1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
The ship is awesome, but he service and the staff is not. The really need to organize a little bit. One hour and half waiting time in karts, when I already had an appointment. See days at the restaurant, one hour wait, so I leave ... Read More
The ship is awesome, but he service and the staff is not. The really need to organize a little bit. One hour and half waiting time in karts, when I already had an appointment. See days at the restaurant, one hour wait, so I leave to the garden cafe, we have to seat in a 2 table, the 3 of us. No space. Disembarkation another mess, the started to "invited" the people on the garden cafe to get out the ship, but when we leave, another hour and half to get out. I dont understand why i can wait seated having a coffee.... The Teppy was the worst experience ever! I have 20 cruises with NCL, and all I can say is my little son is better chef than the real chef. He didn't sazonated the food, all overcooked, dry. I didn't eat, my time was 9, so I leave at 10.30 and went directly to the garden cafe, no food! I had a hot dog and french fries, all dress up in my Christmas gown... In the other hand, Le Bistro was awesome! La Cuccina excellent! And Los Lobos is the best by a mile! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Ship is beautiful, Food was great, Entertainment was great but most specialty restaurants were unanavaible unless you book months before cruise. Seating was primarily unavailable in buffet during peak periods and waits on elevators was ... Read More
Ship is beautiful, Food was great, Entertainment was great but most specialty restaurants were unanavaible unless you book months before cruise. Seating was primarily unavailable in buffet during peak periods and waits on elevators was lengthy. It just seemed as if ship was overbooked but we would definitely go again on the Bliss. This was our first cruise on Norwegian but have a total of around 20 cruises among RC, Celebrity and Princess. Bartenders Rossi, Ivana and Marina were outstanding heros in the Maltings Whiskey Bar. Room was excellent!! Loved the shower. Lots of room. Totally enjoyed the prohibition show and jersey boys. Embarkation was good. Was disappointed we could never get on go carts. Didn’t know you had to book in advance. That was the main reason for this cruise. My husband loves to ride go carts. Maybe next time. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
We had a great time aboard the Bliss for our cruise, but we were not prepared for the crowds on this ship. The Buffet, does take the pressure off the dining schedule, but during peak times you have to be competitive to find a table to sit ... Read More
We had a great time aboard the Bliss for our cruise, but we were not prepared for the crowds on this ship. The Buffet, does take the pressure off the dining schedule, but during peak times you have to be competitive to find a table to sit at. we figured out quickly to not eat at typical meal times to take the stress off our family meal time. As the person who is paying for my family, I did start to feel resentful with all the extra costs while aboard. I has been a while since I cruised, so i was was surprised at how little of the entertainment is included with the cost of the cruise. When I cruised before there was a show /performance / entertainment available for you every night at no extra cost. that was not the case here. Be prepared to pay extra for the big stage performances, comedy clubs...etc. The on ship go carts and Laser tag were fun, but with all the extra costs, and crowd we could only go once. We dined at theTeppanyaki restaurant, and that was a lot of fun and food was excellent. But it was well over $100 for the experience, and we had drink packages. All in all we had a good trip and I am glad we did. I did spend the extra for the state room with balcony and we enjoyed that. But acquiring a final bill of over a thousand dollars US was a bit of a hard pill to swallow, and extra gratuities made this an expensive trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose for the newness of the ship and are fairly loyal NCL cruisers. The. specialty restaurants ere great except the Le Bistro - not impressed having been to France several times. Our kids (grown) felt the filet mignon was better than ... Read More
We chose for the newness of the ship and are fairly loyal NCL cruisers. The. specialty restaurants ere great except the Le Bistro - not impressed having been to France several times. Our kids (grown) felt the filet mignon was better than Cagneys steak house. Taste, Savor and Manhattan - free dining options are excellent. Here is the main issue If you do not reserve all specialty options way ahead of your cruise you will most likely be shut out! Jersey Boys and Prohibition should NOT be missed!!! So for 4000-5000 guests there are not enough specialty dinging and entertainment options to fill everyone's needs. Pretty ship and the staff are awesome! If you are a seasoned cruiser - nothing different except for the shows. Its nice to sail a new ship - just launched this spring Be sure to attend your Meet and Mingle if you have one. enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Travelled with 16 people from extended family, although my wife & I were the only ones in a Haven room. Here are my tips: -Don't pick a room on deck 15, port side, aft (this is directly below the gym) -The gym didn't ... Read More
