1,036 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

Me and my fiancé always wanted to do this trip and now i will recommend friends.I do believe some adjustments could be made to give passengers a little more time on shore. Our dining experience was nice, well coordinated. Heard a few ... Read More
Me and my fiancé always wanted to do this trip and now i will recommend friends.I do believe some adjustments could be made to give passengers a little more time on shore. Our dining experience was nice, well coordinated. Heard a few complaints from fellow passengers about the limited space for cigaret smokers to go. The entertainment was a real treat and we enjoyed them very much. We were a little disappointed when our Helicopter ride and dog sledding was canceled. I would like to give a SPECIAL thank you to Elliot Cerrero and Ricky Gomes of the Matings Whiskey bar for the excellent service! Another big thanks to Donell Malaboza, Salvator for the excellent service during our trip, and last but not least SILAS. You couldn't have picked a better Rep for your company! These gentlemen made this one of my most memorable trips to date and because of this I will be cruising with NCL again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The NCL Bliss is an elegant ship, cabin 15276 was roomy and stylish. The dining venues were all great, I enjoyed the Cagney steak house, La Bistro and the Haven's restaurants. All the other restaurants were good too, but those were my ... Read More
The NCL Bliss is an elegant ship, cabin 15276 was roomy and stylish. The dining venues were all great, I enjoyed the Cagney steak house, La Bistro and the Haven's restaurants. All the other restaurants were good too, but those were my favorites. The Jersey Boys were great and had lots of fun playing bingo. This ship something for everyone to enjoy. The services were extraordinary from the stewards, the servers and the butlers. One thing I truly liked was that in any dining area including lounges, they had sinks with water to wash your hands. They also had people standing by the larger buffet areas to provide you with hand sanitizer, if you choose not to was your hands properly. I was truly surprised how they were hygiene forward this ship was from embarkment. The ports were good, the only disappointment was Victoria, we arrived to late to the ship, since most shops were closed and you only had a hour of daylight to see the sites. I would definitely travel with NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Wanted to take my husband on his first cruise and let him see Seattle and Alaska. Chose to go early in the season to beat crowds and save money. We were not specifically looking to take the Bliss, but we loved this ship. It is a beautiful ... Read More
Wanted to take my husband on his first cruise and let him see Seattle and Alaska. Chose to go early in the season to beat crowds and save money. We were not specifically looking to take the Bliss, but we loved this ship. It is a beautiful ship with great facilities in pristine condition. Service on the ship was consistently good, from steward to wait staff and everyone else. We appreciated the great service we received. Entertainment was also very good. We saw Britain’s Finest (Beatles cover band) twice because they were so good. They even look like the Beatles. The first couple of nights, they played early hits, and then played later songs a couple of times. They alternate between the Theater and the Cavern Club bar. Reservations are not accepted for any of the shows. We also saw Havana. The costumes, singing and dancing were good but the story was hard to follow. I don’t recommend it. Jersey Boys, on the other hand, was excellent. It is in the Theater, is offered several times during the cruise, and reservations are recommended. You can reserve online prior to the cruise, which is what we did. We also had fun in the casino playing slots. On the first day of the cruise, a guy next to us won $10,000! We probably came out a little bit ahead overall. Nice facility. We also tried Bingo a few times and it was entertaining but we didn’t win anything. Food was amazing! Our steak dinner at Cagney’s was our favorite but we also had great meals at Savor, Taste, Manhattan and The Local. Nice snack food was available on the observation deck. Buffet had a nice selection but there were glitches like cold food, no ice, etc. Embarking and disembarking were smooth. Cabins were ready when we boarded, which was nice. We walked off the ship with our own luggage. Long lines but we were still off the ship by 7:20. We enjoyed our mini-suite cabin, which made great use of space and of course provided a balcony for great views of the scenery. Last but not least, we loved our stops, which included Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria. In Juneau we went to the Mendenhall Glacier, which was beautiful, with nice hikes and an interesting visitor center with gift shop. It was rainy and a bit chilly so we went directly back to the ship afterwards, though we could have been dropped off downtown and taken a shuttle back. In Skagway, we booked a half-day tour to the Yukon through Frontier Excursions, which was excellent. Beautiful scenery and a funny and informative guide. Loved it. While we were told to meet near the pier, we found out we could be picked up downtown, so we walked into town and did a little shopping first...then took the tour and then got dropped off at the pier, though others opted to be dropped off downtown, which is only about a 10 minute walk from the pier. In Ketchikan, we did the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and had a blast. The show is funny and engaging. We had time before the show to do some walking around and shopping. The show itself is about a 5 minute walk from the pier and lasts about an hour. Definitely recommend. We didn’t get to Victoria until night time the evening before our return to Seattle. We had booked a city tour but backed out since we knew we would have an early start the next day. We just walked off the ship. There’s not much right there except for two gift shops, so we just checked those out and then returned to the ship. We were told the walk into town would have been about 20 minutes, FYI, but there is a taxi stand in addition to tour offers. I should also mention we stayed in Seattle for two days prior to departure and really enjoyed it. Highlights included the Space Needle, Pike Place Market (with lunch one day at Lowell’s and another day at the Athenian), and a city tour through Tours Northwest. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Overall an magnificent experience on this cruise ship. We loved their services,dining, and entertainment. The Norwegian staffs has great customer services skills, prompt, and did an excellent job on the ship. We loved their food ... Read More
Overall an magnificent experience on this cruise ship. We loved their services,dining, and entertainment. The Norwegian staffs has great customer services skills, prompt, and did an excellent job on the ship. We loved their food selection from dining rooms, to the Garden Buffet. If this is your first time on this ship, please take advantage of the Go Kart racing, laser tag, evening entertainments, and daily shows. The inside cabin was what it was described online. Overall enough space for us, I didn't care about a window, since we were outside most of the time. Remember to do reservations online or on the touchscreen electronic boards in the ship. I would definitely recommend this cruise ship to anyone. Since it's new and the overall ship was very clean. Only thing I would like to mention is the disembarkation on the last day to Seattle was a long wait time. Unfortunately that is beyond Norwegian's control, since it was due to US Custom clearing off the ship. Bon Voyage!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Been on 30+ cruises...the wife and I are in agreement that if we start whining and complaining about a cruise, it may be a sign that cruising is no longer for us. I understand hiccups in any vacation, but am of the philosophy that ... Read More
Been on 30+ cruises...the wife and I are in agreement that if we start whining and complaining about a cruise, it may be a sign that cruising is no longer for us. I understand hiccups in any vacation, but am of the philosophy that 'you get out what you put in'. That being said, if you're looking for someone to tear-apart/nit-pick/etc, look elsewhere....when you're provided constant food/beverage, cabin cleaning, entertainment, etc., we feel it's nothing short of a blessing. For those of you who have read negative reviews (and are nervous about your cruise), I hope this helps. Some people love to complain, and unfortunately they are the ones who tend to write reviews...Here's a bit of a different perspective on cruising. Took the 5-12 May Bliss Alaska cruise out of Seattle. Nothing short of spectacular...maybe our best cruise ever. Stayed at Marriott across the pier the night before...convenient ship access, city access, etc. Great place to stay. I'm thrifty, and not much is 'cheap' in Seattle, so this was a bit of a dilemma. We were very pleased w/ our stay. Boarding went very smoothly. No pax from previous 're-position', so we were allowed to board around 1045 am. Rooms were ready early as well (well before the typical 1pm). Food on this cruise was spectacular. Ate at 3 pay restaurants (Q, Tepenaki and Cagney's), and the remainder of meals were at the included restaurants. Tepenaki was our least favorite, due to 'loudness' of neighboring chef's doing their shows at their table. Still a great meal and fun times...just a bit 'busy' feeling while dining. We're not buffet diners...ate there once (prime rib)...it was delicious. Did the dog sled experience in Juno, White Pass train in Skagway, and private tour in Ketchikan. Loved all 3 excursions...highly recommend White Pass if you're into admiring God's beauty (and why would you be on a cruise if you didn't....) Entertainment was fantastic as well. Jersey Boys was great. Saw the Beatle's tribute 4 of the 5 times offered...can't say enough about them if you're into that music. Ocean balcony was great. No generally particular on inside cabin vs balcony, but would recommend a balcony on this trip...the views were indescribable. Disembarking was awesome as well...ship got luggage to the airline, and we walked off (7-8am slot). Easy. Hung out around town for a couple hrs, Ubered to the airport ($27 for four people w/ tip), flew home in the afternoon. If cruising is for you, I highly recommend this ship and sailing. We're loyal to Royal, but love the Bliss/Escape/Epic, and particularly enjoy Alaska on a ship designed w/ that trip in mind. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We enjoyed taking our 10 year old granddaughter on this cruise. It was a no-brainer as she lives in San Pedro and we live in Seattle. Fun to cruise the coast and end in Vancouver followed by a train ride home to Seattle. My wife and I ... Read More
