1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Our first cruise ever. Our stateroom was very clean and our steward was very friendly. I was expecting a shoebox but my husband and I had plenty of room. The food was good everywhere we ate. We tried most all the restaurants but there were ... Read More
Our first cruise ever. Our stateroom was very clean and our steward was very friendly. I was expecting a shoebox but my husband and I had plenty of room. The food was good everywhere we ate. We tried most all the restaurants but there were a few we didn’t get to. All crew members were very friendly. We were always greeted with ‘hello’ and often asked if we were enjoying the cruise. We especially liked the Sugarcane Mojito Bar. Bartenders Bong and Pedro are incredible. It gets busy at times and you might have to wait but they work hard to make every drink just right. All the shows we attended were very good. There is always something going on. If you can’t find something to do, you’re not looking. The ship is beautifully maintained- very clean. The only negatives I encountered were the pool and the elevators. There are about 16 elevators on the ship and they are usually full and sometimes you have to wait a long time to get one. Sometimes we got lucky and didn’t have to wait and there were only a few people in it. The pool and hot tubs were always full and we couldn’t get near them for the most part. Lots of parents let kids play in the hot tubs instead of the kiddie pool (which looked like fun to me!) but that’s more a parent issue than a Norwegian issue. Overall, we had a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We had a great vacation onboard the Bliss. Food was great and entertainment was varied and excellent. Buffet-Lots to chose from. Standouts were the Mongolian Beef, vetable stir fry, and beef with broccoli. Room service- Great ... Read More
We had a great vacation onboard the Bliss. Food was great and entertainment was varied and excellent. Buffet-Lots to chose from. Standouts were the Mongolian Beef, vetable stir fry, and beef with broccoli. Room service- Great turkey sub, my husband liked the supreme pizza. We ordered often. The Local- Great that there is something 24/7. Good pub food, especially the Asian wings. Q- was ok, other restaurants were better. Cagneys-Food was excellent, service was slow. Le Bistro- wonderful meal. I am not really a desert eater, but they were the bomb. Teppaanyaki-Very good. We had great tablemates and a funny chef. Prohibition show- It was ok, but I don’t feel like it worth $36 each. Adults only for sure. Jersey Boys- We really enjoyed this show. It was face paced and the cast was very talented. Siglo band was excellent as was Tatianna. We took the aft elevators whenever possible. We never had to wait for an elevator. We had a great time and would not hesitate to sail her again. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
Very quick embarkation and debarkation despite Port of Miami being crazy busy. The ship is beautiful and the service was excellent. Food was very good. Most nights we ate in Savor, the same menu as the MDR and we found a very good wait ... Read More
Very quick embarkation and debarkation despite Port of Miami being crazy busy. The ship is beautiful and the service was excellent. Food was very good. Most nights we ate in Savor, the same menu as the MDR and we found a very good wait team, ask for Bernadette and Guisti! The Mixx bar right outside of Savor was great, Allen was our favorite bartender. Sugarcanes outside bar is very nice when the ship is moving. St Thomas and Tortola are both very beautiful. Comedian was good, the singer/comedian was funny. One hint though make your show reservations as soon as you get on the ship. They have an enclosed smoking area in the casino so even though there is a still a smoky smell at least you don't have to be encased in a cloud of smoke. The Bliss was built for Alaska so there are alot of great views all over the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
First time on the Bliss, second cruise with Norwegian. To be brief, the cruise was absolutely fantastic. Let's start from the beginning: EMBARKATION: Entered the terminal at 11:05, had a drink in my hand on the ship in The Local ... Read More
First time on the Bliss, second cruise with Norwegian. To be brief, the cruise was absolutely fantastic. Let's start from the beginning: EMBARKATION: Entered the terminal at 11:05, had a drink in my hand on the ship in The Local by 11:35. Compared to the Port of Tampa, which is a nightmare, this could not have been any easier. FOOD: You should never have to eat any place but the Garden Cafe for high quality, diverse food. Of course, specialty restaurants are fantastic, (we at a La Cucina which was phenonmenal), as well as the other complimentary restaurants at least once. Magaritaville was OK, but convenient to the pool deck. However, the Garden Cafe was all we needed. OBSERVATION DECK (Deck 15): One of the most chill places to go for any travel. Pick up a light lunch or dinner, some adult beverages, and sit with a 180 degree view for as long as you like. ENTERTAINMENT: Jersey Boys was amazing! Havana! was good, but would not have been upset if we had not experienced it. Beatlemania in The Cavern is my one minor complaint. The act was fantastic (both nights), but the venue was challenging. We understood the reason to have The Cavern is to showcase this act. However, the crowds shoehorning into the area was frustrating. The ship should either (1) restrict the number of seats in the venue, or (2) ticket it. The people who just decided to stand in front of you, or bring chairs in from the waterfront and make their own seating caused some frustration for several of us who were in legit seating places. POOL DECK: The other minor complaint, which is common for any ship, is the "reserving" of deck chairs. Literally unused chairs for hours at a time, when it was clearly being displayed on the big screen that if left an hour towels would be removed. BARS/LOUNGES: Sugarcane Mojito Bar is a GREAT bar/lounge. The Waterfront bars all were excellent, not to mention the view. Staff were outstanding at not only the lounges but also all restaurants. EXCURSIONS: Tortola and St. Thomas island tours were excellent mainly due to the drivers we had that took the time to explain history and other fun facts. Magan's Bay and Cane Garden Bay were gorgeous and wish we had more time there. DISEMBARKMENT: Just a easy as getting on, with a ride to FLL Airport cheaper than a taxi ride. All in all, we are Norwegian fans AGAIN and will encourage any of our friends to book a cruise with this line, and especially this class of ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I have to admit, I was very skeptical about going on a cruise. It was not my first, or even second choice for a vacation, but cruising on the Norwegian Bliss definitely changes my mind about cruise vacations. Everything was amazing. From ... Read More
I have to admit, I was very skeptical about going on a cruise. It was not my first, or even second choice for a vacation, but cruising on the Norwegian Bliss definitely changes my mind about cruise vacations. Everything was amazing. From the food to our stateroom, I have nothing to complain about. The ship was very clean, I don’t know how many times I saw employees washing walls on the ship. The entertainment was amazing. We went with a group of 15 people. Kids ages 6-18 and adults. Everyone in our group had an amazing time. If you are bored on the ship it is your own fault. There is something going on all day and night. We loved spending time with Carlo in the Distrcit Brew Pub and Mfundo at Sugarcane Mojito Bar. I would definitely reommend getting a mid ship stateroom as it seemed as though we didn’t realize the boat was rocking when we were in our stateroom. It also puts you closer to all the action on board! I cannot wait to cruise with Norwegian again!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We joined with the group '5 o clock somewhere' featuring 'Jimmy Buffet' and country western music for an Eastern Caribbean cruise. We were aware that Norwegian has the best 'cruise ship' reputation in the ... Read More
We joined with the group '5 o clock somewhere' featuring 'Jimmy Buffet' and country western music for an Eastern Caribbean cruise. We were aware that Norwegian has the best 'cruise ship' reputation in the trade. Norwegian lived up to our expectations and more. The food was superb, the service was excellent and the crew was extremely efficient and well organized. We danced on the aft deck to live music, which was incredibly romantic. Our cabin, a bedroom suite with a walkout balcony on the 12th deck, was made up three times per day and spotlessly clean. It was a dream vacation. The swimming pool area might be an issue for some as fellow travelers 'tagged' tightly, packed lounge chairs .... which were never vacated. We live in Florida and we have a pool, so we really didn't mind. The kids aboard loved the water slides! The ship's entertainment and off-shore excursions were brilliant. I would highly recommend the 'Nassau/Bahamas open buggy tour' (ATV's). Our guide took us through a maze of streets and traffic in the 'old quarter' and spoke knowledgeably about historical highlights and newer features (ie Atlantis). We visited areas, heard about every day life, laughed at the guard chickens at the rum distillery (they are huge!) and ate an excellent lunch in a local restaurant off the tourist path. A one in a million experience that can only be had with a Bahamian native. Many years ago I crewed on luxury yachts and I would like to compliment both the Captain and crew for their excellence and hard work. The Captain imparted an easy confidence and I felt comfortable and confident aboard his ship at all times. We are already planning our next cruise with Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I cruised NCL last year on the Breakaway. The only thing I missed about the Breakaway was the Brazilian restaurant. Besides that - everything about the Bliss was better. I was never far away from food or a bar. I'm a non-smoker ... Read More
I cruised NCL last year on the Breakaway. The only thing I missed about the Breakaway was the Brazilian restaurant. Besides that - everything about the Bliss was better. I was never far away from food or a bar. I'm a non-smoker and Bliss was a very pleasant surprise! Breakaway allowed smoking in almost every area and was always inundated with smoke - NOT SO on the Bliss! We were able to avoid the smokers all together (they were camped at the bar on the back of the ship and in a very closed off area in the casino); in this way - Bliss was very much a blessing! I had the drink package - something I wouldn't recommend for everyone - but it was worth it for me (it was included in our package). It was nice to just get drinks anytime / every time I wanted them without having to look at the price tag. Seriously over 3 dollars every time I wanted a soda?? The food started to be repetitive towards the end. The buffet started and ended with Prime Rib! Cagney's for specialty dining was an excellent choice! Get your reservations in early, before you even cruise! Restaurants and times we wanted were booked up - and that was two weeks before we even got on the ship. The two times we tried the included restaurants (Taste and Manhattan Room) we were mostly disappointed. The food was just above buffet grade with less variety. I think the service was quite a bit better than last year, I never saw our room steward - and that is a great thing! The room was always in great shape, clean and ready for us. I might have snagged a few extra towels from an unattended cart now and again - but even those were very clean, large and soft. If you order the water before hand - order the 12 bottle package max - I made the mistake of ordering the 24 bottle package and that was just too much. The 15th level of the front of the ship was an observation lounge - that was one of the great highlights of the trip. It had comfy / quiet places to sit, had it's own bar and food items (borrowed from the buffet). There was no ice cream in the observation lounge, but the buffet was right up stairs and no issues taking food from the buffet down one level. This is a great place to play some cards, Phase 10 or even Yahtzee (we rolled the dice on a cloth napkin to lessen the noise). All in, it was a great trip. I would have been able to spend another week aboard with no problems what so ever, regardless the destination. It was so easy getting on and off - my mother is confined to a wheel chair - we took advantage of that getting on and off the ship. I would like to try Royal - something on the Oasis class next. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We have cruised the Escape the last three years, and sailed Bliss this time around. We sail with two great friends we met on the Escape three years ago, and now make our February cruise a must do event with them every year. Loved the ... Read More
We have cruised the Escape the last three years, and sailed Bliss this time around. We sail with two great friends we met on the Escape three years ago, and now make our February cruise a must do event with them every year. Loved the ship, had great service. Ate at Ocean Blue, Cagneys, Margaritaville, the Local, Food Republic, Los Lobos , Q, and Teppenyaki. Had dinner one night in Manhattan. All meals were great, service fantastic. The cheesecake at Ocean Blue was everyone's favorite dessert, and I personally loved every part of my meal at Q, including the banana pudding and smoked peach margarita. Did not do race track or laser tag, just not our bag. But we did see the Beatles (Early Years and Abbey Road shows) in the Cavern Club. Get there at least 45 minutes early for a seat, but worth it. Jersey Boys was great, but we have seen it three times previously, so it was cool seeing it at sea. Pool deck is rough with chair holding and loud groups and crowds. Drank our faces off with the UBP. Love Sugarcane Mojito bar, but struggled to get a drink there; the bars popularity has grown, and many people getting drinks are slow to order. I was frustrated, but Bong recognized us from previous cruises and would take care of us as quickly as he could. One thing that I truly dislike is these bar crawls; I certainly hope that people realize that requesting 30, 40 drinks at a time impacts others around them. Especially mojitos!. Ok, enough being a grouch! Cabin was awesome, we stay in the same cabin every year (12304). It is the last balcony before the aft cabins, and has a long extended balcony. Enough room for two chairs, lounger, two tables. This was our only disappointment this cruise; our room steward could not meet our schedule needs. We leave the cabin by 8 am every day, return at 5 PM, leave for dinner at 8:45 PM, return after midnight. He openly complained to us that he didn't have time to turn down our room because he had "too many rooms to take care of". We usually tip our room steward $75 for the week. This guy got $20. Three nights room was not cleaned. Found a great couple from New York on Cruise Critic, we rented a private charter to White Bay and Jost Van Dyke while in Tortola. Outstanding trip...rain to start off, turned into a spectacular day with sun and warmth. Soggy Dollar Bar is so worth the cost of the excursion ($320 per couple which included tip, trip, and beer and water onboard,). New friends were fun and good people! We liked the Observation Lounge, but never utilized it. We're out in the sun all day. Went to the decades party and danced, the Assistant CD did a great job. Lots of teens whose parents were providing beers for them. Typical teen drama made for great people watching!. Just kids being kids, and we truly had very few issues with kids or teens other than the occasional bump as they ran down a hallway or corridor in packs. Both embarkation and disembarkation were awesome. On boat by 11:30, off boat by 7:50 am. Smooth and effortless. Already booked for Encore February 2020. Great job NCL, as always. Love the product, value, service, and experience we get on this lines cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise to travel with our frequent cruising friends. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were super easy- well done NCL!! We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment- from Jersey Boys to Beatlemania to the personable and ... Read More
We chose this cruise to travel with our frequent cruising friends. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were super easy- well done NCL!! We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment- from Jersey Boys to Beatlemania to the personable and funny Jim Badger in the District Brewhouse. We were happy to eat at several of the specialty dining restaurants- a great option to have some quieter meals away from the hubbub of the buffet options. A definite plus for us was being in a Spa balcony. Having unlimited access to the spa area was a total treat and we’ll always book a spa room from now on!! We visited the casino several times and wished that there were some tables with lower limits so that we could play more- it wouldn’t hurt the casino to have lower limits during the day when there weren’t many people in the casino. The eco hike excursion on St. John was nice- but we would have liked more time to swim. We spent the day we returned in Miami - specifically in South Beach- beautiful area and worth the time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Our family does a yearly cruise. This year, we chose the Bliss. Embarkation was quick and easy, no lines per say even though we got there around 12. The check in staff were great, they allowed my son and DIL to check in and board with us ... Read More
Our family does a yearly cruise. This year, we chose the Bliss. Embarkation was quick and easy, no lines per say even though we got there around 12. The check in staff were great, they allowed my son and DIL to check in and board with us even though they are Bronze. From the moment we stepped aboard, we were impressed. The ship was super nice, easy to navigate, and the staff couldn’t be better. Bars were not too crowded, waiting time for restaurants were no longer than 10 minutes and the specialty restaurants were fabulous. We had the meal plan and because we are Platinum, got a free meal at Carney’s. We went to Teppanyaki twice, Carney’s, and Los Lobos. The observation lounge was relaxing and awesome. Where else can we enjoy food, drink and enjoy sunsets with a view. Loved the singing pastry chefs in Savor...highlighted our breakfast experience. Staff really catered to our grandson and made him feel special. We have been on this same itinerary before, so we chose to do two excursions with the ship and one on our own. Turtle cove in St. Thomas, great time, saw turtles, fish, good guides. Blue Lagoon in Nassau, really crowded with five ships in port and expensive, Private tour with Patouche Tours in Tortola, highly recommended catamaran tour. They took us to places we wanted to go, lunch and lots of drinks. Very accommodating staff! Entertainment was excellent. Enjoyed Jersey Boys, Havana and Beatles. Comedian were ok, but wouldn’t go out of my way to see them. Didn’t get to Prohibition, since we we’re traveling with our grandson. Reservations for the track and laser tag went fast, so recommend getting them first thing when you get on the ship. The cabin rooms were nice. We had a balcony room, mid ship, deck 14, so it was conveniently located to most places. Only drawback, I wish it had more storage. The drawers under the extra bed were being used by the room steward for bedding and storage. So I had to stuff clothing in the small shelves under the TV area. Our steward, Jonas, was great, even when we had him setting up the overhead bed in both ours and our sons room for our grandson. He was always cheerful, and quick to please. Disembarkation was somewhat slow. We went for breakfast and we were in the last group to leave. We showed up around 9:10 and th lines were long. It still it took 30-40 minutes to get through. But all in all, great trip, great ship. Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 3.5 0.0

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