Meet the Cruise Ship with a Texas Smokehouse Aboard

Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany is currently constructing the Norwegian Bliss, a 167,800-foot cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line. Great, so why should you care about this particular cruise liner as opposed to all the other ones that are available? Because this one has a Texas smokehouse on board.

The Norwegian Bliss will debut next summer with an inaugural trip to Alaska. The cruise liner has an unbelievable amount of amenities including an electric-car racetrack of nearly 1,000 feet, an open-air laser tag course is themed as an abandoned space station, and so many food options that you won't even know where to begin. 

Naturally, if you're a carnivore of any sort, you'll want to begin at Q. Q is a modern dining experience that features premium ingredients and Southern flavors in its Texas barbecue.

This smokehouse will offer a different selection of smoked meat nightly, which will be accompanied by live contemporary pop country music. Its à la carte program will feature hickory, oak, and pecan smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, and sausage.

Sides are available as well with options including deviled eggs with natural air cured ham, pickled jalapeños, and a fresh cheddar and breadcrumb-crusted mac-n-cheese.

Naturally, other food options are available. Choices range from Los Lobos Tex-Mex to a full-service Starbucks in a  nod to Norwegian Bliss's Seattle home port.

If you're not enthralled by a plateful of Texas barbecue, don't worry. You won't be starved for entertainment. The ship will offer nightly live entertainment and deck parties as well as an onboard casino.

Andy Stuart gave the long-awaited announcement on Sunday at Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. He described the amenities to media and travel partners through interactive 3D virtual reality experiences.

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