The first section of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss’s keel was laid today at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. This marks the start of the construction and assembly of the ship, which is scheduled to be delivered in Spring 2018.
The 350 ton section was positioned by crane on to the traditional “Glückscent” (lucky penny) which Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line had placed on the stocks moments earlier.
Andy Stuart ackowledged his and on behalf of NCL’s delight at the partnership between the cruise line and Meyer Werft and the start of construction for Norwegian Bliss.
“We are thrilled today to celebrate the binding of Norwegian Bliss with the Meyer shipyard,”
“Today we have placed the first of 90 blocks in our Baudock. With Norwegian Bliss, we will once again create a very innovative and technologically sophisticated vessel with our team“. Added Tim Meyer, Meyer Werft Managing Director.
The ship will measure 167,800grt, with a length of 324m and a width of 41.4m and will be the largest ship constructed to date for Norwegian Cruise Line.
Once the ship is completed and passed all sea trials and formalities, the Norwegian Bliss will depart for a summer season in Alaska in 2018 before heading to the Caribbean for the winter.
Feature Image: Meyer Werft
Source: Meyer Werft.
Image: Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)