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Los Angeles to the Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

Norwegian (NCL)
Norwegian Bliss
Panama Canal & Central America
Los Angeles

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45 Los Angeles to the Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews


mellow1 avatar

mellow1

1 Review Written

Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!

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Friends were going on this cruise and I wanted to see the Panama Canal. It was a three week cruise and we were looking forward to a memorable trip with friends. The Cabin was nice except for the bed. The Platform ...
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Sail Date November 2019


thiax13 avatar

thiax13

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

21 Night Panama Canal Cruise booked 7 days before departure

I booked this trip at the last minute because 1) The Panama Canal was on my list and 2) I had an unexpected long opening in my calendar. First Norwegian cruise for me. Generally lovely ship except for the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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WoodsieORL

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Panama Canal Daytime Transit was Overnight

I booked a cabin facing forwards at the front of the ship underneath the captain's bridge to give me the best possible view of the canal. The cabin was quite spacious with plenty of storage space, and perfectly ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Vagabondvoyager

15 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

21 Nights of Bliss on the Bliss

I chose this cruise for its length and itinerary. Week long cruises are just not long enough for me now that I'm retired and can cruise longer. I cruise solo a lot and NCL usually has the best solo prices, ...
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Sail Date November 2019


mlgb avatar

mlgb

4 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Last minute Itinerary Switch, Ship is too big. Beware on Panama Canal Transits.

We arrived at 1pm and embarkation was smooth. However there were undisclosed problems getting some passengers from LAX to the ship, which delayed the sailaway for hours (until after dark).Disembarkation in NYC did ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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silverc243

13 Reviews Written

33 Helpful Votes

NCL Bliss 21 Day Panama Canal Cruise LA to NYC B2B with 7 day Florida/Bahama

Hi all! Now that I’m back from my 28 days on the Bliss and trying to recuperate before our January adventure I’ll try to give some of my thoughts. First of all I had a fantastic time. This was a B2B sailing ...
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Sail Date November 2019


zinser avatar

zinser

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Better food in school cafeteria's

This was a 21 day cruise on the Norwegian Bliss, that was very disappointing. We have cruised a number of other lines before, this was our first on Norwegian. We were excited to go thru the Panama Canal, and the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


dmam avatar

dmam

7 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Panama on a MEGA ship

We used NCL air/hotel arrangements and also transfers with great satisfaction. The Bliss is a very big ship, the biggest of NCL and also very recent, 2017. Very modern and luxurious it offers a lot of outdoor ...
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Sail Date November 2019


barb12345 avatar

barb12345

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Passing under the Bridge of Americas and just clearing the top of the ship

Wanted to see the new Panama Canal - Crossing was great. I was impressed at the way this large ship could dock in port so easily. The sailing was very smooth and would be a great way for people afraid of ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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ackinbj

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

They got the big things right, but it's the little things

Things that were done right: 1. Staff from the top to the bottom were great. Friendly, fun, and helpful 2. Embarkation was smooth as butter. Wouldn't change a thing! 3. Loved the modern (but not ...
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Sail Date November 2019


SoloistPro avatar

SoloistPro

1 Review Written

Best Value Cruise

I personally love all kinds of infrastructure. The Panama Canal has been in my bucket list for quite sometimes. Going for 21 days, coast to coast and through the Panama Canal locks, this is probably the best cruise ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Mksobrien

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Sweet way to relax

21 nights of pampering, relaxing, and just unwinding from the daily grind. The Bliss (Haven) is THE PERFECT way to do this. Plenty to do onboard. Stateroom was big enough (even for 3 weeks) so we didn’t get in ...
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Sail Date November 2019


Dcollar avatar

Dcollar

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Service and experience poor

We choose this cruise because of a previous extremely incredible cruise experience. This cruise aboard the Bliss was unsatisfactory. We had very few servers and experiences that met our previous expectations. ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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mhzbrown

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Things I wish I would have known sooner

We were on a 21 day cruise from LA to Manhattan. Jersey Boys was the best show I have ever seen on the water so that is definitely worth seeing. Our balcony room was clean and comfortable. We got a bunch of the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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jsguillot

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

An amazing cruise on an amazing ship

We had not cruised for 15 years. The Panama Canal was always on our bucket list and, we booked this cruise rather hastily as the time and price were right. We had never cruised on NCL before and loved the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Lucy&Ricki

3 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Amazing

We chose this ship because we wanted to go the Panama Canal for years now and finally decided to take the plunge. NCL is the best cruise line out there and decided the Bliss was how we were going to do it. Ship is ...
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Sail Date November 2018


pd4st avatar

pd4st

7 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

A LONG REVIEW OF BLISS FROM LA TO MIAMI (PANAMA CANAL)

We are a working couple in our early 60s. We have sailed NCL at least a dozen times (we are Platinum). We’ve sailed other cruise lines as well. Our first cruise ever was on NCL in the early 1990’s and over the ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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waynebrk

6 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Big Ship... Lots of People... Lukewarm Food... Grumpy Bartenders

Experiencing the Panama Canal with NCL seemed like a great idea, since NCL is my favored cruise line and the Canal was on my bucket list. My groups experience was mixed. This new ship is beautiful. Gone are ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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CAcruzfunatic

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Beautiful Ship - Fantastic Dining - Poor Handling of Ports & Port Times

NCL Bliss - Panama Canal - November 2018 - 14 Days We recently returned from a cruise aboard the NCL Bliss traveling to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama Canal & Cartagena, Columbia. We enjoyed the cruise a ...
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Sail Date November 2018


Alwee avatar

Alwee

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First time cruising

We didn’t actually choose this cruise! Other family members were going on it so we booked it too! This means we do not have anything to compare it to however... Los Angeles - arriving in the US was a nightmare! ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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tour_lou

1 Review Written

Much better than expected

Not my first time on Norwegian, went there without any expectation. My best experience so far. Check-in was fast, however, I was later in the process which might explain how I end up on the ship from the shuttle ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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kmgoodwichmd

1 Review Written

Thanks for great memories

Wanted to go through panama canal, wanted large ship, upscale dining Cagney's and Japanese restaurant worth the experience, only "Frank" the comedian was great, other 3 comedians average, Jersey Boys-would enjoy ...
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Sail Date November 2018


thejman avatar

thejman

2 Reviews Written

Average or Below Average Ship and Cruise Line

I just returned from the Bliss 14 day Panama Canal trip. The ship was very crowded. It was impossible to get a seat in the Garden Cafe and the staff did not assist. The elevator situation on the ship was a disaster. ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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WitchyWoman123

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

November 3 - Panama Canal Cruise

The ship is beautiful. Overall, we had a wonderful time. I was very happy to see that smoking areas have been reduced and that smoking is now contained in the casino. On past cruises, I would not spend any time in ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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ozegal in texas

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Mega ships

We choose this cruise because it was a new ship going through the new locks of the Panama Canal. The crew were excellent and the majority were happy and helpful. The cabin was fine, we had a mini suite which had ...
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Sail Date November 2018


Norwegian Bliss Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.53.8
Entertainment4.03.9
Public Rooms4.54.1
Fitness Recreation4.53.8
Family3.53.7
Enrichment4.03.5
Service4.54
Value For Money3.53.4
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