2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I've been on 12 cruises. This was my 3rd NCL cruise. I like NCL and had good experiences with them, I also like a new and modern ship. I chose this cruise because the Bliss fit the bill. We had a great cruise. I was hoping for a ... Read More
I've been on 12 cruises. This was my 3rd NCL cruise. I like NCL and had good experiences with them, I also like a new and modern ship. I chose this cruise because the Bliss fit the bill. We had a great cruise. I was hoping for a 5 star rating but I'd call this one a 4 star (I'd go 4.5 star if that were possible). NCL really put their best into the design of this ship. Far and away it is the nicest cruise ship I've ever been on. The embarkation/debarkation was the best I've ever had. In both instances we walked-on/walked-off the ship with minimal wait. NCL has done a great job on this. The entertainment and music are also the best I've ever had on a cruise. Every night there was a lot of things happening and most of it was good. The music and dance parties were especially good. Their top-deck bar/dance area is called 'spice h2o' and it is not to be missed we went to 3 late night parties there and it was very fun, there was a lot of energy, a lot of people and the music was excellent. I didn't give this a 5 star because I thought the food and service were sub-par for NCL. That isn't to say they weren't good, just not up to what I am use to for NCL. They were more on par for what I am use to from Carnival. I love Carnival but I think of NCL as a step up. Something else I didn't like is that we had fixed dining but we did not get the same table and wait staff each night. They moved us around like it was anytime dining. I like to get to know the staff, I think that is a connection that can add a lot of value to a cruise. Bouncing from table to table did not allow for this. We had several excellent wait staff and several who were clueless. The bars on the Bliss are excellent. We frequented the Whiskey bar and the A-list. The best bartenders IMO were in the casino and at Spice h2o. We attended Jersey Boys - it was excellent I call it a "must do" if you are on the Bliss. We also wen't to the prohibition review. I didn't care much for that as I thought it might be more of a dance-party and it was more of a burlesque show. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise because of the solo cabins and the destinations. This was my first cruise, and I did it solo, so I did plenty of research to find the right cruise and cruise line. I found that NCL would be the best price wise for a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the solo cabins and the destinations. This was my first cruise, and I did it solo, so I did plenty of research to find the right cruise and cruise line. I found that NCL would be the best price wise for a solo cruiser as they have solo cabins. I also liked that I heard they had a dedicated person for the solo cruisers to help them with dinner reservations and activity planning. The dinners were all the main dining rooms; I didn't hear of him helping get reservations to specialty restaurants. I found the Manhattan room food to be good however I was disappointed with how long it took even when we went to dinner at 5 pm. We missed dessert twice due to having shows after dinner and it taking over 2 hours to get appetizers and entrees. I felt the cabin was right on for a solo cruiser. This was my first cruise, so I have no experience to go on, but it was sufficient for what I needed. I liked the solo lounge. It was rare there were many people in there, and there was always water, orange juice, and some snacks like pound cake and cookies. The ship is rather new, so it was very nice. I did notice several stains in the carpet that I thought would have been taken care of when noticed. Also, I felt like seating in the atrium was very poor for the number of people who tried to attend the events that were held there. Havana was okay, and I felt it lacked a storyline although the costumes were bright and colorful and the performers did well it just felt like it wasn't complete. Service overall was good. I had a hard time finding my room steward. He did a great job but had a few things I wanted to talk to him about but never got the chance. Due to windy weather, we were not able to go to Nassau. I totally understand that and realize it was a safety concern, so I had no issues with that. I felt the Captain explained why we couldn't go into port well. I'll certainly do another cruise and would consider going with NCL again if I go solo. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Ship very nicely decorated. Modern furnishings and nice contemporary art work throughout. Service in restaurants was good most of the time. Worst service was in Italian restaurant. Ocean Blue had a limited menu and not worth the ... Read More