We enjoyed taking our 10 year old granddaughter on this cruise. It was a no-brainer as she lives in San Pedro and we live in Seattle. Fun to cruise the coast and end in Vancouver followed by a train ride home to Seattle. My wife and I enjoyed sharing with her the cruise vacation lifestyle we love. She enjoyed the freedom of the Splash Academy but also hanging out with Grammy and Papi. She made friends, learned new things, loved the buffet, doing activities like watching the towel folding demonstration and more. We are already planning our next cruise with her for her 13th birthday in 2021. This way she can got to Entourage. My wife thought Jersey Boys was the best show we have ever seen on a cruise. We also made note that this also may be the best food we have ever had on a cruise. The only downside is due to Canadian and Washington State laws, the stores were closed the last three days and many of the bars as the ship was only allowed 8 bars open at any time. Finally, we had a great time doing laser tag as a family. We were on a team with another family and it was super fun. Note...be prepared to walk the stairs or wait for elevators. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Our first time on a very large ship, previous cruises have always been on ships with less that 2000. While there were 4000 on this ship it seemed less crowded most times than a medium size vessel. We found some of the staff less than ... Read More
Our first time on a very large ship, previous cruises have always been on ships with less that 2000. While there were 4000 on this ship it seemed less crowded most times than a medium size vessel. We found some of the staff less than enthusiastic to provide more than the basic help, that tended to be more the exception than the rule and was really only in a couple of the bars. The room attendants were exceptional as were the staff in the Garden Cafe which is the buffet area. Speaking of the buffet, we found the food to be creative and well seasoned with more than ample serving stations and areas to get a seat. We did 2 nights of specialty dining. The French Bistro was a nice break because the room is quiet and the service was very good. One dish we had, the veal was excellent and the other one, sole was over cooked. 2 of the appetizers were less than good.Presentation was as one would expect in a French Bistro. The star attraction here was the desserts. We were on a dining package which allowed us to have 2 appies, 1 main and 1 dessert each. The other meal we chose to go to the Teppanyaki house. A form of group dining that we have not done for about 20 years. The food was ample and cooked perfectly, the chef at the grill very entertaining and the side service excellent. Note that this is fun and entertaining but not a place to go if your looking for a quiet meal. Tons of entertainment all over the ship and the bands tend to rotate from venue to venue during the cruise so most you get to see more than once so dont worry if you miss the first event they are at. We took the repositional cruise from San Pedro CA up to Vancouver Canada with stops in San Francisco and Victoria. Getting on and off the ship at ports of call was a breeze and ample time was given at ports to really get out and investigate the surrounding countryside. We did not partake in any of the ship offered excursions as we are very familiar with the places we were going and able to get around on public transit, walking or Uber. Victoria has a shuttle that runs you into downtown or you can walk the 20 minutes. In San Fran you are essentially within walking distance of plenty to do but would highly recommend taking the Hop On Hop off tours that pick you up right in front of the port parking lot. Back on the ship our room was a mini suite and smaller than we are used to. In general it would seem the rooms are smaller than most ships I have been on but still adequate. As a reasonable new ship everything was in good working order with plenty of water pressure and endless hot water. HVAC systems worked exceptionally well in the room and in all parts of the ship. For comfort, in many of the covered outdoor area's on the ship there are overhead heaters. At this time of year on the west coast it made it enjoyable to sit outside and eat or drink in many area's. That would not have been so without at. Very important as they have a deck with bars and patio extensions from several of the restaurants called the Waterfront. Other cool features on this ship are a 2 level go cart track powered by electric cars, A free fall water slide over the side of the ship, mini golf, Tube water slide and hot tubs that tend to hang over the side of the ship so you have a wonderful unobstructed view if you are in one when coming into a port or whale watching. Too many bars to list here (about 22 of them I think) and so many food options, plenty are complimentary and plenty are al a carte or have surcharges. From an authentic BBQ joint, to Sushi to a Jimmy Buffet Margarittavile burger joint there is something for everyone on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We were looking for a west coast cruise for the family. This was our first time on Norwegian. The bliss is a beautiful new ship and never seemed really crowded even though it holds 5,000 passengers. The smaller complimentary restaurants ... Read More
We were looking for a west coast cruise for the family. This was our first time on Norwegian. The bliss is a beautiful new ship and never seemed really crowded even though it holds 5,000 passengers. The smaller complimentary restaurants (Taste and Savor) were much more warm and inviting than the Manhattan. The food and service was great in all the restaurants and the garden buffet. We didn’t try any of the specialty restaurants although we heard great things about cagneys steak house. We weren’t really impressed with puerto Vallarta. Did an excursion to stone island beach in mazatlan which was actually nice. All the alcohol you could drink. Cabo was our favorite and we will probably go back by plane. Saw jersey boys and it was fabulous. They aren’t kidding when they saw broadway productions. Also tried the go carts which was pretty cool knowing you are on a ship in the middle of the ocean. All in all a great cruise. And we were amazed at the speed they got us on and off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
It's been 2 years since my last cruise and I was ready. I'm so glad we chose this one. Getting on the ship was pretty easy and fast. I expected it to be hard considering the number of people. We had lunch in the buffet and it ... Read More
It's been 2 years since my last cruise and I was ready. I'm so glad we chose this one. Getting on the ship was pretty easy and fast. I expected it to be hard considering the number of people. We had lunch in the buffet and it was good. We were in our room by 2 PM. The room was small for a mini suite but adequate. There is a lot of storage in the room. The bathroom was great. I loved the full body shower. I was not impressed with the majority of the food. Other than the specialty restaurants, the food was bland. My least favorite was The local. We found the service poor and the food the same. We loved all 3 ports. I wish we would have had more time in Cabo, but I got a beautiful ring, so i cant complain. My advice for Mazaltlan if you want to to just look around and your is to just take the open air taxis to town. $12-$15 one way and you see everything. We paid $45 for the double decker bus and it's not worth it. I would totally recommend this cruise. I have to give props to the Cruise Director, Silas Cook and his entire staff. Silas and Alex are the best in the business. Alex is the life of any party and one of the nicest people I've ever met. By far, Silas is just the most wonderful person ever. I had the chance to just chat with him for a while and I loved just getting to know him. I hope I cross paths with he and his staff again. Was the cruise perfect, nope. Nothing in life is perfect. I will say 1 week felt like 3. I cant wait to go back!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My Experience My experience on the Norwegian Bliss was my first cruise ever, as well as my husband's. We decided to do our honeymoon on the Bliss because we were struck with the Go-Kart on the ship since we both have a love for ... Read More
