Sail Date: February 2019
Timing and price both worked for me. I travel solo, so NCL is my go to cruise line because they have some great options for the single traveller. I usually book a studio cabin, but this trip, because of the multiple "at sea" ... Read More
Timing and price both worked for me. I travel solo, so NCL is my go to cruise line because they have some great options for the single traveller. I usually book a studio cabin, but this trip, because of the multiple "at sea" days, I chose a stateroom with a balcony. This was soon upgraded to a mini-suite, unsolicited by me. Beautiful big cabin with a full size shower(sliding glass doors and six mini-nozzles.) Embarkation and disembarkation both took no time at all; just walked on/off. The food and beverage situation was typical NCL; fair to average. I dined at 4 "specialty" restaurants. Q, Los Lobos, and Cagney's were average, at best. Le Bistro, however, hit it out of the park. Food, wine, service, all excellent.After trying each of the 3 main dining rooms, I resorted to the buffet for the rest of my meals. Pretty decent, by the way. The ship is absolutely beautiful, albeit almost new. Highlights include a go-cart track, laser tag, and waterslides that extend out over the sides of the ship. The overhang sections are clear plastic; pretty cool. Nightly shows, alway something to do. A popular venue is a replica of the pub the Beatles used to play when they started out, complete with a very good cover band. Lastly, a word about the Observation Lounge. Designed specifically for Alaskan waters, it covers the front 1/3 of the ship on deck 15. All floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable roomy seating for hundreds of people, serving continental breakfast, lunch, and "tea". Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
OK.. Let me start by saying that we have cruised with Carnival mostly and have never had a "bad cruise." This was our first experience with NCL, and despite a few minor negatives that we noticed along the way...we had a ... Read More
OK.. Let me start by saying that we have cruised with Carnival mostly and have never had a "bad cruise." This was our first experience with NCL, and despite a few minor negatives that we noticed along the way...we had a wonderful time on our cruise. After all...your cruise is what YOU make of it... and WE made it great!! Based on the sheer amount of complaining and whining we heard from other passengers...not everyone feels the same way. I will say that if anything could ruin our trip it was the constant complaining we would hear from fellow passengers. From the lady who was coming UNGLUED on the guest services person because she "has anxiety and absolutely NEEDS a fan in her room right this minute, or she will freak out"...to the lady who paid 12,000 to have a suite in the Haven only to have a butler who didn't attend to her every need.... and of course, the constant people complaining about the lack of smoking areas.... Everywhere we went people complained about the food, or the wait for drinks, or that the comedian wasn't funny, or that the game show was boring....Complain, complain, complain....UGH!! Really people??? Are you really THAT entitled that you can't just enjoy your vacation without complaint?? Hey Fan Lady.... if you need one that bad because of your anxiety...BRING ONE WITH YOU!! Problem solved!! Smokers (and I am a vaper, so I get it)...yes, it was a small area, but just be happy that they are still providing you ANY space to smoke in these days! And, the people who complained about the wait for drinks... really? If you can't wait 3 MINUTES for a drink...you might have a problem. OK...Now on to the review. This just comes from my own experience and others may have different experiences, but here is my honest review of our experience on the Bliss (both pros and a few cons): Pros: * The ship was new, elegant, and super clean * Elevators were plentiful and rarely crowded (was I on a different ship than some of these other people?) LOL * There was so much to do on the ship!! It was almost overwhelming how many options there were. No possible way to get bored on the Bliss. *The adult only area (which is where the smoking section was BTW) was our favorite place to be. Never had an issue finding a spot to sunbathe...and the bartenders in this area were the friendliest on the ship! * Specialty dining was the way to go!! We booked prior to the cruise at Q, Cagneys, La Cucina, and Ocean Blue. We had GREAT food at all of them, except La Cucina. * Q was amazing and the portions were Texas sized!! My only complaint was that I couldn't eat it all and couldn't take it to go. * Jersey Boys was amazing!!! Best show I've seen in a while! * Excursions through cruise line were amazing! The way they were organized was well-planned. We never had an issue getting off the ship and getting to them on time. * The race track was awesome. My husband and his friend went a few times and had a blast each time. The only thing I will say about this is that they felt it was better to NOT have the weekly pass (which was 200.00) because you most likely wouldn't get your money's worth. * Cagneys was great. Had the pork loin...sooo good! However the best steak we had on the ship was in the Manhattan Room. * Ocean