247 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

We had friends going on this cruise so we joined them. It was our first cruise. I loved sitting out on the balcony at night you could see so many stars. The food was great. We did have to wait a long time at Cagney's, they gave us ... Read More
We had friends going on this cruise so we joined them. It was our first cruise. I loved sitting out on the balcony at night you could see so many stars. The food was great. We did have to wait a long time at Cagney's, they gave us extra drinks to compensate. There is always something to do on ship. We didn't do some activities we wanted to as we were still at another activity. Warning! Don't have beads in your hair if you want to do the waterslide! LOL Actually the only thing that upset me was the smoking area. On the aft sundeck you are squeezed into a small area when they could have made half the deck smoking. The bar could even be on the non-smoking side. I know there will be backlash to the smoking area, but just asking for a little room to move and not having people squished in like sardines in a can. All said we had a great time! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Embarkation was very easy arrived in Miami seaport at 11:15 and we were on the boat by 11:40. Went grab a bite at buffet, while quite large I found the layout very confusing and had no type of order where food was we only ended up doing ... Read More
Embarkation was very easy arrived in Miami seaport at 11:15 and we were on the boat by 11:40. Went grab a bite at buffet, while quite large I found the layout very confusing and had no type of order where food was we only ended up doing lunches here and we did one dinner since they had a seafood night. For our specialty restaurants we did Cagney's, Teppanyaki and La Cucina. All were excellent. The rest of the nights we tried each of the dining rooms and had great service and really good meals. We reserved Jersey Boys and Havana and saw the Beatles 1st time at Cavern Club the 2nd time they performed in theatre both shows were very good. Only Cons I really found was the pool area, way overcrowded you need to be a early riser because loungers are taken and multiple are taken we saw one man each morning reserve 6 loungers for his family and they wouldn't come until 11 then disappear again and come back at 12 or 1. Also it seems they do not monitor the 1/2 hour rule that they post on screen. The crowd at sea days by the pool is quite busy and they hold a lot of the activities by adult pool so if you want to swim be prepared to use kiddie pool. They also do not watch people laying around pool using e cigarettes we had people in front of us and on side of us a couple of times during the weak using them they were not enforcing them to go smoke in smoking area. Other than not loving the buffet area and the pool we had a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We were excited to cruise on the Bliss, it is a beautiful ship, the biggest problem I felt was there is not even close to enough room at the pool or the H2O deck for sunning. Unless you went down at 6am to secure chairs, we were not ... Read More
We were excited to cruise on the Bliss, it is a beautiful ship, the biggest problem I felt was there is not even close to enough room at the pool or the H2O deck for sunning. Unless you went down at 6am to secure chairs, we were not getting one. So if you like the pool area, make sure your an early riser. The crew were good, no one being memorable enough to even mention unfortunately. This is a great cruise for a more relaxing time, it's just hard to get to a lot of the fun spots (like the atrium) and get seats, they seemed to always have fun events going on, just nowhere to sit. We had a balcony room which was wonderful, and the food in all the restaurants was also fabulous. Overall, I was very happy on the trip, next time I think I would pick a smaller ship with less people Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
So I cruise NCL quite often, in fact earned a status upgrade from platinum too platinum plus on this trip. Which means I'll get 2 Champaign, 2 water, and 60 minutes of internet in May on my next trip. So what did NCL do right ... Read More
So I cruise NCL quite often, in fact earned a status upgrade from platinum too platinum plus on this trip. Which means I'll get 2 Champaign, 2 water, and 60 minutes of internet in May on my next trip. So what did NCL do right on thus ship. It is beautiful, comfortable and all designed in all the common areas. With a few exceptions. The main donning rooms are similarly located, and the garden cafe as well. A very new addition is the observation lounge, which has the feel of the haven and comfort of your living room. It also provides able early morning continental service for the early riser. The pool deck it a little too crowded like their last 2/3 ships Escape and Getaway, I preferred the Epic for that. But the rooms are nicer on this ship. The one concern I do have is they cut out several bathroom facilities and the remaining ones are smaller, so after the show or leaving dinner you'll have to walk. A return to headliner entertainment was a bonus. Jersey boys was exceptional. The Casino had moved all smoking into an enclosed area, even thoughI didn't smoke out was one of the areas I could find s seat to play. The humidor room has a no cigarette policy they enforce. Which is good because on the getaway it was always too Smokey. I happened to be blessed enough with a suite on thus last trip, but looked in on other rooms and they are tight but not skimpy. Food was great except I was disappointed with La Cuchina due to menu changes, and the Seafood Restaurant Ocean Blue failed to meet a minimum acceptability rating from me. The rest were excellent. O'Sheehan's is called THE Local and is otherwise the same. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I just got back from 7 days on the Bliss. No boat is perfect so I gave it a 4, but I can't figure out why some others rate it so low. I've sailed Disney, and RC, and this is my first Norwegian. The crew was as friendly as any ... Read More
I just got back from 7 days on the Bliss. No boat is perfect so I gave it a 4, but I can't figure out why some others rate it so low. I've sailed Disney, and RC, and this is my first Norwegian. The crew was as friendly as any other. The food was good in the main dining rooms, and what you'd expect in the buffet. I didn't book any specialty, and didn't see a need to. (I'm not a foodie, so if you are you may feel differently) If you want to use the gokarts, laser tag, or see a show, then book them as soon as you get on. This was my first MegaShip and I only felt the crowd in a few places. The ship was designed for Alaska, so the adult pool area is really too small for a sunny cruise. The kids pool and the water slides were not crowded at all. If you can stand to be away from the pool the area on deck 19 port side outside Vibe Beach Club has a hot tub, plenty of loungers, a bar and washrooms. And it's not busy. Gems of the Bliss are the Observation Lounge, and the Deck 8 walkway. Why don't more people have breakfast and lunch in the Observation Lounge? If do eat in the buffet, go to the front to sit. It's the same view as the Observation Lounge and there are always tables. If you want to just go for a relaxing walk then go to deck 8. Room was on deck 9 by the stairs and it was good. No noise at all. I'm average size, but I don't know how larger lads deal with the shower, I guess the rounded shape helps... I went into this worried about the size of the ship and the reviews about the surly crew. Neither were an issue. If you have a trip coming up, relax and enjoy yourself. I you are thinking of pulling the trigger on an Alaska cruise on the Bliss, it will be a great experience if you do. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Here is my review of the Norwegian Bliss. I just sailed in February. For anyone who has sailed the Getaway or the Escape, the Bliss is very similar. She is quite large and beautiful. Some changes from the Escape-Ocean Blue is back ... Read More