Travelled with 16 people from extended family, although my wife & I were the only ones in a Haven room. Here are my tips: -Don't pick a room on deck 15, port side, aft (this is directly below the gym) -The gym didn't have headphones, or cups for water. The treadmills & ellipticals do have screens with the ship's TV network so bring your own headphones if you want to zone out. -On sea days, in the AM, the gym will be crowded (even with 25+ treadmills and 15+ ellipticals). -Since there are 4000 passengers on the ship events fill up fast. I recommend making specialty dinner reservations or getting show tickets either before embarkation or on the first afternoon of the cruise. -Shows: "Jersey Boys" is worth seeing, "Havana" I could have skipped. -As other reviewers have stated, you MUST see the Beatles cover band. It's cool to catch them in The Cavern Club (their venue) on the nights they perform, but get there early since it's small and fills up fast. If you miss them, they do two performaces (abbreviated versions of their two full sets) in the Bliss Theater on the last night of the cruise. -The elevators can become full, especially the forward ones during meal times (people enroute to the Garden Cafe/buffet). -If you are on the fence about booking a Haven room, do it. It was nice to have quiet & almost always uncluttered areas within the ship to get away to (especially the private sun deck since the pool areas are a zoo). -The observation deck was very nice, although there were some people camped out/sleeping (as other reviewers have noted), there always seemed to be extra seats & they have a nice pared down buffet & full bar so you don't have to leave. -The best fish & chips on board is at Margaritaville (MUCH better than the ones at the Local Pub, although they are with an a la cart fee). -The specialty restaurants we tried (Le Bistro, Q BBQ, and Cagney's) were all excellent. Kind of bummed that NCL did away with the Brazillian Steakhouse :( -If you get the free internet as an optional item (or pay for it) make sure you log out properly per their instructions after each use, otherwise you may squander your minutes. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
The bliss being a “mega ship” and largest in its class the bliss definitely did not feel like a large ship. The overall decor is pretty sweet and people taking this ship in Alaska will be in for a treat. The little details like the ... Read More
The bliss being a “mega ship” and largest in its class the bliss definitely did not feel like a large ship. The overall decor is pretty sweet and people taking this ship in Alaska will be in for a treat. The little details like the wylan nose art, or the iceberg portraits, or the 45 caliber shells mural hanging outside the district brew pub are a great touch. As for the cabin. Loved this room! Quick access to the elevators or 2 decks on stairs to the observation lounge where you can refill your water without going into the Buffett. 5 decks down for the waterfront decks. So location was great. USB hook ups in the room make charging easy. Especially by the bed. We hardly used our phones just for photos but still Storage was great in the room was able to keep the room de cluttered for the whole trip. My one and only knock is the balcony the neighboring room to the right is a mini suite so when you look right or aft your missing a part of your view maybe 20 degrees. It’s nothing major I can’t even count it as an obstructed because there is nothing in front of you looking out. Honestly by day two we hardly even noticed. Dining drinks and service this where I have my mixed review. Overall food was great I can think of maybe one or two times where we did not like something for one reason or another this is my dig at the complementary dinning. Good thing the garden cafe is one of the best buffets I have ever seen. Pro tip margaritaville serves free breakfast buffet style. Worth going to for sure. For specialty dinning we ate los lobos, cagneys, and Le Bistro. Los lobos was more of a lunch quality then a dinner quality IMO. Maybe it was an off night or maybe we did not order the right thing? Like I can’t even remember what we ordered if that paints the picture for you. Cagneys was amazing the hype was justified one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. Le Bistro totally blew my socks off. Went into it with no expectation (I have