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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,207 Reviews

Excellent Ship with a Few Issues, Some HORRIBLE PORTS, and Nickel and Diming

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by AZDivers

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

We did the initial Panama Canal cruise on this ship. As always I will keep it simple and do a Pros and Cons section below.

The biggest issue we had on this cruise was the ports and the dining room foods. The buffet foods were great. Seated dining not so much.

PROS:

The ship is amazing

Great layout

Excellent staff and customer service (Largely Filipino...this is huge)

Buffet Food was excellent

Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan were both pretty nice ports. The only ones that were decent.

Nice variety of entertainment

Great pools

Plenty of variety of places to relax and get lost

Havana the show. Very nice.

Laundry bag full of dirty clothes washed for $19. Good deal.

The District was a fantastic Brewery. Best ever on a cruise.

Food Republic was excellent but no one was ever there. Too many specialty restaurants on this ship and most were not great.

CONS:

The Ports (Cartegena, Puntarenas should not be spots to stop. You have to take a minimum of a 90-120min ride to get anywhere even remotely interesting. The same could actually be said for Guatamala.) You are porting at Shipping Yards. Its bad. Real bad.

The Seated Dining food: Average at best. You won't get any Crab or Lobster nights in these nicer restaurants either. They don't actually announce those nights, they just make them pop up in the Buffet at nights. We missed 2 out of 3 after finding out the next day.

The Beatles experience: These guys are so out of sync and so out of tune they have no business being on this ship. It's really really bad. The bands like Siglo are much better.

Excursion costs: $209 per person to take a ferry out to Tortuga Island in Costa Rica. The bus ride to the boat is 30 mins. The Boat ride is 2hrs!! Each way. Thats 5hrs of your day, gone. When we asked WHY the boat was going so slow we were told to save gas. With 40 people onboard paying $200 each, use your gas. Thats absurd.

Norwegian iConceirge was a big selling point. Nice to be able to text with your people you are traveling with onboard. Except it didn't work and no one knew why or how to fix it.

Specialty Restaurants are EXPENSIVE. $29 for steaks, $10 for sides etc...$30 for a teppenyaki PER PERSON. Whats the purpose of going on a cruise exactly?

They charge for EVERYTHING: Go Carts $7 per person, Lazer Tag $5....why not charge to use the pool and slides?

Dartboards, Suffleboard etc....they had them on the Getaway and they are greatly missed.

Removing the Brazilian Steakhouse in exchange for Los Lobos was a big mistake. A boat should have a brazilian steakhouse, that was an epic addition on the Getaway that the Bliss deserves.


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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 11128

Cabin was great except they really should put the bed by the patio door and not vice versa. It would be nice not to have to crawl around your bed just to get to the dresser.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

Antigua is a fantastic city. This is not a true Hop on and Hop off tour so be aware of that.

Island Tour

Tortuga Island was a bad experience. Took FOREVER to get there on a very slow and very gassy boat.

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Tortuga Island was a bad experience. Took FOREVER to get there on a very slow and very gassy boat.

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