My Experience My experience on the Norwegian Bliss was my first cruise ever, as well as my husband's. We decided to do our honeymoon on the Bliss because we were struck with the Go-Kart on the ship since we both have a love for go-karting. That was so much fun! It was FAST and exciting! I have to say that we want to do the cruise again soon and take the kids. If you appreciate smaller things, you will appreciate a trip to Mexico for 7 days! I don't get all the negative remarks on these reviews, but I am grateful for small things in life! There was over 4000 people on the ship and most of the time, it didn’t feel over-crowded. The only time it was crowded is when a show is let out and the exercise drill. There was a couple of nights that it felt like a ghost-town, most everyone was turned in for the night or hiding somewhere! Haha! About the Ship The ship was beautiful! I have never seen anything so big and beautiful. I couldn't get enough pictures. This trip was a big deal for both of us and we were just so excited to see something that we have never experienced before. We walked all over the ship and tried to see every inch of the ship since it was such a beautiful thing. I am grateful that we had this opportunity to experience an awesome vacation on this big beautiful boat! I am pretty sure we poked around just about every corner except for the Haven area. Our Cabin Room Our room was the Mid-Ship Stateroom with Balcony on the 13th Deck and I wouldn't pick any other room on board. We had originally picked out a room on 5th deck that was in the center and I am glad we decided to upgrade twice to get a room with the balcony. I felt it was plenty of room with just the both of us. I can bet it would be plenty if I had my kids with me. We were confused at how to keep the light on in our cabin and later learned that we had to keep the room key in the slot (learned this from avid fellow cruiser)! Our room was kept cleaned every day and we had a surprise waiting for us every time we came back to our room. Thank you, Larry, for outstanding services with the cabin and we were excited to see each animal towels left just for us! We are also very thankful for the Honeymoon Package waiting for us when we first entered the cabin. That was a very nice touch! When leaving on our final day, we waited until the last minute on the night before the last day to get two new beach towels and to my dismay, we never got them – oh well – we have another souvenir that we are happy with. Dining Experience (Specialty, Buffet included) I have to say that I was really impressed with all the Specialty Dining we had. We got the Dining Package that consist of 3 Specialty Dining and our choices were The Q, Teppanyaki and Los Labos. Of course, we made reservations at The Taste, Manhatten Room and visited The Local few times. For our Honeymoon package, we had our romantic dinner at Le Bistro which was very lovely and completely enjoyed ourselves. I was happy with a bottle of Bubbly which was delicious and a bottle of white wine that we took back to our room later. Breakfast was pretty much at the Garden Café every morning and occasional lunch. I just know we ate so much food and loved every bit of it. I had an issue with couple of things on my plate that I have chosen but overall really good food. I am just thankful there was plenty to go around! We also had the drink package and that was the best thing ever as we drank whatever we wanted throughout the day. Never got drunk or felt any hangover. It was perfect! Entertainment & Activities We saw most of the shows such as the Comedy Night at the Social, The Havana!, The Jersey Boys and not to mention the International Talent Show done by most of the crewmembers! OUTSTANDING! I was happy with all the shows and completely enjoyed myself. It was a very relaxing atmosphere and loved every minute of it. My husband was enjoying himself as well. We both absolutely love the Go-Karts and did that four times. Although I never made it up on the board, I had so much fun! Mini-golf was cute, it was so small though. I believe more creation in the mini-golf would be ideal. We hung out by the pool a couple of days and went to most of the themed party. I am confused as to why there were children at the H2O when it clearly shows “Adults Only – 21 and over?” Same thing with children in the Adult Only pool. I heard complaint about the pool being overcrowded but I didn’t feel like it was. I have seen worse overcrowded pools before. We did not opt to play the Laser Tag, it just wasn’t our thing but man it looked fun. We didn’t have the chance to check out the Hot Tub – it was always full of people or shut down. Shore Excursions Experiences Puerto Vallarta: We chose Tequila Town, Country and Farm Excursion and it was a pleasant tour. The tour guidance, Hugo was excellent. I love his trilling R’s! I enjoyed the tour through the town and the church especially. However, I was a little disappointed in the town itself, it was so run down and dirty. The local folks looked so depressed, sitting outside their shop waiting for business, that I just wanted to jump back onto the happy ship! Once we got to the Tequila Farm, the fun started heating up with 6 samples of tequilas and loved them all! Had a nice little lunch with authentic tacos and then we did a little bit of shopping on our own when we got back to the port and bought some souvenirs! Mazatlán: We chose the Hike the Lighthouse Excursion because we both love to hike and explore the nature. Our reservation was in the high time of the day, so it was a bit warm. Thankfully I had my big brim hat on since I had gotten sunburn days before from chilling out by the pool. Our tour guide was very friendly and did an awesome job with the tour. I made it all the way to the top at the Lighthouse after going up over 340 something steps! It was a struggle, but we did it! Great team support as I had some couples encouraging me along the way because I was nearly giving up. Good hike though! Again, did some quick shopping at the port before loading back up on the big happy boat! We only saw a small part of the downtown area and it was a little more colorful than Puerto Vallarta! Cabo, San Lucas We chose the Snorkeling, Paddle board and Kayak adventure and I will NEVER forget this trip! We got on this awesome boat that was pretty fast and bee-bopped across the water to our final destination. Before we headed that way, we toured around the most beautiful rock formations ever! It was a sight to see! Once we got to our destination, we explored the beautiful sea down under with our snorkeling gear! I am so thankful for the photographer that was with us because he got some awesome pictures of us swimming below – holding hands and pointing at fish! I was so thankful for such a beautiful time! I spent few moments on the kayak and we had to head back. Not enough time for such a great adventure! Then we saw the jumping baby whale having the time of its life! Thank you, Lord, for such a beauty in sight! I am truly thankful for the Cabo Adventure for such a wonderful adventure! They had tons of photos for us to take back home on a flash drive for a small cost! We did some quick shopping as we had to head back to the happy ship at 1:30 pm and it was lined up for miles! No complaint as it was all smooth-sailing! I was sad to be leaving so soon as we wanted to explore more. Like someone else said in the review, we are flying back to explore more! Farewell: On our final day, it was so very hard to leave the boat. I had tears in my eyes as I was saying goodbye to all the staff. They were all outstanding, friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. We were greeted every day, throughout the day! All of our waiters/waitresses did such an amazing job and I can't thank them all enough! We are coming back for sure and pick another destination as traveling has been on our bucket list for a while! To our surprise, we didn’t spend a whole lot as we paid for everything in advanced and that was a nice plan! I tried to add some photos but I am having issues with the download. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The timing was perfect. We had already been to the Caribbean and wanted somewhere different. They work like a well oiled machine. All ship personnel were knowledgeable about the ship. The embarking and disembarking went smoothly, even the ... Read More
The timing was perfect. We had already been to the Caribbean and wanted somewhere different. They work like a well oiled machine. All ship personnel were knowledgeable about the ship. The embarking and disembarking went smoothly, even the tenders were easy. There were a good balance of sea days and port days. Just a LOT of people on that ship, hard to get an elevator. The food is amazing, and the specialty restaurants are awesome. There was not much room at the pool, unfortunately there is only one adult only pool. The one thing I found to be unfortunate is the standard for dress in the dining rooms. No one seems to want to get dressed up anymore. This in my opinion, lowers the standard of the people on board. I used to look forward to dress up nights. Even at the Theatre shows, shorts and t-shirts. Though the staff are diligent about washing hands, my husband and I both picked up a bug and were sick for the last few days. We enjoyed ourselves, and the excursions were as promised. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Before we cruised I read every review I could find, and to be honest, I was concerned about the negative comments concerning the crew, the service, the food, etc. DON'T BELIEVE THEM!! We had an AMZING experience and highly recommend ... Read More
Before we cruised I read every review I could find, and to be honest, I was concerned about the negative comments concerning the crew, the service, the food, etc. DON'T BELIEVE THEM!! We had an AMZING experience and highly recommend this ship and itinerary! EMBARKATION: Easy. Arrived around 10:30. No line at check in. We checked in, got our cards, and were on the ship around noon. STATEROOM: We had a balcony stateroom on Deck 10. Getting in to the closet was hard with the beds separated, but there was more than ample storage space. Bathroom had tons of storage too, and the shower was really big! Our stateroom steward John was wonderful! He gave us a towel animal every single day, to the delight of my 13-year-old daughter! Every request was fulfilled, from reconfiguring the beds (room was originally configured for a couple and I was travelling with my two teen daughters) to extra ice for my ice packs at night (I was 11 weeks from double knee replacements on this cruise and still icing at night). He even left us a note on the last night, thanking us for sailing with them and hoping to see us again. But it wasn't just OUR steward. We were in room 10898 towards the back of the ship, and often used the elevators or stairs at the front of the ship and walked the entire 10th floor back to our room. We passed MANY room stewards, and were ALWAYS greeted with a smile! Seriously, nearly every single crew member we encountered gave us a smile and a friendly greeting! ELEVATORS: I don't understand what all the complaints are about with the elevators?!? The only time they were busy was when a show let out (DUH!!), and we just walked to the other bank of elevators or took the stairs. FOOD: We ate in the Garden Café, Taste, Savor, Los Lobos, Q Smokehouse and Cagney's. The food in every venue was DELICIOUS! My kids loved the variety of the Garden Café. There were plenty of stations and we never waited in long lines. Yes, it got busy sometimes. It's a BUFFET! But the staff were very helpful directing the flow of traffic, always with a smile. We filled our water bottles on port days at the water station in the buffet. It was never a problem. You just have to use a glass and not fill the bottle directly, which is completely understandable. We ate breakfast and dinner a few times at Taste and Savor. Our meals were hot, delicious and timely. We never had a long wait, and the servers were friendly and accommodating. My daughter ordered the Alfredo without mushrooms. Not a problem. We asked tons of questions about the menus. Our servers answered patiently. We treated them with respect, engaged them in conversation, SMILED at them. These people work HARD to make sure we have a good vacation. We appreciated them, and in return we received fabulous service! SPECIALTY DINING: Again, the service was AMAZING!! At Los Lobos, we barely made it through the appetizers! We each took one bite of our entrees, and skipped desert. Q was pretty much the same, so we didn't order as many apps in Cagney's so we could enjoy our entrees! We got the specialty dining as a perk, but it was only for the first 2 people in the cabin. Each time we checked in, the hostess would say "third person is a la carte," and I was fully prepared to pay for that third meal. However, in ALL THREE SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS, the server did NOT charge me for the third meal, or the extra appetizers!! Our last night we ate in Cagney's, and our sweet server said "I'm gonna take good care of you! I'm going to make sure your last night of vacation is the best night. I'm not charging you for her meal." Hard to describe how that made us feel. Special to be sure. She even hugged me after the meal. As did our server in Los Lobos. And the young lady that made our table side guacamole was such a delight to talk to! I do NOT understand the negative reviews I read about the crew. I think it's more a reflection on the reviewer, and NOT the crew members... ENTERTAINMENT: We did EVERYTHING we possibly could, and still did not do all we wanted. Upon embarking, we went down a floor and used the screens near the elevator/stairs to book comedy shows, laser tag and go karts. Plenty of availability. I've never done laser tag, and I've never laughed so hard as when I did laser tag on the Bliss! Really fun! But skip the long lines at the Social and book them yourselves on the screens. We did family karaoke, saw Jersey Boys and Havana!, and hung out by the pool a LOT. Tip: plenty of loungers on Deck 17 above the pool deck. Not as loud up there and more sun than on the pool deck. We got 3 loungers together every single sea day. Plenty of waiters on the pool deck, and the Waves bar was never really busy. We used the fitness center in the mornings (we're early risers) and then sat reading in the hot tubs until the day warmed up. SHORE EXCURSIONS: We did Los Veranos Canopy Tours in Puerto Vallarta. The speed boat to the jungle was a BLAST!!! The zip-lining was AMAZING (14 lines!), and there's a restaurant over a river to swim in with a slide built into the rock and kayaks and all kinds of fun stuff to do. I HIGHLY recommend!! I booked directly with the company. In Mazatlán we rode horses on Stone Island with Maria's Happy Horses. They were AMAZING! Our group included first timers and long time riders, and the were so accommodating! 16 total from our ship, booked directly for $35 each. Again, I HIGHLY recommend!! In Cabo San Lucas, we did the Signature Dolphin Swim booked through NCL. AMAZING! We loved every minute of it, and splurged and bought the pics for around $179 dollars. SUMMARY: We had an amazing experience on the Bliss, and would definitely recommend this ship! Treat the crew with the respect they deserve, and they will give you the vacation of a lifetime! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I went on the Bliss because we usually cruise Royal or Celebrity and I wanted to check out their newest ship while it was on the west coast. We are Diamond on Royal and Elite on Celebrity. We would like to build loyalty with another cruise ... Read More
I went on the Bliss because we usually cruise Royal or Celebrity and I wanted to check out their newest ship while it was on the west coast. We are Diamond on Royal and Elite on Celebrity. We would like to build loyalty with another cruise line and we like they included a few perks with the booking. This is our 34th cruise and we had a really fun week on the Bliss. The ship is pretty, staff was very friendly and food was good. We were not impressed with Cagneys (average service and food) but we liked Teppanyaki. The Food at Q was good but the place lacked windows or atmosphere. Drinks were great onboard and all the shows (Prohibition, jersey boys, comedy, The band Siglo and show Havana were all top notch. I booked the Norwegian Joy for the Oct repo cruise to experience that ship while it’s also on the west coast Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I had previously done a partial Panama Canal cruise which means the ship went from Ft. Lauderdale through one set of locks and then turned around in Gatun Lake and went back out through the same set of locks with a return to Ft. ... Read More
I had previously done a partial Panama Canal cruise which means the ship went from Ft. Lauderdale through one set of locks and then turned around in Gatun Lake and went back out through the same set of locks with a return to Ft. Lauderdale. When a friend suggested going on a Panama Canal cruise I instantly agreed to go with her. We chose to go on the Norwegian Bliss since there would be so many activities and things to do on this longer than normal cruise. We were not disappointed! Everything was awesome - the ship, the entertainment, food, bars, and service. There was an abundance of free activities as well as the ones that cost extra. The entertainment was first class! The small groups that played in various venues around the ship were excellent. There were many choices for food. The weather was great and we did not encounter any difficulties. The port stops in Mexico changed several times from the time we booked the cruise until we actually went but it was okay. I especially like sea days so this was a great cruise for me - 6 ports in 15 days with 9 sea days. The whole day transit of the Panama Canal was fabulous! The age of the cruisers on this trip was slightly older than normal since it is longer and more expensive and there were fewer children on board. Those who were on board seemed to thoroughly enjoy the extra time they got on some of the amenities. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal, but were hesitant about the length of the cruise (15 nights). We have taken numerous cruises, with most of them 7 nights. The experience on Norwegian's Bliss was exceptional, and ... Read More
We have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal, but were hesitant about the length of the cruise (15 nights). We have taken numerous cruises, with most of them 7 nights. The experience on Norwegian's Bliss was exceptional, and the length of the trip turned out to be just right. We prefer NCL for two main reasons: open dining and on-board music. The Bliss did not disappoint. The smaller main dining room, Savor, was our go to place for diner. The food was exceptional (especially the Salmon), the waitstaff so friendly, and the ambiance very appealing. There were numerous shows, concerts and events on board, and where else could you be at poolside in the evening watching the NCAA Final Four on a big screen tv? The main event was the Panama Canal, and the full day going through Panama was thrilling. Other ports of call added to a great trip. We do some shore excursions, but find that getting off the ship and wandering the public places are culturally very rich. Hats off to all of the staff, and another special thank you to the Fourever Fab, the Beatles tribute band that took all of us back to special times. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I booked this adventure as it has been at the top of my vacation priorities for a long time. This 15 day transit of the new Panama Canal exceeded even my lofty expectations (I am a seasoned cruiser). The crew and staff of NCL`s Bliss made ... Read More
