The first steel for Norwegian Bliss was cut on the 28th October at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for what will be the 16th ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) fleet.
Using sophisticated modern techniques, the steel plate was cut by a plasma torch and it will become part of the first of 81 blocks used in the construction of the ship. The cutting was started by Frank Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Del Rio was excited at the start of construction for the newest and most innovative ship for NCL. He said:
“As we close in on Norwegian Cruise Line’s 50th anniversary, we are thrilled to celebrate the start of construction for Norwegian Bliss, our latest and most innovative ship yet. Norwegian Bliss will offer the ultimate in Alaska adventures, both on and off the ship, and we look forward to welcoming guests onboard in June 2018.”
Norwegian Cruise Line currently have another ship under construction at Meyer Werft, Norwegian Joy. She is due to join the fleet in 2017 and is to be based in China for the Asian market.