1,104 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

We booked this cruise to see this so called wonderful ship with a group of 14 friends. Found the ship to be nice to look at but too hard to navigate. Elevators forward and aft only made it difficult to get where you needed to go on this ... Read More
We booked this cruise to see this so called wonderful ship with a group of 14 friends. Found the ship to be nice to look at but too hard to navigate. Elevators forward and aft only made it difficult to get where you needed to go on this massive ship. The cabin was as nice as any other balcony on NCL. The real drawback was the lack of interest in the smokers by the design of the smoking areas. H2O had a small side section for smokers which was always packed while the rest of the H2O area was sparsely occupied. I do give qudos to the bar staff of Sam, Marvin and that crew for the wonderful service trhey provided. The Casino are that was walled off for smokers was hard to get a machine at times and could use a bit more ventilation, very Smokey even for the smokers, while the huge main casino area was again sparsely being used. Food was OK, except the meal we had in Cagneys, normally one of the best restaurants on a NCL ship, the Oysters Rockefeller was cold and mushy. This was prior to the meal which left a terrible after taste. The Havana show was not worth seeing but the highlight was the Jersey Boys. Had to try this ship once but I will stick with the Getaway and the Jade class ships from now on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this shop because we were looking for a brand new ship. The ship is nice but lacked good customer service. We booked a spa balcony room, the room is smaller than we anticipated and the spa seems to be way over crowded. They ... Read More
We chose this shop because we were looking for a brand new ship. The ship is nice but lacked good customer service. We booked a spa balcony room, the room is smaller than we anticipated and the spa seems to be way over crowded. They apparently sell day passes to guest, and that made the spa far from tranquil. There was very few shows only two during the entire cruise, in addition the nightlife seem to be extremely boring, the entrainment was largely subpar compared to Royal Caribbean- who had a show every night and a party every minute. There was always a 10-15 minute wait at the bars. The food was good but the service at the fine dining was so slow. The spa was a nice touch, but many parts were not working well, the ice room was melting and didn’t serve a purpose. There were heated lounge chairs that explicitly said limit use to 30 minutes and people would leave their stuff on them all day and never come back (same at the pool), we wish they would address that (the signs say they will remove the items if left there for 30 minutes). People would take all the chairs by the pool and spend the whole day in the pool. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The embarkation and disembarkation process was very organized and smooth with the exception of the computers going down for a short time during disembarkation, but it was fixed quickly. The ship is easy to get around on, the cabins are a ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation process was very organized and smooth with the exception of the computers going down for a short time during disembarkation, but it was fixed quickly. The ship is easy to get around on, the cabins are a little small but they worked for us once we got everything unpacked and put away. There was plenty of dining choices to make so we did not have to eat at the same place every night if we did not want to. The entertainment package go quickly so make sure you sign up quickly if you want to go, otherwise you will miss out. There are plenty of other activities to keep you busy, however the race track and the laser tag also fill up quickly so keep that in mind as well, check out the art gallery and auctions they are interesting, the game shows and other entertainment in the Atrium were fun to sit and watch or participate in. The service was impeccable could not have asked for better service from everyone than what we got, everyone was so helpful always. The elevator can be a little trying as they are always busy but just be patient you will get one. We did excursions in all the ports of call and were not disappointed beautiful and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. We will absolutely go again we are even talking about when and where to now and we have only been home a day. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
When my wife booked this 7 days cruise for a well deserved vacation, I was very excited however I had no idea that it was going to be that much fun. The staff on the Norwegian Bliss definitely make the difference when comes to customer ... Read More
When my wife booked this 7 days cruise for a well deserved vacation, I was very excited however I had no idea that it was going to be that much fun. The staff on the Norwegian Bliss definitely make the difference when comes to customer service. Everyone aboard the ship most likely will never forget Benjamin (WasheWashe) at The Garden Cafe. " Washe washe every day every day, good for you good for me good for us" "We wish you a washe washe we wish you a washe washe and healthy new year" On another note when did you think that you're were going to be able to ride go karts on a cruise ship? On Norwegian Bliss you can :) The entertainment definitely kept the ship alive throughout the 7 day cruise. All the staff are extremely funny! Jacky Tang all the way from Hong Kong rocks was the life of the party. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my first time on NCL and I was surprised by how easy it was to board ship. Scanning of Passport for picture and your on! What a beautiful ship large with plenty to do. Once aboard went for food at 24 hours dining area. Really ... Read More
This was my first time on NCL and I was surprised by how easy it was to board ship. Scanning of Passport for picture and your on! What a beautiful ship large with plenty to do. Once aboard went for food at 24 hours dining area. Really great fish and chips lots of room and no waiting. Food on this ship was beyond my expectations, every meal was a pleasure from breakfast in dining room to lunch/snack (Observation Room) and dinner. Buffet was so large with plenty of options and don't forget to wash your hands there's a station right before you enter nice if you had small children. Food will not disappoint trust me. Getting off ship for excursion was easy not long wait, we did Land and Sea Tortola. Arriving back welcomed by staff with fresh towels and water. Finally please go see Jersey Boys, great show left with song in my heart. I would recommend Bliss she was an amazing ship!! Observation room get very crowded there are plenty of loungers, you will find people sleeping on couches as if they were home. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
)Ship: Bliss is big and beautiful with some wasted space. For example: near Surgarcanes the bathrooms are no longer there is just a walking area with art work. No midship elevators and at times the elevators were jammed packed. It ... Read More
