Sail Date: March 2019
We booked this cruise about 1 year ago, paid a lot for 5 rooms and kept getting invites to bid for upgrades, meanwhile on other lines they typically upgrade at no costs, needless to say we ended up on the 5th floor paying for an ocean view ... Read More
We booked this cruise about 1 year ago, paid a lot for 5 rooms and kept getting invites to bid for upgrades, meanwhile on other lines they typically upgrade at no costs, needless to say we ended up on the 5th floor paying for an ocean view what the balconies costs, that wasn’t the biggest issue if you do not pay even much more to upgrade to the haven which is actually floors that are private that include a large pool, including a lap pool 4 large hot tubs a restaurant and a beach club, this space taken out of the ship makes this ship severely crowded and hardly anyone was using the havens private facilities. Impossible to get a lounge chair at the crowded adult pool every day. Food was good but service was average, At Cagneys they sat us in the bar and fed us dry filet mignons that we’re prepared, this was our third ncl cruise so we know the key differences. The ship Oversold the escursions, we know it would be a busy week but on larger ships are manageable but not when the space is limited by the poor architecture designed to separate guest this does not work and we paid way too much money to feel like second class citizens. We know there are suites and clubs that can be restricted but not 1/4 of the ship which took away from our experience and many others we get left with average service and overcrowding, this was our least favorite cruise out of 25 Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We unfortunately went at a very bad time of the year. The ship was sold out. No room upgrades. We only made it to one show and that was because we waited in the standby line for 30 minutes. The specialty dinning location were full which ... Read More
We unfortunately went at a very bad time of the year. The ship was sold out. No room upgrades. We only made it to one show and that was because we waited in the standby line for 30 minutes. The specialty dinning location were full which meant the coupons we had were useless (dinning package). We did get into the ocean but that's an upcharge. . You can plan on taking 5 + minutes to get a drink too. The bars are packed. You'll eventually find a bar that isn't as busy. The smoking area was confined to a very small section of the H2O area and was closed periodically. Not a ship if you're a smoker. The food wasn't that great at the Ocean (small portion, cold), Smokehouse (expected better food, cold and band wasn't to my liking). The Garden Café was OK but the ice cream section was often closed and you have to wait in line...always. Observation deck is nice, quiet. But the best seating was always taken. (you know... book, towel, shoes holds the spot.) I wish the photographers would back off. There in your face a lot. The Brittan's Finest Band was good. (best Beatles cover band I've seen). St. Thomas, and Nassau were good shopping port but Tortola is still recovering. The worst was getting off the ship the last day. The lines were unbelievable. We got in a line we didn't need to for 20 minutes because there was insufficient direction once you got into the port. I think NCL has to get the reservation system working better. People get reservations for venues and then don't use them. You'll walk by a nearly empty venue but yet can't get in. I'd like to see NCL give us some insight on when to expect lineups and when not too. I would consider a cruise on a different date or option for the Heaven. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We just got off the bliss. We have three kids ages 9-14. I have to say out of the nine cruises we’ve done, this was by far the one we liked the least. First off, there’s no sports court. May not sound like a big deal to some, ... Read More
We just got off the bliss. We have three kids ages 9-14. I have to say out of the nine cruises we’ve done, this was by far the one we liked the least. First off, there’s no sports court. May not sound like a big deal to some, but to my children this was a very big deal. Instead there’s go carts and laser tag. We did both. They’re good. But honestly once was enough. They last five minutes if that. I would have preferred more pools and a court for kids to play basketball. There’s one pool for kids to use. And it’s tiny. The adult pool is right next to it. This makes no sense. There are few activities during the day to keep kids busy. I thought there would be more for them to do. The water slides are good but they could only do one as the other you have to be 100lbs to even go down it. Food was fantastic. Nothing bad to say. Tepanyaki was worth it. We also did Los Lobos which was good. Cabins are a little smaller than we’re used to but we made it work. Staff were all fantastic. Helpful and smiling. Over all a good cruise. But we surprisingly enjoyed the Carnival Magic more than we did the Bliss. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Boarding and Vibe beach club passes: We were novices to NCL so didn’t know what to expect. We knew the ship was sold out. Also none of our upgrade requests were accepted so we knew ship would be crowded. I had read about the Vibe and we ... Read More