Ship very nicely decorated. Modern furnishings and nice contemporary art work throughout. Service in restaurants was good most of the time. Worst service was in Italian restaurant. Ocean Blue had a limited menu and not worth the additional cost. We ate at 5 specialty restaurants. Cabin was a mini suite on deck 10. Very nice larger bathroom and shower with multiple jets and glass doors. Worth the extra cost. Cabin had sufficient storage with three electrical outlets near counter. Beds and pillows very comfortable. Observation deck was the best. Very popular spot for relaxation and huge windows to watch the waves. Had a bar plus small buffet. Didn’t spend anytime by the pool......very very crowded. Too small of an area for sure. We watched the go carts.....looked like fun. Did not see laser tag. Finally a cruise that had country singing group. Last night the main entertainment was “Beatle Mania” and was the best of entire cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This is a beautiful ship. We had a mini suite and thought the bathroom was great. It had a huge double sink with 2 faucets and a big shower. Worth the extra charge for sure! The room is a bit smaller than Celebrity Ships I've been on ... Read More
This is a beautiful ship. We had a mini suite and thought the bathroom was great. It had a huge double sink with 2 faucets and a big shower. Worth the extra charge for sure! The room is a bit smaller than Celebrity Ships I've been on width wise but same length. Nice room. Ample storage for clothes. The only thing I'd recommend is bring a light of some sort for the bathroom otherwise you have to turn the overhead light on during the night. We thought the food was pretty good on the ship. We did speciality dining 6 of the 7 nights and thought the food and service were really good. Ate one night in Taste, the regular dining room and thought the food was pretty good there too. We did breakfast almost every morning at either Taste or Savor and thought they were great. Service was good too. The ship is easy to navigate. Sometimes elevators are a bit full but another one comes along fairly quickly. Thought embarkation and debarkation were very easy. Everyone on the ship always has a smile and really tries hard to make your experience a good one. The Observation lounge is a great place to hang out plus they serve food all day long and there is a bar if you want a drink. As the week went along, more people found this treasure. They have comfortable furniture for reading and just watching the water. Neither of us had the drink package but we did notice that with all the people that did have it, bars were open everywhere on the ship all day long. When we were on Celebrity, it was pretty hard to find a bar open during the day except at the pool. Loved the outside deck that surrounds the specialty restaurants. Great place to hang out on the couches or to take a walk or get a drink. Really nice atmosphere and great place to watch the sun rise or set. On other ships this type of deck view is blocked by the life boats. The boats are on deck 7 on the Bliss a deck below Deck 8 where the specialty restaurants are. The ship definitely has places to view the water all the time; something that was lacking on Royal Caribbean's mega ships. On that ship, I felt like I was floating on an island where I rarely saw the water. NCL knows how to bring the ocean into the cruise experience especially when you eat outside at the specialty restaurants. Now here are my cons about the ship. The pool area is crowded and the music is SO LOUD it literally hurt my ears. I was surprised parents let their little ones hang out there...it was deafening. Actually we found the music was too loud almost everywhere. Couldn't hear the words to the music when bands played. Only the instruments. Love the adult solarium on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. NCL has a small adult area with chairs and a bar. The only problem is there is no shade even with 3 or 4 small umbrella's. Too bad cause that would have been great. Now for the shows. I liked Jersey boys although its a shorter version of the Broadway production. I left 15 minutes into Havanna. I couldn't get into it. Saw the comedienne's. Hard to get into The Social Club so appreciated the show that happened in the theater one time during the week. Liked the Beatle's tribute although again the music was so loud in a tiny venue. I missed a regular show that you could catch at either 7:30 or 9:30 on Celebrity ships. You always had to make reservations for the shows and they didn't always coincide with the times booked before you get on the ship at the specialty restaurants. Lots of stuff happened in the atrium. It's way too small for the purpose it serves for some of the shows there like the Newlywed game. People were everywhere with no seats. The theater would be a better choice for that and later in the night. The cruise director tried to make it sort of risqué yet there were young kids around cause it was pretty early. Overall, its a great ship that is staffed well. Like I mentioned earlier, the staff is always smiling and trying to make your experience a good one. I would like to see the music at a decibel that doesn't bust your eardrums and make your ears ring along with a show you could see every night with a 7:30-8:30 reservation. (Most shows were in the Atrium then) There is something for every age on this ship for sure!