)Ship: Bliss is big and beautiful with some wasted space. For example: near Surgarcanes the bathrooms are no longer there is just a walking area with art work. No midship elevators and at times the elevators were jammed packed. It wasn't easy for those who can't walk up and down stairs. Ship felt very crowed at times and we have never felt that way on any other NCL ships before. Eventhough its the same size of the Escape and I have sailed that ship 3 times and never felt like that even during Thanksgiving. Dining: It took us 2 1/2 hours to have dinner in La Cucina. 2 hours in the Manhatten Room, 2 Hours in Q. It was like the 4 of us had a sign on our heads to make sure we waited 2 hours or more. Cagney's took 2 hours and the portion size of the sides were very tiny. My brother had onion rings and got 2 onion rings for his size for $4.00. When asked by the waiter why it's only 2 onion rings his response was IDK then left. Also, while they come by and ask if you want a picture, if they take it they come by and ask you if you want to buy it. This was most inappropiate when your apps are on the table and your trying to eat. It would be better with not come back or wait until no food on table. Just a thought. Wine Bar: My son (19) had writen permission before getting on the ship which was also on his card to have beer or wine. The 1st night we all went and had a lovely time. A few days later, my son went with his sister who's 21 and asked for a glass of wine. The man didn't even bother to look at his card and told him the non alcoholic drinks are at the whiskey bar and then he walked away. My husband and I were having a good time at Sugarcanes we love Chocolate Cowboy (the BEST) and our kids came over to tell us what happened. So, hubby went and spoke to him and said oh there's a misunderstanding, I didn't know he was of age. SO my hubby told him if you would've checked his card you would see he was of age and had permission. The man rolled his eyes and walked away. When my hubby returned, I told someone on the ship who works there whom we've know for several years and they told us the crew hates the ship and half of them don't wat to be here and that's where those attitudes come from. The person told me that they don't like it either BUT love what they do and he doesn't let the negative interfer with the job or customers. Entertainment: My kids and my borhter had FUN except for Lazer Tag. We booked it and then they changed the rules when you get on board. It says on NCL website Close toe. When you get there it's Close toe, Close Heal. My brother is special and can't were close healed shoes (hence why he wasn't going on GoCarts) and was going to have fun with my hubby and the adult kids. We spoke to Silas and he also said close toe BUT when we told him what the guy said at Lazer tag he was shocked. Gave us a free family lazer tag BUT it rained the next two times they tried to go. The one night it was clear to go, they still couldn;t because now they needed 20 people to do it. It just wasn't meant to be. Jersey Boys is excellet BUT Havana starts out good then is a mess...avoid Havana Lots to do on the ship. The did run out of Mango Mix except one bar because the Mango Meltdown was in high demand be all except me, I like Martinis. We do have the Bliss booked again for the Panama Canel and hopefully by then the service will pick up. I personally think that they had less crew on board. I do recommend the ship just be prepared to wait a little. The seafood nigh is a bust which is the 1st full day at sea. The buffet is great a breakfast and lunch. So many choices. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have gone on two previous cruises but both on Royal Caribbean. We did the Allure in the Caribbean and a smaller ship I can't remember the name of in the Mediterranean last year. This time we wanted to try something different and we ... Read More
We have gone on two previous cruises but both on Royal Caribbean. We did the Allure in the Caribbean and a smaller ship I can't remember the name of in the Mediterranean last year. This time we wanted to try something different and we took our whole family of 10 with us! We were excited to be on the new Bliss with a go kart track and laser tag! The whole family was looking forward to it for months! Plus we were spending a pretty penny! Early on I had a clue that NCL was not so great when I ran into issues with their customer service and booking. I actually wanted to cancel but I was too deep and would lose too much money. I decided to put the issues aside and was sure the ship and experience would be grand just like it is with Royal Caribbean. For starters, The staff on the ship are "indifferent" heck even the people who check you in at the port are passive aggressive. The words that come out of their mouth are polite but the attitude and disinterest far over power the vocabulary. This is such a contrast to Royal where we are hugging out wait staff and room attendants when the trip was ending. On NCL every time we dined it would take at least 10 to 15 minutes to get water and acknowledged. If you didn't like a meal they didn't care. Frankly they got you your order, dropped it off and NEVER asked you how you liked the food. Not one single meal were any of us asked if we needed anything else. They literally do the bare minimum to get by. I suspect NCL must treat their staff terribly because they are virtually all miserable and frankly it ruined our experience. Let me also tell you that the Ultimate beverage package is not for wine drinkers. Their wine selection is terrible on the ship and the wines by the glass that are included in your package are $10 bottles at home. Anything of any decent caliber is of course only sold by the bottle. I caved and bought a bottle because my beverage package had a 20% discount BUT they add a 25% service charge automatically! Normally this is fine but there is no service so what am I paying for? Even mixed drinks at the Mojito bar conveniently starting at $10.95 when your beverage package is only up to $10 per drink. So after you are nickeled and dimed on the drinks keep in mind the go cart track is $10 per ride. Now this is IF you can get a spot because it's reservation only so hurry up! Same with laser tag and the Prohibition musical. Jersey boys was great and free but again make sure you book it early to get your seat! Lastly the layout of the ship was terrible and there was one small pool for 4000 people. Ridiculous! The only good thing is the rooms are very nice and bathrooms are larger but certainly not enough of a plus to override the experience. I could go on and on but I will end here by saying NCL will never get a dime of my money again and there were ALOT of other people on the ship who were feeling the same way. Think long and hard before choosing NCL... heed my advice and go with Royal Carribean! I heard from others Carnival is great service too! Heck I would do anyone BUT NCL! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Ship is beautiful, Food was great, Entertainment was great but most specialty restaurants were unanavaible unless you book months before cruise. Seating was primarily unavailable in buffet during peak periods and waits on elevators was ... Read More
Ship is beautiful, Food was great, Entertainment was great but most specialty restaurants were unanavaible unless you book months before cruise. Seating was primarily unavailable in buffet during peak periods and waits on elevators was lengthy. It just seemed as if ship was overbooked but we would definitely go again on the Bliss. This was our first cruise on Norwegian but have a total of around 20 cruises among RC, Celebrity and Princess. Bartenders Rossi, Ivana and Marina were outstanding heros in the Maltings Whiskey Bar. Room was excellent!! Loved the shower. Lots of room. Totally enjoyed the prohibition show and jersey boys. Embarkation was good. Was disappointed we could never get on go carts. Didn’t know you had to book in advance. That was the main reason for this cruise. My husband loves to ride go carts. Maybe next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We had a great time aboard the Bliss for our cruise, but we were not prepared for the crowds on this ship. The Buffet, does take the pressure off the dining schedule, but during peak times you have to be competitive to find a table to sit ... Read More
We had a great time aboard the Bliss for our cruise, but we were not prepared for the crowds on this ship. The Buffet, does take the pressure off the dining schedule, but during peak times you have to be competitive to find a table to sit at. we figured out quickly to not eat at typical meal times to take the stress off our family meal time. As the person who is paying for my family, I did start to feel resentful with all the extra costs while aboard. I has been a while since I cruised, so i was was surprised at how little of the entertainment is included with the cost of the cruise. When I cruised before there was a show /performance / entertainment available for you every night at no extra cost. that was not the case here. Be prepared to pay extra for the big stage performances, comedy clubs...etc. The on ship go carts and Laser tag were fun, but with all the extra costs, and crowd we could only go once. We dined at theTeppanyaki restaurant, and that was a lot of fun and food was excellent. But it was well over $100 for the experience, and we had drink packages. All in all we had a good trip and I am glad we did. I did spend the extra for the state room with balcony and we enjoyed that. But acquiring a final bill of over a thousand dollars US was a bit of a hard pill to swallow, and extra gratuities made this an expensive trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The Bliss now has been added to my list of favorite ships. The vessel itself is beautiful with everything in a logical place with the notable exception of Le Bistro, which is oddly hidden on an upper deck. The crew is fantastic, led by ... Read More
The Bliss now has been added to my list of favorite ships. The vessel itself is beautiful with everything in a logical place with the notable exception of Le Bistro, which is oddly hidden on an upper deck. The crew is fantastic, led by Jovo as Hotel Director. Everyone is friendly, caring and helpful. For me, the crew makes or breaks the experience, and this group made mine a joy throughout the week. The food was consistently at least good, with some excellent. Most of my dinners were in specialty restaurants, all of which performed well. Menus seem to change almost every month, which adds variety, but inevitably results in removal of my favorite items. I realize that’s a corporate issue, not a ship decision, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. The entertainment was excellent, led by the two big shows: Havana and Jersey Boys. Both were major productions with very talented casts. The Beatles tribute band also was great, including their theater show on the last night. Silas, the Cruise Director, did a wonderful job, backed up by an excellent cruise staff. I was in a balcony cabin. If you’ve been in a balcony on any NCL mega-ship (other than the Epic), you know what it’s like. At least they’ve finally improved the interactive TVs to provide more functionality. On the other hand, the internet service was awful. Much of the time, it was hard to log in, slow as an old-fashioned dial-up connection when you could get on, and unable to retrieve email too often because the server would time out. The worst I’ve experienced on any ship. Find a new provider; this is simply unacceptable. I’m anxious to sail on The Bliss again, though it’s scheduled move to New York will make that more difficult. As far as the senior officers, I expect to see many of them again after they launch The Encore next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose for the newness of the ship and are fairly loyal NCL cruisers. The. specialty restaurants ere great except the Le Bistro - not impressed having been to France several times. Our kids (grown) felt the filet mignon was better than ... Read More
We chose for the newness of the ship and are fairly loyal NCL cruisers. The. specialty restaurants ere great except the Le Bistro - not impressed having been to France several times. Our kids (grown) felt the filet mignon was better than Cagneys steak house. Taste, Savor and Manhattan - free dining options are excellent. Here is the main issue If you do not reserve all specialty options way ahead of your cruise you will most likely be shut out! Jersey Boys and Prohibition should NOT be missed!!! So for 4000-5000 guests there are not enough specialty dinging and entertainment options to fill everyone's needs. Pretty ship and the staff are awesome! If you are a seasoned cruiser - nothing different except for the shows. Its nice to sail a new ship - just launched this spring Be sure to attend your Meet and Mingle if you have one. enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Travelled with 16 people from extended family, although my wife & I were the only ones in a Haven room. Here are my tips: -Don't pick a room on deck 15, port side, aft (this is directly below the gym) -The gym didn't ... Read More
Travelled with 16 people from extended family, although my wife & I were the only ones in a Haven room. Here are my tips: -Don't pick a room on deck 15, port side, aft (this is directly below the gym) -The gym didn't have headphones, or cups for water. The treadmills & ellipticals do have screens with the ship's TV network so bring your own headphones if you want to zone out. -On sea days, in the AM, the gym will be crowded (even with 25+ treadmills and 15+ ellipticals). -Since there are 4000 passengers on the ship events fill up fast. I recommend making specialty dinner reservations or getting show tickets either before embarkation or on the first afternoon of the cruise. -Shows: "Jersey Boys" is worth seeing, "Havana" I could have skipped. -As other reviewers have stated, you MUST see the Beatles cover band. It's cool to catch them in The Cavern Club (their venue) on the nights they perform, but get there early since it's small and fills up fast. If you miss them, they do two performaces (abbreviated versions of their two full sets) in the Bliss Theater on the last night of the cruise. -The elevators can become full, especially the forward ones during meal times (people enroute to the Garden Cafe/buffet). -If you are on the fence about booking a Haven room, do it. It was nice to have quiet & almost always uncluttered areas within the ship to get away to (especially the private sun deck since the pool areas are a zoo). -The observation deck was very nice, although there were some people camped out/sleeping (as other reviewers have noted), there always seemed to be extra seats & they have a nice pared down buffet & full bar so you don't have to leave. -The best fish & chips on board is at Margaritaville (MUCH better than the ones at the Local Pub, although they are with an a la cart fee). -The specialty restaurants we tried (Le Bistro, Q BBQ, and Cagney's) were all excellent. Kind of bummed that NCL did away with the Brazillian Steakhouse :( -If you get the free internet as an optional item (or pay for it) make sure you log out properly per their instructions after each use, otherwise you may squander your minutes. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I have cruised NCL in the past and have always had an amazing time. The newest ship in their fleet was beginning to sail so i wanted to try it out as soon as possible. The Bliss did not disappoint. I had high expectation for this ship ... Read More
I have cruised NCL in the past and have always had an amazing time. The newest ship in their fleet was beginning to sail so i wanted to try it out as soon as possible. The Bliss did not disappoint. I had high expectation for this ship and it exceeded all of them. From the food, the entertainment, and the activities, this ship is superior to anything i have ever sailed. The dining was delicious on every level. Specialty dinning was everything you would expect it to be. Casual dining had a variety of menus and all prepared to perfection. The daily buffet was exactly what was needed at the time. The entertainment was incredible. The Beatles tribute band was amazing and The Jersey Boys was Broadway quality. The activities were also great fun. The racetrack was intense and competitive. The laser tag was fun for all ages. My favorite activity was the Silent Disco. This was my first time experiencing something like this, and it was a hysterical. The staff and service on the ship was superior. The waitstaff and bartenders were fun a attentive. The cabin crew were dedicated and efficient. The Cruise Director (Silas Cook) is really the person who mad the cruise special. He is the best cruise director I've ever seen. It seemed like there were five of him because he was everywhere on that ship. From early morning to late evening he was there to lead the events and to make sure that everyone had a great time. His energy was infectious. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Our group of 20 people took a 7-day Caribbean cruise during the December 2018 holidays. Everyone was ecstatic to get onboard the ship in Miami. The ship is of course new, clean and large. But, disappointingly, it lacked the overall hype ... Read More
Our group of 20 people took a 7-day Caribbean cruise during the December 2018 holidays. Everyone was ecstatic to get onboard the ship in Miami. The ship is of course new, clean and large. But, disappointingly, it lacked the overall hype we expected, and found it to be a very poorly designed ship. Overall it felt very compartmentalized. It's apparent that open spaces inside and up top were eliminated from the design to jam in more interior staterooms, the Haven (First Class section) and the gimmicks (race track, laser tag, both of which were booked the entire cruise).There's no "grand" promenade or large multi-deck open area (e.g. the main atrium has a single narrow staircase leading between two decks with a small opening). Corridors are narrow and low ceilings abound on all decks. The guests services desk is located in a horrendous area--the main atrium that is constantly filled with unnecessarily loudspeakers blaring live music or MCs. The main atrium is convoluted area comprised of guest services, photography, internet cafe, Starbucks, a bar and a crammed seating area with a stage. The stage is in use seemingly 24/7 with ongoing audience participation actives that involves a host with a microphone bellowing out antics and trivia, games, (bad) live music singers, and other activities for bored cruisers. To illustrate the poor design, the crew places plastic FOLDING chairs to add more seating to the area that spills out into the main walkway and guest services. If you need to visit guest services (you will), be prepared to scream at the representative because they cannot hear you, and you cannot hear them over the blaring music or screaming MC. Again, the stage is 20 feet away from the guest services desk. What were they thinking??? If you want ANY space on the pool deck, you will need to find a chair by 6 am. The experienced cruisers bring towel clips and "reserve" chairs. The staff don't monitor unoccupied chairs of the people who claim chairs and then go back to sleep in their staterooms, get breakfast and come back down at 11am. The loungers are literally crammed together, and there is no empty space anywhere. Meanwhile the DJ on the pool deck "entertains" the bored cruisers with obnoxiously unnecessarily overly loud music and screaming all day long: WHATTTTTTS SUUUUPPPP? WHOOP WHOOP! WE GOT THIS THING DOWN. WE GONNA ROCK IT. NOW WE GONNA GET THIS PARTY MOVING. WHOOP. WOOOP. Plan to hear this all day long on the pool deck. Most of the people I looked at sitting on the pool deck seemed annoyed but endured it because there was no other place to go. Dining was a hit and miss. We signed up for the upgraded dining for 5 of the 7 nights, and only enjoyed two of the restaurants: Cagneys Steakhouse and Le Bistro. Skip the Italian restaurant at all costs, unless you enjoy Chef Boyardee canned food. For a holiday cruise, they had a few 6-foot tall Christmas trees (again, the ceilings are too low, so there's no grand tree). The rest of the restaurants and bars will filled with mylar "Merry Christmas" banners and other cardboard santa cutouts taped to the walls with Scotch tape. The tackiness of that didn't match the newness of the otherwise nice interior finish work. The best part of the ship was the Observation Lounge on deck 15. Here is a respite from the blaring music and screaming cruise director activities that are in all other areas of the ship. There's a small offering of buffet style food and a very nice bar. The entire lounge is truly appointed with comfy sofas, loungers and chairs. Our group of 20 found ourselves meeting here and spending 2-3 hours per day (mainly in the afternoon). Overall the ship is new, clean and nice, but poorly designed. We missed open-air atriums, promenades and spaciousness you'd expect for a ship of this size. None of the people in our group of 20 said that they would return. The consensus was "meh." Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The bliss being a “mega ship” and largest in its class the bliss definitely did not feel like a large ship. The overall decor is pretty sweet and people taking this ship in Alaska will be in for a treat. The little details like the ... Read More
The bliss being a “mega ship” and largest in its class the bliss definitely did not feel like a large ship. The overall decor is pretty sweet and people taking this ship in Alaska will be in for a treat. The little details like the wylan nose art, or the iceberg portraits, or the 45 caliber shells mural hanging outside the district brew pub are a great touch. As for the cabin. Loved this room! Quick access to the elevators or 2 decks on stairs to the observation lounge where you can refill your water without going into the Buffett. 5 decks down for the waterfront decks. So location was great. USB hook ups in the room make charging easy. Especially by the bed. We hardly used our phones just for photos but still Storage was great in the room was able to keep the room de cluttered for the whole trip. My one and only knock is the balcony the neighboring room to the right is a mini suite so when you look right or aft your missing a part of your view maybe 20 degrees. It’s nothing major I can’t even count it as an obstructed because there is nothing in front of you looking out. Honestly by day two we hardly even noticed. Dining drinks and service this where I have my mixed review. Overall food was great I can think of maybe one or two times where we did not like something for one reason or another this is my dig at the complementary dinning. Good thing the garden cafe is one of the best buffets I have ever seen. Pro tip margaritaville serves free breakfast buffet style. Worth going to for sure. For specialty dinning we ate los lobos, cagneys, and Le Bistro. Los lobos was more of a lunch quality then a dinner quality IMO. Maybe it was an off night or maybe we did not order the right thing? Like I can’t even remember what we ordered if that paints the picture for you. Cagneys was amazing the hype was justified one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. Le Bistro totally blew my socks off. Went into it with no expectation (I have been to 3 maybe 4 French restaurants before this one) we absolutely loved it and the service was the best out of the specialty dinning close second cagneys and third was well los lobos. We had the unlimited beverage package for free just had to pay tips and that was totally worth it. I would not pay for that package. One we are not major drinkers but we did get our money’s worth. Most drinks are under 15$ unless you look at certain drinks. Like expensive whisky or a glass of wine really were the only things I saw for more then 15$ a glass. I will say this Mr worldwide was the drink that was the best bang for your buck. Service: they just finished a transition of crew. You can tell there was a bit of a culture shock coming from the Asia market to a North American market. Besides from the occasional stand offish bar tender or server that was lost the service was pretty good overall I can not really fault them because a new environment calls for a bit of a growing pain. We lost a day in port due to weather the port that was missed was Nassau. We did not loose any sleep over it but it did suck to have 2 days at sea 2 port days then another 2 days at sea. In st Thomas we were looking to go to red hook to make it over to St. John but decided to do megan bay instead. We paid 1/3 what it would of cost us if we booked through the cruise line for 2 of us round trip it came out to 35$ give or take plus when we snorkeled we saw turtles. Just when you get there keep walking left. Tortola was beautiful and they are still struggling from the hurricanes this is the day I would recommend a cruise line shore excursion to jost van dyke or St. John or a snorkel or something else. Entertainment was excellent we did most of the comedy shows and prohibition show do yourself a favor and sit in the front row. Laser tag at night is a must and same with the go karts. Water slides were pretty cool but ocean loops the scarey one was broken or closed for 5 of 6 days. The bottom line we loved this cruise. We loved it so much we booked the Joy in May In Alaska. Bliss is the largest in class where as the Joy is smallest in class but a carbon copy. We did not feel crammed on this ship at all so we are looking foward to the next one where our family will be with us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this ship because of its Spa. The spa is well worth the charge for the week. We. wanted a relaxing cruise for the week before Christmas. This was a big ship with anything you could want. We ate at a few of the specialty ... Read More
We chose this ship because of its Spa. The spa is well worth the charge for the week. We. wanted a relaxing cruise for the week before Christmas. This was a big ship with anything you could want. We ate at a few of the specialty restaurants which were all good. Eat outside on the Boardwalk for a special dinner. We planned the sunset for our Italian night dinner at La Cuisine. Very good meal. The best was the Steak House with a great steak and wonderful deserts. Teppanyaki was fun and food good. We enjoyed the race cars one day. There is a $10 charge for this. There is mini golf and 2 fun slides for all ages. One slide uses tubes and one is a body slide. The one show we really enjoyed was Jersey boys, the rest were ok.. The crew on the ship were very nice but seemed a bit unexperienced. The up-charge restaurants had the experienced staff. Cabin had lots of storage space. We were mid ship deck 15 and I don't recommend this area. At about 1 AM to 2 AM there was a constant sound banging coming from above us. Choose deck 13 I heard from others they did not hear this banging. We were in cabin 15830 which had lots of storage and a nice deck. The two ports we stopped at were Tortilla with beautiful beaches and St Thomas with shopping for us. Too windy to stop at Nassau and we just cruised home from there. We enjoyed our week aboard this ship and would recommend this cruise for a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I've been on 12 cruises. This was my 3rd NCL cruise. I like NCL and had good experiences with them, I also like a new and modern ship. I chose this cruise because the Bliss fit the bill. We had a great cruise. I was hoping for a ... Read More
I've been on 12 cruises. This was my 3rd NCL cruise. I like NCL and had good experiences with them, I also like a new and modern ship. I chose this cruise because the Bliss fit the bill. We had a great cruise. I was hoping for a 5 star rating but I'd call this one a 4 star (I'd go 4.5 star if that were possible). NCL really put their best into the design of this ship. Far and away it is the nicest cruise ship I've ever been on. The embarkation/debarkation was the best I've ever had. In both instances we walked-on/walked-off the ship with minimal wait. NCL has done a great job on this. The entertainment and music are also the best I've ever had on a cruise. Every night there was a lot of things happening and most of it was good. The music and dance parties were especially good. Their top-deck bar/dance area is called 'spice h2o' and it is not to be missed we went to 3 late night parties there and it was very fun, there was a lot of energy, a lot of people and the music was excellent. I didn't give this a 5 star because I thought the food and service were sub-par for NCL. That isn't to say they weren't good, just not up to what I am use to for NCL. They were more on par for what I am use to from Carnival. I love Carnival but I think of NCL as a step up. Something else I didn't like is that we had fixed dining but we did not get the same table and wait staff each night. They moved us around like it was anytime dining. I like to get to know the staff, I think that is a connection that can add a lot of value to a cruise. Bouncing from table to table did not allow for this. We had several excellent wait staff and several who were clueless. The bars on the Bliss are excellent. We frequented the Whiskey bar and the A-list. The best bartenders IMO were in the casino and at Spice h2o. We attended Jersey Boys - it was excellent I call it a "must do" if you are on the Bliss. We also wen't to the prohibition review. I didn't care much for that as I thought it might be more of a dance-party and it was more of a burlesque show. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I chose this cruise because of the solo cabins and the destinations. This was my first cruise, and I did it solo, so I did plenty of research to find the right cruise and cruise line. I found that NCL would be the best price wise for a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the solo cabins and the destinations. This was my first cruise, and I did it solo, so I did plenty of research to find the right cruise and cruise line. I found that NCL would be the best price wise for a solo cruiser as they have solo cabins. I also liked that I heard they had a dedicated person for the solo cruisers to help them with dinner reservations and activity planning. The dinners were all the main dining rooms; I didn't hear of him helping get reservations to specialty restaurants. I found the Manhattan room food to be good however I was disappointed with how long it took even when we went to dinner at 5 pm. We missed dessert twice due to having shows after dinner and it taking over 2 hours to get appetizers and entrees. I felt the cabin was right on for a solo cruiser. This was my first cruise, so I have no experience to go on, but it was sufficient for what I needed. I liked the solo lounge. It was rare there were many people in there, and there was always water, orange juice, and some snacks like pound cake and cookies. The ship is rather new, so it was very nice. I did notice several stains in the carpet that I thought would have been taken care of when noticed. Also, I felt like seating in the atrium was very poor for the number of people who tried to attend the events that were held there. Havana was okay, and I felt it lacked a storyline although the costumes were bright and colorful and the performers did well it just felt like it wasn't complete. Service overall was good. I had a hard time finding my room steward. He did a great job but had a few things I wanted to talk to him about but never got the chance. Due to windy weather, we were not able to go to Nassau. I totally understand that and realize it was a safety concern, so I had no issues with that. I felt the Captain explained why we couldn't go into port well. I'll certainly do another cruise and would consider going with NCL again if I go solo. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This ship is new, modern and had all the features that are important to us … excellent food, professional entertainment and an overall feeling of people having a good time. The Cabin, 13292, was on the AFT and this was our first ... Read More
This ship is new, modern and had all the features that are important to us … excellent food, professional entertainment and an overall feeling of people having a good time. The Cabin, 13292, was on the AFT and this was our first time not in mid-ship. Even though there were a couple of rough days with the wind, I did not experience undue motion. Cabin steward, "Fred" was a lovely person, professional, attentive and overall cute personality. My only comment otherwise is the short cord on the hairdryer. Silly right? Dining was the best! La Cucina and Le Bistro are by far my too favorite venues. The staff were well trained and made the experience memorable. The food was 5-star. Cagney's food was outstanding but service not up to NCL standards. We received a call from the Food Director which I found to be incredibly professional and focused on taking responsibility and ensuring an overall quality experience. Entertainment - AWESOME !!! Go see the Beatles EVERY show but get there early. Excursions - Totally disappointed through no fault of NCL. Excursion cancelled by vendor in St. Thomas due to mechanical difficulties and due to strong winds we were not even able to dock in the Bahamas so our excursion to Atlantis was obviously cancelled. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Ship very nicely decorated. Modern furnishings and nice contemporary art work throughout. Service in restaurants was good most of the time. Worst service was in Italian restaurant. Ocean Blue had a limited menu and not worth the ... Read More
Ship very nicely decorated. Modern furnishings and nice contemporary art work throughout. Service in restaurants was good most of the time. Worst service was in Italian restaurant. Ocean Blue had a limited menu and not worth the additional cost. We ate at 5 specialty restaurants. Cabin was a mini suite on deck 10. Very nice larger bathroom and shower with multiple jets and glass doors. Worth the extra cost. Cabin had sufficient storage with three electrical outlets near counter. Beds and pillows very comfortable. Observation deck was the best. Very popular spot for relaxation and huge windows to watch the waves. Had a bar plus small buffet. Didn’t spend anytime by the pool......very very crowded. Too small of an area for sure. We watched the go carts.....looked like fun. Did not see laser tag. Finally a cruise that had country singing group. Last night the main entertainment was “Beatle Mania” and was the best of entire cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This is a beautiful ship. We had a mini suite and thought the bathroom was great. It had a huge double sink with 2 faucets and a big shower. Worth the extra charge for sure! The room is a bit smaller than Celebrity Ships I've been on ... Read More
This is a beautiful ship. We had a mini suite and thought the bathroom was great. It had a huge double sink with 2 faucets and a big shower. Worth the extra charge for sure! The room is a bit smaller than Celebrity Ships I've been on width wise but same length. Nice room. Ample storage for clothes. The only thing I'd recommend is bring a light of some sort for the bathroom otherwise you have to turn the overhead light on during the night. We thought the food was pretty good on the ship. We did speciality dining 6 of the 7 nights and thought the food and service were really good. Ate one night in Taste, the regular dining room and thought the food was pretty good there too. We did breakfast almost every morning at either Taste or Savor and thought they were great. Service was good too. The ship is easy to navigate. Sometimes elevators are a bit full but another one comes along fairly quickly. Thought embarkation and debarkation were very easy. Everyone on the ship always has a smile and really tries hard to make your experience a good one. The Observation lounge is a great place to hang out plus they serve food all day long and there is a bar if you want a drink. As the week went along, more people found this treasure. They have comfortable furniture for reading and just watching the water. Neither of us had the drink package but we did notice that with all the people that did have it, bars were open everywhere on the ship all day long. When we were on Celebrity, it was pretty hard to find a bar open during the day except at the pool. Loved the outside deck that surrounds the specialty restaurants. Great place to hang out on the couches or to take a walk or get a drink. Really nice atmosphere and great place to watch the sun rise or set. On other ships this type of deck view is blocked by the life boats. The boats are on deck 7 on the Bliss a deck below Deck 8 