PUERTO VALLARTA: THE FIRST DESTINATION IN MEXICO THAT RECEIVES THE NORWEGIAN BLISS
On May 21st Puerto Vallarta received one of the largest cruise ships in the world: The Norwegian Bliss. On board the ship, the city’s tourist authorities exchanged plaques with Captain Staffan Bengtsson and members of his crew.
This giant of the seas – the largest cruise Puerto Vallarta has received – has the capacity to transport 6,104 people (4,004 passengers and 2,100 crew); This was its first time in Mexico and arrived with 5,570 people on board, 3,833 passengers and 1,737 crew.
Among the present authorities at the welcoming ceremony were: Delegate Ministry of Tourism of Jalisco, Ludwig Estrada Virgen, President of the Tourism Commission of the City Council, Susana Rodriguez and the Port Captain, Roberto Lopez Aispuro.
The consignee agent, Carlos Gerard, commented that the Norwegian Bliss is the largest cruise of the Norwegian Cruise Line, “it is certainly the largest ship Puerto Vallarta has received and it will have five more arrivals this year, from October to December”.
Carlos Gerard mentioned Puerto Vallarta is the pillar of the Pacific Rim: “It is a port that stands out for the safety of its tourists, the beauty of its surroundings, the variety of its attractions and the quality of its tourist services, that’s why it enjoys the confidence of the shipping companies”.
Gerard added that according to studies by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), each cruise passenger leaves $98 dollars in the ports where they descend and $65 dollars per crewman, so the economic benefit of this arrival would have been more than 7.5 million Mexican pesos to Puerto Vallarta.
He added that Puerto Vallarta continues to be a great attraction for the shipping industry. The Bay will receive 157 cruises this year with 404,734 people on board, representing 9% more than in 2017 with 145 cruises.
The Norwegian Bliss is practically a new cruise. Its construction started in October 2016 by the German company Meyer Werft, as part of the Breakaway Plus cruise class. Its sisters ships are Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy, from the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).
An Inaugural Trip
The cruise sailed from its shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany on April 19, 2018, arrived in Southampton, United Kingdom on April 21, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to reach New York, sailed to Miami and arrived in Cartagena, Colombia; Later it crossed the Panama Canal to reach the Pacific Ocean, where it touched Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala.
Puerto Vallarta is the first Mexican destination to which it arrived. Next will be Mazatlan, and then heads to Los Angeles, California and end its journey in Seattle, Washington to start their season in the Alaskan seas this summer.
It should be noted that the hull of the cruise is so large that a mural was painted on it, this was designed by Roger Wyland, a renowned artist who takes his inspiration from marine life.