Here is my review of the Norwegian Bliss. I just sailed in February. For anyone who has sailed the Getaway or the Escape, the Bliss is very similar. She is quite large and beautiful. Some changes from the Escape-Ocean Blue is back (never tried), Moderno is gone (never tired but friends had like it a lot) and BBQ and Mexican restaurants have been added. I knew there was an observation lounge-but was not prepared for how expansive and amazing it is. It is has a wow-factor. Also, if you find yourself looking for a place to enjoy conversation and cocktails without live music (as I had that issue at every bar on a sailing of the Epic in 2018), the observation lounge would be a great place to head. Also, good for playing cards or board games-has its own bar too. Embarkation was ok-NCL did not seem prepared for its Plantinum+, as it did not have the special check in area ready and never came to pick up the Platinum+ for boarding (as I was later told is the normal process). Also, things have gotten out of hand with so many items needing to be purchased onboard or reserved onboard (dining, passes, laser tag/go cart bookings). NCL needs a new process before someone gets hurt trying to get onboard to reserve dinners, book a spa pass, etc. Personally, I suggest letting people buy online and hiking the prices for passes. I had lunch day 1 at Taste-delicious! Love their fish n chips (also great at the Local (pub)). My cabin (a studio cabin) was nice. They have shrunk the beds to what essentially feels like a twin. This is a deal breaker for me. I do not feel any adult should have to sleep in a twin. After my sailings on the Encore next year, I can’t see myself sailing the Bliss or Encore unless I can avoid the studios or they replace the beds with adult-appropriate beds. Reportedly, some had complained they need more room to move around (seems as if NCL is catering to the aging). The studios now have virtual windows showing outside. Mine did not work for part of the sailing-no big deal to me. I would rather they bring back the mood lighting available on the Escape. The Studio corridor was also very wood decor-versus more neon and colorful like the prior ships’ studio corridors. My steward was good-no complaints. Food-La Cucina was good-enjoyed a ravioli meal. Cagneys was great-filet was amazing. The main dining room menus have changed slightly-not too impressed. Very upset that they dropped the Chicken Parm-that should be an every day option. Garden Café and Pub were both good-especially the pizza and fish n chips. Entertainment-this is still an area NCL where lets me down. I feel they cater to an older crowd. I did not see Jersey Boys but a friend around my age (30s), had not enjoyed it and those who I’ve heard give it good reviews have been older. This is a theme I’ve noted over the years (ex: Million Dollar Quartet). Someday, NCL may start catering to their 40s and below cruisers. I did not get to any comedy shows (which I regret). NCL has a new app (which appears good)-but did not allow me to see which comedian I was booking-so that is something they need to work out. That said, I wish I’d made time for the comedy-usually enjoyable. Next cruise! Deal or No Deal was fun-as usual. The free cruise giveaway has been reduced to 5-day cruise (raffled off at Bingo)-disappointing and probably not worth missing tanning time to enter. Even 7-days is not enough! The Bliss has added laser tag and go carts-which to me is space that should be used for more sundeck chairs. Plus, it attracts children-not a demographic important to me. Spice H20 appears slightly smaller. The hot tubs by the pool have been moved to the deck above the pool on this ship. There appeared to be two adult pools (honestly I spent no time by the pools as that chaos is not something I enjoy). I do think putting the hot tubs on 17 makes the deck that people walk/jog on a bit too wet. White Hot Glow Party is no more. I did not check out its replacement (Caliente?). I hope they bring the white glow party back by popular demand. Overall, staff were amazing, as usual! Love Maltings Bar and my friends seem to really like the Mojito bar. I made new friends-courtesy of the solo program. Observation lounge is massive and a beauty. Can’t wait to cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Sailed the Bliss. Beautiful ship and fantastic crew. We had some issues that were sent to corporate to solve, and I want to give them high praise. They promptly resolved the issue with the appropriate compensation. We were very ... Read More
Sailed the Bliss. Beautiful ship and fantastic crew. We had some issues that were sent to corporate to solve, and I want to give them high praise. They promptly resolved the issue with the appropriate compensation. We were very pleased with the guest relations. Keep up the good work NCL. If you can do it, try the haven. Service is beyond compare. The specialty dining, minus the French place, was quite good. The haven dining is really phenomenal. Jersey Boys is a must see. Enjoyed the casino, and really enjoyed the enclosed smoking area. We booked the go carts, but decided to cancel. Did the baths at Virgin Gorda. Absolutely gorgeous. We were hesitant because of the level 3 rating, but the shore excursion desk said we should have no problems, and they were right. Just were good water shoes with grip or sneakers. We went to Magen’s bay in St Thomas. We just hopped a taxi and we were there. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Was cruising with a group of 30 people and I think we all had a great time. The staff on this ship was very professional and personable, I was very impressed. The housekeeping staff was great, they kept the place so clean. I loved the ... Read More
Was cruising with a group of 30 people and I think we all had a great time. The staff on this ship was very professional and personable, I was very impressed. The housekeeping staff was great, they kept the place so clean. I loved the food and the variety of choices. The best beach was Jost Van Dyke and wish we had more time there. And less time in Nassau however for kids the water park at Blue Laggon was great for them. There was a lot of kids on boat some, unsupervised and acting up. I had drinks at most bars and loved how some was low key and som full of laughter. The observation lounge was a great place to relax, read a book or just watch the waves. I wish the Atrium was larger and able a accomindate more people The guest services desk is right next to it and when an activity was going on it was difficult to speak to an agent because it was to loud. I would recommend this ship and cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise because the date fit with a Celebrity cruise the week before, and we are Latitudes Platinum members. We were anxious to try out NCL's newest ship. My review is brief; please excuse this if you were looking for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the date fit with a Celebrity cruise the week before, and we are Latitudes Platinum members. We were anxious to try out NCL's newest ship. My review is brief; please excuse this if you were looking for a more detailed description. We aren't sun worshippers, preferring instead to find quiet places on the ship to read or stare out at the ocean. And just as well, because the pool area was mobbed most of the day. My favorite part of this whole ship was the Observation Lounge...it's clear this ship was designed for Alaska cruising...loads of great space up there, including a large bar area. And usually quite busy with the "non-pool" crowd. They serve a cold breakfast and light lunch buffet as well as tea time offerings in the afternoon. We ate most dinners in Taste. The main dining room, Manhattan, was almost like a cavernous dining hall with all the tables in long rows....not very inviting. Taste and Savor looked more intimate and quieter. The food was average; nothing really outstanding, but I was quite happy to not be cooking or washing up. Our servers may have been stretched too thin...we often had to ask for a wine or water refill. The Garden Cafe had plenty of choices...good job up there. We used the gym several times, plenty of equipment to choose from. DO NOT MISS the "Jersey Boys" show. The lead singer here sounded exactly like Frankie Valle...a very professional and polished show...the best cruise show we've ever seen...and this was cruise #28 for us. We also signed up for the silent disco. We had great fun with this on Celebrity cruises, so we were looking forward to trying this on NCL. But not to be. On Celebrity your headphones have 3 channels of music to pick from on your headphones and you can switch from one to another. But on NCL you put on headphones and have to be underneath a particular part of the ceiling to hear that type of music...we didn't stay long. We had booked all our dinners/shows/comedians early, but I think that most people who hadn't booked these were able to get into any show by standing on the "Standby" line. We only saw our cabin steward twice, but the cabin was always in top shape...thank you, Mark. And every NCL staff member we came across always had a friendly hello....a great crew! All in all, we enjoyed the cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Our first family cruise. Boat was a small city, lots to do, way too much food. Very smooth, it didn’t feel like we were on a boat. Destinations were great but the excursions booked through the cruise were fair. Very expensive for ... Read More
