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This is where you missed the mark: - Both shows in the theatre were way too loud...even with ear plugs on...just horribly loud, not to mention when there is music in the Q (right below the theatre), you can feel and hear this music along with the loud music of the show (this happened during both of our shows). During dinner at the Q, the music there is so loud, you can't hear your dining companions or the wait staff - Why were there only 2 shows in the theatre that were production type shows? We were on the Jade in August for an 11 day Norway cruise and every night was a different amazing show! If a smaller ship can do this, why can’t the Bliss? - No real latitudes benefits - no cocktail reception, no behind the scenes tour offered (I'm Platinum). And if you're going to give me restaurant coupons, at least reference the restaurants on the ship (it mentioned Moderno which isn't even on this ship). It seems like this is becoming less and less a benefit to be a loyal NCL passenger. Even the pins we used to get are gone. Other than 2 dinners and 1 bag of laundry, that’s about it as we always have to remind the shore excursion desk about our discount. - Being interrupted at dinner to buy photos taken with no option to buy them later in the gallery...this is very disappointing. After this happened a couple times, we opted to not even have our photo taken. why are you interrupting dinner to pressure us to purchase photos? Again, on the Jade, one of your photographers, Maria, was so amazing I think we purchased every photo she took of us. We also had the ability to see all of them and get them from the gallery. This new procedure on the Bliss makes us not want to have any photos taken because it’s buy it now or not at all and being pressured during dinner with our friends!!! - Food Republic - just plain boring and a mandatory 20% gratuity when you order your food (on a tablet) and pay for it in advance. 4 small plates of mediocre food cost over $40. No thanks! - Go carts are just ok (rules were not enforced with folks in our "heat"). We were bumped, passed on the right and it just wasn’t fun when folks are doing this and the rules aren’t being enforced at all by the staff. We would rather have the ropes course back. We didn't even try the laser tag as it just looked boring and was another $10 per person. - If you're going to have the fast water tube slides, have them open!!! We saw these open once for about 15 minutes during a 7 day cruise!!! They were constantly being repaired and closed. The other water slide half the time wasn't open and one time we were able to go, it wasn't even manned at the bottom and the person at the top wasn’t even spacing people out. - Music events were poorly planned - having the beatles show (which is always a favorite) in the Cavern club which is just too small. - The events/music/etc in the atrium were so loud you couldn't hear anyone at the guest services/shore excursion/cruise next desks when events were going on.Even the employees found this to be annoying and stated such. Our biggest issue with this ship...unless you are in the Haven, you cannot walk around the ship or be on the front of the ship on the outside. We love to walk the ship, especially in laps and cannot do this on this ship. When coming in to port or leaving, you cannot stand outside on the front of the ship unless you are in the Haven. Why is NCL bringing back the class separation on their ships? We have cruised a lot of NCL ships (my first cruise was on the Norway) and do not like this separation and lack of inclusion for simple things like standing on the deck at the front. Positives: - The cruise director Silas and his group...we hope they are on the Joy in May when we are in Alaska - the layout of the Garden Buffet - the new Los Lobos restaurant...hands down one of the best restaurants I have ever been to on an NCL ship - the service in the restaurants, including Savor/Taste/Manhattan and the specialty restaurants we tried (Q (twice), Los Lobos (twice), Cagneys, the Local) - Embarkation - I don't know what you changed but apply it to every ship...we were through the line and onboard within 5 minutes flat.

Such a beautiful ship...Norwegian why are you destroying the experience?

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by basktchic

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
This is where you missed the mark:

- Both shows in the theatre were way too loud...even with ear plugs on...just horribly loud, not to mention when there is music in the Q (right below the theatre), you can feel and hear this music along with the loud music of the show (this happened during both of our shows). During dinner at the Q, the music there is so loud, you can't hear your dining companions or the wait staff

- Why were there only 2 shows in the theatre that were production type shows? We were on the Jade in August for an 11 day Norway cruise and every night was a different amazing show! If a smaller ship can do this, why can’t the Bliss?

- No real latitudes benefits - no cocktail reception, no behind the scenes tour offered (I'm Platinum). And if you're going to give me restaurant coupons, at least reference the restaurants on the ship (it mentioned Moderno which isn't even on this ship). It seems like this is becoming less and less a benefit to be a loyal NCL passenger. Even the pins we used to get are gone. Other than 2 dinners and 1 bag of laundry, that’s about it as we always have to remind the shore excursion desk about our discount.

- Being interrupted at dinner to buy photos taken with no option to buy them later in the gallery...this is very disappointing. After this happened a couple times, we opted to not even have our photo taken. why are you interrupting dinner to pressure us to purchase photos? Again, on the Jade, one of your photographers, Maria, was so amazing I think we purchased every photo she took of us. We also had the ability to see all of them and get them from the gallery. This new procedure on the Bliss makes us not want to have any photos taken because it’s buy it now or not at all and being pressured during dinner with our friends!!!

- Food Republic - just plain boring and a mandatory 20% gratuity when you order your food (on a tablet) and pay for it in advance. 4 small plates of mediocre food cost over $40. No thanks!

- Go carts are just ok (rules were not enforced with folks in our "heat"). We were bumped, passed on the right and it just wasn’t fun when folks are doing this and the rules aren’t being enforced at all by the staff. We would rather have the ropes course back. We didn't even try the laser tag as it just looked boring and was another $10 per person.

- If you're going to have the fast water tube slides, have them open!!! We saw these open once for about 15 minutes during a 7 day cruise!!! They were constantly being repaired and closed. The other water slide half the time wasn't open and one time we were able to go, it wasn't even manned at the bottom and the person at the top wasn’t even spacing people out.

- Music events were poorly planned - having the beatles show (which is always a favorite) in the Cavern club which is just too small.

- The events/music/etc in the atrium were so loud you couldn't hear anyone at the guest services/shore excursion/cruise next desks when events were going on.Even the employees found this to be annoying and stated such.

Our biggest issue with this ship...unless you are in the Haven, you cannot walk around the ship or be on the front of the ship on the outside. We love to walk the ship, especially in laps and cannot do this on this ship. When coming in to port or leaving, you cannot stand outside on the front of the ship unless you are in the Haven. Why is NCL bringing back the class separation on their ships? We have cruised a lot of NCL ships (my first cruise was on the Norway) and do not like this separation and lack of inclusion for simple things like standing on the deck at the front.

Positives:

- The cruise director Silas and his group...we hope they are on the Joy in May when we are in Alaska

- the layout of the Garden Buffet

- the new Los Lobos restaurant...hands down one of the best restaurants I have ever been to on an NCL ship

- the service in the restaurants, including Savor/Taste/Manhattan and the specialty restaurants we tried (Q (twice), Los Lobos (twice), Cagneys, the Local)

- Embarkation - I don't know what you changed but apply it to every ship...we were through the line and onboard within 5 minutes flat.
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Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 12892
This balcony is at a bump out so it was an angled balcony with extra room. The only thing I wish we would have had with that extra space was an actual lounger versus just 2 chairs and a small table.

Oddly enough, we only saw our cabin steward twice although our room was always well cared for.
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