395 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

We were 1st time cruisers, we were invited to join some of our neighbors. So happy we did this ship is amazing, the crew wonderful, shows excellent, food fabalous. From check in to embarkation they are so organized. The only issues I saw ... Read More
We were 1st time cruisers, we were invited to join some of our neighbors. So happy we did this ship is amazing, the crew wonderful, shows excellent, food fabalous. From check in to embarkation they are so organized. The only issues I saw was the adult pool was way over crowded with people sitting on the side and lack of deck chairs after 10am! and spent alot of time waiting for elevators. The ports of call were ok, the trip we took was well organized to Magens Bay, St Thomas. The Jersery Boys was wonderful as was the show Havana. The crew was always so happy, friendly & helpful, it was hard to come back to reality! The food! what can we say if you went hungry it was your own fault! Selection great, desserts were amazing.1 It was truly Bliss on the Bliss. We are hooked! We will be back Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise because of the size of the ship, the numerous food and entertainment options, and the size of the staterooms. We also thought our 11 year old twin daughters would enjoy all of the activities for them. First, we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the size of the ship, the numerous food and entertainment options, and the size of the staterooms. We also thought our 11 year old twin daughters would enjoy all of the activities for them. First, we spent the previous night in Miami, and stayed just north of the airport to save at least $150 compared to hotels near the port. Uber XL the following morning was less than $30 to the port terminal the next day. Embarkation was super easy! We boarded at 10:30AM, and carried our own luggage. We waited in line less than 5 minutes, and the process was quick and easy. Even though our room wasn’t ready, we were allowed to drop off our suitcases. We stayed in mini suite #10800, and found it to be plenty roomy. The bathroom was large with two sinks, and a large shower. The shower size was important to me since I have some mobility issues after losing my right leg and walking with a prosthesis. A shower chair was provided on request. I was able to get around the room reasonably well, but needed to crab walk past the bed. There’s also a half step up to get in the bathroom, so this was a little tricky. With my prosthesis on, I had no trouble getting in/out of the bathroom. The shower had a perfectly placed grab rail as well. There was a large closet with lots of hangars, cubbies for t-shirts/shorts/etc, and a safe. There were several outlets on the counter next to the TV and above the mini fridge. There were also 3 cabinets with shelves inside below the TV which offered extra storage. The balcony was surprisingly large and had two comfy chairs and a large table. We found our stateroom to be soundproof and never heard anyone above, below, or next to us on either side. Room blackening curtain was fantastic over the balcony sliding glass door. Our steward, Mel, was absolutely fantastic. He spent a lot of time with our girls, and they couldn’t wait to learn how to make towel animals each night, as well as the chance to ask him where he was from and about his family. Mel is a true gentleman. He took great care of our room, and we never wanted for anything extra. Our stateroom was always clean, and always had fresh ice. We never touched the mini bar. We had the Ultimate Beverage Package which was great. Every bar we went to throughout the ship was well-stocked, and we never waited more than a minute for service even during peak times. We also purchased the soda/water package for our daughters which was also well worth it. We typically ate breakfast and lunch at the Garden Cafe on deck 16, and the food was quite good with a great array of choices. For dinner, we went to Teppanyaki twice. This is a must-do, even if you have to pay for it. The chef’s show was fantastic, and the food was wonderful. Portions are massive. Q BBQ was also great, and the short ribs were tender and delicious. Ocean Blue was also excellent. At each of the pay restaurants there are photographers who will take your picture and at the end of the meal offer to sell a package or single photo. This is your only opportunity to buy the photos as they won’t appear on your room account/photo code. We also ate at the Local, and they have fantastic wings. The Manhattan Room was very nice, with rotating menu options and classic menu options that do not change. We thought the complimentary food choices and options were great! Frankly, besides Teppanyaki, I didn’t want for anything else. My daughters always found plenty of things they enjoyed as well and had zero complaints. During our at sea days, we hung out at the pool on deck 16. Be sure to get there by 7AM or you won’t get a chair. It fills up quickly! Service was great at the the two bars. Tipping your server will get you fantastic, friendly, and frequent service. I typically gave $20 each day we were on the pool deck, and in return we were served given ice filled buckets of beer in perfectly timed intervals! Carlo and Joe found us each day. They are both fun to BS with, are super friendly, and are fantastic at what they do! Our girls loved the pool, hot tubs (there are four on deck 17), and also spent a ton of time on the slides. The bands that played daily included Siglo and Familiar Strangers. They were fun, played good tunes, and sounded great! The DJ playing music in between the bands was also good. At night, there were themed parties including 80’s and 90’s night. We loved the pool deck area and spent a lot of time there relaxing. Besides the water park/pools/slides/hot tubs, our daughters and my wife loved the race track. They didn’t do the laser tag. They also loved the ping pong tables. Our girls tried the Splash Academy, and enjoyed the freedom of being old enough to sign in and out after a minimum 2 hour stay. I was surprised to hear how much fun they had there, with age appropriate activities and games - they actually asked if they could go back! The staff in the Splash Academy were great and our girls really enjoyed it. Arriving at St. Thomas, we found disembarkation to be quick and easy. We did the Powercat and Snorkeling excursion, and had a BLAST. The crew with Coolboats USVI were fun, the included rum punch was delicious and plentiful. We first snorkeled and got to see stingrays, turtles, and many tropical fish. Then, we went to the beach for a little over an hour, followed by a cruise back to port with a dance contest. Perception at the time indicated awesome dance skills. Review of video later showed that the rum punch skewed perceptions. This was a great experience and we would do it again. St. Thomas is still recovering from the hurricanes, and there are a lot of boarded up shops. Next, we stopped at Tortola and opted to take a cab to Cane Garden Bay beach on the North side of the island. Cab fare in an open, safari type F-350 was $16 per person round trip. The cab ride was interesting...lots of steep, narrow roads. It took about 15” to get from port to the beach and vice versa. Build in some extra time as the trucks won’t leave until they’re full of passengers. Tortola is also still recovering from the hurricanes. Beach chairs were $20 for a pair with included umbrella. Beer was cheap on the beach, at $3 for a bottle of Coors Light. This is a BEAUTIFUL beach, and we didn’t find it too crowded. We loved our day here and would definitely do it again. Following a day at sea where made port at Nassau. This is definitely a tourist trap type of place and was very busy with a total of 5 large cruise ships in port at the same time. We took a cab to Cable Beach, with round trip costing $8. Beach chairs were negotiated to $30 per pair, and umbrella negotiated to $10. There are lots of people here selling snacks, water, soda, and beer, as well as an endless variety of “stuff” like conch shells, jewelry, swimwear, etc. There are stands selling drinks from coconuts and food. You can also buy fried and BBQ chicken from people selling this out of backpacks. We passed on the backpack chicken, but saw several others brave enough to buy then actually eat the chicken. You can parasail, rent a jet ski, or ride on a towed banana inflatable. The beach was stunningly beautiful, the people were friendly, and we had a great day! We saw Jersey Boys which was good, and we found the Bliss theater to be very nice. We also caught the Beatles show in The Cavern. This show was a blast and the band members fed off the positive vibe in the room that night, playing longer than scheduled. The shopping options were nice, and we stocked up on duty free liquor that was reasonable priced. Our girls loved the charm bracelets with $5 charms of the day. T-shirt sales were held at least twice, with a good selection of 2 for $10 shirts. Disembarkation was super easy, and we chose self-assist. If you don’t mind carrying your own baggage on and off the ship, this is the quickest and easiest option in my opinion. We loved our experience on the Bliss, and look forward to going again next year. We’ll probably try a western Caribbean cruise. Overall, our service and experience was spectacular! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Wanted another snorkelling opportunity, and to see the new ship! Loved the thermal spa, and the vibe, ship was full. All the food was great! Snorkelling was ok, not as good as western Caribbean. One boat lost an engine, one ... Read More
Wanted another snorkelling opportunity, and to see the new ship! Loved the thermal spa, and the vibe, ship was full. All the food was great! Snorkelling was ok, not as good as western Caribbean. One boat lost an engine, one excursion cancelled morning of, as again boat mechanical issues. Shore excursions were very good to get us something else last minute which we enjoyed almost as much. Loved the Mohito bar, great drinks and service. Los logos was our fav, esp the made at table guacamole! The q was good, servings too big! Teppanyaki was fun as usual. But too many tables in one room made it hard to hear the chefs performance, but food and drinks were great. Hubby loved jersey boys, me not so much, but just a matter of taste. Make sure you may reservations as early as possible, as everything gets booked up! Hypnosis act was funny! Unfortunately I went to her later weight loss seminar, which didn’t work for me! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
