5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I have been reading reviews of the NCL Bliss and am a little shocked at what I'm reading. I haven't written a review on this site but thought it was important. I'm assuming the bad reviews are from people who need every ... Read More
I have been reading reviews of the NCL Bliss and am a little shocked at what I'm reading. I haven't written a review on this site but thought it was important. I'm assuming the bad reviews are from people who need every little whim taken care of and can't do anything for themselves. Let me say the ship itself was beautiful. I have been on a few cruises before and this was by far the best one. I went with my two daughters (10 and 14), husband, another family with two kids and my sister and brother-in-law. We all had balcony rooms, which for 4 were small but they always are unless you want to pay a lot more. Rooms were spotless and everything we needed our steward got us ASAP. The decor on the ship is classy and beautiful. Nothing tacky here. As far as things to do there was never a dull moment, unless you wanted it. They had containt stuff going on until at least midnight and after that a few bars stayed open. I couldn't do everything I want to! Adults saw Jersey Boys and it was amazing!! We saw Havana as a family and it was great! We all also saw the family comedians, Beatles show and many other bands and "game shows" around the ship. My kids loved them all. The younger kids went to the kids club quite a bit and really enjoyed it. The teens enjoyed their club but actually ended up hanging out with us a lot. The food was very good. Something for everyone! Although, I will admit it sucks that some of the best restaurants you had to pay for. We stuck mainly to the free restaurants and buffet and only went to one speciality dinner. Also, I never had a hard time getting a drink. Maybe I had to wait a minute or two at the very busy bars but nothing crazy. Get the free drink package if it's offered! It is well worth it. We met some people that didn't and their bar bill was insane. We drank everyday, all day (very slowly) and never had to pay for a drink once. It includes pretty much every drink you could want, most were perfect - more strong than weak. *Go to The District, look for Carlo, best waiter ever!!!!* Getting on and off the ship at the ports was a breeze! So was debarking the ship at the end of our cruise. Couldn't have asked for better. The last thing I have to say is about the staff. I can't believe people have any thing negative to say about them. They work their asses off. 7 days a week, 10-14 hours a day for 8 months straight! They are always upbeat and smiling and seem to be willing to help in anyway. If you had a problem with them you might want to take a look at yourself! This was an expensive cruise but for what we got along with the incredible memories I'm so glad we did it! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Booked this sailing a full year in advance while sailing on the Escape and got a great deal. We paid $1079 per person base fare for our BA balcony. By the time final payment was due, BAs were selling for $1929 per person! We have sailed ... Read More
Booked this sailing a full year in advance while sailing on the Escape and got a great deal. We paid $1079 per person base fare for our BA balcony. By the time final payment was due, BAs were selling for $1929 per person! We have sailed twice on the Escape, so it was hard not to draw comparisons between the two ships. Despite being similar ships, it actually turned out to be very disorienting having the buffet (Garden Cafe) at the front of the ship. We had a cabin near the aft elevators and found it to be a lot more of a hassle to get to the Cafe than we were used to on the Escape. But once we got our bearings, it wasn't too bad and, luckily, we had nice weather so crossing the pool deck to get to the Cafe wasn't much of a hardship. Our only indoor options would have been walking through the stateroom hallways on Deck 15 or going down to the public decks on 6-7-8 and then taking the forward elevator up to the Cafe. Navigation issues sorted, here is a list of pros and cons of the Bliss versus the Escape: Pros: - The Observation Lounge - This is hands down the biggest advantage the Bliss has over the Escape. It is a lovely space. It is HUGE, has beautiful views, is generally quiet and serene, has comfy chairs and chaise loungers to relax and read or chat, has a full bar that was open most of the time, and has some buffet options for light snacks. - Go Karts & Laser Tag - I know it was a controversial choice to take up so much upper deck space with these attractions, but I thoroughly enjoyed them and I am not a big fan of "fun in the sun" type activities, so I don't mind the loss of pool deck space. I have yet to do the ropes course on the Escape (though I hope to in April) and have only played a round or two of mini-golf on the Escape, so I did not feel the loss of those spaces. - Entertainment - Both of the main theater shows were really good. Havana was