Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship Norwegian Bliss has officially begun sailing to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, marking the first vessel from the line to depart from the southern California port since the industry shutdown.
Bliss is one of Norwegian’s most successful ships ever launched, and will be its second one sailing from the west coast following Norwegian Encore, which resumed voyages to Alaska from Seattle in August.
On Sunday, crew members aboard Bliss welcomed eager guests as they embarked to sail to the Mexican Riviera. Highlights on the ship include 19 dining options, a two-level go-kart racetrack, water slides, and Broadway-caliber production shows.
“Norwegian Bliss has been one of the industry’s game changers setting multiple world records on the West Coast, including being the largest ship to be christened in Seattle, homeport in Los Angeles, call to San Francisco, and traverse the new locks of the Panama Canal from both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“Having her make her long-awaited return from the ‘City of Angels’ sets another landmark in our Great Cruise Comeback journey as we reignite half of our fleet and continue delivering unforgettable guest experiences from one of the premier destinations on the West Coast.”
Norwegian Bliss is sailing from the Los Angeles World Cruise Center, offering seven and five-night voyages to the Mexican Riviera. Port calls include Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Ensenada.
On January 21, she will embark on a 14-night journey across the Panama Canal on her way to Miami.
Norwegian Cruise Line began its phased approach to a resumption of cruising on July 25, when Norwegian Jade set sail on seven-night Greek Isles voyages. Norwegian Encore became the first vessel in the fleet to resume sailings in the U.S. on August 7.
Since then, several more ships have returned to passenger cruising, and more are scheduled to return before the year is over.