Norwegian Cruise Line's latest super cruise ship was officially named at a glitzy ceremony in the US port of Seattle last week. US radio star Elvis Duran was draughted in to lead the ceremonies aboard the Norwegian Bliss.
Mr Duran presided over the rites in the Norwegian Bliss's 900-seat theatre before a bottle of bubbly was dashed against the hull as a symbolic gesture for good fortune. The 168,000 ton, 4,004 passenger leviathan was the largest ever to be christened in Seattle.
The Norwegian Bliss has already set the record for the largest cruise ship to ever go through the Panama Canal. The vessel is currently deployed on seven-night cruises from Seattle to Alaska with ports-of-call at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway in Alaska plus Victoria in British Columbia.
Norwegian Cruise Line's itineraries show the Norwegian Bliss will be cruising out of Seattle until October before heading down to Los Angeles. She will be sailing from there to the Mexican Riviera before additional deployments to Miami and the Caribbean, and then New York.
After the naming ceremonies were over, Norwegian's CEO, Andy Stuart, thanked Seattle for the hospitable welcome. He carried on by saying it was another step in building a harmonious relationship with all at the Port of Seattle.
Frank Del Rio is the president of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. He said the company had been sailing from Seattle for 18 years and the collaboration in revamping the Pier 66 Bell Street Terminal was an affirmation of the commitment Norwegian would be in Seattle for many years to come.