We did the Trans-Atlantic cruise last year on the Celebrity Eclipse and wanted to try a different cruise line this time around. The Bliss was still being built when we booked last September and looked like an amazing vessel, so we thought we'd give it a try. This is our third cruise, we did the Caribbean on the Disney Magic back in 2009, which was excellent.
Boarding at Southampton was a fairly smooth, we arrived at 2:00pm and most of the passengers were already processed. Baggage drop-off signage could've been better, we had to drag our luggage about half the length of the ship to get it where it needed to be. Our bags rolled, so no big deal. I'm sure they'll get this ironed out soon. There was really no line to deal with processing in, we were in our room within ten minutes of arrival.
Our initial room was 11209 aft with a balcony, but my wife bid on an upgrade and received it a few days before while we were still in London. Our new room was a mini-suite, 11109 mid-ship with a balcony and was absolutely beautiful. The entire ship was beautiful and smelled like a brand new car, everything shiny and spotless.
The mini-suite was beautiful and well designed. Plenty of room for all our luggage and clothing. One note for the ladies, your long evening dresses will drag on the floor of the closet, just a heads up here. Fine for everything else. The bathroom's extra room was beyond sweet. Two faucets in a large sink, shower could easily fit two adults, if need be.
I especially like the adjustable reading lights on each side of the bed and usb jacks as part of the light base, very handy for charging your phone, ect. We loved having a coffee pot provided in the room. The cabin attendant did a good job of keeping the room clean and attending to our needs. Not sure if all the ship are doing this now, but to activate the room lighting you had to put your ship-card in a slot by the door, or no lights. At least you never misplaced your card! The bed headboard was padded and the sheets were excellent, extremely comfortable bed!
2cd time here, Great Port, but needs better baggage drop-off signage.