1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This is my 3rd NCL cruise. We cruised on the Breakaway last year. We wanted to try the newest and largest ship. The Bliss is exactly like the Breakaway. Everything is in the same place, same restaurants. The Bliss is larger with smaller ... Read More
This is my 3rd NCL cruise. We cruised on the Breakaway last year. We wanted to try the newest and largest ship. The Bliss is exactly like the Breakaway. Everything is in the same place, same restaurants. The Bliss is larger with smaller pools. On sea days you couldn't even hardly walk around on the deck because they have the chairs literally on top of each other. Horrible for cruises to Caribbean or warm destinations. The buffet had the same food every day with a couple of additions. We ate in main dining room and food was awful. Cagney's was the saving grace. Bar staff was rude. We had a mini suite. The only difference was a bathroom with 2 sinks and great shower. We never saw our cabin steward. Go carts were fun but make sure you make reservation on 1st day. Jersey Boys was awesome. I am over NCL. They offer the best "deals" as far as drink package, speciality dining, ect... But you get what you pay for. The ship is beautiful, there were just no big surprises. We are over NCL Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We were torn between the Getaway and this ship simply because of pricing and dates.We felt the Bliss was on the expensive side but needed to accommodate certain days that we had to be back for work. We also chose this cruise because we ... Read More
We were torn between the Getaway and this ship simply because of pricing and dates.We felt the Bliss was on the expensive side but needed to accommodate certain days that we had to be back for work. We also chose this cruise because we were interested in the go carts/laser tag/water slides and the experience of being on a new ship. We were hoping for a stellar experience with the price we paid and worked so hard to save for. Embarkation was very smooth and easy. We got to the ship around 12:15, and our rooms were ready by 1:30, and got our bags around 6-7pm. Our cabin- We were on deck 14. The entire cruise it was very difficult to get an elevator, so maybe we would have preferred a lower deck, but we were very close to the pool and buffet. We felt the cabin service was good overall. Our cabin steward was nice and always checked in to see if we were ok. All of our towels were always generously replenished. My only small complaint was that I wish he would take the dirty plates and cups out of our room and change the garbage more when he came in to make the bed (maybe there's some rule about that I was unaware of). We had a balcony room in which we received through the upgrade advantage request for $550 more than our oceanview. I felt this was a perfect size and the USB ports next to the bed were very convenient. There was a good amount of storage for sure, just not much room for your suitcases if you were utilizing the sofa as a bed. The showers were roomy and amazing. Perfect temperature and pressure. Very impressed with that. The water bottle package 12 1L bottles for 27.95 was well worth it. The TV doesn't have many channels, just news and movie channels that played the same thing over and over. Movies are $9.95, a bit steep for us. Also, a tip for NCL, put more food menu options on the TV, to save everyone a bit more time. Wifi- We had a 250 minute internet package. I was not happy with it. Half the time it would take 10 minutes to just log in so we were unsure if the minutes were being used (they were), which ate up most of the plan. Not worth the money, would not do it again. Pool deck- We tried SO hard to not nip pick things and take things as they were, as we read prior reviews. However, the one thing that was the most disappointing of all, was that you had to be up by 7AM to go get pool chairs. Everyone is very aggressive about getting a chair, and if you aren't out early enough, you probably aren't going to get a chair. Oh and the 30 minute rule? Definitely not enforced at all. To me, vacation isn't waking up at 7am to fight someone to get a chair. Needs to be a better system. Also, once you're there at 7am, they don't play any music until 11. They don't even play any movies on the big screen during the day, like they did on my RC cruise. They should play something to keep the vibe while people are stuck there guarding their chairs. Also, another very frustrating thing was that the DJ and the band played the same exact songs every. single. day. Always classic rock, the same song literally like clock work. I don't think the band knew any other songs honestly. I would have hope for some reggae or more pop or more upbeat. Bar Service- The drinks all over the cruise were AMAZING. We never felt they were watered down and