Sail Date: February 2019
I completely enjoyed the Norwegian Bliss! Embarkation: The SMOOTHEST I’ve experienced yet! We arrived at the port around 9:45am and the doors opened around 10:15am. We were boarding by 10:45am. Ship: beautiful ship, lots of nice ... Read More
I completely enjoyed the Norwegian Bliss! Embarkation: The SMOOTHEST I’ve experienced yet! We arrived at the port around 9:45am and the doors opened around 10:15am. We were boarding by 10:45am. Ship: beautiful ship, lots of nice areas, fun laser tag and race trac areas, nice decor, etc. Dining: AMAZING FOOD!!! Very yummy and I love that there is freestyle dining (so you can eat at whatever time you’d like) and I loved that there is no assigned seating either so you’re seated as you come in and they never seat you with other parties. Speciality dining is very fun and yummy! We had a great and probably the most fun at the Teppenyaki restaurant (I’ve been to many Hibachi restaurants but this was the most fun I’ve had). There is so much food served all the time throughout the day, if not at the buffet at the other two restaurants (Taste and Savor) but also in the Observation Lounge and The Local. There is always something to eat! Cabin: by far this was the most spacious cabin we’ve experienced. We had an interior stateroom because we booked the cruise kind of late and we thought it was going to be tiny and uncomfortable plus we were on deck 5 so we thought it would be a bad location. We were so happy to know the rooms were really roomy (the bathroom was the BIGGEST we’d seen on cruises) and decorated really nicely! No complaints when it comes to cleaning either. The cleaning crew came in twice a day and replaced towels, fixed the bed, tidied up, and left the daily newsletters as well as animal towels. We felt very special and well taken care of the entire time. Entertainment & Activities: this is where I think the cruise lacked a little because there was very little diversity with the music (bands and DJ) and I felt as though there should have been more activities taking place in the pool deck area, which is where most people were especially during sea days. They had most of the activities in the Theater and Atrium, which is fine in the evenings but not during the day when people are at the pool and have to get out of the pool and sometimes change if they want to participate or see an activity taking place. I thought it was boring most of the time at the pool deck, which from past cruises should be one of the best places to be and experience fun! The shows are spectacular, though. I was only able to see the first show of the cruise and Havana but I was completely taken aback by the talent on board. It was fantastic! We also went to see one comedy show and the comedians were pretty hilarious! We weren’t able to see more shows because you had to reserve them and reservations are not available prior to boarding so you have to make lines and go to specific places when you board the cruise to make reservations (which I honestly didn’t like too much because there’s so much more one wants to do with their time on board than sit in lines or making reservations to shows). The activities like laser tag and race track were very fun! Laser tag was really really fun!!! Absolutely loved it. The only thing I felt was odd is that they charge $9.95 per person per activity. I understand that there’s activities that have an up charge but when we decided to get on this cruise, these two were the main reasons we became interested in the cruise. We think that it was just “wrong” to charge for this or at least at that price. Spa & Thermal Suites: we absolutely loved the spa and thermal suites! It’s the biggest we’ve seen as well and very relaxing. I had a couple of massages and the ladies were very professional and they didn’t push me to buy anything (as I had previously experienced on Carnival). The spa area is kept clean and workers are always wiping down the wet areas and there is an unlimited amount of towels available at all times. The robes and locker rooms are very nice and just top quality! The sauna, sanarium, snow room, and steam room were fantastic! The salt room felt like nothing but they recommended you to sit there after and that your skin would soak in the salt (I did it but felt nothing). Gym: We had good experiences at the gym. I think there are enough treadmills and other machines since not many people work out during their vacations. There are free weights as well as mats and they always have towels and Clorox wipes. Raffles: there are raffles several times a day throughout the cruise! My husband won one for $250 for spa services (this is what I used for my two massages and paid the balance). I highly recommend people to attend those raffles! They raffles out an Invicta watch, several Eddy jewelry, Spa Credits, etc! Ports of Call & Shore Excursions: our cruise went to St. Thomas, Tortola, and Bahamas. All of which were very nice and we felt safe. It was my first time in St. Thomas and Tortola so we booked shore excursions at these stops. We did Helmet Dive in St.Thomas. It was a lot of fun and very interesting but we felt that it was too short for the amount paid ($119 per person). We paid the same amount of money for the excursion in Tortola (Normal Island Snorkle) and it was really fun! They took us to caves and the water was perfect! We saw sooo many different fishes and coral reefs! Then we went to a private island where chairs were provided and we were able to continue snorkeling or tan up and