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Sail Date: January 2019
When I told my friend who owns a successful travel agency that we wanted to go on a cruise, she suggested we choose a modern ship, first and foremost. When I told her we were thinking about Norwegian Bliss, she said, "now THAT is an ... Read More
When I told my friend who owns a successful travel agency that we wanted to go on a cruise, she suggested we choose a modern ship, first and foremost. When I told her we were thinking about Norwegian Bliss, she said, "now THAT is an extraordinary ship; you're going to love it". She was right. In spite of the 4000 other people who had made the same decision, we never felt that we had to wait in line for anything. Ship operations, programs and activities are models of efficiency, and the service staff is A-1. The food...OMG the food. If you don't want the fabulous buffet for every meal, you can choose from many specialty restaurants - all wonderful. We saw 2 amazing, Vegas-quality shows as well as some stand up comedy and musicians performing in various parts of the ship. We did the Caribbean cruise - designed for sun-sea-relaxation. If you want more action or culture, another destination might be more the ticket. Very happy with our vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
New ship, always like to sail the new NCL ships. This one is going to be a winner for Alaska with the beautiful Observation Lounge. The color scheme on this ship is very appealing and soothing to us. We enjoyed the mornings, afternoons, ... Read More
New ship, always like to sail the new NCL ships. This one is going to be a winner for Alaska with the beautiful Observation Lounge. The color scheme on this ship is very appealing and soothing to us. We enjoyed the mornings, afternoons, and some evenings on that lounge. We also enjoyed the continental breakfast and light lunches each day. We had a spa balcony, whereas we usually do a spa mini-suite, but they were sold out early on, and we enjoyed the spa experience every day. The ship has the usual features we like about NCL with the various specialty dining choices. There are two excellent bars on board in our opinion. Sugarcane, with the ever-funny and top-notch bartender, Bong. The other is the Observation Lounge bar. Every bartender there is very interactive with passengers, sharing beverage tips and stories. As with all of our NCL cruises, it is really important to pre-book both entertainment and specialty dining. We never had a glitch the entire week. Overally, embarkation/disembarkation was smooth and fast. Although we have read some negatives about the food and service, we never had any issues with any of it. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
This was our second cruise on NCL. We have cruised on Carnival, Princess, and Holland America. I'm a bit of a cigar lover. I would like to enjoy an unpersecuted cigar or 2 each day on my vacation. NCL's Humidor Lounge is the ... Read More
This was our second cruise on NCL. We have cruised on Carnival, Princess, and Holland America. I'm a bit of a cigar lover. I would like to enjoy an unpersecuted cigar or 2 each day on my vacation. NCL's Humidor Lounge is the perfect venue for this. But, what we have found to be superior on both NCL cruises thus far is the entertainment. Jersey Boys was "Legit". Havana was of the same quality, but, not as entertaining. The point is that there were 2 main stage shows that were of better quality than anything we have seen at sea (with the exception of Rock Of Ages and Cirque on the NCL Breakaway 2 years ago. Additionally, the Cavern Club, Beatles Tribute Band was chilling in their authenticity. They performed 2 different shows during the week, and then they combined the 2 shows into a main stage performance on the final night of the cruise. I wondered why they didn't do more. But, then you realize that the Beatles are famous for about 30 songs, that average about 2 and a half minutes each. We ate at 5 of the specialty venues, La Cucina, Cagney's, Los Lobos, Food Republic, and Teppanyaki. Shocking, as it was to me, Teppanyaki was hands down the best. I say that because its the only restaurant that is truly better than the land based restaurant on which it is based. La Cucina had osso bucco on the menu, and it was very good. The dessert at Los Lobos was so good, we went back after dinner and paid a' la carte to have it again a couple night later. The staff was very accommodating in letting us come back just for dessert. Cagney's was (I hate to say it) a little disappointing. We went with friends. 