Norwegian Cruise Line’s Bliss ship has been floated out from the Meyer Werft building dock in Papenburg, Germany.
The third vessel in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class emerged from the dock on Saturday.
Crew members will now move into staterooms on board to begin their training as the final construction phase of the 4,000-passenger vessel gets underway.
The float out displayed the ship’s signature hull artwork designed by marine life artist and conservationist Robert Wyland.
The construction of the ship began in October 2016 with the traditional steel-cutting ceremony.
Andy Stuart, NCL’s president and chief executive officer, said he was “counting down the days” until Bliss’ official debut in Seattle.
NCL will host preview events for Bliss in New York, Miami and Los Angeles before sailing to Seattle for its christening on May 30.
Bliss will sail Alaskan seven-day cruises in the summer before voyaging to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles in autumn.
During the 2019 autumn/ winter season Bliss will cruise from New York City to Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
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