395 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

The opportunity to go on our first trans-Atlantic cruise, on a brand new vessel, with our favourite cruise line was too much to refuse. All of our party were at work the day before the sailing, as we live in the UK and have visited ... Read More
The opportunity to go on our first trans-Atlantic cruise, on a brand new vessel, with our favourite cruise line was too much to refuse. All of our party were at work the day before the sailing, as we live in the UK and have visited Southampton on several occasions in the past, we travelled down on the morning of the cruise. A four hour car journey meant we were in plenty of time for the scrum of a Southampton check-in. The check-ins at Southampton always seem so hectic and disjointed, but passed quite smoothly once we squeezed up to a desk. A bit of advice, if needed, always check in on line, it really helps. Embarkation itself was very easy and passed with no problems. On boarding the Bliss we were a little taken aback, the ship is beautiful. Wide open spaces in the centre of the ship, flanked by great bars and eateries. I liked the way the second MDR had been split in two (Taste and Savor) and the great Mixx bar put in between them. The décor in parts of the ship is art deco or is it art nouveaux? I can never quite distinguish the two, very reminiscent of a liner from the 20's or 30's. The Casino seemed to take up the central portion of deck 7 along with the Local, with the theatre at the bow and the Manhattan Room aft. The piece de resistance was saved for deck 15 .The observation lounge is wonderful and with the front of the Garden Café looking down on it from deck 16 and then moving back through the ship on either side. The pool area was very similar to most pool areas on most cruise liners. The much vaunted go kart track and the laser tag were situated on Deck 18, with the Haven taking up most of deck 17. Thanks to a cheeky minimum bid we were upgraded from inside staterooms facing each other to adjoining balcony staterooms, all on deck 11 midship. Very close to the crew areas on the deck which did get a little bangy on occasion, but hey I got an upgrade for £55 each so I'm not going to complain too much. I thought the cabin was slightly narrower than cabins on other ships and the balcony was tiny but adequate, the bathroom was fine and the toilets seemed quieter than normal. The only real complaint was that our steward was not informed of our latitudes status, probably down to the late upgrade, and there was no bottle of water or fizzy wine. That's not strictly true, there was loads of water due to us being all inclusive, but none for us being Gold. A quick word with our steward and then guest services soon rectified the problem along with some chocolate strawberries courtesy of the Hotel Manager. We don't usually go for any of the Speciality Dining options so mostly ate in the MDR and occasionally in the buffet. The food was good, as it always seems to be. We tried Savor one evening, although it could have been Taste. Our travelling companions are more buffet orientated and raved about how good it was compared to other cruises they have been on, not that any of those were poor. We took in two shows. Havana! which wasn't really my sort of thing, and Jersey Boys which also isn't really my thing, shows aren't really my thing, but Jersey Boys was excellent, if a tad too long. NCL shows are usually very well performed, and these were no exception. Jersey Boys was up there with Priscilla on the Epic. Most of the time we entertained ourselves in the many bars. Particular favourites were Sugarcane Mojito and the District Brewhouse. We sometimes had a look at what was going on in the Atrium and these two things led to my only concerns about the ship. I don't think they're big enough. People were grabbing chairs from elsewhere so they could take in the entertainment on offer in the Atrium and the bars are all on the small size, most open out onto the Boardwalk but are only really utilised in really good weather. The ship coped well with the 2500 passengers aboard, but I'm not sure how it will fare with 4000. As usual the service was excellent, happy smiling faces from the crew, impromptu entertainment from the barstaff, left you with a good feel about the place. Room service breakfast was always on time and correct. It was good. We didn't really go for Port excursions but did pay for the Hop on Hop off Bus in Halifax. I think NCL must have a hook up with the local supplier because we bought the trip once ashore but it was charged to our rooms, missed the 10% discount but it was our own fault for not really taking much notice. So our first trans-Atlantic, would I do it again? Probably, I love sea days. Would I go on the Norwegian Bliss again? Absolutely Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose the cruise because it was the maiden voyage for the Bliss and offered the opportunity to stay a few nights in both London and New York. It would have been nice if NCL offered transportation from London hotels to the port in ... Read More
We chose the cruise because it was the maiden voyage for the Bliss and offered the opportunity to stay a few nights in both London and New York. It would have been nice if NCL offered transportation from London hotels to the port in Southampton, something other cruise lines do. Dining on the ship was excellent especially Le Bistro. Ocean Blue was good but not worth the surcharge. We didn't try all the specialty dining but people we talked with were generally impressed. Buffet was fine but coffee was not good. Also missed smoked salmon in the morning something we got used to on other cruises. Really enjoyed the craft beer in the District and JIm Badger cabaret. Entertainment was good, particularly Jersey Boys. Amazing sets and dancing on Havana but forgettable music. Smaller venues were hard to get into (ship just more than half full, no less). Race track was enjoyable. Weather prevented use of pool and water slides except for the very hardy. Not much activity either in Margaritaville Service throughout was impeccable. Lots of places to catch up on reading especially on the observation deck. Library was so-so re selection and hours (books locked up? c'mon). Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was my first transatlantic but I didn't want to miss out being on a brand new ship. We had a great group on the roll call and many events on-board that were set up but ship was the main focus. First off, the crew was ... Read More
This was my first transatlantic but I didn't want to miss out being on a brand new ship. We had a great group on the roll call and many events on-board that were set up but ship was the main focus. First off, the crew was fantastic as always, there were a few hiccups in the newer venues since they were still learning too but everything was easily fixed. The entertainment was great with the new show Havana and Jersey Boys both having a great cast. The singers and bands were also top notch as they played throughout the ship. Food and drinks were some of the best I have had on board an NCL ship I really enjoyed the new venues Q and Los Lobos. I had a studio cabin and the beds have been changed to be a bit smaller which opened up some more area from moving around, I liked the change. The lounge was like the Escape in that it didn't have a bar but it still has the great coffee machine. The only downside to my cruise was that I had purchased a spa pass and unfortunately everything was not working in the pool area. The jets under the seating didn't work the entire cruise and several of the stations were hit or miss for working. Otherwise, it was my best cruise yet. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The ship is beautiful, the spa is now located at the back of the ship and a new 2-story, large observatory lounge is forward with the 2nd floor the Garden Buffet. In the Observation lounge: cruisers were putting their feet and laying on ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, the spa is now located at the back of the ship and a new 2-story, large observatory lounge is forward with the 2nd floor the Garden Buffet. In the Observation lounge: cruisers were putting their feet and laying on tables and chairs. Finally, the FreeStyle Daily, directed people to stop putting their feet on those objects and to stop laying on tables: how some people have bad manners! Plus, the majority of the passengers onboard were middle aged and older, and regular cruisers. The food’s temperature was remarkably improved from past experiences on NCL. The crew went out of the their way to make sure everything was “correct.” I booked the Thermal Suite Spa online and was charged an additional 18% gratuity. Had multiple NCL agents say the gratuity was correct and then incorrect with no one through the 800 number helping me. It took 8-days to have the charge reversed, thanks to Jovo Sekulovic, Hotel Director. The spa management never acted on my behalf; Sam Hurst, assistant Spa Manager- tried to help me. CRUISENEXT: did a hard sell on future cruises, I made 2 deposits to discover I was never given the “on board” credit associated with the future bookings. I canceled the both deposits. Tenors of Rock, Hypnotist Brenda Kaye, JERSEY BOYS were terrific. CASINO has enclosed the smoking part of it, which makes the 6th deck more tolerable, especially, when walking through the casino. The minimum bet for Black Jack is now $10/hand. On the 12-night cruise, just about no one played black jack. Automatic shufflers are used at all tables. As on the Getaway in 2017 transatlantic from Miami to Copenhagen, no one was winning in the casino which continues on the 2018 Bliss Transatlantic. There were some winners at the slot machines. Debarkation in NYC at 8am as a walk-off was simple and no lines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Norwegian Bliss Transatlantic Ship Review 21st April -03rd May 2018. Norwegian Bliss cruises through the mist at the port of Southampton at 6am. Photo by Dave Jones Photos of the Norwegian Bliss - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbCHEP7 ... Read More
Norwegian Bliss Transatlantic Ship Review 21st April -03rd May 2018. Norwegian Bliss cruises through the mist at the port of Southampton at 6am. Photo by Dave Jones Photos of the Norwegian Bliss - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbCHEP7 Ship Stats from Meyer Werft 4th Breakaway Plus Class Gross Tonnage - 167,800 Overall Length - 1,082 feet Beam - 136 feet Draft - 27 feet Engine - 23.2 knots Guests - 3998 - 5200 Total Staterooms - 2038 Crew - 2100 Cruise Speed 23.2 Knots ( 25+ knots were achieved in sea trails) Engines - Diesel Electric - 2x MAN B&W 14V48/60CR and 3x MAN B&W 12V48/60CR Decks 20 Standing outside the port of Southampton since 5:15am waiting with other die hard, ship fanatics for Norwegian Cruise Lines latest offering, she finally cruised through the early morning mist to reveal the giant artwork by Wyland and it doesn't disappoint. Paintings of Humpback Whales and their calves and other marine life depicting what might be seen in her homeport cruise of Alaska. After a relative painless boarding, we wait for Platinum members to board and thus came the first hurdle, Transatlantic New Ship crossings are like a badge of honour, and have very few first time or new to cruising passengers, so over half of the people waiting got up and started to head for boarding, as she's a large vessel and Southampton is used to large ships, boarding is not really a problem. After cruising the Atlantic to Miami on the Norwegian Escape we expected a few hic-ups, on the Escape they had installed a new computer system for all the passenger and backroom tech. Before weeks before we cruised we tried to pre-book the shows and some Speciality Dining but it was not available and I put that down to a low capacity and no problems getting seating in the theatres. The Bliss theatre only holds 858 which is very small for such a large ship and personally, I believe this has been a big mistake with the Breakaway Class ships, why? On our 12 day cruise, the 'Jersey Boys' show was put on 3 times; 2 evening and 1 afternoon which gave a total of 2574 guests seeing the show out of a possible 3998. there's going to be a lot of disappointed people on a 7-night cruise where the show needs to be performed for 5 nights. Anyway, I digress we had to spend the first 3 hours or more waiting in queues to prebook the 'Jersey Boys, Havanna, and Happy Hour Prohibition' (which I shall review later in the entertainment section). The cruise technology which is meant to stop the queues 'i-concierge and the touchscreens around the ship, which there are many are not working because it's a new tech for this ship, and won't work until halfway through the voyage; with the shows booked and the meals put off until a later date we head for a well-earned drink. Dining 9 Speciality dining option with a cover charge. 