everything was delicious, even the drinks that were on tap. The waiters at the pool were great and very attentive. We had the ultimate beverage package and it was WELL worth it!! Although you couldn't get a bottle of wine with it, there were virtually no limitations and you could go to any bar all over the cruise. The District has a wide variety of beers, and a great vibe, one of our favorites. The food- The food at the Garden buffet and dining rooms was edible. It wasn't great. The food at The Local was way better. I did not see lobster on this ship once. However, at the specialty restaurants, it was phenomenal! Teppanyaki is a must do. The best hibachi place we've ever been to hands down. We also loved Cagneys, great steak. Q was ok, my brisket was a bit dry and the portions were small. Food republic was fair, the sushi was sub par. A little upsetting that was the only place with sushi. Le Bistro blew every restaurant I've ever been to completely out of the water. AMAZING! Also, one of the best meals I had on the ship was the fish tacos from Margaritaville! Entertainment- The go carts and laser tag were awesome! Definitely worth the $. We loved the video arcade and the casino was a perfect size. Havana was not our cup of tea. Jersey boys was more than excellent! We didn't find the music to be good anywhere on the ship, however we kept missing the Beatles cover band. I had an issue with the spa, which I won't go into detail on, but I would not recommend any one spends their time or money on. All a scam to sell you on their products. Overall the entertainment on this ship was fair. Excursions- In St. Thomas we went zip lining. It was fine. Too many people in the group so it took FOREVER to get everyone off and on the lines. It was annoying when you are paying so much and only had so little time. Our tour guides (Emmett and BJ) were great. Very knowledgeable and fun. The shipwreck museum right when you get off the ship was very cool and fun, also. In Tortola- We did the escape to Jost Van Dyke. This was our favorite part of the whole cruise, a must do!! The boat to get there was fun and the employees were very nice and accommodating. Worth every cent. In Bahamas- We went to Atlantis Aquaventure. It was a great time, but not something I'd do again. We waited forever to get off the ship, and it was a bit disorganized getting to Atlantis. I would either book privately, or just spend the day shopping at the port and get back on the ship and go on slides and to the pool and have lunch for free. Overall, we had a good time. You got what you paid for, basically. There's a lot you have to pay more for. There were a few situations that we had to have a discussion with guest services about, and they rectified the situation properly, which we appreciated. So, if you have any issues I'd suggest discussing with guest services, it is a new ship and they will have hiccups. Again, we don't like to nip pick, but I write this review so others booking this ship are aware of these things, and have a more informed decision of what to spend their money on. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
First time on NCL, was very excited to go on this cruise. Been cruising yearly in feb, since 2009, Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean. My husband and I traveled with 20 close friends. Ultimate beverage package included, HOWEVER; first ... Read More
First time on NCL, was very excited to go on this cruise. Been cruising yearly in feb, since 2009, Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean. My husband and I traveled with 20 close friends. Ultimate beverage package included, HOWEVER; first time the water was not included in package, ON THE OTHER CRUISE LINES SUCH AS CELEBRITY WITH OUR DRINK PACKAGE, we would usually GET a liter for the excursions the next day. But NCL, THIS IS NOT THE OPTION INCLUDED IN PACKAGE. We brought a water container for our excursions, but to fill it, we would have to use separate glass to keep filling the container. There were not enough antiseptic hand cleaners, I feel it you have to put your finger in the hole to lift up the glass cover where the fruits or desserts were kept in the garden cafe, you should have to clean your hands prior to opening the shelf. There should also be a cleaner for hands before you have to put your palm on the doors to the outside decks of the ship from inside. It is required to put your palm on the electronic automated opener. 