I booked this adventure as it has been at the top of my vacation priorities for a long time. This 15 day transit of the new Panama Canal exceeded even my lofty expectations (I am a seasoned cruiser). The crew and staff of NCL`s Bliss made every effort to ensure that the transit and the whole experience was exhilarating - and it was! The entire fifth day of the cruise was spent going through the canal - which took from about 7:00 A.M till close to 9:00 P.M. ; the weather was perfect and the excitement was shared by many of my fellow cruisers (most of which were transiting the new canal for the first time). There was even a guest lecturer on board who gave two lectures; one on the history of the canal and another on the conquering of yellow fever in Panama. This guest expert also narrated the crossing throughout the day. His anecdotes and color commentary greatly added to my enjoyment of the experience and appreciation of the new Panama Canal (opened in 2016). To commemorate the canal transit, the officers of the Bliss issued every guest a beautiful color certificate memorializing the trip, signed by the captain and included a glossy color certificate documenting the cruise and ports of call. These are genuine souvenirs worth framing and a very fitting commemoration of the adventure. One thing worth noting: during the time spent on the crossing, NCL facilitated guest access to the bow area (not usually accessible to guests) for viewing the canal locks and the tug. They also furnished refreshments and set up canopies to protect guests from the intense sun. A very nice touch. This viewing area at the bow on deck 8 allowed a great up close view of the tug guiding the ship and the operation of the locks that we could not have gotten from the observation area on deck 15 (a great area to view but deck 8`s observation area was much closer to “the action”). This special access was greatly appreciated and allowed me to get some great photos and video of the entire canal crossing Oh, I speculate that NCL booked this time slot so as to facilitate the best viewing (daylight) of the Panama Canal - again, my heartfelt thanks, NCL! You made the trip truly memorable !!! While the crossing was the highlight of my cruise, the rest of the trip was also magnificent. Sea days with first class entertainment and shore excursions that offered a sampling of the best that the port had to offer. Fandamtastic experience! Thanks to all on NCL Bliss! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Had the most amazing 15 days on Bliss through the Panama Canal. Ship is beautiful and the staff went over and above to make our trip the best yet. Specialty restaurants certainly worth it with the exception of "Q", not worthy of ... Read More
Had the most amazing 15 days on Bliss through the Panama Canal. Ship is beautiful and the staff went over and above to make our trip the best yet. Specialty restaurants certainly worth it with the exception of "Q", not worthy of the "specialty restaurant" label. Majority of the excursions were as advertised but Acapulco was a bust, walking tour was not worth the money or the time. Old Mazatlan walking tour with amazing definitely undersold in the description.Deck 15 cabins can be noisy as they are under the Pool Deck. Observation Lounge was great but way too many people sleeping all day on the loungers. Shopping on board is below par compared to other cruises we have been on, very little choice and the same items came out almost every night. Looking to book our next cruise on the Bliss really soon. A visit to the A List Bar is a must, the bartenders are awesome, lots of fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Just got off of our 15 night Norwegian Bliss vacation yesterday. We departed Miami on 03/30/2019 and arrived back on 04/14/2019. I have been on a total of seven cruises, and this is my first NCL cruise. This review will be very detailed, ... Read More
Just got off of our 15 night Norwegian Bliss vacation yesterday. We departed Miami on 03/30/2019 and arrived back on 04/14/2019. I have been on a total of seven cruises, and this is my first NCL cruise. This review will be very detailed, for all of those who enjoy details; however, it will not include any pictures. This is also our longest cruise to date. Please feel free to ask any questions! My cruise history is as follows: 2007 - Carnival Triumph 2008 - Ruby Princess 2010 - Caribbean Princess 2011 - Carnival Miracle 2015 - Carnival Breeze 2017 - Carnival Vista 2019 - Norwegian Bliss BACKGROUND: My name is Ryan, and I am currently 39 years old. I was traveling with my Husband, AndyMike who is 33 years old. We reside in Southern California. This is my seventh cruise and his third cruise OUTGOING FLIGHT: Our outgoing flight was a red-eye on 03/26/2019 from LAX to FLL on Jetblue, which arrived early in the morning on 03/27/2019. THE DAYS BEFORE THE CRUISE: I arrived in FLL early in the morning on 03/27/2019. I rented a car from Enterprise, which it is quite easy to get to the car rental center from the terminals at FLL. Renting with Enterprise was painless and very quick. The Car Rental Center at FLL is very organized and you shouldn't have a very difficult experience. We got married in Fort Lauderdale before our cruise. Our wedding was on the sand in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and our wedding reception was at the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, FL. Everything exceeded our expectations and it was a wonderful experience. We got married with 50 members of our family and friends. The day after our wedding, but before the cruise 15 of us took a pedal boat by a company called Lagerhead Cycleboats on the waterways of Fort Lauderdale which was awesome. We stayed at the Doubletree Hollywood Resort which is in Hollywood, FL not too far south of the Fort Lauderdale airport. I recommend this hotel for friendly service, a great hotel pool and a good view if you are on the north rooms of the property. TRANSPORTATION TO THE PORT: Although we picked up our Enterprise rental at FLL, we dropped it off at the Doubletree Grand Hotel in Miami, FL at 9am on cruise embarkation morning. We then took an Uber, which was only about $8.00 from that hotel to the port. EMBARKATION: This was the easiest and most painless embarkation I have ever experienced. We chose a check-in time of between 9:30AM and 10:00am. We arrived at exactly 9:30am. We queued up and the security lines opened up at about 9:45AM. I would say that we were probably number 20 in the security line. We received boarding group 1 cards and after getting our key cards sat in the terminal to await boarding. We were called to board by 11am. WHAT WE DID FIRST: It is important to book some of your most important reservations immediately once you board. The current process is to go to the Social on Deck Six to board those. You can also book from one of the many, many kiosks on almost every deck of the ship. Now, please note --- the kiosks may or may not be working immediately upon boarding, so we did end up going to the social. The lines were really not that bad and everything was booked in about 45 minutes. We booked Go Karts, Laser Tag, Comedy Shows, Happy Hour Prohibition, and got the Vibe Beach Pass all in the social. Please note that we booked the Wifi Package, Thermal Spa, Photo Package, Jersey Boys, Havana and Specialty Restaurant Reservations before we boarded the ship online. OUR PERKS: Our perks that came with our reservation was the premium beverage package for two, prepaid gratuities and $50 per port (per stateroom) shore excursion credit). OVERALL IMPRESSION/DECOR This was a sold out cruise! Overall, it did not seem that crowded to us. Yes, there were some crowded areas, which I will go into detail with later on in the review; however, overall it did not seem that crowded. I credit the excellent design of the ship. The ship is beautiful. The ship has only been in service since the second quarter of 2018. The ship is in GREAT CONDITION, as all of our cruises have been. One of the things that impressed me the most is was the artwork around the ship. There is high quality artwork everywhere on every wall of the ship. This includes all public areas and all guest room hallways. It is beautiful and amazing. STAFF OVERALL The staff of this ship is simply amazing. Remember, treat people the way you want to be treated. That was our motto and is always our motto. The staff overall was very friendly. I rate them at a 9 out of 10. I would say there were maybe a handful of less than 10 that were pretty miserable. Not bad for over 1700 cruise members. I will talk about some individual staff members in other parts of my review; however, I will talk about the Cruise Director, Silas here. Silas is a wonderful cruise director. He is a very organized cruise director and has a pretty good cruise activities staff. He is very visible on the ship and we usually saw him three of four times a day. He is energetic and has a great personality. Now, as you probably know if you are a frequent cruiser on NCL, most people have the premium beverage package as a perk. Since most people have that, I will point out that there are plenty of bar servers in almost every venue; however, you have to usually ask them for a drink. They are always walking around; however, you should ask them as they will not be asking you. (They don't have to ask since it is included for most people). Of course, if you can't find a server, you just walk up to one of the many bars anywhere on the ship. TIPPING: Tipping is a personal thing; however, let me take time to remind you that this wonderful hard working staff on these ships work very hard and many of the staff members do not get paid a lot. I encourage you to celebrate and applaud the hard work that they do by tipping appropriately. My personal way of tipping is that I leave the suggested gratuities of Norwegian on my Onboard Account (which I believe is currently about $15.00 per person per day), and I give additional cash gratuities to individual staff members during the middle of my cruise, if I feel that there service is excellent (which this time it was with everyone I gave additional gratuity to). I gave additional gratuities to my favorite restaurant hostess, favorite restaurant server, stateroom steward, and favorite bartenders. 