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We were on the Bliss last week 3-24/3-1 to the Bahamas from NYC. This is our 9th cruise with ncl. Also cruised with Royal and Carnival. We live up in the Hudson Valley NY and had a kid drive us to the terminal from Astoria about a half hour away from the terminal. I gave the longshoreman a nice tip up front and he took our luggage out of the trunk for us and that was that. There was a half hour or so line to get checked in--a breeze of a boarding process. We got to the terminal at 11 and were on board by 1130 or so. We immediately took care of all reservations--dinners, shows and tenders to the beach. The ship can not dock at the Cay so you need to get on a tender boat. We ate mainly in Bliss/Savor. We ate lunch once in the cafeteria but it was very noisy,crowded and chaotic and we only went back for a late snack after a show when it was empty and quiet. A large variety of foods are available in he cafeteria but we prefer a waiter serving us. Our room was a small balcony in the back of the ship and was really nice. Kinda small but ok. The ship holds 4000 people and can be crowded sometimes especially after the shows but you need to just be patient and deal with it. They have all you can drink alcohol packages available. We dont drink or gamble and the loud and slobbering drunks were a bit annoying as they tried to get their money's worth. The first stop was on Tueday at Cape Canaveral. Here you can get on a bus to go to Disney World about an hour or so away but we were there too many times with the kids so no way. We went on a Pontoon Cruise on the Banana River. Really nice and informative guide. On Wednesday we went to the Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas which is a private island owned by NCL. You have to take a tender boat and we almost didnt make it as the seas were quite rough for the tenders. Even though it was a bit cool we did have a great time swimming in the beautiful water there. A little bit of heaven. Lunch is included in your visit and overall it was an enjoyable experience. Thursday saw us at Atlantis. Google it. You take a van taxi from the end of the pier to Atlantis for $4 each, about a 15 minute ride away. It was a bit cool with dark clouds threatening rain so we never got to do some things we had planned but we did enjoy the aquarium and the grounds. Very enjoyable. Friday and Saturday we were at sea. A must see is the Beatles show at one of the venues called The Cavern, a re-creation of a club where the Beatles and other acts got their start over in Liverpoolin the early 60s. A heads up--the Cavern is very small and fills up quickly so if you want a seat I would suggest getting on the line there very early at least an hour or maybe and hour and fifteen minutes before showtime which I think is 730 but check your schedule to make sure. We saw them 3x at the Cavern each performance a different set--Sgt. Peppers, Abbey Road and the White Album. The group also performed in the theatre on Saturday night. Same--get on the line early to get a good seat. The theatre is large but the best seats fill up quickly. Another good show is the Jersey Boys show. You need a reservation for this so make it as soon as you board the ship at the Guest Relations area. Again--get to the theatre early to get good seats. There is also a magician act to be seen in the theatre. Very good with audience participation and lots of laughs. Dont miss the comedian Scott Henry at the Comedy Club. Excellent, very funny guy. Lots of stuff to do so have a great time!

Great Time

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by bruce48

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2020
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
We were on the Bliss last week 3-24/3-1 to the Bahamas from NYC.

This is our 9th cruise with ncl. Also cruised with Royal and Carnival.

We live up in the Hudson Valley NY and had a kid drive us to the terminal from Astoria about a half hour away from the terminal.

I gave the longshoreman a nice tip up front and he took our luggage out of the trunk for us and that was that.

There was a half hour or so line to get checked in--a breeze of a boarding process. We got to the terminal at 11 and were on board by 1130 or so.

We immediately took care of all reservations--dinners, shows and tenders to the beach.

The ship can not dock at the Cay so you need to get on a tender boat.

We ate mainly in Bliss/Savor.

We ate lunch once in the cafeteria but it was very noisy,crowded and chaotic and we only went back for a late snack after a show when it was empty and quiet.

A large variety of foods are available in he cafeteria but we prefer a waiter serving us.

Our room was a small balcony in the back of the ship and was really nice. Kinda small but ok.

The ship holds 4000 people and can be crowded sometimes especially after the shows but you need to just be patient and deal with it.

They have all you can drink alcohol packages available. We dont drink or gamble and the loud and slobbering drunks were a bit annoying as they tried to get their money's worth.

The first stop was on Tueday at Cape Canaveral. Here you can get on a bus to go to Disney World about an hour or so away but we were there too many times with the kids so no way.

We went on a Pontoon Cruise on the Banana River.

Really nice and informative guide.

On Wednesday we went to the Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas which is a private island owned by NCL.

You have to take a tender boat and we almost didnt make it as the seas were quite rough for the tenders.

Even though it was a bit cool we did have a great time swimming in the beautiful water there. A little bit of heaven.

Lunch is included in your visit and overall it was an enjoyable experience.

Thursday saw us at Atlantis. Google it.

You take a van taxi from the end of the pier to Atlantis for $4 each, about a 15 minute ride away.

It was a bit cool with dark clouds threatening rain so we never got to do some things we had planned but we did enjoy the aquarium and the grounds.

Very enjoyable.

Friday and Saturday we were at sea.

A must see is the Beatles show at one of the venues called The Cavern, a re-creation of a club where the Beatles and other acts got their start over in Liverpoolin the early 60s.

A heads up--the Cavern is very small and fills up quickly so if you want a seat I would suggest getting on the line there very early at least an hour or maybe and hour and fifteen minutes before showtime which I think is 730 but check your schedule to make sure. We saw them 3x at the Cavern each performance a different set--Sgt. Peppers, Abbey Road and the White Album. The group also performed in the theatre on Saturday night. Same--get on the line early to get a good seat. The theatre is large but the best seats fill up quickly.

Another good show is the Jersey Boys show. You need a reservation for this so make it as soon as you board the ship at the Guest Relations area. Again--get to the theatre early to get good seats.

There is also a magician act to be seen in the theatre. Very good with audience participation and lots of laughs.

Dont miss the comedian Scott Henry at the Comedy Club. Excellent, very funny guy.

Lots of stuff to do so have a great time!
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Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
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