2 instances to spread germs. Also, if we pay so much for the cruise, don’t nickel and dime the customers for $5 chairs to sit in or umbrellas to use when on the islands. or to pay for nice coffees, ... that is unfair. It just seems like there are so many extra expenses required. On other cruise lines, it seemed as if staff were so much friendlier and happy to talk to and be onboard to work and take care of their ‘customers ‘, cruisers. I feel like it was not a real friendly place to be. It would be nice to have coffee refilled once we are seated at garden cafe, instead of having to get ANOTHER CUP for a second or third cup of coffee or juice or water. That is a lot of extra cleaning, washing, and effort. ALSO, we did not know that we had to ask for cookies! They make them every day, BUT, THEY ARE ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ASK FOR THEM! They keep them behind the counters. The one pool for >4400 cruisers is not big enough It seems like the wall were thin, I could hear the people in the balconycabin next to us Positive note, the entertainment was great! Ship was clean, Mohito bar staff; 2 Asian bartenders were great! Entertaining and pleasant! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our fourth Norwegian cruise in 3 years. We had enjoyed many of the new ships, and were looking forward to another one. Unfortunately the public areas felt cramped, and the customer service was lacking, as they were frankly worn ... Read More
This was our fourth Norwegian cruise in 3 years. We had enjoyed many of the new ships, and were looking forward to another one. Unfortunately the public areas felt cramped, and the customer service was lacking, as they were frankly worn out from the amount of people waiting. We brought along my wife's parents as well, who are seasoned cruisers, and throughout the entire cruise (even though a cruise is great no matter what), everything felt a bit lacking. We have sailed on the Escape twice and the Getaway, and this cruise on the Bliss felt very different. Had a great meal at Teppanyki, a good meal at Cagney's and a sub par meal at Los Lobos (really felt below the standards of 'Specialty Dining') Had a bad experience in The Local, and even though I submitted a comment card, I heard nothing back. Overall - this cruise, we (my DW and I) felt more like a number than ever before. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The Bliss is an awesome ship. The crew is generally awesome. A few issues will keep us from booking NCL again. The enclosed casino does not keep the smoke in. On sea days, the stench overtakes the entire rear elevator bank as ... Read More
The Bliss is an awesome ship. The crew is generally awesome. A few issues will keep us from booking NCL again. The enclosed casino does not keep the smoke in. On sea days, the stench overtakes the entire rear elevator bank as well as Manhattan and the shopping areas. We mentioned it to the hotel director Mark. The response was that they I was the first to ever say anything. We heard this line used with other guests for other concerns. It’s very demeaning. It’s essentially saying to a passenger that your concern is not valid. We had asked ncl about smoking and read reviews. Not sure if the system was not working properly, as they said they would test it and get back to us. They never got back to us. We also communicated with NCL about our diet. We are vegetarian. I avoid most dairy due to allergies. We were assured we would have plenty of options. It was way more challenging than it should have been. They have vegetarian selections, but many include dairy. The best meat free meal that we had was ironically in the steakhouse. Jersey Boys was excellent. We saw it twice. Britain’s Finest was excellent. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We had a good time, but not spectacular like I have had on other cruises. The positives: Great food, service was good, especially Jennylyn at the Atrium bar, and Alexandria at the Taste restaurant. Cagney's was good, but ... Read More
We had a good time, but not spectacular like I have had on other cruises. The positives: Great food, service was good, especially Jennylyn at the Atrium bar, and Alexandria at the Taste restaurant. Cagney's was good, but Teppanyaki was outstanding. Havana and Jersey Boys were both good. We met some great people. The downside: Not much to do on sea days. Went to the pool and every single chair was taken or "saved" for hours on end. Not many servers so the wait at the bar was insane. The kids pool was just on the opposite side of the adult pool. I absolutely hated it and one of things I love about cruises is the pool and serenity. There wasn't much else to do until around 3 in the afternoon, when they would do trivia and later at night when they did game shows. You had to reserve EVERYTHING in advance, which means you missed out on other things. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We sailed on the NCL Bliss on Feb 2, 2019, Mini Suite Cabin #15770. Both the wife and I are experienced cruisers, this was my 17th cruise. Embarkation was the best I have ever experienced, very quick, 15 min from arrival at the pier at ... Read More
