4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
So I have been on RC, Disney and carnival. I can honestly say, sailing on the Norwegian was the worst experience. We booked a balcony room, which wa tiny! I mean very very very small. The bathroom layout was good. There is not much storage ... Read More
So I have been on RC, Disney and carnival. I can honestly say, sailing on the Norwegian was the worst experience. We booked a balcony room, which wa tiny! I mean very very very small. The bathroom layout was good. There is not much storage space. So when entered the cruise to a small casino, most ships you enter into a grand atrium. We were not greeted by any staff. Their was no instruction on where the food was or where to go. We finally checked into our room which was 1/2 cleaned. The staff had to reclean as trash was left in our closet. Staff members (pretty much all of them) were rude. You will not find good help! They charge for everything on this ship. Their is no set dinning time, so if you do not book your dinning everyday, you won’t get in. The food is mediocre even at the speciality restaurants. Their is no sports court to play basketball etc. They charge for laser tag, go carts etc. theaters and shows are not impressive. The Havana show was a glorified strip tease. Needless to say, I will not be sailing with this cruise line again. Everything closes down at midnight. One cafe open 24-7 with crap food. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Overall the Bliss is a great ship, very much in line with the Getaway or Escape. My family of 4 sailed on the Bliss the week of 3/23/19. We had two rooms as we added our 18 year old a few months after we had already booked. Our 18 and ... Read More
Overall the Bliss is a great ship, very much in line with the Getaway or Escape. My family of 4 sailed on the Bliss the week of 3/23/19. We had two rooms as we added our 18 year old a few months after we had already booked. Our 18 and 16 year old kids had an interior room right across the hall from our room, which worked out perfectly, While their interior room was small, I thought the bathroom was decent sized and storage in the room/bath was very good. My husband and I had a mini-suite. I like the size of the room and bathroom. Lots of storage and the balcony is big enough to fit 2 people comfortably. This trip was interesting as it was not as hard to find chairs as it has sometimes been on other cruises. The towel game was definitely going on, but not quite as early as I have seen it in the past. Chairs were often still available between 9-10, which I thought was better than usual. The weather wasn't the greatest a couple of days - which may have been a factor. We ate mostly at the specialty restaurants during the week. We at twice at Los Lobos and loved it. The tortilla soup and quacamole made at the table were fabulous. Cagneys was great, as always. We sat outside that night and our timing was perfect for sailing out of the Bahamas and to see the sunset. We also ate at Q and loved it. I had the brisket, which was amazing, such great flavor. They had a country band playing during our dinner, which was an extra treat as they were pretty good! It was nice having two new options to try on this trip with Q and Los Lobos, which I thought were both great additions. We also ate at Teppanayki one night and that was a bit disappointing. The food and show put on by the chef were good as always, but the service was terrible. They sat us and we had to wait 30 minutes to get served until they filled our table. We were not happy and complained and they didn't have much to say - just that someone would be with us shortly. Our other frustration with dinner one night was at Le Bistro - my husband and son did not have pants, so they would not let us eat there. That seems silly as their dress shorts and collared shirt looked better than some people in jeans and what looked almost like sweatpants. I think they should get rid of that requirement. When you are on vacation, you shouldn't have to wear pants! We generally had breakfast and lunch in the Garden Café each day. They have a nice variety of food and everyone could always find something to eat. My husband and son really like the pizza. My only other food related complaint is that they now charge $15 in Margaritaville when it used to be a charge by food item. They also won't let you take food out of there anymore. My husband and I used to like to buy the nachos for lunch and bring them back to our chairs to eat in the sun, which we can no longer do. That was another really irritating change. We had the adult drink package and thought the bar service was great on the ship and never had to wait too long. We especially liked the bartenders at the Mojito Bar and in the observation lounge. I tried lots of different mojitos on this trip, which was fun. We really loved the observation lounge on the ship. It was huge with beautiful windows for gazing at the ocean. A few nights we played cards with the kids and had a drink here before going to dinner. Very relaxing! The