3 of the 4 steaks had to be sent back. The second round was better, but, I'm beginning to think that the steak house is very difficult to execute at sea. We have had similar disappointments at other over the water steakhouses. They are aiming at an experience comparable to Flemings or Ruth Chris. I'll go back, because I love a good steak, and their's are much better than the one on the main dining menu. But, I've lowered my expectations. The best steak I had was at Teppanyaki. It was fun, and the food was great. We didn't eat dinner at Food Republic. I got a snack, and my wife loved what she got. I should have paid more attention. My opinion is that if you like what you see on the menu (like my wife did), then you will like the food you will receive. The Local makes a great option for dining without any surcharge. We had several items there throughout the week. The main dining rooms served a great breakfast. You can order breakfast for your room without the room service charge. There are some menu items that carry a charge, but, if you want something before an early excursion, you can tip your server and go. We had never been to Tortola. We are running out of Caribbean Islands to see. Good thing we opted for the Virgin Gorda Baths tour. Tortola had little more than the typical port shopping area. There was a cigar bar in the port, that I might visit if we ever go back. But, other than that, I didn't see much there. We started to walk into town after our tour, but, noticed that a lot of people were walking back empty handed. So, we went back to the ship. The Baths tour was spectacular. In Nassau, we went to "The Fish Fry" for lunch. I think we ate at Curly's. Don't make the mistake of thinking the Fish Fry is a single place. There are probably a dozen restaurants there. They all serve local Bahamian fare, like Conch Fritters, Bahamian Mac and Cheese, and some fresh seafood. There aren't a lot of great excursion options in Nassau (in my opinion) so, this is a great way to spend a couple hours. After lunch we went to Graycliff Resort. Graycliff has a great cigar factory on premises, and sell (expensive) cigars all over the world. They also have great indoor and outdoor lounge space. A tip: Cigars are hand rolled in their 5 star restaurant each night for sale to guests of the restaurant for an after dinner cigar in their elegant lounge. I paid $20 for one after dinner there a couple years ago. Well, apparently they sell the leftovers in their gift shop for $12 the next day. The elegant after dinner lounge is open to the public. So, I enjoyed my fresh rolled cigar before heading back to the ship. We've been to St Thomas several times. We've done the beach tours and the pirate castle, etc. The last couple times, we've just strolled the shopping district, picking up a few souvenirs. Other elements: Embarkation and debarkation were the most efficient I have ever experienced. This shocked me, since, the worst I had ever experienced was on the other NCL cruise (NY port on NCL Breakaway) we sailed. I have never gotten on a ship faster. We were almost last off the ship and we were out of the port by 10:00. We really never waited for either events. We had a leisure breakfast in the main dining room about 8:30, and then we joined the line to walk off. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We've never cruised before and had no idea what to expect - all we've done are all inclusives. Embarking was hectic, we aren't used to so many people. The biggest problem here was that our luggage wasn't on the same ... Read More
We've never cruised before and had no idea what to expect - all we've done are all inclusives. Embarking was hectic, we aren't used to so many people. The biggest problem here was that our luggage wasn't on the same bus we took from the airport to the ship. Our luggage came separately in a cube van and didn't make it to our room, we had to go down and collect it ourselves. This did cause some anxiety initially because who likes to be separated from their luggage?? They assured us this was a normal practice, and they were correct. Dan Dan (cruise director) is AMAZING. Hilarious, fun to talk one on one with. Don't miss anything he's a part of. The food at the buffet was wonderful, tons of variety for myself (a vegetarian) and my husband. My biggest issue here was that nothing could be guaranteed nut/peanut free. Even the gelato at Coco's had a hazenut variety and they used the same scooper for all the gelato's. The cupcakes from the bake shoppe used almond flour and the macarooms also had hazelnuts. The curry in the Indian section (at the buffet for all meals) often had curries with cashews. I have no food allergies, so this wasn't an issue for me, but I can see people with nut allergies having some issues. For the record, the head chef is Indian and his Indian section was amazing. They even had a Starbucks. The entertainment was phenomenal. From the day to day game shows, musical performers, Jersey Boys musical and especially the comedy acts, we were ALWAYS entertained. We went to 3 comedy shows and were not disappointed, way better than the Yuk Yuk's we see here at home (Canada). This being said, the second you've got a minute on the ship (the first day!), book the things you want to see ASAP. Do not wait. There were some things we wanted to do that got booked up fast. There was so much to do, in so many different areas, we were never at a loss of what to do. The ship itself was stunning. High end finishes, literally a