high-energy and highly entertaining. Jersey Boys was the full-length musical and the performers were wonderful, though I did feel like the production value was very low. The women's wigs were downright horrid. Britain's Finest, the Beatles tribute band, was great and we saw both their early years and Abbey Road shows. But the real show-stealers of the whole cruise were Siglo, the Filipino house band. Their lead guitarist was out of this world. We made a point to see them every chance we got! - Los Lobos - I thought I would miss Moderno, but we loved Los Lobos so much, we actually ate there twice! The food and service were both outstanding. - Beautiful Decor - I really felt like the decor throughout the entire ship was a notch up from the Escape. I don't just mean slightly more modern, being a newer ship, but slightly higher quality and aesthetic as well. Found ourselves taking lots of photos of thinks like tile around the bars or wall art. Though I do like the Escape's chandelier better. - Q - I had read some bad reviews beforehand, so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. I definitely didn't feel the loss of the Supper Club space, having never gone there on the Escape, so this was a welcome change. - Casino - I definitely appreciated the separate smoking room in the Casino. It really helped reduce (though not completely eliminate) the smell of smoke. Plus, I never came back to the room at night smelling like and ashtray. Cons: - Garden Cafe - Ugh, where to begin? I already talked about the forward location being disorienting. But the issues only BEGAN there. The stations are set up so strangely and there is just no FLOW to it at all. Many items were only available at one station, so you had to go all over to get the things you wanted, rather than duplicating the most common things on multiple stations to help manage traffic and crowds. I never once say a separate tray for "Crispy Bacon" at breakfast and that is one of my FAVORITE things about the other NCL sailings I've been on. There were only nachos ONE TIME at the late night snack bar on our entire sailing and never once did they have plain potato chips (though I did find some of those in the Observation Lounge a few times) and those are my go-to late night snack staples on NCL! At least the Tastes of India bar did not disappoint at lunch times. That's about the best thing I can say for the Garden Cafe on the Bliss. - The Social - I never actually even managed to get in there for a show. The comedians were fully booked by the time I made it to a touch-screen on board. But the MAIN thing missing here versus the Escape is Howl at the Moon. I heard many people on the ship lamenting the fact that there is no Howl at the Moon on the Bliss. People love that show! - Pincho Tapas - I really really missed this from the Escape. It's such great food! Really wish they hadn't eliminated it, though as dead as it always is on the Escape (why!?!?!), I'm not surprised. The expanded Sugarcane with a little stage area is kind of nice, though I felt it was under-utilized. - Manhattan Room - They got rid of the dance floor and I never saw any live acts performing in the evenings there on the Bliss. In all, I would sail the Bliss again for sure, but I still feel like the Escape is my "home". I want to take the time to make a special shout-out to our Vacation Hero from the Bliss. Ramesh Naik, our assistant maitre 'd at Los Lobos. Our first night at Los Lobos was during the Super Bowl and we were nearly the only people there (definitely the only ones seated on the Waterfront). He came out and chatted with us several times and he was incredibly friendly. Later in the week, when we decided to go to Los Lobos again, we didn't have a reservation, but he was able to accommodate us still. We saw him throughout the week all over the ship and he always called us by name and was incredibly friendly. Then once, my SO spilled a full drink on the walkway in the Observation Lounge. I didn't want to leave it unattended, because I didn't want anyone to slip and fall before it was cleaned up. We waited and waited for someone to either bring a caution sign or a mop. Finally, Ramesh just happened upon us and he was all over it. He got on the walkie-talkie, and he shooed me off and guarded the spill until someone came to clean it up. In all, we had a fantastic cruise. I cannot say enough about how friendly and accommodating the staff are. Our room steward, Arnel, acquired a lounge chair for our angled balcony by the end of the first day, always provided me with the extra bath towel I requested, had our room cleaned perfectly twice a day, left us a lovely towel animal each night, and always called us by name every time we saw him in the hall. Our servers in all of the specialty restaurants were helpful, made great recommendations, and provided outstanding service. They never made us feel rushed, but they were quick and attentive as well. We are in Los Lobos, Q, Le Bistro, Ocean Blue, and Margaritaville. Food was good in all of them. I was worried my SO was going to actually leave me for the filet in Le Bistro, he was in such ecstasy over it. We loved Los Lobos! We were pleasantly surprised by Q. At Margaritaville they gave us WAY too much food as usual. I would say, of all of them, Ocean Blue was actually the most mediocre, even though it was an up-charge. The spicy shrimp appetizer and clam chowder were excellent, but our entrees were just okay. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this ship because it is brand new and would have all the latest amenities. It exceeded our expectations. The buffet was excellent morning, noon,and night and the meals changed daily. The observation lounge and Walkway on 8 are ... Read More
