Posts Tagged ‘Norwegian Bliss’

Norwegian Bliss Sets Panama Canal Record

May 15, 2018


(Courtesy NCL)

The Panama Canal today welcomed the new Norwegian Bliss, the largest passenger vessel to ever transit the waterway, according to a statement.

“The Panama Canal is proud to welcome the Norwegian Bliss and recognizes that this distinct milestone is made possible by the Canal Expansion, as well as the experience and efforts gained in the two years since its inauguration,” said Deputy Canal Administrator Manuel Benítez.


Silversea Orders Silver Dawn

(Courtesy Silversea Cruises)

Silversea Cruises announced it has awarded Fincantieri with an order for another ultra-luxury cruise ship, with delivery scheduled for Q4 2021.

The contract is valued at over €320 million, according to a statement. The ship will be a sister to the 2017-built Silver Muse and 2020-built Silver Moon.

The ship will be 40,700 tons with capacity for up to 596 guests at double occupancy.



Bliss Go-Karts

April 21, 2018

Norwegian have made quite a big thing about their Go-karts on-board Norwegian Bliss (and Joy). For example: “Guests will be able to put the pedal to the metal for the first time aboard a North American-based cruise ship”. and “The competitive track, the longest at sea at nearly 1,000 feet, will rev up the hearts of all who race around her many twists and turns, reaching up to 30 miles per hour”.

Now I’ve not seen the facility on-board myself, but videos are beginning to appear on YouTube.

I must say it all looks to be a rather “sedate” experience. It hardly looks like a “pedal to metal” experience. Mind you maybe the peddles were on the metal, but the-horse power was missing. I have not seen anything that looks like 30 mph in the videos. As for “competitive” – overtaking looks very difficult without much acceleration and speed.

However these are electric cars, they are not Formula 1 cars. They have to be pollution free and relatively quiet, after all the track is on the sun deck. (I bet the sunbathers do not appreciate the lost space!)

However I’m still surprised how slow they appear to be. I don’t think they will be needing that high fence – I can’t see the cars leaving the track!