GETTING TO THE SHIP: Our trip started in chaos when Spirit Airlines cancelled our flight on Friday morning. Our group of 10 from Pennsylvania were able to find last minute flights on Delta out of Pittsburgh and arrived in Fort Lauderdale ... Read More
GETTING TO THE SHIP: Our trip started in chaos when Spirit Airlines cancelled our flight on Friday morning. Our group of 10 from Pennsylvania were able to find last minute flights on Delta out of Pittsburgh and arrived in Fort Lauderdale late that evening. Thank you Delta!! We stayed at the Hotel Morrison in Dania Beach. New hotel with nice rooms, comfortable beds and a nice breakfast. SAS Transportation picked us up at 9:00 am on Saturday and after a quick ride we were at the terminal by 10:00am. EMBARKATION: Check in and Boarding was quick and easy and we on the ship before 11:00 am. After reading other reviews we immediately went to Deck 6 and booked the Go Carts, Laser Tag, Prohibition and a late night session of the Comedy show. They had signs directing you where to go. SHIP: From there it was time for a drink and to explore the ship. Since we had been on the Escape and Getaway the layout was easy to follow. We checked out the Garden Cafe and then headed to the Observation Lounge. It soon became one of our favorite places. We ended up there several times for drinks and a late lunch. The enclosed smoking area in the Casino was a plus. It was nice to go through casino and not smell like smoke. But we still didn't win on the slots. NCL continues to use the Atrium for lots of activities. Not my favorite layout but it seems that it works. Pool area was always crowded but we were always able to find a chair. We weren't too picky and some days the locations were better than others. Yes people still save chairs, even though they have large posting on the video board. We were happy to find Auggie as one of servers by the pool area. We met him on the Escape and he treated us great again. He was always smiling and hustling to keep us hydrated. Please make sure you tip the staff who do a great job when on board. CABIN: Our cabin was an Aft balcony 10132. Bed was closest to the balcony and had adequate storage. Our room steward, Oh was great. He kept our room in great shape. Whatever we asked for it was done when we came back to the room. Towel animals were a treat every night. DINING: Food was fantastic. We ate at Taste, Savor, the Manhattan Room, Local and the Garden Cafe. We had great food and service throughout. The Indian selection in the Garden Cafe was really good. Always get to try a few new dishes when on a cruise. ENTERTAINMENT: We attended Jersey Boys, Havana, Prohibition, the Beatles show in the theater and the Comedy show. Every show was excellent. Jersey Boys and Beatles are not to be missed. The bands playing around the ship were excellent as well. ACTIVITIES: Go Carts were really fun. We had a car that wouldn't work so it took a while to get going. We had 10 cars in our group including a 14 year old who blew us away. Laser Tag was also fun. We did it at night which I would recommend. Having some young team members is key to winning. We attended the Cruise Critic bar crawl with about 60 of our new best friends. Starting with a tequila shot was not the best idea. PORTS: St Thomas we did the NCL Magens Bay and Shopping Excursion. Sonny Liston was a great driver. He made some extra stops for photos on the way. We had rain at the beach but it was still great be in the water in February. Downtown shopping was okay but we've been there before. Tortola we got off the ship and checked out the shops. Nassau we took a taxi over to Atlantis and tried our luck at the casino. The ride over was great. Coming back we took every side street and back alley imaginable. Then we took a short cut through the hospital parking lot. I have never seen a van equipped with a residential HVAC unit. We should have bailed at that point. EMBARKATION: At this point we really didn't want to leave, but after a quick breakfast we said goodbye to the Bliss. Getting off was quick and easy. The face recognition system was cool. SAS Transportation was right there to pick us up and get us to the airport. Overall it was a fantastic cruise. After watching the ship get built and following her earlier sailings it was great to experience the BLISS and all the great features and activities. What can we do for an ENCORE?? Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Our first cruise ever. Our stateroom was very clean and our steward was very friendly. I was expecting a shoebox but my husband and I had plenty of room. The food was good everywhere we ate. We tried most all the restaurants but there were ... Read More
Our first cruise ever. Our stateroom was very clean and our steward was very friendly. I was expecting a shoebox but my husband and I had plenty of room. The food was good everywhere we ate. We tried most all the restaurants but there were a few we didn’t get to. All crew members were very friendly. We were always greeted with ‘hello’ and often asked if we were enjoying the cruise. We especially liked the Sugarcane Mojito Bar. Bartenders Bong and Pedro are incredible. It gets busy at times and you might have to wait but they work hard to make every drink just right. All the shows we attended were very good. There is always something going on. If you can’t find something to do, you’re not looking. The ship is beautifully maintained- very clean. The only negatives I encountered were the pool and the elevators. There are about 16 elevators on the ship and they are usually full and sometimes you have to wait a long time to get one. Sometimes we got lucky and didn’t have to wait and there were only a few people in it. The pool and hot tubs were always full and we couldn’t get near them for the most part. Lots of parents let kids play in the hot tubs instead of the kiddie pool (which looked like fun to me!) but that’s more a parent issue than a Norwegian issue. Overall, we had a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We had a great vacation onboard the Bliss. Food was great and entertainment was varied and excellent. Buffet-Lots to chose from. Standouts were the Mongolian Beef, vetable stir fry, and beef with broccoli. Room service- Great ... Read More
We had a great vacation onboard the Bliss. Food was great and entertainment was varied and excellent. Buffet-Lots to chose from. Standouts were the Mongolian Beef, vetable stir fry, and beef with broccoli. Room service- Great turkey sub, my husband liked the supreme pizza. We ordered often. The Local- Great that there is something 24/7. Good pub food, especially the Asian wings. Q- was ok, other restaurants were better. Cagneys-Food was excellent, service was slow. Le Bistro- wonderful meal. I am not really a desert eater, but they were the bomb. Teppaanyaki-Very good. We had great tablemates and a funny chef. Prohibition show- It was ok, but I don’t feel like it worth $36 each. Adults only for sure. Jersey Boys- We really enjoyed this show. It was face paced and the cast was very talented. Siglo band was excellent as was Tatianna. We took the aft elevators whenever possible. We never had to wait for an elevator. We had a great time and would not hesitate to sail her again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Very quick embarkation and debarkation despite Port of Miami being crazy busy. The ship is beautiful and the service was excellent. Food was very good. Most nights we ate in Savor, the same menu as the MDR and we found a very good wait ... Read More
Very quick embarkation and debarkation despite Port of Miami being crazy busy. The ship is beautiful and the service was excellent. Food was very good. Most nights we ate in Savor, the same menu as the MDR and we found a very good wait team, ask for Bernadette and Guisti! The Mixx bar right outside of Savor was great, Allen was our favorite bartender. Sugarcanes outside bar is very nice when the ship is moving. St Thomas and Tortola are both very beautiful. Comedian was good, the singer/comedian was funny. One hint though make your show reservations as soon as you get on the ship. They have an enclosed smoking area in the casino so even though there is a still a smoky smell at least you don't have to be encased in a cloud of smoke. The Bliss was built for Alaska so there are alot of great views all over the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
First time on the Bliss, second cruise with Norwegian. To be brief, the cruise was absolutely fantastic. Let's start from the beginning: EMBARKATION: Entered the terminal at 11:05, had a drink in my hand on the ship in The Local ... Read More
First time on the Bliss, second cruise with Norwegian. To be brief, the cruise was absolutely fantastic. Let's start from the beginning: EMBARKATION: Entered the terminal at 11:05, had a drink in my hand on the ship in The Local by 11:35. Compared to the Port of Tampa, which is a nightmare, this could not have been any easier. FOOD: You should never have to eat any place but the Garden Cafe for high quality, diverse food. Of course, specialty restaurants are fantastic, (we at a La Cucina which was phenonmenal), as well as the other complimentary restaurants at least once. Magaritaville was OK, but convenient to the pool deck. However, the Garden Cafe was all we needed. OBSERVATION DECK (Deck 15): One of the most chill places to go for any travel. Pick up a light lunch or dinner, some adult beverages, and sit with a 180 degree view for as long as you like. ENTERTAINMENT: Jersey Boys was amazing! Havana! was good, but would not have been upset if we had not experienced it. Beatlemania in The Cavern is my one minor complaint. The act was fantastic (both nights), but the venue was challenging. We understood the reason to have The Cavern is to showcase this act. However, the crowds shoehorning into the area was frustrating. The ship should either (1) restrict the number of seats in the venue, or (2) ticket it. The people who just decided to stand in front of you, or bring chairs in from the waterfront and make their own seating caused some frustration for several of us who were in legit seating places. POOL DECK: The other minor complaint, which is common for any ship, is the "reserving" of deck chairs. Literally unused chairs for hours at a time, when it was clearly being displayed on the big screen that if left an hour towels would be removed. BARS/LOUNGES: Sugarcane Mojito Bar is a GREAT bar/lounge. The Waterfront bars all were excellent, not to mention the view. Staff were outstanding at not only the lounges but also all restaurants. EXCURSIONS: Tortola and St. Thomas island tours were excellent mainly due to the drivers we had that took the time to explain history and other fun facts. Magan's Bay and Cane Garden Bay were gorgeous and wish we had more time there. DISEMBARKMENT: Just a easy as getting on, with a ride to FLL Airport cheaper than a taxi ride. All in all, we are Norwegian fans AGAIN and will encourage any of our friends to book a cruise with this line, and especially this class of ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I have to admit, I was very skeptical about going on a cruise. It was not my first, or even second choice for a vacation, but cruising on the Norwegian Bliss definitely changes my mind about cruise vacations. Everything was amazing. From ... Read More