We sailed on the NCL Bliss on Feb 2, 2019, Mini Suite Cabin #15770. Both the wife and I are experienced cruisers, this was my 17th cruise. Embarkation was the best I have ever experienced, very quick, 15 min from arrival at the pier at 11:15 until we were on board. Cabins were ready about 1:30. Our cabin was nice, but not as large as other Mini Suites on NCL or on Princess. A strong word of caution for anyone who books or is assigned cabin 15770, it is immediately below the stage that is on Lido deck next to the pool. No sleep was possible in the cabin when bands or DJ’s were playing on Lido. I found the ship to be a bit more crowded than other ships I had been on. With only 2 elevator banks, there were often very busy. The food was about as expected. Knowing what I know now, I would have chased the Prime Rib served earlier in the cruise at The Local and in the Garden Café instead of waiting for it to be served in the main dining rooms. The bars were great, Thomas in the Local is a great bartender, as well as Alan in Mixx. The ship is new and is in great shape, the cabin was always clean and everything worked. A couple suggestions to NCL: 1) Post the Ala Carte menu with prices outside the specialty restaurants so customers can easily make informed decisions. 2) make the daily lunch and dinner menus for the main dining rooms available in the cabin using the TV system, 3) Expand the Facial Recognition system that we experienced at debarkation to all ships, super fast and it made debarkation a breeze, 4) realize that not all cruisers are looking for go carts and water slide, or huge ships, build some new mid-size ships for adults (I think Virgin Cruises may be on to something), 5) Lastly, match my loyalty status at your competition to assure I want to cruise with you again, once you have reach Platinum status elsewhere, it’s hard to go back. All in all a great cruise, and I would highly recommend this ship to Families. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Took NCL Bliss from Miami to British and US Virgin Islands then to Nassau. No where I wanted to really go but heard it was all about the new ship. We found the cabins lovely, especially the comfortable bed and large shower. The ship is ... Read More
Took NCL Bliss from Miami to British and US Virgin Islands then to Nassau. No where I wanted to really go but heard it was all about the new ship. We found the cabins lovely, especially the comfortable bed and large shower. The ship is designed for Alaska, not a Caribbean cruise. Thr pool area is way too small for the size of the ship and the chairs are uncomfortable and tightly packed. The regular restaurants were average at best. Service was poor. Attention to detail non existent. Most of the specialty restaurants except the Italian one were much better.....the French and Seafood ones were excellent and worth the $$$. Drinks on the ship were poorly made and very inconsistent. They can't make an old fashioned as many tries as I gave them! Shows varied -- Jersey Boys was very good, Havana was weak as was the comedian we saw. Loved the enclosed observation deck when weather turned bad but for most of trip it was a waste...unless you're in Alaska! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall it was a good cruise I'll give a quick recap of pros and cons then go into more detail. I was sailing with my family - kids 12 & 10 and my brothers family - kids 22 & 17 so we had all age ranges! Pros: *Nice ship ... Read More
Overall it was a good cruise I'll give a quick recap of pros and cons then go into more detail. I was sailing with my family - kids 12 & 10 and my brothers family - kids 22 & 17 so we had all age ranges! Pros: *Nice ship - Public bathrooms always clean and plenty of them *Cabin was always cleaned - never ran into cabin steward *Food was great *The Local was great for lunch *Lots of activities - there was always something to do trivia, game shows, bingo, port talks, music *Jersey Boys and Comedians were fantastic! * Embarkation process was smooth Cons: *Dinner in main dining rooms takes 1 1/2- 2 hours *Activities that cost extra - racetrack ($10/8 laps), laser tag($10/2 five min games), arcade, bingo ($50), Deal or no Deal game show ($25), bowling ($6/game) *Need to schedule activities *Can't put set amount of money on kids cards - card was either open or not *Elevators always crowded and always having to wait for them *This particular itinerary I didn't care for - St Thomas, Tortola, Nassau *Disembarkation process and airport transfer long Ship - ship is beautiful and big! we didn't even get to all the venues but was plenty of options. It was always clean - they did a great job of always cleaning the railings etc. Plenty of public restrooms - you can always find one and they were always clean. My only complaint is because it is so big, its crowded. Some events/activities were standing room only, it seemed you always had to wait for an