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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,207 Reviews

Beautiful ship but not family friendly

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by TABG

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2018
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

We were on the inaugural sailing of the Bliss from Southampton to New York in a mini-suite. We generally book the mini-suite for the extra space with three adults but was really surprised at the amount of space available in the cabin. We had extra cabinet space available after putting everything away for a 12-day cruise. The only drawback to the cabin is the lack of counter space making laying things out very difficult but we survived.

The ship has 3 main dining rooms which serve the same dinner selections. The one thing strange was the ship retains only one menu for the entire week for lunch in the dining room. Most other ships have a unique menu each day especially with the number of sea days more people had the opportunity to enjoy a sit-down lunch over the buffet. The ship took away the standard extra fee for most of the specialty dining locations making them simply al-a-carte locations. This makes it difficult to determine if the cost of adding a specialty dining package onto your cruise is a bargain or not. We will have to really think about for our next cruise.

The entertainment was actually a disappointment for us. The biggest disappointment was The Jersey Boys The Musical and not The Jersey Boys the singing group which was who we thought was going to be on the ship and the reason we booked the cruise. The musical from the start was obvious it was not family friendly with the overuse of vulgarity when there was no reason for it. This is a very long dull show that never improved from the first scene to the last. The other main show was Havanna which was also not family friendly and while this show was a little better than Jersey Boys it was another that one viewing was enough. This sailing was 99% adults but with the summer season approaching more children will be on board with families wanting to enjoy the evening together. These shows make it impossible for families to enjoy the show together.

The cruise director staff for the most part were extremely friendly and seemed to enjoy interacting with the guests. However, removing your clothes at the show down to your underwear is not professional and I am sure not following NCL policies for entertaining their guests. It was nice to see some new games in the evenings to break up the standard ones.

Overall the serve was excellent and the crew made it a relaxing enjoyable time for all the guests.

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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MC 11760

The cabin is bigger than most mini-suits on the other ships. The amount of space to put clothes was truly surprising with space to spare when everything was unpacked. The only flaw is the lack of counter space to place anything. There are three free movie stations but we were never able to obtain a movie listing and it appeared they only played the same handful of movies on each station each day.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


This is a small town and depending on where you stay a short walk to the cruise terminal.

This tour provided an overview of this port with the major sites and then a stop to see the horses and learn more about these beautiful creatures. After learning about the history of the horse breed we were able to have wine and cheese before returning to the ship.

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Canadian Tall Ship Sailing Experience

This tour should not have gone out due to the rain. The only reason we booked it was to experience the tall ship sailing with the sails but because of the rain and cold they were unable to use the sails or go to the same areas. We ended up sitting in the bar area and never seeing anything. Granted the bartender talked to us the entire time it still did not provide the experience that was advertised.

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City Tour

This tour provided a good overview of NYC for someone who wants to see the basics of the city prior to catching their flight.

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