relax. The snorkeling gear was also provided. The staff was also very very nice and friendly! Cruise App: I was disappointed that we couldn’t use the cruise app unless we purchased a WiFi package. So we were unable to keep up with the activities on board and our own reservations as a result. The good thing is that I had printed out all of the items we reserved prior to boarding and that we had been diligent in making the reservations via ncl.com. But I was disappointed because any other reservation made on board and all other activities were difficult to keep up with. We ended up having to take pictures of the newsletters on our phones to be able to stay in the know or carry the paper copies of the newsletters around. Overall: I think this cruise was excellent!! The staff is truly the happiest and jolly! It was always a pleasure walking past any of them. They treated us very good all the while working so hard to keep the cruise clean and well decorated for themed parties, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We are long time fans of Norwegian Cruise Lines. We love the entertainment available as well as the Freestyle Dining. When on vacation, we don't want to be on any type of schedule and enjoy going for casual or more formal dining ... Read More
We are long time fans of Norwegian Cruise Lines. We love the entertainment available as well as the Freestyle Dining. When on vacation, we don't want to be on any type of schedule and enjoy going for casual or more formal dining based upon what suits us each day. Kudos to Norwegian for separating the smoking section of the casino! We enjoy spending time in the casino, but often left due to the large number of smokers. In fact, often smokers would spend time in the casino even if not playing. The Bliss has it right by building a separate smoking casino area. I only hope that Norwegian will follow suit with its other ships. The décor on the ship is warm and modern. Many dining options. Jersey Boys is great entertainment. I would suggest additional restroom options on Floor 7 near the casino and the Local restaurant. In addition, Dueling Pianos would've really added to the entertainment. Overall, a great ship with great service, and the food was the best we have experienced. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
Norwegian Bliss spared no expense on entertainment. Shows were all top quality everything from country to broadway style with elaborate sets and costumes. We did not expect that the entertainment would be one of the highlights of our ... Read More
Norwegian Bliss spared no expense on entertainment. Shows were all top quality everything from country to broadway style with elaborate sets and costumes. We did not expect that the entertainment would be one of the highlights of our cruise. If you can afford it, book spa balcony room. Visited spa and was in heaven. Nordic spa experience with snow room and heated lounge chairs to die for. Dis and Embarkation process relatively effortless we took our own luggage off the ship. Food great variety and qualtiy. we never experienced lineups or delays at restaurants. Purchased specialty dining package-well worth it. Purchased water pkgs prior and wished we had an affordable drink pkg as drinks were costly. If you are looking for a cruise where you can lounge by the pool, this is not the ship for you - crazy busy and crowded. (unless you have the $$ to book Haven or want to pay extra to get into the Vibe. Highlights - observation lounge, spa, entertainment, starbucks, waterslides and racetrack. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
Booked this sailing a full year in advance while sailing on the Escape and got a great deal. We paid $1079 per person base fare for our BA balcony. By the time final payment was due, BAs were selling for $1929 per person! We have sailed ... Read More
Booked this sailing a full year in advance while sailing on the Escape and got a great deal. We paid $1079 per person base fare for our BA balcony. By the time final payment was due, BAs were selling for $1929 per person! We have sailed twice on the Escape, so it was hard not to draw comparisons between the two ships. Despite being similar ships, it actually turned out to be very disorienting having the buffet (Garden Cafe) at the front of the ship. We had a cabin near the aft elevators and found it to be a lot more of a hassle to get to the Cafe than we were used to on the Escape. But once we got our bearings, it wasn't too bad and, luckily, we had nice weather so crossing the pool deck to get to the Cafe wasn't much of a hardship. Our only indoor options would have been walking through the stateroom hallways on Deck 15 or going down to the public decks on 6-7-8 and then taking the forward elevator up to the Cafe. Navigation issues sorted, here is a list of pros and cons of the Bliss versus the Escape: Pros: - The Observation Lounge - This is hands down the biggest advantage the Bliss has over the Escape. It is a lovely space. It is HUGE, has beautiful views, is generally quiet and serene, has comfy chairs and chaise loungers to relax and read or chat, has a full bar that was open most of the time, and has some buffet options for light snacks. - Go Karts & Laser Tag - I know it was a controversial choice to take up so much upper deck space with these attractions, but I thoroughly enjoyed them and I am not a big fan of "fun in the sun" type activities, so I don't mind the loss of pool deck space. I have yet to do the ropes course on the Escape (though I hope