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
For a new ship it was rather underwhelming, the about to be remodeled Royal Caribbean ship I went on 11 years ago was more impressive. It felt like most things were geared toward those in the Haven. Also to have the added fee for the ... Read More
For a new ship it was rather underwhelming, the about to be remodeled Royal Caribbean ship I went on 11 years ago was more impressive. It felt like most things were geared toward those in the Haven. Also to have the added fee for the entertainment that did not include things like alcoholic beverages was ridiculous for me. When I cruise one thing I have come to expect is good entertainment comes with the cruise. So unfortunately, we did not get to enjoy any of the shows that were put on in the Bliss Theater besides the movie Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom in 3D. There were a lack of activities to do, besides ones that were going to have an additional cost to take part in. Plus the atrium was often to small for the entertainment that was worth attending. A large disappointment for several people we were on the cruise with was the fact they never got a chance to go on go-carts. Not sure why there was a reservation process for go-carts. That is really any activity that would be better done by stand-by only. The pool area felt like everyone was stacked one on top of the other and the music was unnecessarily loud, that my husband and myself never bothered to go there. That was extremely disappointing because the pool is always one of the places I want to go first. To make matters worse the way the pools were set up was crazy to me. In the main pool area the larger main pool should not be adult only. The largest disappointment of the entire cruise was the food and the service that went with some of it. To start do not advertise that there are three "different" complimentary dining options with "different" styles of food, when they all end up having the same menu. The first night we went to Savor with two other people. It took two different people and a ridiculously long time for two of us to get alcoholic beverages. In addition, almost every time we went to a sit down place, whether it was specialty or not, if there were more than two people everyone did not get their food at the same time. In some cases half the table would not receive their food until the others were basically done with theirs. If the other half were to have waited for all the food theirs would have been cold by the time they ate it. We have never waited so long in any restaurant as we did every time we did not go the Garden Café, which was self serve. Now the thing we look forward to the most on a cruise is the food. The food was pretty much the same no matter where we ate. To start, the food was so good in the main dining rooms that we ended up at the Garden Café shortly after. The Local food plain and simply sucked. There was only one thing on that menu, with limited options, that my husband enjoyed which was the wings. Otherwise, there was nothing else on the menu that would get us down there at any hour. For a 24/7 location, it was not somewhere we ever wanted to eat. The Garden Café, oh where to start, it was somewhere to eat or the lesser of the evils. Food was almost never hot, unless it was a fresh batch of fries. It got to the point we did not even bother going for breakfast. One time the pancakes were so old and dried out they could barely be cut with a butter knife. I am a huge, huge pasta person and not once was I able to get any. There was a pasta area, was always serving something that did not look appetizing. Really wish there had been the option to have plain noodles. Everyday they advertised dinner themes, however not once did we really see anything that was different. We are also huge dessert people, I have never seen so many people take one bite and push it aside. The occasional plain brownie, ice cream, and jello where the only real options. We paid more money for this cruise then we had on past cruises with Royal Caribbean and as a result were expecting more. We got far, far less! Like I stated at the beginning, the cruise 11 years ago on an outdated ship was better than this one on a brand new ship. 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
The cruise staff hands down were so polite and made me feel so happy to be on the ship for my first time. Silas, Alex, Breton, jokas, Lima, and yanique, just to name a few. The mojito bar was one of the best and the drinks were top notch. ... Read More
The cruise staff hands down were so polite and made me feel so happy to be on the ship for my first time. Silas, Alex, Breton, jokas, Lima, and yanique, just to name a few. The mojito bar was one of the best and the drinks were top notch. Food was delicious and there was always plenty of it, even between meals it was nice the the observation lounge had snacks. I also appreciate the hand washing stations and sanitizers all over the boat. The overall flow of the boat was nice, some nights the group dressed up and others we never got out of our swimsuits and cover ups but we never felt out of place. The ship had the perfect mix of entertainment but it was also okay if you wanted to just have some alone time and relax. I was also surprised with how approachable the staff was. The over all quality was great for the price. The drink package seemed to work in our favor because we drank a ton. The lovely excursion staff was so organized, specifically a wonderful lady from South Dakota, getting on and off was a breeze. There were plenty of things to do throughout the boat at sea from fitness, wine tasting, shopping, and don't forget the dance parties. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Not sure where all the negative reviews come from. We were a group of 8 people. We had no issues with reservations, made some online b4 cruise, made some while on ship. Ate at Manhattan, Savor, 4 of the specialty , The Local, Jimmy ... Read More