elevator - if you can take the stair I recommend you do so. Deck chairs are hard to come by on at sea days unless you get out there early. the water slides - the tube slide was a lot of fun - highly recommend that but on sea days you will have to wait in line so plan to go on right when it opens or "off times" . The drop slide - well I tried it but got stuck!! I had two layers (bottoms) on my bathing suit and it created too much drag that I didn't quite make it back up the turn! Thankfully I saw someone else get stuck first so I didn't freak out when it started saying "emergency - emergency" while I was in the tube!! There is an escape hatch and they are right there to let you out! My husband did make it through but only did it once - so was OK - one of those things you want to try once at least. the kids splash area - my younger son loved this area - probably just as much as the pool! I did like that they had the adult only pool at one end of the deck and the family pool at the other - that way I could be there with my kids but could go in the adult pool while still being in same place with them. The kids pool also had a life guard on duty which was nice - again my kids are old enough and can swim but was nice that I didn't have to be watching them every minute. Our cabin was always cleaned/turned down when we were out - which was nice - our cabin steward (Secor - not sure if I'm spelling his name right!) was available - we did see him in hallways and he made a point to say good morning etc and when we needed something he was always available. he left us some great towel animals that the kids loved! Food - can't say enough, the food was great - plenty of options, always stocked. The buffet was always good, plenty of options and always stocked - we always found a table but sometimes it was busier than others. Only time it was a problem was the first day but that is expected as its the only place open and everyone was there - specially since it was raining when we embarked. The main dining rooms - we tried them all - food was good in all of them, plenty of daily selections as well as standard items so always something good. The décor is a little different in all so its just a matter of what you like but food in all was great. the service was a little slow - when we had a party of 8 I understood why it took 1 1/2 hours but even when only 4-5 of us it was taking 1 1/2 - 2 hours - just ridiculous - so make sure you plan enough time if you have a show that night. We ate "early" too at 5:30 so not sure why it took so long. The Local is a restaurant that is free and I would highly recommend - the wings were great! it was a nice pub type feel and a nice change from buffet or main dining room Only did one specialty restaurant - that is the Tappenaki - it was good but considering it cost extra I wouldn't do it again - the food in the main dining rooms were just as good so why pay if you don't have too. A couple in my party did have the specialty dining package and said the other restaurants weren't that great either with the exception of the Steakhouse - I don't know the name but they ended up going there twice it was so good. We had the drink package - was well worth it. I would recommend when sitting for a show or something you get your drinks and bring in with you as they seemed to be short on wait staff in those venues - service was great when you got it, its just a matter of if you got it. Activities - lets start with what I liked - there was a large variety of things going on - something for everyone! I felt like I couldn't get to everything I wanted as there was so much to do. I loved the game show type activities - some cost money (bingo and deal or no deal) but others did not and were fun to watch. The race track - kids and husband loved it, I thought was OK but I probably would say the same thing about it at home. Cost was $10 for 8 laps - not a great value but fun to say you've done. Biggest drawback is that you have to schedule your time to go - there is no queue - you have to sign up on the first day! It is also weather dependent so we signed up for two of our at sea days to make sure we got in at least once - we were able to go twice and since I had more than 24 hours notice I was able to cancel my spot on the second day. since you didn't know what would be going on ahead of time you had to schedule and hope you didn't miss some other activity you really wanted to do. Laser tag - was a lot of fun! cost was $10 for 2 five minute games. You are put on teams of 8-10 people. I would highly recommend doing this activity but it does have the same drawbacks as the racetrack - you have to schedule your time to go - there is no queue - you have to sign up on the first day! It is also weather dependent - so I recommend signing up for more than one day incase you get rained out as it will be booked up after