The cruise industry is booming with new ship building.
It seems that just about every week there’s a new, bigger, more elaborate vessel launching. In fact, it doesn’t just seem that way. It’s more or less a fact. The latest entrant is the massive 168,000-ton Norwegian Bliss, built in Papenburg, Germany and now sailing for Norwegian Cruise Lines.
And, in the continuing game of new bells and whistles, not to mention experiential one upsmanship, the new Bliss doesn’t just have the massive water slides and theaters. It even has The District Brewhouse (featuring a selection of 74 beers) and its own open-air laser tag course.
Then there’s the big gee-whiz item–a competitive auto go-kart race track on the top of deck 19, where you can drive the twists and turns nearly 20 stories above the ocean. The ship carries 4,000 passengers and a crew of 1,700, and as you can imagine, just about everyone wants to race a car.
Norwegian Bliss is a perfect example of the transformation of cruising–from the ship being a form of transportation between ports to the ship being its own destination.
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