1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this ship because it is brand new and would have all the latest amenities. It exceeded our expectations. The buffet was excellent morning, noon,and night and the meals changed daily. The observation lounge and Walkway on 8 are ... Read More
We chose this ship because it is brand new and would have all the latest amenities. It exceeded our expectations. The buffet was excellent morning, noon,and night and the meals changed daily. The observation lounge and Walkway on 8 are lovely, very comfortable and had plenty of room. We had the perfect amount of time at sea (3 days) and in port (3 days). The Broadway shows are very good (although loud, so bring ear plugs). We had four adults in our room and surprisingly the room and bathroom was large enough (mid-ship balcony). We enjoyed meals in Taste, Savor, Manhattan, Los Lobos. So many restaurants we did not have time to try them all. No complaints with any of the meals or service. Make time to ride the go carts and ride the slides. Please ask me if you have any questions. I hope to ride the Bliss again to Alaska. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We sailed on February 2nd 2019. Our room was lovely. We stayed in a Mini-Suite 10196. It was very nice. Storage was average. Our steward was very good and kept room very neat for us,he did not have much interaction with us as we have had ... Read More
We sailed on February 2nd 2019. Our room was lovely. We stayed in a Mini-Suite 10196. It was very nice. Storage was average. Our steward was very good and kept room very neat for us,he did not have much interaction with us as we have had on other cruises. The bed was good. Husband loved it I thought it was a little firm, but this is a personal opinion. Yes there were over 4000 passengers aboard but you would never have know. Everyone of the crew you met greeted us with a smile and a "Hello". Was the pool area crowed? Of course it was everyone wants to be outdoors when it is beautiful outside. Make the best of it. Service at the pool bars was great, we got served fast and with a smile and a thank-you. The servers were busy. We went to Cagney's and Ocean Blue. Cagneys was our favorite. Ocean blue was good too but not as good as Cagney's... We also went to Q smokehouse. after hearing other people talk about how big the portion sizes are my husband and I decided to split a meal, this was perfect. They were very accommodating with extra plates to split our meal. We also ate at the Local very good food and wait time for food was very mininmal. Jersey boys was our pick for entertainment. All I can say is "WOW" this is not to be missed. I have seen this production in Vegas and it was better on the ship. Reservations: Yes you need them to the specialty restaurants and the shows. Do not wait till you get on the ship, some of this you can do online prior, not everything can be done ahead of time but some can, don't complain when you can not get into things when you could have taken care of it months prior. Spa: I indulged and has a facial,manicure and massaage. Sophie was the one who did my facial, she is awesome, hope I can see her again if we sail with NCL soon. Rizzabelle did my manicure she is so great nails never looked better. Shore excursions: We did the Norman Island snorkel which was fantastic, they make sure you know what you are doing and safety is high priority for them. Certified divers are in the water with you watching everyone closely. We also did the St John's caterman snorkel this was also great. It was a 30 minute boat ride to where we would go and they were very knowledgeable about all the islands and answered many questions. We stayed on board for the Bahamas. It was very peaceful and enjoyed the downtime. Casino: I do not want to offend the smokers here, so I am going to say I am sorry ahead of time. I do not smoke, I do not like the smell of smoke, casino is smoke free, this was awesome, They had a room sectioned off for gambling and that was for smokers. If you are a smoker, this ship is not for you. You are very limited where you can smoke on this ship. Overall: Wonderful cruise, we will be sailing with them a again in the future. We did the cruisenext so we have 4 years to decide when we would like to go again. Hoping they can do a Southern Caribbean run with the newer ships soon. Would love a 7-9 day run. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We arrived a day early to enjoy some of the city of Miami, first time being that far south Florida. Great stay at the Blue Lagoon Hilton and dinner at Hard Rock. Awesome time. Embarkment day very excited because this was my birthday ... Read More
We arrived a day early to enjoy some of the city of Miami, first time being that far south Florida. Great stay at the Blue Lagoon Hilton and dinner at Hard Rock. Awesome time. Embarkment day very excited because this was my birthday cruise. Arriving at Miami port was very easy from the hotel. I brought family and friends with me, and we made it on the Bliss in record time, 45 minutes, from check in to on board. We all were first timers for Norwegian. We were met with smiling faces right off especially after telling the crew that it was my birthday all week, LOL. Our impression of the ship right from the get go was beautiful. Our stateroom was spacious and welcoming.The only thing about this cruise that was disappointing was the comfort of the bed. It was a week long cruise and most of the time spent with some kind of discomfort due to the mattress. The rest was wonderful with many different activities we had yet to experience from other cruises. These activities included a two lane bowling alley, a inner tube water slide and a go cart track. We ran out of time to enjoy the laser tag oh well maybe next time. The food was exceptional with a wide variety and outside dinning which was awesome given the warm weather. All in all a great ship with great service from all crew members. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Ship is awsome Cabin interior is small but was ok since we spend less time there Dining buffet was perfect for us, went to Cagney's and Q it was very good Deal and no deal is fun ! and the entertainment was great Service ... Read More