2 STATEROOM: Our room was available by 1:15PM which was before the promised time. We went to our room at about 1:45pm, which was after we finished lunch. We were also pleasantly surprised that our luggage was delivered by 4pm. We had room 8116 which was a mini-suite with large balcony on the port side forward. We never heard any noise from above or below our stateroom and it is a very quiet hallway. There are limited rooms on Deck 8 and usually the only people that use this hallway are crew members. The Mini Suites on this ship are essentially the same as the regular balcony staterooms with the exception of the bathroom which is larger. The shower is an improvement from other cruise lines I have been on. It is a glass enclosed shower that is about two times the size of other cruise line showers and it has multiple jets and great water pressure. It also has a double faucet sink. The room itself is a little smaller that other cruise lines I have been on; however, still had ample closet and storage space. The bed was comfortable and the USB ports beside are very nice. The lighting in the room is great. The TV has multiple movie channels available and ship specific channels available. Our balcony was HUGE, almost about 60% of the size of our room. These balconies are completely open to all the rooms above you; however, we did not find this be a problem. These balconies have two small chairs with one small table and two large lounge chairs with a larger table. My only complaint is that the safe was really small and would not fit a laptop or even an Ipad. Our stateroom steward, Aaron was very nice and kept everything very tidy throughout the stay. There is an electronic do not disturb or make up room indicator outside your door. Your lock is controlled by your keycard. Service is twice daily and towel animals are usually every other day. The room is so well designed for space and efficiently considering the somewhat small size of cruise cabins. I liked the fact that the doors open outward when you are coming in or exiting the room. The balcony doors are also slide instead of push/pull, which is a great improvement. Just remember, slide your empty luggage under the bed after putting everything away! PORTS: We did excursions in each of the ports. On this trip, we booked all excursions on NCL. All of our excursions were of high quality and operated by local tour operators. Debarkation and embarkation at the cruise ports is painless and easy. I couldn't believe how easy it was. Cartagena, Colombia - Here we did a four hour tour of Cartagena including the walled city which is beautiful. We had about 40 people on this tour and I would rate it is a 8 out of 10. Panama Canal Day - It is always amazing to cruise the Panama Canal. This was our first time and it is simply an engineering marvel. We went through the new locks, since this is a very large cruise ship. The Norwegian Bliss also opens up the front of Deck 8 (usually only reserved for crew members) on Panama Canal Day for viewing. Costa Rica - Here we took an excursion which involved ziplining. It was a very fun day; however, we enjoyed ziplining in Dominican Republic a little bit better. Guatemala - We took an excursion to Antigua in Guatemala, which is a beautiful city in the higher elevations of the country. Acapulco - Although this was our least favorite port for things to see and do, we still had a beautiful time. The views from the higher elevations of Acapulco rival any of the views we saw during our trip. It was cool to see the Cliff Divers. Mazatlan - Our second favorite port. This is a beautiful Mexico port and we had a fun excursion of Salsa and Salsa, which included a Salsa Making and a Salsa Dance Class. We had an excellent tour guide and awesome instructors and it was a super fun tour. Cabo San Lucas - Our favorite port and our favorite excursion. We did the electric bikes which we did a tour on the beach and in the desert. Our tour guide was so much fun. After the bike ride, we got to make our own margaritas (unlimited) and they also provided us with a quesadilla lunch. FOOD: I'm going to rate each venue that we ate it, and give my comments. I feel that everyone can find something good to eat on this ship. There are so many great options. MAIN DINING ROOM: (Taste, Savor and Manhattan Room) Food 9/10 and Service 9/10. We ate in the main dining room for dinner 5 of our 15 nights plus lunch on embarkation day and breakfast on debarkation morning. We usually ate in Savor; however, ate once in Taste and once in the Manhattan room. All dining rooms have the same menu. We never made reservations for the main dining room. We always showed up and got seated immediately or with less than a 5 minute wait. The service was almost always fantastic and the food was always delicious. We usually ordered two appetizers, one main entree and one dessert and were stuffed. One of my favorite apps was the lobster ravioli. BUFFET Food 9/10 We found the buffet food to be some of the best buffet food we have ever had on a cruise ship. The buffet is huge and you could always easily find a seat except on some port mornings and at ports where almost everyone came back at the same time. For breakfast, the food is the same most mornings, as breakfast food should be. There are so many omelette and egg stations that you will never wait long in line for these. I believe I counted 9 operating at the same time. Lunch in the buffet had some of the same daily stations and some rotating stations daily. Dinner also rotated. We usually had breakfast and/or lunch in the buffet and then we ate one dinner in the buffet. The buffet has limited stations open during certain periods and after 9:30PM. It closes down at 11:30PM. Juices are available during breakfast, coffee and hot chocolate anytime, and iced tea and lemonade during non-breakfast hours. Also, there is now homemade ice cream available during lunch hours with rotating daily flavors. CAGNEY'S STEAKHOUSE Food 10/10 Service 10/10 We had dinner on our first night at the Steakhouse. We had the 7 night ultimate dining package, which we pre-purchased. That means that we got to go to 7 specialty dining restaurants and the only upcharge beyond was a minimal upcharge for Ocean Blue. We had excellent meals at all of the dining venues. I recall having jumbo shrimp and a crab cake here, along with an amazing steak for dinner and a variety of sides. The overall experience was awesome. There are so many amazing choices, that we left very happy. LOS LOBOS Food 10/10 Service 8/10 It is possible our server here may have been having a slightly off night, as this is one of the crew members we ran into that didn't provide an over the top wonderful experience. However, the food was amazing. We had tableside guacamole which we shared. My appetizer was the shrimp quesadilla. I also had a shrimp platter for dinner and a delicious Tres Leches cake for dessert. LA CUCINA Food 10/10 Service 9/10 Tucked away behind a wine bar, this intimate restaurant has excellent food in a casual and classy setting. I don't even recall what I had at this restaurant, but I recall it being excellent. Q TEXAS SMOKEHOUSE Food 10/10 Service 10/10 This new concept to NCL was awesome. There was a live band playing during our meal, and the food was amazing. I had a crab cake. I also shared the loaded fries with my hubby and I had the Pitmaster Platter which was a sampling of all of the meats on the menu. The banana pudding was also an excellent dessert choice. LE BISTRO Food 10/10 Service 10/10 This restaurant is on one of the upper decks of the ship. The service at this restaurant is great, and I had an amazing French Onion Soup, a delicious shrimp platter and an amazing cheesecake for dessert. OCEAN BLUE Food 10/10 Service 10/10 My favorite specialty restaurant. Our server Hazel was one of the best servers we had on the entire trip. She was the most pleasant, kind and sweet person ever. Our meal was just fabulous. I recall that everything I had at this restaurant was simply stunning and full of flavor. TEPPANYAKI Food 10/10 Service 10/10 What an awesome and entertaining experience. Our chef was spectacular and the food was very filling and so much of it. The garlic rice was superb and I had the shrimp and scallop combo. THE LOCAL Food 8/10 Service 8/10 The Local is the restaurant that is open almost all day every day including late into the night. We had one breakfast, two lunches, and two dinners here. Almost every meal had excellent service, and most of the food was quite delicious. I had prime rib here one night, some good burgers, some good wings and some excellent french toast. We did not try Food Republic, Margaritaville, Dolce Gelato or Coco's. BARS Service and Drinks 10/10 There are so many bars on this ship. Some of our favorites included the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, A List Bar, Maltings Whiskey Bar, District Brewhouse and the Observation Lounge Bar. One of the few rather rude crew members we encountered on this ship was in the interior portion of the Sugarcane. I do not recall his name (It was not Bong) ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES Seriously...if you cannot find something to do on this ship, it is your own dam fault! Read your Freestyle Daily. There is so much to do each day. There is an awesome activities staff onboard this ship, that is always present everywhere you go. Wow! Get involved people! MAIN POOL DECK and WATERSLIDES: The Main Pool Deck on Deck 16 can get a little crowded on days of beautiful weather; however, you may have trouble finding a chair right by the pool. Don't believe the people who tell you that you cannot find a deck chair. There are plenty of deck chairs, if you expand your horizons a iittle bit. Try Deck 17, 18 and 19 where there are almost always plenty of pool chairs. I tried one of the two waterslides (the calmer one). You ride down in a tube and it was so much fun. I