We chose this ship because it is brand new and would have all the latest amenities. It exceeded our expectations. The buffet was excellent morning, noon,and night and the meals changed daily. The observation lounge and Walkway on 8 are lovely, very comfortable and had plenty of room. We had the perfect amount of time at sea (3 days) and in port (3 days). The Broadway shows are very good (although loud, so bring ear plugs). We had four adults in our room and surprisingly the room and bathroom was large enough (mid-ship balcony). We enjoyed meals in Taste, Savor, Manhattan, Los Lobos. So many restaurants we did not have time to try them all. No complaints with any of the meals or service. Make time to ride the go carts and ride the slides. Please ask me if you have any questions. I hope to ride the Bliss again to Alaska. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We sailed on February 2nd 2019. Our room was lovely. We stayed in a Mini-Suite 10196. It was very nice. Storage was average. Our steward was very good and kept room very neat for us,he did not have much interaction with us as we have had ... Read More
We sailed on February 2nd 2019. Our room was lovely. We stayed in a Mini-Suite 10196. It was very nice. Storage was average. Our steward was very good and kept room very neat for us,he did not have much interaction with us as we have had on other cruises. The bed was good. Husband loved it I thought it was a little firm, but this is a personal opinion. Yes there were over 4000 passengers aboard but you would never have know. Everyone of the crew you met greeted us with a smile and a "Hello". Was the pool area crowed? Of course it was everyone wants to be outdoors when it is beautiful outside. Make the best of it. Service at the pool bars was great, we got served fast and with a smile and a thank-you. The servers were busy. We went to Cagney's and Ocean Blue. Cagneys was our favorite. Ocean blue was good too but not as good as Cagney's... We also went to Q smokehouse. after hearing other people talk about how big the portion sizes are my husband and I decided to split a meal, this was perfect. They were very accommodating with extra plates to split our meal. We also ate at the Local very good food and wait time for food was very mininmal. Jersey boys was our pick for entertainment. All I can say is "WOW" this is not to be missed. I have seen this production in Vegas and it was better on the ship. Reservations: Yes you need them to the specialty restaurants and the shows. Do not wait till you get on the ship, some of this you can do online prior, not everything can be done ahead of time but some can, don't complain when you can not get into things when you could have taken care of it months prior. Spa: I indulged and has a facial,manicure and massaage. Sophie was the one who did my facial, she is awesome, hope I can see her again if we sail with NCL soon. Rizzabelle did my manicure she is so great nails never looked better. Shore excursions: We did the Norman Island snorkel which was fantastic, they make sure you know what you are doing and safety is high priority for them. Certified divers are in the water with you watching everyone closely. We also did the St John's caterman snorkel this was also great. It was a 30 minute boat ride to where we would go and they were very knowledgeable about all the islands and answered many questions. We stayed on board for the Bahamas. It was very peaceful and enjoyed the downtime. Casino: I do not want to offend the smokers here, so I am going to say I am sorry ahead of time. I do not smoke, I do not like the smell of smoke, casino is smoke free, this was awesome, They had a room sectioned off for gambling and that was for smokers. If you are a smoker, this ship is not for you. You are very limited where you can smoke on this ship. Overall: Wonderful cruise, we will be sailing with them a again in the future. We did the cruisenext so we have 4 years to decide when we would like to go again. Hoping they can do a Southern Caribbean run with the newer ships soon. Would love a 7-9 day run. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I learned something valuable on this cruise: how to remove gratuities from your account. We arrived at the port and had an easy check in experience. This was around 11 AM and there were no lines and we walked right onto the ship. They ... Read More
I learned something valuable on this cruise: how to remove gratuities from your account. We arrived at the port and had an easy check in experience. This was around 11 AM and there were no lines and we walked right onto the ship. They did not take our pictures but instead use the pictures from our passports. This was a first. The first thing we did was check out the Go Carts and Laser Tag area in hopes of learning about package deals. There was no one there, so we came back later that day. We learned that you need reservations for both of these activities and package deals were expensive. Fine. They were open at the time and so we asked to reserve a spot, now. The crew seemed disinterested but complied and we started off the trip with a Go Cart experience using the 2 seaters. We were asked to watch a video and then the crewmember gave us instructions (while facing away from us). We put on the balaclavas and they slapped on the helmets and we were off. It was fun, but I do not think it would’ve been fun if there were more than 2 go carts on the track. We did not do it again, thankfully. The Laser Tag was also enjoyable, but the video they made you watch had nothing to do with how you actually play the game. It rained on us and so they refunded our play. More on this later. The ship was decent. There is no grand atrium or staircase area but I did not miss it. Instead, it was replaced by the magnificent Observation Lounge. I would have spent more time up here if I could have. Watching the sea rolling forward on sea days and the ship come into the various ports was fantastic. It was crowded during the day and deserted at night. There was one bar up there and no bar service (*see below). A light buffet was provided there during the day only. The other bar areas were OK. Most of the bars have inside and outside options with the Waterfront on Deck 8. Each bar area had a unique cocktail on tap. They were interesting to try, just for the fun of it. Our children, 9 and 10, enjoyed the kids club “Splash Academy”. The kids program is exactly the same across every NCL ship we have experienced so far (4x NCL). My children actually have come to enjoy knowing what to expect. We ended up tipping the kids club staff what we took away from the general gratuities. Will not rehash the pool and lounge chair experience which was exactly as all of the reviewers have stated. We made bets as to which waterslide riders would not make it through both loops (50-50 shot). The food was mediocre, as previously stated. It is worth again stating how the food was often cold in the buffet. Truly remarkable. Fortunately I prefer breakfast and there was always piles of bacon hot and ready. All of the entertainment was painfully loud. Bring earplugs. Now the worst of it: The Service. I have never experienced such a dejected and seemingly miserable crew. There was no personality. There was no service. The bartenders did not look you in the eye. Instead of asking what you were having they just pointed at you. There was no walk around bartender service anywhere except the pool and theatre and even that was very limited. You had to go uo to a bar to get your drink. One of our daiquiris had human hair in it (not ours)! But at that point in the cruise I realized there would be no point to go back and complain. In the buffet, there were no waiters to bring drinks or ask about your day. The waiters were all used as busboys, leering, waiting to snatch your plates. They did not speak to you other than to ask you if you were done. Our experience in the specialty dining restaurant, Los Lobos, was particularly unusual. We started with one waiter who took our children’s orders and explained the dining package options and menu to my elderly in-laws and then left. Then another waiter came with the drink menu. Fine. That waiter then tried to take my children’s orders again, explained a whole different set of dining rules to the in-laws and left no time for us to review the menus before requesting our orders. The in-laws were confused and it became a big disastrous miserable experience. Our physical room itself was to be expected. An outside balcony on Deck 10. It is notable that for a party of four, we were initially only given two sets of towels. We wrote a note to our Invisible Room Steward to get the rest of them. The first night my daughter slept lightly in the upper bunk and so it appeared unslept in. The second night, our Invisible Room Steward did not pull down the upper bunk. Again, we had to write a note to ask him to pull it down. The sofa that converted to a bed was never converted back into a sofa the entire trip. We were taking bets on whether or not the liquid soap dispensers would be refilled before they ran dry (they were, but just barely). It was also notable that our trash bins were not emptied daily. The NCL app is never updated, a joke. Do not rely on it. Unfortunately, we also received spotty paper information in our room. We received the typical and expected Notification on our bed for the first Time Change. When it turned back however, there was no Notification. Fortunately, we did not miss out on anything because of this. We found it a nice surprise that the smokers were confined to a glass box in the casino. On the other hand, as another reviews have noted, there must be a lack of smoking areas on the ship (we are not smokers) and found that many were smoking on their balconies, which was unpleasant for us. Guest services: equally pathetic. Be ready, if you have a problem, they will tell you they cannot handle your problem and try to send you to the department in which the problem arose (request it happen there at Guest Services via phone). Back to the Laser Tag refund. A couple days after our rained out round we checked our account. 