Our first family cruise. Boat was a small city, lots to do, way too much food. Very smooth, it didn’t feel like we were on a boat. Destinations were great but the excursions booked through the cruise were fair. Very expensive for what actually happened. We would have saved a lot of $ if we had planned excursions ourselves and had some freedom on timing. We seemed to spend more time in queues or shuttles than we did at the actual excursion point. We purchased WiFi but coverage was iffy at best. Crew was the definition of great service and friendliness. They definitely wanted people to enjoy themselves. We also visited folks in the Haven, which appeared to be a big leap in luxury. Entertainment was great and abundant, we were never lacking for something to do. Which was good because the pools were lame for a boat of this size. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Myself, my husband, my 4 year old daughter and my 15 month old son went on this cruise as part of a large 15 person family cruise. We got rooms next to each other and it was really great we could get an adjoining room with my parents so ... Read More
Myself, my husband, my 4 year old daughter and my 15 month old son went on this cruise as part of a large 15 person family cruise. We got rooms next to each other and it was really great we could get an adjoining room with my parents so they could help with the kids. My nieces and nephews were older, all being in middle school or high school. There was plenty to do for all ages. My 4 year old enjoyed the Splash Academy, the splash pad, pool, and water slides. I liked the variety of dining options. We ate mostly at the buffet with the kids but the food was really good and they had lots of options. We were able to get a couple nights away from the kids and my husband and I ate at Los Lobos and saw Jersey Boys, both were great. Overall the service was good but the only places we had trouble was with the bartenders at one of the pool bars (the one closest to the family pool) and our room steward. When I went up to the pool bar to get a drink I probably stood there for 10 minutes waiting to get served before I left, sick of being ignored. I went right over to the Waves bar across the sun deck and got a drink in like two seconds. Our room steward wasn't very attentive. We asked him the first day to take all the things out of the mini fridge because we didn't want our kids to get in there where there was liquor. We also wanted to keep milk and snacks in there for our kids but there was no room with all the mini bar stuff they stock it with. We kept reminding him day after day but he never did remove the stuff. Then he seemed annoyed that he couldn't get into our room to clean it when he wanted. My 15 month old would take a nap around 10am around the time when he wanted to clean the room. And then at night we would start he bedtime process with the kids around 5:30pm when he wanted to do his turndown service. So he told us one day that he HAD to enter our room the next day almost like we were keeping him from coming into our room. As for shore excursions, we booked the Coral World Ocean Park through Norwegian. It's a great place to go with small children and the 2 hours they give you at the park is plenty. They even stayed a little longer so people could go to the sea lion show. On Tortola we ended up going to Cane Garden Bay beach but on our own. The group taxis are lined up at the port when you get off the ship. At the end of the dock there is also an information booth where you can get a map of the island and advice on what beach to go to etc. The taxi to Cane Garden Bay was $8 pp each way and it was easy to get one to take you back to the ship too. We were also told that there would be free texting on board the ship using Norwegian's app. When we got on the ship it was very complicated to set up and it took a while before it worked but when it did it was very useful when you have to communicate with other people you are traveling with on the ship. There are two pools on the sun deck, one for just adults and the other is called a family pool. They were both the same size and depth...5' 7". I figured the family pool might be more shallow for the little kids. I am 5' 8" so i could bearly touch and it made it hard to swim with my 4 year old. They should have made one end 3' and then had a deep end. We also booked transfers from the airport before the cruise and to the airportafter the cruise. The tranfer from the airport to the port went great. The transfer afterward however was a disaster. They rushed us all off the ship but had no buses waiting for us. As a result, hundreds of people were left standing in front of the cruise terminal with all their luggage in the hot sun for over 45 minutes waiting for buses to arrive. We were the last group to disembark but we saw other colors there that got off sooner that were still waiting for their transfer. No one out there could tell us what was going on. They should have this down like clockwork because they do it every weekend. Overall I would recommend the Bliss, my husband and I would want to try it without kids next time :) I would have loved to have spent more time in the observation lounge, it's a must see. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
First of all I need to apologize to a fellow cruise critic member, Kevin,(I don't recall his handle) for us missing the meet and greet he arranged. Being only our second time cruising and my brothers first we lost track of time on ... Read More
First of all I need to apologize to a fellow cruise critic member, Kevin,(I don't recall his handle) for us missing the meet and greet he arranged. Being only our second time cruising and my brothers first we lost track of time on Sunday and missed the gathering, so we're sorry Kevin if you read this! Now on to the review, a bit about us, we are both in our early 50's and my brother and sister in law are early/mid 60's. We are from mid Maine and they are from northeast Vermont so we needed some sun and warmth! Embarkation was smooth, we arrived at the port around 11am and I think we were on the ship by noon-ish so not bad overall. We proceeded to the Social to make reservations for Go Karts while they were still available. While we were in there I noticed the sign for the Vibe Beach Club passes already sold out. Obviously this is a perk for the multiple cruise folks that get to board first, oh well maybe someday! Once we made reservations we went to get our first drink and explore the ship, all we could do is say WOW, this ship is beautiful and huge, especially for us newbies! Our cabin was available to drop our things off around 130pm or so and we went to check them out. We had balcony cabin 11854 and my brother had 11852.They were just the right size for two of us, we didn't feel cramped and had plenty of storage. We were part of the Casinos at Sea program so we had a bottle of champagne and our players cards in the cabin when we arrived, nice touch! The players cards were put to good use over the course of the cruise and we donated to the next possible winners! On to Dining, I made reservations in advance of the cruise for the Manhattan room, Los Lobos, Teppanyaki, and La Cucina (for Valentine's Day of course). Out of the 4 Teppanyaki was the best, hands down, it was excellent and our chef was entertaining. We also ate at the Garden Cafe' a few times for quick bites and had room service for breakfast one morning. Food was good overall and the specialty dining rooms were above average except for La Cucina which was a bit on the blah side, not at all what we expected but still ok. The only entertainment group we saw was the Beatles tribute band in the Cavern and they did a great job. I was surprised however that it was so short, maybe 45 minutes tops and only 1 set. The Go Karts were fun just be prepared to wait for a bit to get on the track, even with reservations. But you're on vacation so time is supposed to be irrelevant right? As many have said already, the pool area is BUSY on nice days and getting a chair will be impossible unless you are there to claim your spot very early in the