floating hotel. I cannot say enough good things about the state of the ship, it was beautiful to look at. I would suggest to explore options for your excursions. We just walked off the boat and did local shopping but a lot of people booked independent of NCL and got taxis and boats privately for way less money. People aren't kidding when they say the boat is empty on port days. It was great. We paid extra and got the week long spa pass. It was worth the money and totally relaxing. We spent 15 mins at the pool deck and weren't feeling it. We've done so many beach vacations, we were happy not having pool and sun days. The pools aren't large, smaller than I expected, but they did have tons of loungers that got held with towels first thing in the morning. Most people sunned themselves, not many people went into the salt water pools. Definitely check out the observation deck. Great views and relaxing atmosphere. Great loungers, chairs and couches. Snacks, coffee, juices are always available. Overall, we had a fantastic experience. The staff are top notch, always accommodating and senior staff keep close checks on everyone. Would definitely recommend this ship, not sure we can go back to all inclusives anyore lol Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose this cruise after doing a lot of research and wanting to try a new cruise line. I wanted top of the line cruising with 100% luxury experience and that is what I received. I can't be happier with my 7 day cruise experience ... Read More
I chose this cruise after doing a lot of research and wanting to try a new cruise line. I wanted top of the line cruising with 100% luxury experience and that is what I received. I can't be happier with my 7 day cruise experience with Norwegian. The ship is magnificent, the food is fantastic, the staff are very professional and friendly. I did it all and have zero complaints. We had an aft facing balcony penthouse suite, the views and ambiance were so romantic. I loved the space we had in our suite. All food options were so good that we did not even use all of our paid meal packages, we loved the Haven Restaurant and other complimentary food options. We did try Margaritaville and Steakhouse restaurant, nothing but good things to say about the food and staff. We gambled and won some money, which was fun and also enjoyed the entertainment on board. Don't miss Prohibition. We even walked away with some very unique art pieces from Park West Gallery to add to our collection. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
My daughter choose this ship because of the date 1-19-19 was her wedding day. She was married at the end of the South beach pier and immediately went to the Bliss to embark on a wonderful celebration of her and Ryan's wedding. ... Read More
My daughter choose this ship because of the date 1-19-19 was her wedding day. She was married at the end of the South beach pier and immediately went to the Bliss to embark on a wonderful celebration of her and Ryan's wedding. The embarkation and the disembarkation were very smooth. Our state room was right next to the elevators and our stateroom was still very quite. The ship is beautiful and the service was the best we have ever experienced and this was our 10th cruise. Our wedding group of 34 was treated like royalty everywhere and especially in the main Dinning room The Manhattan. My daughter and new son-in-law were very happy and now have new memories to last a life time. The entertainment was the very best a ship can offer from Jersey Boy, Havana, and all the comedy offered. The food was great from the Garden Café, the 3 main dinning rooms, and the Local Pub. The Spa was outstanding and the Observation Deck was quite, comfy, and relaxing with views of beauty looking over the ocean and ports. What a wonderful experience we all enjoyed. Hard to believe there was over 4500 guest on board. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
A winter getaway! Everything that a person could ask for. Entertainment, Food, relaxation. Very scenic cruise. State Rooms were kept very clean by very friendly house keepers. Food was awesome from the Garden Cafe buffet to Cagney's ... Read More
A winter getaway! Everything that a person could ask for. Entertainment, Food, relaxation. Very scenic cruise. State Rooms were kept very clean by very friendly house keepers. Food was awesome from the Garden Cafe buffet to Cagney's steak restaurant. There was always plenty of help in every food establishments and everyone was always very helpful and in a good mood. Never once was I disappointed in the service. Disembarkment at all ports was very easy and smooth. I really enjoyed exploring all Islands that we stopped at. (British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas) Very beautiful scenery as well as the beaches. Enjoyed relaxing on the beach in the Bahama's sipping on a Sands beer and smoking a big Cuban cigar. It don't get any better than that. Overall I had a great time and as usual when you are having a fun time flies by and you have to go home. From sunny 80 degrees to snow and below zero weather. Can't wait to do it again! Thanks Norwegian! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We sailed on the Norwegian Bliss in January from Miami around the Eastern Caribbean. The Captain was great and he announced he was speeding up to escape a cool front when we left Miami and also announced when there was a sighting of some ... Read More
