3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
NCL Bliss is okay and and we looked forward to the cruise (we were on the NCL Escape inaugural cruise from UK to Miami. Generally the staff was good. However, excess focus on revenue generation and penny-pinching (fake Equal and Splenda) ... Read More
NCL Bliss is okay and and we looked forward to the cruise (we were on the NCL Escape inaugural cruise from UK to Miami. Generally the staff was good. However, excess focus on revenue generation and penny-pinching (fake Equal and Splenda) diminished our cruise experience. Penny-pinching was evident in almost every aspect of NCLs operations. The mapping system and the passenger information screen were significantly less informative than other cruise lines (lots of "N/As" for categories that scrolled across the top of the screen). Generally, service quality. We were happy to provide numerous positive comment forms but, but the quality of service was inconsistent (we refrained from submitting negative comment cards). Our steward seemed to be disinterested and un-managed. His schedule to attend to our room varied a lot. We were unable to plan a day based on when the steward would be done with the room (or need to be in our room). Food was good but menus in the restaurants did not change sufficiently (some menus did not change for days). This is appears to be an effort to push people to "specialty" (additional charge) restaurants or the buffet. The buffet is good but poorly managed... very crowded. There were TOO MANY specialty restaurants. Stateroom size has been reduced. Our balcony stateroom was much smaller than the Escape. The restrooms have been redesigned and are nice. The closet is awkward and difficult to access. NCL has reduced the number of elevator banks from 3 to 2 (no elevators mid-ship). This created long wait periods and long walks to staterooms and other venues. It was frustrating the way NCL provided only partial information about seaports. Emphasis was on selling excursions and shopping at stores that partner with NCL NCL did not inform passengers of alternative touring opportunities (concealing information). Excursion presentations exaggerate tour content. Once a excursion was bought, passengers are informed excursions are provided by third parties. NCL goes on to disclaim responsibility and limit NCL liability. Entertainment was very good (with a few exceptions). The theater seems to be smaller and clearly less impressive than the Escape (or other contemporary cruise lines. Here again there are clear signs of the accountants having too much influence on design. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Selected this cruise based on being a brand new ship with thoughts that it would be a special memory standout. Was on the maiden voyage in May. Yes, it was in some respects. Let's review the pluses and minuses. PLUS SIDE: ... Read More
Selected this cruise based on being a brand new ship with thoughts that it would be a special memory standout. Was on the maiden voyage in May. Yes, it was in some respects. Let's review the pluses and minuses. PLUS SIDE: 1. Glamorous ship with all the whistles and bells of supposed modern technology 2. The Locals Pub and Grill : outstanding deli food and staff 3. Enjoyed the Margaritaville eatery. Small and well staffed for breakfast. 4. Spa very nice and spacious. 5. Language activity events- super (Russian. italian and Portuguese 6. Food acceptable in the dining room. 7. Waiting time for dining. none 8. Dining room staff good. 9. THE OBSERVATION lounge was super, comfy, snacks, view and a good staff. 10 Heard only good things about the Racecar track. 11 Specialty Restaurants: Excellent 12. Aft end of the ship with hot tubs and bar and small stage really cool MINUS SIDE 1. Deck 6: This is the so-called Atrium where a lot of activities are going on. There is also the Atrium Bar, Customer Service, Excursions, Different venues in center area Future cruises and Starbucks. There was so much noise coming from the different areas of this Atrium that Passenger Service has to shout to us to hear; Future Cruises were three people behind the counter who could not hear us; Starbucks was massive and why that big space is beyond me. There was noise from the bar. The elevators were near by and people were congregating around plus the center area had a lot going . No real room for dancing. Too much activity for such a small area. Sorry, but poor planning. 2. Entertainment: Just average. The comedians were hopeless and some of the well advertised venues were just OK. There were various singers and duos doing their routine from different entertainment areas. they did not change their routine when going from area to area so if you saw them once in a 14 day period and then again, it was the same song and dance. 3. Observation Lounge which is great but FREEZING COLD. We asked to turn the temp up but it went on deaf ears. 4. LIBRARY and Game Room Ridiculously small. they had some 4 tables for games or cards which everyone was on top of one another so you could not speak above a whisper. 5. Cruise Director: In our minds, he did not seem to mingle too much with the passengers. 6. Shops: Nice shops and pricey msde but no real bargains. 7. Cabins Balconies cabins a lot smaller than expected. Bathrooms good. Not too roomy in the bedroom area. Outside Balcony space nice. 8. Observation Lounge Despite telling people NOT to put bare feet on couches as well as putting feet on tables and chairs, they did this. It was not well monitored. 