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
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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
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose the ship because it was the new big ship, it is new and big but very crowded because so much of the ship is taken up with the go cart track and private areas on the main decks. The service from the wait staff of great but customer ... Read More
We chose the ship because it was the new big ship, it is new and big but very crowded because so much of the ship is taken up with the go cart track and private areas on the main decks. The service from the wait staff of great but customer service is beyond bad, they do not care about any issue you have. We do not complain about anything but the power went out in our room couldn’t get anyone there for several hours. Asked several times if one of the three TVs in the pub could be changed to the ncaa tournament and was told sorry we can’t do that even though everyone in the pub wanted the same thing. The adult area in the back was closed everyday at 530 for a special event, it seems odd that we pay for a cruise and large portions of the ship were private a lot of the time including bars and restaurants, if you are going to allow groups to rent out part of the ship we should have been told before hand because it was everyday. Overall ships have started charging for more and more things that used to be included now they limit where you can go during your vacation. The food was Golden Corral type good everyday. The dining room now allows hats and swim suits, no lobster or decent steak that’s in the past. For a ship this size it’s lacking activities, the pool and hot tubs are packed and there is not a lot of activities around the boat. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We upgraded our 2 rooms to balcony; NCL put us on different floors quite far from one another. We have 3 kids 10 and 9, so it wasted a lot of time going between the 2 rooms. Our room person was just O.K., did the minimal functions, our ... Read More
We upgraded our 2 rooms to balcony; NCL put us on different floors quite far from one another. We have 3 kids 10 and 9, so it wasted a lot of time going between the 2 rooms. Our room person was just O.K., did the minimal functions, our kids attendant did better considering our kids were messy and our boy did have a few accidents wetting the bed. As far as the food, the buffet was great, way better than Carnivals. The seating in the buffet restaurant is way better too, with enough space to be comfy in. The main dining restaurant was poor as they actually forgot about us after our apps; we left after 45 min of waiting for the main course. Carnival has Guys restaurant and a Taco type restaurant which we loved both; Bliss did not have these free options, but should in our opinion. Carnival tops the Bliss for kids and us when it comes to entertainment. We went on the go carts once, the kids had to ride with us. The main issues were that the guy you see to get on was giving guests a hard time. He told us that our card was declined and to see customer service, which C.S. said our cards were fine. When we went back he was telling another customer the same story. That customer persisted and eventually the attendant said his card now worked. I don't know why he was doing this but the next day he told us the same thing, we just left and immediately went to laser tag and our card worked fine. Also on the go carts they seem to over control your experience and continually slow down the carts remotely. As far as the night time bands, I know preference is part of it, but Carnivals options were much more palatable to the ears. Carnival seemed much more upbeat at night whereas the Bliss seemed low energy with little to do. The worst part of our cruise was that 6 out of the 7 nights they shut down the spice bar area and stage for a private function. Just so happens we smoke, and that is the smoking area. We were moved upstairs with few ash trays and no bar. It did not seem right that we paid full fare and were not provided with areas we paid for. In all if your a family with kids I would recommend Carnival Cruise Lines, unless you want a real laid back sleepy experience where the vibe is not family oriented. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Truly had the most relaxing and amazing time aboard the Norwegian Bliss. I've done two carnival cruised before, This was my first Norwegian. In my opinion the Blew carnival out of the water. The staff was energetic, polite and ... Read More
Truly had the most relaxing and amazing time aboard the Norwegian Bliss. I've done two carnival cruised before, This was my first Norwegian. In my opinion the Blew carnival out of the water. The staff was energetic, polite and personable. The decor was breathtaking. My favorite spot on the Bliss was the "Observation Lounge" it was so peaceful and the veiws of the ocean or ports were breathtaking. The food on the ship was spectacular and never dissapointed. I ate 6 times a day, Haha. The ship also had a lot of entertainment options from games in the atrium, to pool and deck parties. Don't even get me started on the spectacular showing of the Jersey Boys! That cast could have been on Broadway! You could have never left the boat and been completely content with your vacation. As with everything there is always room for improvement. My few complaints would be that the Karaoke had minimal to no good selections. They had nothing from this decade and its like they took the bottom 4 songs off of mediocre albums. And lastly, the manhatten room both times was a bad experience, The first time we tried it the table was not clean, dirty plates were left and they expected us to eat off of them and were rude when asked to switch them out for new ones, Our second experience the waiters brought out wrong foods and never refilled our drinks.ect. he was probably the least frienly crew member we had come accross. To end on positives. The overall vacation was one of the best my family and I have taken. The freestyle cruising was so relaxed and the photographers captured amazing moments. We were celebrating my sisters sweet 16. And the last night managment was surveying in the Savor restraunt. They saw her sash and talked with us very thoroughly about our cruise experience. They asked for our cabin number and surprised her with decorations and a delicious Birthday Cake. We were stunned and feel that we would not receive such thoughtful and amazing treatment aboard any other cruise line. I had such a blast I literally left the ship planning our next cruise with norwegian! Id like to thank the amazing staff and crew for such a well rounded relaxing and amazing experience. 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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