Blue was wonderful on our anniversary night. Had the halibut, which was melt in your mouth delicious! * NCL did a great job decorating our room for our Anniversary and they gave us TWO Anniversary cakes which were very tasty! * The LOCAL was one of our favorite spots to grab a beer and hang out with friends. We really liked the bowling alley there! Ok, now the cons... (not "end my love of cruising" worthy cons...but still noticeable negatives) * Unfriendly and unorganized staff. We had two bartenders and one server who stood out to us with their upbeat attitudes and smiles. The rest seemed to be very unhappy to be there. I don't know if that is because of how NCL treats them, or if that is just the way the world is becoming....but it was definitely noticeable. * LOUD music on the pool deck until very late at night. This didn't bother us too much, except on the nights that we turned in early and could hear it even though we closed the deck door. We were on the 15th floor....and could rarely open our deck door at night because of the music. If you like quiet...choose a room on a lower floor or in the aft. * La Cucina restaurant. This was the only bad food experience we had on the ship. Fettuccine noodles were very dry and the alfredo sauce tasted like Ragu. Hubby's ravioli was good, but they only gave him 3 tiny squares. * Outlets in the room were few and other than a usb plug, there are no actual outlets by the bed. Also, unless you left a card in the slot when you left the room, the power completely shut off. Great for conserving energy, but not so good for wanting to charge your phone while you go out for the night. * Debarkation was OK, but they had us snaking through the casino and restaurants. It was a "hurry up and wait" kind of situation. Definitely not as breezy as embarkation. There was a lady who kept yelling at people to "move along, please." Yet she could clearly see that there was a huge line of people who couldn't "move" any faster then the person in front of them. It seemed rather disorganized. * Finally, again... the worst part about our experience was the constant negativity from the other passengers. All in all.... we truly enjoyed the ship! The excursions we did were fantastic, the food overall on the ship was amazing, and there was always plenty to do!! Yes, there were some "cons" but there was nothing to complain about!! I will cruise with NCL again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as it was recommended by our travel agent. We flew into Miami, but just hung out at our hotel until we departed the next day. Very nice hotel, not much around to do, and pool was outside and cold, but it is January. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was recommended by our travel agent. We flew into Miami, but just hung out at our hotel until we departed the next day. Very nice hotel, not much around to do, and pool was outside and cold, but it is January. Our hotel, the Crown Plaza had a big shuttle, only $10 per person, that took us right to the port the next morning. Very nice. Embarkment was fairly fast and easy. Need your travel documents and your passport as you go through. Well organized. The ship is absolutely beautiful. Crew all over the ship was wonderful all the time. Always there to help if needed. Our cabin, 13786, was very nice size, plenty of storage, very comfortable. Was worried about getting sea-sick as I do have vertigo, but never bothered me. A balcony mini-suite with connecting stateroom in the middle of the ship real close to the elevators. The shows, jersey boys and havana were excellent. Wanted to see the prohibition, but totally booked. Could have waited in line and maybe got in but didn't care to. The beatles cover band is very, very good also, but very small venue. Get there real early if you want a place to sit or even stand. The large Garden Cafe at the front of the ship has wonderful food and anything you want pretty much all day long. We went to a complimentary sit down restaurant the one day for lunch, the Savor I believe, opened at 11:00 a.m. Really good food, but took 1/2 hour to get our first drink, 15 minutes to get the appetizer and then only 10 minutes for our food, so have time on your hands. The cafe is much faster if in a hurry. Shore excursions were very well organized by the ship. Remember to bring your tickets for the excursions AND an ID with you. I did not bring an ID the one time because they didn't request it the first time and they almost did not let me back on the ship in St Thomas. My mistake. It is a little bit of waiting in line, but the excursions we were on were well worth it. Tortola; Island Beach Break, St Thomas;Explore St Thomas and Magens Bay and Nassau's; Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day. Just wish we would have had more time on each island. It goes so fast. We would have loved to get on the racetrack once or twice, but totally booked all the time with kids. Pool was always jam packed with no room. Sat in the hot tub in Spice H2O a couple times and layed on those chairs a few times as this was the adult only area, very nice. Excellent bartenders. We did not have children with and that's the way we'd keep it. We already put a deposit down on another cruise with Norwegian we much use within 4 years and we are looking forward to it very much. Disembarkment was quite a wait in line, but organized pretty well. Huge line on 7th floor of ship that circles around and gradually gets you to the auditorium where they take your picture and disembark. Have patience..... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We were on the Bliss from 1/19-1/26, 2019. There were 6 of us and we had a wonderful time. Great balcony cabin with a roomy bathroom and plenty of room in the shower without that nasty shower curtain that some cruise ships still have. 2 ... Read More
