4 Southampton Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

We did the first transatlantic trip on this boat. The ship is beautiful, the staff attentive and the food was sublime. Well it should be as they had pulled the best of the best crew for this trip. There was some training in evidence and ... Read More
We did the first transatlantic trip on this boat. The ship is beautiful, the staff attentive and the food was sublime. Well it should be as they had pulled the best of the best crew for this trip. There was some training in evidence and we did have some snagging going on but I personally had no problem with this. I did have a problem with the extremely limited smoking facility. It was improved slightly during our stay but you either had to get very cold and wet on the H2O deck or go in the humidor which was a small box of a room which held about 20 people comfortably but was often filled with far more This was not fair on the cigar smokers who do not like to be surrounded by cigarette smoke when enjoying the very expensive cigars they purchased. The range of cocktails was good and they were freshly made on the whole. The food was really nice, we mainly ate at the Garden Cafe and the variety and amount of food was such that any one could have a good meal at any time. There is a bit too much time spent trying to upsell to you, the deposits on future cruises does not need to be mentioned several times a day, give the info and let people make their minds up, if you go to the demos about good posture or acupuncture but it is always just another way that they want you to spend money and lots of it, these are not cheap items. There is a lot to do but not always the space to enjoy it. The ship holds over 4,500 guests but the Cavern Club only holds 150, The Q room was always packed out for seminars and is badly planned to allow standing room, The Social was also too small. The theatre is only one level and that is not inclined enough so at the back it is very hard to see what is going on with all the heads in front. I am disabled and from a disability point of view I could not easily enter the H2O smoking area as the pathway was too narrow for the chair and I could not even begin to get into the humidor. There was a place to smoke in the casino but you could not smoke unless playing a machine or at the tables and I do no gamble very much. The staff soon chased you out even if you were playing a slot or table that was not available in the very small area of the casino that smoking was permitted. The 2 ports that we stopped at on the Azores and Halifax in Canada were very good although the tours would have been cheaper to have paid locally for. All that said we did have a good 12 days of chilling and having 99% of everything we needed done for us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I’ve taken out on inaugural trips the latest Norwegian ships since the Epic, so Bliss was the latest. Having sailed Escape in 2015 I was familiar with the core layout and so concentrated on what is different for this ship. The ... Read More
I’ve taken out on inaugural trips the latest Norwegian ships since the Epic, so Bliss was the latest. Having sailed Escape in 2015 I was familiar with the core layout and so concentrated on what is different for this ship. The bad points first (then we will get to the good points). No Moderno ☹️. My favourite restaurant in the fleet has been replaced by a Mexican which I didn’t fancy. Moreover not many others did, everytime I went by it it was near empty! New Cagneys menu. No baked potato Soup?!!! Or Oreo cheesecake . Also they have increased the prices so the larger filet is now over the $20 platinum limit (you can pay the upcharge if needed) Non theatre ents: lacking. No white hot / glow party. The caliante? Party was a bit of a flop, maybe better in warmer weather as a deck party but not in Alaska so not sure how that works. The skyline bar has now been swallowed up by the Casino and no longer the night venue. Instead the comedy club social doubled up as a half decent if sometimes cramped nightclub venue. No Howl at the moon either! The bar ents sang the same songs and the Beatles were the worst tribute act I’ve ever heard (and can’t unhear). There was another band that played in the Cavern which were half decent if you could get a seat. The Good points: The headline shows Havana and Jersey Boys we’re both great! I was a bit suspect as Jersey Boys out of my age range but sat through the 1hr 45mins clapping and tapping away. Havana was also a hit. The guest ents like tenors of rock were also great acts. Go-kart racing- was a lot more exciting than I thought it would be and well worth the $7 charge. Similarly the laser tag at $5 was a youthful blast from the past. Smokehouse venue, much better use of this venue and a late night bar. The food was really good and first time I’ve failed to finish a portion! All dining services were great, the crew were all great. The Brewhouse had loads of beers And lasted a lot longer than on Escape with some guest ales from Canada being added when we reached Halifax. Embarkation and disembarkation were fine, although we were at only about 50% capacity I had a trip into the Haven and it looks fantastic! The observation lounge was a bit hit and miss. It’s big, the bars at the very front, the toilets and the very back .. the walk in between at some stage resembled a cross between a retirement home and an inside sun deck with people sprawled out over sofas and yes some even had towels on the Chaisse long in the morning! The Internet when it was working was fastest I’ve had on any of the fleet and was able to stream live video from the ship during several events. Now if only they could bring back howl of the moon, white hot party and sort out a better night venue (smokehouse would have been better in my opinion) oh and Moderno it would have got 5* but can only give it 4*. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We were on the inaugural sailing of the Bliss from Southampton to New York in a mini-suite. We generally book the mini-suite for the extra space with three adults but was really surprised at the amount of space available in the cabin. We ... Read More
