Excellent cruise! We were on a family vacation and there was 15 of us. From babies to great grandma on the trip we had a large range in ages.
Embarkation was fairly easy considering the size of the ship and # of passengers they have to screen. There was a surprise US Coast Guard inspection which delayed departure by about an hour. Disembarkation was a little more chaotic and somewhat disorganized. Once we arrived at the deck for disembarking there was little direction from NCL and no staff to point people in the correct direction. A lot of people in a small space.
The ship is magnificent, it is huge and it even though there’s close to 4K passengers it never felt crowded. The kids had a great time enjoying all the activities but spent most of the their time in the water (pool, slides). We get it, ship is designed for Alaska cruises so more indoor than outdoor but even so the kids had a great time. Reservations a must specially if your a large group but honestly we didn’t have too many issues.
Food was average to good, nothing to write home about. Only complaint was the lengthy wait at Taste or Savor for food to be served.
We saw Jersey Boys and it was excellent! I think NCL definitely does a better job than most in this department. The live music was also great throughout the week. We were onboard the week of Halloween and I do have to say that was a great time being onboard for Halloween. They do a great job of entertaining the little ones all the way to the adults with the different activities that day. We also enjoyed the comedy shows. Silent disco was way too short only lasted like 45 min.
Service was hit or miss everyday. Mostly hit but minor hiccups here and there. You can definitely tell which crew members care and which ones want to get off at the next opportunity.
Overall everyone really enjoyed their time on the Bliss. Would we pick the ship again? Maybe with a smaller group. Will we cruise NCL again? Definitely, we really love the freestyle motto this cruise line offers.
Very tight space, I feel the bigger these ships get the smaller the cabins are. Newer ship so everything feels new inside and overall the cabin makes the most use of available space. We traveled with our two young kids in a cabin that fits 4 but I don’t know how a family of 4 with older children would be able to manage. Our cabin was all the way in the aft of the ship. We were like 3 cabins from the back. It was convenient being somewhat close to elevator but far enough away we didn’t hear any noise. Being towards the back of the ship we did feel more rocking than we’ve experienced in other cruises were we stayed towards the middle. It didn’t bother me as much as it did my wife but if your prone for seasickness I would recommend to grab a mid cabin.