Your next cruise to Alaska could be on a ship with a race track on its top deck.
Norwegian Cruise Line on Sunday revealed that its soon-to-debut, Alaska-bound Norwegian Bliss would feature a two-deck-high racing course where passengers compete against each other in electric go-carts — a first for a vessel based in North America.
Located at the back of the 4,000-passenger ship, the track will be a longer version of a similar course that debuted in April on Norwegian’s 3,850-passenger Norwegian Joy. Joy was custom-built for the Chinese market and sails year-round in Asia.
“The feedback (from the attraction on Joy) has been outstanding,” Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Andy Stuart told USA TODAY. “It’s packed all day long. People absolutely love it.”
Speaking in advance of Norwegian’s announcement, which took place at the Virtuoso Travel Week conference in Las Vegas, Stuart said the track on Bliss would be 40% longer than the one on Joy.
“We’ve managed to utilize the same space more efficiently,” Stuart said. “It’s going to be an even better experience, I think.”
Stuart also revealed Bliss will have an open-air laser tag course on its top deck, another feature that first debuted on Joy.
Other deck-top features announced for Bliss include an Aqua Park with two multi-story water slides. One of the slides will have a loop that extends over the side of the ship and a second, see-through loop that stretches down to the deck below. The other slide will be a tandem attraction where passengers race side-by-side on inner tubes for more than 360 feet. It’ll include a translucent section that provides views out to the ocean.
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