kids and my husband tried the go karts and thought it was fun, but ended up having to wait 30 minutes past their assigned time. The kids also tried laser tag one night and did not seem overly wild about that. The new water slide was cool, but people are still getting stuck once in a while. You would think they could get that fixed. We ended up not making any of the shows given our dinner schedule and we are not late night people. We did catch several bands though and thought they were great. We also liked the District Brewhouse and the Cavern Club. The Bliss is a large ship and was filled to capacity - however, given how spread out the restaurants and bars are, it never felt crowded anywhere, other than probably the Garden Café at peak times. We enjoyed the cruise and would go again! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because of the Race track and lazer tag activities. However I found that the mini go Kart racing was harder than it looked...so i flunked racing...smile The ship was amazing very beautiful, the food was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the Race track and lazer tag activities. However I found that the mini go Kart racing was harder than it looked...so i flunked racing...smile The ship was amazing very beautiful, the food was excellent...The entertainment was very good,service was very good. Balcony rooms very small going to the pool area was a disaster chairs so close you couldn't move around, that is if you could find a lounge chair . the ship had 4,000 passengers the elevators very show and very crowded most of the time. Not realizing when I booked it was spring break and the ship was packed with kids Now if you like crowds this is the ship for you....I personally do not like crowds this large. I have been on many cruises and don't think I would book another one with this many people.Did not do shore excursions. and stayed on ship for several stops and it was wonderful had the whole ship to my self...smile and could pick any lounge chair I wanted at the pool... Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The Bliss is a newer ship, but the layout is not very efficient. The elevators take forever, especially going to and from Deck 16 where the buffet and pools are. Guest Services and the Shore Excursion Desk are located in the same area ... Read More
The Bliss is a newer ship, but the layout is not very efficient. The elevators take forever, especially going to and from Deck 16 where the buffet and pools are. Guest Services and the Shore Excursion Desk are located in the same area where bands play and where games are played, making it impossible to hear anything. The photo folks set up camp in the middle of aisles and staircases, making for poor traffic flow. The cabin walls are paper thin and you can hear what the people are saying in the next cabin. The pool deck manager is horrible. There were 12 to 15 unaccompanied children in the hot tubs at all times (maximum 8 people capacity), the height rules for the slides were not enforced, and the laser tag and go carts were poorly operated and in complete chaos at some points. An hour wait is not uncommon, even with reservations. The people working in the carts were more interested in keeping the shiny new track and cars in pristine condition, than anyone actually having fun. No bumping anything and use your brakes were the two most used sayings. The head socks they make you wear under the helmet were filthy, with hundreds of uses a day without cleaning (head lice anyone??). The buffet food was fair, but the dining rooms were excellent. The comedians and the Jersey Boys were awesome. Sandra in the art department was very pleasant helpful, and the art auctions were fun. Maria (cabin steward), was very good and remembered our names after day one. All in all, a fair experience, but will stick with RCCL in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because of the solo option. It was really an experiment to see if I liked cruising solo. It was my 14th cruise, the first with Norwegian. I went to Miami the day before, coming from Tucson AZ. I stayed with family ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the solo option. It was really an experiment to see if I liked cruising solo. It was my 14th cruise, the first with Norwegian. I went to Miami the day before, coming from Tucson AZ. I stayed with family in Miami. The embarkation was very smooth, with good direction and functionality. It was odd exploring the ship by myself, but the staff were very helpful. Restaurants were open for lunch, so I had a good choice if I had wanted to eat or drink. My cabin was in the private solo section, needing my key card to enter the area. I was worried about the size of my cabin, since I usually choose a balcony cabin or a suite, so I was pleasantly surprised at how efficiently the cabin was arranged. There was a good sized ‘window’, which was a framed screen showing the outside via camera, so it really was just like looking out of a window. There was a lot of storage and closet space for such a small