Ship is awsome Cabin interior is small but was ok since we spend less time there Dining buffet was perfect for us, went to Cagney's and Q it was very good Deal and no deal is fun ! and the entertainment was great Service is perfect The disembark to port was fast and the shore excursions was awsome ! Not much children onboard so it was less wining Would love to try again to a different destination because I want to see more country ;-) I would like to try to go to Alaska I would like to go on a cruise with more than 3 destinations and / or more than 7 days. Only have one thing to complain about, is the elevator that need more synchronization One advantage is that I used the stairs, so I did not gain weight during my vacation and yet I eat very well, since the food was so good !! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
My fiance has never been on a cruise and I wanted to make it special for him. I have been on two other cruise lines but NCL had to many promotions to pass up. My travel agent told me about the Bliss and it was truly amazing! Sure an ... Read More
My fiance has never been on a cruise and I wanted to make it special for him. I have been on two other cruise lines but NCL had to many promotions to pass up. My travel agent told me about the Bliss and it was truly amazing! Sure an awesome staff, great food, great entertainment and what a breathtaking ship! We came home and booked the Encore one day later doe the same week next year. I will never sail with any other cruise line! Thank you NCL!! The ports we're perfect, we had fun in the casino, we played bingo and meet so many new friends. The staff was so accommodating! We can't wait to go back! We will continue to make memories on NCL for years to come! My fiance loves cruising now! We will take our kids when they get older as well! Way to go NCL! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Chose this cruise to sail on the Bliss plus good time of year weather wise for Eastern Caribbean. We flew into Miami the day prior to sailing which is highly recommend in case of flight or airport delays. Ubered to port. When we arrived we ... Read More
Chose this cruise to sail on the Bliss plus good time of year weather wise for Eastern Caribbean. We flew into Miami the day prior to sailing which is highly recommend in case of flight or airport delays. Ubered to port. When we arrived we were met by an attendant who checked our luggage and were directed inside where we were checked in and issued our room keys. Norwegian is very efficient in moving so many people quickly. We boarded around 1 pm with a sail time of 4pm. We had time to check out our cabin and explore the ship before sailing, none of the shops open til after sailing. Food was prepared and ready in the Garden Cafe ( Buffet) and was great. They always changed main course in the evening so you have a variety. The Manhattan, Taste and Savor restaurants are also complimentary, more upscale than buffet, food was wonderful. They have about the same menus, but try them all. The Local is complimentary, but it’s located in open area on deck 7, usually a band playing or game shows going on, seating available but noisy. We saw the Jersey Boys, Havana and Happy Hour Prohibition. Was surprised at the talent. Jersey Boys singing was incredible but language pretty rough. The talent was very good in rseionHappy Hour but not really worth the $35 per person. They gave you 5 drinks during show but they were simply awful. Jersey Boys and Havana were complimentary. My family enjoyed the pool and spa. Played laser tag, rode go carts, shopped and enjoyed the casino. The pool is on deck 16 which is open and there is a hot tub on deck 17. Shops were nice but they really push jewelry and paintings onboard so be ready to get in on sales seminars. My son and daughter in law did a scuba excursion In Tortola and said it was phenomenal, and they had a excellent guide. We loved walking around deck 8 or sitting in observation lounge. There was always a seminar, game show or craft class going on. My son in law won the karaoke contest on the last night of cruise, they did karaoke nightly in Cavern Club. All in all, great cruise, great ship. Simply beautiful! This is for smokers ONLY: you might want to consider another ship if you’re a smoker. Only 2 smoking areas, deck 17, which is way too crowded and small an area. In the evening usually a band playing there so add too noisy also. They have a smoking room in the casino but it doesn’t have the selection of machines they have in non smoking. Cigarettes aren’t allowed in Cigar Lounge. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
When I told my friend who owns a successful travel agency that we wanted to go on a cruise, she suggested we choose a modern ship, first and foremost. When I told her we were thinking about Norwegian Bliss, she said, "now THAT is an ... Read More