5 Complimentary dining options. We only tried two Speciality dining options (or A la Carte). The Italian called 'La Cucina' is always a must because I love Italian pasta and their sauces, add some Italian bread and I'm in heaven. We have found the meals sometimes hit or miss but on the Bliss, it was a direct hit, the food was perfectly cooked and there was a very good choice on the menu. The decor is nicely done and it always amuses me when the Philipino waiters/waitress trying hard to be Italian at the start of the evening but after the Antipasta course they have given up, but they get high marks for even trying. The other A la Carte option we like is the French La Bistro restaurant, we were disappointed that the menu had changed since the last time we visited (July 17), and we even had trouble booking a table, we suspect that the dining options we scaled back due to the cruise only being about 45% full. To find La Bistro you need to head up into the heavens to deck 17 and towards the Go-cart track. A big problem in the restaurant was a constant vibration probably coming from the smokestack which is directly in front of the venue and the stacks coming from under your feet from the engine room. The food and the level of service can't be faulted, as a platinum member, we get a free bottle of wine of our choosing which went down very well. you could tell it was a newly opened it had that new car smell of new carpets and the linin was still crisp. I had a Fillet Beef (Blue) and it was perfect, tender and juicy and is making my mouth water thinking about it as I write. Besides the vibration, the evening was a joy, excellent food, nice wine and great company what more could you ask for? The Manhattan room on deck 7 and the Taste and Savour Dining room on deck 6, have the same menus, they consist of the everyday options which never change but have some lovely dishes such as steak, pasta, fish and a vegetarian option. on the other side is the Daily menu which as the name suggests changes every day. This might contain a different type of fish which might be a bit more select to Lamb Chops encrusted with a stuffing, all of which is very nice and is cooked to a high standard. we found the Taste and Savour restaurants to have a better service than the Manhatten, and if you tell them you have a show or someplace to be they will rush the service for you so you don't miss whatever it is you have planned. The Garden Cafe or Canteen as we kept calling it is a paradise for all food lovers, it has everything you could wish for, from the quick and easy Burger / Hotdogs, fries and Pizza, to Chinese and Indian selections ready made or made to order. There was always a carving station with joints of Beef or Lamb or even the thickest sirloin steaks with a wide choice of sauces if required. The Garden Cafe puts on specials throughout the cruise with the biggest display of shrimp I have ever seen, and one afternoon a rumour of Lobster was going around and 'Oh My Word' you could have the two claws, the two halves of the body or the whole thing, and if that did not satisfy you, then go back and have it again. There must have been over a Thousand being boiled and served.At Breakfast, there is something for everyone, from Cereal, American and British Bacon, American and British Sausages, pancakes, eggs (poached, scrambled, fried, omelettes and so on), my favourite is Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce, yummm. As you can guess there's so much to choose from to start your day. There is plenty of seating as the Cafe wraps all the way around the stern (back) in a giant letter U. At the back of the Cafe, it overlooks the observation lounge which also serves food throughout the day. At night we would go up and get a cup of tea to take back to the room, and sometimes indulge in the best Pizza at sea. All the members of the Garden Cafe work very hard and always have a smile, which sometimes must be hard. They are lighting fast at cleaning away the tables and even the 'Washy Washy Happy Happy ladies have a song to sing at times, a huge thank you to those special crew. The local restaurant is a smaller version of the O'Sheehan's bar and grill which overlooks the Atrium with the large LCD Screen and small stage, with bar stools going all the way around the horseshoe glass looking downwards to the stage area. The food options are limited to simple good Pub Grub in booths or tables, and the service is very good. I always liked the bar area where they show the latest sports events and you can have a laugh and joke with the bartenders. Bars and Theater We didn't have a favourite bar we seemed to follow our ears and stop off at the many areas which had some music playing. Yes, we had our favourite bands such as 'Siglo' (https://youtu.be/XeyoCso4bvI to see a video clip) who played in the 'The Cavern Club' normally reserved for the Beatles tribute band (who are shockingly Bad). They also played in the Atrium under the large LCD screen but have to rein in their normal energy to conform with sound levels. There were almost all styles of music catered for and another was a Lady playing the piano called Tatiana she was very good and sometimes had a backing from a saxophone player who's real job is to play in the 'Jersey Boys' The Local Bar which overlooks the Atrium was one of our favourites on the Escape but with the alterations from O'Sheeans it seemed smaller and a lot busier, but still a great bar to grab a drink and watch the entertainment in the Atrium. The Skyline Bar on deck 7 has a huge 6 meter plus LCD screen which shows off all the different Skylines around the world from Hong Kong to Manhattan. This bar has also been reduced in size by almost 60% with slot machines now filling the space where comfy seating once lived. Bar Q which is a Texas Smokehouse until 8pm and then becomes a live stage for country and western Bar Q (Texas Smokehouse) music, which we were told was very good but I don't really understand what they were singing about, but that's our problem. The Atrium bar held a wide range of music from Siglo, Tatiana to couples singing from Italy and South America. There were almost seating every night here until Siglo played, for the first time ever on any cruise ship extra seating was brought out to cope with the demand. Like all good things on a ship they have to ruin every night; bang on 9pm with a quiz of some sorts lasting one hour, and then back to the music. We used to pay a visit to the 'Maltings Whiskey Bar' on deck 8 for a wee tipple or three! A great bar if you know your Malts and with a Cigar Humidor attached a perfect match, but even for us rum/vodka drinkers its still a very comfortable area to spend an hour. The District Brew House is a must for all beer drinkers with 22 draft brand beers, and 50 different bottled beers, to a few more well known such as Newcastle Brown Ale and Boddingtons. Even if you are not keen on beers with strange names you still can order your tipple of choice. Now there's a strange man playing the piano called Jim Badger who is a cross between a comedian and bar singer, the result is an extremely fun night, old jokes, innuendos and on the odd time a singalong; but beware don't get noticed if you want to leave for whatever the reason. During the day-time, it is a good getaway with comfy seating. The H2O Zone (adult only area) has a great little bar where you can relax around a large LCD screen on sun loungers and be waited on by bar staff. Besides all the usual cocktails, beers and shorts available there is a wide range of frozen cocktails available, so get ready for a brain freeze. Also in this area, there are two large jacuzzis to bubble away the time. There is a smoking area next to the bar area but this does not affect the area. I've listed just a few of the bars that are available on and around the Norwegian Bliss, one thing I can guarantee there is something for everyone, including quite areas for a read. The Theater is another story as I part mentioned just before dining, the Shows that are put on deserve a bigger proper theatre not just a black roofed area with different coloured striplights, with the most uncomfortable seating in any cruise ship we have ever been in. After about an hour into the shows, you can see people shuffling in their seats, they are roughly the same pitch and width of a small airline seat with the addition of cupholders at the end of small armrests it makes moving even for clapping very awkward. The pitch of the theatre is a bit on the shallow side, I'm 6 foot+ and I could feel the people behind me complaining because I restricted their views, the incline needed to be a few degrees higher. On a good note, the sound system is excellent and the stage effects are worthy of any land-based shows. The Jersey Boys is a Fantastic show and is identical to the Broadway show, the stars of the show give it all they have, the only problem is again the seating and with the show being about 1 hour 40 minutes long it got very uncomfortable, but saying that it is worth seeing. Havana has it all a love twist, an obvious happy ending, good songs and great sets, its a bit Disney at times but worth watching. Prohibition Happy Hour (age restrictions apply entrance is 16+ and drinks are 21+) We didn't know what to expect, we knew there were 5 different cocktails to be drunk during the show, I thought it might be a bar with a gangster theme a bit like Broadwalk Empire, but boy was we wrong. On entrance to the show being held in the 'Social Comedy & Night Club', we were given glass/plastic beads and shown to the seating once seated we had our first cocktail, then the show started. The theme is a madams house with 4 working girls and the hired help, they are all dressed in sexy underwear and perform songs and dance with a bit of tongue in cheek oneliners. The 4 working girls each tell speciality they have if you know what I mean????? The Beatles star in the Cavern Club a mini mockup of what the venue used to look like without all the smoke bad language and Scousers. I'm not a fan of the 'Fab 4' but I do like some of their hits. These 'Not so Fab 4' are very poor, their Liverpudlian accent leaves a lot to be desired. They might have some of the moves while playing but without the accent, the songs fall a bit flat a bit like the bowl cut wigs they wear. It's a shame really living only 40 minutes away and having worked in the great city of Liverpool I know there are many excellent tribute acts, and any of these would go down a lot better than these wish I was the group. Shops and the Casino. The shopping is much the same as on the other breakaway class of ship there's a large watch shop with some very nice brands, which connects to the jewellery shop which caters for all fancy grom bracelets earrings neckless and of cause rings. The Margaritaville store has all you need to survive a Caribbean shore day in a multi-coloured way. The Norwegian DutyFree shop called Tradewinds has a limited amount of alcohol and tobacco, try