I have to admit, I was very skeptical about going on a cruise. It was not my first, or even second choice for a vacation, but cruising on the Norwegian Bliss definitely changes my mind about cruise vacations. Everything was amazing. From the food to our stateroom, I have nothing to complain about. The ship was very clean, I don’t know how many times I saw employees washing walls on the ship. The entertainment was amazing. We went with a group of 15 people. Kids ages 6-18 and adults. Everyone in our group had an amazing time. If you are bored on the ship it is your own fault. There is something going on all day and night. We loved spending time with Carlo in the Distrcit Brew Pub and Mfundo at Sugarcane Mojito Bar. I would definitely reommend getting a mid ship stateroom as it seemed as though we didn’t realize the boat was rocking when we were in our stateroom. It also puts you closer to all the action on board! I cannot wait to cruise with Norwegian again!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We joined with the group '5 o clock somewhere' featuring 'Jimmy Buffet' and country western music for an Eastern Caribbean cruise. We were aware that Norwegian has the best 'cruise ship' reputation in the ... Read More
We joined with the group '5 o clock somewhere' featuring 'Jimmy Buffet' and country western music for an Eastern Caribbean cruise. We were aware that Norwegian has the best 'cruise ship' reputation in the trade. Norwegian lived up to our expectations and more. The food was superb, the service was excellent and the crew was extremely efficient and well organized. We danced on the aft deck to live music, which was incredibly romantic. Our cabin, a bedroom suite with a walkout balcony on the 12th deck, was made up three times per day and spotlessly clean. It was a dream vacation. The swimming pool area might be an issue for some as fellow travelers 'tagged' tightly, packed lounge chairs .... which were never vacated. We live in Florida and we have a pool, so we really didn't mind. The kids aboard loved the water slides! The ship's entertainment and off-shore excursions were brilliant. I would highly recommend the 'Nassau/Bahamas open buggy tour' (ATV's). Our guide took us through a maze of streets and traffic in the 'old quarter' and spoke knowledgeably about historical highlights and newer features (ie Atlantis). We visited areas, heard about every day life, laughed at the guard chickens at the rum distillery (they are huge!) and ate an excellent lunch in a local restaurant off the tourist path. A one in a million experience that can only be had with a Bahamian native. Many years ago I crewed on luxury yachts and I would like to compliment both the Captain and crew for their excellence and hard work. The Captain imparted an easy confidence and I felt comfortable and confident aboard his ship at all times. We are already planning our next cruise with Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I cruised NCL last year on the Breakaway. The only thing I missed about the Breakaway was the Brazilian restaurant. Besides that - everything about the Bliss was better. I was never far away from food or a bar. I'm a non-smoker ... Read More
I cruised NCL last year on the Breakaway. The only thing I missed about the Breakaway was the Brazilian restaurant. Besides that - everything about the Bliss was better. I was never far away from food or a bar. I'm a non-smoker and Bliss was a very pleasant surprise! Breakaway allowed smoking in almost every area and was always inundated with smoke - NOT SO on the Bliss! We were able to avoid the smokers all together (they were camped at the bar on the back of the ship and in a very closed off area in the casino); in this way - Bliss was very much a blessing! I had the drink package - something I wouldn't recommend for everyone - but it was worth it for me (it was included in our package). It was nice to just get drinks anytime / every time I wanted them without having to look at the price tag. Seriously over 3 dollars every time I wanted a soda?? The food started to be repetitive towards the end. The buffet started and ended with Prime Rib! Cagney's for specialty dining was an excellent choice! Get your reservations in early, before you even cruise! Restaurants and times we wanted were booked up - and that was two weeks before we even got on the ship. The two times we tried the included restaurants (Taste and Manhattan Room) we were mostly disappointed. The food was just above buffet grade with less variety. I think the service was quite a bit better than last year, I never saw our room steward - and that is a great thing! The room was always in great shape, clean and ready for us. I might have snagged a few extra towels from an unattended cart now and again - but even those were very clean, large and soft. If you order the water before hand - order the 12 bottle package max - I made the mistake of ordering the 24 bottle package and that was just too much. The 15th level of the front of the ship was an observation lounge - that was one of the great highlights of the trip. It had comfy / quiet places to sit, had it's own bar and food items (borrowed from the buffet). There was no ice cream in the observation lounge, but the buffet was right up stairs and no issues taking food from the buffet down one level. This is a great place to play some cards, Phase 10 or even Yahtzee (we rolled the dice on a cloth napkin to lessen the noise). All in, it was a great trip. I would have been able to spend another week aboard with no problems what so ever, regardless the destination. It was so easy getting on and off - my mother is confined to a wheel chair - we took advantage of that getting on and off the ship. I would like to try Royal - something on the Oasis class next. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have cruised the Escape the last three years, and sailed Bliss this time around. We sail with two great friends we met on the Escape three years ago, and now make our February cruise a must do event with them every year. Loved the ... Read More
We have cruised the Escape the last three years, and sailed Bliss this time around. We sail with two great friends we met on the Escape three years ago, and now make our February cruise a must do event with them every year. Loved the ship, had great service. Ate at Ocean Blue, Cagneys, Margaritaville, the Local, Food Republic, Los Lobos , Q, and Teppenyaki. Had dinner one night in Manhattan. All meals were great, service fantastic. The cheesecake at Ocean Blue was everyone's favorite dessert, and I personally loved every part of my meal at Q, including the banana pudding and smoked peach margarita. Did not do race track or laser tag, just not our bag. But we did see the Beatles (Early Years and Abbey Road shows) in the Cavern Club. Get there at least 45 minutes early for a seat, but worth it. Jersey Boys was great, but we have seen it three times previously, so it was cool seeing it at sea. Pool deck is rough with chair holding and loud groups and crowds. Drank our faces off with the UBP. Love Sugarcane Mojito bar, but struggled to get a drink there; the bars popularity has grown, and many people getting drinks are slow to order. I was frustrated, but Bong recognized us from previous cruises and would take care of us as quickly as he could. One thing that I truly dislike is these bar crawls; I certainly hope that people realize that requesting 30, 40 drinks at a time impacts others around them. Especially mojitos!. Ok, enough being a grouch! Cabin was awesome, we stay in the same cabin every year (12304). It is the last balcony before the aft cabins, and has a long extended balcony. Enough room for two chairs, lounger, two tables. This was our only disappointment this cruise; our room steward could not meet our schedule needs. We leave the cabin by 8 am every day, return at 5 PM, leave for dinner at 8:45 PM, return after midnight. He openly complained to us that he didn't have time to turn down our room because he had "too many rooms to take care of". We usually tip our room steward $75 for the week. This guy got $20. Three nights room was not cleaned. Found a great couple from New York on Cruise Critic, we rented a private charter to White Bay and Jost Van Dyke while in Tortola. Outstanding trip...rain to start off, turned into a spectacular day with sun and warmth. Soggy Dollar Bar is so worth the cost of the excursion ($320 per couple which included tip, trip, and beer and water onboard,). New friends were fun and good people! We liked the Observation Lounge, but never utilized it. We're out in the sun all day. Went to the decades party and danced, the Assistant CD did a great job. Lots of teens whose parents were providing beers for them. Typical teen drama made for great people watching!. Just kids being kids, and we truly had very few issues with kids or teens other than the occasional bump as they ran down a hallway or corridor in packs. Both embarkation and disembarkation were awesome. On boat by 11:30, off boat by 7:50 am. Smooth and effortless. Already booked for Encore February 2020. Great job NCL, as always. Love the product, value, service, and experience we get on this lines cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise to travel with our frequent cruising friends. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were super easy- well done NCL!! We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment- from Jersey Boys to Beatlemania to the personable and ... Read More