2 of the 4 players games were refunded but we had two new charges for games never played. Note that while charges appear, an explanation for the charges does not. Watch your account closely. My in-laws also had charges that were “mistakes”. Getting these corrected was challenging but not impossible. At the end, when I made my “Gratuity Adjustment” the guest services staff did not care to ask why (nor look me in the eye). Just a request to write the reason on the form. They seem well-versed in the Gratuity Adjustment form. We had a new experience leaving the ship and a fast, pleasant one. INS used facial recognition technology on the ship as we were leaving and so we did not have the typical walk through customs. We were not provided with a declaration form which was unusual. Fortunately, we had nothing to declare. We have been on well over 40 cruises and it is unlikely we will return to NCL anytime soon. A shame because we enjoy the NCL ships. Had it been for just one surly staff member or even a whole department we could have forgiven. But the entire crew? Bizarre. Our single excursion was to Virgin Gorda, the Baths. This is an extraordinary place, full of smooth granite boulders that seem to have dropped from the sky, carved into cave-like spaces and caverns by the ocean’s waves. We had read that this place would be a disaster if it was crowded and we concur. We went with the first group of the day and there was only one other ship in dock. It requires a ferry ride followed by a bus ride to get there. The formations were incredible and it was unlike any place we have been to in the Caribbean. It was worth it, but I am certain we would have felt otherwise if there was a larger crowd. It could become a very dangerous place with more people. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Timing and price both worked for me. I travel solo, so NCL is my go to cruise line because they have some great options for the single traveller. I usually book a studio cabin, but this trip, because of the multiple "at sea" ... Read More
Timing and price both worked for me. I travel solo, so NCL is my go to cruise line because they have some great options for the single traveller. I usually book a studio cabin, but this trip, because of the multiple "at sea" days, I chose a stateroom with a balcony. This was soon upgraded to a mini-suite, unsolicited by me. Beautiful big cabin with a full size shower(sliding glass doors and six mini-nozzles.) Embarkation and disembarkation both took no time at all; just walked on/off. The food and beverage situation was typical NCL; fair to average. I dined at 4 "specialty" restaurants. Q, Los Lobos, and Cagney's were average, at best. Le Bistro, however, hit it out of the park. Food, wine, service, all excellent.After trying each of the 3 main dining rooms, I resorted to the buffet for the rest of my meals. Pretty decent, by the way. The ship is absolutely beautiful, albeit almost new. Highlights include a go-cart track, laser tag, and waterslides that extend out over the sides of the ship. The overhang sections are clear plastic; pretty cool. Nightly shows, alway something to do. A popular venue is a replica of the pub the Beatles used to play when they started out, complete with a very good cover band. Lastly, a word about the Observation Lounge. Designed specifically for Alaskan waters, it covers the front 1/3 of the ship on deck 15. All floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable roomy seating for hundreds of people, serving continental breakfast, lunch, and "tea". Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We sailed on the NCL Bliss on Feb 2, 2019, Mini Suite Cabin #15770. Both the wife and I are experienced cruisers, this was my 17th cruise. Embarkation was the best I have ever experienced, very quick, 15 min from arrival at the pier at ... Read More