where the specialty restaurants are. The ship definitely has places to view the water all the time; something that was lacking on Royal Caribbean's mega ships. On that ship, I felt like I was floating on an island where I rarely saw the water. NCL knows how to bring the ocean into the cruise experience especially when you eat outside at the specialty restaurants. Now here are my cons about the ship. The pool area is crowded and the music is SO LOUD it literally hurt my ears. I was surprised parents let their little ones hang out there...it was deafening. Actually we found the music was too loud almost everywhere. Couldn't hear the words to the music when bands played. Only the instruments. Love the adult solarium on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. NCL has a small adult area with chairs and a bar. The only problem is there is no shade even with 3 or 4 small umbrella's. Too bad cause that would have been great. Now for the shows. I liked Jersey boys although its a shorter version of the Broadway production. I left 15 minutes into Havanna. I couldn't get into it. Saw the comedienne's. Hard to get into The Social Club so appreciated the show that happened in the theater one time during the week. Liked the Beatle's tribute although again the music was so loud in a tiny venue. I missed a regular show that you could catch at either 7:30 or 9:30 on Celebrity ships. You always had to make reservations for the shows and they didn't always coincide with the times booked before you get on the ship at the specialty restaurants. Lots of stuff happened in the atrium. It's way too small for the purpose it serves for some of the shows there like the Newlywed game. People were everywhere with no seats. The theater would be a better choice for that and later in the night. The cruise director tried to make it sort of risqué yet there were young kids around cause it was pretty early. Overall, its a great ship that is staffed well. Like I mentioned earlier, the staff is always smiling and trying to make your experience a good one. I would like to see the music at a decibel that doesn't bust your eardrums and make your ears ring along with a show you could see every night with a 7:30-8:30 reservation. (Most shows were in the Atrium then) There is something for every age on this ship for sure!!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Entertainment: I went to Havana while he watched the football game. I really enjoyed it. I heard some people complain that there really wasn't a story just various acts. Imagine Hollywoods version of Cuban nightclub acts in the ... Read More
Entertainment: I went to Havana while he watched the football game. I really enjoyed it. I heard some people complain that there really wasn't a story just various acts. Imagine Hollywoods version of Cuban nightclub acts in the 40's and 50's. That's what it reminded me of so being a fan of old Hollywood movies, I enjoyed it. I wouldn't recommend taking children to the show because some of the acts were very sexy and suggestive. We went to the Prohibition show which is a 1920's burlesque style show that's done in the Social Nightclub. There's a cover charge for this show because they serve 5 signature cocktails as part of the act. The setting of the story was supposed to be the night before alcohol became illegal. From the Facebook reviews in our travel club I'm not surprised the men liked the show more than the women did but personally I loved it. The costumes were beautiful, the girls were lovely, their singing voices were wonderful and there was alot of audience interaction so fellas be prepared for a beautiful woman to sit on your lap and make you part of the show. We had so much fun. I'm glad I took off my heels because I was a little tipsy by the end of the show. There were two comedians on the ship Mark Klein who we had seen before on a couple of the other ships. We always like him. Then there was another comedian that we remembered as one of the contestants on Last Comic Standing, Tony Baker. He was hilarious. We saw him three times and each time it was different material. Keep in mind the 8:30 show is cleaner than the 10:00 show and it tells you that on the daily booklet you get. So I wouldn't suggest bringing kids to the 10pm show. We also enjoyed the crew talent show. Food: For a quick breakfast we normally ate at the main cafe on the 16th floor. If we wanted a quiet sit down breakfast then we'd go to Savor or Taste. For dinner we ate at Manhattan, Savor, Le Bistro, Q , and Cagneys. Cagneys is normally my favorite but this time around Le Bistro won me. At Le Bistro I had this shrimp dish served over pasta with cream sauce that was so good and my fiance had the steak that was perfectly pink in the center. It was delicious. Le Bistro is sort of hidden up on the 17th floor away from all the other restaurants . Q Texas Smokehouse had a live country band between 8:30 and 9:30 the night we went which is why I reserved that dinner time. Word of advice if you eat at the Q don't have lunch that day or don't have lunch late because you get a ton of food. People were leaving with plates of food because you just couldn't eat it all. I had the brisket and he had the salmon. The smoked ravioli was my favorite appetizer at the Manhattan and Savor. Keep in mind the Manhattan, Taste, and Savor have the same menu that changes slightly each night so it all depends on what type of setting you wish to dine in. In the afternoon we were in the observation lounge on the 15th floor. It was the best place to be when the ship pulled off because of the amazing views and comfortable setting. We practically lived in the observation lounge. It really was my favorite part of the ship and we were told it would also be on the Encore which we have already booked for December 2019. The observation lounge had a salad bar, finger foods, sandwiches, fruit, and desserts. If you wanted more the cafe was one floor up. Drinks were tea, coffee, cocoa, and juice. They also had a bar. In the evening there was live music. Whoever came up with this concept did a great job. Since this was our third time doing this itinerary we didn't do any excursions. In Tortola you should try the Coconut Lounge. Its a bar in on the second floor of the first building you come to at the pier. There's free Wifi, good drinks, air conditioning, and beautiful views. It gave us a much needed relief from the heat. We didn't get to go to the Bahamas due to a storm that came in so we ended up doing another day at sea. It was a little scary watching a storm out on the ocean which is why we normally cruise after the end of hurricane season. Also since we went just before the Christmas cruisers we got to enjoy all the holiday decorations without the higher cost of going during the week of Christmas. All in all we really enjoyed it. I hope they add other itineraries for this ship because I would love to sail on it again. Advice: If you don't make reservations on line then do it as soon as you get on the ship. I heard laser tag and go carts went quickly. Next year on the Encore the laser tag will have a virtual reality feature to it. I will definitely be signing up for that. Also if the shows are filled they will have a stand-by line. That's how we got into the last comedy show but arrive 30 minutes before the show starts to improve your chances of getting in. Embarkation was easy. We went to the pier early and was on the ship before 12pm. The process was pretty quick because there weren't as many people in line when we showed up. Ladies if you are cold natured like me, bring a wrap or sweater because the air conditioning can be chilly at times. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was a family reunion cruise - we loved this idea because there was something for everyone - kids from 19 to young adults and two generations thereafter. FIRST - what we didn't like: No ready access to drinking water. The ... Read More
This was a family reunion cruise - we loved this idea because there was something for everyone - kids from 19 to young adults and two generations thereafter. FIRST - what we didn't like: No ready access to drinking water. The lines at the bar were generally very long and unless you walked to the buffet (which is not easy if you are coming from the aft cabins), there was no place to get fresh water (they want you to buy the "water" package). Seriously? Water is a necessity .... not something to be packaged. This was very frustrating. So bring a refillable bottle!!!! There was no water in the gym either. Beware the insanity when you return from excursions. The rush to the elevators (and then the buffet) was aggravating. There was no food (or water) offered on our excursions (snorkel to St John or the Virgin Gorda Baths). So bring water (remember ... the refillable bottle?) and snacks. Speaking of excursions, what mass confusion. No one said you needed your passport to get off the ship!! We had to run like crazy back to our rooms (which on 9th floor aft from the theater is no easy thing to do). Very disorganized and stressful. Then our son's card was demagnetized or disconnected and they wouldn't let him off the ship without first gong to guest services. Now guest services is a whole other bit of insanity. Beware the lines! Crazy, every day and all day! The hot tubs were not .... hot. Also, one is right next to the smoking section, Yuck. So if you were in that spa, you were smoking. Very annoying and unhealthy. Silly point but no hair conditioner provided for the shower? Really? And no, the combo shampoo/conditioner is not the same .... Our steward was kind enough to find some samples somewhere. The gym was crazy crowded; the yoga class was weird - playing Euro trash music???? Also an upcharge for yoga (should be free like water!). SECOND, what we really liked: The food was outstanding, whether at the buffet (we loved Mr. Washy Washy!) or at the no-pay and specialty restaurants. I can think of very few things I did not enjoy. The service was MARVELOUS. Smiles, happy staff. They obviously took a great deal of pride in what they do and that shows. The service was really first rate. The Jersey Boys and Beatles shows were outstanding (Havana - meh, skip it). The boat itself is beautiful and the cruise overall was wonderful. We would definitely do this again but would try to be more mindful with respect to costs .... Not sure the unlimited drink package was worth it as the wine list never changed - given that you are limited to less than $15) you are basically stuck with the 12 or so wines they have in that range. It would be amazing and wonderful if they mixed it up a bit. Change the wine menu every few days? Why not? Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have taken many cruises in the past but this was our first with Norwegian (I should say first and last). It’s a very large ship with not enough staff to provide quality customer service and the staff we encountered were not very ... Read More
We have taken many cruises in the past but this was our first with Norwegian (I should say first and last). It’s a very large ship with not enough staff to provide quality customer service and the staff we encountered were not very friendly nor attentive to anyones needs. We hoped to take advantage of the shows, the specialty dining, the spa, the onboard racetrack. All of which required reservations in advance but you could not reserve in advance online. The only option was to book the onboard activities when you boarded. Well by the second day everything was booked and we could not take advantage of anything we had planned. Our family who joined us had a three year old with them and while they expected not to have much available for a child this age, the”Guppies” program that Norwegian advertises is a joke. A couple of toys and some coloring pages and not a staff in sight. Since there was nothing else to do, we ended up spending numerous hours in the casino where the machines were old and again no staff in sight to ask if we needed a drink. We had to leave the machine we were playing to go to the bar and get our own drinks where the staff made you feel like you were bothering them. The food was mediocre at best. The one specialty restaurant we were able to get into lacked the quality we expected from a “specialty” restaurant. The food was no better than what was served at the buffet. The cabin was smaller than I expected, but that was not the problem. The problem was that it was not as clean as it could’ve been. When the sun shined on the closet doors, you could see the splatter marks of god knows what. We could not even say anything to the cabin person because we never saw her/him. The air conditioning kept shutting down and all night long we had to keep getting up to turn it back on and no instructions on how to use it. You always had to keep your key in a slot by the door in order for the lights to work. If you didn’t, you would have no light in the cabin so you had to be mindful not to lock yourself out when you left the cabin. Absolutely the worst cruise we have ever taken. We met many other passengers on this cruise who felt the same way about it and so we knew it was not just us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We traveled with a U18 Premier Club Girls Soccer team and went through Soccer at Seas. We played the US Virgin Islands National Team in a Friendly Match and beat them 4-0. The whole process from embarking and disembarking was way ... Read More
We traveled with a U18 Premier Club Girls Soccer team and went through Soccer at Seas. We played the US Virgin Islands National Team in a Friendly Match and beat them 4-0. The whole process from embarking and disembarking was way smoother than people warned us about. It was easy on and off. Everyday we were provided a multi page sheet of what was going on during the day with specific times and locations of all the events. That made it very easy to go do things you wanted to do throughout the day. Our cabin was cleaned everyday and you didn't even know when they sneaked in to do it. The food from the buffet to the restaurants were fabulous. More choices than we were able to get through. All of the entertainment from Jersey boys to the piano bar was fantastic. We didn't get to our last port because it was too windy to dock so that was disappointing but not the cruises fault. Mother nature got in our way there. The bartenders can be a little more friendlier. I know they are bombarded with needy and pushy customers and I'm sure that wears on them but you don't expect that on a cruise. I would travel with Norwegian in a heart beat. Lots of fun and overall great service. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 3.5 3.5

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