We chose this cruise to travel with our frequent cruising friends. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were super easy- well done NCL!! We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment- from Jersey Boys to Beatlemania to the personable and funny Jim Badger in the District Brewhouse. We were happy to eat at several of the specialty dining restaurants- a great option to have some quieter meals away from the hubbub of the buffet options. A definite plus for us was being in a Spa balcony. Having unlimited access to the spa area was a total treat and we’ll always book a spa room from now on!! We visited the casino several times and wished that there were some tables with lower limits so that we could play more- it wouldn’t hurt the casino to have lower limits during the day when there weren’t many people in the casino. The eco hike excursion on St. John was nice- but we would have liked more time to swim. We spent the day we returned in Miami - specifically in South Beach- beautiful area and worth the time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Our family does a yearly cruise. This year, we chose the Bliss. Embarkation was quick and easy, no lines per say even though we got there around 12. The check in staff were great, they allowed my son and DIL to check in and board with us ... Read More
Our family does a yearly cruise. This year, we chose the Bliss. Embarkation was quick and easy, no lines per say even though we got there around 12. The check in staff were great, they allowed my son and DIL to check in and board with us even though they are Bronze. From the moment we stepped aboard, we were impressed. The ship was super nice, easy to navigate, and the staff couldn’t be better. Bars were not too crowded, waiting time for restaurants were no longer than 10 minutes and the specialty restaurants were fabulous. We had the meal plan and because we are Platinum, got a free meal at Carney’s. We went to Teppanyaki twice, Carney’s, and Los Lobos. The observation lounge was relaxing and awesome. Where else can we enjoy food, drink and enjoy sunsets with a view. Loved the singing pastry chefs in Savor...highlighted our breakfast experience. Staff really catered to our grandson and made him feel special. We have been on this same itinerary before, so we chose to do two excursions with the ship and one on our own. Turtle cove in St. Thomas, great time, saw turtles, fish, good guides. Blue Lagoon in Nassau, really crowded with five ships in port and expensive, Private tour with Patouche Tours in Tortola, highly recommended catamaran tour. They took us to places we wanted to go, lunch and lots of drinks. Very accommodating staff! Entertainment was excellent. Enjoyed Jersey Boys, Havana and Beatles. Comedian were ok, but wouldn’t go out of my way to see them. Didn’t get to Prohibition, since we we’re traveling with our grandson. Reservations for the track and laser tag went fast, so recommend getting them first thing when you get on the ship. The cabin rooms were nice. We had a balcony room, mid ship, deck 14, so it was conveniently located to most places. Only drawback, I wish it had more storage. The drawers under the extra bed were being used by the room steward for bedding and storage. So I had to stuff clothing in the small shelves under the TV area. Our steward, Jonas, was great, even when we had him setting up the overhead bed in both ours and our sons room for our grandson. He was always cheerful, and quick to please. Disembarkation was somewhat slow. We went for breakfast and we were in the last group to leave. We showed up around 9:10 and th lines were long. It still it took 30-40 minutes to get through. But all in all, great trip, great ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
February 16, 2019 Norwegian Bliss If your idea of a cruise is sunning by the pool all day than you should look for another ship. The pool and surrounding area is very small for a ship this size. There are some small areas that you ... Read More
February 16, 2019 Norwegian Bliss If your idea of a cruise is sunning by the pool all day than you should look for another ship. The pool and surrounding area is very small for a ship this size. There are some small areas that you could seek out to catch the sun that are away from the pool and rousing music but you better get there early. However, this ship has so much more to offer than a swimming pool. We chose the Bliss for our three children and their families because of the many options for children. Our grandchildren range from 13 months to 18 years and there was something for all of them. The youngest was able to run around in the Guppies room and play without hearing the words “don’t touch”. Parents must be in attendance here. The 4 year old enjoyed the Splash Academy with its many activities. This is a no parent zone where you drop your child off and pick them up at a desired time. You are given a list of activities throughout the day so you can choose what your child might be interested in. They even have evening hours so parents can enjoy a show or a quiet meal. They issue pagers to the parents in case a problem should arise. Another area for these ages is the Kids Splash Park. This has water guns, waterfall, buckets that fill and dump, even a mini water slide. Also in this area is a swimming pool, 5’7” deep, just for the younger set. They provide foam flotation vests in three sizes. As far as food, all venues have a selection of kid friendly foods, mac’n cheese, hot dogs, chicken fingers, etc. Even room service has peanut and jelly sandwiches. Milk, lemonade, and juices are available all the time along with soft serve ice cream. High chairs are available in all dining venues. One thing that should be noted is the portable crib. We were assured when we booked that the crib would fit in a standard balcony room. Well, it did but you can’t get around it. In order for the parents to get to the bathroom, they had to crawl over the sleeping 4 yr. old on the couch. A family room would be a better choice. Unfortunately, I don’t think they have those with an adjoining room. The adjoining room was nice so when the children were sleeping, the parents could hang out in our room. We had three teens in our group who tend to be introverts but ended up participating in many activities. The Entourage is the teen club which is open all day for activities and video games. They even have late night hours where they can interact with other teens in a safe environment. No parents are allowed here. The race track and laser tag were a big hit along with the hot tubs and water slides. One slide is a fast moving vertical drop and the other is tamer where you go through on an inner tube. Other activities they enjoyed were, silent disco, escape room, video arcade room (arcade and bowling alley also in The Local) comedy show (the kid friendly one) and age appropriate movies in the theater or on the big screen by the pool. Board games can be found in the library which also had tables to play on. The Local (open 24/7) was a favorite hangout for burgers and fries or wings and of course the buffet had something for everyone. One teen discovered he loved the Indian cuisine. And then we had our 18 year old. There was a meet and greet at night in the H20 for the 18 to 25 set. She enjoyed the dancing, tried her luck in the casino and even sampled some beer and wine with a waiver signed by her parents. Of course she could go to all the adult shows and activities. She felt very grown up. At first the parents were hesitant to let the children go off on their own but after a day or two, they felt comfortable with it as long as they checked in once in a while. (The texting app was a life saver for all of us to keep in touch.) This left the adults free to enjoy a mountain of activities. If you are bored on this ship you are not trying very hard. There is a large screen in the atrium where they have games and activities during the day. This high energy area has comfortable chairs and a bar. Another area where they have music and games is the pool area. Here are two bars and the buffet. H20 on the back of the ship has hot tubs and is an adult only area along with The Vibe where your lounge chair is reserved for a fee. There are food demonstrations, educational talks, bingo, port information, wine/beer/whiskey tastings, etc. So much, it was hard to fit it all in. Because there was so much to do, the ship never felt crowded except in the pool area. Even the elevators were not a problem after the first day. That was just during the day. At night you had two Broadway shows and a musical, comedy shows (three different comedians) in The Social, line dancing in Q’s, Beatles music (3 different shows and a combined one on Friday) in the Cavern Club. There are family friendly activities in addition to adult only. Yes, most of it is reservations only which is an inconvenience but there are standby lines and if you can’t get in, there is plenty more to do. There is music in many of the bars and adult movies in the theater or on the screen by the pool. The hot tubs are open until 10:00pm. OK, you are tired of the music and high energy activities and you just want peace and quiet. The Boardwalk has couches and overstuffed chairs. All you hear is the ocean. Or, there is the Observation Lounge. This place is amazing. It is beautifully decorated with couches and padded lounges and is very quiet. It is on the bow of the ship on deck 15 so has wonderful views. You can read or just sit and enjoy the view. Beware, the ocean is mesmerizing and many people can be found sleeping. It has its own bar and a light buffet with a continental breakfast and salads and sandwiches for lunch. In the evening there is piano music. Dining can be almost stressful because of all the choices. The buffet always has a little of everything with different specials every night. There are two complete buffet areas. Each has stations for drinks, salads, dessert, specialty and hot items so you don’t have to stand in a long line to get the one thing you want. They are designed to minimize as much contamination as possible. Seating is around these stations in tables, booths and high tops. All seats have a wonderful view and there is some seating outside. There is soft serve and hard ice cream, milk, tea, coffee, lemonade and a kiwi strawberry drink. They do have hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner with about an hour in between when they are shut down for the change over. If you hit the buffet when it is closed you can go to The Local which never closes. Here you sit and order from a limited menu. I would call this comfort food. Turkey pot pie, burgers/hotdogs, wings, mac’n