Boarding and Vibe beach club passes: We were novices to NCL so didn’t know what to expect. We knew the ship was sold out. Also none of our upgrade requests were accepted so we knew ship would be crowded. I had read about the Vibe and we decided to try to get passes. The Vibe is a private deck area with a dedicated bar, snacks, hot tubs and cabanas. There are also dedicated attendants. We knew the pool decks would be insanely crowded as this week is spring break for a number of groups. So we decided to try for the Vibe at 200$ per person. We were not provided a boarding time at on-line check in time. But we had heard that was irrelevant and so getting a Vibe pass would be all related to ones time getting on the ship and getting a low group boarding number. Thus we did not use ship transfers and arrived to the terminal on our own early. We showed up at 9. Everyone there was pretty much doing the same thing. I’d say there were about 20 people in front of us. People were “well behaved” lol until security. Then it was a mad dash- we tried to check in as quickly as possible then ran up the escalator to get our boarding number. The agent gave us one of 2 remaining boarding group 1 cards. From there a line formed early on to wait for boarding even though boarding would not be until 11. People were pushing and shoving to be closest to the boarding door. The security guard moved everyone away from that door, and then people were upset since they had been lining up. Security guard threatened to call police. People moved back. I noticed a family who was not group 1 boarding tried to board with group 1. Etc etc it was chaotic. Then - the doors opened. There was an almost stampede. People ran to guest services. We were among the first and were told Vibe sold out. But then we hung around there a bit and a couple of people changed their minds so we got in by the skin of our teeth. The Bliss is a bit of a problem for vibe as this ship was built for Alaska. So the outdoor deck size is less of an issue for an Alaskan cruise. But for the Caribbean??? Smaller deck space meant that there were only 80 vibe spaces available. And I’m pretty sure one “representative” per group meant that one person could buy a bunch of passes. I think passes should be capped at 4 per individual but that’s not what happened. On top of it, Haven guests could already buy these passes before non Haven guests boarded and they did (based on what we saw.) The vibe itself is really nice. There are 6-7 cabanas and pool chaises laid out in 2’s. There’s a private hot tub and bar. There’s a limited menu and they bring around fresh drinks and fruit skewers. It’s very similar to the private Haven area (it’s actually immediately adjacent but there’s a door for Haven access which remains closed) except they have a white terry cloth covers on the chairs in the Haven. Price was 209 per person each for a lounge chair and 489 for a cabana for 2. The waiters kept key cards upon entry. At one point there were about 9-10 Green key cards (identify Haven guest) versus my orange card as a minisuite guest. Haven guests do get priority boarding so simply needed to ask for vibe passes upon boarding. I’m not sure I agree with that as they have their own private area. But that’s what happened. Also I’m not sure if loyalty status with Norwegian would provide a green key card. Mike from the Vibe was excellent and took care of us very well. Rooms: we had a mid-ship mini suite for 2. I honestly found the room rather small. Balcony also small. Rooms modern and had the necessities. Bathroom was nice and had shampoo plus conditioner (2 in 1) so glad I brought my own conditioner. We were on deck 11, 3 floors above the waterfront (outdoor promenade). The waterfront is noisy at night so we could not leave our balcony door open until after 11 or so at night. Dining: Day 1- Manhattan. We booked a reserved time for all dinners given the sold out status. From what I saw we were wise. Not sure how “any time” dining works on a sold out ship. Lots of people were waiting to be seated for dinner. So book a time and go.... or not go but probably a better idea to at least have a booked time in my opinion. Day 1: embarkation. We booked manhattan dining room (complimentary) and food was pretty good. Service also good. We also ate at the garden cafe for lunch which was good and we especially liked the Indian food and rotisserie chicken. Day 2: at sea. Booked le Bistro specialty restaurant. This restaurant has an upcharge but 3 specialty restaurants were included with our booking. I found the servers a bit uptight. When we entered they would not seat us unless everyone was there. My daughter was a bit late so they were only going to seat us if we gave up her place. Eventually they relaxed and said they’d seat us, but at a table without any view. They then sat us at a good table and we had a very nice meal. Again, like embarkation, it took a bit of work and persistence. Day 3: at sea. Los Lobos - mexican specialty restaurant for upcharge- this was a group event, so not sure if it was the regular menu. It was very good as well and excellent service. Thanks to Karl who went above and beyond. We write out cards to thank him. Day 4: st Thomas- always an excellent port stop. Great shopping and sightseeing. la Cucina Italian specialty restaurant for upcharge (again included with our booking). This was excellent. Really really good. Service started off rocky as they were trying to rush us but once we established that wasn’t going to happen we had an excellent meal. We met the chefs who were very kind. And this restaurant has an outdoor patio on the waterfront (deck 8) so we ate outside, and we were able to watch as the ship was departing St Thomas port. Beautiful sunset. Just a wonderful setting. Day 5: Tortola. This island was very primitive and it seemed in the middle of no where, and that not much was there. There was a huge cost to go to the beach. 