9. Entertainment: already commented. 10. Beatles show: Far too small a place to accommodate the audience. We tried to get in but did not want to be nose to nose and toes to toes and end up sick. 11. Deck Lounge chairs. Needs monitoring. People think they can keep the chairs an entire day by putting a book or magazine or towel on lounge chairs and then they disappear for hours not allowing anyone else to sit. Not a good thing. 12. Food handling I got sick at end of the cruise. Too many people touching food utensils to pick up food. There has to be a better way like having some staff serve people in the Buffet area. A constant issue on some cruise lines. 13. ELEVATORS. The elevators were not synced. Either they were all the way down or all the way up. Created wait lines. I think that gives you an idea as to some of the downsides, A lot of it can be handled by proper management on the ship , Some can't due to the way the ship is structured. We made the best of it and irt was our first cruise on NCL. Will we go again, thats the 64 dollar question. Thank you...... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
This was the inaugural Panama Canal cruise. So we expected so much more! We have cruised with several other Cruise Lines. I and my wife had never been on a Norwegian Cruise Line before. However our daughter and family had. She influenced ... Read More
This was the inaugural Panama Canal cruise. So we expected so much more! We have cruised with several other Cruise Lines. I and my wife had never been on a Norwegian Cruise Line before. However our daughter and family had. She influenced us to join them. Too many people for that ship. The common areas were constantly crowded. The shows were good, if you were lucky enough to get in! The buffet? Horribly crowded with a total lack of seating. They closed sections of the serving lines way too soon. That forced you to go much further away and encounter even longer serving lines! Overall, I was very displeased with the operation of this ship and it's lack of foresight for handling the large crowds. Talking about lack of foresight they sure blew it selecting ports! Two ports were replaced/cancelled because the ship was not going to fit! A company this large could not know this beforehand? This my final time using NCL. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
The newest NCL Bliss was chosen to sail the Panama Canal itinerary. The NCL Bliss is a new ship however the decor is practically the same as the NCL Gateway and NCL Escape. Marketed heavily but no mention on the NCL website that ... Read More
The newest NCL Bliss was chosen to sail the Panama Canal itinerary. The NCL Bliss is a new ship however the decor is practically the same as the NCL Gateway and NCL Escape. Marketed heavily but no mention on the NCL website that there is a charge of $7 per Go-Kart Race and $5 per Laser Tag session. Both offerings were fun but the duration of each session is really short. In addition, there is no sports court for basketball/soccer but room was made for a Vibe Beach Club (Adults Only) with a fee for daily passes. Spa daily passes were not made available to purchase. Stateroom: Beds are really hard perhaps they have not been broken in yet. Balcony room continues to get smaller compared to NCL Escape, NCL Gateway, NCL Epic, NCL Pride of America. Limited TV channels, with no ESPN and other popular TV channels. Haven Lounge available only to, you guessed it, Haven guests. Restaurants: The Manhattan restaurant no longer plays live music like on previous ships (NCL Gateway and Escape) so the ambience is not the same. Cagney's Steakhouse food quality was excellent. Los Lobos (Mexican) limited menu items and not worth the use of a dinning plan. Q Texas Smokehouse food quality was great. Buffet: Fruit selection is limited. Itinerary was changed by NCL last minute removing one of the scheduled stops/ports of call which resulted in another sea day, however, no partial refund/credit was provided for the port fees for that specific port. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
So just a heads up - we won this cruise and it originally was supposed to go out to sea and then back. We were told that due to Port Laws it couldn’t do that but there is some question as to whether that was the fact or if the number ... Read More
So just a heads up - we won this cruise and it originally was supposed to go out to sea and then back. We were told that due to Port Laws it couldn’t do that but there is some question as to whether that was the fact or if the number of indivduals who requested day passes made it non-viable to go anywhere. At first we were not really impressed with this as we could not get off of the ship and all shops and the casino were closed. They made up for this by making everything all inclusive including, speciality dining, alchol, and all attractions to ensure we got a good overall feel. As this was a “get to know” the boat tour I think Norwegian did well - with a major surprise to us all on the Saturday night....more on that later. We were travelling as a couple but kept our eyes open for those things families and singles would also like. This was the first visit to NYC by the Bliss on it’s way to Seattle for the Alaska season. She had just crossed from Europe to