room. There is a lounge only for solo travelers, which was very nice with snacks and a great coffee machine, very spacious. I didn’t know ahead of time but there is also a host for the solo group, who helps with reservations and Information. The group I was in met each evening and each person decided whether to eat as a group or individually in one of the freestyle dining rooms ,and whether or not to see the entertainment in the theatre. Then our host, Ankica, made reservations for us. The food was very good, with a diversity of choices. I had opted for the beverage package and also had good choices with that. The entertainment was very good throughout the ship, and there were a lot of activities from which to choose. I enjoyed each performance. I was happy with the service overall. There were many choices for shore excursions. The ports were the usual Caribbean ports; lots of shopping. Disembarkation was also smooth and orderly and the transfer to the airport was well done. I will travel with Norwegian again, having enjoyed the way I was made to feel part of a group even though I was traveling alone. I would have given a 5 star rating if the internet had been more reasonable and if there had been a separate, covered pool. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The ship was gorgeous. The Pro's Many things to love here. The food was phenomenal. And I loved the fact that most of it was casual, without the sometimes rigid seating arrangements and times I heard some cruise lines use. I ... Read More
The ship was gorgeous. The Pro's Many things to love here. The food was phenomenal. And I loved the fact that most of it was casual, without the sometimes rigid seating arrangements and times I heard some cruise lines use. I was able to eat about anytime I cared to in the complimentary dining fares. The specialty dining was by reservation which I understood. All of which I thought were first class. All the crew members in every aspect went out of their way to help and to serve. With that, I was extremely impressed and appreciative. Being disabled and on a scooter,they were prepared to make things as easy and uneventful as I thought were possible. Well done by the crew. The pool areas, the decks were pristinely maintained and entertainment was provided in which I enjoyed. There were shops on board, that were a bit upscale for my finances, but nice never the less. There was also an art exhibit with art that could be purchased. The Cons Being disabled and in a scooter was extremely challenging on accasions. Cabin area corridors were extremely narrow and at times difficult to navigate. Elevators were extremely difficult for myself and my scooter, as the elevator doors would attempt to close much too rapidly as I was attempted to embark and disembark. The cabin itself, although set up for a handicapped person, with wider doorways for wheelchairs and such, were still extremely difficult for navigation. However, I did manage. To me, the cost was the biggest problem on the con list. And unfortunately a huge consideration. Yes being disabled on a cruise ship can definately be a challenge, no doubt. But I travel alone, and when you travel alone, unfortunately you are subject to what I call up charges. What they are unrelated to how they list the prices, (per person) when you travel alone, you must pay subsidie charges, I suppose to make up for wht the cruise line ould have made if another person s traveling with you. So the bottom line is you I'll always pay more on line to wht couple would pay and you seem to get less. A huge negative in the con column for me as to whether I will be a returning customer. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Last year as we were planning our cruise we were unsure about which cruise line/ship to choose. A friend told me about this new ship that Norwegian was sailing with a go cart track and laser tag. I started my research and was interested ... Read More
Last year as we were planning our cruise we were unsure about which cruise line/ship to choose. A friend told me about this new ship that Norwegian was sailing with a go cart track and laser tag. I started my research and was interested in so much more than go carts and lasers. I was impressed by the entertainment options, dining choices, and most importantly the itinerary offered. We made the decision to go ahead and book a week on the Bliss. There were a lot of mixed reviews about the early trips on the Bliss with the biggest concern around over crowding in common areas and long lines in the buffet. I found this to be a complete non issue during our trip. It’s really all about timing your activities. We really felt crowded in the dining room only once when we got a late start on the day and hit breakfast at 9:30am. Other days we were there about 8:30am with zero issues. The dining room staff were very friendly and helpful. We were offered the specialty dining package for 3 nights as part of our booking and we thoroughly enjoyed those nights. We ate at Cagney’s, Le Bistro (Favorite), and Teppenyaki. The