We sailed on the NCL Bliss on Feb 2, 2019, Mini Suite Cabin #15770. Both the wife and I are experienced cruisers, this was my 17th cruise. Embarkation was the best I have ever experienced, very quick, 15 min from arrival at the pier at 11:15 until we were on board. Cabins were ready about 1:30. Our cabin was nice, but not as large as other Mini Suites on NCL or on Princess. A strong word of caution for anyone who books or is assigned cabin 15770, it is immediately below the stage that is on Lido deck next to the pool. No sleep was possible in the cabin when bands or DJ’s were playing on Lido. I found the ship to be a bit more crowded than other ships I had been on. With only 2 elevator banks, there were often very busy. The food was about as expected. Knowing what I know now, I would have chased the Prime Rib served earlier in the cruise at The Local and in the Garden Café instead of waiting for it to be served in the main dining rooms. The bars were great, Thomas in the Local is a great bartender, as well as Alan in Mixx. The ship is new and is in great shape, the cabin was always clean and everything worked. A couple suggestions to NCL: 1) Post the Ala Carte menu with prices outside the specialty restaurants so customers can easily make informed decisions. 2) make the daily lunch and dinner menus for the main dining rooms available in the cabin using the TV system, 3) Expand the Facial Recognition system that we experienced at debarkation to all ships, super fast and it made debarkation a breeze, 4) realize that not all cruisers are looking for go carts and water slide, or huge ships, build some new mid-size ships for adults (I think Virgin Cruises may be on to something), 5) Lastly, match my loyalty status at your competition to assure I want to cruise with you again, once you have reach Platinum status elsewhere, it’s hard to go back. All in all a great cruise, and I would highly recommend this ship to Families. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Took NCL Bliss from Miami to British and US Virgin Islands then to Nassau. No where I wanted to really go but heard it was all about the new ship. We found the cabins lovely, especially the comfortable bed and large shower. The ship is ... Read More
Took NCL Bliss from Miami to British and US Virgin Islands then to Nassau. No where I wanted to really go but heard it was all about the new ship. We found the cabins lovely, especially the comfortable bed and large shower. The ship is designed for Alaska, not a Caribbean cruise. Thr pool area is way too small for the size of the ship and the chairs are uncomfortable and tightly packed. The regular restaurants were average at best. Service was poor. Attention to detail non existent. Most of the specialty restaurants except the Italian one were much better.....the French and Seafood ones were excellent and worth the $$$. Drinks on the ship were poorly made and very inconsistent. They can't make an old fashioned as many tries as I gave them! Shows varied -- Jersey Boys was very good, Havana was weak as was the comedian we saw. Loved the enclosed observation deck when weather turned bad but for most of trip it was a waste...unless you're in Alaska! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise as a birthday gift for my son and he was excited for the go karts and water slides. The ship itself is beautiful and the staff, if you can get their attention, are pleasant enough. The food was mediocre to fair at ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a birthday gift for my son and he was excited for the go karts and water slides. The ship itself is beautiful and the staff, if you can get their attention, are pleasant enough. The food was mediocre to fair at best. We never got a hot meal. It was always lukewarm. Bread got soft or soggy and stale fast under the food covers. Even the pay restaurants failed to impress. Q was underwhelming. Teppanyaki while entertaining and the best food so far was only ok. With that being said, we will probably never sail on a mega ship again. Way too many people and not enough staff to handle it. Forget getting a seat in the atrium if there's anything going on. And they never enforce the 30 minute rule at the pool. If you're not out by 6 a.m. you're lucky to find anything. We found a good spot but I won't divulge it here because it will get ruined on it's own in time. Go karts were ok but definitely not worth the $200 we paid for our son for the week. They need to put it back to $100. The wait times to ride are ridiculous. I much prefer the smaller ships like the Pacific Princess or the NCL Pearl. So if crowds and mediocre food with long lines are your thing, this is the ship for you. We won't be back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
OK.. Let me start by saying that we have cruised with Carnival mostly and have never had a "bad cruise." This was our first experience with NCL, and despite a few minor negatives that we noticed along the way...we had a ... Read More
