Lonely Planet Writer

This luxury cruise ship sailing the Caribbean will have the largest racetrack at sea

If you’re contemplating a cruise in 2018, you might be interested in Norwegian Bliss, the latest luxury liner from Norwegian Cruise Lines. The company’s 16th ship “has been designed for the ultimate cruising experience, and will sail to Alaska and the Caribbean with select voyages to the Mexican Riviera, beginning in June 2018.” Among a host of impressive amenities, the 4000-capacity ship promises to have the largest racetrack at sea.

A rendering of the race track on Norwegian Bliss. Image by Norwegian Cruise Lines

“Following overwhelming popularity aboard Norwegian Bliss’ sister ship in China, Norwegian Joy, guests will be able to put the pedal to the metal for the first time aboard a North American-based cruise ship with a two level electric-car racetrack. The competitive track, the longest at sea at nearly 1000 feet, will rev up the hearts of all who race around her many twists and turns. There are four speed settings, accommodating novice, intermediate and advanced drivers, reaching up to 30 miles-per-hour – with a special ‘turbo boost’ available on each lap.”

The Norwegian Bliss. Image by Norwegian Cruise Lines

Guests needn’t worry about being disturbed by the roar of a standard racetrack though. “The electric cars run silent so as to not disturb those seeking to enjoy the serene environment. But guests will have the full racing experience while they channel their inner Andretti, as the sounds of a race car engine are piped in through speakers located in the car’s headrest.”   

The go-carts will be virtually silent on the track. Image by Norwegian Cruise Lines

Also boasting an Aqua Park, two pools, six infinity hot tubs, a stunning 180-degree indoor Observation Lounge, as well as a whole host of restaurants, cafés and bars, the ship promises to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. “Norwegian Bliss will no doubt be our most incredible ship to date,” says Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have elevated its onboard experience to new heights, bringing the best features from across our fleet plus exciting new first-at-sea activities like the largest racetrack and new dining concepts to create the ultimate cruising experience.”