entertainment was also a lot of fun with the Jersey Boys performance, Havana, and the Beatles band. The thing that initially got my attention for the Bliss ended up disappointing a bit. The Go Carts were fun, but the rules weren’t initially made clear and we ended up missing our time slot we paid for. It was also a lengthy process getting checked in, in the car, and around the track. The laser tag was also fun, but not particularly thrilling. Other things I liked were the fitness center, very nice casino, and extremely friendly bartenders and ship staff. Things that were meh were the shopping offerings, shore excursions offered, and bingo games. Only thing that was really poor was getting off the ship. It was chaotic, poorly organized, and not explained well. Everything taken as a whole, I would definitely cruise again on the Bliss and would recommend this to my friends and family should they ever ask. Ps: If you are ever in Tortola BVI and need a GREAT charter company and captain, try The Right Charter BVI and Captain Devon. Highlight of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Great spring break trip! Fun ship! Shows are awesome, food is great in dinnng room and in the specialty restaurants. We purchase the thermal Suite spa package and was worth the money! Enjoyed it so much. Kids has a great time, ... Read More
Great spring break trip! Fun ship! Shows are awesome, food is great in dinnng room and in the specialty restaurants. We purchase the thermal Suite spa package and was worth the money! Enjoyed it so much. Kids has a great time, made friends on the first day and pretty much saw them a few times as they were always entertained! Ship is beautiful and easy to navigate. The views from the observation lounge were perfect and it was so nice to have a little snack and chill On the couches looking out to sea. It was a little chilly in there so bring a sweater! The racwtrack and the laser tag is super fun. Just reserve them as soon as you board the ship! It gets booked really fast. Also reserve your dining and shows online before you board. You will get better chances of getting the times you want! All in all It was fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Wonderful experience! My Mother and Father have taken both of my sister's families on cruises while I was the first born they decided I would be last for family vacation. I'm patient and that did seem fair. Then earlier in the ... Read More
Wonderful experience! My Mother and Father have taken both of my sister's families on cruises while I was the first born they decided I would be last for family vacation. I'm patient and that did seem fair. Then earlier in the year my Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Terrible awful cancer that required immediate highly toxic chemo to be pumped into her 71 year old body every two weeks then every week. She waited til she survived that and a right mastectomy before booking our cruise. See Blessing! Cruise booked but now on to 35 radiation treatments before we sail. Our vacation on the Bliss was exactly what she needed to recover. It was time we didn't know for sure we would have. One on one time with my Mother and she was spending time with her two grandchildren. The ship is huge but no one is on top of each other. The service was over the top. Did we do everything on that ship, no way! There is so much to see, but we enjoyed the beauty of the ship, the wonderful music that is around all the time, entertainment, views from our balcony and terrific ports of call. We spent one night just in the stateroom watching March Madness and ordered BLTs and pizza for the kids. If you have seen a loved one with cancer you know what a joy it is to just watch them eat! I've been on a few other cruise lines and I know that this Norwegian line was exactly where we needed to be! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
I cruise very 6 months or so and am addicted to it. NCL's Bliss is extraordinary. My favorite ship is still the Escape but Bliss is gorgeous. NCL's restaurants are fantastic and while I really am not a fan of the buffet, ... Read More
I cruise very 6 months or so and am addicted to it. NCL's Bliss is extraordinary. My favorite ship is still the Escape but Bliss is gorgeous. NCL's restaurants are fantastic and while I really am not a fan of the buffet, Bliss' buffet was phenomenal. The new observation lounge is beautiful and an excellent place to have a snack and drink in the morning. It is so beautiful - - it's surreal. The cruise director Silas was fantastic - - he and his team were entertaining and professional. The nice thing about Bliss - - - it didn't have that smoke smell in the casino area for some reason. That was nice! I do not recommend the spa - - they are nice but extremely pushy. I am on vacation and for some reason I always feel like I'm on a used car lot getting pressured into the deal of they day when I go to the spa on any of the NCL ships. Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 3.5 0.0

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