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Norwegian Bliss Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1210 reviews

This cruise convinced me that sailing with NCL is NOT for me.

Review for Norwegian Bliss to the Mexican Riviera
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Oct 2019
Cabin: Balcony Stateroom
NCL Bliss balcony mid-ship stateroom

I chose to sail on the NCL Bliss because it is Norwegian's newest, largest ship. Usually, newer means better. But the design of this ship and the crew of the Bliss proved they are truly "not ready for prime time."

The NCL Bliss is indeed a beautiful ship. MANY facets of the ship were fantastic, from the relaxing observation lounge on deck 15 to the overall ship decor, which is chic and contemporary. The designers did a great job creating a comfortable experience.

However, so many other important elements of the ship's design are lacking. The most obvious issue was that this massive ship only has forward and aft elevator banks, with none in the center. How did the architects think over 6.200 passengers and crew were supposed to navigate about such a massive ship with so few elevators? I noticed hundreds of people congregating near the elevators all throughout the days of my 7 day cruise. So many passengers gave way to "crowd-think" mentality, which meant becoming rude and somewhat aggressive in their fight for elevators. Otherwise, they were forced to walk many floors of stairs to reach their desired floors. Couldn't NCL executives anticipate this dynamic might occur on such a large ship?

Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

The cabin was of average size, with a blue/brown color scheme. The bed (two twins pushed together) was not very comfortable, as NCL installs some kind of device between the mattresses to form one bed. This device made my back sore every night.

The technology in the cabin was first-rate, which included individual reading lamp spotlights on either side of the bed, USB charging ports on either side of the bed and a state-of-the-art Samsung LCD television. Unfortunately, the telephone only had a 2.5 foot cord, so it couldn't be brought over to the bedside for easier use.

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