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Selected this cruise based on being a brand new ship with thoughts that it would be a special memory standout. Was on the maiden voyage in May. Yes, it was in some respects. Let's review the pluses and minuses. PLUS SIDE: 1. Glamorous ship with all the whistles and bells of supposed modern technology 2. The Locals Pub and Grill : outstanding deli food and staff 3. Enjoyed the Margaritaville eatery. Small and well staffed for breakfast. 4. Spa very nice and spacious. 5. Language activity events- super (Russian. italian and Portuguese 6. Food acceptable in the dining room. 7. Waiting time for dining. none 8. Dining room staff good. 9. THE OBSERVATION lounge was super, comfy, snacks, view and a good staff. 10 Heard only good things about the Racecar track. 11 Specialty Restaurants: Excellent 12. Aft end of the ship with hot tubs and bar and small stage really cool MINUS SIDE 1. Deck 6: This is the so-called Atrium where a lot of activities are going on. There is also the Atrium Bar, Customer Service, Excursions, Different venues in center area Future cruises and Starbucks. There was so much noise coming from the different areas of this Atrium that Passenger Service has to shout to us to hear; Future Cruises were three people behind the counter who could not hear us; Starbucks was massive and why that big space is beyond me. There was noise from the bar. The elevators were near by and people were congregating around plus the center area had a lot going . No real room for dancing. Too much activity for such a small area. Sorry, but poor planning. 2. Entertainment: Just average. The comedians were hopeless and some of the well advertised venues were just OK. There were various singers and duos doing their routine from different entertainment areas. they did not change their routine when going from area to area so if you saw them once in a 14 day period and then again, it was the same song and dance. 3. Observation Lounge which is great but FREEZING COLD. We asked to turn the temp up but it went on deaf ears. 4. LIBRARY and Game Room Ridiculously small. they had some 4 tables for games or cards which everyone was on top of one another so you could not speak above a whisper. 5. Cruise Director: In our minds, he did not seem to mingle too much with the passengers. 6. Shops: Nice shops and pricey msde but no real bargains. 7. Cabins Balconies cabins a lot smaller than expected. Bathrooms good. Not too roomy in the bedroom area. Outside Balcony space nice. 8. Observation Lounge Despite telling people NOT to put bare feet on couches as well as putting feet on tables and chairs, they did this. It was not well monitored. 9. Entertainment: already commented. 10. Beatles show: Far too small a place to accommodate the audience. We tried to get in but did not want to be nose to nose and toes to toes and end up sick. 11. Deck Lounge chairs. Needs monitoring. People think they can keep the chairs an entire day by putting a book or magazine or towel on lounge chairs and then they disappear for hours not allowing anyone else to sit. Not a good thing. 12. Food handling I got sick at end of the cruise. Too many people touching food utensils to pick up food. There has to be a better way like having some staff serve people in the Buffet area. A constant issue on some cruise lines. 13. ELEVATORS. The elevators were not synced. Either they were all the way down or all the way up. Created wait lines. I think that gives you an idea as to some of the downsides, A lot of it can be handled by proper management on the ship , Some can't due to the way the ship is structured. We made the best of it and irt was our first cruise on NCL. Will we go again, thats the 64 dollar question. Thank you......

Doesn't Make the top Ten

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by Ricky18

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Selected this cruise based on being a brand new ship with thoughts that it would be a special memory standout. Was on the maiden voyage in May. Yes, it was in some respects. Let's review the pluses and minuses.

PLUS SIDE:

1. Glamorous ship with all the whistles and bells of supposed modern technology

2. The Locals Pub and Grill : outstanding deli food and staff

3. Enjoyed the Margaritaville eatery. Small and well staffed for breakfast.

4. Spa very nice and spacious.

5. Language activity events- super (Russian. italian and Portuguese

6. Food acceptable in the dining room.

7. Waiting time for dining. none

8. Dining room staff good.

9. THE OBSERVATION lounge was super, comfy, snacks, view and a good staff.

10 Heard only good things about the Racecar track.

11 Specialty Restaurants: Excellent

12. Aft end of the ship with hot tubs and bar and small stage really cool


MINUS SIDE

1. Deck 6: This is the so-called Atrium where a lot of activities are going on. There is also the Atrium Bar, Customer Service, Excursions, Different venues in center area Future cruises and Starbucks.

There was so much noise coming from the different areas of this

Atrium that Passenger Service has to shout to us to hear; Future Cruises were three people behind the counter who could not hear us; Starbucks was massive and why that big space is beyond me. There was noise from the bar. The elevators were near by and people were congregating around plus the center area had a lot going . No real room for dancing. Too much activity for such a small area. Sorry, but poor planning.

2. Entertainment: Just average. The comedians were hopeless and some of the well advertised venues were just OK. There were various singers and duos doing their routine from different entertainment areas. they did not change their routine when going from area to area so if you saw them once in a 14 day period and then again, it was the same song and dance.

3. Observation Lounge which is great but FREEZING COLD. We asked to turn the temp up but it went on deaf ears.

4. LIBRARY and Game Room Ridiculously small. they had some 4 tables for games or cards which everyone was on top of one another so you could not speak above a whisper.

5. Cruise Director: In our minds, he did not seem to mingle too much with the passengers.

6. Shops: Nice shops and pricey msde but no real bargains.

7. Cabins Balconies cabins a lot smaller than expected. Bathrooms good. Not too roomy in the bedroom area. Outside Balcony space nice.

8. Observation Lounge Despite telling people NOT to put bare feet on couches as well as putting feet on tables and chairs, they did this. It was not well monitored.

9. Entertainment: already commented.

10. Beatles show: Far too small a place to accommodate the audience. We tried to get in but did not want to be nose to nose and toes to toes and end up sick.

11. Deck Lounge chairs. Needs monitoring. People think they can keep the chairs an entire day by putting a book or magazine or towel on lounge chairs and then they disappear for hours not allowing anyone else to sit. Not a good thing.

12. Food handling I got sick at end of the cruise. Too many people touching food utensils to pick up food. There has to be a better way like having some staff serve people in the Buffet area. A constant issue on some cruise lines.

13. ELEVATORS. The elevators were not synced. Either they were all the way down or all the way up. Created wait lines.

I think that gives you an idea as to some of the downsides, A lot of it can be handled by proper management on the ship , Some can't due to the way the ship is structured.

We made the best of it and irt was our first cruise on NCL. Will we go again, thats the 64 dollar question.

Thank you......
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Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BC 10218
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