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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Good luck using the go-carts or laser tag. Be the first on board or lose out.

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by RobtF777

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom

To be fair, the cruise I went on was Christmas/Winter Break Week. But it may be typical for any cruise on that ship during any time the ship is packed with adults and 1,000 kids. Perhaps a not-so-popular week might be better.


My daughter, son-in-law, and 9-year-old grandson paid for my wife and I to go on this cruise with them. Most things were fine. But the problem is that the Bliss tried to cram far too much "extras" (race track and laser tag) when it isn't set up to do those things right. Both venues are outdoor "weather permitting" and you must - must - must - reserve a specific time slot in advance, and there really aren't that many slots available for 4,000+ adult passengers and another 1,000 kids. Also the 700-seat theater was far too small for their "big production" shows (Jersey Boys, Havana) which only had 4 shows each. And the theater was "reserve seating" only.....with a standby line for any no-shows.


Needless to say, those "first on board" could - and many did - "hog" all the "reserve" seating and slots for ALL the shows and ALL the available track and laser tag slots very, very quickly. To my knowledge there was nothing to prevent the first 700 passengers to book up ALL the show seating and nothing to prevent the first 100 - 200 passengers from "hogging" ALL the race track and laser tag slots. And why not? "Weather permitting" means you SHOULD sign up for as many as you can.....and they are FUN.....which means "more than once." Yes, there is a fee for the race track and laser tag.....but its incidental when compared to everything else you pay for.


There was nothing more disappointing than to tell my grandson that he could not do the race track or the laser tag because all - ALL - the slots had already been reserved.


My advice? Avoid any disappointment. Skip the Bliss or any ship that has a "wow" venue that only a minority of the passengers are going to be able to use. The fact is that the race track and the laser tag are outdoor venues that took up deck space that could have (and perhaps should have) been used for more pools, hot tubs, sun decks, lounge chairs, and even a bar or water slide that more passengers could enjoy.


Even if you have absolutely no interest in the race track or laser tag, the deck space they took up meant it was much harder to find an open lounge chair on what open decks remained.

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Cabin Review

Inside Stateroom
Cabin IC 12661

Very small. No dresser. No chair. Bed. Two nightstands. Table. Very small closet. There are a couple of open shelves in the closet and on the nightstands to put things. Shower was very nice. And the beds had very nice reading lamps.


To be fair.....Do Not Take Much Clothes. You won't need them. I got up in the morning, put on my swim trucks, t-shirt, and sandals and that is what I wore ALL DAY.....including dinner in the "buffet" dining venue (Garden Cafe) which is pushed all day long by the staff. And The Garden Cafe was GREAT for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Casual. Great food. Lots of it. And you can portion out the size you want.


The "fanciest" restaurants only require pants and a Hawaiian/Polo/Short-sleeve shirt for dinner. So Do Not take a suit....unless you like being the few who actually dress up (and there were some who do and did) (a) You won't need it. (b) it just adds weight/bulk to your luggage.


I took far too many clothes (including that suit) that I never, ever wore. So I really didn't need a dresser or more closet space. Think "casual" for an entire week. Pack lightly. Take 2 or 3 swim suits. And enjoy.....even the inside cabin.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


9-year-old grandson loved the "drifting" in the airboat.

Saw lots of gators.

Very Good way to kill a few hours before an evening flight back home.

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