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7 Night Bahamas Cruise from New York

7 Night Bahamas Cruise from New York (Manhattan)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    New York (Manhattan)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 4
    Great Stirrup Cay
  • Day 5
    Nassau
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    New York (Manhattan)

Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

Cons

Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

Bottom Line

A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: March 2019
Just got back from this cruise and since I have a few big + and a few big - I thought it would be useful to provide a review. We travelled two families and we are from Europe (Sweden) and we have been on one cruise previously. Dining ... Read More
Just got back from this cruise and since I have a few big + and a few big - I thought it would be useful to provide a review. We travelled two families and we are from Europe (Sweden) and we have been on one cruise previously. Dining - quality in a la Carte restaurants included in all inclusive was way below expectations given Norwegians reputation. Service in restaurants - this was probably the worst I have ever experienced. They got orders wrong. They left us sitting with finished plates. They were very rude also in situations where we were not being critical (rolling eyes, looking away, sighing etc). Pool deck - terribly crowded and impossible to get a sun bed if you arrive later than 9 am. Costs - from the outset it feels that Norwegian is doing their best to milk more money from their guests. There are many additional costs. Youth club - very nice, friendly, joyful and imaginative staff. Our 4 year old loved this!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my first cruise, so I didn't have anything to compare it to. That being said, I've stayed at many high quality all-inclusive resorts. I was very disappointed by the Bliss, the staff, and the overall cruise. Firstly, ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I didn't have anything to compare it to. That being said, I've stayed at many high quality all-inclusive resorts. I was very disappointed by the Bliss, the staff, and the overall cruise. Firstly, the staff looked MISERABLE. No one was happy. I felt like a burden to the waiters and bartenders when ordering. No one had a smile on their face and when it was time for me to place my order, I was pointed to and oftentimes not even talked to. It felt like a hole-in-the-wall bar on a busy Saturday night. The layout of the cruise ship and lack of elevators was maddening. Most of the restaurants were in inconvenient locations and were LOUD. This ship needs many more elevators. We often gave up after 5-10 minutes of waiting and took the stairs. Next, the casino was an absolute sham. The dealer at the roulette table missed my winning bets TWICE and the blackjack dealer was tipping off other patrons at my table. I've never seen this type of thing before. It was absolutely sickening. Next, the pool area was a joke. There was ONE pool for 4200+ passengers and ALL of the chairs were filled up all day, every day. I hated how the hot tubs were an afterthought and tucked away from the pool. They--no surprise--were also always filled up. The shops on board were a complete rip-off. The prices were super inflated and the employees were rude. They all-but rolled their eyes when I asked to negotiate a price. NONE of the staff members were memorable, approachable, or friendly. NONE. It was like I was a guest at a busy restaurant and was an inconvenience to them. I didn't feel welcomed. Also, I never once met my room caretaker. I didn't even know his name, or did he even wave to us when we were around. I was also very disappointed by the port stops and excursions. I didn't at all feel like I got my money's worth. All of the port shops were tourist traps and were way too expensive. No one there was friendly either. Furthermore, it was NEVER explained which ports required an ID for re-entry into the boat or what to expect at every stop. As a first time cruiser, I could've easily forgotten my ID and then not allowed back on the boat. I was not prepared for this. The entertainment was awful. If it wasn't for Jersey Boys, I'd call it high-school drama level. I left this boat frustrated, ripped off, nickle-and-dimed and completely unsatisfied. It makes me never want to cruise again and that deeply saddens me. Pros: * Dining options * Great food, all the time * Go-Karts * Jersey Boys was great * Great, clean balcony room * Beautiful ship * Onboarding/Offboarding was quick and easy * Great wifi Cons: * Unhappy, defeated staff * Service was slow and sloppy * Casino was a sham * On-board shops were a scam * Ports were forgettable * Not enough elevators. Not even close * Pool area was small and lacking. No chairs available * The entertainment was downright embarrassingly bad * Daily activities were poorly put together and lacking in quality * Ship layout was...weird... to say the least Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
