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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
1,207 Reviews

Not great -- Not horrible

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by wwzimmerman@hotmail.com

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Inside Stateroom

The pros:

The Observation Lounge was a great feature. Terrific views out the front of the ship with 2 stories of windows, and views half way down both sides of the boat with lots of chairs, small tables and lounge chairs. This lounge was much quieter than the often frantic and loud Atrium area, and less crowded than the buffet. There were beverages, salads, sandwiches, deserts available in this lounge, and there was entertainment in the evening by a piano singer.

"The Local "restaurant (complimentary) on deck 7 was open 24 hours a day, and served breakfast, lunch and dinner. This was like eating in a Denny's (no white table cloths) but food was pretty good.

"The Waterffont" - outdoor areas on deck 8 attached to restaurants. On our early May Alaskan cruise, this area wasn't used much because of the cold windy weather, but it would be great on a Caribbean cruise.

The shower in the bathroom of the inside stateroom was well planned and spacious, but you had to run the water for quite a while before any hot water came out.

The water slides were fun. One was almost terrifying, but still fun.

They didn't have a lot of annoying announcements over the public address system.

The Jersey Boys show in the theater was very good, but beware there was a lot of profanity in the show as they were striving for "reality".

There were 3 comedians; 2 were very funny; one wasn't so funny. 2 out of 3 ain't bad!

The Cons;

"The Atrium" - this was the main gathering place on deck 6 for games, dancing classes, trivia games, and bands that also play in the bars. It was usually pretty frantic and loud in this area and the square shaped chairs that were in that area looked cool but were very uncomfortable. Also there wasn't food available close by except by going up 1 deck to 'The Local".

Our inside cabin was very small. The only place to sit comfortably was on the bed. The safe was in the clothes closet and hard to get to if you had clothes hanging up. The mattress was very hard - they put an eggcrate mattress pad on to make it softer..

The food in the main dining rooms wasn't consistently good. I enjoyed salmon on 3 different nights, but my wife was disappointed in the chicken meals. They also didn't usually offer the "special' meals in the main dining rooms on the same night that they were being served in the buffet or The Local. We were disappointed in the lunch meals in the main dining rooms and usually ate lunch in The Local or the buffet. The service in the dining rooms was excellent. Some desserts were inconsistent. Some were very good; some not so good,

The Havana show in the theater was only average. We left early.

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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Inside Stateroom
Cabin IA 13601

Very small, but with a pretty spacious bathroom. The room was quiet. The mattress was very hard - they put an egg crate mattress pad on to make it softer. It took a while to get the hot water to come out of the shower head. No drawers for clothes, just shelves. The safe was kind of hard to get to because it was on a shelf in the clothes closet. We didn't spend much time in the room. It had 3 outlets, which I think are disabled when you leave the room so bring a battery operated clock since the only place to tell the time was on the phone digital readout. .

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