Now it’s official! The Norwegian Bliss was officially christened in Seattle Wednesday night! It was one heck of a party.
The ceremony started off with a speech from Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. He talked about the currents standings of the line, and some new and exciting things to come. Norwegian Cruise Line is a 12 billion dollar company, with 6 ships set to debut over the next decade. The Norwegian Encore is set to debut next year, and the first of their brand new Leonardo Class in 2020. Bliss is the 26th ship across the fleet, and NCL’s 16th ship. She is also their most environmentally friendly ship so far. Del Rio was very optimistic about the future of the line, and sees a very prosperous future.
Next came Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. He said a few words, a little less formal than Del Rio’s speech. He’s a cheeky fellow! His speech was very witty and he expressed his gratitude toward everyone who put so much work into the debut of the Bliss. This is completely off topic, but I like his accent!
Hull artist Wyland made the next speech. He talked about how he chose to paint whales on Bliss to show their efforts of preserving the pristine Alaskan waters. “I signed my name pretty big…People ask me if this is my ship. I say yes.” I mean who wouldn’t man! I don’t blame you. Wyland seemed very excited about his partnership with NCL, and the next three days on board with his mom.
Then it was time for the main event. The christening! For this part, they went live through different venues of the ship where they pressed big colorful buttons to prepare for the breaking of the bottle of champagne. The final button was up on stage with Duran. He said a blessing and pressed the big blue button that released the bottle of champagne onto the exterior of the ship.
After that, the celebrations began all over the ship. Entertainment included the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys, who were really good; Havana (a dance show); Sons of Maestro, who played their rendition of “Happy” by Pharrell on violins; Tone Loc; Wally Palmer; and Gloria Gaynor with some of her hits including the famous “I Will Survive.” They really pulled out all the stops with entertainment!
As stated by Frank Del Rio, the Norwegian Bliss has had the largest media following in fleet history. I do not disagree with that one bit. This is the second christening within a week, and I think the Norwegian Bliss was definitely the most anticipated. Norwegian has been out in full force with social media teams and outside media to debut the newest and greatest ship. Congratulations to Norwegian Cruise Line on all of their achievements and accomplishments with the Norwegian Bliss, and the many more to come!
P.S. If anyone from Norwegian Cruise Line is reading this, please let me know how I can get on the list to attend the christening of the Encore!
If you missed the fun, here’s the live video from the christening: