425 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

This cruise trip was arranged more than 1 year ago. We had never been to Mexico and we wanted to give it a try on the newest NCL ship, Norwegian Bliss. The gorgeous looking Norwegian Bliss was beyond my imagination. We had a wonderful ... Read More
This cruise trip was arranged more than 1 year ago. We had never been to Mexico and we wanted to give it a try on the newest NCL ship, Norwegian Bliss. The gorgeous looking Norwegian Bliss was beyond my imagination. We had a wonderful holiday and had fun exploring the 3 cities which Bliss had brought us to. We also enjoyed dancing at different venues in the evenings. With the specialty dining package, it enabled us to try out different food types and dining atmospheres. The shore excursions to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas were interesting that they had showed us the culture of Mexico and the beautiful cities. I wished the port stay in Cabo San Lucas could be longer as it’s such a beautiful place. We didn’t get much time to shop at the port area after few hours of shore excursion. The dining venues were busy every night but we didn’t have problem getting seats when walking in to any of the main dining restaurant. As our package included 4 specialty dining, we had booked the dinner way in advance with the help of NCL Australia office. Luckily we did it because on Bliss, most specialty dining venues were fully booked on most of the time slots. The “Jersey Boys” was probably one of the main highlights on the ship that the response was overwhelmed with people queuing up outside the theatre as standby. The “Six” is a new show on the ship but the response was not bad as well. The Guest Services team sent a note to my room to welcome our group and helped us with the dance class arrangement. We are grateful to Cruise Director, Jake for this special arrangement, and the kind assistance from Marina from Guest Services. During the trip, I wrote a feedback regarding the time confusion as the NCL app was showing a different timing from the time we were asked to adjust back. Surprising the relevant staff was able to find me at the dining table that particular night to follow up regarding this. Bliss’ public area consists of many nice details and we felt very comfortable at every corners. My personal favourite place is the brilliant Observation Lounge at Deck 15. I enjoyed the light breakfast and watching sunrise from there. Ladies will definitely feel pampered by the shopping spirit on the ship, especially on port days. It will be great if NCL could broadcast more about the shopping offers in Mexico prior to boarding. Bliss is quite unlike the other NCL ships that it is between premium and the mass, it is just so special and lovely. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The Norwegian Bliss is one of the lines most recent ships having been put into service in 2018. In the Breakaway Plus category she is always one of the largest ships in the fleet, The activities, cabins, dining options and crew were ... Read More
The Norwegian Bliss is one of the lines most recent ships having been put into service in 2018. In the Breakaway Plus category she is always one of the largest ships in the fleet, The activities, cabins, dining options and crew were all fantastic. Been blessed to have been on this ship a total of 42 days in the past year, including a bucket list 15 day Miami to Los Angeles Panama Canal cruise celebrating my sixtieth birthday. The nicest thing about this ship is the design which allows for a very good flow so that you almost never feel crowded except for the muster drill on the first day. The entertainment on board includes a Broadway show (JERSEY BOYS), comedy club, various musical ensembles and a Beatles Cover Band in The Cavern. Drop Water Slides as well as tamer inner tube water slides for the adventurous, as well as Go Karts and Laser Tag. Specialty Dining is superb!!! My favorites Los Lobos, Le Bistro and Ocean Blue, although Teppanyaki and Cagney's Steakhouse are not very far behind. The Thermal Spa is relaxing, spacious and has many soothing amenities like warm tile lounging chairs, thermal pool, steam room, sauna, and Jacuzzi but comes with an up-charge. VIBE Beach Club is also an option in the warm weather and those itineraries, although I've personally seen the prices go from $99, $129, $179 to last week's $209. Serenity comes with a price tag!!! All in All, The BLISS is well worth the additional costs in order to fully appreciate everyone that the ship has to offer. After all, it is a vacation and you should allow yourself the indulgence to pamper yourself Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
first I look for the age of the ship ,(build in 2018) reading review in you tube and found out is a 5 star cruise , very Elegant ,and with style ,high quality in decoration and best restaurants and entertainment on it ,my first one and I ... Read More
first I look for the age of the ship ,(build in 2018) reading review in you tube and found out is a 5 star cruise , very Elegant ,and with style ,high quality in decoration and best restaurants and entertainment on it ,my first one and I am so glad that choose this Cruise ,it fill up all my expectation. The observatory lounge is unique you can see everything from there. The buffet area is really big ,the food is really good and fresh ,crew in this area are very respectful and very kind , there is always room to enjoy your meal. music bands on the cruise are amazing , the only critics that I have , is you should have a bigger cigar room. Bar in the ships are great ,crew on all areas are very professional and friendly . I have take already the promotions for my next cruise in the next 4 years and from now ... I AM A FAN OF NORWEGIAN CRUISES !!! THANK YOU FOR THIS MAGNIFICENT EXPERIENCE . Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to try Norwegian, specifically the Haven area. We were not disappointed, The Haven was a wonderful respite from the excitement and crowds of the main areas of the ship. The ship is very well designed, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to try Norwegian, specifically the Haven area. We were not disappointed, The Haven was a wonderful respite from the excitement and crowds of the main areas of the ship. The ship is very well designed, with lots of smaller spaces so you don't always feel like your with 4000 people. We really liked the Observation Lounge on 15, a beautiful space with a nice bar and food served (buffet style) daily. There are two musicals being presented on the ship Jersey Boys and Six, we thoroughly enjoyed them both. We also enjoyed the Beatles tribute band Britain's Finest. Can't really say much about the shore excursions because we only did the bus tour in Puerta Vallarta, Maztatlan was rained out and we did our own thing in Cabo. I have to mention the service on the ship, it was excellent, almost seemed like there was a competition between the employees as to who could be the nicest. We ate in 3 specialty restaurants, Cagney Steakhouse which was very good and if you want to try it you need to make a reservation before you get on the ship. We also tried Ocean Blue which we enjoyed, it was probably our favorite, had a really nice waitress, I'm sorry I can't remember her name. The other was the Italian restaurant, La Cucina also really good. We only ate in the Garde Cafe once, can say it is pretty typical for a cruise ship. We also tried The Local which is complimentary for burgers and fish and chips and it was fine. Since we stayed in the Haven we ate at the Haven Restaurant a few times and it was also very good, liked the specialty restaurants better. But the Haven had a good breakfast and lunch menu as well. Our butler, Maria was extremely nice and around enough that if we needed something she would provide it. We just didn't;t ask her for much. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I am a Latitudes member and like the "freestyle" approach. There is something for everyone to do. You can be active -- or not. You can be entertained -- or not. You can go to many different food venues -- or consistently go ... Read More
I am a Latitudes member and like the "freestyle" approach. There is something for everyone to do. You can be active -- or not. You can be entertained -- or not. You can go to many different food venues -- or consistently go to your favorite restaurant. The choice is always yours. We are in our "seventies" and still continue to enjoy cruising. We stayed busy all day on this cruise. Never bored -- not even for one minute. The service is great. They handled 4,500 passengers as if it were only 450 passengers. No long lines or inconveniences. It had been a long time since we were in LA so we decided to spend a few days and enjoy some sights. That was a great idea and I am glad we did it. The port in Mexico were new to us and quite beautiful.. We did a little shopping, toured a little and enjoyed some tequila! I cannot say enough about the fabulous entertainment. We had seen Jersey Boys in the theater and I can say that NCL's show was just as good if not better! They also added a show called SIX about the wives of Henry the Eighth. Wow, wow Wow!!! this will be a broadway hit when it comes out. The Beatles show was a great stroll down memory lane and the comedians kept us entertained for several nights! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We choose this cruise because of the ship, especially because of the newly designed Haven and it did not disappoint us. Overall there was a lot to do and many places to go, we didn't have a change to experience all, as there were so ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the ship, especially because of the newly designed Haven and it did not disappoint us. Overall there was a lot to do and many places to go, we didn't have a change to experience all, as there were so many things to do. The Waterfront is a great concept, we had dinner outside in Los Lobos and the food, ambiance and service were excellent, try the table-side guacamole! The avocado ice cream was not a favorite of us, but everything else was delicious. Also had drinks on the Mojito bar outside several times. The breakfast foods in the buffet were good selection, but we felt that hot foods were not hot at all, by the time you would get to your table the food would be cold. The Haven court yard, sundeck, lounge and restaurant were excellent with top of the line service and food, the fillet mignon in the Heaven restaurant was better than in Gagney's. The personnel in Haven would greet you by your name and remember your preferences, I have a gluten intolerance and it was always addressed properly, they would provide gluten freed bread and adjust dishes to be gluten free. Our Concierge Hanno and our butler were super attentive and took care of everything from room service deliveries, Racetrack reservations to shore excursions. Casino was also nice with good selection of slots, wished there would have been more Video poker game variations. VP machines had a decent pay tables for a cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
It's a great cruise line for you to enjoy the cruise and relax. No formal night, anytime dining to make things more easier and feel more relaxed like real vacation. Great ship, great port of calls, give two thumbs up. Food ... Read More
It's a great cruise line for you to enjoy the cruise and relax. No formal night, anytime dining to make things more easier and feel more relaxed like real vacation. Great ship, great port of calls, give two thumbs up. Food and specialty restaurants were excellent, I love that Cageny steakhouse. Roast prime rib were delicious. Observation lounge was tremendous huge area and classy. You'll feel like and upper class person when you step in and it's not crowded as upper stair buffet. Great area for you to relax or reading, or simply doing nothing but enjoying the infinity sky line or each port of calls. And good thing about this ship is that they have ocean front deck. You may walk around or dining there for different experiences. By the way, perfect on board Activities. I love to ride the kit car and it's different feeling when you race on ship instead on land. I will definitely cruise again with NCL in the future and recommend it to friends and relatives Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I have never cruised before nor had a ever wanted to. My friends talked me into it and I am beyond happy they did!!! Can’t wait for my next one. We chose The Bliss and I was blown away with this ship. From the minute we stepped aboard to ... Read More
I have never cruised before nor had a ever wanted to. My friends talked me into it and I am beyond happy they did!!! Can’t wait for my next one. We chose The Bliss and I was blown away with this ship. From the minute we stepped aboard to the sad moment we disembark was the best holiday I have EVER had. I brought all the things for getting sea sick, gravel, bracelets etc. Never used a thing!!! You didn’t feel like you were moving at all, sometimes you forgot you were on the ship. Wow what an experience!! The fun at the pool, always something happening, games or a band, so much fun. Delicious food and such a variety. Cagney was my favourite!!! We had a balcony stateroom and I would sit out there and watch the beautiful sunrise and sunsets. The entertainment was unbelievable, we saw the Jersey boys, a Beatles cover band and three comedians. FABULOUS!! The three ports we went to were amazing, I liked Cabo the best. When I told people this was my first cruise they all said the same thing, you have set the bar high on this cruise, you will never see entertainment like this on any other cruise. Oh well guess I better stick with Norwegain then. Thank you to all the crew on the Bliss, you all were amazing. Thank you to the booking staff as well, you too were amazing and so helpful. Now on to the next one Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I was amazed that the size of the ship and the number of people on board did NOT make my husband and I feel crowded. The reservation app was genius - no waiting in line at the main dining rooms any more! And reserving for shows was a great ... Read More
I was amazed that the size of the ship and the number of people on board did NOT make my husband and I feel crowded. The reservation app was genius - no waiting in line at the main dining rooms any more! And reserving for shows was a great idea - made the seating and the theater capacity work together well. The food was impeccable (with a few misses but not many). Loved the buffet options, especially the Indian Food! Very Important : The coffee on this cruise in the buffet and in restaurants was EXCELLENT!!! Great improvement since our last cruise. Downside? Pool seemed crowded, but there were plenty of chairs. Casino - table wagers started at a minimum of 10$ .. too pricy! The tables would have been consistently full if the wagers were dropped to a reasonable level.(5$) Teppanyaki seems to have gotten to be a bit of a frenetic "show" - and too noisy. Chefs standing with their backs to each other had to be loud and seemed to copy each other's banter. (I expect they might have to somewhat, since they do so many dinners) The food was still excellent. The theater shows blew us away, especially "Six". I like the idea of a Broadway style show vs a variety show. Much more compelling and engaging. Comedians were mostly spot on... We were laughing like crazy (with one or two misfires). Cruise staff was excellent! All around. Kudos to Norwegian for exceeding our expectations for this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We have taken river cruises but never an ocean cruise. We traveled with a group and this was the ship the travel agent booked. Because we booked last year our cruise allowed us to choose from three free amenities. We chose the Unlimited ... Read More
We have taken river cruises but never an ocean cruise. We traveled with a group and this was the ship the travel agent booked. Because we booked last year our cruise allowed us to choose from three free amenities. We chose the Unlimited Drink Package (which DOES NOT include bottled water) and the Gratuity Package, both saving us a lot of money. Everything went smoothly from the minute we stepped foot onboard to the minute we disembarked. The ship itself was spectacular - every detail we could imagine was taken into account. Our mid ship balcony suite was a great size. The bathroom was remarkably roomy; we had plenty of closet space and the bed was extremely comfortable. We loved sitting on our balcony to enjoy our morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. We purchased a 3-meal specialty restaurant package which turned out to be a great value*. We enjoyed all of the other restaurants onboard and the entertainment provided was first class. We had a wonderful experience with bartenders, cleaning crews and servers - everyone seemed happy and were very accommodating. If we travel again we would book an "adults only" cruise as we had some very noisy neighbors with smaller children that did a lot of crying and stomping around late at night. Other than that this was a very positive experience and we would recommend to everyone. *except Cagney's: Food wasn't great and the service was painfully slow Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was my first cruise and it was great! So much food! Sometimes the food wasn't that hot as I thought it would be, but it still tasted good. There was so much to do! I wish the Go Karts and Laser Tag didn't cost as much. ... Read More
This was my first cruise and it was great! So much food! Sometimes the food wasn't that hot as I thought it would be, but it still tasted good. There was so much to do! I wish the Go Karts and Laser Tag didn't cost as much. But both water slides were fun!! The pools were little disappointing. They were very small and there's 4,000 guests. Still too small even if 2,000 guests wanted to be at the pool . There was a lot of places to lay out in sun, but you couldn't really get into the pool because all these people were there. We decided to just go to the adult area of 18+ and it was nice. At least there was a water feature to cool off under. The hot tubs were nice too. The other activities and music were fun. I loved Jersey Boys and seeing Comedy shows. I didn't like that the casino smelt the cigarettes. Was there smoking allowed in the closed off part of the casino? Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was my 7 cruise and I must say it was the best. The service was outstanding the food was equal to any 5 star restaurant if not better. Our cabin was a inside but we managed to have 23 people join us for a quick shot to celebrate ... Read More
This was my 7 cruise and I must say it was the best. The service was outstanding the food was equal to any 5 star restaurant if not better. Our cabin was a inside but we managed to have 23 people join us for a quick shot to celebrate Halloween, it was quite a snuggling experience. The entertainment on board reminded me of my days in Vegas I could see them again and hope to soon. Even though I can rave about all that I was just slightly disappointed in the shore excursion but i know it was the people on the other end who in charge not the staff of Norwegian. I still am excited to travel on the Bliss again, it is a big ship and lots of walking but that helps with all the good food, keeps you trim .I will be booking this cruise line again this spring,hope to see you on Norwegian soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I've been on all the Breakaway Class ships except Joy and Bliss. I finally got a chance to try Bliss and WOW. This ship is beautiful. NCL addressed the two common issues on past ships and fixed it on this one. They enclosed the ... Read More
I've been on all the Breakaway Class ships except Joy and Bliss. I finally got a chance to try Bliss and WOW. This ship is beautiful. NCL addressed the two common issues on past ships and fixed it on this one. They enclosed the smoking section of the casino. Brilliant idea. Another move was they put the restaurants at both ends of the ship. It's somewhat hard to find but eased the overcrowding on the middle of the ship. I hope they keep the same layout on their smaller Leonardo ships. Good job on the changes on Bliss..... which I heard is the same on Joy and Encore. Booked the Encore for next year already. The only negative I can say was the pricing on Food Republic. Way too expensive. All the others including Margaritaville was OK and pricing was Average and probably subsidized by the high cruise fare. Food Republic wasn't. For example, sushi on Wasabi on Breakaway was $5-6 but $12-16 on Food Republic Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our second time on the Bliss. We were in the Haven. It was fantastic the Haven restaurant food was to die for. The hostess Arlene was the best. She is an excellent employee. She remembered everyones name and visited with us made ... Read More
This was our second time on the Bliss. We were in the Haven. It was fantastic the Haven restaurant food was to die for. The hostess Arlene was the best. She is an excellent employee. She remembered everyones name and visited with us made us feel like family. we ate at the Le Bistro the food is outstanding. I had the escargot and mushroom soup as starters. Both were delicious They have the best cream of mushroom soup. I have ever had. filet for entrees. Excellent flavour by far the best of the speciality restaurant on the ship. cagney’s was a Big disappointment. The service was awful and food was mediocre. They cram you in to little space. The Q was pretty good bbq. We paid ala cart. Same with Los Lobos. We like this ship so much we booked the ship for the 16 day Panama Canal cruise. I recommend this ship you will have a great time Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Traveled with 8 other adults from San Diego. Parked in the San Pedro lot ($19/day) for a 10 am check-in, which was quick since fewer people there due to the early time. Not too long a wait until they started boarding. We immediately went ... Read More
Traveled with 8 other adults from San Diego. Parked in the San Pedro lot ($19/day) for a 10 am check-in, which was quick since fewer people there due to the early time. Not too long a wait until they started boarding. We immediately went for lunch at the Local for chicken wings, burgers, salads, etc. Great start, food-wise. Dropped off our carry-on bags in our cabins and explored the ship. Disappointed they don't have a viewing deck facing the bow of the ship for us non-Haven folks, as that's where we normally like to be when the ship heads out of port. The cruise starts with 2 sea days, so we got to know the ship activities pretty well. The gym on this ship is small (compared to RCCL, for example), and was packed by 8 am each day. So better to do work-outs in the afternoon. At least the equipment is new. The race track is fun, but you have to make reservations, which is not a very smooth system. It took almost an hour to make 3 different reservations, because the person entering them kept screwing them up. Don't know if it was a language barrier, or a problem with their reservation system, but she kept deleting or adding people to the wrong dates/times. My friend dealing with her complained at guest services, and they took off his three $15 charges for the racing. While fun, the track takes up A LOT of space on the ship. They had to remove many of the activities found on other ships (rock climbing wall, basketball court, ropes course, etc.) to put the track in there. The mini-golf was shrunk down to a 4 hole afterthought behind the race track. Not once did we see anyone doing the laser tag, and we never saw that it was even open. The pool slides were fun, particularly the inner tube one. The drop slide seems to have a design flaw. Just after the initial drop, there is a steep incline to slow you down. A large percentage of people, particularly lighter women and heavier folks (especially if wearing a shirt) don't make it up the incline and drop back down in reverse, where a crew member has to let your out of an escape hatch. The casino slot machines were tight as usual, and it's nice that they have a separate, enclosed smoking section. The Jersey Boys show was great - just like the Broadway musical, with just as talented singers. The two leads could really sing! Bingo was fun, but $49 was their cheapest package to play. It was Halloween during our cruse, and a surprisingly large number of cruisers dressed up in costumes. There was a party at 10:30 pm in Spice H2O at the back of the boat that was packed. We did the 10:30 Spice H2O party a couple of times, which was fun. The silent disco was also amusing, especially when you take off your headphones and see people dancing without music, and singing to songs you can't hear. There were 4 different zones playing different music, adding to the entertainment factor. If you don't like the noise of the pool deck, there are plenty of places for quiet, particularly the Observation lounge on deck 15, which wraps around the whole front of the ship. Many couches and loungers, snack counters, a bar, and a piano player at night which can only be heard closer to the front of the lounge. Deck 7 has the Waterfront that wraps around almost the entire ship, and is lined with couches, chairs, and tables. It's designated as a quiet space and is a great place to sit, read, eat, nap, or have quiet conversations, either in sun or shade. Taste, Savor, and the Manhattan Room are the complementary dining rooms, and had good, changing selections each night. The NY Strip steak (available every night) was surprisingly good. I found the Caesar salad dressing bland. I noticed they've reduced the portion size (a good thing) of their appetizers, since many people get more than one and end up wasting food. Desserts were surprisingly good as well. We also at at Le Bistro, Food Republic, and Los Lobos specialty dining. Le Bistro was fabulous as usual. Service was outstanding and the food was on point. Food Republic was our second favorite, with good sushi and Asian-fusion options. Los Lobos had some good dishes (eg, fresh guacamole, and the elote corn), but being from San Diego, we had a high bar for them to make good Mexican food, and they didn't meet it. Not that it was bad, we just had much better back home. Ports: We went zip lining in Puerto Vallarta. Book through Viator - only $40 for 10 lines, but there was a lot of climbing up steep hills to get from line to line. Just a 5-10 minute walk to the pick-up point from the ship at 10:30 am, and we were back at the ship by 2:30 pm, well before the 4:30 all-aboard time. In Mazatlan we took Ubers ($4!) to Los Arcos restaurant for seafood lunch. It was highly recommended by friends, and they were right. Don't miss the grilled shrimp and the mixed seafood ceviche. In Cabo San Lucas, we had to use tenders to get to port, and we just walked over to Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina for lunch. Short shore leave, as it was a 2:30 all-aboard time. It was pretty hot in all 3 ports, and shopping was the same stuff. If you've ever done the Western Caribbean, you know what I mean. Not once did any of us use Mexican pesos. USD are widely accepted, as are credit cards, which get a better exchange rate. Overall, it was a fun cruise, and a good learning experience to our friends who have never cruised before. Service was top notch as almost all the crew were helpful, friendly, and attentive. Being from SoCal, it was a great value since we didn't have to pay for airfare or the usual overnight stay in a hotel the night before. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
DH and I have been on this itinerary before (once on HAL, twice on NCL), but this was the first time just the two of us, without the kids or any other family. This was a celebration of our 27th anniversary. We had the free airfare, ... Read More
DH and I have been on this itinerary before (once on HAL, twice on NCL), but this was the first time just the two of us, without the kids or any other family. This was a celebration of our 27th anniversary. We had the free airfare, which worked great. Easy, nonstop flights both ways (PDX-LAX). The airport transfer process involved a lot of standing around without much direction beyond "stay against the wall and wait," but we made it to San Pedro no problem. As it turned out, there had been a surprise Coast Guard inspection of the Bliss that delayed embarkation by 2+ hours. There would have been just as long a delay at the port as there was at the airport. By the time we boarded cabins were available, so we checked out the room. We were on deck 13 port-side forward, which turned out the be a lovely location. We'd been on the Breakaway last December and were familiar with the overall deck plan, but we found we liked the Bliss much more in terms of the public spaces. The pool deck is way better - more open and welcoming. Moving the hot tubs up to the next deck eliminated the "bro factor" from around the pools. Those folks who liked to hang out in the tubs and flex all day were on a different level entirely. We also really enjoyed being along the Waterfront, mostly near Sugarcane, the mojito bar. We'd park ourselves in one of the couch groupings and play Cribbage in the afternoon, enjoying the view, the air and the people watching. We had the UBP, which was important. We do like to imbibe and took full advantage of the package. We tip $1 cash with each drink. Not only is it nice to do and gets us remembered, but it helps track how many drinks we've had at what point in the cruise. ;) We had the 3DP and knew we wanted to eat at Le Bistro and Teppenyaki and would decide on the 3rd option after that. It turns out the meal at Le Bistro was so good we went back a 2nd time. Our other meals in the MDRs (3 dinners, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch) were very nice, and the Garden Cafe offerings kept us happy. We sampled the Local's menu throughout the week, mostly for a late afternoon snack. Normally we're trivia geeks on a cruise and hit karaoke at every opportunity. This time we were much less motivated. We saw Jersey Boys, which was great. Other than that we spent a little time (and money) in the casino but mostly just hung out together and enjoyed the relaxing time. We only went ashore in Cabo to specifically visit a cantina we've enjoyed in the past. It had changed since last time and, while good, wasn't as good. We also had to buy a tiny sombrero to take home for the fur baby. We took advantage of the port days when the pool wasn't as crowded and hit the water slides multiple times. Yes, we both did Ocean Loops, and yes, we both made it all the way through each time. No trapdoor rescues for us! Do keep yours eyes open, if you can. The view is spectacular. As always on NCL, the ship was spotless, the crew delightful and the experience just what we want and expect. We enjoyed the Bliss so much that we've booked the same trip for next year. We only have the one anniversary: why not celebrate the heck out of it every year? Thank you to Janet from our roll call for organizing the Meet & Greet on sea day 1. It was nice to put faces to names and chat with the officers. This site is such a valuable resource for all things cruise-related. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I personally love all kinds of infrastructure. The Panama Canal has been in my bucket list for quite sometimes. Going for 21 days, coast to coast and through the Panama Canal locks, this is probably the best cruise in my opinion. The price ... Read More
I personally love all kinds of infrastructure. The Panama Canal has been in my bucket list for quite sometimes. Going for 21 days, coast to coast and through the Panama Canal locks, this is probably the best cruise in my opinion. The price was right. The ports of call were amazing. Since I knew most of the restaurant and bar staff on this ship from my last cruise to Alaska in May, my cruise went great and pleasant. We greeted each other like old friends. I was traveling alone and in a studio cabin. I have to say that this cabin is just right for me. It's so functional and comfortable. I wish I could take the bed home with me because it was so comfortable. My room attendant Ms. Chen was very accommodating. She works around my schedule because I sleep in until late afternoon. The front desk staff Mr. Jumphot was very competent. The 3 main dining rooms staff trying their best to seat everyone though the wait is long. The food was great and worth the wait. The bars staff were cheery and happy. My shore excursions were fabulous. If you are going this cruise, make sure you sign up for the excursion especially for Catagena and Antigua, Guatemala, you won't regret it. But sign up early because these two are the most popular tours and it filling up real quick. I didn't go to any of the shows because it was the repeat from my last Alaska cruise. But I truely enjoyed the live bands on this ship, The Familiar Stranger which is the island band from the Carribean and Siglo the band which everybody loves. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
The Panama Canal was on my bucket list and when I was looking for a cruise that interested me I came across this one. I booked on impulse in 5 minutes. I was able to get off work, etc. So fate allowed us to go. Fantastic. We enjoyed the ... Read More
The Panama Canal was on my bucket list and when I was looking for a cruise that interested me I came across this one. I booked on impulse in 5 minutes. I was able to get off work, etc. So fate allowed us to go. Fantastic. We enjoyed the ports, the ship, food, everything. Good luck at the casino. Friendly group of passengers. Fantastic cruise staff. Went on a Luxury day sail and Snorkle in Cabo San Lucas and a Textile of the Highlands in Guatemala. Both were wonderful. I would recommend both excursions. Eco canoe in Columbia was boring, hot and we saw nothing worth seeing. We did several city tours that were nice, but not out of the ordinary. They were good for passengers with limited abilities to walk, etc like my mom who traveled with me. She is 80. The hike in Santa Marta was fun (I went without mom). The waterfall was nice and the swimming refreshing. The description needs to say you would walk in lots of water and should wear swimsuit and watershoes. Very good cruise. I would go again. It will be hard to go a shorter length of time. If you can swing the time off work, try a long cruise. I know I loved the time. I was allowed to unwind and relax. No pressure to do everthing in a week. Very rejuvinating. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I chose this cruise because it covered many ports that have been on my bucket list, all within the same cruise. The embarkation in LA was a bit congested, and very difficult to hear any announcements regarding boarding groups, so people ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it covered many ports that have been on my bucket list, all within the same cruise. The embarkation in LA was a bit congested, and very difficult to hear any announcements regarding boarding groups, so people were confused as to where and when to get on board. The ship and my cabin were very good. Dining was good except the menus in the dining rooms never seemed to change. Got quite boring after about a week into the cruise. Specialty dining helped with the boredom, and the buffet was pretty good. Jersey Boys was excellent, but only offered 4 showings, so it was always very crowded. Ports and sea days were all well spaced and excursions offered were good. I found that the service was all top notch. All in all, very good cruise! I might not choose the very same cruise again, but I will definitely cruise with NCL again, as evidenced by the fact that I am Platinum status. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Great prices for the 21 day cruise. Ports of call were on my bucket list. Shows on the cruise were amazing. Appreciated the upgrade on my room. Great food choice and plenty of restaurants. Travelled with friends. Will cruise again and ... Read More
Great prices for the 21 day cruise. Ports of call were on my bucket list. Shows on the cruise were amazing. Appreciated the upgrade on my room. Great food choice and plenty of restaurants. Travelled with friends. Will cruise again and took advantage of the CruiseNext offer. Purchased $1000 worth of coupons for future salings and got a $500 credit immediately on my account. Staff and crew were fantastic. Shore excursions were super. Participated in some of the great activities they offered. Jersey Boys, Six, These Guys and the magician and the hypnotist were so good. As well as the Beatles and The Prohibition show. Harold at the Atrium bar always made sure we were looked after drink wise. Also the number of bars on the ship were great and fun when we did our bar crawl. The casino too was lots of fun and offered lots of poker or slot contests to participate in. This being my first cruise was absolutely amazing and one I will always remember. Only thing missing was popcorn. Something for every age and gender on the cruise. Information on the Panama Canal was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had not cruised for 15 years. The Panama Canal was always on our bucket list and, we booked this cruise rather hastily as the time and price were right. We had never cruised on NCL before and loved the amenities on the ship, the ... Read More
We had not cruised for 15 years. The Panama Canal was always on our bucket list and, we booked this cruise rather hastily as the time and price were right. We had never cruised on NCL before and loved the amenities on the ship, the freestyle dining and how hard the crew worked to keep the ship clean and us healthy. The food was excellent in both the complimentary dining and specialty restaurants. Entertainment (bands and shows) were superb. I commented to my husband and friend of 40-years that this was like a "Spring Break Cruise for Baby Boomers." Loved every minute of it and am thinking about the Mediterranean cruise in November 2020. Overall, the on-the ship experience was perfect. The transfer from LAX was not -- it took us 4 hours from the time our flight landed until we got on the ship. NCL agreed that they had communication issues between themselves and the transfer agent. They made a note to refund our $35 transfer fee on the last day of the cruise, but did not. Overall, this was just a speed bump. We were otherwise extremely pleased with the NCL experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Hi all! Now that I’m back from my 28 days on the Bliss and trying to recuperate before our January adventure I’ll try to give some of my thoughts. First of all I had a fantastic time. This was a B2B sailing the first 21 days from LA ... Read More
Hi all! Now that I’m back from my 28 days on the Bliss and trying to recuperate before our January adventure I’ll try to give some of my thoughts. First of all I had a fantastic time. This was a B2B sailing the first 21 days from LA to NYC thru the Canal, then a 7 day roundtrip to Florida and the Bahamas. The first cruise had a very different atmosphere than the second. The first had an older average passenger age and about 3800 passengers with very few under 18, while last week being a holiday week was much younger with about 4800 passengers and 1000 under 18. So things were more laid back the first 21 days and much more hectic the last 7. I ate in most specialty restaurants. I did not go to Los Lobos and Food Republic. My favorites were Le Bistro, Cagney’s and Teppanyaki, though La Cucina and Q Smokehouse were also very good. On the first 21 days, even though I had reservations, because of the length of the cruise, most restaurants had walk up seating available, but a total different situation last week, all were booked solid all week. If you don’t have reservations for dinner yet you can still book as soon as you board. On my cruises on the fist day they had reservations set up in The Social on deck 6 and most times were available, but they go quick. Though I have seen complaints about service online, I did not feel it was bad. I always allow 2 hours for dinner in the specialty restaurants. I didn’t have a bad meal in the 28 days. I did not go the buffet much, only for a quick breakfast on some days. I had lunch in The Local, basically the same as O’Sheehan’s but there are some different items then I’ve seen before. As for the shows, Jersey Boys was my favorite (I saw it 3 times over the 28 days). It is an hour and 45 minutes long, starts out a little slow but then picks up and doesn’t stop. Doors open 30 minutes before show time and line started building up 15 minutes before that. The early show was more popular but from what I saw I think all the stand by line was able to get in, but if you want a good seat, make a reservation, again you can do that once you board if it shows as sold out online. I saw Six on my first leg. The singing was excellent and the production looked great, but I wasn’t thrilled with the story line, but that is just my opinion. There were many who thought it was excellent. It is not as long as Jersey Boys. It helps if you’re familiar with Henry the 8th and his 6 wives. The Beatle cover show in the Cavern was great. They do a few shows featuring songs form different years. No reservations are needed but it is a small venue and by 30 mins before show time most seats were tabken so come early. They also do a show in the theatre, again no reservations needed. I went to most of the later Levity Comedy shows in the Social. These need reservations and can only be made once onboard so book as you can, either in the Social or use the kiosks around the ship, again they fill up fast. They also have a stand by line. Besides Jersey Boys and Six in the main theatre (which only run 2 nights each) there was always another type of show each night. There was a singer, comedy hypnotist and magician act on other nights. The main pool is larger than I’ve seen on the Escape and Breakaway. Chairs were no problem on the first 21 days, but last week with the younger larger crowd it was busier, but I always saw chairs available. Of course many know I’m fond of my beer and spent time in the Brewhouse. On the first 21 days they had a singer doing requests, not Howling At The Moon, but since the Bliss doesn’t have it, it was fun. He sang and told jokes. It was pretty filled most nights he played. On nights when there was football he was off and they showed the games on TV. Last week he was off the ship and a new singer was there. He just sang with not much interactions with the passengers and it was not as busy, but the beer is still excellent. My favorites were the Stone IPA, Magic Hat #9, Newcastle Brown Ale, Hop Gun IPA and District Pale Ale. George and Sienna were behind the bar. I also spent a good deal of time at Maltings to enjoy some Jameson Caskmate with my New Castle. Sy, Jerome, Stephan and Mark were all great behind the bar. The Observation lounge on deck 15 is beautiful. Plenty of seats and couches to sit an relax. There is a small buffet for breakfast and lunch. There’s a large circular bar to enjoy and they have a piano singer there at night. The Q Smokehouse also has a bar and they feature country western singers during the evening. There was one tender port in the 28 days, Great Stirrup Cay. I had priority and was on the first tender but I heard from many that it was very disorganized and many could not get to the island until after 1:30 PM. Since we arrive at 11 and last tender back was 5:30 many were not happy. If you plan to use a tender check the kiosks or your room TV to book a tender (no tickets, just goes on your card) and book an early tender. If you have a shore excursion you’re supposed to have priority but I heard some complain that they still couldn’t get on early. I like to try to get to the gym in mornings. They have the same equipment as other ships. I like to use the elliptical, treadmill and stationary bike. I usually had no problem getting an elliptical or treadmill but they only had 1 stationary and 1 recumbent bike so it was hard to get one. They do have a separate spin room with many spin bikes (there is a charge when they do a spin class). On other ships you were not allowed to use them if not a class, but I did see people using them at other times, but I don’t like those bikes so I didn’t. I had an aft balcony for the first 21 days and a mini suite with my wife last week. The cabins were great and I had great stewards on both cruises. The casino has a separate smoking area that is closed off from the rest of the casino so not much smell of smoke. On the first 21 days the tables were not busy and the minimum dropped to $5, but last week it was a lot busier and the minimums were back to $10. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Rather than do an actual review since everyone has their own opinions, I am going to list some helpful tips so that you have a stress-free cruise on the Bliss... Expect the unexpected - There are ALWAYS things that change on a cruise, ... Read More
Rather than do an actual review since everyone has their own opinions, I am going to list some helpful tips so that you have a stress-free cruise on the Bliss... Expect the unexpected - There are ALWAYS things that change on a cruise, on ours we were informed at muster that because of a pending storm we were going to miss our first stop in Puerto Rico and we would have choppy seas going down, we were all refunded $16/pp port charges. Then Day 2 we were informed there was a medical helicopter evacuation and we had to sail north for 1 hour before continuing on. Don't stress about what you have no control of. Prior to cruise - ~120 days prior to cruise, I was able to book Jersey Boys and Specialty Restaurants online. At ~65 days we were able to book Six online. I couldn't book the complimentary restaurants online, but a friend was able to do this online (I will address what I did next). As soon as you board - go directly to The Social to book above if you didn't do online and also Go Karts ($15/pp for 8 laps), Laser Tag ($9.95/pp for 10 mins.), Happy Hour Prohibition ($35.98/pp), Escape the Big Top (an Escape Room and it is free). Next go to Tappenyaki and book any restaurants you were not able to do online - the person tried to tell me there was no need to make reservations for complimentary restaurant, but I pressed to do and glad I did as when we would show up, we just presented room card, said we had reservation and had absolutely NO wait, while others without had a 30-40 min. wait during peak time (~6-7:30pm). Next go to the Excursion Desk in Lobby if you want to book any excursions through the ship and did not do this prior online. The Antigua 4X4 excursion was already booked when we went to desk, so we did not get to do that. No reservations needed for shows in Theater and The Social (comedy club) other than Jersey Boys and Six. I would suggest showing up at least 30-45 mins prior to show time as they open doors for all shows a 1/2 hour before show. The Theatre is on the small side and can be entered from both port and starboard sides of ship and each side has 2 doors -- for reserved shows, the left door on each side is for "stand-by" while the free shows, they will open both doors on each side for you to enter so there are actually 2 lines on each side. Also, ~6 rolls from entrance of Theatre there is a row right next to a pole that sits much more elevated than all the others and no matter how tall the person is in front of you, you will have NO obstruction from the person in front of you! Most important, there are lots of people on this cruise and ours was very "international", so relax and enjoy yourself! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The Bliss is a beautiful new ship. It's kept in pristine condition. You never see trash laying around, fingerprints on the mirrors, etc. The staff is on top of it. We stay in the Haven suites, so we do have a bit of a different ... Read More
The Bliss is a beautiful new ship. It's kept in pristine condition. You never see trash laying around, fingerprints on the mirrors, etc. The staff is on top of it. We stay in the Haven suites, so we do have a bit of a different experience than those not staying in the Haven. If you can afford it, it's totally worth it. The restaurant is amazing, from food to service. The courtyard is beautiful and came in very handy with the pool and hot tub. Having your own Haven bar is pretty special too. The highlight of the ship is the Horizon Lounge though. It's a 2 story observation area in the front of the ship. It's such a nice quite place to go and just watch the ocean go by, take a nap, play a game, grab a snack, read a book, whatever. We did eat in several of the specialty restaurants. By far, our favorite was Los Lobos, the Mexican Restaurant. It was fantastic! It far exceeded our expectations and the food was outstanding. We also went to Ocean Blue, Food Republic and La Cucina. To be honest, the 3 restaurants were a total disappointment. We had better food in Savor, one of the main dining rooms. They got it right with Los Lobos. It's authentic Mexican cuisine. The street corn was so tasty! Since we stayed in the Haven, we didn't have the need to go to the pool deck at all, except to get to somewhere else. It was always way too crowded for us anyway. We did play laser tag and got our butts beat by some savvy laser taggers who obviously play a lot. We did not go on the go carts because my daughter wasn't comfortable with the helmet they have you wear. It's a full face helmet and if you are claustrophobic, you will struggle. We went on several ship sponsored excursions. The first was a catamaran snorkel trip in St. Thomas. We had a great time and the boat was pristine and well cared for. The crew got in and snorkeled with us, explaining everything to us and showing us cool things. Another excursion we went on was the train ride around St. Kitts. That was a lot of fun. We learned so much about the island, and the now defunct the sugar cane industry. St. Kitts was the most friendly island we went to. Everyone waved and said hi. St. Lucia, we didn't go on any excursions and just went to the open air markets. We tried island apples from a local vendor. They peeled and washed them for us. Then it was off to the market where homemade crafts were sold. I could have spent a fortune in there. I luckily didn't have a fortune with me and eventually had to stop buying the amazing crafts. I got baskets, dolls, wooden masks, wooden bowls, and so much more. The people were so nice and were NOT pushy at all. I'd go on another cruise to St. Lucia just to go back to that market WITH a fortune! In Barbados, we went on another snorkel trip with sea turtles. This boat was pretty run down. I wasn't impressed. The crew was nice, but the equipment was also not as nice as what we got to use in St. Thomas. In Antigua we hired a taxi to take us all over the island. Another amazing day. So our 12 day once in a lifetime vacation was incredible to say the least. Stay in the Haven if you can. The extras you get are so worth the additional cost. You have your own steward, butler, concierge, bar, pool, sundeck, observation area......I could go on and on. We will always be Haven guests now. This was our second Haven stay and I see many more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My family has sailed on NCL 7 times, the last 6 in The Haven. Once you stay there, it's hard to go back downstairs. We have been on other cruise lines but have become loyal to NCL. The NCL Bliss was absolutely beautiful and well ... Read More
My family has sailed on NCL 7 times, the last 6 in The Haven. Once you stay there, it's hard to go back downstairs. We have been on other cruise lines but have become loyal to NCL. The NCL Bliss was absolutely beautiful and well appointed. We have been on other NCL ships but this was my favorite of their large ships. Do not miss spending time in the Observation Lounge, it is heaven with food, drink, and peaceful alcoves to read, rest, and relax! The Haven areas were wonderful with plenty of comfortable sitting and great service. Also, if you are a Beatles fan, the Beatles Experience tribute band is fantastic! We saw Six and Jersey Boys in the theatre and they were both top notch shows. Book before you get on the ship or you may miss out. We went on the zipline excursion in Roatan (Honduras) that was amazing. The guides are very good and ease your anxieties (I was nervous at first). Great views with 11 lines of varying length and altitudes. I finally got to check something off my bucket list! My only complaint was that throughout the ship the staff seemed to be working double time to cover their areas, which caused some lag time in receiving food, drinks, and services. I guess that is just a given in the current downsizing trend in every sector of industry. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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 4.0
Value For Money 3.5 3.5

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