Sail Date: February 2019
Here is my review of the Norwegian Bliss. I just sailed in February. For anyone who has sailed the Getaway or the Escape, the Bliss is very similar. She is quite large and beautiful. Some changes from the Escape-Ocean Blue is back ... Read More
Here is my review of the Norwegian Bliss. I just sailed in February. For anyone who has sailed the Getaway or the Escape, the Bliss is very similar. She is quite large and beautiful. Some changes from the Escape-Ocean Blue is back (never tried), Moderno is gone (never tired but friends had like it a lot) and BBQ and Mexican restaurants have been added. I knew there was an observation lounge-but was not prepared for how expansive and amazing it is. It is has a wow-factor. Also, if you find yourself looking for a place to enjoy conversation and cocktails without live music (as I had that issue at every bar on a sailing of the Epic in 2018), the observation lounge would be a great place to head. Also, good for playing cards or board games-has its own bar too. Embarkation was ok-NCL did not seem prepared for its Plantinum+, as it did not have the special check in area ready and never came to pick up the Platinum+ for boarding (as I was later told is the normal process). Also, things have gotten out of hand with so many items needing to be purchased onboard or reserved onboard (dining, passes, laser tag/go cart bookings). NCL needs a new process before someone gets hurt trying to get onboard to reserve dinners, book a spa pass, etc. Personally, I suggest letting people buy online and hiking the prices for passes. I had lunch day 1 at Taste-delicious! Love their fish n chips (also great at the Local (pub)). My cabin (a studio cabin) was nice. They have shrunk the beds to what essentially feels like a twin. This is a deal breaker for me. I do not feel any adult should have to sleep in a twin. After my sailings on the Encore next year, I can’t see myself sailing the Bliss or Encore unless I can avoid the studios or they replace the beds with adult-appropriate beds. Reportedly, some had complained they need more room to move around (seems as if NCL is catering to the aging). The studios now have virtual windows showing outside. Mine did not work for part of the sailing-no big deal to me. I would rather they bring back the mood lighting available on the Escape. The Studio corridor was also very wood decor-versus more neon and colorful like the prior ships’ studio corridors. My steward was good-no complaints. Food-La Cucina was good-enjoyed a ravioli meal. Cagneys was great-filet was amazing. The main dining room menus have changed slightly-not too impressed. Very upset that they dropped the Chicken Parm-that should be an every day option. Garden Café and Pub were both good-especially the pizza and fish n chips. Entertainment-this is still an area NCL where lets me down. I feel they cater to an older crowd. I did not see Jersey Boys but a friend around my age (30s), had not enjoyed it and those who I’ve heard give it good reviews have been older. This is a theme I’ve noted over the years (ex: Million Dollar Quartet). Someday, NCL may start catering to their 40s and below cruisers. I did not get to any comedy shows (which I regret). NCL has a new app (which appears good)-but did not allow me to see which comedian I was booking-so that is something they need to work out. That said, I wish I’d made time for the comedy-usually enjoyable. Next cruise! Deal or No Deal was fun-as usual. The free cruise giveaway has been reduced to 5-day cruise (raffled off at Bingo)-disappointing and probably not worth missing tanning time to enter. Even 7-days is not enough! The Bliss has added laser tag and go carts-which to me is space that should be used for more sundeck chairs. Plus, it attracts children-not a demographic important to me. Spice H20 appears slightly smaller. The hot tubs by the pool have been moved to the deck above the pool on this ship. There appeared to be two adult pools (honestly I spent no time by the pools as that chaos is not something I enjoy). I do think putting the hot tubs on 17 makes the deck that people walk/jog on a bit too wet. White Hot Glow Party is no more. I did not check out its replacement (Caliente?). I hope they bring the white glow party back by popular demand. Overall, staff were amazing, as usual! Love Maltings Bar and my friends seem to really like the Mojito bar. I made new friends-courtesy of the solo program. Observation lounge is massive and a beauty. Can’t wait to cruise again! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
If I could give less stars, I would. Not sure where to even start.... With this being a brand new boat, you would expect them to treat it like one and keep it clean. Our walls in our stateroom had feet all down the side of them. Maybe from ... Read More
If I could give less stars, I would. Not sure where to even start.... With this being a brand new boat, you would expect them to treat it like one and keep it clean. Our walls in our stateroom had feet all down the side of them. Maybe from the previous kids who left their crayons under the bed as well as their snot rags in the "under the tv" cubby. Out of all the staff, there were maybe 5 crew members who were remember able. Not counting our room steward who never once introduced themselves but expected that 14.50 service charge tip daily per person, per day, over the age of 3. One day, we sat two cups down the hallway near a cart and they were returned to our room. Yeah, you read that right. They brought the cups back to us that we were done with as well as the trash that was in them. On two separate occasions, I was looking at jewelry, not one person at either place could speak to me. They did spray glass cleaner in my direction right where I was looking though. It's a shame honestly. I really wanted that ring! -The only adult bar on the cruise ship turned into a teen night at 10pm each night. IF YOU ARE A SMOKER, DONT BOTHER. They put you in a 20 by 10 space on the back on the boat with 50 (drunk) people. No smoking cigarettes in the cigar bar but cigar smokers can smoke out in our hole. There is smoking allowed in the casino but you are patrolled to ensure you are putting money in the machine. Deck chairs are pulled up and strapped down by 4pm. No where to sit...(sun doesnt go down until almost 7) Make sure you eat by 330, otherwise you will be waiting until 530pm or ordering room service. Everything is just very forced. It's not on your time. If you do not prebook shows or restaurants, you wont be seeing any or eating anywhere other than the buffet. If you like to hang out in the pool while on a ship, forget the name Bliss. There is 2 small pools in the middle of the ship. That's it. I'll stop now. Back to Royal Caribbean we go. Read Less
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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
Sailed the Bliss. Beautiful ship and fantastic crew. We had some issues that were sent to corporate to solve, and I want to give them high praise. They promptly resolved the issue with the appropriate compensation. We were very ... Read More
Sailed the Bliss. Beautiful ship and fantastic crew. We had some issues that were sent to corporate to solve, and I want to give them high praise. They promptly resolved the issue with the appropriate compensation. We were very pleased with the guest relations. Keep up the good work NCL. If you can do it, try the haven. Service is beyond compare. The specialty dining, minus the French place, was quite good. The haven dining is really phenomenal. Jersey Boys is a must see. Enjoyed the casino, and really enjoyed the enclosed smoking area. We booked the go carts, but decided to cancel. Did the baths at Virgin Gorda. Absolutely gorgeous. We were hesitant because of the level 3 rating, but the shore excursion desk said we should have no problems, and they were right. Just were good water shoes with grip or sneakers. We went to Magen’s bay in St Thomas. We just hopped a taxi and we were there. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
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
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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
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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