not to forget any essentials such as suntan lotion, toothpaste or the such as there is a very limited choice and are very pricey. Ship merchandise with the ship's name or picture is as always on NCL virtually non-existent. There are tee-shirts and coats with the 'Wyland' hull design on as well as magnets, hats, towels, but only a ship fridge magnet and model has the image of the ship. The photo gallery is a large area where you can view the photos taken of you and your party and have them printed or put on a removable device such as a thumb drive or DVD. Ther is also a tech area with the latest midrange of digital SLR cameras, point and shoot cameras, and 360-degree cameras. they also have digital video recorders and binoculars as well as flashcards and mini tripods. All the shops share common areas along walkways and a large centre island which they take it in turns to sell watches, bracelets and the mandatory buy gold chains by the inch. Sometimes it's like running the gauntlet and should you stop to have a look at an item expect an assistant to appear within a blink of an eye. The last area to test your sneaking past skills is the 'Park West Art Gallery' almost 100 yards to test your skill at looking at the art pieces while walking and trying not to attract the attention of the gallery's assistants; it's harder than you think. The Casino covers nearly 70% of deck 7 with a few bars scattered around included one of our favourites the SkyLine bar, which also has a tea, coffee and snacks area hidden to one side of the large LCD screen. There are hundreds of slot machines in the casino and in the corridors and bar area, as well as all the usual types of card tables, roulette table and Craps table. If the tables are quite they will give you lessons on how to play. My favourite thing about the casino is that there is an enclosed smoking area where smokers can puff away to their heart's content and it won't annoy the rest of us. Spa and thermal area. The Mandara Spa area is on deck 16 Aft offers all the latest offerings from the world of the Spa. The Spa is the quickest way to lose a few $100 other than the Casino and then get high priced creams and lotions pushed which ruins the whole relaxing effect of the treatment. What I do love is the Thermal Area and I do pay for the cruise long pass which limits the number of people in the area to 120 per cruise. There are steam rooms, dry heat rooms and Aroma steam rooms, there's a salt therapy room which is also called Halotherapy, it helps alleviate respiratory problems, skin ailments, and to strengthen the immune system. An Ice and Snow room which works in conjunction with the heat treatment rooms and helps the circulation, but either wear some type of footwear or like I do place a towel on the floor to protect your feet, be prepared to have the fight to get the towel off the floor. The whirlpool tub and the Hydrotherapy pool is a large area it warms up the body and relaxes the muscles with different water jets to massage all parts of the body. Go-Carting and Lasser Tag. As the advert states its the largest race track at sea, but since the only other one is on the Norwegian Joy it's not much to boast about, but it is great fun. You do about 8 laps of the two-level track there's not much chance to overtake but they do move quite quickly. If you want to enhance the excitement then try it at night the race track really comes to life, and there's also fewer racers. As you can see the go-carts are large and with a safety bumper all around, there is also a two-driver option, so if you want to take your child with you then this is an option. The Lasser Tag is an adventure and a chance to have a laser battle with your friends or family against another team. The objective is to shoot the gun your opponent has and that will make him/her have to go back to the respawn area and recharge the weapon. The course is designed to look like an alien spaceship with life pods and command areas, add the trance music playing in the background it results in some great fun. The problem it depends on how you look at it before we joined the ship at Southampton there was no mention of cover charges for the above activities, yes it's only $7 and $5 respectfully but they have swapped the ropes course, crazy golf and bowls (which were free to use) and replaced them with an entertainment with a charge, I feel sorry for any family with children who want to have a go a few times per cruise. A solution is if they want to charge then why not give everyone onboard one or two free goes and then charge for any extra races or laser tag but that is only my opinion. Norwegian Bliss is a stunning ship with large panoramic 2 story views in the Observation lounge perfect for cruising Alaska or the Caribbean. Various artworks around the decks fit perfectly into the overall theme of the ship. The main wall into the Ocean Blue restaurant is a vast wall of white a light blue shades, quite stunning. The most striking piece of art is the 3 deck high LED light which changes colour throughout the day, with the glass backlight staircase working its way around the light makes this a stunning area, and a must for a photo opportunity. This ship is brimming with tech which by now all the little gremlins will have been worked out, with touch screen help or the Norwegian smartphone app to the smart TV in the stateroom, all the way to the use of large LCD screens to show shows in the atrium to making effects in the theatre. A big change is the smoking policy and areas, they are discreetly placed throughout the ship and if you weren't looking for them you would notice or smell them. Normally the worst area for non-smokers is the Casino but no more there is a separate area for smokers to play their favourite game of chance without having us moaning around them. As always a ship even as majestic as this one it is still a big chunk of steel without the crew members giving her her soul and personality. from all the ones you will never see below decks making the ship run smoothly to the forever ingrained voice of 'Washy Washy Happy Happy' in the Garden Cafe. This crew not only worked hard and as I suspect understaffed because of the number of guests, to make our voyage very smooth and extremely enjoyable cruise; our thanks can't be large enough to every one of them. A big thank you to all the Crew, some of the Garden Cafe working to keep us happy, Now would I cruise on the Bliss again its got to be 'no' why; she's a stunning ship with great crew and shows, but she was not 50% full and there were problems getting seating in certain areas such as the Atrium and the Cavern Club, on a rainy day the inside space would be nonexistent. A lot of space has been lost because the lifeboats have been moved 4 meters (13 feet) on either side, and there is a lack of natural light coming from the sides of the ship due to the bars and restaurants having the Al Fresco dining; but I might need to sample her on a wonderful Caribbean Cruise, one day. Photos taken on the Norwegian Bliss - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbCHEP7 Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We wanted to take a cruise that would start in Southampton and land in New York. The food, entertainment (Havana, Jersey Boys) and the amenities on the ship was excellent. The staff, seeing that this was a new ship, was very well ... Read More
We wanted to take a cruise that would start in Southampton and land in New York. The food, entertainment (Havana, Jersey Boys) and the amenities on the ship was excellent. The staff, seeing that this was a new ship, was very well coordinated, well trained, extremely polite and very efficient. The games that they had during the off night of major stage productions were well presented and executed by the staff. The comedians they had on board were excellent. Selection of liquor in the Duty Free Store was very limited. We did a room crawl and got to see all the different kinds of rooms available on the ship: Ocean View Category: Front of the ship, very spacious Inside Room: sleeps 4, wall to ceiling room, very much closed in feeling Inside room: for 2 persons, very nice but small Studio room : for singles, very small rooms, but great meeting place for gatherings Balcony Rooms: Nicely appointed Mini Suite: Just means a larger bathroom/tub, no extra room in the other parts of the stateroom when compared to a balcony room Spa Balcony: don't get the tub in the bedroom area concept Spa Suite Haven: very very nice, but very very expensive Overall it was a very smooth cruise across the Atlantic Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We just got off the maiden voyage of the Bliss, from London ( south Hampton) to NY. The ship, the people, the food and entertainment was fantastic. I have been on 20 plus cruises and this was my favorite. Thank you for the great time. ... Read More
We just got off the maiden voyage of the Bliss, from London ( south Hampton) to NY. The ship, the people, the food and entertainment was fantastic. I have been on 20 plus cruises and this was my favorite. Thank you for the great time. Seeing that this is a review I do have one thing I would have changed. The humidor club has a smoking room. I like a cigar and a scotch but the place was full of cigarette smokers, hard to enjoy. They had places for cigarette smokers but they keep coming to the humidor room. The place sells high end cigars not cigarettes. I would recommend this ship and this line to anyone wanting a great cruise. It was to cold for the water slides but for warmer weather this ship will be a blast. The go carts were very fun, we didn't have enough people for laser tag. Getting on and off the ship was very smooth and easy. The jersey boys was a fantastic show as was the Tenors of Rock. Silgo rock band was so good we went almost every late evening, very talented. Thanks again, we already booked for the new ship Encore. Tim and Alina Regan Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
NCL did an amazing job on the Bliss. The observation lounge and race track were great added features. Silas, the cruise director, Mandy, the asst. cruise director, and the rest of the entertainment crew did a great job at keeping ... Read More
NCL did an amazing job on the Bliss. The observation lounge and race track were great added features. Silas, the cruise director, Mandy, the asst. cruise director, and the rest of the entertainment crew did a great job at keeping everyone's interest at the different activities on board. The new restaurants were also very good. You won't leave Q or Los Lobos hungry. If you go to Los Lobos, get the quesadilla. Food Republic is still my favorite spot to grab a bite to eat. The new open pool deck reminds me of the old school ships. The parties they plan there will be amazing. Service was above average. Great room attendant, great wait staff, and great bar staff throughout the ship.The best bar on board would be the District Brewhouse. The crew working that bar were superb. Also, Jim, the piano player in the evenings, at the Brewhouse was hilarious. He is not to be missed. The two shows, were ok. Havana had so much talent but it just seemed as if the story needed some work. Jersey Boys was good. Story was very good. Some of the singing was off. Granted, I'm not a specialist when it comes to music. However, I feel like I can tell what's good and bad. This was our first TransAtlantic cruise. We loved it so much, we will be doing the inaugural TransAtlantic of the Encore. Only 18 months to go. ;-) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We wanted to do a maiden cruise and try a transatlantic to see how we enjoyed extra sea time. It was great! The decor was beautifully understated, mirroring the colors of the sea. It will be amazing in Alaska. Like on many ships, it is ... Read More
We wanted to do a maiden cruise and try a transatlantic to see how we enjoyed extra sea time. It was great! The decor was beautifully understated, mirroring the colors of the sea. It will be amazing in Alaska. Like on many ships, it is more tailored to Alaska than the Caribbean. Gorgeous. Crew were very friendly and offered service above and beyond. (There was one really green waiter at lunch in Savor, though, who I hope is getting used to his role. He offered ground pepper on EVERY course we ordered. He was also nervous and fidgety.) Onboard entertainment was awesome. We loved Jersey Boys. Went to some of the comedy performances. Loved “The Beatles” in the Cavern Club. We attended the hypnosis lectures. We played bingo. We also enjoyed a lot of the Cruise Critic activities, including the Meet and Mingle, the slot pull, the LCR game, scavenger hunt, and the farewell dinner. Big thanks to The DougOut for all his work organizing the Cruise Critic activities. We loved the shore excursions. Did the Island Views, Tastes and Horses which was amazing in Ponta Delgada. Did Peggy’s Cove and the Hop on, Hop Off in Halifax. Would have ordered up better weather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but didn’t have that option! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first ever transatlantic crossing and we wanted to experience this brand new, beautiful ship. We had a great experience and were still very busy everyday of this 12-day cruise. The only thing we didn't do is pay for the ... Read More
This was our first ever transatlantic crossing and we wanted to experience this brand new, beautiful ship. We had a great experience and were still very busy everyday of this 12-day cruise. The only thing we didn't do is pay for the Thermal Suite, which I thought was way over priced at almost $20 per day (the Breakaway was $10 per day). The Haven staff was outstanding, the food fantastic, and the no-smoking casino (a separate casino behind glass walls exists for smokers) was a great change in cruise ship philosophy. The observation decks, both the regular one and the Haven deck were fantastic places to relax and snack. In fact the observation lounge for the majority of guests was very nice, even more than the Haven deck. The staff and crew were friendly, professional, and really made us feel welcome. Our room was great, at the very front of the ship. Because the ship was less than 60% booked because of the ongoing punch list activities, it was nice not having the normal crowds. We especially enjoyed the entertainment, Jim Berger was great and hilarious, and I am now a big Camille Rae fan. I would pay to see either of them again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Well, this is our 10th cruise with NCL and we were not disappointed. We've mainly been on the smaller ships like Jade etc, but did do Epic recently and it kind of worried us as we didn't like that so much. No fear though, the ... Read More
Well, this is our 10th cruise with NCL and we were not disappointed. We've mainly been on the smaller ships like Jade etc, but did do Epic recently and it kind of worried us as we didn't like that so much. No fear though, the Bliss is excellent. Design, decor and ambience feel much classier. Beautiful layout, loads of places to relax and watch the world go by. Service superb as always, couldn't fault it at all. Food everywhere to the USA high standards. Gripes - entertainment in main theatre was not up to normal NCL standard, Jersey boys good but not great, Havana was terrible, but tenors of rock were alot better. Another moan was the spa suite, jacuzzi not working, not that warm, over subscribed s couldn't get lounger not of the time. Won't do that again. Loads to do on this ship, albeit we chilled on deck outside mostly. Shout out to the brewhouse, quality. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had a beautiful 15 day cruise through the Panama Canal. The ship is gorgeous, the food delicious, and the entertainment spectacular. Our cabin steward Komang, was very helpful and polite. We found the staff to be friendly and attentive. ... Read More
We had a beautiful 15 day cruise through the Panama Canal. The ship is gorgeous, the food delicious, and the entertainment spectacular. Our cabin steward Komang, was very helpful and polite. We found the staff to be friendly and attentive. We visited Cagney’s three times and each time both the food and service was outstanding. I visited the spa and had a very relaxing facial. There was a hypnotist on board that had everyone cracking up during her shows and informative during her seminars. We enjoyed both the anthropologists talks and the one given by the Captain and Chief engineer. Our excursion in Columbia was great. Our tour guide Victoria was a wealth of knowledge, teaching us about the fort and the culture in Columbia. Bravo! However, our excursion to Costa Rica was terrible. Our tour guide Jose for everyone along with the bus driver were over 10 minutes late getting to the bus after our first stop at the store. We had a few passengers on the tour that wanted to get back on the bus early so they could sit. Some had disabilities and needed to sit. There were no seats saved for them in the front so they had to walk to the back of the bus. The tour was Scenic Costa Rica, we saw a mango tree a Brahma bull, a cashew tree, a soccer field all from our bus. We were taken to a small park where we saw children dance and look for money. They were cute but by that time we were totally discussed with the tour. Stay away from that tour! Our other issue was the transfer we booked on board the ship. We had a wonderful porter that helped us find our bus. Our bus broke down about 3 miles from the port! We were going less than 5 miles an hour on the freeway with tractor trailers blowing their horns at us, passengers yelling to the driver to get off of the freeway, passengers calling the state police. It was crazy. The driver wasn’t giving us much info. Finally he said a new bus would be there in 10 minutes. My husband and other passengers got off of the bus to unload the luggage so we could get it back on the new bus quickly. The bus never came! After about 45 minutes we called an Uber so we didn’t miss our flight. People were calling cabs and worried about standing on the side of the road with their luggage and possibly missing their flights. Some elderly folks without cell phone. I told the cab driver to radio to have more cabs come. It was a very scary experience. We loved the Bliss and would go back on in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have just been introduced to NCL when we bid on a cruise at an American Cancer Society auction. We chose the Escape (western Caribbean) for this first experience. We enjoyed it so much that we booked our next cruise while on board. Six ... Read More
We have just been introduced to NCL when we bid on a cruise at an American Cancer Society auction. We chose the Escape (western Caribbean) for this first experience. We enjoyed it so much that we booked our next cruise while on board. Six months later we had the most marvelous cruise experience on the Bliss. There isn't anything I would have wanted to change. We took advantage of nearly EVERYTHING the ship offered. The staff is so well trained, so professional, and so personable! The size of the ship could be daunting to some people, but we have found that the restaurants and common areas are designed in such a way that you never feel like you are being 'herded' with the masses. I particularly felt the entertainment was extraordinary. We were treated to "The Jersey Boys," 'Havana' and 'Prohibition, the Musical.' The food cannot be matched...it's sumptuous, plentiful, and diversified. We have already pre-booked our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This brand new Breakaway Class ship from NCL is amazing. I am NCL Platinum Plus and have sailed on a number of NCL's ships, both smaller and mega sized BUT this one is unique. It's really beautiful. Some of the features will ... Read More
This brand new Breakaway Class ship from NCL is amazing. I am NCL Platinum Plus and have sailed on a number of NCL's ships, both smaller and mega sized BUT this one is unique. It's really beautiful. Some of the features will remind you of the Breakaway or Epic, but this ship has lots of new cool venues.....like a go-cart track on top (was so fun) and laser tag. A full-service real STARBUCKS.....just to name a few. And the ship has some of the favorites, too, like SPICE H2O, Cagney's Steakhouse, Le Bistro, Garden Café, etc etc. Speaking of dining, a couple of new restaurants Q and Los Lobos were excellent. Food Republic is on this ship (and I think only also on The Escape) and was totally awesome. But, I also ate several times at The Garden Café and all three MDR's and I thought the food everywhere was EXCELLENT. The crown jewel though is the Observation Lounge. I've never seen anything like it. It is huge, spacious, plush and very comfortable....with spectacular views. Just overall, great cruise with great service which is one reason I have stayed exclusively with NCL is their absolutely amazing service.....consistent amazing service I should add fleet wide. In closing though, this ship is a must see even if it is a short cruise, you have to see it to fully appreciate it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
What a wonderful trip. We started our adventure from Miami. We arrived a day early and spent the evening at the Romero Britto Gallery in Liberty Square. After a fun outdoor dinner we went back to our hotel filled with excitement for the ... Read More
What a wonderful trip. We started our adventure from Miami. We arrived a day early and spent the evening at the Romero Britto Gallery in Liberty Square. After a fun outdoor dinner we went back to our hotel filled with excitement for the next days boarding. I had been told by other cruise passenger that the Miami Cruise port was a difficult port to deal with, long lines, difficult port personnel etc. So I was prepared for the worst and hoping for the best. As our Uber car dropped us tat the luggage area, a very kind and respectful person welcomed us, took our luggage and directed us to the correct entrance. Well this wasn't the experience I was expecting, Next we looked up at the ship, starring at the waterline and then looking up and we continued looking up and up and up. This was the biggest ship we had ever seen. I remember thinking to myself how does this thing float. It was huge. At the very top we noticed a water slide that jetted out over the edge of the ship. After having such a good experience with our luggage porter we walked into the terminal, (here's where I figured the problems would happen) again to my dismay there were folks waiting to direct us to the proper area to check in and within 15 minutes we were on our way to security and then onto the ship. After hearing the stories about the port of Miami, I have to say this was the smoothest check in process we have ever experienced. Kudos to all in the cruise port. As we boarded the ship the first thing we noticed was folks crowed around large touch screen TV's , all working feverishly to secure show reservations, or dinner reservations. Never having cruised with Norwegian I wasn't quite sure what was going on, but figured we should stand and watch for a bit. After a few minutes I realized these folks were trying to get the best dinners times, best show times etc. I said to my wife, I don't have any idea what times we want for anything yet and we decided it was our vacation and we'd let the chips fall as they may and we'd book later, after we sailed. Our rooms were not yet ready so we ventured to the buffet area for a bite to eat. As we walked into the buffet, there were so many folks and an almost chaotic feeling in the area. For a moment I thought we had made a mistake booking on such a large cruise. After we made our plates we tried looking for a place to sit and as I said earlier it was a bit chaotic, we must have had the OMG what have we done look on our faces as one of the staff members approached us and said if we wanted more seating the observation lounge was on floor below us. We thanked him and set off to find the observation lounge and hopefully seating. Much to our surprise, not only was there seating but the chaos of upstairs was gone, replaced by floor to ceiling pictures windows looking out over the port, the water and the city in all directions. The lounge was huge, decorated in beautiful Shades of Black, Greys and Whites with beautiful hardwood flooring that looked like a path through a forest of tucked away sitting areas. As we made our way to the back of the lounge we were greeted by a very large center bar that had been designed to in no way block a view from any sitting positions. This was to become our favorite area and we spent many hours watching the view, talking to the wonderful wait staff, and exploring new drinks with the help the bartenders. Our favorite is the Mudslide, they are fantastic and each evening I'd enjoy a Grand Marnier as we watch the sun set. Once our room was ready started our trek to find the room, as we were walking towards our room, our room Steward (said his name was V) greeted us and asked if we had any difficulty in finding our rooms. We said no, it was quite easy to find. He said this was the easiest ship to navigate, there are only two banks of elevators and once you are on the correct floor all we had to do follow the fish on the carpet, they were swimming towards the front of the ship. Our room was very nice, about the size we had expected, with one exception, the closet. While long enough the depth of the closet is very small and coats hanging in the closet had to turn on the side in order for the closet to actually close. The TV was, at first as a bit of a challenge, but once we figured it out we used it each day to plan our events. We also figured how to schedule reservations for restaurants and shows. What we found interesting is we were able get the times and restaurants we wanted without having to work with the crazy scene that happened earlier in the day. As each day progressed the ship felt less and less busy, and there were times when there were only a few dozen folks were in the observation lounge. Food on the ship was wonderful, some of the best we've ever experienced. We very much enjoyed the freedom of being able to eat when we wanted. Deciding each day if we wished to eat early or late. The excursions were done quite well, and we enjoyed each new adventure. Our favorite was the Zip line through the rain forest in Costa Rica. When we had Sea Days, we enjoyed the activates offered throughout the ship as well as the Park West Art Gallery. Chris and his crew were wonderful. We ended up purchasing several items to add to our collections. Passing through the Panama Canal was interesting to watch as this was the biggest cruise ship to have ever gone through the canal, and there was press, and drones that flew by the ship as we moved though the journey. To sum the trip in a few words, it was wonderful. I would recommend this passage to anyone thinking of going through the canal. The Bliss is a large ship that doesn't feel large, (after the first couple of hours) and there is so much to do. We plan on doing this trip again in the future, but we'll go from LA to Miami. Thank you for a great vacation and we look for many more vacations with Norwegian. Bud and Lorraine Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I was on the Panama Canal cruise in May 2018 as the ship was being moved over to the Pacific side of the world in order to do Alaska cruises this summer. This was my sixth cruise with Norwegian, and my 44th cruise overall. Even though ... Read More
I was on the Panama Canal cruise in May 2018 as the ship was being moved over to the Pacific side of the world in order to do Alaska cruises this summer. This was my sixth cruise with Norwegian, and my 44th cruise overall. Even though I've done more cruises with Carnival than any other cruise line, in recent years I've come to think of Norwegian as my cruise line of choice. It really seems to be the best fit for me, for numerous reasons which I'll try to expand on here. I was really impressed with the design of the Norwegian Bliss, and noticed numerous improvements over her sisters... Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, and Norwegian Breakaway. The most important improvement was the addition of the observation lounge at the front of the ship, and moving the buffet up to the front of the ship, too. This provides two fantastic indoor spaces where you can sit and enjoy great views ahead of the ship. We spent a LOT of time at these areas at the front of the ship, enjoying drinks, food, and fantastic views, without dealing with wind or any other kind of weather. The way NCL put a variety of comfortable seating in the observation lounge was absolutely brilliant. There is everything from chairs to couches and even super-comfortable loungers. Whoever designed the observation lounge hit a grand slam home run with this one. My only suggestion for future NCL ships would be to add a staircase at the very front of the ship, between the observation lounge and the buffet dining area. We frequently could not find an available table anywhere in the entire buffet restaurant and had to either settle for a table outside near the pool or down one level in the observation lounge. A staircase at the very front of the ship, connecting the observation lounge and the buffet restaurant, would lessen the seating shortage at the buffet restaurant. Another great improvement over the previous generation of ships was the addition of the go-kart racetrack, which really was a lot of fun. Some people complain about the $7 charge to ride the go-karts, and cite it as an example of nickel-and-diming by NCL. But I completely disagree, and understand that the small fee is necessary to prevent huge long lines that would occur if the go-kart were available at no extra charge. If I were in charge, I think the fee might be $5 instead of $7, and there would be no fee for Haven guests. Speaking of The Haven, even though I wasn't staying in The Haven on this particular cruise, I did get a tour... and I like the changes they've made over the previous generation of ships. The two-level lounge with views forward is a brilliant improvement. There were also some really nice improvements made to The Haven Sun Deck, including an improved arrangement for loungers and daybeds, and a really cool set of bar stools that looks over the bow of the ship and has spectacular views. I love the waterslides on Norwegian Bliss. There's only one vertical-drop waterslide, compared to two on the previous generation of ships... but one is enough... and there is a really cool waterslide where you sit on an inner tube and get a very gentle but fun ride that won't scare anyone, but everyone will enjoy. The vertical-drop waterslide is only for thrill seekers... it will scare the heck out of you, but it's also a lot of fun. Of all 44 cruises I've been on, the food and dining on Norwegian Bliss was the best match for my tastes. I've never enjoyed cruise ship food more than I did during this cruise. Not only was the buffet excellent, especially the breakfasts, which were the best I've ever had on a cruise ship... but I also enjoyed several good dinners in the Manhattan Room (one of several main dining rooms onboard, at no extra charge)... as well as the wide variety of specialty restaurants, including a couple of new ones that the previous generation of ships did not have. The best new specialty restaurant was Q, which is the Texas smokehouse. I loved the food I had at Q, and I hope this restaurant finds its way on to other NCL ships. Fantastic idea, perfectly executed. Well done, NCL! When I first heard they eliminated the Brazilian steakhouse in favor of a whole new restaurant idea, I was disappointed. I used to love the Brazilian steakhouses on the previous generation of ships. But Q was even better. I also enjoyed my meal at Los Lobos, the new Mexican food concept. Mexican food is so popular in California, where I live, that I'm glad to see NCL is starting to embrace it. They do need to take it even further, though... adding a Mexican station in their buffet at every lunch and dinner. I don't think NCL fully understands the popularity of Mexican food, but Los Lobos is a good step in the right direction. I also had good meals in La Cucina, Cagneys, and Margaritaville. Be aware that Cagneys is the most popular and that it's nearly impossible to get a reservation there unless you make your reservation from home, before the cruise. If you expect to just board the ship and then make a reservation at Cagneys, you will be disappointed. I love the idea of Margaritaville, but I think NCL needs to make a few adjustments. The extra fee they charge to eat there is WAY too high, and therefore the restaurant is under utilized. In other words, there are an awful lot of empty tables... which is a big waste, considering how overcrowded the buffet is. I know that it would not work to have no additional charge at Margaritaville... it would get too crowded... but they need to lower the extra charge significantly until they find the price point that will fill those seats at Margaritaville. Right now, it's just a waste of potential that there are so many empty seats there. Something that really surprised me during our cruise was how good the Internet connection was for downloading and uploading files. I create videos for YouTube, and normally I have to wait until I'm home to upload cruise videos... because the upload speeds on most cruise ships are dismally slow. But on Norwegian Bliss, I was uploading gigantic video files in a matter of a couple of minutes. I had never seen anything like that, even on Royal Caribbean, which uses an entirely different (and superior) kind of satellite network than all the other cruise lines do. Royal Caribbean's use of the O3B network gives them very low ping times, which means very little latency in the Internet connection, which means that when you use the Internet it feels very fast and responsive to your clicks. The system Norwegian uses doesn't offer the low latency and responsiveness that Royal Caribbean's system uses, but what it does offer is extremely fast upload and download speeds. So as you click things, it doesn't really respond that quickly to your clicks, but once you start it doing a big upload or download, that occurs extremely fast. That's great for someone like me who uploads and downloads big files. However, in order to take advantage of that, I did have to purchase the most expensive Internet plan that NCL offered, which cost $30 per day. Other lower priced plans are available, but they are limited to having access to only certain sites. For example, on the lower priced plans you CAN post to Facebook and Instagram, but not to YouTube. Also, the speeds are throttled... so even though NCL's network has tons of bandwidth, you don't get full advantage of it on the lower priced plans. On the $30 per day plan, I was quite impressed, though! So, if you absolutely need high speed Internet during your vacation, for some business reason, the $30 per day plan is the one that offers the super fast speeds needed for video conferencing and video uploads. Another thing that really impressed me about this cruise was how experienced and competent the crew was. NCL must have cherry picked their best crew members from the rest of their fleet to staff this new ship. These folks all seemed to really know what they were doing, even though this ship had just come out of the shipyard. Earlier this year, I did a cruise on the MSC Seaside, and at the time of my cruise the MSC Seaside staff had already had something like 6 or 7 previous cruises to work out some of the kinks in the learning curve... yet I still witnessed numerous examples of things that the crew just was not good at yet, and needed more time to learn and improve upon. On Norwegian Bliss, there had basically only been one previous cruise... the transatlantic... before our Panama Canal cruise. Yet this crew was impressive in how well they did everything. If I hadn't known it was really only their second cruise on this ship, I never would have known it from the crew's behavior. They seemed to know exactly what they were doing, and they performed extremely well. After 44 cruises, I can tell when things are going well and when they are not, and this crew did everything very well. Bravo! Embarkation was among the many smooth operations I witnessed... and I was absolutely FLABBERGASTED by how smooth the self assist disembarkation went. I had never seen any disembarkation go that smoothly in all of my cruises. The only reason I can think of to explain how that happened was that perhaps, since it was a 15-day cruise and a much older-than-usual group of passengers, there must have been far fewer passengers doing self assist disembarkation than usual, and more requiring the full service disembarkation. Because when we walked off the ship with all of our luggage, it was completely un-crowded and we made the quickest disembarkation we have ever made from a cruise ship. Entertainment was also excellent on the ship. I like the shows and all the music they had. I already mentioned that cruise I did a few months earlier on the MSC Seaside. Entertainment on that ship was a joke. I hated the entertainment on that ship. It was SO much better on Norwegian Bliss. Where MSC seemed to be trying to do their entertainment the cheapest way possible, it sure looked to me like Norwegian spent a ton of money on the various musical acts and other entertainers for this ship. There was such a large variety of entertainment acts... a little something for everyone... even something you almost never see on a cruise ship... a country music band. Not a cover band from the Phillipines trying to sing country songs with an accent... a genuine American country music band that was actually pretty darned good. And there was a cover band from the Phillipines, and a soul/Motown group, and a female headliner performing with the ship's band, and a female singer/comedian that was kind of like Weird Al on estrogen, and a Beatles tribute band, and a full-length broadway-style show about the Four Seasons, and more. It was impressive... how much money and effort NCL put in to entertainment on this ship. The comparison to what I saw on MSC Seaside made me laugh... NCL did such a better job at keeping me entertained! If you ever happen to do a Panama canal cruise, be sure to spend a lot of time looking in the water when the ship is off the coast of the southern portion of Mexico. I'm not talking about the Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta part of Mexico... I'm talking about the area much further south, such as near Acapulco, and even farther south than that. When your ship is in that area, keep an eye on the water. You will see an incredible amount of sea life such as turtles and sting rays... much more than you'll ever see on a Caribbean cruise or even a Mexican Riviera cruise. For the entire day we cruised off the coast off southern Mexico, we spent time on our balcony looking at the water, and we literally saw hundreds of green sea turtles. If you've sailed on previous NCL ships, you will notice that they've continued with their tradition of building an excellent thermal suite within the spa. It's one of my favorite features on NCL ships, and I always try to book a spa cabin or a Haven Spa Suite so that I'll have full access to the thermal suite at no additional charge. On the previous generation of NCL ships, the thermal suite was at the front of the ship. On this new ship, it's at the aft end, with a beautiful view of what's behind the ship. For this particular cruise, since it was 15-days and also since it was a brand new ship, the price of a Haven Spa Suite was just out of my reach... so I booked a spa mini suite instead. I can definitely recommend it! A mini suite gives you a much large bathroom and shower than you get in a regular balcony cabin... and the difference between a cramped shower and a shower roomy enough for two people makes a huge difference to me in how much I enjoy my overall cruise experience. I hate starting the day with a shower in a tiny, cramped shower! If you can afford a Haven Spa Suite, you really should go that way, though! They've made the Haven Spa Suites much bigger on this ship than they were on the previous generation. So, I give Norwegian Bliss my highest recommendation! This is the cruise ship you should sail on, if you want to see what the state-of-the-art looks like in cruise ship design. Since it's the newest ship in the fleet, NCL is charging the highest prices for the privilege of cruising on this ship. I thought it was worth it, but if money is tight for you, you may want to consider Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, or Norwegian Breakaway instead. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We flew in to Miami the day before the cruise and stayed at a hotel close to the airport and the port. Embarkation was a breeze but we were in The Haven so were escorted onto the ship as soon as we arrived at the port. We were taken ... Read More
We flew in to Miami the day before the cruise and stayed at a hotel close to the airport and the port. Embarkation was a breeze but we were in The Haven so were escorted onto the ship as soon as we arrived at the port. We were taken directly to the Haven lounge but our room was already ready so we dropped off our stuff and went to the Haven Restaurant for lunch. By the time we finished lunch and went back to our room, our luggage had arrived so we were able to unpack and relax a little bit before setting off to explore the ship. The ship is huge. Amazing but huge. We were still finding new places on the ship the day before we got off. Our cabin was fairly large and the balcony was nice size with 2 chairs and a table. We were on Deck 18 and could look down on the balconies in the Haven on Deck 17 which appeared to be larger and had a lounger and a chair and table. If we do this ship again we would book one of those cabins to get the larger balcony. We tried most of the specialty restaurants since we had the 4 meal dining package and 2 more as Platinum perks (Cagney's, Q's Texas BBQ, La Cucina, Los Lobos, Le Bistro and 4 of the complimentary ones - Manhattan, Savor, Taste and The Local). We were very pleased with the quality of the food and the level of service. Beyond our dining package we also tried The Local one day for lunch and the rest of the time we ate in the Haven Restaurant which was easily as good as or better than any of the other restaurants onboard. We were a little disappointed initially that the menu didn't vary at all but when we mentioned to the Haven restaurant manager that we would like a little more variety, the chef started including a daily special to the lunch and dinner offerings. Of the entertainment offered, we went to see Jersey Boys which was really good and Havana which we also enjoyed. The Beatles show was very disappointing both in quality of the performers and choice of songs. There are so many popular Beatles songs but they seemed to pick all the more obscure ones. The piano player was very good and very funny but seemed to operate more as a comic than a musician and never really sang any song all the way through. It was not a performance that you could sing along with, which is what we enjoyed on other cruises. The level of service we experienced was very high but again one would expect that in The Haven. And the butler, concierge and room steward didn't disappoint. We celebrated several special occasions during the cruise including our anniversary and the butler and room steward decorated our room with balloons and banners and made kissing towel swans with orchid flowers and set the table with white linens, crystal and orchid flowers and left us a really pretty cake. We took the following shore excursions: Puntarenas, Costa Rica A Real Coffee Experience, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala Macadamia Nut Farm, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Tequila, Tiles & Shopping and Los Angeles LA Overview/Farmers Market (ending at the airport). We really enjoyed each of the shore excursions and would highly recommend them. By taking the one in Los Angeles our disembarkation was really easy. Our luggage was taken off the ship very early and segregated in a smaller area in the terminal so was ready when we got off the ship and was really easy to find. The excursion itself helped pass the time until our flight much later in the evening. We would definitely sail on the Bliss again but would probably not do the Panama Canal cruise again. We enjoyed it once but feel no need to do that again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had wanted to do the Panama for years. Travel agent recommended this cruise on the new ship. We were not let down. We have travelled on most cruise lines but never Norwegian. The complementary dining rooms were great. Food service ... Read More
We had wanted to do the Panama for years. Travel agent recommended this cruise on the new ship. We were not let down. We have travelled on most cruise lines but never Norwegian. The complementary dining rooms were great. Food service and ambiance excellent. Music was great. The onboard rock band Siglo were outstanding. We had a drinks package and the drinks could not have been better. We had a balcony stateroom which was nearly the same as any other we have been on. The only criticism is that nearly all the clothing storage is on one side of the bed and that side is quite narrow. Also the door entry lock broke 4 times. I was disappointed that you had to buy a Spa package to use the sauna. The design of the ship means that you are forever finding nooks and crannies and small bars. The go carts were fantastic although poorly organised. The crew were exceptional. Embarkation and disembarkation was well organised at all times We will travel with Norwegian again Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Didnot explore Miami as we’re from SFL. Embark and disembark went smoothly. The NCL Bliss is beautiful and spacious. Loved the observation areas on Deck 15 and enjoyed the light buffet there for lunch. Comfy chaises and quiet place to ... Read More
Didnot explore Miami as we’re from SFL. Embark and disembark went smoothly. The NCL Bliss is beautiful and spacious. Loved the observation areas on Deck 15 and enjoyed the light buffet there for lunch. Comfy chaises and quiet place to read and watch the ocean. Manhattan and Local were our favorite places to eat dinner. Food was varied and good. Evening specials were good. Loved the Rachael sandwich at the local. Shows were excellent but be sure to reserve before you even get to the ship if possible. Deck 8 Waterfront was great for those wishing to get their steps in Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
NCL BLISS. BEST CRUISE EVER ! Room Service better than FOUR SEASONS !!! Food outstanding, service incomparable. Ship new and Georgously decorated, encomporably appointed interiors with uncompareable attention to details! Crew and ... Read More
NCL BLISS. BEST CRUISE EVER ! Room Service better than FOUR SEASONS !!! Food outstanding, service incomparable. Ship new and Georgously decorated, encomporably appointed interiors with uncompareable attention to details! Crew and staff incomparable to any other. Ship easily handles large number of passengers with all the simultaneous events and activities to do. DINNING EXPERENCE WONDERFUL! NCL OUTDID THEMSELVES WITH DESIGN AND LAYOUT OF THE ENTIRE AREA OF THE SHIP. CONGRATULATIONS to all involved in her design and layout. Latest in THEATER DESIGN LAYOUT in audio and visual considerations for viewing and performances! The performers excel in this excellent in layout and consideration of performers challenges as the new enhancements augemented the performers experience to these enhancements!!! The observation deck with continuous food offerings enhancements felt like CONCERIGE LEVEL EXPERIENCES!!! Spa area well layed out and easily accessible elegantly stocked with all amenities!!! Totally wonderfully pampered and luxuriously!!! Every adult had smiles of approval at all times Just can’t say enough about the different dining experiences!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Omg where to start? Every detail on this ship is handcrafted awesomeness! We had a balcony room, so we had fantastic ocean views anytime, but when your in on the interior you could totally forget you were on a boat at all! A floating ... Read More
Omg where to start? Every detail on this ship is handcrafted awesomeness! We had a balcony room, so we had fantastic ocean views anytime, but when your in on the interior you could totally forget you were on a boat at all! A floating resort, it had so many options for dining, all of which were delicious! And a mega list of all the activities (for all ages!)that were going on was delivered every evening so you could plan what you wanted to do! The service was great! So polite, and there for anything you might need! Everything was super clean, and even though we were close to fully booked it didn't really feel crowded, a major plus for us! Over all best cruise I ever had! Definitly booking with them again! Oh and the best cheesecake I ever had was at Taste or Savor, (imagine peanut butter cup crumbles, with a fluffy cloud of delight on top!) and I have eaten a lot of cheesecake in my lifetime! The excursion list was great, would have like more time in Tikal, but they treated us like royalty the whole way on every branch of that excursion! Definitly reccomend the Las Caletas Hideaway for anyone who is a fan of luxury beach services, awesome food, great beach, fancy hammocks and great landscaping! Plus it was owned by the man who played Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings,so really in my mind it was Gandalf's Hideaway, pure awesomeness! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Food, restaurants, bars and service plus entrainment was just fabulous Ship is beautiful too Great time had by all going thru the Panama Canal. With a few tweaks in the atrium bar ( liking having some of the classes and games in ... Read More
Food, restaurants, bars and service plus entrainment was just fabulous Ship is beautiful too Great time had by all going thru the Panama Canal. With a few tweaks in the atrium bar ( liking having some of the classes and games in other rooms to take the crowd Down and noise level would be good. Also like the dancing in tropical dining room on Getaway, not in Manahatan room on Bliss. Need to put daily trivia sheets back in library. Small issues because I have to find something they can improve on. Also should not allow laying on couches and sleeping in lounge chairs in observation lounge and outside 657 ocean walk couches. The ship was at full compacity but never felt it. I would recommend this ship highly to anyone. The race card were lots of fun , did not do laser tag but heard it was such fun. They opened minuiture 5 hole mini golf course after we sailed for 5 days, which was fine. The water slides I was told , were really great and everyone seemed to enjoy them immensely. Cudos to NCL, the service and attention to detail was nothing short of 5 star at all the restaurants including the specialty restaurant . Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
THESE ARE MY OPINIONS ON MY CRUISE. We vacation a couple times a year work permitting, so we know our stuff. this is our second NCL cruise and maybe our 20th or so cruise overall. we do like the freestyle come and go as you please, and ... Read More
THESE ARE MY OPINIONS ON MY CRUISE. We vacation a couple times a year work permitting, so we know our stuff. this is our second NCL cruise and maybe our 20th or so cruise overall. we do like the freestyle come and go as you please, and find we can pack less because we dont have to pack all the fancy clothes like on silversea. we are both in our early 50's and enjoy longer cruises and sea days. longer cruises typically have less children and an older crowd (most of the time). ok, so you know who we are. we arrived to the ship at about 11am more or less we stayed just a few minutes from port and were on board in less then an hour, and in our room to drop off the bags in no time. getting off in LA we had a car service, so at 7am we went for a quick last breakfast the driver called at 7:30 we were self baggage and off the ship by 7:45am and with no one in line for customs in the car by 8:05am. we live in los angeles so we were home by 9:15am they had two doors open on disembarkation and that early in the morning it all was smooth. we had a mid ship balcony on "the bump", 9878. our balcony was not angled but the 10th floor was. on the ship map it shows the balcony at an angled but IT WAS NOT. it was... bigger then our neighbors to the right though. the balcony was 64sqft, big! the one to the right was much smaller. the couch was near the window which we like so you can sit and look out with out having to always open the slider. we quickly put the two beds together and moved the side tables making the room "feel bigger". the desk/vanity area was a good size and what a great idea to add the hair dryer under the desk and out of the way. there are small coffee makers in the room was nice to brew a quick cup in the AM while getting ready or on port days. the pods used are small paper pods not the keurig type, and you can get as many pods as you want just ask. we stored our luggage under the bed and it fit fine, we both had a 26" and 22" spinner. there was lots of storage. under the couch there are two drawers, the desk had two areas of cubbies, two bed side tables, and the closest (which is very narrow, IMO). there's also 4 shelves in the bathroom and the space under the sink. so there was plenty for us. we chose 4 specialty restaurant meals and UBP for our package. we also pre paid tips, bought the spa pass and 6 extra specialty restaurant meals on line. all were printed on our cabin key. we are not big drinkers, per se, but like to try new drinks while on vacation makes things fun and not have to worry about the bill, so it works for us. i also pre booked all the dinner reservations over the phone. we tried ALL of the restaurants and WE really liked them all. the food in the specialty rest. were MUCH BETTER the the MDR. really there was nothing to complain about. drinks flowed the food was great. people were nice, most of the time. Q was great the portions are huge... too big really. we went twice and really loved both nights. nice that they crew actually welcome you back. the first night we had the big meat platte..THE PITMASTER. a mix of all the meats with corn bread and 4 small sides. very good. the meats were very tender and full of flavor. they also have 4 different kinds of BBQ sauce on the table that were fun to try. the second time we both had the grilled salmon. very moist and the citrus honey glaze added a little tang to it. we also tried a couple of the appetizers and sides. like i said the mains were huge but we really wanted to try some of the extra sides too. THEN... the sweets, OMG! way too big, like funny too big. between the two visits we had the pecan pie, with out the sauce, much different then what is served at the buffet, banana pudding and the chocolate brownie. WELL WORTH THE COST Le bistro, super. felt like a fancy rest. for the night. everyone got a little dressy which was nice. very personal service. there is a small bar within the rest which makes service quick. the bartender brought came and served the drinks. the meal was fresh served hot and the presentation was precise. we had the Veal and loup de mer. at the end of the meal the chef and hostess came around to the tables and spoke with everyone. WELL WORTH THE COST la cucina, we were here twice also. the food was very good both times, and the portions a good size. the first we both had appetizers, mains and dessert. the first night i had the osso bucco which had been slow cooked for hours and fall off the bone tender.. the sauce was rich and very flavorful. the second time we knew better and "tried" to order lighter, lol. i had a small arugula salad, the appetizer portion of the carbonara which was VERY hot, creamy and very rich. i added a little fresh ground pepper and it was perfection. so good the lady next to me ordered it. then we both had the spicy shrimp on linguine. the portion of pasta is huge, but very good, again hot and had a deep rich flavor. not some quick sauce. all of the desserts we had were very good. WELL WORTH THE COST Los Lobos, we came hungry here! we wanted to eat and were NOT let down. we had a great young indian waiter, Duri, that was just great. the three of us had a ball. we had started at the bar with mary having what ever she served us, then moved to our table and had spicy margaritas and shots(one each) just for fun. we had the table prepared guacamole and chips...fresh and tasty. the chips had a sprinkling of seasoning which was nice. we also had the hot queso appetizer which was good but too much of a good thing. i had the shredded pork, conchinita and DH had the fish both served hot tortillas beans rice and salsa. we live in los angeles and DH is mexican so we know mexican food, though not grandmas..it was very good. i want to say we had flan for dessert but i was in food coma by then and cant remember, or was it the coffee with kahlua? WELL WORTH THE COST cagneys, this is where if you had to pay a la cart you really make a killing. we both had appetizers. i had the wedge salad, and though not as cold and crisp as a "real" land based rest a fair attempt, DH had lump crab cake.the crab cake was NOT lump. we both had steaks of course "surf and turf" filets with large shrimp. a big 8oz steak and 4, i think, large shrimp. the steak was very tender and cooked to order, unlike the MDR. the meal took about 2 hours. we had cocktails and wine. we were in no hurry, which also makes me remember one thing, the staff always asked if you had a show to see so they could gauge your dinner. with appetizers, mains, sides, and desserts the bill if you will was way over $125 but of course we used our package and the bill was $0 WELL WORTH THE COST Teppanyaki, this is fun if you get the right chef. we went here twice! GO HUNGRY if you can. no matter what you order they always served extras. they suggest the filet and shrimp, asuka, which most get, and thats what i had both times. the filets are gigantic! everyone gets edamame, soup and a good seaweed salad... then comes fried rice and your selection. all cooked right there. it does get loud with three or four chefs cooking at once but thats the magic of it all. funny the fire alarm was set off once while we were there and the fire team came to check if we were all still alive or not...the first night we had drinks with dinner the second visit we had hot green tea with dinner. served in a nice glass tea pot. after dinner if you can they serve dessert. simple green tea cake or ice cream. WELL WORTH THE COST ocean blue, the menu has changed and is different and limited compared to the other ships in NCL. we went early in the cruise so the fresh seafood like oysters would be ... FRESH. we had champagne all night, and never had an empty glass. we shared oyseters to start, very fresh and yummy. then appetizers ahi sashimi very fresh and yummy & blue crab salad. i also had clams casino, not the classic preparation not great but ok. for the mains we had rigatoni pasta w/ crab and pan seared scallops. my dish the pasta was hot and served with big chucks of crab. it was rich and creamy. DH said his scallops were moist and had just a bit spicy. IMHO with the new limited menu worth a package but NOT worth the package and an upcharge. bring back the old menu and we'll be in business. the local(complementary). good spot for a quick bite but always busy. you can sit at a high top next to the bar or actually in the rest itself. either way good food. yummy chicken wings, fish and chips and the coney dog was a big hit. people seemed to really like the idea and the food. i know we did. a couple of days we just went for wings and a drink, then played video games right next door.. so that just leaves food republic.. at first i was sticker shocked, and confused on how to order, but with a large amount of OBC from our TA, NCL credit card and a $48 refund for a port that got removed were else were we gonna spend our $$$$ the cool cucumber cocktail "only served there" is very yummy and refreshing. we actually went just for cocktails and they were very nice about giving us a table with out ordering food one afternoon. the staff here is very nice, and the hostess a tall english women is very nice, always said hi and was glad to see were were coming back. on our last visit she "bought" dessert for us. you order on a tablet and swipe your cabin card to pay we had SEVERAL different picks the three times we were here. ok, the food..all small plates and for sharing dragon roll - good rock shrimp roll - good hamachi taquitos - very good, get two orders!!! bulgogi pani puri - served on fluffy little bread puffs - very good get two!!! firecracker shrimp - good goan chorizo scotch egg - good street fries - good idea could use more toppings, good flavor though if you like tamarind korean fried chicken - tenders with a slightly spicy asian sauce - good. the dumblings were all good salmon skewers - good we had to pay for all of this, and like i said this was three different trips, but one day we just stopped in for a sushi roll and cocktails before dinner the other nights we made a meal of it and were full!! TOTALLY WORTH IT!! EVEN ONCE!! we did not buy the vibe pass not interested but there is a bar up there on the public side and one of the bartenders, mary, is great. she keep the BBC's flowing on the hot south american days. and in the evenings mary is in the a-list bar mixing up cocktails all night. we had a blast in all the ports. im not sure why people are complaining about the ports. if you planned and knew what to do they were great ports. we booked all of our excursions with viator like we always do. the ships prices are way too much, and who wants to get stuck on those big buses with 40 or 50 people? too much for me. again this is my review. we had zip lining with a crocodile safari and lunch in costa rica a volcanic thermal spa day with pre booked facials & massages and lunch in guatemala a walking taco food tour in puerto vallarta and ATV's, tequila tasting and lunch in mazatlan ports were changed due to who knows what, but we could have cared less. no matter were we went we had a great time. in fact the Puerto vallarta day was switched but by the time i emailed the tour provider they had already knew and re booked our group for the correct day. several of us had chatted on cruise critic before the trip. the staff in the thermal spa worked their asses off to keep the place clean and slip free. the jets in the thermal pool (benches) didnt work but the rest did and very nice keep at about 98'. the saunas were hot and hotter, the salt room is a waste if i may say, and the snow room was as fun as hell. i stood there til my beard and eye lashes were frozen, and had a blast. i think people talk too much and some times very loud, but what can you do. for the most part i think it was money well spent. it was time away from the big crowds. the ship is great, we would love to book her again. we gave deposits on board so we could plan for the next one. the staff was super. SHOUT OUTS!!!!! indika - casion duri - los lobos mary - alist bar/VIBE jose - cruise staff didnt like havana (Pre booked over the phone) jersey boys, OK, BUT VERY LOUD (pre booked over the phone) everything else sold out. tried to book once on board, couldnt. DH booked the exercise package for $99 so he could take all the spinning classes. he said the bikes were great and they had really good spinning shoes too.the two guys in the gym were very helpful and always available. the other two classes advertised never took place not enough interest i guess. DH loved the gym. from what i saw it was pretty big. i saw more of the spa, lol. we loved the whole trip! NO COMPLAINTS HERE! thanks NCL and staff for a great time.see you soon. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have done over 13 cruise on Princess but The Bliss the ship the crew and the food is over the top . The ship is so friendly you don,t even feel that you s sea the crew don,t know what to do for you .You feel like your traveling with ... Read More
We have done over 13 cruise on Princess but The Bliss the ship the crew and the food is over the top . The ship is so friendly you don,t even feel that you s sea the crew don,t know what to do for you .You feel like your traveling with family. I think princess may have loss us to NCL Bliss.We ate in 7 of the special restaurants great food. The buffet had so many different choices you didn,t know what to eat first salads Indian buffet ,orientall food , you name it it was there.The observation deck had about 4 stations were you could get small plate to eat breakfast,light lunch, light dinner.For the casino player many slots and table games also a nonsmoking area fully enclosed poor people that have to work there,i can see with the amount for players there they should make it total nonsmoking which would rather do smoke or gamble(fomer smoker) but again all I can say for NCL BLISS OMG OMG OMG Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Cruise Critic On May 10, 2018 we sailed a 15 day Panama Canal Cruise from Miami to L.A.on the brand new Norwegian Bliss. On a 10 scale we would give the ship and experience a strong 9. This was our 47th cruise on various lines and this ... Read More
Cruise Critic On May 10, 2018 we sailed a 15 day Panama Canal Cruise from Miami to L.A.on the brand new Norwegian Bliss. On a 10 scale we would give the ship and experience a strong 9. This was our 47th cruise on various lines and this easily tied as our favorite. The ship is laid out perfectly with dining or a bar around every corner. The finishings are beautifully designed and placed well. The observation lounge is amazing with perfect viewing and comfortable loungers. The bar in the observation lounge and the A-list Bar have the best drinks and atmosphere. The observation lounge is huge with multiple mini food buffets. The Cavern Club bar on the Water Front was the perfect spot to visit and unwind after a day in port. At night you can listen to the Beetles and other bands outside on the Waterfront without battling the crowds in the venue. It is a very congested ship with 4,000 passengers. Staff for the most part were very friendly and accommodating, as anywhere there were exceptions. The complimentary 24 hr Local Bar and Grill has amazing wings, salads and burgers along with other great choices to choose from. The dining rooms were typical cruise fare and very good. The Tepanyaki was above average, Cagney’s was below average, Los Lobos below average, the Q was very good (serving food during the live music would be a definite plus). One of the highlights of the ship are the Water Front bars and alfresco dining venues with quiet and beautiful views. The buffet is large but food group stations are repeated several times so there’s not a lot of variety. But they have numerous omelet stations so never a wait. There’s a full service bar in the buffet, nice seating overlooking the observation lounge and every night they have a special entree served (steak, prime rib, Caribbean meat night, shrimp night etc .) Outside venues have heaters built into the covered ceilings for cold weather cruising. The shows were typical amazing productions. NCL does incredibly amazing entertainment. Havana, Jersey Boys and Uptown should not be missed. The Prohibition was fair but not worth the money. The comedy is produced by Levity and always had at least two adult shows and two family shows a night. This was our first time to cruise where complimentary reservations for everything were required. But it really is beneficial. (Specialty dining venues should be reserved at NCL.com 90 days before your cruise.)The broadway shows, Prohibition show, comedy, race cars, laser tag, specialty dining, all should have reservations which are easy to make. There’s a Box Office where they can be made in person, or touch screen kiosks using your ship card are located all around the ship or place reservations on the TV or phone in your room. DO THIS ASAP on the ship, they fill up fast. This will give you good seats. The way it works is passengers with reservations enter before the “Stand by line”. Get there early because 10 minutes before show time the standby line is opened for “no shows” or open seats. (Wish they would include the Beetles in this). They hold back 20% of the seats for the “stand by” line, so there’s always “walk up/standby” seats. Just about every time, everyone in the standby line got in but reservations got the good seats. Spice H2O is a fantastic place to relax on port days and amazing parties at night. Spice has a nice water structure with water jets and falls to cool off under. There won’t be enough time on 7 day sailings to experience everything, so prioritize your preferences. The rooms are improved with larger showers with plexi glass instead of shower curtains. There is now plenty of room under the beds to slide luggage under to free up floor space. The closet safes have lights in them, nice. Two USB ports on each side of the beds headboard. Refrigerator in each room. Nice hair dryer installed. TVs actually work with several interactive amenities (SMART TV). We didn’t have kids so no information on their programs but the kids aqua park at the pool was large with numerous interactive water devices. Race cars are a must for only $7, really neat. We didn’t do the laser tag. Now for the “needs improvement”. 1. They need to enforce lounger “hog” rules. Placing a towel and book on a lounger around the pools at 6:00am just so you can use it for a couple hours in the afternoon is rude. Too many passengers on the mega ships to allow this. 2. There was not enough waiters in the theater, pool areas or lounges. 3. Margueritaville at Sea is considered a specialty restaurant with a $14.95 per person cover charge to make sure you order a meals worth. This cover charge is applied toward the bill and assures that passengers don’t just order nachos or appetizer since it is $30 for two just to enter. It is designed to keep large crowds out looking for complimentary pool food. (it worked very few ever used it) The Local has good burgers and appetizers that are complimentary so there’s no need for Margaritavilles $14.95 PP cover charge. Food Republic is truly al la cart pricing and fantastic food and Margaritaville should be the same. 5. It would be nice to have a Starbucks Coffee vendor at the Garden Buffet bar and at the observation lounge bar. 6. The partitions along the exterior of the Cavern should be removed or made adjustable to facilitate viewing of the stage and venue from the Water Front tables and bar. 7. Spice H2O needs more tables and covered area. Nix the water feature. NCL hit it out of the park with the Bliss. It will make for the perfect Alaska cruise ship. Service was very good and typical of NCL standards. It’s a very big busy ship to keep you entertained. Numerous bars and areas to meet and socialize. The older passenger age group made for short nights, everything shuts down at midnight. But if your looking for the perfect relaxing cruise ship, the Bliss is it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
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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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