Back in February I took Refined cameras behind the scenes to Germany's Meyer-Werft shipyard - and it was anything but blissful. Crews worked around the clock making sure she was in tip-top shape before heading to the Northwest.
The Norwegian Bliss started her 5,000 mile journey cutting across the Atlantic Ocean, then down the Eastern Seaboard, made history as the biggest passenger ship to cross the Panama Canal and up the West Coast to Puget Sound.
On May 30th, she made history as the largest cruise ship to ever call Seattle home.
"To have the Bliss inaugurate and christen their first maiden voyage, and to be here home-ported for the season, is a once in a lifetime dream," said Tom Norwalk, CEO of Visit Seattle. "It's fantastic for Seattle."
So how big is this ship? Well, she stretches close to four football fields long, and weighs as much as 34,000 elephants.
A ship this grand packs in quite a bit. There are 2,000 staterooms, more than two dozen places to chill and soak up the views. And a first for any ship in the west, racing eco-friendly go-karts on a two level track.
Yup, welcome to NCL Racing. These cars can go up to 30 mph and yes, there are bumpers and remote features to make sure you stay safe. Well worth the $7 it'll cost you per ride.
Just a deck below are a couple of water slides, and one made me so nervous I thought my heart would beat out of my chest.
It's called Ocean Loops. You stand in a tube, the floor drops from under you, and you literally drop four decks below, then swirl over the side of the ship in a clear tube before making your final plunge.
You can work up quite an appetite, good thing there's a lot to eat onboard! From BBQ to lobster and sundaes to satisfy your sweet tooth - there's more than two dozen places to pick from some locally-inspired.
And the first floating Starbucks to cruise through Alaska - trained by Seattle baristas.
There's plenty of other spots to quench your thirst too. The district brewhouse is home to Redhook beers, some specially made for the Bliss. There's even cocktails on tap by Seattle's own Kathy Casey.
"We batched the cocktails with all premium and fresh ingredients," said Casey. "And then they go into these tall kegs and they're put on draft. So every time you have a cocktail it's perfect."
NCL is all about the Northwest signing a long term agreement to keep their ships in Seattle for the long haul.
"We're committed to Seattle, to Alaska cruising and you can see that with this beautiful new ship," said CEO Andy Stuart. "This is not your grandmother's cruise."