North America so we think a lot of the kinks in the operations would have been ironed out by then. The great things seasoned travellers will love include: - Streamlined cabins with efficient use of space. Curved cupboards (so no sharp corners to bang into on less than stable days) and double use of furniture (seat that doubles as a table but tucks away when not in use). - Lots of “things” to do including go kart track, laser tag, casino, pools, quiet places, bars and various venues for food. - USB ports in the night lights so you can have your phone/alarm clock right there with you by the bed (also adding more spots to plug in and charge - one on each side of the bed) - A well trained staff who were getting to know the Bliss like us made for efficient service that was above par. - Plenty of choices for food and drink connoisseurs. Staff was more than willing to amend or adjust food and drinks for various dietary needs. - A beautiful massive indoor observation lounge that is great to grab a snack, a drink, visit with friends, enjoy the view or curl up with a good book. The venue is open and airy so even with a lot of people in there you were not overwhelmed with noise. - A separate sun bathing area for adults (normally a fee applies at the Beach Club) away from the pool area to allow for a more laid back day in the sun (located beside the Haven private area and just as lavishly appointed). - Cavern Club provided some unique entertainment and was jammed with many people wanting to sing along to some great songs. - Interactive screens located on each deck to book speciality dining, laser tag or go karts or to provide you with information. - Buffet had themed food stations (like another line we go on) and is less cafeteria style as we have seen on other lines. - Nice having that Starbucks for the coffee fix - it is a legitimate Starbucks and not just coffee brewed with Starbucks products (this is normally an extra charge but sometimes you just need that brew). - Linens are currently plush and soft - now this is a new ship so who knows it may become the regular exfoliating towels however we noticed the towels were actually designed for the Bliss so maybe they will retain some ability to provide plushness rather than roughness. - The Waterfront is a unique deck where several specialty restaurants are located and allow you to access them from outside and in fact most of exterior seating - this will be really nice when the Bliss embarks upon her winter home port in the Caribbean. - Beer selection was excellent...not sure if it was due to the event or this is normal but you didn’t have to go a special beer bar to get a larger selection of world wide beers (though there is a special craft beer bar if the “regular list” isn’t enough). So here are some “myahs” on the ship: - There is not a lot of movement room in the rooms - to be expected but they seem to have ensured you are only getting the space you need - there is nothing extra. - Closet design was a little hinky in that about 6 inches became unusable due to an indent (unless you are bringing your own broom or hockey sticks and needed somewhere to store them). For me closet space is always premium so to lose that much means my husband suffers...ha ha. - Other than the observation deck (as noted) the ship was loud. Now it could be because there was a lot of amenities being provided however we found it to be noisy. The smaller dining rooms had bars outside their doors and I think that contributed to it - but once you were in the restaurant, it was still loud. - This is a weird one but was commented on by several people....the elevators (which we all know can get really full) had only a bank of floor buttons on the one side. As one person said they didn’t really consider left handed people. So while there are a lot of elevators you find yourself sometimes getting up close and personal with people standing just a little to close to those buttons. - Speaking of buttons.....the automated opening of exterior doors is not sensor based but instead you have to place your hand on a round disc located “somewhere” on a wall near by (sometimes you got lucky and it was on the door) but there were many people trapped sometimes between double doors as they could find the disc to open the next set. This is actually surprising as it increases the amount of surface space people are touching and therefore increasing the amount of germ transferrance. I don’t think this one was thought through from either an operational standpoint or from a health standpoint. - The only speciality restaurants we went to (and not for lack of trying but most were blocked off for private functions for those “day pass” people we mentioned) was Margaritaville. The day we went it was relatively warm 23C/mid 70s F, and the ship was not moving but it was cold sitting in this venue. The wind funnels through the deck to this area (the race track is above and there is an open stairwell up to it which we think just pulls the air through). There are no heaters (that we could see) which made for a chilly meal. The chairs used are trying to capture that blue/green beach chair look but if you are wearing shorts or have exposed legs be prepared for a little roughness. I ended up putting a towel on the chair to eliminate the scratching and draped it over the back to help reduce the draft on my back. The food was probably the worst we had on the ship - not