cheese, grilled cheese, fish and chips, etc. They have a prime rib special that is excellent. There are three main dining rooms that also have certain hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner is a 2 hour affair but breakfast and lunch has faster service. Taste and Savor are small, more intimate venues right across from each other with a bar in between. You do not need reservations but if there is a wait at one, chances are good you can sit right down in the other. If you like a larger venue The Manhattan is for you. All have the same menu coming out of the same kitchen but different every night. All of this is complimentary. If that wasn’t enough for you, they have specialty dining which most have an ala carte charge for. This is nice because you only pay for what you want. For instance, you could drop in for some sushi at The Republic, or dessert at Le Bistro. We have eaten at three of these. Q”s is BBQ with country music. We can vouch for the deep fried okra, ribs and brisket. You receive small cups of potato salad, beans and coleslaw as sides. The Italian and French restaurants were good with the French being our favorite. The Dover Sole and rack of lamb were excellent. The Italian was just OK with the appetizers of calamari and shrimp ravioli better than the entrees. Japanese, seafood and Mexican are other choices. Margaritaville was probably the least used venue. The bake shop, chocolate shop and gelato were good for snacks. And of course Starbucks cups could be found everywhere on the ship. Again, there are so many options that none of them seemed crowded. We had five balcony rooms on deck 14, port side. Two sets were adjoining. The beds were setup with either two twins or pushed together as one. The third person slept on the couch and the fourth had a bed folding down out of the ceiling over the couch with a ladder which the room steward needed to lower every night or you could leave it setup all the time. The bedding was kept in drawers under the couch. We really appreciated the couch as a comfortable place to sit while watching TV or just relaxing. The storage space was ample. We found that the cloth folding boxes you can purchase at a dollar store came in handy for socks etc. as there are no drawers, just shelves. There was plenty of room under the bed for suitcases. The TV has the NCL channel where you can book entertainment, check your account or get the schedule of daily activities. It also has the major news channels and movies including G rated family movies. One awkward area was the closet. It was so close to the bed that you could hardly reach anything off the floor. They also had those annoying wooden hangers that in order to remove them you have to guide the top thru this little hole. So, if that bothers you as much as it does me, bring your own hangers. In order for the lights to work you were expected to put your cruise card in the slot by the door. We found that a used gift card or motel key card could be used instead. All outlets were connected so if you wanted to charge something while you were out, you needed to leave that motel card in so you could use your cruise card for other things. Lighting was very good. There were bright lights overhead and next to the bed. There were also reading lights next to the bed and USB ports. There was soft lighting around the headboard we used at night when we watched TV. We did find a soft nightlight came in handy for finding your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The only electrical outlets were across from the couch next to the coffee pot. This would have been sufficient except that three of us used C-pap machines that needed to be plugged in next to our beds at night. We had to jump extension cords moving around in the room. There should be an outlet next to the bed. The bathroom was the largest and best designed that we have ever had on a cruise ship. You could actually bend over in the shower. It had a hand held shower head and shampoo and shower jell dispensers. There was a hand soap and Kleenex dispenser by the sink and they supplied a small tube of body lotion. There was storage under the sink and shelves along the wall. The fridge was a problem. It was full of liquor, pop and water for a fee, not included in the drink package. It was so full my daughter could not get the babies milk in there. Why would you put liquor in a room with kids? Our room steward put up a fuss about taking it out so we just put everything in a bag and stuck it under the bed. The mini bar should be an option, not forced on you and should be removed upon request. There are lights outside your door that you can indicate “do not disturb”, “make up room” or “at home” for your room steward. With the exception of the closet, it was a very well designed room. The service in all the dining, activities, and entertainment venues were excellent. Everyone was cheerful , helpful and seemed to enjoyed their job. There were a couple areas where communication could have been better. The texting app was very confusing and took some time and lots of questions until one of us figured it out and taught the rest. I pre-purchased the WiFi package but couldn’t get on so I went to guest services and there was someone standing there helping to do just that. She explained it and handed me an instruction sheet but it was for purchasing a package, so I ended up buying another package to get on. I never did figure out how to use the internet café computers. They keep asking you to buy minutes. WiFi worked best in the common areas. I used up 20 minutes trying to connect to the server from our room. Port information was another area where communication could have been better. The announcement in the morning might have been made but not everyone hears those in their room. You have to be in a common area or hallway to hear. The fact that we needed picture ID in St. Thomas was not known until we got to the gang plank, then you had to go back to your room for it. It should have been put in the Dailies along with taxi and weather information. Embarkation went smoothly but communication was poor. After we were given our cruise card we were on our own to figure out what came next. There should have been personnel along the way explaining about the holding area. We were given a card with a number on it but no explanation as to what it was for. Disembarkation was worse. We were given a color which they called when it was time for us to leave the ship. We left at that time and everyone spilled outside with no direction. Come to find out the people who were to use a taxi or other transportation were to go one way, transfers to Ft. Lauderdale airport another and Miami airport another. No one told us a thing. We had to search out a person in a yellow vest to find where to go. Oh yes, there was not a bus in sight. There must have been a couple hundred people standing in the sun for 45 min. before a bus showed up. We should never have been instructed to leave the ship until they had transportation ready. At the very least have a shaded area for us to wait. Also, at no time did anyone ask us if we had a prepaid transfer. There were a few problem areas on the Bliss. The Guest Services and Excursion desk is right next to the big screen and stage for activities and music. There is always something going on and is very loud. So loud that you cannot be heard at these two desks. One person in our group had to be taken into an office to be heard in order to settle a credit card problem. Another area is the casino. It takes up about 1/3 of Deck 7 and you have to walk right thru it to get to the elevators. Even though it has a smoking room it all smells of cigarette smoke. Another thing that does not make sense is the sliding doors. They have them in certain areas to conserve energy. This would be great if they were motion activated so as not to spread germs but they are not. You have to press an area on the wall to activate them. My husband and I are loyal Princess customers and have been on 14 cruises with them so we could not help but compare to NCL. We liked our cabin better on the Bliss along with the food and entertainment. The Bliss was much more family friendly with more activities and food options for kids. Service was very good too but they need to work on their communications. Princess is much better with communications. Even though we are not new to cruising, many times we were confused how things worked on the Bliss. Most of the Princess ships have two pools, one inside and one out. Both are larger than the one on the Bliss. We have noticed that Princess has been falling behind in the food and entertainment areas. Service has lost a lot lately too. There seems to be a lot of staff that appear to rather be somewhere else on Princess ships. We would love to sail again with NCL. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I have been reading reviews of the NCL Bliss and am a little shocked at what I'm reading. I haven't written a review on this site but thought it was important. I'm assuming the bad reviews are from people who need every ... Read More
