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Being big fans of NCL's Breakaway and its Haven, we were really excited to try the Bliss. The short-ish (5 night) southbound West Coast itinerary was intriguing, too; as experienced cruisers, we've done the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada, and a little bit of Europe, too, so this was new to us, and perfect: embark in Vancouver; Victoria, BC the next day; then a sea day; San Francisco the next day; another sea day; and then disembarkation in the Los Angeles area (San Pedro). A good mix of active and relaxing days. Embarkation in Vancouver couldn't have been easier, but this could be party due to the fact that we got to the ship around 6 pm and so basically just stepped aboard. We were quite pleased with our cabin, 9106, at the very forward port-side corner of Deck 9; this is a Haven cabin although not IN the Haven complex proper. The forward corner Haven cabins are terrific in that there are two rooms: a bedroom and a separate living room with a dining area, and a spacious two-sink bathroom with shower and separate whirlpool tub. We quickly went up to the topmost decks to check out the Haven complex, and were totally wowed by the Horizon Lounge, with its plentiful comfy seating, 24-hour complementary cappuccino maker (teas, regular coffee, and fruited water also available), two levels of couches and lounges, and its two-deck-high front window wall. Amazing. The Horizon Lounge quickly became my favorite space on the ship. There is also a similar, enormous Observation Lounge on a lower deck (15?) for all passengers on the ship to enjoy; we took a peek in and it looked very comfy and inviting. The Haven courtyard and lounge on the Bliss are quite inviting. The Haven restaurant has added an outside patio seating area - we had lunch there on day - which is a cool idea, but it overlooked a noisy area of the main pool deck, so it could have been situated differently and been more successful. The upgraded Haven sun deck was gorgeous, with plenty of individual cabanas, lounges, and whirlpools. Food on the Bliss is some of the best we've had at sea. Food Republic is a terrific international-small-bites (some not so small) restaurant that rivals any tapas restaurant on land. Los Lobos Mexican was a pleasant addition to the NCL lineup, and Teppanyaki is an old favorite from the Breakaway brought back. Meals in the Haven restaurant were superb, but as I've said before from our experiences on the Breakaway, they really should rotate their nightly menus to give Haven guests the same kind of choice as diners at the three MDRs (which we did not try this time, nor did we try the buffet). The 24-hour restaurant, here called The Local, offered some tasty treats, too (loved the turkey chili). Entertainment is topnotch, as we have come to expect from NCL. The original musical Havana! was a surprising delight. Jersey Boys was Broadway caliber. Perhaps our favorite evenings were spent watching a wonderful Beatles cover band, Beatlemania Live, perform two shows, one in the Cavern Club at Sea (it looks nothing like the original in Liverpool, btw, being basically the same space as the blues club on the Breakaway), and one in the main theater. NCL never disappoints with entertainment. Service all over the ship was wonderful; we have nothing but good things to say about the NCL Bliss staff. We would love to sail the Bliss again, and are looking forward to more ships in the Breakaway Plus class.

The Haven on the Bliss wowed us

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by mem329

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Pacific Coastal
  • Cabin Type: The Haven Suite (Connecting Stateroom)
Being big fans of NCL's Breakaway and its Haven, we were really excited to try the Bliss. The short-ish (5 night) southbound West Coast itinerary was intriguing, too; as experienced cruisers, we've done the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada, and a little bit of Europe, too, so this was new to us, and perfect: embark in Vancouver; Victoria, BC the next day; then a sea day; San Francisco the next day; another sea day; and then disembarkation in the Los Angeles area (San Pedro). A good mix of active and relaxing days.

Embarkation in Vancouver couldn't have been easier, but this could be party due to the fact that we got to the ship around 6 pm and so basically just stepped aboard. We were quite pleased with our cabin, 9106, at the very forward port-side corner of Deck 9; this is a Haven cabin although not IN the Haven complex proper. The forward corner Haven cabins are terrific in that there are two rooms: a bedroom and a separate living room with a dining area, and a spacious two-sink bathroom with shower and separate whirlpool tub.

