3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The Bliss is a beautiful ship. Norwegian got it right with this plus class. They have made up for the sins of the Epic. Embarkation was a breeze. They used two terminals at the Port of Miami and this kept the crowds to a minimum. ... Read More
The Bliss is a beautiful ship. Norwegian got it right with this plus class. They have made up for the sins of the Epic. Embarkation was a breeze. They used two terminals at the Port of Miami and this kept the crowds to a minimum. We had barely finished our health surveys when the agent called us to the desk. We were on board within fifteen minutes of clearing security. As with many larger ships, the elevator count and placement is inadequate. They also seemed to accommodate fewer passengers than many ships. Getting around the ship is relatively easy if you remember that you sometimes need to "go down to go up". Entertainment was mostly good. Jersey Boys was excellent but Havana was very repetitious. Stage mechanicals were amazing. The Beatles tribute band was very entertaining but they really need a larger venue for this popular show. The comedy show was average. Games, competitions and karaoke were all fun. One of our favorite hangouts was the Atrium. The drinks at the Atrium bar were the best and most consistent. You won't go wrong if you attend any offerings in the Cavern Club. We tried three upcharge restaurants. Teppanyaki was excellent with great food and entertaining chefs. Le Bistro was excellent but was strangely located near the race track. La Cucina was a bit of a disappointment. When the waiter saw that I had eaten very little of my entree, he didn't even ask if there was something wrong. I had to bring to his attention that my meal was subpar. This did not put a damper on our trip as the meals in the main dining room (Taste and Manhatten) were excellent and the service was prompt and friendly. Enjoy a lunch at The Local pub. Buffet is well organized and the food tasty and warm. Seating is much less crowded than many large ships. Addition of booths was a great idea and the high tops provide additional seating. Pools are small and very crowded on sea days. Deck chairs are plentiful but you have to snag one early if you want to be near the pools or in the shade. Bar service is quick and friendly. Theater is large and comfortable. It is not overly ornate, more like a up class modern movie theater. Visibility is good from most seats. This was the first ship I have sailed where the theater did not have a balcony, eliminating the need for support posts that block views. I don't know why but Norwegian has the most disorganized method for disembarkation. It often involves a conga line of people with multiple suitcases weaving around the ship. Why call people to join the line when it is already a quarter mile long? Better to have them wait in the common areas then exit the ship as their tag color is called. All-in-all we had a very enjoyable cruise on the Bliss. Would definitely sail the Bliss again and recommend her to all. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
our experience with the Bliss was great. Ship is very large. But even though there is 4000 people on board we never felt over crowded. loved the H2O on upper deck. always went there to lay out in the sun. The spa is by far the best. A ... Read More
our experience with the Bliss was great. Ship is very large. But even though there is 4000 people on board we never felt over crowded. loved the H2O on upper deck. always went there to lay out in the sun. The spa is by far the best. A little pricey on this ship but I feel it's worth it. We love the spa on all Norweigan ships. Food was really good even in the buffet. I normally dont eat buffets but on the Bliss the buffet was great. Service was good. Very friendly staff. Will go on the Bliss again. Had a blast playing laser tag. Didnt get to ride the go carts. Just not enough time. Entertainment was great. I liked the Jersey Boys and Havana. Observation deck was very cozy and lots of room. Would be a great place to sit and watch wild life if you were cruising to Alaska. Lots of room to enjoy the sites. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise due to timing and itinerary. Also, having sailed several smaller ships, wanted to try a mega. My review is based on prior experience on smaller ships, so I’m not sure if I should have been surprised. First, I’m ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to timing and itinerary. Also, having sailed several smaller ships, wanted to try a mega. My review is based on prior experience on smaller ships, so I’m not sure if I should have been surprised. First, I’m a fan of the freestyle dining and give very high marks to “Q” which was the best food on the ship. This could be an industry change, but all “included” meals did not match the quality I’ve experienced on RCC or HAC. Outside of Coco’s, which is phenomenal, I found the desserts to be disappointing, Loved the race track but would never do it more than once. The music/entertainment is outstanding. Especially recommend the Beatles cover band and 4Blue. My biggest disappointments involve the lack of service and personalized attention I have grown accustomed to. Other than the first day, did I ever experience anyone walking around with drink service. Regular restaurant service was poor and the sentiment of staff felt like they were doing us a favor by waiting on us. Several food orders wrong, which I can accept, except recovery also failed. Sat at many tables just waiting to be acknowledged by wait staff or brought coffee or refills. Let’s talk about the unlimited drink package: strange that includes all drinks up to $15.00, but not plain orange juice, water or coffee. Definitely felt like non-drinkers were on the wrong boat. Watch your pours at the bar: I had to take a breathalyzer test due to an accident and it registered 0.00, after 2 mojitos. They tasted good, but what was in them? Line does efficient job with getting on and off the boat, and muster drill was also super efficient - best one yet. Cabin was lovely and space used efficiently. First time on a cruise I had storage space I didn’t use. 11th floor balcony room with double sink. Steward was very good at securing eggcrate mattress topper to add comfort. Overall, the ship is stunning and allows for many places to explore and enjoy. But if you are wanting service and expect folks to assist you, choose another. It’s really ashame as basic training and English lessons could improve the customer experience 10x fold. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