We were on the Bliss from 1/19-1/26, 2019. There were 6 of us and we had a wonderful time. Great balcony cabin with a roomy bathroom and plenty of room in the shower without that nasty shower curtain that some cruise ships still have. 2 Headlining Comedians that kept us laughing. Clint Jackson was a nice "clean" comic. He was my favorite. Ivan ? was funny, too. Great cruise director "Dan Dan" is the man. The food was awesome and so much better than some of the upscale ships. No matter where we ate, in the regular dining room, buffet or specialty, the food was awesome. Savor's breakfasts take wayyyyy too long, however. They need to work out the kinks on that. Love The Local's eats. Yummy. But, why do the cruise lines "nickel and dime you to death"? I long for the old days of cruising. Cagney's cost so much we couldn't even think about going. Ridiculous. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We booked reservations on the Bliss for the Mexican Riviera last October and again to the Caribbean January 19th. The ship has greatly improved with service levels and communications. The were less wait times for almost everything. Dan dan ... Read More
We booked reservations on the Bliss for the Mexican Riviera last October and again to the Caribbean January 19th. The ship has greatly improved with service levels and communications. The were less wait times for almost everything. Dan dan the cruise director and Mark the Hotel manager were outstanding making this a really good cruise. The only down fall for us was the excursions and that wasn't reflective of the cruise itself. The food was really good everywhere we ate. The staff was very friendly and attentive. There were times that parents were not watching their kids and they would push all the buttons on the elevators and run up and down the halls but that is just lack of good parenting which is visible and irritating to other passengers. The spa was fairly busy all the time and I wish they would limit the number of passes they sell. The biggest improvement from the previous Bliss cruise and this one is that they implemented a new policy that if you put items on chairs to hold them and you do not use the chair within 30 minutes they will remove your items and hold them at the desk for you to pick them up... Huge benefit because now it was much easier to enjoy the sun deck! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This is our third NCL Cruise. We enjoyed The Bliss. The ship is very clean, the food is good, there is lots to do, and the drink package perk is one of the best in the industry. The Observation Lounge is fantastic. Love the activities in ... Read More
This is our third NCL Cruise. We enjoyed The Bliss. The ship is very clean, the food is good, there is lots to do, and the drink package perk is one of the best in the industry. The Observation Lounge is fantastic. Love the activities in the atrium. Appreciate that the casino is non-smoking (they have an enclosed room). Jersey Boys was very good. Enjoyed the Beatles tribute band. The District Brew House is a favorite with those that enjoy beer. They also have some Signature drinks for those that don't. Embarkment and disembarkment run very smooth and quickly. Did not get to try Laser tag or the go-carts. Not everything is perfect. The elevator lines are long. The putt-putt golf is a joke. The menu in Taste and Savor does not change. The pool and area are too small for the amount passengers. All in all, however, the Bliss is a fantastic ship. Now I am looking forward to cruising on the sister ship, Encore, in December. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose Norwegian over the other cruise lines because of the "Free-Style" dining concept. You can eat, drink and party anytime you want. We went to Hawaii on the Pride of America and it was spectacular. This trip we were on the ... Read More
We chose Norwegian over the other cruise lines because of the "Free-Style" dining concept. You can eat, drink and party anytime you want. We went to Hawaii on the Pride of America and it was spectacular. This trip we were on the Bliss. Brand new. Gargantuan. We always get a balcony and love it. The entertainment always keeps you on the move. Plenty to choose from. Also, the poolside activities are hilarious. We embarked and went to the Sugarcane Mojito Bar. Bob, the "Chocolate Cowboy" made us feel welcome and part of the entire ship family immediately. The experiences just kept going. The main dining rooms were always ready to serve. Never had to wait and never ran out of selections. We never ran across a single negative employee. They always stopped what they were doing to help you if you needed it. They also knew when to leave