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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Panama on a MEGA ship

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by dmam

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

We used NCL air/hotel arrangements and also transfers with great satisfaction.

The Bliss is a very big ship, the biggest of NCL and also very recent, 2017. Very modern and luxurious it offers a lot of outdoor activities, as much for children as for adults. The big-production shows were Broadway's quality. The food in all the restaurants was very good, even at the buffet, with a lot of delicious choices. Our account and reservations can be accessed directly from our TV and cell phone. The staff is always polite and helpful. The "Free Style" is very appreciated... no need for suit or tie, everywhere!

On the other hand, big ships also means that it does not go under all bridges ... we had to pass under the bridge of Americas and also under the Broolkyn Bridge at low tide, that is to say 11PM and 3AM ... so saw nothing or almost nothing. The recent construction may also be responsable for lots of noises: in the Atlantic, with slightly rough waters, we heard creaks on the stairways and especially banging in our cabin, enough to prevent us from sleeping. Comedy shows where numerous, but with a very local humor, not international, so for non-US citizens, it is hard to follow. As for the restaurants, there are many, but we had to book in advance if we wanted to eat at a reasonable time, just like for the Jersey Boys and Six shows. And all these reservations, restaurants, shows and excursions, that we can do ourselves on TV, cell or tablet, they are not accessible on all these platforms ... some reservations appear only on one platform. There is no synchronization, which has forced us to recheck everything with guest services ...

Overall, by bringing earplugs, making reservations before or very early in the cruise and using only the TV to check your account and book, you make a memorable cruise. We came back rested and very satisfied.

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

The bed is by the patio door, so the room looks smaller than the other balcony cabins.

It is on the 9th floor, so just under the balcony, there is the ceiling of the promenade (waterfront). The view is a bit obstructed (looking down), but ok to see the sea.

When on the Atlantic, with slightly rought waters, we could hear banging in the walls and ceiling. We made a call and they sent someone to try to fix it... at 80%.

The washroom is large, especialy the shower. The flushing id soo loud, we could hear everybody else toilet flushing, even from other floors!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

as expected

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City Tour

as expected plus easy walk aroud the city

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Acapulco = danger, so we did not get off the ship.

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

Macademia farm : excellent tour in a small van (17 pers) with a snack : Arabica coffee, macademia waffle, nuts, chocolat... small farm, ecofriendly, very good!

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