bad - just the worst. We have eaten at land based Margaritavilles and this restaurant does not measure up. Considering there is normally a charge for this restaurant I would say it is not worth it. You can go to the shops and buy your souvenir glass there in comfort. - Theatre venue is small, entrance only on one level - considering the size of the ship (and the show they are putting on - Jersey Boys) this will probably lead to a lot of disappointed travellers not seeing this amazing production. - I don’t think the chefs believe in using salt.....at all. I am not a big salt lover so when I am adding salt to every meal you know that the seasoning is not quite right. Of course it is easier to add rather than take away...however it led to some very bland first bites. Lastly some nice little surprises that I am know are not going to be there as a rule but were cool to have. First - we went to the production of Jersey Boys. If this is on your to do book early - we went to try to book on embarkation day (we weren’t allowed to before) and all shows were sold out. We did stand by and got in but did the proverbial hunting of seats - which we got just not together. The show was excellent. We’ve seen the Broadway production and this production did homage to it. Though about an hour shorter nothing was left out. They were able to do this by eliminating any intermission and shortening some of the storylines. But here was the great thing.....as we were all getting ready to start watching this, in walks.....Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio....two of the original Four Seasons!!!! That was pretty surreal to watch a production about their lives with them! The next day The Four Seasons were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. They ran out of white wine....how is that a nice surprise do you ask. Well first let me explain that the Bliss was sailing to Miami on Sunday and without passengers so the ship was not fully stocked. Add on top of that the number of day pass individuals who were there on an open ticket I am sure it wasn’t the only thing they ran out of. So when I ordered a glass and they didnt have any at dinner I was not too impressed....until they replaced it with some high end Champagne......adding bubble to any drink make things always better. Overall I think people will enjoy this ship. The fact they have listened to the passengers and are accommodating single travellers (single suite area is great with a independent lounge just for them), Kids activities and big “kid” activities, as well as meal choices for the various palettes makes Norwegian ahead of other cruise lines who are not quite there yet. However I think there were some design flaws by the various groups who either didn’t test drive the facilities (Margaritaville) or have no left handed friends (elevators). Would we cruise again on the Bliss - absolutely - would love to see her in action in the Caribbean. I also think that cruisers on the Alaska season are in for a real treat being able to view the various ports without getting chilled (especially the glaciers - so get there early and claim your viewing space) and just absorbing the scenery in a comfortable warm environment where someone will bring you a hot toddy if the chill still reaches you. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
The embarkation and disembarkation processes were both fine, no problems or delays at either Southampton or New York. I must confess that the balcony stateroom i received was extremely small (not even 140sqft), wardrobe is just so closed ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation processes were both fine, no problems or delays at either Southampton or New York. I must confess that the balcony stateroom i received was extremely small (not even 140sqft), wardrobe is just so closed to the bed and very difficult to get in out anything out of it (and i am skinny). Bathroom was ok, no complaints. Dining venues were fine, as the ship has a bit of everything for everyone. The service and attendants were very good throughout. The entertainment and activities aboard the ship were numerous and for everyone. Good quality shows suck as Jersey Boys and the Tenors of Rock, and excellent display of Art shows and auctions. The internet service was very good 99% of the transatlantic voyage. I selected the unlimited internet package which i prepaid before embarkation, and it was a great decision. (Cunard should learn from this service and implement it!!!) Likewise, NCL should learn from Cunard QM2, that the SPA should be opened and available for everyone willing to pay for the service, and NOT TO LIMITE the service to only 180 people out of thousands travelling, i was very disappointed about this. However, the pros and cons, I will travel again on the Bliss, and perhaps I should try The Heaven next time. Will see!!! Cheers!!! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Inaugural cruise, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was beautiful however only 2300 people were on the ship and you could not get a seat in any of the bars to listen to the music. I was in the Haven and the room was extremely small, ... Read More
