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The Ship was nice looking, at first it seemed smaller on the inside than other cruiselines we've experienced. But we realized that it had more social areas, which was a big plus side as it did not feel overcrowded although it was fully booked. There were no big lineups and things moved fast so we could enjoy our vacation instead of waiting in line all the time. One thing we liked was that with an all inclusive alcohol beverage package, they stopped handing us a receipt to sign everytime we ordered a drink. We liked not feeling pressured or cheap if we didn't leave a tip on the paper for each beverage which actually made us want to hand out a dollar or two once in a while to show appreciation of good, friendly service. It would be great however, if cruiselines could introduce a no additional tipping policy all together as in resorts such as Sandals. Keep in mind that the daily gratuity that is shared amongst all employees is $14.50 USD per person AND we are charged additional 20% on any dining, single drinks and beverage packages when purchased (even if its included in the cruise cost, the 20% is added as if the entire package was paid for). Note the Ultimate beverage package does not include bottled water which we found ridiculous. So we had to buy a water package of 6 x 1 ltr bottles for $17 USD. The activities were fun. We took advantage of the go karts (awesome) and lazer tag (lame). We kept pretty busy overall so did not get a chance to try the water slides, but they did look like fun. We saw Jersey Boys which was ok. The piano/comedy guy from New York (i think his name was Bill) in their Brewehouse Pub was a funny and interactive show every night that we enjoyed. The food in the specialty dining was overall very good (we very much liked the Steakhouse and the Japanese, the Texas Q was tasty but very fatty meat) and the food in the main restaurants were acceptable. As for the menus in the main restaurants they were a few notches below Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity. Therefore we were disappointed in the menus of the main (no extra cost) restaurants. The normal daily quick eat buffet was pretty good and had lots of delicious choices. Also an advantage was that there was always something open to eat at any time of the day. And this was the first ship on which we could find chicken wings (which are a favorite for us) at their pub called Locals. The dress code is definitely downscaled on the Norwegian Bliss in their dining room restaurants (note this excludes the pubs and main buffet which are more lenient on all ships that we know). Some people were still dressed up but we saw alot of other people going to diner in jeans, shorts and ball caps, which to us diminishes the classiness a nice restaurant. The party entertainment in the evenings were similar to other cruiselines, and it was good dancing. There were different options on where to "party", depending on what type of music one prefers. The overall entertainment during the day, although had the regular "game show" and such, was otherwise nothing compared to what we could find on Royal Caribbean when the staff dresses up and dances and interacts with hundreds of people in the middle of the ship (I'm thinking of their disco party, their Dreamworks character parade for kids, etc.). Norwegian had none of this. Since you are not allowed to bring irons on board, we appreciated that we could borrow one at no extra cost, by calling guest services. We may return on Norwegian, knowing more of the expected differences, but because of the dining room menus, the downgraded dress code, smaller stateroom, lower grade entertainment and having to purchase bottled water even with a beverage package, our favorite cruiseline remains #1 Royal Caribbean then Celebrity and Princess are pretty much at par and Norwegian comes after.

Overall fun, but we've had better

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by ACtravellers

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
The Ship was nice looking, at first it seemed smaller on the inside than other cruiselines we've experienced. But we realized that it had more social areas, which was a big plus side as it did not feel overcrowded although it was fully booked. There were no big lineups and things moved fast so we could enjoy our vacation instead of waiting in line all the time.

One thing we liked was that with an all inclusive alcohol beverage package, they stopped handing us a receipt to sign everytime we ordered a drink. We liked not feeling pressured or cheap if we didn't leave a tip on the paper for each beverage which actually made us want to hand out a dollar or two once in a while to show appreciation of good, friendly service.

It would be great however, if cruiselines could introduce a no additional tipping policy all together as in resorts such as Sandals. Keep in mind that the daily gratuity that is shared amongst all employees is $14.50 USD per person AND we are charged additional 20% on any dining, single drinks and beverage packages when purchased (even if its included in the cruise cost, the 20% is added as if the entire package was paid for).

Note the Ultimate beverage package does not include bottled water which we found ridiculous. So we had to buy a water package of 6 x 1 ltr bottles for $17 USD.

The activities were fun. We took advantage of the go karts (awesome) and lazer tag (lame). We kept pretty busy overall so did not get a chance to try the water slides, but they did look like fun. We saw Jersey Boys which was ok. The piano/comedy guy from New York (i think his name was Bill) in their Brewehouse Pub was a funny and interactive show every night that we enjoyed.

The food in the specialty dining was overall very good (we very much liked the Steakhouse and the Japanese, the Texas Q was tasty but very fatty meat) and the food in the main restaurants were acceptable. As for the menus in the main restaurants they were a few notches below Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity. Therefore we were disappointed in the menus of the main (no extra cost) restaurants. The normal daily quick eat buffet was pretty good and had lots of delicious choices. Also an advantage was that there was always something open to eat at any time of the day. And this was the first ship on which we could find chicken wings (which are a favorite for us) at their pub called Locals.

The dress code is definitely downscaled on the Norwegian Bliss in their dining room restaurants (note this excludes the pubs and main buffet which are more lenient on all ships that we know). Some people were still dressed up but we saw alot of other people going to diner in jeans, shorts and ball caps, which to us diminishes the classiness a nice restaurant.

The party entertainment in the evenings were similar to other cruiselines, and it was good dancing. There were different options on where to "party", depending on what type of music one prefers. The overall entertainment during the day, although had the regular "game show" and such, was otherwise nothing compared to what we could find on Royal Caribbean when the staff dresses up and dances and interacts with hundreds of people in the middle of the ship (I'm thinking of their disco party, their Dreamworks character parade for kids, etc.). Norwegian had none of this.

Since you are not allowed to bring irons on board, we appreciated that we could borrow one at no extra cost, by calling guest services.

We may return on Norwegian, knowing more of the expected differences, but because of the dining room menus, the downgraded dress code, smaller stateroom, lower grade entertainment and having to purchase bottled water even with a beverage package, our favorite cruiseline remains #1 Royal Caribbean then Celebrity and Princess are pretty much at par and Norwegian comes after.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 13736
Positive: Good size bathroom and shower. We appreciated the simple wall switches that allowed to show if we wanted housekeeping or privacy instead of hanging something on our door.
Negative: bed and closet were too close together, closet doors were awkward to open. Balcony was a little tight, but acceptable. A/C shuts off automatically every 30 mins or so, so we needed to keep getting up at night to turn it back on as we'd get too warm.
Deck 14 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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