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Norwegian Bliss Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1208 reviews

Enjoyable cruise, great ship, but crew needs some polishing.

Review for Norwegian Bliss to the Mexican Riviera
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spasticpoodle
2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Spa Mini-Suite with Balcony

Overall the cruise was great. There were far more enjoyable experiences than negative ones. The rooms are small, but that's to be expected. The ship overall was wonderful. I was disappointed when walking by the smoking section of the casino to be over powered with the smell. Similarly, there is a humidor room, but when I tried to enjoy a Cuban cigar from one of the ports, the room was filled with cigarette smokers. This ruined the overall ambiance and experience of a humidor room. Entertainment was top notch, we enjoyed teh onboard comedy, havana, jersey boys, and the prohibition happy hour. The ports were solid, my wife and I enjoyed Mazatlan the best. We didn't schedule any excursions with the ship, but when we went a shore, we went on a tour of each city for a fraction of the on board cost. Cabo was the only port to tender, and while the actual tendering was well organized, the ship was unable to give us any sort of tendering schedule. It was purely sign up for a group number and wait for it to be called. This seemed odd and disorganized to us. Generally speaking the food was great, we really enjoyed Teppanyaki, La Cucina and The Q. Margarita Ville was solid as well, and a bit of a hidden secret for breakfast. While everyone is headed to the front of the ship at the Garden Cafe, the aft and Margarita Ville has a bit limited but by all means solid breakfast offering. One of our other favorite odd hour meals was at the Local, mid ship and open 24/7. It was perfect comfort food and everything came out hot and delicious. With that said, a few negative ones stick out, such as the Cagne's Steak House, Taste, Savor, and the Manhattan Room not being able to cook a steak medium rare. While the servers were quick to apologize and offer a new steak, after receiving multiple new steaks over done, gave up. Likewise, most of the bar tenders were clearly over worked, stressed, and other than one special bar tender we met, rude. Finally embarkation and disembarkation were a bit disorganized. At embarkation, there was no signage or instructions provided on what to do. We've sailed out of Seattle, which was far more organized and clearly identified what to do and how to proceed. Disembarkation was a bit better, but again overall just seemed disorganized.

Cabin Review

Spa Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin M9

Small but comfortable. Bathroom had adequate space. HVAC systems seemed under sized as room was constantly too hot even at the coolest setting.

Port Reviews

Los Angeles

Very disorganized embarkation port.

Puerto Vallarta

Okay port, but nothing special.

Mazatlan

We selected an excursion after disembarking the ship, not while on board. The tour of the city was great. The cathedrals were beautiful, and we really enjoyed the local market.

Cabo San Lucas

We selected a tour after getting off the ship. We took a glass bottom boat tour around Cabo's waters. The tour was less than an hour, but a lot of fun. We saw a bunch of wild life and enjoyed the sites. Cabo is essentially a tourist destination, so not much culture.

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