NCL Bliss is a beautiful, but very large :)) ship. Taking a cruise has been on my bucket list for many years, and was finally able to mark it off. After debating whether or not to go to Alaska or Caribbean, decided on Eastern Caribbean. ... Read More
NCL Bliss is a beautiful, but very large :)) ship. Taking a cruise has been on my bucket list for many years, and was finally able to mark it off. After debating whether or not to go to Alaska or Caribbean, decided on Eastern Caribbean. Ports included Tortola, BVI; St Thomas, VI and Nassau, Bahamas. Arrived in Miami the Thursday prior to Saturday departure. Explored Miracle Mile but was not that impressed. Next time will plan something more entertaining as there is much to do there. When first arrived at Miami Port on day of embarkation, really didn't know exactly what to expect except what I had read. However, it went extremely smooth and quick. Was onboard within 30 mins. or so of arrival. Stayed in new studio staterooms newly developed on cruise ships specifically for solo travelers like myself. We had our own beautiful studio lounge with expresso machine, snacks, water, juice, etc. They even have wine station but it is pay per glass and not part of beverage package. JP was crew member who set up many solo functions, such as daily meetings, dinners and shows to attend as a group, if desired. However, I choose to do most of the stuff on my own as I had made reservations for most of these a couple months ahead of cruise. Activities crew, which included cruise director Dan Dan, Junior, Anika, among others, were very entertaining, putting together many trivia games, as well as their own version of Deal or No Deal game in the atrium daily. Among one of my favorite things I participated in learning the "Thriller" dance by the late Michael Jackson. Other favorites included hilarious late night 18+ comedy show. Made reservation in Social Comedy Club, headliner was Steve Smith. He had us rolling in laughter entire 30 mins or so he was onstage. A couple nights later they had a first come first serve (no reservations required) 18+ show in the Bliss Theater, which included, in addition to Steve Smith, another headliner, Spencer James. He too put on an extremely entertaining show. Attended Havana show, which was good. However, really enjoyed Jersey Boys show. Both of which I highly recommend you reserve ahead of time online, as soon as your are able. Complimentary dining rooms were good for most part. Only down side was I felt service was slow at times, but staff was very friendly. Only specialty restaurant I tried was Los Lobos. Had chicken enchiladas which were very delicious, just wish would have been a larger helping instead of only two enchiladas. Took advantage of complimentary room service a couple of mornings for breakfast which roissant rolls, fresh fruit, cereal, etc. You can also get Omelettes or French Toast for fee of $7.95. Chose the Ultimate Beverage package for my promo. Although not sure I would have purchased it had it not been a promo as I am not a very heavy drinker. However, did like occasional margarita, mixed drink or beer, & being able to have a drink whenever wanted without having to pay for each one as they ran an average of 10.95 each, as it also included soda. Of course the gratitude of this package is included in cost of cruise and believe it was between $105 to $115, maybe little more. Do not recall exact amount. As with many other guest, had issue at pool deck with guest "reserving" sun loungers foro themselves or friends/family members, by placing towels, shoes, hats etc while they went to breakfast or whatever they did, despite it is requested you refrain for doing this. You would walk out there looking for chair, only to find more than half the chairs had stuff in them, but no one was there with them. They say there is a 30 min rule and your belonging will be removed if you are not there, however I witnessed firsthand this rule is not enforced. For ship that size it needs larger pool area and they need to implement a stricter policy regard the lounge chairs. They do have separate adult and kid pool area which I like. Pulse Fitness center was very nice, with lots of equipment and machines. though I only made it there once. Also have nice jogging/walking tracking. Did lot of walking though as took stairs 99% if the time. Will definitely cruise on the Bliss again. Took advantage of their CruiseNext program where you can make one to four deposits for future cruises and get onboard credit amounts based on how many deposits you place. You have up to four years to use them and decide where you want to go. Next cruise will probably be to Alaska, hopefully. Read Less
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