When I told my friend who owns a successful travel agency that we wanted to go on a cruise, she suggested we choose a modern ship, first and foremost. When I told her we were thinking about Norwegian Bliss, she said, "now THAT is an extraordinary ship; you're going to love it". She was right. In spite of the 4000 other people who had made the same decision, we never felt that we had to wait in line for anything. Ship operations, programs and activities are models of efficiency, and the service staff is A-1. The food...OMG the food. If you don't want the fabulous buffet for every meal, you can choose from many specialty restaurants - all wonderful. We saw 2 amazing, Vegas-quality shows as well as some stand up comedy and musicians performing in various parts of the ship. We did the Caribbean cruise - designed for sun-sea-relaxation. If you want more action or culture, another destination might be more the ticket. Very happy with our vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
New ship, always like to sail the new NCL ships. This one is going to be a winner for Alaska with the beautiful Observation Lounge. The color scheme on this ship is very appealing and soothing to us. We enjoyed the mornings, afternoons, ... Read More
New ship, always like to sail the new NCL ships. This one is going to be a winner for Alaska with the beautiful Observation Lounge. The color scheme on this ship is very appealing and soothing to us. We enjoyed the mornings, afternoons, and some evenings on that lounge. We also enjoyed the continental breakfast and light lunches each day. We had a spa balcony, whereas we usually do a spa mini-suite, but they were sold out early on, and we enjoyed the spa experience every day. The ship has the usual features we like about NCL with the various specialty dining choices. There are two excellent bars on board in our opinion. Sugarcane, with the ever-funny and top-notch bartender, Bong. The other is the Observation Lounge bar. Every bartender there is very interactive with passengers, sharing beverage tips and stories. As with all of our NCL cruises, it is really important to pre-book both entertainment and specialty dining. We never had a glitch the entire week. Overally, embarkation/disembarkation was smooth and fast. Although we have read some negatives about the food and service, we never had any issues with any of it. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our second cruise on NCL. We have cruised on Carnival, Princess, and Holland America. I'm a bit of a cigar lover. I would like to enjoy an unpersecuted cigar or 2 each day on my vacation. NCL's Humidor Lounge is the ... Read More
This was our second cruise on NCL. We have cruised on Carnival, Princess, and Holland America. I'm a bit of a cigar lover. I would like to enjoy an unpersecuted cigar or 2 each day on my vacation. NCL's Humidor Lounge is the perfect venue for this. But, what we have found to be superior on both NCL cruises thus far is the entertainment. Jersey Boys was "Legit". Havana was of the same quality, but, not as entertaining. The point is that there were 2 main stage shows that were of better quality than anything we have seen at sea (with the exception of Rock Of Ages and Cirque on the NCL Breakaway 2 years ago. Additionally, the Cavern Club, Beatles Tribute Band was chilling in their authenticity. They performed 2 different shows during the week, and then they combined the 2 shows into a main stage performance on the final night of the cruise. I wondered why they didn't do more. But, then you realize that the Beatles are famous for about 30 songs, that average about 2 and a half minutes each. We ate at 5 of the specialty venues, La Cucina, Cagney's, Los Lobos, Food Republic, and Teppanyaki. Shocking, as it was to me, Teppanyaki was hands down the best. I say that because its the only restaurant that is truly better than the land based restaurant on which it is based. La Cucina had osso bucco on the menu, and it was very good. The dessert at Los Lobos was so good, we went back after dinner and paid a' la carte to have it again a couple night later. The staff was very accommodating in letting us come back just for dessert. Cagney's was (I hate to say it) a little disappointing. We went with friends. 3 of the 4 steaks had to be sent back. The second round was better, but, I'm beginning to think that the steak house is very difficult to execute at sea. We have had similar disappointments at other over the water steakhouses. They are aiming at an experience comparable to Flemings or Ruth Chris. I'll go back, because I love a good steak, and their's are much better than the one on the main dining menu. But, I've lowered my expectations. The best steak I had was at Teppanyaki. It was fun, and the food was great. We didn't eat dinner at Food Republic. I got a snack, and my wife loved what she got. I should have paid more attention. My opinion is that if you like what you see on the menu (like my wife did), then you will like the food you will receive. The Local makes a great option for dining without any surcharge. We had several items there throughout the week. The main dining rooms served a great breakfast. You can order breakfast for your room without the room service charge. There are some menu items that carry a charge, but, if you want something before an early excursion, you can tip your server and go. We had never been to Tortola. We are running out of Caribbean Islands to see. Good thing we opted for the Virgin Gorda Baths tour. Tortola had little more than