Not sure where all the negative reviews come from. We were a group of 8 people. We had no issues with reservations, made some online b4 cruise, made some while on ship. Ate at Manhattan, Savor, 4 of the specialty , The Local, Jimmy Buffett's , the Buffet and the Observation Lounge. Never had a bad meal. 1st time in 10 cruises I have eaten at buffet and I will say it was the cleanest buffet I have ever seen, and the best staff. Truly this area exceeded expectations. The Observation Lunge also exceeded expectations. No issues finding seats, or people lying around all day. the food they serve is awesome. light breakfast, salad at lunch with small sandwiches , snacks, fruit , coffee and tea all day. Again, staff here is amazing, super clean and an awesome spot. Our group with some fellow Patriot fans watched the football game and it was awesome. The Jersey Boys was great, I liked Havana, other in the group said Beatles shows were great. We made Go-cart, Laser tag and comedy reservations went we got on board around noon, no issues getting reservations. Spa was great, we had spa room so came with access to thermal spa, just amazing. And we had 2 massages, so worth it! Tortola was great. Been there done that with Bahamas and ST Thomas.. Finally, our cabin steward, Bustomi (Tomi) was superb! Honestly, best one we have had in over 15 cruises. We never had issues getting lounge chairs, we in early 50's and really don't need to be in the 1st rows near pool, walk around a bit and plenty of lounge chairs. lots of areas up on 16 and 17, away from pool and bars aren't as busy. My only complaint, ate too much, packed too much(weather was fantastic) and didnt exercise as much as I should have, not because gym was too busy, just too much to do. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Sailed the Western Caribbean last year, wanted to mix it up and go Eastern this year, and wanted to try out NCLs' newest ship the Bliss. Embarkation was smooth, no problems, though looking forward to Norwegian completing their own ... Read More
Sailed the Western Caribbean last year, wanted to mix it up and go Eastern this year, and wanted to try out NCLs' newest ship the Bliss. Embarkation was smooth, no problems, though looking forward to Norwegian completing their own terminal, as Terminal B and C are certainly showing their age. We got there a little later than I hoped and were in Boarding Group 6/7 in our party, by the time we made it to customer service Vibe had already been sold out for 25 minutes, as expected. Disembarkation was quick, DHS was on board the ship with a government contractor trying new facial recognition software, this is how all individuals carrying US Passports go off the ship, walk by a camera that picked up your face, no checking of passports, etc. Ship is beautiful, as expected for a vessel less than a year old. Very clean, and still has that "new car feel". Cabin (10796) was comfortable and our steward was very attentive, I typically stay higher up on deck 13/14 one thing I noticed was that occasionally smoke from the smoking section out doors near the waterfront and the cigar room would seep out and you could smell it, just something to consider if you like to sleep with the slider open. Deck 10 however on the bliss was pretty handy to the main attractions on decks 8-6 and easy enough to climb to 15/16 for the observation lounge/Garden Cafe/Pool deck, but if you were able to do deck 11/12 that would be the perfect distance split for taking the stairs. Dining was very good as expected for NCL, did the three specialty dining package and unlimited drink package. Specialty restaurants for our party were Tepanyaki, Q BBQ and Cagneys. Specialty dining was great, the Q restaurant was very good and a whole lot of food, was very tasty. Cagney's also is a favorite of mine and we typically do the steakhouse as the last hurrah on the last night of the cruise, wine (we chose the Norwegian reserve) was very good and the steak was excellent and cooked perfect. We ate in the Manhattan and Savior main dining rooms as well, the food was good, but the service was sloooooooow. Very slow compared to other cruises, not sure if it was a fresh crew in that area or what, but the service was unusually disorganized. Overall the food was great, a member of our party who had previously sailed on Royal said he would give the nod to NCL for better dining. Drinks very good on the ship, the Sugarcane mojito bar was packed all week long, I did not catch his name but the bar tender, an Asian male with wide framed glasses was a hoot. Very funny, and made top notch drinks, he was a favorite among everyone that ventured to his bar, he was typically serving the Waterfront bar and had a crowd around him each night until close. Tipping, they say that gratuities are included all across the ship, however if you bring cash you will get better service. I have no issues with the practice, and chose to stick to using our card only, but know that those guests that do bring cash aboard to tip their bartenders were quite obviously getting better service than those who were not, stronger drinks and waited on hand and foot while many others stood staring at the bar tender as he ignored them, something to keep in mind. Entertainment, over the course of the week we took in three shows in the theater. I forget their names off the top of my head, consisted of three comedians, a female emcee and two male headliners. We attended the adult show and were pretty disappointed, I'm all about adult jokes, but the girl just sang a song about male and female anatomy and it wasn't funny and it got old really quick. Middle comedian was very funny and the last comedian just made cruise jokes and compared NCL to Carnival, while funny it seemed lost on many folks in the audience including two in my party who had never cruised before. The other shows, Havana was great, the set design is awesome, a combination of computer graphics and the LED stage lighting really looked superb, the dancing and signing was top notch, worth taking seeing. Jersey Boys was also good, but being a younger group and not being familiar with the back story and the majority of the songs it was alright. The performance and music was very talented, but at nearly 2 hours long and being pointed at an older audience we were certainly