you alone. Two things that weren't up to our standards were the shore excursions and the final port. We went snorkeling in St. Thomas. It was OK but it didn't hold a candle to the snorkeling in Hawaii. We also went to Balmoral Island beach break. Save your money. We had to walk a long way to a pier through so many vendors and taxi drivers. You can keep Nassau. It seemed dirty and the vendors were unfriendly, rude and seemed like they expected you to spend a lot of money. Our agent said: "Stay on the ship" and she was right. St. Thomas and Tortola were pretty cool. The other down side to our experience was the smoking. Our neighbor, on the first night tried to have a smoke. As soon as he lite it I could smell it. We brought it to the attention of guest services who very promptly addressed the issue. But we were helpless. There were others even though they have a special section for smokers. I only hope Norwegian ( or any other cruise line) comes up with a "non-smokers" cruise. I'll be the first to sign up. Would we go again? ABSOLUTLY!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Here are the pros and cons of the cruise. I have never been on a ship this big before but wanted the experience. Pros: Excellent entertainment through out the ship, whether it was in the bars and common areas or the theater. Loved ... Read More
Here are the pros and cons of the cruise. I have never been on a ship this big before but wanted the experience. Pros: Excellent entertainment through out the ship, whether it was in the bars and common areas or the theater. Loved the observation deck. It was never extremely crowded and loved the smaller buffet. Enjoyed the different bars with the different themes. Most employees very helpful and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Loved my balcony room. Very spacious, clean and decorated tastefully. My room steward was always very helpful. The food in the free main dining rooms were a step up from the Norwegian Dawn two years ago. Had the dining package and enjoyed the food at the restaurants, Teppinyaki, Ocean Blue and Los Lobos. Overall the food was very good. Cons: The pool decks were so crowded that we never could find a place to use lounge chairs the whole time on ship. We ended up just avoiding the area. Trying to get reservations at the dining areas was almost impossible. We ended up just showing up at the restaurants and waited to be seated. Very frustrating when you have the dining package. So I learned you need to try to get reservations way before your cruise. Disembarking was a nightmare. Something needs to be done about this. Waited in long lines for a long time to get off of the ship. It seemed people in charge were not organized. I was not impressed with the ports we went to. There are nicer islands in the area to visit. All in all, I am glad I had the experience, but I don't know if I will cruise on this ship again. The size of the ship was not daunting at all. I was able to get around very easily, but too many people that made it hard to have a peaceful and non stressful vacation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We sailed on the Norwegian Bliss from January 12th – January 18th. We flew in to Fort Lauderdale and spent the night prior to the cruise. We stayed at the Ocean Sky. The motel seemed like a pretty nice motel however around 1-2 in ... Read More
We sailed on the Norwegian Bliss from January 12th – January 18th. We flew in to Fort Lauderdale and spent the night prior to the cruise. We stayed at the Ocean Sky. The motel seemed like a pretty nice motel however around 1-2 in the morning it appeared they were shooting an episode of Cops in the hallway. Motel patrons were yelling and slamming doors. I called the front desk and they said the cops were already on the floor. After about 15-20 minutes of yelling and such, it calmed down. I am not sure even without all the drama, that this motel was worth the cost. The room seemed old, almost like a remodeled old hotel that still felt old. Nothing bad, other than the drama, stood out but nothing good did either. I will find another place to stay the next time we are in Fort Lauderdale. Embarkation started at 12:00 noon and we arrived a little before noon. We were on the ship within 15-20 minutes. It was the quickest I have ever experienced. It appeared they were using two terminals, B and C to board the ship so that may be what helped. Anyway, kudos to Norwegian. As soon as we boarded we went to one of the touch screen monitors located at many places around the ship to schedule laser tag, go karts and a comedy show. We previously scheduled Havana and Jersey Boys on line before the cruise. These touch screen monitors are located at the top of the stairs on each level. I would strongly suggest you do this as soon as you enter the ship. If you wait, you may find the attraction you want to attend sold out. The monitors are a really nice touch and even allow you to see directions from where you are to any attraction on the ship. Nice job with that Norwegian. We then went to Margaritaville restaurant to eat. I ordered a hamburger and my wife ordered a fish sandwich. It was at least an hour before we received our food. Several people were seated after we were and received their food before we did. I