been to 3 maybe 4 French restaurants before this one) we absolutely loved it and the service was the best out of the specialty dinning close second cagneys and third was well los lobos. We had the unlimited beverage package for free just had to pay tips and that was totally worth it. I would not pay for that package. One we are not major drinkers but we did get our money’s worth. Most drinks are under 15$ unless you look at certain drinks. Like expensive whisky or a glass of wine really were the only things I saw for more then 15$ a glass. I will say this Mr worldwide was the drink that was the best bang for your buck. Service: they just finished a transition of crew. You can tell there was a bit of a culture shock coming from the Asia market to a North American market. Besides from the occasional stand offish bar tender or server that was lost the service was pretty good overall I can not really fault them because a new environment calls for a bit of a growing pain. We lost a day in port due to weather the port that was missed was Nassau. We did not loose any sleep over it but it did suck to have 2 days at sea 2 port days then another 2 days at sea. In st Thomas we were looking to go to red hook to make it over to St. John but decided to do megan bay instead. We paid 1/3 what it would of cost us if we booked through the cruise line for 2 of us round trip it came out to 35$ give or take plus when we snorkeled we saw turtles. Just when you get there keep walking left. Tortola was beautiful and they are still struggling from the hurricanes this is the day I would recommend a cruise line shore excursion to jost van dyke or St. John or a snorkel or something else. Entertainment was excellent we did most of the comedy shows and prohibition show do yourself a favor and sit in the front row. Laser tag at night is a must and same with the go karts. Water slides were pretty cool but ocean loops the scarey one was broken or closed for 5 of 6 days. The bottom line we loved this cruise. We loved it so much we booked the Joy in May In Alaska. Bliss is the largest in class where as the Joy is smallest in class but a carbon copy. We did not feel crammed on this ship at all so we are looking foward to the next one where our family will be with us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this ship because of its Spa. The spa is well worth the charge for the week. We. wanted a relaxing cruise for the week before Christmas. This was a big ship with anything you could want. We ate at a few of the specialty ... Read More
We chose this ship because of its Spa. The spa is well worth the charge for the week. We. wanted a relaxing cruise for the week before Christmas. This was a big ship with anything you could want. We ate at a few of the specialty restaurants which were all good. Eat outside on the Boardwalk for a special dinner. We planned the sunset for our Italian night dinner at La Cuisine. Very good meal. The best was the Steak House with a great steak and wonderful deserts. Teppanyaki was fun and food good. We enjoyed the race cars one day. There is a $10 charge for this. There is mini golf and 2 fun slides for all ages. One slide uses tubes and one is a body slide. The one show we really enjoyed was Jersey boys, the rest were ok.. The crew on the ship were very nice but seemed a bit unexperienced. The up-charge restaurants had the experienced staff. Cabin had lots of storage space. We were mid ship deck 15 and I don't recommend this area. At about 1 AM to 2 AM there was a constant sound banging coming from above us. Choose deck 13 I heard from others they did not hear this banging. We were in cabin 15830 which had lots of storage and a nice deck. The two ports we stopped at were Tortilla with beautiful beaches and St Thomas with shopping for us. Too windy to stop at Nassau and we just cruised home from there. We enjoyed our week aboard this ship and would recommend this cruise for a great cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I've been on 12 cruises. This was my 3rd NCL cruise. I like NCL and had good experiences with them, I also like a new and modern ship. I chose this cruise because the Bliss fit the bill. We had a great cruise. I was hoping for a ... Read More