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This was a family reunion cruise - we loved this idea because there was something for everyone - kids from 19 to young adults and two generations thereafter. FIRST - what we didn't like: No ready access to drinking water. The ... Read More
This was a family reunion cruise - we loved this idea because there was something for everyone - kids from 19 to young adults and two generations thereafter. FIRST - what we didn't like: No ready access to drinking water. The lines at the bar were generally very long and unless you walked to the buffet (which is not easy if you are coming from the aft cabins), there was no place to get fresh water (they want you to buy the "water" package). Seriously? Water is a necessity .... not something to be packaged. This was very frustrating. So bring a refillable bottle!!!! There was no water in the gym either. Beware the insanity when you return from excursions. The rush to the elevators (and then the buffet) was aggravating. There was no food (or water) offered on our excursions (snorkel to St John or the Virgin Gorda Baths). So bring water (remember ... the refillable bottle?) and snacks. Speaking of excursions, what mass confusion. No one said you needed your passport to get off the ship!! We had to run like crazy back to our rooms (which on 9th floor aft from the theater is no easy thing to do). Very disorganized and stressful. Then our son's card was demagnetized or disconnected and they wouldn't let him off the ship without first gong to guest services. Now guest services is a whole other bit of insanity. Beware the lines! Crazy, every day and all day! The hot tubs were not .... hot. Also, one is right next to the smoking section, Yuck. So if you were in that spa, you were smoking. Very annoying and unhealthy. Silly point but no hair conditioner provided for the shower? Really? And no, the combo shampoo/conditioner is not the same .... Our steward was kind enough to find some samples somewhere. The gym was crazy crowded; the yoga class was weird - playing Euro trash music???? Also an upcharge for yoga (should be free like water!). SECOND, what we really liked: The food was outstanding, whether at the buffet (we loved Mr. Washy Washy!) or at the no-pay and specialty restaurants. I can think of very few things I did not enjoy. The service was MARVELOUS. Smiles, happy staff. They obviously took a great deal of pride in what they do and that shows. The service was really first rate. The Jersey Boys and Beatles shows were outstanding (Havana - meh, skip it). The boat itself is beautiful and the cruise overall was wonderful. We would definitely do this again but would try to be more mindful with respect to costs .... Not sure the unlimited drink package was worth it as the wine list never changed - given that you are limited to less than $15) you are basically stuck with the 12 or so wines they have in that range. It would be amazing and wonderful if they mixed it up a bit. Change the wine menu every few days? Why not? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We traveled with a U18 Premier Club Girls Soccer team and went through Soccer at Seas. We played the US Virgin Islands National Team in a Friendly Match and beat them 4-0. The whole process from embarking and disembarking was way ... Read More
We traveled with a U18 Premier Club Girls Soccer team and went through Soccer at Seas. We played the US Virgin Islands National Team in a Friendly Match and beat them 4-0. The whole process from embarking and disembarking was way smoother than people warned us about. It was easy on and off. Everyday we were provided a multi page sheet of what was going on during the day with specific times and locations of all the events. That made it very easy to go do things you wanted to do throughout the day. Our cabin was cleaned everyday and you didn't even know when they sneaked in to do it. The food from the buffet to the restaurants were fabulous. More choices than we were able to get through. All of the entertainment from Jersey boys to the piano bar was fantastic. We didn't get to our last port because it was too windy to dock so that was disappointing but not the cruises fault. Mother nature got in our way there. The bartenders can be a little more friendlier. I know they are bombarded with needy and pushy customers and I'm sure that wears on them but you don't expect that on a cruise. I would travel with Norwegian in a heart beat. Lots of fun and overall great service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our 13 th cruise. 11th with NCL. Stayed at Holiday Inn Port of Miami Biscayne Blvd the night prior for an awesome stay. (Right across from Marketplace) Embarkation was perfect. So fast and organized this year. We stayed on 14th floor, ... Read More