that first day. Note - both racetrack and laser tag - you sign up when you first get on the ship - (why they don't allow this online I don't know) but it is not done at the racetrack or laser tag - you do it on deck 8 - when you first get on - go there - they will have a line for these two activities as well as lines for shows. Also you must have closed toe shoes with full heal - basically sneaker type shoes - someone in our party did not have that and they were not allowed to participate. the Arcade - parents beware!! the kids are going to want to play in the arcade and they can easily wrack up the charges when its $1-$2/game. My biggest complaint though is that I couldn't just load money on their cards. My kids received Norwegian gift cards for Christmas and although I could add the $25 to each of their cards, their cards were open so if they went over that amount we then had to pay! The don't close the cards until they reconcile at night - if they are over - they close the account and send you a bill! I've been on other cruises where I could put $25 on their cards and if a game cost $2 and they didn't have enough left they were done - much prefer that as its easy to get carried away! To me, they do this just to suck you into paying more as they know kids won't easily be able to keep track of how much they spent. Next time I'll tell the kids ahead of time - no arcade - not worth it plus there was mini golf, ping pong, water slides, splash area and the pool to keep them occupied for "free"! Entertainment - again most of the entertainment was great!! My only real complaint is you had to sign up on the ship for the comedians however I did find most everyone, if not all, in the stand by lines made it into the shows. The Jersey Boys - this was a great show! I wish I had went both nights! Great performance! Definitely a don't miss!! Havana - I did not enjoy this show - it was just the Latin dancing and singing no real story line (from what I hear as we didn't stay for whole thing) We left after the first number as we could tell it was not for us - my kids (boys) did not like it from the beginning. Comedians - they were great! we saw the family friendly shows and the adult only shows - all were good! Seeing the same comedian twice, you did get some of the same jokes but for the most part the show was completely different so worth checking out more than once. They also did a game show on the last night in the Q restaurant - that was definitely worth checking out too! Britains Finest - Beatles cover band - they were terrific! We didn't catch them until the last night in the theater but I'm glad we didn't miss them! I only regret we didn't make sure we saw them in the Cavern venue as I think it would be great in a smaller venue too! If you like Beatles music definitely make sure you don't miss this show! Splash Academy - my youngest only went once to this but had fun - the other times he wanted to go conflicted with some of our other activities. My older son unfortunately was a couple months shy of 13 so couldn't go to the teen room which I think he would like and didn't want to hang out with the 10-12 group in Splash Academy so that was a little disappointing. My niece, 17, enjoyed the teen room activities - they did scavenger hunts and other stuff around the ship that I wish my older son could have participated in. Only complaint on Splash Academy - the kids can sign themselves out but only after 2 hours - which is another reason why my older son didn't even try it - cuz if he didn't like it he would have been stuck there for 2 hours. Embarkation went smooth - we got there around 10 - was able to move right through but did have to sit in waiting area for about 30 minutes before boarding but that was no big deal. The only thing I wish they instructed more on where to go to sign up for the racetrack etc - if you didn't ask you didn't know. Disembarkation - was smooth in that they got you right off the ship but I felt like once you got off the ship the service ended! I needed to use the bathroom but was not allowed to in the port building - I had to exit - walk a couple blocks to the other end of the street where they had a port o potty trailer set up that was absolutely disgusting! Make sure you go before you get off the ship!! The transfer line to the airport was ridiculous too - we usually uber but did the transfer to stay with the others in our party - that was a mistake - I think we stood outside in the sun for an hour before getting on a bus. I highly recommend using uber/taxi service and if you have a large party schedule a shuttle bus pick up time before you leave! Itinerary - what I didn't like about the itinerary was our last day was at port so we had to pack up after we got back - I prefer to have a sea day as my last day so I don't feel so rushed to get packed up. The islands we stopped