did not try the Ocean Loops which is the one that swings out on the side of the ship. Yes, a lot of people do get stuck; however, there is always a staff member to get you out where you end up getting stuck, if it happens. GO KARTS Make reservations. We tried it twice, once in the daytime and once at night. We had an amazing time. You usually get a generous 5 to 7 minutes of riding time on each race. There are usually up to 10 people at one time. There were a few annoying people during our second time (usually the unlimited pass people); however, it was still a blast. The go karts go quite fast, and some of the turns are fun and difficult to navigate. They will slow everyone down if you start bumping or running into people. LASER TAG: Wow! This was awesome. We wish we did it more than once. It is up on Deck 19 near the front of the ship and open in the evening. I believe the charge was about $10.00. Each time you get two rounds of 5 minutes, and you play on a team against one other team. It is a fun time had by all. SPA AND GYM We had the thermal spa pass, which can be purchased online prior to your cruise. The thermal spa on this ship is great. There are some relaxing loungers, ceramic heated beds, a thalassotherapy pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, salt room and snow room. It is so relaxing and you could usually find a place during most hours to relax. It is open only to the people who purchase the pass or are located in spa rooms. We only tried the gym once, and it is well equipped with all of the latest machines and weights. CASINO The casino is lovely and large on this ship. It takes up a good portion of the center of Deck 7. The entire casino is non-smoking, except for a small enclosed room near the aft/center of the casino which is reserved for smoking players. We had a great time and spent some money on this ship. No big wins; however, we had a great time and don't expect to win in casinos; however, it is a pleasure when we do. MAIN PRODUCTION SHOWS: On this cruise, there were three main production shows. I attended the shows called Havana, Jersey Boys and Uptown. We rated Havana as a 7/10. We thought the wardrobe/costumes were amazing; however, we didn't necessarily enjoy the lack of a story line. Jersey Boys was a 10/10. Just such a great production. It is the full length of nearly full length show at 1 hour and 45 minutes. For this longer cruise, they also had a group called Uptown, which was a group that we gave a 10/10. In the main theater, we also found that they had shows from a hypnotist (we rated as 6/10), a comedy juggler (we rated as a 10/10) and a comedy magician (which we missed) SOCIAL/COMEDY We watched three comedy shows, all of which we had reservations for. Two of the in the social which were the 10pm adult shows, both excellent. We also watched one the second to last night with three comedians in the main theater. We thought one of the two comedians was awesome in that show. ATRIUM: A lot of activities and events occurred in the atrium. Yes, the atrium can get crowded and I do wish it was bigger or there was an alternative venue for many of the events in this area. I truly do believe that the criticism of this area is deserved and I wish there was a better way of handling this. The activities including Trivia, Newlywed/Not so Newlywed Game, and so much more took place here. ART GALLERY AND AUCTIONS: The art crew on this ship is excellent, and we attended about three of the art auctions. We ended up purchasing three pieces of art on this ship, and we thoroughly enjoyed all of the events. SPICE H20 There are plenty of events that happen (usually nightly) in this area. Unfortunately, we only got to attend one event in this area, which was the 80's party and that was very fun. SILENT DISCO This is fun and reservations will fill up fast; however, it is complimentary. If you never experienced this, it is fun and you should try it. LIVE MUSIC: The excellent job with live music continues throughout this ship. There are top quality options almost all day long. During the day, the music is primarily centered on the pool deck area; however, by late afternoon and late into the night you got live music in the main atrium, Observation Lounge, Sugarcane Mojito Bar and the District Brewhouse. OBSERVATION LOUNGE: What a beautiful place. This takes up a large portion of Deck 15 and is simply beautiful. There is always a seat for everyone, and there are light snack options available through the breakfast and lunch hours. Don't miss the sunsets in the O Lounge. THINGS THAT WE MISS: Being that all of my prior cruises have been on Carnival or Princess, there is one thing that I miss more than anything else. Piano Bar. I understand that some NCL ships have them; however, I missed having a piano bar on the Bliss. There was some piano players; however, not the same as having a sing along piano bar. I'm sure I missed some things; however, I hope this gives you a starting point about some of the options available on this great ship. PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS if you would like to know anything else. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We cruise the Panama Canal a few years ago before the new locks were open. Being so intrigued as to this 8th wonder of the world, we jumped on the opportunity to cruise through the new locks and see a different world going all the way ... Read More
We cruise the Panama Canal a few years ago before the new locks were open. Being so intrigued as to this 8th wonder of the world, we jumped on the opportunity to cruise through the new locks and see a different world going all the way through to the Pacific Ocean. This was a 15 day cruise and we where a little skeptical if we would get bored being gone that long. Well, after the 1st week , all 6 in our party agreed that there will never be another 7 day cruise again. The staff and crew aboard the Bliss get 10 stars for all their hard work. We did an Alaska cruise on the Bliss last July and this trip seem 100% better than the last. The activities and nightly shows where all professionally presented and with 5000 people on the ship, it never really seemed crowded. The food, OMG!!! Unbelievable, we meet the executive chef, who became quite friendly with our group. He would surprise us with special deserts and send cookies to each of our state rooms. Thank You Mohammad, for being so thoughtful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We really really wanted to sail on the Bliss. The ship exceeded our expectations. The food was great, but what was needed was more time, perhaps another week or two to continue our good time aboard the Bliss. We enjoyed all the ... Read More
We really really wanted to sail on the Bliss. The ship exceeded our expectations. The food was great, but what was needed was more time, perhaps another week or two to continue our good time aboard the Bliss. We enjoyed all the entertainment, the hypnotist, the juggler, the magician, the Jersey Boys, Havana and the dancers. All made the evenings more to look forward to and daily meeting new friends. The fun show Deal or No Deal was a favorite. We enjoyed the atmosphere of happy faces all around the ship. On the way home we realized we could easily turnaround and go back for more happy times on the BLISS. We enjoyed the Garden Buffet, the Local Restaurant and the Observation Lounge on deck 15. There was great Country Music in the Steakhouse and Ribs restaurant. My wife had fun in the Casino and the shops had some nice Panama Canal tee shirts. So overall we have many good memories of this Cruise. Thanks to the people of Norwegian Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Had an awesome vacation on the Bliss. This is our 15th cruise and fourth Norwegian and have cruised with all the major cruise lines. We were on it the last week of march. The boat had lots of kids on board as it was still march break in ... Read More
Had an awesome vacation on the Bliss. This is our 15th cruise and fourth Norwegian and have cruised with all the major cruise lines. We were on it the last week of march. The boat had lots of kids on board as it was still march break in many areas of the US. I would probably go on one of these ships at times when there would be fewer kids. The entertainment on this ship is top notch. We loved the Jersey Boys it was really well done. Havana has beautiful costumes and singing and it is a much better production show then you see on most cruise lines. We caught all three beatle shows, two in the cavern club-the early years show was really good. The second show there was some technical difficulty and they actually cut the show short. If you want to get a seat you need to be there at least a half hour early as it fills up fast. Their last night show is in the theatre but was at a weird time 7:30. There were plenty of seats for everyone. This show was a combination of the two shows they performed earlier in the week They had two other bands and a duo that played in different locations throughout the ship They also had a couple of deck parties that were really good and one at H20 where we were able to do lots of dancing Most nights there was not enough time to get to all of the different things that were happening. It is a really great ship if you like to be entertained at night. Food. The variety at the buffet for breakfast and lunch was very good. We ate all our dinners at manhatten, savour and taste and only had to wait for a table for five minutes on the last night. The food was good,some nights the menu was harder to select an option. Service was always very good. The observation Lounge was a great place to get snacks from 3 to 5. On some evenings they had Tatiana playing the piano and singing. Sounded like Celine Dion. The Observation Lounge is absolutely beautiful, on a carribean cruise seems like a waste of space as it is huge, but I understand that it has been