I have been reading reviews of the NCL Bliss and am a little shocked at what I'm reading. I haven't written a review on this site but thought it was important. I'm assuming the bad reviews are from people who need every little whim taken care of and can't do anything for themselves. Let me say the ship itself was beautiful. I have been on a few cruises before and this was by far the best one. I went with my two daughters (10 and 14), husband, another family with two kids and my sister and brother-in-law. We all had balcony rooms, which for 4 were small but they always are unless you want to pay a lot more. Rooms were spotless and everything we needed our steward got us ASAP. The decor on the ship is classy and beautiful. Nothing tacky here. As far as things to do there was never a dull moment, unless you wanted it. They had containt stuff going on until at least midnight and after that a few bars stayed open. I couldn't do everything I want to! Adults saw Jersey Boys and it was amazing!! We saw Havana as a family and it was great! We all also saw the family comedians, Beatles show and many other bands and "game shows" around the ship. My kids loved them all. The younger kids went to the kids club quite a bit and really enjoyed it. The teens enjoyed their club but actually ended up hanging out with us a lot. The food was very good. Something for everyone! Although, I will admit it sucks that some of the best restaurants you had to pay for. We stuck mainly to the free restaurants and buffet and only went to one speciality dinner. Also, I never had a hard time getting a drink. Maybe I had to wait a minute or two at the very busy bars but nothing crazy. Get the free drink package if it's offered! It is well worth it. We met some people that didn't and their bar bill was insane. We drank everyday, all day (very slowly) and never had to pay for a drink once. It includes pretty much every drink you could want, most were perfect - more strong than weak. *Go to The District, look for Carlo, best waiter ever!!!!* Getting on and off the ship at the ports was a breeze! So was debarking the ship at the end of our cruise. Couldn't have asked for better. The last thing I have to say is about the staff. I can't believe people have any thing negative to say about them. They work their asses off. 7 days a week, 10-14 hours a day for 8 months straight! They are always upbeat and smiling and seem to be willing to help in anyway. If you had a problem with them you might want to take a look at yourself! This was an expensive cruise but for what we got along with the incredible memories I'm so glad we did it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our second cruise on the Bliss in just over six months, and the ship itself is still gorgeous. The staff was excellent, as always, and the room was comfy. It's just a few nit-picks that drop the cruise from excellent to very ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Bliss in just over six months, and the ship itself is still gorgeous. The staff was excellent, as always, and the room was comfy. It's just a few nit-picks that drop the cruise from excellent to very good. Some have nothing to do with the ship, they are actually about Norwegian itself, but it reflects on the ship. First, the cruise fares are through the roof. This is going to put everyone's expectations higher, so it is easier to fail. Secondly, Norwegian changed the UBP just before we sailed, and moved one of our friend's drinks of choice into the excluded range. So, while it didn't directly affect me, I heard about one of our friends potentially having to pay $4 per drink while on a all-included drinks plan and I had to think "What else are they going to change before we sail?" A company should not cause angst in customers paying to relax. On to the ship - we had a mini suite with an extended balcony (cabin 8726), and most of the extended size went to the balcony itself. Compared to the handicap balcony we had last time, this room was cramped. There was storage but no drawers, which was strange. There is plenty of suitcase storage under the bed. The bathroom was large and I liked the shower. The balcony is large, but it is narrow and long, so it is like looking down a tunnel to the sea. It does have room for a table and chairs and two loungers. The way the ship is shaped, most of the balcony is open to the decks above, so if you look up, you will see people looking down at you. Wave. Dining was good - we had the dining package for three nights and two Platinum Plus dinners, so we were pretty much covered for the week. We had dinner at Cagney's twice, Teppenyaki, Le Bistro, Los Lobos and Q. Cagney's and Le Bistro are still my favorites and are consistent. Teppenyaki is fun and the food is good - plus they will make combinations for you that aren't on the menu. Los Lobos is pretty decent Tex-Mex food. Q is decent but the portion sizes are small for the prices and very small if you are going to call yourself "Texas BBQ." I don't know of another place that cuts the meat off the bone on beef ribs. The beef ribs were decent but the portions were tiny. We enjoyed Food Republic once but it was never open again while we were ready to eat. The hours are very limited which is strange for a venue that takes up that much space and has a dedicated (it seems) staff. We had lunch at Margaritaville twice. I can't stand the pricing options but the food is good. The burgers are really tasty and the nachos are good, but the idea of each person getting an appetizer, a main and a dessert at a bar makes no sense. My wife got the nachos as an appetizer and couldn't finish her meal. I don't understand why it is not just ala carte. Their hours are limited, as well. This was the "mega ship" Eastern itinerary - St Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. We had two sea days out and a sea day in between Tortola and Nassau, so there was plenty of time to explore the ship. St Thomas and Tortola are still recovering from the hurricanes, but are making progress. We did the KonTiki excursion in St Thomas and it was a lot of fun, including a decent amount of time at Honeymoon Beach. We just wandered in Tortola, which was a mix of finding fun shops and depressing from the still-boarded up buildings. We didn't get off the ship in Nassau - and apparently weren't alone. Why don't they go to GSC? Archie was one of the best room stewards we have ever had. He always seemed to appear when we needed something, and every request was handled quickly. My wife needed a egg crate topper for the bed to help with her back, and it was installed quickly. There are no AC outlets near the bed. Each bedside lamp has a USB port but no outlet. If you have a CPAP or other device, bring an extension cord. The outlets are on the wall by the desk on the other side of the room. Embarkation was smooth, and we were onboard rather quickly. We arrived at the port about 11am. Cabins were ready just after 1pm, which is usual. Disembarkation went smoothly, as well. I was not wild about the itinerary, but we wanted to sail the Bliss again, since our first sailing was in Alaska, so we didn't have much ship time. It is a beautiful ship. The Observation Lounge was a great addition - especially for those of us who miss the Spinnaker Lounge on the Jewel-class. However, it is as subject to chair hogs as the pool deck, and people go there to sleep. I have a feeling most of the nappers are the ones who sail inside cabins "because we're never in our room", so they camp out in the lounge. It does give the effect of a high-quality homeless shelter at times. The snacks there are very tasty and the views are excellent, even if someone is sleeping between you and the window. Beware on the photography! The photos taken in the restaurants are now sold separately, they are not part of any photo package. So, when the photographer takes your group photo in Cagney's, it will be printed and presented to you before your meal ends. You can buy it or not - but that's your only chance to purchase it. This seems like a rip-off especially since my wife had pre-purchased a photo package and those weren't included. So, I am beginning to understand the "nickel and dime" refrains from other passengers. I did enjoy the cruise, but a Norwegian cruise is not the value is was a couple of years ago. This is the first ship where I did feel really claustrophobic - when we left Jersey Boys (an excellent show), the mobs of people between the theater and the Local (needs a new menu) were a bit overwhelming. I do think I prefer smaller ships. I would sail the Bliss again for the features I like because they are more than the features I don't like. However, it would have to be a lower price point to make up for the extra charges. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Background information: We took this cruise, with a group of 15 family and friends. I’ve been on NCL ships before, and always enjoyed them. I was apprehensive about going on the Norwegian Bliss, due to the large size. But I was ... Read More
Background information: We took this cruise, with a group of 15 family and friends. I’ve been on NCL ships before, and always enjoyed them. I was apprehensive about going on the Norwegian Bliss, due to the large size. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed a larger ship. There is so much more to do. Hotel information (if any): We stayed for one night at “Best Western Plus Miami-Doral/Dolphin Mall” near the Miami airport. See my review on Trip Advisor. Ship information: I totally loved the ship. Everything was so new and modern and clean. There were a lot of activities, and a lot of places to hang out. Our favourites were The Waterfront, and the two level Observation Lounge. We didn’t even have time to check out all the lounges. I really enjoyed the lack of announcements over the PA system. We were never bombarded with constant info. Everything you want to know about the ship can be viewed on the TV in your room. Activities: The Race Track was a lot of fun. We did the double go karts in the afternoon. It seemed like a very long wait, even though it’s very organized and there weren’t many people ahead of us. Others in our group did the race track in the evening too. Every age group totally loved it. They’re quite small, so you may be squished in your seat though. Mini Golf was fun. There were maybe five holes, and nobody else was playing whenever we were there. We actually met the Captain walking through there one day. You can watch the go karts from the mini golf area. Laser Tag was a blast. We did it around noon, and it was baking hot out. I would like to try it in the dark sometime. You have to keep running back to the start to reload your gun, which becomes exhausting. We went to the Bliss Theatre once to watch Jurassic World in 3D, with popcorn. We also went to see a couple of the shows. It’s a very nice theatre. The Waterfront was spectacular. Wish they had this on every ship. The furniture is so comfortable, and it’s a great place to relax, while watching the world float by. Video arcade was a lot of fun for my nephew, and the adults too. You have to win a lot of tickets to get a decent prize. Service: We only saw our room steward a couple of times, in the hallway. He was always pleasant, but didn’t really engage in conversation. Service in the restaurants was always great. Port & shore excursions: I’ve posted reviews on Trip Advisor, for the activities we did in each port. Travel to embarkation port: We took “Eagle Tour & Transportation” from the hotel to the ship. I’ve posted a review on Trip Advisor. Cabin: we were in aft balcony 13310, which I will review below. Dining: The Local was the first restaurant we tried, when we arrived on-board. Very good food. Went back a few times for wings. Garden Cafe was exceptional. All of the sections were open, the food was tasty, service was good, and there was lots of variety. After the first day we found the area at the front of the ship, overlooking the Observation Lounge, with lots of seating, great views, and quieter than the areas closer to the food. Savour, Taste and Manhattan dining rooms were all great. Delicious food and good service. Los Lobos, Teppanyaki, Cagney’s Steakhouse, Coco’s, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville® at Sea, and Q were all so good. Teppanyaki was a great experience for a large group. Children's clubs: My nephew only visited once, so I can’t really comment. Entertainment: Jersey Boys was great. I’ve seen it a couple of times off the ship, and was surprised that they actually did the entire play. The Cavern Club was super - great ambience and usually very busy. Havana was just OK, and a bit boring. Disembarkation: it went so smooth, that I can barely remember it. We took our suitcases with us, and easily caught the shuttle bus to the airport, to pick up our rental car. Summary: I would like to cruise again on the Norwegian Bliss. It’s now my favourite ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My first cruise was the Eastern Caribbean in 1989 on Carnival Cruise Line Jubilee. This makes my 10th Year’s Anniversary of cruising. I wanted to go back to my first cruise to celebrate my anniversary. I enjoy cruising with NORWEGIAN ... Read More