morning. We did a couple excursions in St Thomas, the Legendary Kon Tiki tour and the Skyride to Paradise Point. The Kon Tiki tour and beach stop is a must, very fun and free rum punch, can't beat that. Views from Paradise point are amazing, it overlooks the whole port area. In Tortola we just did a 2 hour island tour with a local company at the pier for $20 per person, it's worth it. This island is still trying to get back on its feet since hurricane Irma. The devistation was unbelievable and being closed to cruise ships for a year really hurt the locals. It is sad to see but hopefully now that people are coming back they can continue to rebuild and flourish. In Nassau we just walked around the area near the pier and did not do any excursions. If we end up going back to Nassau on another cruise we will definitely find an excursion that takes us away from that area, way too many people trying to pull you into their shops. One thing I have to say about this ship and it's staff, AWESOME! We made friends with a few of the staff members, Rossi in the Cavern, Satya and Danny at the Skyline bar, and the two bartenders at Sugarcane (I cannot recall their names). These guys were the best so make sure you visit them in you cruise on the Bliss. I guess that is long winded enough so I will end with this. This was our first NCL cruise and I will definitely cruise with them again. Beautiful ship, great, accomodating staff. A word(ok a few words) to all that complain about the service and the "poor attitudes of the staff" maybe they are not the problem. Remember, you are on VACATION along with 4000 other folks, be PATIENT, they will not run out of food or drinks, you'll survive, trust me. If you are rude to the staff do you really expect them to be especially nice to you???? Think about it, seriously. We witnessed a lot of unnecessarily rude people, really too bad people have to act this way, life is too short not to enjoy it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The ship was very clean, I know it's pretty new but things were always picked up. no litter. With 4 thousand people on board, that's quite an accomplishment. Crew were just marvelous. Service was great, everyone and I do mean ... Read More
The ship was very clean, I know it's pretty new but things were always picked up. no litter. With 4 thousand people on board, that's quite an accomplishment. Crew were just marvelous. Service was great, everyone and I do mean everyone happy smile and a good attitude. We had no problems with anything on the ship. We had an accessibility room that was well laid out and spacious. All the restaurants were great. We went to many of the speciality restaurants and the buffet. My wife especially loved the Teppanyaki for food and fun. The ONLY complaint was the transportation to the airport after d'embarcation, that was supplied by a third party contractor. That was, what we usually called in the military, "A Goat Rope". There was no coordination, everyone stood around wondering where the transport busses to the airport were. Think about it, a thousand or so people standing in the sun wondering "when and where". Not a good way to end a really great cruise. Note to all, at the end of cruise take a taxi to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Timing and price both worked for me. I travel solo, so NCL is my go to cruise line because they have some great options for the single traveller. I usually book a studio cabin, but this trip, because of the multiple "at sea" ... Read More
Timing and price both worked for me. I travel solo, so NCL is my go to cruise line because they have some great options for the single traveller. I usually book a studio cabin, but this trip, because of the multiple "at sea" days, I chose a stateroom with a balcony. This was soon upgraded to a mini-suite, unsolicited by me. Beautiful big cabin with a full size shower(sliding glass doors and six mini-nozzles.) Embarkation and disembarkation both took no time at all; just walked on/off. The food and beverage situation was typical NCL; fair to average. I dined at 4 "specialty" restaurants. Q, Los Lobos, and Cagney's were average, at best. Le Bistro, however, hit it out of the park. Food, wine, service, all excellent.After trying each of the 3 main dining rooms, I resorted to the buffet for the rest of my meals. Pretty decent, by the way. The ship is absolutely beautiful, albeit almost new. Highlights include a go-cart track, laser tag, and waterslides that extend out over the sides of the ship. The overhang sections are clear plastic; pretty cool. Nightly shows, alway something to do. A popular venue is a replica of the pub the Beatles used to play when they started out, complete with a very good cover band. Lastly, a word about the Observation Lounge. Designed specifically for Alaskan waters, it covers the front 1/3 of the ship on deck 15. All floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable roomy seating for hundreds of people, serving continental breakfast, lunch, and "tea". Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
OK.. Let me start by saying that we have cruised with Carnival mostly and have never had a "bad cruise." This was our first experience with NCL, and despite a few minor negatives that we noticed along the way...we had a ... Read More
OK.. Let me start by saying that we have cruised with Carnival mostly and have never had a "bad cruise." This was our first experience with NCL, and despite a few minor negatives that we noticed along the way...we had a wonderful time on our cruise. After all...your cruise is what YOU make of it... and WE made it great!! Based on the sheer amount of complaining and whining we heard from other passengers...not everyone feels the same way. I will say that if anything could ruin our trip it was the constant complaining we would hear from fellow passengers. From the lady who was coming UNGLUED on the guest services person because she "has anxiety and absolutely NEEDS a fan in her room right this minute, or she will freak out"...to the lady who paid 12,000 to have a suite in the Haven only to have a butler who didn't attend to her every need.... and of course, the constant people complaining about the lack of smoking areas.... Everywhere we went people complained about the food, or the wait for drinks, or that the comedian wasn't funny, or that the game show was boring....Complain, complain, complain....UGH!! Really people??? Are you really THAT entitled that you can't just enjoy your vacation without complaint?? Hey Fan Lady.... if you need one that bad because of your anxiety...BRING ONE WITH YOU!! Problem solved!! Smokers (and I am a vaper, so I get it)...yes, it was a small area, but just be happy that they are still providing you ANY space to smoke in these days! And, the people who complained about the wait for drinks... really? If you can't wait 3 MINUTES for a drink...you might have a problem. OK...Now on to the review. This just comes from my own experience and others may have different experiences, but here is my honest review of our experience on the Bliss (both pros and a few cons): Pros: * The ship was new, elegant, and super clean * Elevators were plentiful and rarely crowded (was I on a different ship than some of these other people?) LOL * There was so much to do on the ship!! It was almost overwhelming how many options there were. No possible way to get bored on the Bliss. *The adult only area (which is where the smoking section was BTW) was our favorite place to be. Never had an issue finding a spot to sunbathe...and the bartenders in this area were the friendliest on the ship! * Specialty dining was the way to go!! We booked prior to the cruise at Q, Cagneys, La Cucina, and Ocean Blue. We had GREAT food at all of them, except La Cucina. * Q was amazing and the portions were Texas sized!! My only complaint was that I couldn't eat it all and couldn't take it to go. * Jersey Boys was amazing!!! Best show I've seen in a while! * Excursions through cruise line were amazing! The way they were organized was well-planned. We never had an issue getting off the ship and getting to them on time. * The race track was awesome. My husband and his friend went a few times and had a blast each time. The only thing I will say about this is that they felt it was better to NOT have the weekly pass (which was 200.00) because you most likely wouldn't get your money's worth. * Cagneys was great. Had the pork loin...sooo good! However the best steak we had on the ship was in the Manhattan Room. * Ocean Blue was wonderful on our anniversary night. Had the halibut, which