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First the Pros: Embarkation and debarkation were swift slowed only on debarkation because many non-USA had to be photographed and fingerprinted. The ship still had the ‘new-car’ smell. The Observation Lounge was spectacular with 180-degree ocean views, sides and top. The bars were numerous. Opportunities for dining, snacking or just sitting were more than adequate. The layout of the Atrium was perfect. The District Brew House with dozens of taps and 180 ocean views was our favorite. The electric outlets in the cabin were three, four if you have a European to US 2-prong plug where the coffee maker plugs in. The automatic closing of drawers and closet doors was a nice touch. The shower is magnificent with six directable jets hitting your body plus the pull-out shower head. The soft couch cushion is an improvement over the board-like couch on other NCLs. The touch entry key card was very convenient. The ‘make up cabin, etc.’ switch inside the cabin was convenient. The race track was a hoot. The simulated sound of the engine made you feel as if in Daytona. The Jersey Boys show was spectacular. Now the Cons: We expected to be the first inhabitants of our stateroom. After finding a hair ball in the shower and the coffee maker with a used packet, we felt let down. We booked a mini-site. The word ‘suite’ envisions something ostentatious. The cabin was about the same size as that on NCL smaller size ships. The balcony was even smaller, barely allowing two chairs and a small table. The splendid Observation Lounge was turned into a bedroom. Guests were sacked out and snoring on the long lounges. With food and drinks near, they hogged the couches all day long. The race track needed at least three hours to book and this with the ship at 50% capacity. The Jersey Boys reservation was booked on all days and a matinee performance had to be scheduled. There was no way to tell if people reserved more than once. Strange debits appeared on the account for us and other guests and had to be reversed. The Wi-Fi was slow and took about 5 minutes to reach one’s e-mail server. The Wi-Fi logon instructions where in error. The username was your e-mail address. Our 60 minutes per person were not 120 per cabin. To utilize the next 60 minutes a new username was needed but since wife and I have the same e-mail address, using her 60 minutes bounced. “Just use a fake e-mail address” we were told. Some table placements in the Taste and Savor were ridiculous such as placing a 4-person table in a 90-degree corner or as happened to us, a table where we had to rub elbows with the servers in the food prep area. Ordering was done by the server using a blue tooth touchpad screen held like a baseball glove. Searching for the proper entry took time and selection was limited to the entries on the screen. “Want eggs benedict without the potatoes?” No such selection. The table placement in the Manhattan center area was so tight that if you wanted to get up, you bumped someone. Those beautiful mahogany railings only took up needed space and forced the server to reach over them to serve you. There were a few free TV movies but no schedule as to when they would start. Many others were available for $9.90. It seemed as if you were nickel-and-dimed to death.

Somehow we expected more for an inaugural cruise

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by frankandjill

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
First the Pros:

Embarkation and debarkation were swift slowed only on debarkation because many non-USA had to be photographed and fingerprinted. The ship still had the ‘new-car’ smell. The Observation Lounge was spectacular with 180-degree ocean views, sides and top. The bars were numerous. Opportunities for dining, snacking or just sitting were more than adequate. The layout of the Atrium was perfect. The District Brew House with dozens of taps and 180 ocean views was our favorite. The electric outlets in the cabin were three, four if you have a European to US 2-prong plug where the coffee maker plugs in. The automatic closing of drawers and closet doors was a nice touch. The shower is magnificent with six directable jets hitting your body plus the pull-out shower head. The soft couch cushion is an improvement over the board-like couch on other NCLs. The touch entry key card was very convenient. The ‘make up cabin, etc.’ switch inside the cabin was convenient. The race track was a hoot. The simulated sound of the engine made you feel as if in Daytona. The Jersey Boys show was spectacular.

Now the Cons:

We expected to be the first inhabitants of our stateroom. After finding a hair ball in the shower and the coffee maker with a used packet, we felt let down. We booked a mini-site. The word ‘suite’ envisions something ostentatious. The cabin was about the same size as that on NCL smaller size ships. The balcony was even smaller, barely allowing two chairs and a small table. The splendid Observation Lounge was turned into a bedroom. Guests were sacked out and snoring on the long lounges. With food and drinks near, they hogged the couches all day long. The race track needed at least three hours to book and this with the ship at 50% capacity. The Jersey Boys reservation was booked on all days and a matinee performance had to be scheduled. There was no way to tell if people reserved more than once. Strange debits appeared on the account for us and other guests and had to be reversed. The Wi-Fi was slow and took about 5 minutes to reach one’s e-mail server. The Wi-Fi logon instructions where in error. The username was your e-mail address. Our 60 minutes per person were not 120 per cabin. To utilize the next 60 minutes a new username was needed but since wife and I have the same e-mail address, using her 60 minutes bounced. “Just use a fake e-mail address” we were told. Some table placements in the Taste and Savor were ridiculous such as placing a 4-person table in a 90-degree corner or as happened to us, a table where we had to rub elbows with the servers in the food prep area. Ordering was done by the server using a blue tooth touchpad screen held like a baseball glove. Searching for the proper entry took time and selection was limited to the entries on the screen. “Want eggs benedict without the potatoes?” No such selection. The table placement in the Manhattan center area was so tight that if you wanted to get up, you bumped someone. Those beautiful mahogany railings only took up needed space and forced the server to reach over them to serve you. There were a few free TV movies but no schedule as to when they would start. Many others were available for $9.90. It seemed as if you were nickel-and-dimed to death.
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 12794
The word ‘suite’ envisions something ostentatious. The cabin was about the same size as that on NCL smaller size ships. The balcony was even smaller, barely allowing two chairs and a small table. The electric outlets in the cabin were three, four if you have a European to US 2-prong plug where the coffee maker plugs in. The automatic closing of drawers and closet doors was a nice touch. The shower is magnificent with six directable jets hitting your body plus the pull-out shower head. The soft couch cushion is an improvement over the board-like couch on other NCLs. The touch entry key card was very convenient. The ‘make up cabin, etc.’ switch inside the cabin was convenient.
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