I've been on 12 cruises. This was my 3rd NCL cruise. I like NCL and had good experiences with them, I also like a new and modern ship. I chose this cruise because the Bliss fit the bill. We had a great cruise. I was hoping for a 5 star rating but I'd call this one a 4 star (I'd go 4.5 star if that were possible). NCL really put their best into the design of this ship. Far and away it is the nicest cruise ship I've ever been on. The embarkation/debarkation was the best I've ever had. In both instances we walked-on/walked-off the ship with minimal wait. NCL has done a great job on this. The entertainment and music are also the best I've ever had on a cruise. Every night there was a lot of things happening and most of it was good. The music and dance parties were especially good. Their top-deck bar/dance area is called 'spice h2o' and it is not to be missed we went to 3 late night parties there and it was very fun, there was a lot of energy, a lot of people and the music was excellent. I didn't give this a 5 star because I thought the food and service were sub-par for NCL. That isn't to say they weren't good, just not up to what I am use to for NCL. They were more on par for what I am use to from Carnival. I love Carnival but I think of NCL as a step up. Something else I didn't like is that we had fixed dining but we did not get the same table and wait staff each night. They moved us around like it was anytime dining. I like to get to know the staff, I think that is a connection that can add a lot of value to a cruise. Bouncing from table to table did not allow for this. We had several excellent wait staff and several who were clueless. The bars on the Bliss are excellent. We frequented the Whiskey bar and the A-list. The best bartenders IMO were in the casino and at Spice h2o. We attended Jersey Boys - it was excellent I call it a "must do" if you are on the Bliss. We also wen't to the prohibition review. I didn't care much for that as I thought it might be more of a dance-party and it was more of a burlesque show. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise because of the solo cabins and the destinations. This was my first cruise, and I did it solo, so I did plenty of research to find the right cruise and cruise line. I found that NCL would be the best price wise for a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the solo cabins and the destinations. This was my first cruise, and I did it solo, so I did plenty of research to find the right cruise and cruise line. I found that NCL would be the best price wise for a solo cruiser as they have solo cabins. I also liked that I heard they had a dedicated person for the solo cruisers to help them with dinner reservations and activity planning. The dinners were all the main dining rooms; I didn't hear of him helping get reservations to specialty restaurants. I found the Manhattan room food to be good however I was disappointed with how long it took even when we went to dinner at 5 pm. We missed dessert twice due to having shows after dinner and it taking over 2 hours to get appetizers and entrees. I felt the cabin was right on for a solo cruiser. This was my first cruise, so I have no experience to go on, but it was sufficient for what I needed. I liked the solo lounge. It was rare there were many people in there, and there was always water, orange juice, and some snacks like pound cake and cookies. The ship is rather new, so it was very nice. I did notice several stains in the carpet that I thought would have been taken care of when noticed. Also, I felt like seating in the atrium was very poor for the number of people who tried to attend the events that were held there. Havana was okay, and I felt it lacked a storyline although the costumes were bright and colorful and the performers did well it just felt like it wasn't complete. Service overall was good. I had a hard time finding my room steward. He did a great job but had a few things I wanted to talk to him about but never got the chance. Due to windy weather, we were not able to go to Nassau. I totally understand that and realize it was a safety concern, so I had no issues with that. I felt the Captain explained why we couldn't go into port well. I'll certainly do another cruise and would consider going with NCL again if I go solo. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Ship very nicely decorated. Modern furnishings and nice contemporary art work throughout. Service in restaurants was good most of the time. Worst service was in Italian restaurant. Ocean Blue had a limited menu and not worth the ... Read More
Ship very nicely decorated. Modern furnishings and nice contemporary art work throughout. Service in restaurants was good most of the time. Worst service was in Italian restaurant. Ocean Blue had a limited menu and not worth the additional cost. We ate at 5 specialty restaurants. Cabin was a mini suite on deck 10. Very nice larger bathroom and shower with multiple jets and glass doors. Worth the extra cost. Cabin had sufficient storage with three electrical outlets near counter. Beds and pillows very comfortable. Observation deck was the best. Very popular spot for relaxation and huge windows to watch the waves. Had a bar plus small buffet. Didn’t spend anytime by the pool......very very crowded. Too small of an area for sure. We watched the go carts.....looked like fun. Did not see laser tag. Finally a cruise that had country singing group. Last night the main entertainment was “Beatle Mania” and was the best of entire cruise. 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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