was melt in your mouth delicious! * NCL did a great job decorating our room for our Anniversary and they gave us TWO Anniversary cakes which were very tasty! * The LOCAL was one of our favorite spots to grab a beer and hang out with friends. We really liked the bowling alley there! Ok, now the cons... (not "end my love of cruising" worthy cons...but still noticeable negatives) * Unfriendly and unorganized staff. We had two bartenders and one server who stood out to us with their upbeat attitudes and smiles. The rest seemed to be very unhappy to be there. I don't know if that is because of how NCL treats them, or if that is just the way the world is becoming....but it was definitely noticeable. * LOUD music on the pool deck until very late at night. This didn't bother us too much, except on the nights that we turned in early and could hear it even though we closed the deck door. We were on the 15th floor....and could rarely open our deck door at night because of the music. If you like quiet...choose a room on a lower floor or in the aft. * La Cucina restaurant. This was the only bad food experience we had on the ship. Fettuccine noodles were very dry and the alfredo sauce tasted like Ragu. Hubby's ravioli was good, but they only gave him 3 tiny squares. * Outlets in the room were few and other than a usb plug, there are no actual outlets by the bed. Also, unless you left a card in the slot when you left the room, the power completely shut off. Great for conserving energy, but not so good for wanting to charge your phone while you go out for the night. * Debarkation was OK, but they had us snaking through the casino and restaurants. It was a "hurry up and wait" kind of situation. Definitely not as breezy as embarkation. There was a lady who kept yelling at people to "move along, please." Yet she could clearly see that there was a huge line of people who couldn't "move" any faster then the person in front of them. It seemed rather disorganized. * Finally, again... the worst part about our experience was the constant negativity from the other passengers. All in all.... we truly enjoyed the ship! The excursions we did were fantastic, the food overall on the ship was amazing, and there was always plenty to do!! Yes, there were some "cons" but there was nothing to complain about!! I will cruise with NCL again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise as it was recommended by our travel agent. We flew into Miami, but just hung out at our hotel until we departed the next day. Very nice hotel, not much around to do, and pool was outside and cold, but it is January. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was recommended by our travel agent. We flew into Miami, but just hung out at our hotel until we departed the next day. Very nice hotel, not much around to do, and pool was outside and cold, but it is January. Our hotel, the Crown Plaza had a big shuttle, only $10 per person, that took us right to the port the next morning. Very nice. Embarkment was fairly fast and easy. Need your travel documents and your passport as you go through. Well organized. The ship is absolutely beautiful. Crew all over the ship was wonderful all the time. Always there to help if needed. Our cabin, 13786, was very nice size, plenty of storage, very comfortable. Was worried about getting sea-sick as I do have vertigo, but never bothered me. A balcony mini-suite with connecting stateroom in the middle of the ship real close to the elevators. The shows, jersey boys and havana were excellent. Wanted to see the prohibition, but totally booked. Could have waited in line and maybe got in but didn't care to. The beatles cover band is very, very good also, but very small venue. Get there real early if you want a place to sit or even stand. The large Garden Cafe at the front of the ship has wonderful food and anything you want pretty much all day long. We went to a complimentary sit down restaurant the one day for lunch, the Savor I believe, opened at 11:00 a.m. Really good food, but took 1/2 hour to get our first drink, 15 minutes to get the appetizer and then only 10 minutes for our food, so have time on your hands. The cafe is much faster if in a hurry. Shore excursions were very well organized by the ship. Remember to bring your tickets for the excursions AND an ID with you. I did not bring an ID the one time because they didn't request it the first time and they almost did not let me back on the ship in St Thomas. My mistake. It is a little bit of waiting in line, but the excursions we were on were well worth it. Tortola; Island Beach Break, St Thomas;Explore St Thomas and Magens Bay and Nassau's; Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day. Just wish we would have had more time on each island. It goes so fast. We would have loved to get on the racetrack once or twice, but totally booked all the time with kids. Pool was always jam packed with no room. Sat in the hot tub in Spice H2O a couple times and layed on those chairs a few times as this was the adult only area, very nice. Excellent bartenders. We did not have children with and that's the way we'd keep it. We already put a deposit down on another cruise with Norwegian we much use within 4 years and we are looking forward to it very much. Disembarkment was quite a wait in line, but organized pretty well. Huge line on 7th floor of ship that circles around and gradually gets you to the auditorium where they take your picture and disembark. Have patience..... Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We were on the Bliss from 1/19-1/26, 2019. There were 6 of us and we had a wonderful time. Great balcony cabin with a roomy bathroom and plenty of room in the shower without that nasty shower curtain that some cruise ships still have. 2 ... Read More
We were on the Bliss from 1/19-1/26, 2019. There were 6 of us and we had a wonderful time. Great balcony cabin with a roomy bathroom and plenty of room in the shower without that nasty shower curtain that some cruise ships still have. 2 Headlining Comedians that kept us laughing. Clint Jackson was a nice "clean" comic. He was my favorite. Ivan ? was funny, too. Great cruise director "Dan Dan" is the man. The food was awesome and so much better than some of the upscale ships. No matter where we ate, in the regular dining room, buffet or specialty, the food was awesome. Savor's breakfasts take wayyyyy too long, however. They need to work out the kinks on that. Love The Local's eats. Yummy. But, why do the cruise lines "nickel and dime you to death"? I long for the old days of cruising. Cagney's cost so much we couldn't even think about going. Ridiculous. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We booked reservations on the Bliss for the Mexican Riviera last October and again to the Caribbean January 19th. The ship has greatly improved with service levels and communications. The were less wait times for almost everything. Dan dan ... Read More
We booked reservations on the Bliss for the Mexican Riviera last October and again to the Caribbean January 19th. The ship has greatly improved with service levels and communications. The were less wait times for almost everything. Dan dan the cruise director and Mark the Hotel manager were outstanding making this a really good cruise. The only down fall for us was the excursions and that wasn't reflective of the cruise itself. The food was really good everywhere we ate. The staff was very friendly and attentive. There were times that parents were not watching their kids and they would push all the buttons on the elevators and run up and down the halls but that is just lack of good parenting which is visible and irritating to other passengers. The spa was fairly busy all the time and I wish they would limit the number of passes they sell. The biggest improvement from the previous Bliss cruise and this one is that they implemented a new policy that if you put items on chairs to hold them and you do not use the chair within 30 minutes they will remove your items and hold them at the desk for you to pick them up... Huge benefit because now it was much easier to enjoy the sun deck! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This is our third NCL Cruise. We enjoyed The Bliss. The ship is very clean, the food is good, there is lots to do, and the drink package perk is one of the best in the industry. The Observation Lounge is fantastic. Love the activities in ... Read More