to in April) and have only played a round or two of mini-golf on the Escape, so I did not feel the loss of those spaces. - Entertainment - Both of the main theater shows were really good. Havana was high-energy and highly entertaining. Jersey Boys was the full-length musical and the performers were wonderful, though I did feel like the production value was very low. The women's wigs were downright horrid. Britain's Finest, the Beatles tribute band, was great and we saw both their early years and Abbey Road shows. But the real show-stealers of the whole cruise were Siglo, the Filipino house band. Their lead guitarist was out of this world. We made a point to see them every chance we got! - Los Lobos - I thought I would miss Moderno, but we loved Los Lobos so much, we actually ate there twice! The food and service were both outstanding. - Beautiful Decor - I really felt like the decor throughout the entire ship was a notch up from the Escape. I don't just mean slightly more modern, being a newer ship, but slightly higher quality and aesthetic as well. Found ourselves taking lots of photos of thinks like tile around the bars or wall art. Though I do like the Escape's chandelier better. - Q - I had read some bad reviews beforehand, so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. I definitely didn't feel the loss of the Supper Club space, having never gone there on the Escape, so this was a welcome change. - Casino - I definitely appreciated the separate smoking room in the Casino. It really helped reduce (though not completely eliminate) the smell of smoke. Plus, I never came back to the room at night smelling like and ashtray. Cons: - Garden Cafe - Ugh, where to begin? I already talked about the forward location being disorienting. But the issues only BEGAN there. The stations are set up so strangely and there is just no FLOW to it at all. Many items were only available at one station, so you had to go all over to get the things you wanted, rather than duplicating the most common things on multiple stations to help manage traffic and crowds. I never once say a separate tray for "Crispy Bacon" at breakfast and that is one of my FAVORITE things about the other NCL sailings I've been on. There were only nachos ONE TIME at the late night snack bar on our entire sailing and never once did they have plain potato chips (though I did find some of those in the Observation Lounge a few times) and those are my go-to late night snack staples on NCL! At least the Tastes of India bar did not disappoint at lunch times. That's about the best thing I can say for the Garden Cafe on the Bliss. - The Social - I never actually even managed to get in there for a show. The comedians were fully booked by the time I made it to a touch-screen on board. But the MAIN thing missing here versus the Escape is Howl at the Moon. I heard many people on the ship lamenting the fact that there is no Howl at the Moon on the Bliss. People love that show! - Pincho Tapas - I really really missed this from the Escape. It's such great food! Really wish they hadn't eliminated it, though as dead as it always is on the Escape (why!?!?!), I'm not surprised. The expanded Sugarcane with a little stage area is kind of nice, though I felt it was under-utilized. - Manhattan Room - They got rid of the dance floor and I never saw any live acts performing in the evenings there on the Bliss. In all, I would sail the Bliss again for sure, but I still feel like the Escape is my "home". I want to take the time to make a special shout-out to our Vacation Hero from the Bliss. Ramesh Naik, our assistant maitre 'd at Los Lobos. Our first night at Los Lobos was during the Super Bowl and we were nearly the only people there (definitely the only ones seated on the Waterfront). He came out and chatted with us several times and he was incredibly friendly. Later in the week, when we decided to go to Los Lobos again, we didn't have a reservation, but he was able to accommodate us still. We saw him throughout the week all over the ship and he always called us by name and was incredibly friendly. Then once, my SO spilled a full drink on the walkway in the Observation Lounge. I didn't want to leave it unattended, because I didn't want anyone to slip and fall before it was cleaned up. We waited and waited for someone to either bring a caution sign or a mop. Finally, Ramesh just happened upon us and he was all over it. He got on the walkie-talkie, and he shooed me off and guarded the spill until someone came to clean it up. In all, we had a fantastic cruise. I cannot say enough about how friendly and accommodating the staff are. Our room steward, Arnel, acquired a lounge chair for our angled balcony by the end of the first day, always provided me with the extra bath towel I requested, had our room cleaned perfectly twice a day, left us a lovely towel animal each night, and always called us by name every time we saw him in the hall. Our servers in all of the specialty restaurants were helpful, made great recommendations, and provided outstanding service. They never made us feel rushed, but they were quick and attentive as well. We are in Los Lobos, Q, Le Bistro, Ocean Blue, and Margaritaville. Food was good in all of them. I was worried my SO was going to actually leave me for the filet in Le Bistro, he was in such ecstasy over it. We loved Los Lobos! We were pleasantly surprised by Q. At Margaritaville they gave us WAY too much food as usual. I would say, of all of them, Ocean Blue was actually the most mediocre, even though it was an up-charge. The spicy shrimp appetizer and clam chowder were excellent, but our entrees were just okay. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this ship because it is brand new and would have all the latest amenities. It exceeded our expectations. The buffet was excellent morning, noon,and night and the meals changed daily. The observation lounge and Walkway on 8 are ... Read More