have no idea what the holdup was because the restaurant seemed to be at about 30% capacity, certainly nowhere near full. I nearly grabbed the waitress and told her to cancel my order. It doesn’t take an hour to cook a hamburger and fish sandwich. I was very disappointed in Margaritaville on the Bliss and would not recommend anyone eat there. The hamburger was not that good and my wife’s sandwich was not good. I later ate a burger in the buffet and in my opinion it was much better than Margaritaville and didn’t cost extra. Throughout the cruise I observed maybe a maximum of 20% capacity at the restaurant. It certainly is not being used by many. I assume the cost is the main driver of that. We spent the first day just getting to know the ship. This is a really big ship but I liked the way everything was laid out. By day 3 we pretty much knew where everything was at and if we didn’t they had nice placards by each elevator that listed what attractions were on each floor. We booked laser tag for the first day and it was fun. It is broken down in to two sessions of about 5-10 minutes each. There is a safety video that you must watch and then they break you down in to two teams and give you your weapons. You must wear closed toe and heal shoes. This pretty much excludes flip flops and sandals. We did this twice during the cruise. It is an extra $10 per person per game which I think is too expensive for no longer than the game runs. We ate in the Garden Café, which is the buffet, on day one and the food was what I would call average. We have been on Carnival and Disney and the food was similar to that. They did do a good job of keeping the tables clean and in fact as soon as you finish with your plate or cup they will collect it quickly so make sure you are really finished or have someone guard your plate if you must leave for a bit!  There did seem to be a large variety of food and I would think anyone would be able to find something to eat on the buffet. It is pretty spread out so I didn’t notice any unusually long lines and we were always able to find a seat near the buffet during the cruise. We spent some time in the observation lounge. I read a lot of positive reviews about it and they were correct. It is a really nice place with a small buffet and bar and tons of comfortable seats, most overlooking the ocean. Some reviewers complained about people sleeping, etc. but I didn’t notice much of this. One of the things that I read over and over in the Bliss reviews was the staff attitude. Before the cruise I honestly suspected it was the cruiser and how they interacted with the staff. I suspected they were rude to the staff or demanding and the staff responded in kind. I have to say that I am disappointed in how the staff act. For a lack of a better term, they for the most part, seem indifferent. They rarely spoke to us. A good example was bar staff. I would go to a bar, patiently waiting my turn. The bartender would come over and ask what I wanted. No smiles, greetings, etc. I would give them my order and they would ask for my room card (we had the beverage package). That was usually the last words spoken by the staff. They would sit the drinks on the bar, return my card, and walk off. We saw this type of behavior all throughout the staff. At one point I wondered if a lot of the staff didn’t speak very good English so they were reluctant to speak. I consider myself to be polite, always saying “Please” and “Thank you” so I know they were not responding to my demeanor. We noticed this behavior with our room steward as well. He kept the room clean but also seemed indifferent. On other cruise lines the staff would almost always greet you when they passed you in the halls, etc. We did not observe this behavior on the Bliss. As this is our first Norwegian ship I don’t know if this is Norwegian wide or just the Bliss but they defiantly have a problem. The ”Washy Washy” guys and the people holding up the flyers advertising the main items on the buffet each night were the exception to the indifferent staff. They were also smiling from ear to ear, usually singing and dancing. If you don’t know what the “Washy Washy” people are I will explain it. They have bottles of hand sanitizer and give you some before you enter the buffet. Some of them have become semi-famous, check You Tube. Another recurring negative that I read in reviews prior to the cruise was about the elevators being slow and packed. We did observe that most elevators seemed quite full and you did have to wait up to 2-3 minutes for one to arrive. Often it would be packed and you couldn’t get on. We ended up using the stairs 75% of the time which was good exercise. My wife has a FitBit and she typically recorded 50 or so flights of stairs a day. The FitBit doesn’t record going down stairs so this was just up! Keep in mind however that this was not always just bypassing the elevators, it might have been climbing stairs for the water slide, going up a floor to a bar and back, etc. but it was a lot of stair climbing. We also walked a lot but that is to be expected on a ship that is 1000’ long. This was no different from any other cruise that I have been on. On day two we hit the bigger water slide. The bigger one requires tubes and the other one is the one that drops