OK.. Let me start by saying that we have cruised with Carnival mostly and have never had a "bad cruise." This was our first experience with NCL, and despite a few minor negatives that we noticed along the way...we had a wonderful time on our cruise. After all...your cruise is what YOU make of it... and WE made it great!! Based on the sheer amount of complaining and whining we heard from other passengers...not everyone feels the same way. I will say that if anything could ruin our trip it was the constant complaining we would hear from fellow passengers. From the lady who was coming UNGLUED on the guest services person because she "has anxiety and absolutely NEEDS a fan in her room right this minute, or she will freak out"...to the lady who paid 12,000 to have a suite in the Haven only to have a butler who didn't attend to her every need.... and of course, the constant people complaining about the lack of smoking areas.... Everywhere we went people complained about the food, or the wait for drinks, or that the comedian wasn't funny, or that the game show was boring....Complain, complain, complain....UGH!! Really people??? Are you really THAT entitled that you can't just enjoy your vacation without complaint?? Hey Fan Lady.... if you need one that bad because of your anxiety...BRING ONE WITH YOU!! Problem solved!! Smokers (and I am a vaper, so I get it)...yes, it was a small area, but just be happy that they are still providing you ANY space to smoke in these days! And, the people who complained about the wait for drinks... really? If you can't wait 3 MINUTES for a drink...you might have a problem. OK...Now on to the review. This just comes from my own experience and others may have different experiences, but here is my honest review of our experience on the Bliss (both pros and a few cons): Pros: * The ship was new, elegant, and super clean * Elevators were plentiful and rarely crowded (was I on a different ship than some of these other people?) LOL * There was so much to do on the ship!! It was almost overwhelming how many options there were. No possible way to get bored on the Bliss. *The adult only area (which is where the smoking section was BTW) was our favorite place to be. Never had an issue finding a spot to sunbathe...and the bartenders in this area were the friendliest on the ship! * Specialty dining was the way to go!! We booked prior to the cruise at Q, Cagneys, La Cucina, and Ocean Blue. We had GREAT food at all of them, except La Cucina. * Q was amazing and the portions were Texas sized!! My only complaint was that I couldn't eat it all and couldn't take it to go. * Jersey Boys was amazing!!! Best show I've seen in a while! * Excursions through cruise line were amazing! The way they were organized was well-planned. We never had an issue getting off the ship and getting to them on time. * The race track was awesome. My husband and his friend went a few times and had a blast each time. The only thing I will say about this is that they felt it was better to NOT have the weekly pass (which was 200.00) because you most likely wouldn't get your money's worth. * Cagneys was great. Had the pork loin...sooo good! However the best steak we had on the ship was in the Manhattan Room. * Ocean Blue was wonderful on our anniversary night. Had the halibut, which was melt in your mouth delicious! * NCL did a great job decorating our room for our Anniversary and they gave us TWO Anniversary cakes which were very tasty! * The LOCAL was one of our favorite spots to grab a beer and hang out with friends. We really liked the bowling alley there! Ok, now the cons... (not "end my love of cruising" worthy cons...but still noticeable negatives) * Unfriendly and unorganized staff. We had two bartenders and one server who stood out to us with their upbeat attitudes and smiles. The rest seemed to be very unhappy to be there. I don't know if that is because of how NCL treats them, or if that is just the way the world is becoming....but it was definitely noticeable. * LOUD music on the pool deck until very late at night. This didn't bother us too much, except on the nights that we turned in early and could hear it even though we closed the deck door. We were on the 15th floor....and could rarely open our deck door at night because of the music. If you like quiet...choose a room on a lower floor or in the aft. * La Cucina restaurant. This was the only bad food experience we had on the ship. Fettuccine noodles were very dry and the alfredo sauce tasted like Ragu. Hubby's ravioli was good, but they only gave him 3 tiny squares. * Outlets in the room were few and other than a usb plug, there are no actual outlets by the bed. Also, unless you left a card in the slot when you left the room, the power completely shut off. Great for conserving energy, but not so good for wanting to charge your phone while you go out for the night. * Debarkation was OK, but they had us snaking through the casino and restaurants. It was a "hurry up and wait" kind of situation. Definitely not as breezy as embarkation. There was a lady who kept yelling at people to "move along, please." Yet she could clearly see that there was a huge line of people who couldn't "move" any faster then the person in front of them. It seemed rather disorganized. * Finally, again... the worst part about our experience was the constant negativity from the other passengers. All in all.... we truly enjoyed the ship! The excursions we did were fantastic, the food overall on the ship was amazing, and there was always plenty to do!! Yes, there were some "cons" but there was nothing to complain about!! I will cruise with NCL again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.0
Value For Money 3.5 3.4

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