We were on the inaugural sailing of the Bliss from Southampton to New York in a mini-suite. We generally book the mini-suite for the extra space with three adults but was really surprised at the amount of space available in the cabin. We had extra cabinet space available after putting everything away for a 12-day cruise. The only drawback to the cabin is the lack of counter space making laying things out very difficult but we survived. The ship has 3 main dining rooms which serve the same dinner selections. The one thing strange was the ship retains only one menu for the entire week for lunch in the dining room. Most other ships have a unique menu each day especially with the number of sea days more people had the opportunity to enjoy a sit-down lunch over the buffet. The ship took away the standard extra fee for most of the specialty dining locations making them simply al-a-carte locations. This makes it difficult to determine if the cost of adding a specialty dining package onto your cruise is a bargain or not. We will have to really think about for our next cruise. The entertainment was actually a disappointment for us. The biggest disappointment was The Jersey Boys The Musical and not The Jersey Boys the singing group which was who we thought was going to be on the ship and the reason we booked the cruise. The musical from the start was obvious it was not family friendly with the overuse of vulgarity when there was no reason for it. This is a very long dull show that never improved from the first scene to the last. The other main show was Havanna which was also not family friendly and while this show was a little better than Jersey Boys it was another that one viewing was enough. This sailing was 99% adults but with the summer season approaching more children will be on board with families wanting to enjoy the evening together. These shows make it impossible for families to enjoy the show together. The cruise director staff for the most part were extremely friendly and seemed to enjoy interacting with the guests. However, removing your clothes at the show down to your underwear is not professional and I am sure not following NCL policies for entertaining their guests. It was nice to see some new games in the evenings to break up the standard ones. Overall the serve was excellent and the crew made it a relaxing enjoyable time for all the guests. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We did the Trans-Atlantic cruise last year on the Celebrity Eclipse and wanted to try a different cruise line this time around. The Bliss was still being built when we booked last September and looked like an amazing vessel, so we thought ... Read More
We did the Trans-Atlantic cruise last year on the Celebrity Eclipse and wanted to try a different cruise line this time around. The Bliss was still being built when we booked last September and looked like an amazing vessel, so we thought we'd give it a try. This is our third cruise, we did the Caribbean on the Disney Magic back in 2009, which was excellent. Boarding at Southampton was a fairly smooth, we arrived at 2:00pm and most of the passengers were already processed. Baggage drop-off signage could've been better, we had to drag our luggage about half the length of the ship to get it where it needed to be. Our bags rolled, so no big deal. I'm sure they'll get this ironed out soon. There was really no line to deal with processing in, we were in our room within ten minutes of arrival. Our initial room was 11209 aft with a balcony, but my wife bid on an upgrade and received it a few days before while we were still in London. Our new room was a mini-suite, 11109 mid-ship with a balcony and was absolutely beautiful. The entire ship was beautiful and smelled like a brand new car, everything shiny and spotless. We did Norwegian shore excursions in Ponta Degada, Azores and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Azores excursion was to the Furnas Valley and we had lunch at the Cozido Das Caldeiras. The area reminded us of Yellowstone National Park with all the boiling hotpots and steam coming from the ground. Our outstanding meal was cooked by being steamed for six hours in a large container placed in the ground. We highly recommend this excursion. We also stopped at a tea plantation and tested local brews. We were back at the ship by 5:00pm and heading out to sea by 6:00 pm. Beautiful countryside to enjoy. The Halifax excursion took us to Peggy's Cove, about 40 miles away. Unfortunately the weather was not great, raining heavily at times, but Peggy's Cove was just beautiful anyway. Rain or shine it's worth checking out. We bought the hop-on hop-off bus pass but didn't end up using it because we found a nice restaurant about a 10 minute walk from the ship. The Waterfront Warehouse served the best seafood chowder and lobster I've ever had, and I grew up in New England. Friendly staff and outstanding beer to boot! Can't wait to get back there. The food on board was a hit or miss situation. We liked the Garden Cafe Buffet, beautiful setting in the front of the ship on Deck 16. Good variety but nowhere as close to Celebrity. Ate at the following Specialty Restaurants: Ocean Blue, oysters on the half shell were great but the main meal of sauteed scallops was nothing special; Cagney's Steakhouse, Surf & Turf and the Prime Rib were excellent; Teppanyaki's, the chef chopped and cooked everything right there, excellent Oriental cuisine. Great running commentary by the chef!; Los Lobos, Some the best authentic Mexican cuisine we've ever had. Guacamole salsa made fresh at you table, the chef stopped by to make sure everything was just so. Enchilada's to die for, just amazing. Highly recommend this place.; Margaritaville on the Deck 16, if you love delicious margarita's and Cheeseburgers in Paradise, this is your place to be. When we went for lunch, the Captain and his three senior officer's were having lunch and they looked content. Loved the overhead electric heaters to keep you toasty. The Savor and Taste had excellent atmosphere, but the food was just average. With twenty something restaurants on board, we were just a little disappointed. The entertainment was exceptional. We saw Jersey Boy's in Las Vegas in 2011 and the group of performers on the Bliss put on a high energy version that was perfect. A must see. The Beatles cover band was very good, doing songs from their early years, the Sgt Pepper's era and the Abbey Road years. The Cavern Club was small and cozy so get there early for all shows if you want a seat and table. We arrived an hour and a half before the show, sixth in line and the line got very long. If you loved the Beatles, well worth the wait. The highlight of the voyage for us was going under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (all lit up) into New York City at 1:00am and then passing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Most of the passengers were up and about to see this. To top off the trip, we docked at Pier 88 in downtown Manhattan next to the aircraft carrier Intrepid, with an SR-71 on it's deck. Overall a very enjoyable voyage with just a few minor gripes on our part, but I'm sure Norwegian will correct within a few sailings. Customs at the Port of Manhattan was smooth and professional, all the Customs Officer's were friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 3.5 3.5

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