My first cruise was the Eastern Caribbean in 1989 on Carnival Cruise Line Jubilee. This makes my 10th Year’s Anniversary of cruising. I wanted to go back to my first cruise to celebrate my anniversary. I enjoy cruising with NORWEGIAN Cruise line, i got a special invation to the Officers Wine and Dine Dinner.and a invation to a special Anniversary Social Event. I wanted to go on their new ship the Bliss .That is a beautiful ship, the employees, food, entertainment and service was excellent. When I call the service desk to ask for something it was done or deliver right away. What I like about that ship to is they have a Starbucks Coffee and lots of hot tubs on the ship. The Casino had all the up-to-date Slot Machines, race car track, bowling lane, Laser tag. What I didn’t like was you had to put your room key down into a slot on the wall behind you entire door in order for the lights and Electric plugs to work in your room. Overall I rate my Cruise as A A A A A. I would like to go on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We just sailed on the Norwegian Bliss - first time cruising on NCL. Overall we had a wonderful time. The Haven area was lovely. We enjoyed the speedy embarkation and disembarkation very much. Here are some observations: Our cabin ... Read More
We just sailed on the Norwegian Bliss - first time cruising on NCL. Overall we had a wonderful time. The Haven area was lovely. We enjoyed the speedy embarkation and disembarkation very much. Here are some observations: Our cabin 18126 was very nice but surprisingly compact. The bed was comfortable & the bathroom was spacious by cruise ship standards. Our balcony was adequate with only 2 chairs. Quick warning this cabin is close to the main pool area and we could hear all of the late party noise usually until around midnight. We head to bed late but others may not like that location. The Horizon Lounge was beautiful and a nice place to get away and have a snack and a cup of tea. The views are tremendous. The Haven Lounge and Restaurant were great to have available. We ate there for breakfast daily and 3 or 4 lunches and dinners. The restaurant does have the same menu each day - they have a special most evenings. The food was outstanding. We ate at Cagney's, Q BBQ and LaCucina. They were all ok. The Haven pool area is quiet with plenty of chairs. They did not open the retractable roof at all - saying it was weather related. In fact there were staff working on the roof the whole time (loudly) and we came to find out there were issues with it. The sun deck on deck 19 was the only place in the Haven area to get some actual sun. There was no issues getting chairs and there are 2 hot tubs up there. The service was great. Our cabin steward Michael was amazing. Elena at the concierge was wonderful. She helped us with all of our show and restaurant reservations. We had no trouble getting into any of the shows or specialty dining. It was very convenient to have that help within The Haven. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I completely enjoyed the Norwegian Bliss! Embarkation: The SMOOTHEST I’ve experienced yet! We arrived at the port around 9:45am and the doors opened around 10:15am. We were boarding by 10:45am. Ship: beautiful ship, lots of nice ... Read More
I completely enjoyed the Norwegian Bliss! Embarkation: The SMOOTHEST I’ve experienced yet! We arrived at the port around 9:45am and the doors opened around 10:15am. We were boarding by 10:45am. Ship: beautiful ship, lots of nice areas, fun laser tag and race trac areas, nice decor, etc. Dining: AMAZING FOOD!!! Very yummy and I love that there is freestyle dining (so you can eat at whatever time you’d like) and I loved that there is no assigned seating either so you’re seated as you come in and they never seat you with other parties. Speciality dining is very fun and yummy! We had a great and probably the most fun at the Teppenyaki restaurant (I’ve been to many Hibachi restaurants but this was the most fun I’ve had). There is so much food served all the time throughout the day, if not at the buffet at the other two restaurants (Taste and Savor) but also in the Observation Lounge and The Local. There is always something to eat! Cabin: by far this was the most spacious cabin we’ve experienced. We had an interior stateroom because we booked the cruise kind of late and we thought it was going to be tiny and uncomfortable plus we were on deck 5 so we thought it would be a bad location. We were so happy to know the rooms were really roomy (the bathroom was the BIGGEST we’d seen on cruises) and decorated really nicely! No complaints when it comes to cleaning either. The cleaning crew came in twice a day and replaced towels, fixed the bed, tidied up, and left the daily newsletters as well as animal towels. We felt very special and well taken care of the entire time. Entertainment & Activities: this is where I think the cruise lacked a little because there was very little diversity with the music (bands and DJ) and I felt as though there should have been more activities taking place in the pool deck area, which is where most people were especially during sea days. They had most of the activities in the Theater and Atrium, which is fine in the evenings but not during the day when people are at the pool and have to get out of the pool and sometimes change if they want to participate or see an activity taking place. I thought it was boring most of the time at the pool deck, which from past cruises should be one of the best places to be and experience fun! The shows are spectacular, though. I was only able to see the first show of the cruise and Havana but I was completely taken aback by the talent on board. It was fantastic! We also went to see one comedy show and the comedians were pretty hilarious! We weren’t able to see more shows because you had to reserve them and reservations are not available prior to boarding so you have to make lines and go to specific places when you board the cruise to make reservations (which I honestly didn’t like too much because there’s so much more one wants to do with their time on board than sit in lines or making reservations to shows). The activities like laser tag and race track were very fun! Laser tag was really really fun!!! Absolutely loved it. The only thing I felt was odd is that they charge $9.95 per person per activity. I understand that there’s activities that have an up charge but when we decided to get on this cruise, these two were the main reasons we became interested in the cruise. We think that it was just “wrong” to charge for this or at least at that price. Spa & Thermal Suites: we absolutely loved the spa and thermal suites! It’s the biggest we’ve seen as well and very relaxing. I had a couple of massages and the ladies were very professional and they didn’t push me to buy anything (as I had previously experienced on Carnival). The spa area is kept clean and workers are always wiping down the wet areas and there is an unlimited amount of towels available at all times. The robes and locker rooms are very nice and just top quality! The sauna, sanarium, snow room, and steam room were fantastic! The salt room felt like nothing but they recommended you to sit there after and that your skin would soak in the salt (I did it but felt nothing). Gym: We had good experiences at the gym. I think there are enough treadmills and other machines since not many people work out during their vacations. There are free weights as well as mats and they always have towels and Clorox wipes. Raffles: there are raffles several times a day throughout the cruise! My husband won one for $250 for spa services (this is what I used for my two massages and paid the balance). I highly recommend people to attend those raffles! They raffles out an Invicta watch, several Eddy jewelry, Spa Credits, etc! Ports of Call & Shore Excursions: our cruise went to St. Thomas, Tortola, and Bahamas. All of which were very nice and we felt safe. It was my first time in St. Thomas and Tortola so we booked shore excursions at these stops. We did Helmet Dive in St.Thomas. It was a lot of fun and very interesting but we felt that it was too short for the amount paid ($119 per person). We paid the same amount of money for the excursion in Tortola (Normal Island Snorkle) and it was really fun! They took us to caves and the water was perfect! We saw sooo many different fishes and coral reefs! Then we went to a private island where chairs were provided and we were able to continue snorkeling or tan up and relax. The snorkeling gear was also provided. The staff was also very very nice and friendly! Cruise App: I was disappointed that we couldn’t use the cruise app unless we purchased a WiFi package. So we were unable to keep up with the activities on board and our own reservations as a result. The good thing is that I had printed out all of the items we reserved prior to boarding and that we had been diligent in making the reservations via ncl.com. But I was disappointed because any other reservation made on board and all other activities were difficult to keep up with. We ended up having to take pictures of the newsletters on our phones to be able to stay in the know or carry the paper copies of the newsletters around. Overall: I think this cruise was excellent!! The staff is truly the happiest and jolly! It was always a pleasure walking past any of them. They treated us very good all the while working so hard to keep the cruise clean and well decorated for themed parties, etc. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We are long time fans of Norwegian Cruise Lines. We love the entertainment available as well as the Freestyle Dining. When on vacation, we don't want to be on any type of schedule and enjoy going for casual or more formal dining ... Read More