This is our third NCL Cruise. We enjoyed The Bliss. The ship is very clean, the food is good, there is lots to do, and the drink package perk is one of the best in the industry. The Observation Lounge is fantastic. Love the activities in the atrium. Appreciate that the casino is non-smoking (they have an enclosed room). Jersey Boys was very good. Enjoyed the Beatles tribute band. The District Brew House is a favorite with those that enjoy beer. They also have some Signature drinks for those that don't. Embarkment and disembarkment run very smooth and quickly. Did not get to try Laser tag or the go-carts. Not everything is perfect. The elevator lines are long. The putt-putt golf is a joke. The menu in Taste and Savor does not change. The pool and area are too small for the amount passengers. All in all, however, the Bliss is a fantastic ship. Now I am looking forward to cruising on the sister ship, Encore, in December. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose Norwegian over the other cruise lines because of the "Free-Style" dining concept. You can eat, drink and party anytime you want. We went to Hawaii on the Pride of America and it was spectacular. This trip we were on the ... Read More
We chose Norwegian over the other cruise lines because of the "Free-Style" dining concept. You can eat, drink and party anytime you want. We went to Hawaii on the Pride of America and it was spectacular. This trip we were on the Bliss. Brand new. Gargantuan. We always get a balcony and love it. The entertainment always keeps you on the move. Plenty to choose from. Also, the poolside activities are hilarious. We embarked and went to the Sugarcane Mojito Bar. Bob, the "Chocolate Cowboy" made us feel welcome and part of the entire ship family immediately. The experiences just kept going. The main dining rooms were always ready to serve. Never had to wait and never ran out of selections. We never ran across a single negative employee. They always stopped what they were doing to help you if you needed it. They also knew when to leave you alone. Two things that weren't up to our standards were the shore excursions and the final port. We went snorkeling in St. Thomas. It was OK but it didn't hold a candle to the snorkeling in Hawaii. We also went to Balmoral Island beach break. Save your money. We had to walk a long way to a pier through so many vendors and taxi drivers. You can keep Nassau. It seemed dirty and the vendors were unfriendly, rude and seemed like they expected you to spend a lot of money. Our agent said: "Stay on the ship" and she was right. St. Thomas and Tortola were pretty cool. The other down side to our experience was the smoking. Our neighbor, on the first night tried to have a smoke. As soon as he lite it I could smell it. We brought it to the attention of guest services who very promptly addressed the issue. But we were helpless. There were others even though they have a special section for smokers. I only hope Norwegian ( or any other cruise line) comes up with a "non-smokers" cruise. I'll be the first to sign up. Would we go again? ABSOLUTLY!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Here are the pros and cons of the cruise. I have never been on a ship this big before but wanted the experience. Pros: Excellent entertainment through out the ship, whether it was in the bars and common areas or the theater. Loved ... Read More
Here are the pros and cons of the cruise. I have never been on a ship this big before but wanted the experience. Pros: Excellent entertainment through out the ship, whether it was in the bars and common areas or the theater. Loved the observation deck. It was never extremely crowded and loved the smaller buffet. Enjoyed the different bars with the different themes. Most employees very helpful and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Loved my balcony room. Very spacious, clean and decorated tastefully. My room steward was always very helpful. The food in the free main dining rooms were a step up from the Norwegian Dawn two years ago. Had the dining package and enjoyed the food at the restaurants, Teppinyaki, Ocean Blue and Los Lobos. Overall the food was very good. Cons: The pool decks were so crowded that we never could find a place to use lounge chairs the whole time on ship. We ended up just avoiding the area. Trying to get reservations at the dining areas was almost impossible. We ended up just showing up at the restaurants and waited to be seated. Very frustrating when you have the dining package. So I learned you need to try to get reservations way before your cruise. Disembarking was a nightmare. Something needs to be done about this. Waited in long lines for a long time to get off of the ship. It seemed people in charge were not organized. I was not impressed with the ports we went to. There are nicer islands in the area to visit. All in all, I am glad I had the experience, but I don't know if I will cruise on this ship again. The size of the ship was not daunting at all. I was able to get around very easily, but too many people that made it hard to have a peaceful and non stressful vacation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We sailed on the Norwegian Bliss from January 12th – January 18th. We flew in to Fort Lauderdale and spent the night prior to the cruise. We stayed at the Ocean Sky. The motel seemed like a pretty nice motel however around 1-2 in ... Read More
We sailed on the Norwegian Bliss from January 12th – January 18th. We flew in to Fort Lauderdale and spent the night prior to the cruise. We stayed at the Ocean Sky. The motel seemed like a pretty nice motel however around 1-2 in the morning it appeared they were shooting an episode of Cops in the hallway. Motel patrons were yelling and slamming doors. I called the front desk and they said the cops were already on the floor. After about 15-20 minutes of yelling and such, it calmed down. I am not sure even without all the drama, that this motel was worth the cost. The room seemed old, almost like a remodeled old hotel that still felt old. Nothing bad, other than the drama, stood out but nothing good did either. I will find another place to stay the next time we are in Fort Lauderdale. Embarkation started at 12:00 noon and we arrived a little before noon. We were on the ship within 15-20 minutes. It was the quickest I have ever experienced. It appeared they were using two terminals, B and C to board the ship so that may be what helped. Anyway, kudos to Norwegian. As soon as we boarded we went to one of the touch screen monitors located at many places around the ship to schedule laser tag, go karts and a comedy show. We previously scheduled Havana and Jersey Boys on line before the cruise. These touch screen monitors are located at the top of the stairs on each level. I would strongly suggest you do this as soon as you enter the ship. If you wait, you may find the attraction you want to attend sold out. The monitors are a really nice touch and even allow you to see directions from where you are to any attraction on the ship. Nice job with that Norwegian. We then went to Margaritaville restaurant to eat. I ordered a hamburger and my wife ordered a fish sandwich. It was at least an hour before we received our food. Several people were seated after we were and received their food before we did. I have no idea what the holdup was because the restaurant seemed to be at about 30% capacity, certainly nowhere near full. I nearly grabbed the waitress and told her to cancel my order. It doesn’t take an hour to cook a hamburger and fish sandwich. I was very disappointed in Margaritaville on the Bliss and would not recommend anyone eat there. The hamburger was not that good and my wife’s sandwich was not good. I later ate a burger in the buffet and in my opinion it was much better than Margaritaville and didn’t cost extra. Throughout the cruise I observed maybe a maximum of 20% capacity at the restaurant. It certainly is not being used by many. I assume the cost is the main driver of that. We spent the first day just getting to know the ship. This is a really big ship but I liked the way everything was laid out. By day 3 we pretty much knew where everything was at and if we didn’t they had nice placards by each elevator that listed what attractions were on each floor. We booked laser tag for the first day and it was fun. It is broken down in to two sessions of about 5-10 minutes each. There is a safety video that you must watch and then they break you down in to two teams and give you your weapons. You must wear closed toe and heal shoes. This pretty much excludes flip flops and sandals. We did this twice during the cruise. It is an extra $10 per person per game which I think is too expensive for no longer than the game runs. We ate in the Garden Café, which is the buffet, on day one and the food was what I would call average. We have been on Carnival and Disney and the food was similar to that. They did do a good job of keeping the tables clean and in fact as soon as you finish with your plate or cup they will collect it quickly so make sure you are really finished or have someone guard your plate if you must leave for a bit!  