We quickly went up to the topmost decks to check out the Haven complex, and were totally wowed by the Horizon Lounge, with its plentiful comfy seating, 24-hour complementary cappuccino maker (teas, regular coffee, and fruited water also available), two levels of couches and lounges, and its two-deck-high front window wall. Amazing. The Horizon Lounge quickly became my favorite space on the ship. There is also a similar, enormous Observation Lounge on a lower deck (15?) for all passengers on the ship to enjoy; we took a peek in and it looked very comfy and inviting.

The Haven courtyard and lounge on the Bliss are quite inviting. The Haven restaurant has added an outside patio seating area - we had lunch there on day - which is a cool idea, but it overlooked a noisy area of the main pool deck, so it could have been situated differently and been more successful. The upgraded Haven sun deck was gorgeous, with plenty of individual cabanas, lounges, and whirlpools.

Food on the Bliss is some of the best we've had at sea. Food Republic is a terrific international-small-bites (some not so small) restaurant that rivals any tapas restaurant on land. Los Lobos Mexican was a pleasant addition to the NCL lineup, and Teppanyaki is an old favorite from the Breakaway brought back. Meals in the Haven restaurant were superb, but as I've said before from our experiences on the Breakaway, they really should rotate their nightly menus to give Haven guests the same kind of choice as diners at the three MDRs (which we did not try this time, nor did we try the buffet). The 24-hour restaurant, here called The Local, offered some tasty treats, too (loved the turkey chili).

Entertainment is topnotch, as we have come to expect from NCL. The original musical Havana! was a surprising delight. Jersey Boys was Broadway caliber. Perhaps our favorite evenings were spent watching a wonderful Beatles cover band, Beatlemania Live, perform two shows, one in the Cavern Club at Sea (it looks nothing like the original in Liverpool, btw, being basically the same space as the blues club on the Breakaway), and one in the main theater. NCL never disappoints with entertainment.

Service all over the ship was wonderful; we have nothing but good things to say about the NCL Bliss staff.

We would love to sail the Bliss again, and are looking forward to more ships in the Breakaway Plus class.
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Cabin Review

The Haven Suite (Connecting Stateroom)
Cabin H8 9106
We were quite pleased with our cabin, 9106, at the very forward port-side corner of Deck 9; this is a Haven cabin although not IN the Haven complex proper. The forward corner Haven cabins are terrific in that there are two rooms: a bedroom and a separate living room with a dining area, and a spacious two-sink bathroom with shower and separate whirlpool tub. My only quibble is that they re-designed the sinks differently from those in the analogous rooms on the Breakaway, which had dual bowl sinks; on the Bliss, the sinks were sunken conventionally into the countertops, but this particular design allowed water to accumulate in puddles on the counter, which was an annoyance, but we made due.

We think the small balcony was perhaps a touch larger than the one in the same room on the Breakaway (yes, we sailed 9106 on that ship, too).

Plenty of storage space - much more than in non-Haven cabins - and lovely deluxe touches like ample large bath sheets, pool towels, an umbrella, plush robes and slippers, and light bites delivered to our cabin every afternoon.

You really can't go wrong with a Haven room, and the forward corner rooms offer a great value, in that they are priced less than the smaller one-room cabins within the Haven itself.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Motorcoach Tour
    Took the hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus, with the optional Sausalito extension over the Golden Gate Bridge, which was a good way to get an overview of the city within the confines of a cruise ship's time in port. SF is a gorgeous city. Nowhere else like it.
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  • Scenic Victoria City Tour
    Victoria is a lovely city, with beautiful surrounding areas, but there is not much of interest besides attractive residential areas and a small charming city to look at. Our particular tour guide spent too much time telling the story of family that used to live in the area while neglecting to comment on some interesting buildings we passed.
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