Arrivals & Departures Rev your engines: Racing fun at sea

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With the longest race track at sea, new ship Norwegian Bliss is set to appeal to the inner-race car driver in us all.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, will debut mid-next year with a two level electric car race track.

Set to be the longest at sea at nearly 305m, the track will allow drivers to reach a top speed of 48km/hour, with a special turbo boost available on each lap.

But if you're concerned the sound of car racing might spoil a relaxing cruise, never fear: the electric cars run silently. For those driving, the sounds of a race car engine are piped in through speakers in the car’s headrest.

Once guests are done with the twists and turns of the race track, they can test their agility at the open-air laser tag course. Themed as an abandoned space station, the course is open day and night.

For something more laidback, the 4000-guest ship offers an expansive pool and sundeck featuring two spacious pools and six infinity hot tubs at the side of the ship.

The ship’s Aqua Park includes two multi-storey water slides. The high-speed Ocean Loops free-fall slide extends over the side of the ship, and there's also a see-through loop that stretches down to the deck.

The tandem Aqua Racer slide allows guests to race side-by-side on inner tubes for more than 110m, with a translucent section for ocean views.

On board dining options include signature Norwegian favourites, as well as some new offerings.

Highlights will include Texas smokehouse Q and an a la carte dessert venue called Coco’s, complete with oversized chocolate fountain. 

There will also be an outpost of modern Mexican restaurant Los Lobos.

If you fancy a drink, options will include the District Brew House, which will serve 24 beers on tap and more than 50 bottled beers. 

Meanwhile a wine bar named the Cellars will offer a curated wine list. 

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