Our 13 th cruise. 11th with NCL. Stayed at Holiday Inn Port of Miami Biscayne Blvd the night prior for an awesome stay. (Right across from Marketplace) Embarkation was perfect. So fast and organized this year. We stayed on 14th floor, mid ship, closer to aft and star board. Cabin was as expected on prior NCL ships. Dining- Cagneys great steak but so slow. Bistro doesn’t have a ribeye anymore. Slow service. Limited menu. Manhattan was good and pretty fast. They move quicker if they know you have a show to get too. Teppanyaki was tasty and fun. Los Lobos great tableside guacamole, elotes and other yummy Mexican food. Went to La Cucina twice. Great service and food. Local-mediocre but open 24 hours. Liked Observation lounge for lunches and less crowded. Fresh. Great desserts.superb view. We liked Jersey Boys. We couldn’t precook comedy shows so we couldn’t see any. All booked. Better to book shows and food prior to trip. We couldn’t see a lot of the smaller shows/singing due to no seating available. Many people loved the line dancing with Nashville Junction on pool deck. Tortola-Escape to Josh Von Dyke excursion was so fun. 1 hour boat ride each way but 3hours on island. Bring money for the $8 drinks, food, souvenirs, etc. Didn’t get off as Nassau. Instead, got a day pass for $59 for thermal suite. It was peaceful, quiet until everyone got back from port. Spa-port days 10% discount BUT make sure if you are platinum and you get a “signature” item you can get 25% on port days. Doesn’t include Swedish but does include hot stone. Husband had a lot of acupuncture for pain which provided temporary relief. Husband enjoyed poker tournament, table games and slots. You can be as busy or as lazy as you want to be. Slow to get drinks poolside. They work hard but not enough on sea days. We used the “cruise next” for future cruise deposits, good deal since we go 1-2x year. More tips-review your account online. Be aware of your discounts, if any. Book everything as early as possible. Disembark. Walk off. Went as expected. Not terrible. We always like to try the new ships. Would try Bliss again but wanting to do Encore next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We have taken a 500$ discount from My Vegas games and give us the oppotunitys to upgrade our cabine for a balcony. Yes! A cruise is expensive and the quality of the services is amazing. Crews are smiling and give us an magical moment. We ... Read More
We have taken a 500$ discount from My Vegas games and give us the oppotunitys to upgrade our cabine for a balcony. Yes! A cruise is expensive and the quality of the services is amazing. Crews are smiling and give us an magical moment. We have already booked the next cruise. Thank you NCL! It's the best journey of my life. My only deception is that all port expose the same boutique. We gone at st-thomas, tortola and Bahamas. Food is duversified. Menus changes daily and restaurants specially tepaniacky are delicious. I enjoy the shows and the entertaining in the atrium was funny. I didn't like familiar strangers group. It looks like they didn't have chimestry between members. The disembarkation at Bahamas was unfunctional but otherwise the logistics on board is on point. Also, for the drill please take time to arrive before the alarm. Doing that is the way for having fun faster. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
we chose this ship because it was new and the price when we booked it was good. and the observation deck looked so amazing.we liked the last ncl cruise we went on very much.overall service was very good. specialty dinning restaurants were ... Read More
