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Norwegian Cruise Line to debut ship with a race track

Cruise ships just keep getting bigger with more attractions, and the Norwegian Bliss is no exception.

When the new Norwegian Cruise Line vessel is completed next April, it will be one of the 10 largest cruise vessels in the world, USA Today reports. The company shared details about the ship on Sunday, revealing that it will have a two-deck-high race track where passengers can face off in electric go-carts, a first for a ship based in North America. It will also have an open-air laser tag course, multi-story water slides with loops that go out over the side of the ship, more hot tubs that float over the side of the ship, expanded water features, and a full-service Starbucks — right now, those are only on Royal Caribbean ships.

The Norwegian Bliss will hold 4,000 passengers, and will start off in Alaska before moving to the Caribbean in the winter. While most of these features are new for a ship based in North America, Norwegian has a smaller race track on its Norwegian Joy ship, which sails around Asia. "The feedback has been outstanding," Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart told USA Today. "It's packed all day long. People absolutely love it."