We sailed on the Norwegian Bliss in January from Miami around the Eastern Caribbean. The Captain was great and he announced he was speeding up to escape a cool front when we left Miami and also announced when there was a sighting of some Whales which was amazing! We booked a Haven Spa Suite 15862. From start to finish the cruise was everything we imagined and more. The staff work so hard and we’re always so polite and cheerful. We booked a Haven Room which also gaves us access to the Spa. The observatory lounges were amazing and you could get coffees, cold drinks and snacks in there. The Haven area itself was one of the best I have ever been on, the bar area and restaurant were beautiful and such wonderful interior decor. The outside pool area were full of comfy plentiful loungers right at the front of ship. I agree with other reports that the main pool was cramped, so I think we would have booked a week pass for Vibe which is another exclusive area with lovely loungers and available ones. Didn’t think much to the go carts, which is the only other negative as they could utilise this space better for more people’s relaxation and enjoyment. The food was absolutely delicious, we tried Garden cafe, Haven restaurant, Cagney’s, Savour MDR, Los Lobos, Teppanyaki and ale Bistro. Drinks constantly topped up, wonderful food and service. Embarkation etc was a breeze but we did have priority being Haven guests, but it all looked very calm. The room was beautifully turned out, great decor and the most huge, comfy bed and robes ever! We had canapés delivered every evening to our room. Would like to especially mention, Lucky our butler, Aldwin our room steward, Jennifer in Le Bistro, Kelvin in the Haven bar, Elenor & Jefferson concierges, Kenny Haven pool waiter and Dr Bong at the Mojito bar who is so funny, but all the staff were brilliant that we come across on this sailing. They all made my special birthday trip one of the best we have ever had. You will not be disappointed she is an amazing ship. We loved The Virgin Islands and easy to step off the ship and explore. Bahamas was very busy as 4 ships docked so could have done with more time there to explore to a smaller island. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Friends of ours are latitude members and we share the same birthday and decided to cruise together to celebrate. The crew was very friendly and helpful. Embarkation was so simple and easy. Disembarkation was a little more confusing when ... Read More
Friends of ours are latitude members and we share the same birthday and decided to cruise together to celebrate. The crew was very friendly and helpful. Embarkation was so simple and easy. Disembarkation was a little more confusing when it was time to find your luggage. They put our luggage in another section of the warehouse and did not inform us, so it took a little longer to find it. Then trying to get out of the warehouse was difficult. They kept telling us to go to different areas to leave. The ship was very clean and they were on top of keeping your hands washed everywhere you went. The cabin was clean, but a little small. We had a balcony, but unfortunately on our way south we could not sit out there because the spray from the water was keeping the balcony wet. Every morning we had to wipe down the railing and the glass from the spray from the night and day before. The ports we went to were beautiful. Tortilla we had the BEST excursion. The drivers were so friendly and very informative about their islans. This was the 4x4 Tour. Out excursion in St. Thomas we were VERY DISAPPOINTED in it. It is called St. Thomas tour and shopping. It was a drive up the mountain to the gift shop then down the mountain to the beach and then after 21/2 hours they picked us up and then dropped us off in the downtown shopping area. Not a mention of the island’s history or any information about the island was discussed at all. Would not recommend this tour at all. Our last stop was in Nassau and we just walked around. We did go shopping at Diamonds International with Amber and Sam and received a great price on jewelry. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
I was apprehensive about cruising on such a large ship, my favorite ships are around 2800-3000 passengers. I never felt like it was a big ship. The Bliss was super easy to navigate and what I found truly amazing all elevators stop at ... Read More
I was apprehensive about cruising on such a large ship, my favorite ships are around 2800-3000 passengers. I never felt like it was a big ship. The Bliss was super easy to navigate and what I found truly amazing all elevators stop at almost all the decks, with the exception of the upper decks. No more taking a centrally located elevator to deck 7 walking to the rear elevators to go to deck 6 to get to the Main Dining Room. This has happened to me on every ship I have cruised on (over 50 cruises) and I find most passengers don’t like that you can’t get to the MDR. Embarkation: It was easy. My last cruise was the best embarkation experience I have ever had and, on the Bliss, it was just as easy. I require wheelchair assistance and at the port I was told where to go to get assistance and was almost immediately taken to registration. Check-in was easy and I was on the ship. The NCL crew member brought me right to my cabin, so no wait. The Ship (Places I Frequented): The Bliss is beautiful. The artwork on all decks is exquisite. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it. The Observation Lounge on Deck 15 is a wonderfully quiet place that takes up about half of the deck and allows the passenger to sit and just relax and watch the ocean or the port. It serves a light lunch and it was delicious. I enjoyed my time there. I use the library on all ships. It was small and had very little choice of books and games. I know that cruise lines think since people use Electronic Readers, they don’t need the library but there are many passengers who still read books and enjoy using the room to pay cards or games, some place quiet. The Library was lacking. The Atrium was a wonderful place to sit and people watch or to see all of the demonstrations, dancing, music or watch a movie. It seemed that as soon as the first demonstration was over, the next was ready to start. I could sit there all day long and be completely entertained. The Theater was one of the largest I have been in and it didn’t disappoint for acoustics and being able to see the show. Dining: The Garden Café on Deck 16, I only ate there once. I didn’t care for the food. Cagney’s Steakhouse has never disappointed me, I ate there three times, the food and service are amazing. The Main Dining Room, I ate there twice, I thought there wasn’t a large amount of choices and I found the food to be lacking in taste. The Local Bar and Grill was fabulous. I ate there at least four times. The food is pub fare, burgers, and salads and it was delicious. I didn’t have a bad meal there, food was hot, tasty and served fast. I never had to wait in line for a table, I loved it. I tried Cocoa’s for a dessert but thought it was over priced and not very good. The Manhattan Room was good but it was the same food that the MDRs offered, just a different setting. Supposedly a band plays, but I eat at 5:30 pm and the band doesn’t start until 7 pm, so I didn’t get to see or hear them. Bars/Clubs: I don’t drink so I can’t speak to the drinks but they were always full with passengers from the time they opened until closing. Several times I had to wait about 5 to 10 minutes to get a Coca-Cola because they were so busy. At Sugarcane’s I loved to watch the singer/piano player, very good. The Shops: Nicely organized so you could find what you were looking for, full of merchandise and the clerks were helpful. The Pools: I don’t use the pools but I love to walk around them and I noticed lots of chair hogs who would put a towel on a chair and then leave for an hour or longer. It wasn’t monitored by the crew which it should have been. The Casino: The Bliss Casino was great. There was a room where anyone that smoked had to play. It kept the smoke from bothering the nonsmoking players. It was a massive casino, the largest I have seen on a cruise ship. The staff was hard to find when you needed them. The casino offered coffee and pastries for breakfast which was nice. Usually a long line to cash out at the cage. Disembarkation: Had a little problem with disembarkation. Was directed to be at a restaurant to get off the ship, for wheelchair at 8 am. I was there at 730 and was the second passenger to arrive. It took until 845 to get off the ship. I had to walk through customs, which I don’t understand, I am always brought through at any port in a wheelchair but Miami doesn’t allow this, you have to walk unless you have your own wheelchair, not NCL’s fault. The Shows: I have seen Jersey Boys in Las Vegas and onboard the Bliss it was wonderful, glad I went. Havana Nights, I got up and left after about 15 minutes, it just wasn’t my kind of show, I didn’t like the music, dancing or any of it. The production shows were very good as they always are. I didn’t care for the comedian, not very funny. I didn’t get to the Comedy Club. There were very few things I didn’t like. The MDR food wasn’t good. A few shows I didn’t like, but that is a personal opinion, someone else might like them. Hard to find a seat in the Atrium, have to sit way in the back so not good viewing. Library is too small and not enough books to borrow. All in all, this was a great cruise and I would book another NCL Bliss cruise. 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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