the rider. The line was long and it took us 45 minutes at least to ride it the first time. The second time was maybe 20 minutes. It was fun and I would recommend it. My 13-year-old probably rode this slide 30 times during the cruise. We also rode the go-karts on day two. It took about 20 minutes from the time we walked up to the time the race started. The go-karts were faster than they looked but it seemed we spent as much time sitting in them on the track as we did driving them. They have the ability to instantly shut down the karts and the first time they did this, I assume they were reprimanding someone, as the staff went to him and talked with him a bit. They started us up again. After not more than one lap we had several cars crash in to each other. This took a bit to straighten up and then we were off again only to be stopped again shortly after for another crash. Overall they were fun but the one time was plenty for the cruise. On the second night we attended the show Havana. After reading all the negative reviews I almost decided not to attend. I thought the show was good and in fact they received a standing ovation at the end. If the show had a story line, I couldn’t detect it, but I can appreciate all the hard work the performers put in to it. As far as activities go, there are tons going on all day and evening around the ship. Each night they deliver to your cabin a summary of the next day’s events and other general information. It also tells you what times the restaurants and buffet are open. You can also find this information on the television in your stateroom. I guess this is a good time to talk about the cabin. We booked a mini-suite with balcony although it should be called a balcony room. That is what it is on other cruise lines. Calling it a “suite” is a stretch. The room itself seems a bit smaller than comparable rooms on Carnival and Disney, the two lines I have cruised with previously, although the bathroom seems larger. Overall the room was adequate with plenty of storage space for 3 people. In addition to the main bed there was a couch that pulled out to a bed. The balcony had two chairs and a small table. The room had a small fridge in it but it was locked. A sign on it stated that the mini-bar was not included in the drink package. I assume the staff could have unlocked it if we wanted to use it for storage but we never asked. When you first come in the room there is a slot for a key card. If you do not put a key card in the slot the lights will turn off after a couple of minutes and it appeared to us that the electrical outlets also turned off, so don’t forget to use the key card. The beds were decent although of the three lines I have cruised with now, they are my least favorite. I was not a big fan of the pillows as I thought they were not firm enough. Overall the room was adequate. On day three we ate at Los Lobos. The service was very good. Everyone was very nice and pretty much the total opposite of the other staff we encountered. I had the Enchiladas and they were pretty good. We ate outside on the Waterfront and you couldn’t ask for a better view for a meal. The Waterfront was probably my favorite place on the ship. Prior to boarding the boat, we booked Jersey Boys. I read a bunch of reviews and most were positive. I read one review that said the show had “some” language in it but even network television seems to have some so I wasn’t worried about it. When we arrived in line there were signs saying the show had “authentic New Jersey profane language”. I had my 13-year-old son with me so I was a little concerned. I know he hears this stuff at school but I don’t use language around my kid. Well it did have some language. Other than the normal “D” and “S” words they dropped the F-bomb about 15-20 times throughout the show. The real shame of it is that the language was not needed. I assume they were trying to make the guys and gals from Jersey look “tough” by having them drop F-bombs but being able to cuss doesn’t make you tough and it doesn’t make you look tough. Other than the unnecessary language the show was good. The performers were very talented. I wouldn’t recommend the show because of the language but if hearing the F-bomb dropped doesn’t bother you then you should be okay. I would say it certainly is not for younger ears. We rode the drop coaster on day 5. It took about 30-45 minutes to get through the line to ride it. They have 3 people manning the coaster. One at top, one at the trap door where they extricate anyone that gets stuck on the slide, and one at the bottom. The guy at the bottom, and maybe the others as well but I couldn’t see them, would leave his post every 10 minutes or so and be gone for 10-15 minutes. During that time the operations would come to a halt. This happened every 10 minutes or so. At first I thought they were going on break but who has a break every 10-15 minutes? I don’t know what they were doing but it tremendously slowed down the operations of the slide and a lot of riders were getting angry and I don’t blame them. The ride itself however was really fun. When you drop its kind of like being propelled from a canon. I made it through the ride and my wife barely did. A lot of people did not, and had to be removed using the trap door which was