designed like this for Alaska and will work very well for that. We are in our 50’s and on the older end compared to the bulk of the people on this cruise who were 20-45 years old. The racetrack takes up a lot of space and therefore many of the outdoor spaces are really crowded like the back H20 space would have been nice to have a pool there. Also the main pool area is crazy busy,we always managed to find less crowded areas on the deck above. One of our favourite spots for the daytime away from the busyness was the boardwalk where they have comfy sofas. This was also a great area to go walking instead of the track above the main pool which again is crazy busy. Tortola They have a new port area which was built only a couple of years ago. It’s probably one of the nicest port areas in the Caribbean. We went to garden cane beach. It is 8 dollars each way and they give you a wristband. You have to prepay the return and they told us that they returned on the hour which we found inconvenient. We would have stayed longer but the beach was filled with people from our ship so we left at noon. Normally we would have stayed till at least 1. We had to be back on board by 2:30. It took approximately 20 minutes to get there through the mountains on crazy steep roads. The beach was really nice. Paid 20 for two chairs and an umbrella. It was less busy if you kept walking further in each direction. Nassau We took the Jitney to Bahamar. The number 10. Cost 1.50 per person. We took a cab back for 20. We walked through the Hyatt section first then down to the beach. Right before you get to the beach there are some beautiful flamingos. Walked along the beach and down the pier and up through SLS. It is geared for 20 and 30 somethings. Both properties are beautiful, the Hyatt being more spread out. Glad we did this, it’s something different than going to Atlantis. St thomas One of our favourite islands Went to Meagans bay. 8 dollars there and back. Entry fee is 5 per person. We always go down to the area of the beach on the left. It is much less crowded and you can enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous bay. It is still close to the public bathrooms. Norwegian has done it right not having smoking in the majority of areas on the ship. If you are a smoker this ship is not for you. Things I missed having was an outdoor area to eat at near the buffet Many other ships have large areas where you can eat outside, the Bliss has the covered areas which are beside the pool and that is it. Overall, we found the ship to be a lot of fun. There is a lot of walking to be done, so I wouldn’t recommend for anyone with mobility issues. Most days we took the stairs to get our exercise to balance out all the extra calories. Boarding and Leaving the ship were the quickest and smoothest that we had on any cruise. Also, for any Canadians- we booked fairly last minute with Sunwing and flew out the same day. Our package included transfers which were with Norwegian. All went smoothly. I found that Sunwing did not really give a lot of information regarding the transfers. It would have been good to know that it was Norwegian itself that the transfers were with. We had a great cruise, and would cruise this class of ship on Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Love NCL The silent disco, dance parties, entertainment and all the daily activities are so much fun. Silas the cruise director is the best. The food at Ocean Blue, Carney’s, LeBistro and LaCucina is delicious. The MDR’s are very ... Read More
Love NCL The silent disco, dance parties, entertainment and all the daily activities are so much fun. Silas the cruise director is the best. The food at Ocean Blue, Carney’s, LeBistro and LaCucina is delicious. The MDR’s are very good as well as the buffet. Everyone that works on the Bliss are so friendly and helpful. The go carts were fun and didn’t have a problem riding 2 different times. Freestyle is the best. The observation area is so nice and they even have food, snacks and drinks. Embarkation and disembarkation were both no problem. The pool area is always crowded but that doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is people that never sit on their lounge chair all day, but that’s the way some people are. It would never ruin my experience on the ship because I don’t cruise to go in the pool or be in the sun. I look for shade and there are usually tables on the pool deck that are in the shade. I rate the cruise 5 stars because it was a great vacation and love cruising. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Last year as we were planning our cruise we were unsure about which cruise line/ship to choose. A friend told me about this new ship that Norwegian was sailing with a go cart track and laser tag. I started my research and was interested ... Read More
Last year as we were planning our cruise we were unsure about which cruise line/ship to choose. A friend told me about this new ship that Norwegian was sailing with a go cart track and laser tag. I started my research and was interested in so much more than go carts and lasers. I was impressed by the entertainment options, dining choices, and most importantly the itinerary offered. We made the decision to go ahead and book a week on the Bliss. There were a lot of mixed reviews about the early trips on the Bliss with the biggest concern around over crowding in common areas and long lines in the buffet. I found this to be a complete non issue during our trip. It’s really all about timing your activities. We really felt crowded in the dining room only once when we got a late start on the day and hit breakfast at 9:30am. Other days we were there about 8:30am with zero issues. The dining room staff were very friendly and helpful. We were offered the specialty dining package for 3 nights as part of our booking and we thoroughly enjoyed those nights. We ate at Cagney’s, Le Bistro (Favorite), and Teppenyaki. The entertainment was also a lot of fun with the Jersey Boys performance, Havana, and the Beatles band. The thing that initially got my attention for the Bliss ended up disappointing a bit. The Go Carts were fun, but the rules weren’t initially made clear and we ended up missing our time slot we paid for. It was also a lengthy process getting checked in, in the car, and around the track. The laser tag was also fun, but not particularly thrilling. Other things I liked were the fitness center, very nice casino, and extremely friendly bartenders and ship staff. Things that were meh were the shopping offerings, shore excursions offered, and bingo games. Only thing that was really poor was getting off the ship. It was chaotic, poorly organized, and not explained well. Everything taken as a whole, I would definitely cruise again on the Bliss and would recommend this to my friends and family should they ever ask. Ps: If you are ever in Tortola BVI and need a GREAT charter company and captain, try The Right Charter BVI and Captain Devon. Highlight of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Great spring break trip! Fun ship! Shows are awesome, food is great in dinnng room and in the specialty restaurants. We purchase the thermal Suite spa package and was worth the money! Enjoyed it so much. Kids has a great time, ... Read More
Great spring break trip! Fun ship! Shows are awesome, food is great in dinnng room and in the specialty restaurants. We purchase the thermal Suite spa package and was worth the money! Enjoyed it so much. Kids has a great time, made friends on the first day and pretty much saw them a few times as they were always entertained! Ship is beautiful and easy to navigate. The views from the observation lounge were perfect and it was so nice to have a little snack and chill On the couches looking out to sea. It was a little chilly in there so bring a sweater! The racwtrack and the laser tag is super fun. Just reserve them as soon as you board the ship! It gets booked really fast. Also reserve your dining and shows online before you board. You will get better chances of getting the times you want! All in all It was fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Wonderful experience! My Mother and Father have taken both of my sister's families on cruises while I was the first born they decided I would be last for family vacation. I'm patient and that did seem fair. Then earlier in the ... Read More
Wonderful experience! My Mother and Father have taken both of my sister's families on cruises while I was the first born they decided I would be last for family vacation. I'm patient and that did seem fair. Then earlier in the year my Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Terrible awful cancer that required immediate highly toxic chemo to be pumped into her 71 year old body every two weeks then every week. She waited til she survived that and a right mastectomy before booking our cruise. See Blessing! Cruise booked but now on to 35 radiation treatments before we sail. Our vacation on the Bliss was exactly what she needed to recover. It was time we didn't know for sure we would have. One on one time with my Mother and she was spending time with her two grandchildren. The ship is huge but no one is on top of each other. The service was over the top. Did we do everything on that ship, no way! There is so much to see, but we enjoyed the beauty of the ship, the wonderful music that is around all the time, entertainment, views from our balcony and terrific ports of call. We spent one night just in the stateroom watching March Madness and ordered BLTs and pizza for the kids. If you have seen a loved one with cancer you know what a joy it is to just watch them eat! I've been on a few other cruise lines and I know that this Norwegian line was exactly where we needed to be! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
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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