While the observation deck on this ship was wonderful, it is not their best ship. The observation deck was on Deck 15 and very nice. You could lay there in comfortable lounges to read a book, what the views leaving the port or what ever ... Read More
While the observation deck on this ship was wonderful, it is not their best ship. The observation deck was on Deck 15 and very nice. You could lay there in comfortable lounges to read a book, what the views leaving the port or what ever suited you. It was quiet and clean. The entertainment staff on this ship was EXCEPTIONAL! A lot fun, laughter, and friendly people! Cagney's steakhouse had awesome food! The ribeye is the best I have had in a long time. This ship has an adults only pool (no offense to anyone) which I thought was GREAT! The cabins are normal size, we had a balcony, but seemed to have more storage then on other ships. Our room steward was nice and friendly but we had to continually ask for towels. The pool waiters were rude and slow. Some of the staff all over the ship were not very friendly at all. Especially in the Manhattan restaurant. The food was very good, when it was finally served to you. The NCL app is worthless. Worked once the entire 7 day cruise. A lot of passengers had the same issue. The bottle water policy is the worst. They only give you one liter bottles that barely fit in the frig. This ship was totally understaffed. It was a pretty ship but I stil think the best ship is the Getaway. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Because of the possibility to join a group of solo travelers. Our daily meeting and the accompanying cruise member (Ankica) who helped us participate in different activities. The Studio stateroom and studio lounge made it easy to meet ... Read More
Because of the possibility to join a group of solo travelers. Our daily meeting and the accompanying cruise member (Ankica) who helped us participate in different activities. The Studio stateroom and studio lounge made it easy to meet other travelers. I purchased credits at the Cruises Next desk which will be used in the near future I will recommend NCL to my friends. That being said. I would like to point out a few things that I thought could be improved: 1. Being a Karaoke fan, I thought the song selections was OK but limited. It should include more songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s (for the middle age group). I personally own a large selection and brought a list with me to help me find songs to sign but could only find a few. 2. I would have liked to see a Golf simulator. I REALLY enjoyed the Go Cart track. Loads of fun! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We have sailed on Norwegian for 15 cruises and we try to get on all of the new ones at least once, We did sail on the getaway for 4 different times, but the Bliss has them all beat. With all of the new things onboard for the guest to use ... Read More
We have sailed on Norwegian for 15 cruises and we try to get on all of the new ones at least once, We did sail on the getaway for 4 different times, but the Bliss has them all beat. With all of the new things onboard for the guest to use and experience there is no way for anyone to be bored. Then you throw in the shows that their is on board, The Jersey Boys is the best one that I have seen on the ships. There were great and good one on the other ships but this one is hard to beat. The Observation Deck is out of this world. I could have just set in there for the whole cruise. I have not seen a place like it before o a ship and after I found it I spent a lot of time in there just relaxing and reading. I will book it again this year and I have already booked the new Encore for a cruise in Dec. of 2019. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I went with a girlfriend and we had a blast. We went on excursions at each island and enjoyed our days on ship taking advantage of the gym, pool and trivia games. Getting on/off the ship does take some time, but it was very well organized. ... Read More
I went with a girlfriend and we had a blast. We went on excursions at each island and enjoyed our days on ship taking advantage of the gym, pool and trivia games. Getting on/off the ship does take some time, but it was very well organized. The ship is large and requires a lot of walking, but directions are fairly well labeled. We took advantage of the interactive computers on each floor to find entertainment and dining options. Customer service was helpful for room issues and excursions were easy to schedule at the desk or via TV in the room. Entertainment was top notch! Bands were great, shows were amazing. Beatles tribute band was excellent. Enjoyed the buffet and a few restaurants. Good selection of food, but waited around 10 minutes at the bar for most drinks. The gym was very busy and cramped. Plenty of lounge chairs, bu the pool was very small - super crowded. Overall a great trip. Will be cruising with Norwegian again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I am Elite on Princess (40 sailings) but wanted a bit more excitement than they offer and I have frequently sailed on Celebrity. I've sailed on Norwegian (Pearl, Epic, Gateaway and Bliss) four times. I was traveling with a group of ... Read More
