlpool — ideal for relaxing after a glacier trek.
The spa also includes a full-service salon and a barber shop.
Journeys will include seven-day Alaska cruises, seven- and eight-day trips through the Mexican Riviera, 14- and 15-day trips through the Panama Canal, and seven-day journeys through the Caribbean.
Rates vary depending on the trip and accommodations.