Inaugural cruise, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was beautiful however only 2300 people were on the ship and you could not get a seat in any of the bars to listen to the music. I was in the Haven and the room was extremely small, never been on anything that small . The room had a bathtub that was so small and curved you could not stand properly I have a problem climbing so I asked for a seat for the tub and they supplied me with one, however,the seat did not fit in the tub . Comforter on the bed Was so heavy it would fall off the bed on the floor when you got up during a good chance you could trip and fall(good thing I travel with a light). The haven restaurant should have a different menu every night or a special for the night you get tired of the same every night. They give you 4 specialty restaurant and that was nice, but it is nice if you could meet people in the haven and eat with them. Food was great and service excellent. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
First the Pros: Embarkation and debarkation were swift slowed only on debarkation because many non-USA had to be photographed and fingerprinted. The ship still had the ‘new-car’ smell. The Observation Lounge was spectacular with ... Read More
First the Pros: Embarkation and debarkation were swift slowed only on debarkation because many non-USA had to be photographed and fingerprinted. The ship still had the ‘new-car’ smell. The Observation Lounge was spectacular with 180-degree ocean views, sides and top. The bars were numerous. Opportunities for dining, snacking or just sitting were more than adequate. The layout of the Atrium was perfect. The District Brew House with dozens of taps and 180 ocean views was our favorite. The electric outlets in the cabin were three, four if you have a European to US 2-prong plug where the coffee maker plugs in. The automatic closing of drawers and closet doors was a nice touch. The shower is magnificent with six directable jets hitting your body plus the pull-out shower head. The soft couch cushion is an improvement over the board-like couch on other NCLs. The touch entry key card was very convenient. The ‘make up cabin, etc.’ switch inside the cabin was convenient. The race track was a hoot. The simulated sound of the engine made you feel as if in Daytona. The Jersey Boys show was spectacular. Now the Cons: We expected to be the first inhabitants of our stateroom. After finding a hair ball in the shower and the coffee maker with a used packet, we felt let down. We booked a mini-site. The word ‘suite’ envisions something ostentatious. The cabin was about the same size as that on NCL smaller size ships. The balcony was even smaller, barely allowing two chairs and a small table. The splendid Observation Lounge was turned into a bedroom. Guests were sacked out and snoring on the long lounges. With food and drinks near, they hogged the couches all day long. The race track needed at least three hours to book and this with the ship at 50% capacity. The Jersey Boys reservation was booked on all days and a matinee performance had to be scheduled. There was no way to tell if people reserved more than once. Strange debits appeared on the account for us and other guests and had to be reversed. The Wi-Fi was slow and took about 5 minutes to reach one’s e-mail server. The Wi-Fi logon instructions where in error. The username was your e-mail address. Our 60 minutes per person were not 120 per cabin. To utilize the next 60 minutes a new username was needed but since wife and I have the same e-mail address, using her 60 minutes bounced. “Just use a fake e-mail address” we were told. Some table placements in the Taste and Savor were ridiculous such as placing a 4-person table in a 90-degree corner or as happened to us, a table where we had to rub elbows with the servers in the food prep area. Ordering was done by the server using a blue tooth touchpad screen held like a baseball glove. Searching for the proper entry took time and selection was limited to the entries on the screen. “Want eggs benedict without the potatoes?” No such selection. The table placement in the Manhattan center area was so tight that if you wanted to get up, you bumped someone. Those beautiful mahogany railings only took up needed space and forced the server to reach over them to serve you. There were a few free TV movies but no schedule as to when they would start. Many others were available for $9.90. It seemed as if you were nickel-and-dimed to death. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Review of Norwegian Bliss based on its Maiden Voyage - April 21, 2018 12 Day Transatlantic (TA) Cruise Background: This review is based in part on comparisons with our past experience on 2 Celebrity TA’s, 1 Cunard QM2 TA, 1 Celebrity ... Read More
Review of Norwegian Bliss based on its Maiden Voyage - April 21, 2018 12 Day Transatlantic (TA) Cruise Background: This review is based in part on comparisons with our past experience on 2 Celebrity TA’s, 1 Cunard QM2 TA, 1 Celebrity TP and 2 Celebrity Caribbean Cruises. We have no connection with the travel industry. At the time of our Bliss TA, starting from Southampton UK on 4/21/18, the ship carried about 2200 passengers - or less than 50 percent of its passenger capacity. Similar to all our other cruises, we had a mid-priced Veranda Mini-Suite room on Deck 10 for which the total cost, including all fees, taxes, mandatory gratuities, ultimate beverage package service charge, etc. was $4053.42. That included an Ultimate Beverage Package (UBP), 250 minutes of internet usage, and $125 of On Board Credit (OBC.) Positive Points - The