no big deal. It seemed the majority of people who did not make it were women so I am not sure if it had anything to do with weight or not. I would ride it again if it were not for the long wait. The funniest thing about it was the majority of riders were men. Most of them were probably 40+. I saw several older gentlemen in their 60's plus riding it too. They would come off the slide grinning from ear to ear. My wife said their bodies said they were 65 but their minds told them they were 15! It was fun to see. On St. Thomas we went to Coral World and Coki Beach. We took a taxi but I don’t recall how much it cost. Coral World is neat but unless you do one of the extra paid attractions there is not a lot to do there. We spent about 30-45 minutes there and then went over to the beach. Coki beach was pretty crowded. We rented a couple of chairs for $5.00 each. They had waitresses and waiters running the beach taking food and drink orders. We bought a bucket of Carib beer which costs $25.00 for 5. I thought that was a little expensive for a beach but I was on vacation so what the heck. We saw lots of small fish swimming in the shallow parts. The changing rooms and bathrooms were nasty. I am sure there are more up and down the beach but the ones on our end were filthy and the toilet and sink didn’t work in one of the two stalls. Overall the beach itself and water was really nice. On Tortola we went to Smuggler’s Cove and Nigel’s Beach Bar. We took a shared taxi. The cost was $14.00 per person each way. The driver waited at the beach for all of us as it is a good 30-minute ride and over a lot of unimproved roads. At times you wonder just where in the world he is taking you. The beach itself was not overly crowded. Nigel had chairs and umbrellas for rent if needed. Once you enter the water there is a layer of small rocks for about 6-8 feet and a pretty substantial drop from zero to about 3 feet. Once you get past that shelf the beach is mostly soft sand and it drops off pretty gradually. We didn’t observe many fish here but didn’t go far out either. Nigel’s Beach Bar is what you would think a beach bar on an out of the way beach would be. Some 2x4s, pieces of plywood and tarps. Nigel is top notch though. Fast with the drinks and seems to be a really good guy. We had a lot of fun here and I would recommend it, but just be aware that if you have trouble walking you might have some issues navigating the rocky ledge, especially coming back up over it to get out of the water. On our Bahamas stop we went to the public beach just beside Atlantis. It was a disaster. The beach was incredibly crowded. We purchase two chairs and were placed in front of most of the other chairs. The water was crashing in to our chairs so we had to keep all of our belongings sitting on the chairs. We left after a couple of minutes and went to Atlantis and bought the day pass for the water park. We had a good time there riding the lazy rivers and water slides. The beach is really nice and wasn’t crowded. The water park is huge and spread out. We carried our luggage off the ship. We have done this for all but our first cruise. Normally you can get off the ship very quickly this way. It took us over an hour to get off the ship. They had a long line of people routed down the center of the ship, in to the casino, and back around to the theater. Finally after passing through the theater we were checked out and got to leave the ship. This was probably the longest disembarkation I have ever experienced and was pretty much the complete opposite of the embarkation. Over all we had a good cruise. The Bliss is a beautiful ship and I like the way things are laid out. I thought the staff did a really good job of keeping everything clean. Jersey Boys and its language was a big disappointment to me as well as the indifference of the Bliss staff. Other than that, we had a really good time. I might would cruise the Bliss again but our next cruise with probably be another cruise line. I think we are going to try Royal Caribbean next just to compare. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
Just before sailing I pulled my back out. I considered canceling. Since I was going with my sister and our husbands I went. It was the best decision. For 1 week I was waited in. Fed excellent food. Delicious cocktails. My room cleaned ... Read More
Just before sailing I pulled my back out. I considered canceling. Since I was going with my sister and our husbands I went. It was the best decision. For 1 week I was waited in. Fed excellent food. Delicious cocktails. My room cleaned everyday. Also could relax and be entertained without having to go very far. Came back feeling r3freshed both mentally and physically. So you can do as much or as little as you want and still have a good time. This was my first NCL cruise. I usually sail on RC. Since this was a new ship and going to ports I hadn't been to before we decided to go for it. Was a little disappointed in a few small things. No sports bar. Lack of sufficient seating in Atrium. Overall was an great experience.. I would recommend this cruise especially if you have kids. Lots for them to do. Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.0
Value For Money 3.5 3.4

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