ready to get out of there when the show ended. We did not attend the prohibition show but heard from others that it was certainly worth checking out, that show does have an associated cost as drinks are provided but sounded like it was worth signing up for. Deck Space. I wrote it in the official review for NCL that they send you and I'll say it here...pool space, pools, more pools. I understand that Bliss is intended to split its time between Alaska and warmer climates, but one pool for a ship of 4,000 passengers is not enough. We were fortunate to have excellent weather and the pool was packed, every day, even on port calls many folks stayed aboard. If you didn't reserve a lounge chair by 7am you were out of luck, and that pool deck is packed tight, not a lot of space down there. There was a large message on the video screen on the pool deck stating that if belongings were left longer than 30 minutes that they would be collected and placed in lost and found, we never observed that happening. I'm ok with reserving seats by the pool, first come first serve, and its seemed to turn over by mid day with those in the morning heading below after lunch and many chairs opening up for the afternoon hours. But I think NCL needs to do something about adding more pools, now they are shaving deck space for go-karts and laser tag, it is a frustrating thing IMO. Those go-karts and laser tag....We did each, each was fun, but that was it. Go karts went faster than expected and lasts about 10 minutes, but the area was a ghost town at 7pm on a sea-day, i expected it to be busier. Same with Laser tag, a fun experience (our team won btw!) but it seemed that it was a one and done thing for most people, they were never crowded and not many people were talking about it. It is done off the on-board reservation system so big lines were not expected, but they both were ghost towns...I know the cruise lines are working on these sort of things to get an edge on each others service, but I can't help but feel its somewhat gimmicky. I and everyone in my group stated we enjoyed it but would much rather have more deck space and more pools to enjoy. Service was very good, and the crew was attentive, the cruise director "dan-dan" was good, but his assistant cruise director (forget his name) outshone him at every turn, hopefully NCL promotes that guy to full cruise director, everyone on the ship loved him. Overall the service was very good, I would certainly sail the Bliss again and would encourage anyone to check it out. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
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Sail Date: January 2019
First off, any cruise is a good cruise. We had a very enjoyable cruise on the Bliss. The ship is beautiful. The bar staff, wait staff, shore excursion and guest services staff were all friendly and helpful. We were originally booked on the ... Read More
First off, any cruise is a good cruise. We had a very enjoyable cruise on the Bliss. The ship is beautiful. The bar staff, wait staff, shore excursion and guest services staff were all friendly and helpful. We were originally booked on the Synchrony of the Seas for this week and switched to the Bliss for the Thermal Spa Suite. It was well worth it. Cagney’s, The District Brewhouse, Observation Lounge and the Spa Thermal Suites were excellent. The reason for the average rating follow. There is not enough space for the passengers onboard. I don’t use the casino and having it placed in the middle of the ship in the public traffic area is a poor design (kudos for the enclosed smoking area, it does help). The Atrium as an event venue is awful, the Taste and Savor dining room and bar area create a block in the passage of people on the deck. The Haven, Vibe, Laser rag and Racetrack take to much of the sun/pool deck space and seem to be under utilized areas. There is no room to walk. Pool is to small for the size of the ship. The adult area, Spice H2O, should not be the smoking area on the ship. There needs to be a place for adults to go and have a relaxing, smoke free sea day. The jogging/walking track is very small and is blocked by chairs and people during the day. The outdoor seating for the specialty restaurants is very under utilized and could be used for something else. We had a spa balcony cabin and it was very small and cramped. The elevator call system needs to be reprogrammed, it is very inefficient. We did NCL excursions in Tortola and Miami. Escape to Jost Van Dyke in Tortola on the Rebel Yell was absolutely beautiful and would definitely do it again. In Miami we did the Everglades air boat tour and it was fantastic. I would highly recommend both. Overall, we had a great cruise but will probably will not cruise on this Bliss again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
After reading many of the reviews on this site we were not expecting such a great trip. This ship is state of the art. We have taken many cruises this was the best ship we have sailed on.Norwegian got it right this time. The public area ... Read More
After reading many of the reviews on this site we were not expecting such a great trip. This ship is state of the art. We have taken many cruises this was the best ship we have sailed on.Norwegian got it right this time. The public area and venues were nicely decorated. The Spa was better than most fancy hotel spas, the indoor spa pool is magnificent, It has countless jets, a water fall and wave pool section. Then you use the steam room, followed by the salt bath or sauna. Then to top it off you jump into the snow room to cool off. The facility is kept immaculate. The entertainment options were plenty. We saw Jersey Boys and it was almost as good as when we saw it on Broadway. We watched Beatlemania in the Cavern Club made you feel like you were in Liverpool. We also saw Havana a musical in the Theater very well done. there was also a Comedy Club which had some great national entertainers. The food was very good and for the most part the service was attentive. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.0
Value For Money 3.5 3.4

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