staff is outstanding everywhere, without exception. They lean over backwards to solve problems. I would rate them even higher than our past cruises on other lines. - The food is very good in the Manhattan room and restaurants using the same menu, such as Savor and Taste. We preferred Taste because it was smaller, quieter and more intimate. The food in the Garden Cafe buffet was also very good. - The quiet spots in the Deck 15 Observation Lounge are very, very nice, as is the small buffet available there. As the cruise progressed, others discovered this as well and the space began to reach capacity. - The cabin bathrooms, showers and sinks are wonderful - much better than in the other ships in our comparison. - The talks on upcoming ports (by Janice Leader) were very detailed and complete, including maps, pictures and history. These were much better than we have seen on other ships which just seem to guide you to jewelry stores. - The Jersey Boys, Tenors of Rock and Beatles shows were absolutely outstanding. (In contrast, the Havana show team and sets were very good, but they were tied to a completely forgettable musical score.) - Internet access was good throughout the ship and the speed and delay much better than on the other ships we have been on. - The Gym is quite good, and open early. - We enjoyed the short morning Trivia, Origami and food demonstrations in The Atrium. It is also close to Starbucks, whose coffee we preferred to the ships. Minor Negative Points - OBC cannot be used for mandatory gratuities as on other lines. - There are no daytime enrichment talks (on sea days) as opposed to the rich lecture series we have seen on other ships. On our other crossings there were usually 2 morning talks and an afternoon talk or show in the theater on sea days. - The cabin light scheme, requiring the insertion of our key card before the room lights come on, is cumbersome and unsafe at night. We finally resorted to having one person hold open the cabin door to let in hallway light, while the other person went in to activate the room lights. - The soap dispensers in the public restrooms are of very poor design. Most people could not figure out how to use them, and by the end of the day many were empty. - We had numerous billing errors which took several days to sort out. - Early in the cruise, there was a very noticeable smoke smell on the 8th floor covering the area from the elevators to the Atrium. Smoke was also sucked into the Cavern club when people came in. This got much better as the cruise went on. - There were no seat covers available in the ladies rooms, as there were on other ships. - We paid extra for a mini suite, but the available space seemed about the same as a standard Veranda cabin on other ships. Shelf/cabinet space for storage seemed less than on other ships. - There were no daily world news summary newspapers as on other ships. - There seemed to be no daily announcements from the bridge giving weather, sea conditions, location and area facts as we have become used to on other lines. The daily event announcements were fairly easy to hear. The art auction announcements were the loudest, most frequent, and most annoying. Most Important Points - Even carrying less than 50% of capacity, there was insufficient capacity and excess competition for key events. For example, for evening shows in the main theater (capacity about 870), you needed to line up 30-45 minutes before the show to get a fair seat. At the Cavern Beatles show (which is superb) we arrived 30 minutes early and got standing room only. A few nights later, we arrived 45 minutes early to get a seat. The capacity of that room is only about 250, depending on how many standees can squeeze in. - The same is true of the better specialty restaurants. There is a very good computerized display in the main hallways that shows dining availability. But if you want to eat at the better restaurants you need to book days in advance or accept a poor time. - Consider the value of the Ultimate Beverage Package carefully. At its list price, you would have to drink 7 - 8 drinks per day per person to break even. (We chose it is as one of our bundled benefits, so the break-even point might have been lower.) It also added an additional total of $427.20 in mandatory service charges (covering 2 people for 12 days) to our bill. I should have investigated ala-carte pricing or an alternate use of the bundled benefits more closely. - Consider the useable value of the Specialty Dining Package carefully. You may need to schedule days in advance and may not get in to your desired restaurants. Overall The Bliss is a beautiful ship with an outstanding staff, and we had a very good cruise. But we both observed that, even at less than 50% load, there was a competition for resources that we did not like. A cruise should be a relaxing thing and one should not have to worry about lining up early for something. I cannot imagine what this ship would be like at closer to full capacity. Even a major re-thinking of the number of shows and venue sizes leaves the specter of the need for careful advance pre-scheduling for shows and restaurants. This is not like the casual cruising that we have seen on other lines, and the opposite of the promise of Free Style. Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
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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