There did seem to be a large variety of food and I would think anyone would be able to find something to eat on the buffet. It is pretty spread out so I didn’t notice any unusually long lines and we were always able to find a seat near the buffet during the cruise. We spent some time in the observation lounge. I read a lot of positive reviews about it and they were correct. It is a really nice place with a small buffet and bar and tons of comfortable seats, most overlooking the ocean. Some reviewers complained about people sleeping, etc. but I didn’t notice much of this. One of the things that I read over and over in the Bliss reviews was the staff attitude. Before the cruise I honestly suspected it was the cruiser and how they interacted with the staff. I suspected they were rude to the staff or demanding and the staff responded in kind. I have to say that I am disappointed in how the staff act. For a lack of a better term, they for the most part, seem indifferent. They rarely spoke to us. A good example was bar staff. I would go to a bar, patiently waiting my turn. The bartender would come over and ask what I wanted. No smiles, greetings, etc. I would give them my order and they would ask for my room card (we had the beverage package). That was usually the last words spoken by the staff. They would sit the drinks on the bar, return my card, and walk off. We saw this type of behavior all throughout the staff. At one point I wondered if a lot of the staff didn’t speak very good English so they were reluctant to speak. I consider myself to be polite, always saying “Please” and “Thank you” so I know they were not responding to my demeanor. We noticed this behavior with our room steward as well. He kept the room clean but also seemed indifferent. On other cruise lines the staff would almost always greet you when they passed you in the halls, etc. We did not observe this behavior on the Bliss. As this is our first Norwegian ship I don’t know if this is Norwegian wide or just the Bliss but they defiantly have a problem. The ”Washy Washy” guys and the people holding up the flyers advertising the main items on the buffet each night were the exception to the indifferent staff. They were also smiling from ear to ear, usually singing and dancing. If you don’t know what the “Washy Washy” people are I will explain it. They have bottles of hand sanitizer and give you some before you enter the buffet. Some of them have become semi-famous, check You Tube. Another recurring negative that I read in reviews prior to the cruise was about the elevators being slow and packed. We did observe that most elevators seemed quite full and you did have to wait up to 2-3 minutes for one to arrive. Often it would be packed and you couldn’t get on. We ended up using the stairs 75% of the time which was good exercise. My wife has a FitBit and she typically recorded 50 or so flights of stairs a day. The FitBit doesn’t record going down stairs so this was just up! Keep in mind however that this was not always just bypassing the elevators, it might have been climbing stairs for the water slide, going up a floor to a bar and back, etc. but it was a lot of stair climbing. We also walked a lot but that is to be expected on a ship that is 1000’ long. This was no different from any other cruise that I have been on. On day two we hit the bigger water slide. The bigger one requires tubes and the other one is the one that drops the rider. The line was long and it took us 45 minutes at least to ride it the first time. The second time was maybe 20 minutes. It was fun and I would recommend it. My 13-year-old probably rode this slide 30 times during the cruise. We also rode the go-karts on day two. It took about 20 minutes from the time we walked up to the time the race started. The go-karts were faster than they looked but it seemed we spent as much time sitting in them on the track as we did driving them. They have the ability to instantly shut down the karts and the first time they did this, I assume they were reprimanding someone, as the staff went to him and talked with him a bit. They started us up again. After not more than one lap we had several cars crash in to each other. This took a bit to straighten up and then we were off again only to be stopped again shortly after for another crash. Overall they were fun but the one time was plenty for the cruise. On the second night we attended the show Havana. After reading all the negative reviews I almost decided not to attend. I thought the show was good and in fact they received a standing ovation at the end. If the show had a story line, I couldn’t detect it, but I can appreciate all the hard work the performers put in to it. As far as activities go, there are tons going on all day and evening around the ship. Each night they deliver to your cabin a summary of the next day’s events and other general information. It also tells you what times the restaurants and buffet are open. You can also find this information on the television in your stateroom. I guess this is a good time to talk about the cabin. We booked a mini-suite with balcony although it should be called a balcony room. That is what it is on other cruise lines. Calling it a “suite” is a stretch. The room itself seems a bit smaller than comparable rooms on Carnival and Disney, the two lines I have cruised with previously, although the bathroom seems larger. Overall the room was adequate with plenty of storage space for 3 people. In addition to the main bed there was a couch that pulled out to a bed. The balcony had two chairs and a small table. The room had a small fridge in it but it was locked. A sign on it stated that the mini-bar was not included in the drink package. I assume the staff could have unlocked it if we wanted to use it for storage but we never asked. When you first come in the room there is a slot for a key card. If you do not put a key card in the slot the lights will turn off after a couple of minutes and it appeared to us that the electrical outlets also turned off, so don’t forget to use the key card. The beds were decent although of the three lines I have cruised with now, they are my least favorite. I was not a big fan of the pillows as I thought they were not firm enough. Overall the room was adequate. On day three we ate at Los Lobos. The service was very good. Everyone was very nice and pretty much the total opposite of the other staff we encountered. I had the Enchiladas and they were pretty good. We ate outside on the Waterfront and you couldn’t ask for a better view for a meal. The Waterfront was probably my favorite place on the ship. Prior to boarding the boat, we booked Jersey Boys. I read a bunch of reviews and most were positive. I read one review that said the show had “some” language in it but even network television seems to have some so I wasn’t worried about it. When we arrived in line there were signs saying the show had “authentic New Jersey profane language”. I had my 13-year-old son with me so I was a little concerned. I know he hears this stuff at school but I don’t use language around my kid. Well it did have some language. Other than the normal “D” and “S” words they dropped the F-bomb about 15-20 times throughout the show. The real shame of it is that the language was not needed. I assume they were trying to make the guys and gals from Jersey look “tough” by having them drop F-bombs but being able to cuss doesn’t make you tough and it doesn’t make you look tough. Other than the unnecessary language the show was good. The performers were very talented. I wouldn’t recommend the show because of the language but if hearing the F-bomb dropped doesn’t bother you then you should be okay. I would say it certainly is not for younger ears. We rode the drop coaster on day 5. It took about 30-45 minutes to get through the line to ride it. They have 3 people manning the coaster. One at top, one at the trap door where they extricate anyone that gets stuck on the slide, and one at the bottom. The guy at the bottom, and maybe the others as well but I couldn’t see them, would leave his post every 10 minutes or so and be gone for 10-15 minutes. During that time the operations would