at were just OK too. St. Thomas - I've been to several time - yes they have good shopping but if not looking for that then just OK. We did an excursion through the cruise ship - Coral Ocean World and Coki Beach - the aquarium as OK - been to better ones but still fun but the beach was great! we brought our own snorkel stuff and there was plenty of fish to see! There was a place to rent snorkel stuff too. I understand you can take a taxi to this beach to save money but I also read reviews that the ride takes 25 mins and you don't want to miss you ship so if you take taxi on your own make sure you do leave plenty of time to get back to the ship. Tortola - was my first time to this island - was nice - very little shopping by the port but still managed to get a little in before we went off for the day. We got on an open air bus for $16 per person round trip - it took us to the beach and back (buses ran every hour so just have to plan enough to catch one back in time) The beach was nice but not a lot of fish or stuff to see with snorkel gear. But was still fun beach day. Make sure you have cash - beach chairs cost about $20/2 chairs w/umbrella - was worth it to keep all our stuff from getting too sandy. Nassau - not my favorite island - next time if I hit this island I will just plan to stay on the ship and enjoy it while everyone else gets off. They do have shopping area - normal jewelry shops but also a straw market when you can barter for souvenir/trinkets - which I would avoid if possible unless you really like that kind of thing. With kids its awful as they try to put stuff in their hands and get them to agree to buy something - I have no problem saying no and walking away regardless if they try to do this! I make sure my kids know before we go - don't touch anything and if you want something you tell me don't talk to them!! We were supposed to do an independent excursion on this island but it got cancelled due to rough seas the night before. I completely understand this but I was completely pissed off that we wasted 40 mins waiting for them. It was beautiful weather out so not like it would have been obvious that it was canceled so I had to find a phone to use to call and find out they had sent me an email cancelling it. Now how am I supposed to get an email when I'm on the cruise?? they knew I was coming in on the cruise - they could and should have sent someone to the port to meet us at the designated time to say it was cancelled. For this reason I would NOT RECOMMEND Bay West Adventures. We ended up going over to the public beach - it is within walking distance but not the nicest of beaches - small so crowded but very rocky in the water! we needed to keep our water shoes on! not the nice sandy beaches like in Tortola or St Thomas. This was our first Norwegian cruise, I would try another Norwegian cruise but I don't think I would do the Bliss again - I prefer a smaller ship so not as crowded. Best tip for with kids - make sure you know how much you are going to allow them to spend on arcade etc before you go to set their expectations. Had I been able to only put a set dollar amount on their cards would have been fine but since I couldn't - next time I'll say no to the whole thing - there are plenty of free activities to do that you don't need to waste the money in the arcade. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
In one week they only have 2 shows in the Theater, a 3rd show in the theater was basically a repeat of a short length show that is run in one of the smaller lounges each evening. 3 restaurants with the identical menus. You might ... Read More
In one week they only have 2 shows in the Theater, a 3rd show in the theater was basically a repeat of a short length show that is run in one of the smaller lounges each evening. 3 restaurants with the identical menus. You might consider they would have a different theme dinner in each restaurant - not so. The meals were generally good & in most cases service was good with some exceptions with filling water glasses was poor. It seemed the waiter staff had more tables to serve than normal causing on this cruise not the best service we are familiar with. Our stateroom was small which was located on the 15th floor & happened to be across from a large crew workroom that had carts rolling in & out starting around 7AM & a vacuum running between 7-8AM. On sea days 2 side by side lounge chairs were hard to find around the pool but with 4,000 passengers on board that is to be expected. The pool size for this large cruise ship was very small & on sea days was very crowded. The bar service around the pool we found was good. Guest Services (on the ship) were very helpful vs our Travel Agent & who the travel agent booked this cruise with. 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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