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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for January 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Norwegian Bliss ~ Portland Port

During summer 2020 Norwegian Bliss [GT168,028/Y2018] and Norwegian Encore [GT169,116/Y2019] came to stay on the Dorset coast. As summer turned to autumn they stuck around along with other visitors such as Royal Caribbean, Marella and Holland America. As autumn turned to winter two of the RCI quartet and two of the HAL quartet fled transatlantic to sunnier shores ... but the NCL pair stayed on. I was struck by two images of Norwegian Bliss taken back in early November by Geoff Moore of Traveltrunk  ( https://www.facebook.com/geoff.moore.travel ... https://www.thetraveltrunk.net ) and promised myself if Bliss made it through to Christmas - they would provide our "Images of the Month" for January 2021.

Enjoy the promise of travel yet to come! 

Images of the Month for January 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Norwegian Bliss ~ Weymouth Bay

Norwegian Bliss is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), which entered service on 21 April 2018. Built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, NCL placed the order for a third Breakaway Plus cruise ship in July 2014 and construction started with steel cutting on 28 October 2016. Norwegian Bliss is sister ship to Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, and Norwegian Encore.

Norwegian Bliss has an overall length of 333.5m, a moulded beam of 41.5m, and a max. draft 9m. With a gross tonnage of 168,028 and deadweight of 11,700, Norwegian Bliss has 20 decks, 2,220 cabins and can carry 4,000 passengers. Norwegian Bliss has five main engines with total output power of 102,900 horsepower (76,700 kW). The propulsion system is two ABB Azipod XO units with total power of 40 MW, which provides a service speed of 22.5 knots ... while the maximum speed during trials exceeded 25.0 knots.

The hull art for Norwegian Bliss was designed by marine wildlife artist Robert Wyland who is best known for his "Whaling Wall" murals, in which he painted life-sized whales on 100 buildings all over the world.

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