the typical port shopping area. There was a cigar bar in the port, that I might visit if we ever go back. But, other than that, I didn't see much there. We started to walk into town after our tour, but, noticed that a lot of people were walking back empty handed. So, we went back to the ship. The Baths tour was spectacular. In Nassau, we went to "The Fish Fry" for lunch. I think we ate at Curly's. Don't make the mistake of thinking the Fish Fry is a single place. There are probably a dozen restaurants there. They all serve local Bahamian fare, like Conch Fritters, Bahamian Mac and Cheese, and some fresh seafood. There aren't a lot of great excursion options in Nassau (in my opinion) so, this is a great way to spend a couple hours. After lunch we went to Graycliff Resort. Graycliff has a great cigar factory on premises, and sell (expensive) cigars all over the world. They also have great indoor and outdoor lounge space. A tip: Cigars are hand rolled in their 5 star restaurant each night for sale to guests of the restaurant for an after dinner cigar in their elegant lounge. I paid $20 for one after dinner there a couple years ago. Well, apparently they sell the leftovers in their gift shop for $12 the next day. The elegant after dinner lounge is open to the public. So, I enjoyed my fresh rolled cigar before heading back to the ship. We've been to St Thomas several times. We've done the beach tours and the pirate castle, etc. The last couple times, we've just strolled the shopping district, picking up a few souvenirs. Other elements: Embarkation and debarkation were the most efficient I have ever experienced. This shocked me, since, the worst I had ever experienced was on the other NCL cruise (NY port on NCL Breakaway) we sailed. I have never gotten on a ship faster. We were almost last off the ship and we were out of the port by 10:00. We really never waited for either events. We had a leisure breakfast in the main dining room about 8:30, and then we joined the line to walk off. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We've never cruised before and had no idea what to expect - all we've done are all inclusives. Embarking was hectic, we aren't used to so many people. The biggest problem here was that our luggage wasn't on the same ... Read More
We've never cruised before and had no idea what to expect - all we've done are all inclusives. Embarking was hectic, we aren't used to so many people. The biggest problem here was that our luggage wasn't on the same bus we took from the airport to the ship. Our luggage came separately in a cube van and didn't make it to our room, we had to go down and collect it ourselves. This did cause some anxiety initially because who likes to be separated from their luggage?? They assured us this was a normal practice, and they were correct. Dan Dan (cruise director) is AMAZING. Hilarious, fun to talk one on one with. Don't miss anything he's a part of. The food at the buffet was wonderful, tons of variety for myself (a vegetarian) and my husband. My biggest issue here was that nothing could be guaranteed nut/peanut free. Even the gelato at Coco's had a hazenut variety and they used the same scooper for all the gelato's. The cupcakes from the bake shoppe used almond flour and the macarooms also had hazelnuts. The curry in the Indian section (at the buffet for all meals) often had curries with cashews. I have no food allergies, so this wasn't an issue for me, but I can see people with nut allergies having some issues. For the record, the head chef is Indian and his Indian section was amazing. They even had a Starbucks. The entertainment was phenomenal. From the day to day game shows, musical performers, Jersey Boys musical and especially the comedy acts, we were ALWAYS entertained. We went to 3 comedy shows and were not disappointed, way better than the Yuk Yuk's we see here at home (Canada). This being said, the second you've got a minute on the ship (the first day!), book the things you want to see ASAP. Do not wait. There were some things we wanted to do that got booked up fast. There was so much to do, in so many different areas, we were never at a loss of what to do. The ship itself was stunning. High end finishes, literally a floating hotel. I cannot say enough good things about the state of the ship, it was beautiful to look at. I would suggest to explore options for your excursions. We just walked off the boat and did local shopping but a lot of people booked independent of NCL and got taxis and boats privately for way less money. People aren't kidding when they say the boat is empty on port days. It was great. We paid extra and got the week long spa pass. It was worth the money and totally relaxing. We spent 15 mins at the pool deck and weren't feeling it. We've done so many beach vacations, we were happy not having pool and sun days. The pools aren't large, smaller than I expected, but they did have tons of loungers that got held with towels first thing in the morning. Most people sunned themselves, not many people went into the salt water pools. Definitely check out the observation deck. Great views and relaxing atmosphere. Great loungers, chairs and couches. Snacks, coffee, juices are always available. Overall, we had a fantastic experience. The staff are top notch, always accommodating and senior staff keep close checks on everyone. Would definitely recommend this ship, not sure we can go back to all inclusives anyore lol Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 3.5 0.0

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