We chose this ship because it is brand new and would have all the latest amenities. It exceeded our expectations. The buffet was excellent morning, noon,and night and the meals changed daily. The observation lounge and Walkway on 8 are lovely, very comfortable and had plenty of room. We had the perfect amount of time at sea (3 days) and in port (3 days). The Broadway shows are very good (although loud, so bring ear plugs). We had four adults in our room and surprisingly the room and bathroom was large enough (mid-ship balcony). We enjoyed meals in Taste, Savor, Manhattan, Los Lobos. So many restaurants we did not have time to try them all. No complaints with any of the meals or service. Make time to ride the go carts and ride the slides. Please ask me if you have any questions. I hope to ride the Bliss again to Alaska. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
We sailed on February 2nd 2019. Our room was lovely. We stayed in a Mini-Suite 10196. It was very nice. Storage was average. Our steward was very good and kept room very neat for us,he did not have much interaction with us as we have had ... Read More
We sailed on February 2nd 2019. Our room was lovely. We stayed in a Mini-Suite 10196. It was very nice. Storage was average. Our steward was very good and kept room very neat for us,he did not have much interaction with us as we have had on other cruises. The bed was good. Husband loved it I thought it was a little firm, but this is a personal opinion. Yes there were over 4000 passengers aboard but you would never have know. Everyone of the crew you met greeted us with a smile and a "Hello". Was the pool area crowed? Of course it was everyone wants to be outdoors when it is beautiful outside. Make the best of it. Service at the pool bars was great, we got served fast and with a smile and a thank-you. The servers were busy. We went to Cagney's and Ocean Blue. Cagneys was our favorite. Ocean blue was good too but not as good as Cagney's... We also went to Q smokehouse. after hearing other people talk about how big the portion sizes are my husband and I decided to split a meal, this was perfect. They were very accommodating with extra plates to split our meal. We also ate at the Local very good food and wait time for food was very mininmal. Jersey boys was our pick for entertainment. All I can say is "WOW" this is not to be missed. I have seen this production in Vegas and it was better on the ship. Reservations: Yes you need them to the specialty restaurants and the shows. Do not wait till you get on the ship, some of this you can do online prior, not everything can be done ahead of time but some can, don't complain when you can not get into things when you could have taken care of it months prior. Spa: I indulged and has a facial,manicure and massaage. Sophie was the one who did my facial, she is awesome, hope I can see her again if we sail with NCL soon. Rizzabelle did my manicure she is so great nails never looked better. Shore excursions: We did the Norman Island snorkel which was fantastic, they make sure you know what you are doing and safety is high priority for them. Certified divers are in the water with you watching everyone closely. We also did the St John's caterman snorkel this was also great. It was a 30 minute boat ride to where we would go and they were very knowledgeable about all the islands and answered many questions. We stayed on board for the Bahamas. It was very peaceful and enjoyed the downtime. Casino: I do not want to offend the smokers here, so I am going to say I am sorry ahead of time. I do not smoke, I do not like the smell of smoke, casino is smoke free, this was awesome, They had a room sectioned off for gambling and that was for smokers. If you are a smoker, this ship is not for you. You are very limited where you can smoke on this ship. Overall: Wonderful cruise, we will be sailing with them a again in the future. We did the cruisenext so we have 4 years to decide when we would like to go again. Hoping they can do a Southern Caribbean run with the newer ships soon. Would love a 7-9 day run. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
We arrived a day early to enjoy some of the city of Miami, first time being that far south Florida. Great stay at the Blue Lagoon Hilton and dinner at Hard Rock. Awesome time. Embarkment day very excited because this was my birthday ... Read More
We arrived a day early to enjoy some of the city of Miami, first time being that far south Florida. Great stay at the Blue Lagoon Hilton and dinner at Hard Rock. Awesome time. Embarkment day very excited because this was my birthday cruise. Arriving at Miami port was very easy from the hotel. I brought family and friends with me, and we made it on the Bliss in record time, 45 minutes, from check in to on board. We all were first timers for Norwegian. We were met with smiling faces right off especially after telling the crew that it was my birthday all week, LOL. Our impression of the ship right from the get go was beautiful. Our stateroom was spacious and welcoming.The only thing about this cruise that was disappointing was the comfort of the bed. It was a week long cruise and most of the time spent with some kind of discomfort due to the mattress. The rest was wonderful with many different activities we had yet to experience from other cruises. These activities included a two lane bowling alley, a inner tube water slide and a go cart track. We ran out of time to enjoy the laser tag oh well maybe next time. The food was exceptional with a wide variety and outside dinning which was awesome given the warm weather. All in all a great ship with great service from all crew members. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Ship is awsome Cabin interior is small but was ok since we spend less time there Dining buffet was perfect for us, went to Cagney's and Q it was very good Deal and no deal is fun ! and the entertainment was great Service ... Read More
Ship is awsome Cabin interior is small but was ok since we spend less time there Dining buffet was perfect for us, went to Cagney's and Q it was very good Deal and no deal is fun ! and the entertainment was great Service is perfect The disembark to port was fast and the shore excursions was awsome ! Not much children onboard so it was less wining Would love to try again to a different destination because I want to see more country ;-) I would like to try to go to Alaska I would like to go on a cruise with more than 3 destinations and / or more than 7 days. Only have one thing to complain about, is the elevator that need more synchronization One advantage is that I used the stairs, so I did not gain weight during my vacation and yet I eat very well, since the food was so good !! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
My fiance has never been on a cruise and I wanted to make it special for him. I have been on two other cruise lines but NCL had to many promotions to pass up. My travel agent told me about the Bliss and it was truly amazing! Sure an ... Read More
My fiance has never been on a cruise and I wanted to make it special for him. I have been on two other cruise lines but NCL had to many promotions to pass up. My travel agent told me about the Bliss and it was truly amazing! Sure an awesome staff, great food, great entertainment and what a breathtaking ship! We came home and booked the Encore one day later doe the same week next year. I will never sail with any other cruise line! Thank you NCL!! The ports we're perfect, we had fun in the casino, we played bingo and meet so many new friends. The staff was so accommodating! We can't wait to go back! We will continue to make memories on NCL for years to come! My fiance loves cruising now! We will take our kids when they get older as well! Way to go NCL! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
Chose this cruise to sail on the Bliss plus good time of year weather wise for Eastern Caribbean. We flew into Miami the day prior to sailing which is highly recommend in case of flight or airport delays. Ubered to port. When we arrived we ... Read More
Chose this cruise to sail on the Bliss plus good time of year weather wise for Eastern Caribbean. We flew into Miami the day prior to sailing which is highly recommend in case of flight or airport delays. Ubered to port. When we arrived we were met by an attendant who checked our luggage and were directed inside where we were checked in and issued our room keys. Norwegian is very efficient in moving so many people quickly. We boarded around 1 pm with a sail time of 4pm. We had time to check out our cabin and explore the ship before sailing, none of the shops open til after sailing. Food was prepared and ready in the Garden Cafe ( Buffet) and was great. They always changed main course in the evening so you have a variety. The Manhattan, Taste and Savor restaurants are also complimentary, more upscale than buffet, food was wonderful. They have about the same menus, but try them all. The Local is complimentary, but it’s located in open area on deck 7, usually a band playing or game shows going on, seating available but noisy. We saw the Jersey Boys, Havana and Happy Hour Prohibition. Was surprised at the talent. Jersey Boys singing was incredible but language pretty rough. The talent was very good in rseionHappy Hour but not really worth the $35 per person. They gave you 5 drinks during show but they were simply awful. Jersey Boys and Havana were complimentary. My family enjoyed the pool and spa. Played laser tag, rode go carts, shopped and enjoyed the casino. The pool is on deck 16 which is open and there is a hot tub on deck 17. Shops were nice but they really push jewelry and paintings onboard so be ready to get in on sales seminars. My son and daughter in law did a scuba excursion In Tortola and said it was phenomenal, and they had a excellent guide. We loved walking around deck 8 or sitting in observation lounge. There was always a seminar, game show or craft class going on. My son in law won the karaoke contest on the last night of cruise, they did karaoke nightly in Cavern Club. All in all, great cruise, great ship. Simply beautiful! This is for smokers ONLY: you might want to consider another ship if you’re a smoker. Only 2 smoking areas, deck 17, which is way too crowded and small an area. In the evening usually a band playing there so add too noisy also. They have a smoking room in the casino but it doesn’t have the selection of machines they have in non smoking. Cigarettes aren’t allowed in Cigar Lounge. 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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