come to a halt. This happened every 10 minutes or so. At first I thought they were going on break but who has a break every 10-15 minutes? I don’t know what they were doing but it tremendously slowed down the operations of the slide and a lot of riders were getting angry and I don’t blame them. The ride itself however was really fun. When you drop its kind of like being propelled from a canon. I made it through the ride and my wife barely did. A lot of people did not, and had to be removed using the trap door which was no big deal. It seemed the majority of people who did not make it were women so I am not sure if it had anything to do with weight or not. I would ride it again if it were not for the long wait. The funniest thing about it was the majority of riders were men. Most of them were probably 40+. I saw several older gentlemen in their 60's plus riding it too. They would come off the slide grinning from ear to ear. My wife said their bodies said they were 65 but their minds told them they were 15! It was fun to see. On St. Thomas we went to Coral World and Coki Beach. We took a taxi but I don’t recall how much it cost. Coral World is neat but unless you do one of the extra paid attractions there is not a lot to do there. We spent about 30-45 minutes there and then went over to the beach. Coki beach was pretty crowded. We rented a couple of chairs for $5.00 each. They had waitresses and waiters running the beach taking food and drink orders. We bought a bucket of Carib beer which costs $25.00 for 5. I thought that was a little expensive for a beach but I was on vacation so what the heck. We saw lots of small fish swimming in the shallow parts. The changing rooms and bathrooms were nasty. I am sure there are more up and down the beach but the ones on our end were filthy and the toilet and sink didn’t work in one of the two stalls. Overall the beach itself and water was really nice. On Tortola we went to Smuggler’s Cove and Nigel’s Beach Bar. We took a shared taxi. The cost was $14.00 per person each way. The driver waited at the beach for all of us as it is a good 30-minute ride and over a lot of unimproved roads. At times you wonder just where in the world he is taking you. The beach itself was not overly crowded. Nigel had chairs and umbrellas for rent if needed. Once you enter the water there is a layer of small rocks for about 6-8 feet and a pretty substantial drop from zero to about 3 feet. Once you get past that shelf the beach is mostly soft sand and it drops off pretty gradually. We didn’t observe many fish here but didn’t go far out either. Nigel’s Beach Bar is what you would think a beach bar on an out of the way beach would be. Some 2x4s, pieces of plywood and tarps. Nigel is top notch though. Fast with the drinks and seems to be a really good guy. We had a lot of fun here and I would recommend it, but just be aware that if you have trouble walking you might have some issues navigating the rocky ledge, especially coming back up over it to get out of the water. On our Bahamas stop we went to the public beach just beside Atlantis. It was a disaster. The beach was incredibly crowded. We purchase two chairs and were placed in front of most of the other chairs. The water was crashing in to our chairs so we had to keep all of our belongings sitting on the chairs. We left after a couple of minutes and went to Atlantis and bought the day pass for the water park. We had a good time there riding the lazy rivers and water slides. The beach is really nice and wasn’t crowded. The water park is huge and spread out. We carried our luggage off the ship. We have done this for all but our first cruise. Normally you can get off the ship very quickly this way. It took us over an hour to get off the ship. They had a long line of people routed down the center of the ship, in to the casino, and back around to the theater. Finally after passing through the theater we were checked out and got to leave the ship. This was probably the longest disembarkation I have ever experienced and was pretty much the complete opposite of the embarkation. Over all we had a good cruise. The Bliss is a beautiful ship and I like the way things are laid out. I thought the staff did a really good job of keeping everything clean. Jersey Boys and its language was a big disappointment to me as well as the indifference of the Bliss staff. Other than that, we had a really good time. I might would cruise the Bliss again but our next cruise with probably be another cruise line. I think we are going to try Royal Caribbean next just to compare. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Just before sailing I pulled my back out. I considered canceling. Since I was going with my sister and our husbands I went. It was the best decision. For 1 week I was waited in. Fed excellent food. Delicious cocktails. My room cleaned ... Read More
Just before sailing I pulled my back out. I considered canceling. Since I was going with my sister and our husbands I went. It was the best decision. For 1 week I was waited in. Fed excellent food. Delicious cocktails. My room cleaned everyday. Also could relax and be entertained without having to go very far. Came back feeling r3freshed both mentally and physically. So you can do as much or as little as you want and still have a good time. This was my first NCL cruise. I usually sail on RC. Since this was a new ship and going to ports I hadn't been to before we decided to go for it. Was a little disappointed in a few small things. No sports bar. Lack of sufficient seating in Atrium. Overall was an great experience.. I would recommend this cruise especially if you have kids. Lots for them to do. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I chose this ship because it was the newest Norwegian ship. The ship is beautiful, staff outstanding and entertainment was great!! Embarkation was simple and disembarkation was quick. We did the St John's Island Tour while we were ... Read More
I chose this ship because it was the newest Norwegian ship. The ship is beautiful, staff outstanding and entertainment was great!! Embarkation was simple and disembarkation was quick. We did the St John's Island Tour while we were in St Thomas. Tour was great. Took us to several spots to take amazing photos. Very enjoyable. Went to Tortola and took the excursion to Jost Van Dyke. Beautiful Island had a nice relaxing day the beach! The only complaint I had was the location of the Spa Cabin that we had. When the agent was booking the 15th floor I asked if it was noisy because it was below the pool deck. He assured me that it was a great location and would not be noisy. Boy was he wrong. I have been on over 10 cruises and this was by far the worst location that I have ever had. Constant noise at night. Chairs dragging on the deck above, hammering at 3am and some kind of odd noise that went on all night long. Did not have a full night sleep on my 7 night cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Received text/email Friday night saying cruise would be delayed due to Medical Emergency, not to show up until 1:00 p.m. Bliss actually arrived at 9:30 only 2 hours after scheduled. Specialty Restaurants we ate at : LaCucina although ... Read More
Received text/email Friday night saying cruise would be delayed due to Medical Emergency, not to show up until 1:00 p.m. Bliss actually arrived at 9:30 only 2 hours after scheduled. Specialty Restaurants we ate at : LaCucina although food was good , service wasn't. It was our waitress 2nd night working there. NCL should have had someone shadowing her. Was charged an extra dinner that took a day and a half to fix. LeBistro food very good , however they messed up my dinner , so all 4 of us waited an extremely long time. Cagney's was absolutely Fantastic from food to service. Bar service was good to very good and 3 great bartenders from the Escape (Rommel, Chocolate Cowboy and Bing) took good care of us. Observation Lounge is a great space. Spice H2O (adults only during day) was about 1/2 the size of the Escape and the smoke smell while in the bar area was very strong and got quite noisy due the very low ceiling. Vibe is much smaller than on the Escape also. Only sell about 50 passes now instead of 80. Although we had a very good cruise we liked the Escape better. Entertainment District Brew House Jim Badger ( Piano) was a blast. Jersey Boys -Great show, I've seen the Broadway play and the Bliss entertainers were fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
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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