We are long time fans of Norwegian Cruise Lines. We love the entertainment available as well as the Freestyle Dining. When on vacation, we don't want to be on any type of schedule and enjoy going for casual or more formal dining based upon what suits us each day. Kudos to Norwegian for separating the smoking section of the casino! We enjoy spending time in the casino, but often left due to the large number of smokers. In fact, often smokers would spend time in the casino even if not playing. The Bliss has it right by building a separate smoking casino area. I only hope that Norwegian will follow suit with its other ships. The décor on the ship is warm and modern. Many dining options. Jersey Boys is great entertainment. I would suggest additional restroom options on Floor 7 near the casino and the Local restaurant. In addition, Dueling Pianos would've really added to the entertainment. Overall, a great ship with great service, and the food was the best we have experienced. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Norwegian Bliss spared no expense on entertainment. Shows were all top quality everything from country to broadway style with elaborate sets and costumes. We did not expect that the entertainment would be one of the highlights of our ... Read More
Norwegian Bliss spared no expense on entertainment. Shows were all top quality everything from country to broadway style with elaborate sets and costumes. We did not expect that the entertainment would be one of the highlights of our cruise. If you can afford it, book spa balcony room. Visited spa and was in heaven. Nordic spa experience with snow room and heated lounge chairs to die for. Dis and Embarkation process relatively effortless we took our own luggage off the ship. Food great variety and qualtiy. we never experienced lineups or delays at restaurants. Purchased specialty dining package-well worth it. Purchased water pkgs prior and wished we had an affordable drink pkg as drinks were costly. If you are looking for a cruise where you can lounge by the pool, this is not the ship for you - crazy busy and crowded. (unless you have the $$ to book Haven or want to pay extra to get into the Vibe. Highlights - observation lounge, spa, entertainment, starbucks, waterslides and racetrack. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Booked this sailing a full year in advance while sailing on the Escape and got a great deal. We paid $1079 per person base fare for our BA balcony. By the time final payment was due, BAs were selling for $1929 per person! We have sailed ... Read More
Booked this sailing a full year in advance while sailing on the Escape and got a great deal. We paid $1079 per person base fare for our BA balcony. By the time final payment was due, BAs were selling for $1929 per person! We have sailed twice on the Escape, so it was hard not to draw comparisons between the two ships. Despite being similar ships, it actually turned out to be very disorienting having the buffet (Garden Cafe) at the front of the ship. We had a cabin near the aft elevators and found it to be a lot more of a hassle to get to the Cafe than we were used to on the Escape. But once we got our bearings, it wasn't too bad and, luckily, we had nice weather so crossing the pool deck to get to the Cafe wasn't much of a hardship. Our only indoor options would have been walking through the stateroom hallways on Deck 15 or going down to the public decks on 6-7-8 and then taking the forward elevator up to the Cafe. Navigation issues sorted, here is a list of pros and cons of the Bliss versus the Escape: Pros: - The Observation Lounge - This is hands down the biggest advantage the Bliss has over the Escape. It is a lovely space. It is HUGE, has beautiful views, is generally quiet and serene, has comfy chairs and chaise loungers to relax and read or chat, has a full bar that was open most of the time, and has some buffet options for light snacks. - Go Karts & Laser Tag - I know it was a controversial choice to take up so much upper deck space with these attractions, but I thoroughly enjoyed them and I am not a big fan of "fun in the sun" type activities, so I don't mind the loss of pool deck space. I have yet to do the ropes course on the Escape (though I hope to in April) and have only played a round or two of mini-golf on the Escape, so I did not feel the loss of those spaces. - Entertainment - Both of the main theater shows were really good. Havana was high-energy and highly entertaining. Jersey Boys was the full-length musical and the performers were wonderful, though I did feel like the production value was very low. The women's wigs were downright horrid. Britain's Finest, the Beatles tribute band, was great and we saw both their early years and Abbey Road shows. But the real show-stealers of the whole cruise were Siglo, the Filipino house band. Their lead guitarist was out of this world. We made a point to see them every chance we got! - Los Lobos - I thought I would miss Moderno, but we loved Los Lobos so much, we actually ate there twice! The food and service were both outstanding. - Beautiful Decor - I really felt like the decor throughout the entire ship was a notch up from the Escape. I don't just mean slightly more modern, being a newer ship, but slightly higher quality and aesthetic as well. Found ourselves taking lots of photos of thinks like tile around the bars or wall art. Though I do like the Escape's chandelier better. - Q - I had read some bad reviews beforehand, so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. I definitely didn't feel the loss of the Supper Club space, having never gone there on the Escape, so this was a welcome change. - Casino - I definitely appreciated the separate smoking room in the Casino. It really helped reduce (though not completely eliminate) the smell of smoke. Plus, I never came back to the room at night smelling like and ashtray. Cons: - Garden Cafe - Ugh, where to begin? I already talked about the forward location being disorienting. But the issues only BEGAN there. The stations are set up so strangely and there is just no FLOW to it at all. Many items were only available at one station, so you had to go all over to get the things you wanted, rather than duplicating the most common things on multiple stations to help manage traffic and crowds. I never once say a separate tray for "Crispy Bacon" at breakfast and that is one of my FAVORITE things about the other NCL sailings I've been on. There were only nachos ONE TIME at the late night snack bar on our entire sailing and never once did they have plain potato chips (though I did find some of those in the Observation Lounge a few times) and those are my go-to late night snack staples on NCL! At least the Tastes of India bar did not disappoint at lunch times. That's about the best thing I can say for the Garden Cafe on the Bliss. - The Social - I never actually even managed to get in there for a show. The comedians were fully booked by the time I made it to a touch-screen on board. But the MAIN thing missing here versus the Escape is Howl at the Moon. I heard many people on the ship lamenting the fact that there is no Howl at the Moon on the Bliss. People love that show! - Pincho Tapas - I really really missed this from the Escape. It's such great food! Really wish they hadn't eliminated it, though as dead as it always is on the Escape (why!?!?!), I'm not surprised. The expanded Sugarcane with a little stage area is kind of nice, though I felt it was under-utilized. - Manhattan Room - They got rid of the dance floor and I never saw any live acts performing in the evenings there on the Bliss. In all, I would sail the Bliss again for sure, but I still feel like the Escape is my "home". I want to take the time to make a special shout-out to our Vacation Hero from the Bliss. Ramesh Naik, our assistant maitre 'd at Los Lobos. Our first night at Los Lobos was during the Super Bowl and we were nearly the only people there (definitely the only ones seated on the Waterfront). He came out and chatted with us several times and he was incredibly friendly. Later in the week, when we decided to go to Los Lobos again, we didn't have a reservation, but he was able to accommodate us still. We saw him throughout the week all over the ship and he always called us by name and was incredibly friendly. Then once, my SO spilled a full drink on the walkway in the Observation Lounge. I didn't want to leave it unattended, because I didn't want anyone to slip and fall before it was cleaned up. We waited and waited for someone to either bring a caution sign or a mop. Finally, Ramesh just happened upon us and he was all over it. He got on the walkie-talkie, and he shooed me off and guarded the spill until someone came to clean it up. In all, we had a fantastic cruise. I cannot say enough about how friendly and accommodating the staff are. Our room steward, Arnel, acquired a lounge chair for our angled balcony by the end of the first day, always provided me with the extra bath towel I requested, had our room cleaned perfectly twice a day, left us a lovely towel animal each night, and always called us by name every time we saw him in the hall. Our servers in all of the specialty restaurants were helpful, made great recommendations, and provided outstanding service. They never made us feel rushed, but they were quick and attentive as well. We are in Los Lobos, Q, Le Bistro, Ocean Blue, and Margaritaville. Food was good in all of them. I was worried my SO was going to actually leave me for the filet in Le Bistro, he was in such ecstasy over it. We loved Los Lobos! We were pleasantly surprised by Q. At Margaritaville they gave us WAY too much food as usual. I would say, of all of them, Ocean Blue was actually the most mediocre, even though it was an up-charge. The spicy shrimp appetizer and clam chowder were excellent, but our entrees were just okay. Read Less
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
Sail Date February 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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