I am Elite on Princess (40 sailings) but wanted a bit more excitement than they offer and I have frequently sailed on Celebrity. I've sailed on Norwegian (Pearl, Epic, Gateaway and Bliss) four times. I was traveling with a group of 16 and the group wanted a fun-time with a younger environment so we selected the Bliss. I was most excited to sail on the Bliss. The Bliss is a beautiful ship with a wonderful observation area on 15, staterooms are beautiful, disembarkation and embarkation was the best of any cruise. The Bliss is very clean and the staff was wonderful. My stateroom was on deck 14 two floors below deck 16 which is often times referred to as the Lido deck on other ships. I could hear the music starting around 11:00 am and ending around 12:00 or later every evening. Never an opportunity for nap if you are a light sleeper-- music mostly all day and night. I experienced a squeaking/knocking sound coming from the sliding door for better than fours days before I called the Customer Service Desk which they repaid and sent a wonderful gift for any inconvenience this may have caused. I was not able to see any shows due to no open reservation (you have to make a reservation) or partake in the racing cars because they were booked up quickly or only late night appointments were available. The one treat that I love most on all Norwegian cruises is the coconut sherbet. To my disappointment they had no coconut sherbet. The food on the buffet was average although the oxtails and chicken gumbo was outstanding. Seating in what they call the Garden Cafe was a bit of a challenge during lunch and breakfast but you would eventually find a place as on most ships. The Fitness Center was outstanding with wonderful hours. You can get on the treadmill at 6:00 am. With all side I would sail again staying on a lower deck away from deck 16 and making reservation as soon as i get on the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We just got off the Bliss after a great week in the carribean including great weather. The Bliss proved to be a ship of contrasts. Some things were great and other things not so much. We we in a basic balcony cabin near the back of the ... Read More
We just got off the Bliss after a great week in the carribean including great weather. The Bliss proved to be a ship of contrasts. Some things were great and other things not so much. We we in a basic balcony cabin near the back of the ship. Firstly the great things; the ship is new and everything seemed to work well and the ship is quiet (little engine noise and vibration). The food is on average exceptionally good, especially in the buffet. The service is also very good. The water tasted quite good and there is a number of flavoured drinks available all the time, including sugarless ones that were very good. The numerous shows were exceptional (especially Jersey Boys) but need to be booked as early as you can to ensure you will get in on the date and time you want. There are standby spots for people booked who don't show up. While only two sets of elevators for this very long ship, you could always get one quickly as they are new and fast. There is a Starbucks on board and lots of nice comfortable places to sit inside the ship and find a drink or entertainment. Now for the not so good; we could hear voices in the cabin next door pretty regularly. The bathroom is the biggest we have seen on this class of ship but for this you give up closet space. If your cabin has a large couch next to the closet you have to little space between the end of the couch and the closet. There is a couple of cabinets near the tv but only two large drawers under the couch and filled with pillows and extra comforter so maybe you can sqeeze your clothes in them but just maybe! The cabinets on each side of the bed are extremely tiny unless you get one bigger one like our friends did, we got two tiny ones. The adult pool was nice but on sea days we couldn't get near it from all the passengers sitting all around who obviously got the drink package as their free perk. The hot tubs were a better as there are five of them on the upper deck above the pools. There is a kids pool too The race track was neat (and the kids will love the laser tag facility) but does take up so much room that there are few places to find quiet spots to find a lounger unless you splurge for "the haven". We tried two specialty restaurants and Le bistro was great but Cagneys was a disappointment. There are quiet a few other specialty reastaurnts but we didn't try the others. Margaritaville seemed empty most of the time when we went by and may have been due to the cover charge. The casino was spacious but a bit too smokey in the evening for us. Embarkation and debarkation went well for us, and we did have a nice cruise on the Bliss but a few issues meant we couldn't give this ship top marks. Tip. You can't punch a hole in your card for a lanyard as the card will stop working, so bring a lanyard with the plastic casing for your card. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This is not only my first time on the Norwegian bliss, but also my first time on a cruise ship altogether. Space first I had a balcony room 14222 In the room was better than expected. It was spacious enough to put all of our clothes away ... Read More
This is not only my first time on the Norwegian bliss, but also my first time on a cruise ship altogether. Space first I had a balcony room 14222 In the room was better than expected. It was spacious enough to put all of our clothes away and talk away for suitcases. The bathroom what is large enough to get ready with the shower that I had ample room. The food on the bless is amazing both in the buffet and the restaurants. Hi chose the specialty dining package so I had a choice of three specialty restaurants to attend. I went to Teppanyaki’s, oceans blue, and Cagney steakhouse. All three were better than expected but oceans blue room the top. While On the ship we saw both Havana, and jersey boys. Both shows were worth seeing but the Jersey boys was far better than I thought it was going to be Carrie Though the ship was full, we never had to wait for food or drinks for more than a few minutes. Days at sea the pool was busy, but we were always able to find a seat in the water. The only negative thing I would have to say about the bless is the Manhattan room for dinner what is not of the same caliber as the rest of the restaurants on board. That being said the food was still good and the service was not as efficient as the rest of the ship. Overall this was an amazing experience and I have already booked my next cruise with Norwegian and I cannot wait. Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 3.5 0.0

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