we chose this ship because it was new and the price when we booked it was good. and the observation deck looked so amazing.we liked the last ncl cruise we went on very much.overall service was very good. specialty dinning restaurants were great,but no lobster tail.we also had not been to the eastern caribbean in a few years.we did spend time by the pool.sat on balcony alot. there were so many small children and babies on this cruise. kids running up and down the halls and the parents walking behind them,IDIOTS overall it was a very good cruise with nice ports of call,except nassau.im sure most frequent cruisers are tired of nassau,please stop going there.food and drink service was really good.the one thing I would ask is that small children and babies are not allowed in the specialty restaurants.its to long for them to be in there and get tired and cranky,and make it unenjoyable for other people. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. We were on the ship by 11:30, our room was ready by 1:00 and the luggage arrived shortly thereafter. Getting off and on at ports was easy - no standing around waiting in line as I've ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. We were on the ship by 11:30, our room was ready by 1:00 and the luggage arrived shortly thereafter. Getting off and on at ports was easy - no standing around waiting in line as I've experienced in the past. Arrival back in Miami and getting off the ship were also smooth and easy. We didn't feel rushed. We had plenty of time to eat breakfast before we headed ashore. Our cabin was clean and comfortable. There was more than enough room for my husband and I. The balcony was small, but adequate. My only complaint was the couple in the cabin next door who seemed to know only one volume when speaking: loud. I was impressed with the quality of the food, especially in the buffet. I'm not big on buffets, but my grandkids loved it! I went with them for breakfast a few days and was pleasantly surprised. And the pizza was good too. All of the food I had in the specialty restaurants was delicious. We ate at Ocean Blue, Cagney's, Teppenyaki and Los Lobos. All were excellent. The food in the main dining rooms was also good, but the service tended to be a little slow. No surprise when you consider the amount of people eating at the same time. The food in the Local (free) was also very good. The lounges were beautiful and there were more than enough. The only complaint I have is that the service during peak times was slow. Norwegian needs to either book less passangers or hire more staff. Considering the amount of people they deal with everyday, I think they did a pretty good job overall. The shows that I saw were excellent! A real highlight for me. Jersey Boys, Havana and the Beatles were well done and definately worth seeing. The other entertainers onboard were excellent as well. No complaints here. As I mentioned earlier getting off and back on the ship in port was a breeze. We got off the ship at each stop, but only did one excursion on Tortola. The ziplining was worth every penny. The instructor even went with my 10 year old granddaughter when she saw she was afraid. She saved the trip for us. We may have been able to book a less expensive excursion with an outside agency, but the peace of mind that booking through the cruise line offers is worth the added expense in my opinion. My only complaint was the reservation policy for the race track and lasar tag. While I understand that may cut down on long lines, it is also very difficult to plan your day, whether at sea or in port, around a reservation for go karts or lasar tag. The point of the cruise is to relax and NOT have to plan the day. Available times never seemed to coincide with when we were free. Guest services messed up our lasar tag reservation by scheduling it on the wrong day, and we were never able to find another time that worked. We were all disappointed. My grandson was never able to schedule a time on the go karts by himself after doing a double with my husband. He, too, was disappointed. I think there needs to be a bit more flexibility here. The pool area was very nice and well kept, but extremeley crowded. It is no wonder it seemed to take forever to get a drink from the bar and that roving servers were few and far between. Chair hogging is always and issue; one I don't have an answer for. The adult only areas were nice and I especially enjoyed the amonut of hot tubs available around the ship. I had a massage at the spa and it was wonderful. The staff was very accomodating. I hate the up-sell at the end, but I have come to expect it. The kids enjoyed the Kids Club activities, especially the preformance they put on for us. The older kids also enjoyed the arcade and bowling. They loved the pools and water slides. I just wish it hadn't been so very crowded. I would cruise on the Bliss again, but I hope that by the next time they will have all the kinks a new ship entails worked out. The biggest issue for me was the slight sense of feeling crowded, and the problem with the race track and lasar tag, none of which was enough to keep me away in the future. If you can't have a good time on a cruise, despite minor irritations, there is something wrong with you. 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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