50$ return US for 2- but we paid it. The place was devastated by the hurricane and there were still upended yachts in the waters that had not been claimed. 2 cruise ships a day go to Tortola. The beach was perfect but I would have preferred a different port. Taste dining room for supper was really delicious. Shrimp dish had 6 huge tiger shrimp and the beef short rib was really nice too. Jersey boys show- was surprisingly good. Was 2 hours long and was much better than I expected. Day 6: at sea. Taste dining room for lunch was lovely. They had very nice selections and yummy peanut butter cheesecake. Dinner at Manhattan restaurant was very good once again. Day 7: Nassau and Cagney Steakhouse There were 5 ships in Nassau so it was very chaotic getting off the ship. Line to return to ship was also long. Cagney was really really good. Excellent meal for main courses. Desserts were not so great. Re: specialty dining. We did not see the communication to book these in advance to avoid disappointment. By the time we knew we were supposed to book it was very difficult getting reservations. At guest services on arrival, there were restaurant representatives that booked at the dining. And unlike online, all the restaurants, laser tag the go karts could be reserved. With the ship at capacity it was definitely a good idea to reserve immediately on boarding to avoid disappointment. There are people who were upset with not being quick enough. We were able to move around reservations once on board but this required immediate attention. Reservations were otherwise filled for the week except for Los Lobos. The spa - is beautiful. The view of ocean is gorgeous and the pools are unreal- like being in the ocean. Based on Turkish baths. There is one hot tub like area where there is a honest to goodness tide and sound of the ocean. Water rises and falls and pulls you along with it. Just beautiful. Highly recommend getting a weekly pass for about 225$. On board a daily pass is 60$ so it makes more sense to buy the weekly pass in advance. We went every night at around 8 pm. Not crowded at all then. Such a relaxing area at the front of the ship with full views and floor to ceiling windows. Observation lounge- deck 15. Not to be missed. It’s absolutely a stunning place for coffee, snacks, or a drink from their bar in the evening. Gorgeous room! Staff on Norwegian by in large very very good. Most greeted us only with smiles. You do feel on this ship that you are being constantly charged - so you need to be careful with what you’re charging etc, Norwegian has lots to offer for kids (water park) and entertainment. So that’s good. But at capacity it would be very difficult to find ones own space without the Vibe Beach club pass. My kids loved the laser tag and I did go karting once and wish that I hadn’t!! It’s not for those who don’t want to race. I did the inner tube water slide once which was great. Did not do the drop water slide one. Internet on board- unlimited did work, but there were limits on browsing and attachments. I messaging for iPhones worked. Could not otherwise text. We didn’t know about the 9.95 messaging service that you could do through the Norwegian App and had we know that definitely would have used that service. Overall: very good cruise. Now that I understand how Norwegian works I would do a few things differently the next time and try and cruise off peak. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Just got back from this cruise and since I have a few big + and a few big - I thought it would be useful to provide a review. We travelled two families and we are from Europe (Sweden) and we have been on one cruise previously. Dining ... Read More
Just got back from this cruise and since I have a few big + and a few big - I thought it would be useful to provide a review. We travelled two families and we are from Europe (Sweden) and we have been on one cruise previously. Dining - quality in a la Carte restaurants included in all inclusive was way below expectations given Norwegians reputation. Service in restaurants - this was probably the worst I have ever experienced. They got orders wrong. They left us sitting with finished plates. They were very rude also in situations where we were not being critical (rolling eyes, looking away, sighing etc). Pool deck - terribly crowded and impossible to get a sun bed if you arrive later than 9 am. Costs - from the outset it feels that Norwegian is doing their best to milk more money from their guests. There are many additional costs. Youth club - very nice, friendly, joyful and imaginative staff. Our 4 year old loved this!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We loved this whole experience. Everything was great! Service was amazing. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both very easy. The ship is beautiful. Make sure to take advantage of every thing they offer. Free entertainment and free ... Read More
We loved this whole experience. Everything was great! Service was amazing. Embarkation and Disembarkation were both very easy. The ship is beautiful. Make sure to take advantage of every thing they offer. Free entertainment and free jewelry. Cabins are beautiful! Make sure to get one with a Balcony. Don't settle for an cabin with out one. They make the experience 100 times more enjoyable. Dining: Where to start: Cagneys is hands down the best steak I have ever had! Taste and Manhattan Room were awesome. Savor was terrible, Service was bad, food was bad. The whole experience in that restaurant was terrible. The staff is not helpful. Make sure to see Jersey Boys!!! Awesome show! The 4 guys of the group are so good! The guy playing Frankie Vallie was the best. My room service was amazing! If you get floor 13 you will be taken care of greatly. Vergillio was my steward and he was amazing! Port excursions were fun and very worth it. We had 2 children with us. My son is 10 and my daughter is 7. They absolutely loved splash academy! They begged to go all day everyday!! Make sure to have your children check it out! I would go again and again! It is so fun! The bilss was amazing. I would Cruise NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
The Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful new ship that really stands out for the broad number of bars/lounges/common areas that make a very big ship feel smaller. They have separate bars that cater to almost* any type of appetite, from dedicated ... Read More
The Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful new ship that really stands out for the broad number of bars/lounges/common areas that make a very big ship feel smaller. They have separate bars that cater to almost* any type of appetite, from dedicated bars for whiskey (Maltings), mojitos (Sugar Cane), beer (District), wine (The Cellars) and much more. Most of these on deck 8 also had an outward facing prescence on the Waterfront (a path around most of the ship), which was very cool. However, a key concern for me is the wine -- hence my screen name -- and while most of these bars were quite good at what they did, the wine program across the ship was quite poor, I'd rate it only 2 of 5 stars. Wine Program: -- Limited Wines in the Package -- A first problem is that the wines by the glass were extremely limited. There were 30 of them that were available in virtually all bars and restaurants and of those 18 were available within the Premium Beverage Package (i.e., under 15). The remaining wines -- as well as a few that were more expensive and available only in The Cellars or at the steakhouse specialty restaurant, Cagney's. The upside here is that you could get an credit of $15 toward any of the wines above your limit, so a $20 wine would cost you $5 out of pocket. My concern here, though was that the # of wines by the glass were quite limited and really were pretty standard (e.g., chardonnay, white zinfandel, cabernet). There were a number of other bottles that were under $50, which is the price that should be "within" the package by the glass, that were not available. One example was a Gruner Veltliner from Pfaffl that was very nice and given the bottle price of only $33, would have been a no-brainer within the package. -- Wine Service was limited -- The knowledge level of most wait staff for wine, including the bartender in The Cellars, was quite low. On several occasions we asked about ordering a Zinfandel (a red wine) and were asked if we meant a White Zinfandel. More disappointing was that the time to take a wine order and bring it to the table was very long. For example, at La Cucina (a specialty Italian restaurant) we were seated at 7:20pm and after we didn't get a wine list asked for it (2x) before they brought it and took our order for a bottle of wine. We didn't actually have the wine in our glasses until 8pm -- after which we had already been served our appetizers. Happily, we did meet a very nice Wine Steward, Prince, in the main dining room who made the experience there quite nice by providing recommendations and even allowing us to sample a wine or 2 that were already open to see if we might like it. Unfortunately, this was the last night of the cruise. Overall, the wine program left a lot to be desired relative to other cruise lines. It seems that NCL takes drinking very seriously for everything except wines. The District had 24 beers on tap as well as many, many more by the bottle. All of those were in the package. Wine, on the other hand, appeared to be an after thought. I can only figure this reflects the preferences of the guests, but if so I means I won't be eager to return to NCL. Entertainment: A true highlight of the Bliss was the sheer amount and quality of musical entertainment. From the main stage show of Jersey Boys (that was as high of quality as what we paid to see in Chicago) to the incredible Beatles impersonators in The Cavern, it was top notch. There were also a number of acts that were performing around the ship so that one always had about 3 options to choose from. The only real complaint about the music was that the pool band, which played from about 1pm to 4pm every day, was so incredibly loud that it drove us away from the pool. The music was well done, but when your stomach shakes from bass while reading, it is a bit much. Pool Scene: -- A rowdy, hard-drinking crowd, that got a bit over the top by the end of the day. There are only 2 pools on the Bliss and both are on the main deck. One for the kids and one for adults. The entire deck was VERY crowded and typically all chairs were taken by 7:30am. The crowd on the adult pool hovered between 45 and 60 years old and were a rowdy, fun loving bunch. This was entertaining, but at times it became a bit much and we had to divert our kids attention away from them. Quite frankly, it felt more like a Carnival ship. Maybe that was atypical for NCL, but we were surprised. The Bliss would have been infinitely better if there had been a pool in the Spice H2O "beach club" in the back of the ship. We visited one day and saw people taking multiple shots at the bar and more than 1 person had to be escorted back to their room by security. It would have been great had that facility had room for all the "adult-only" pool guests. Kids Programming: -- A real highlight -- The kids program Splash Academy was a very nice option and our kids couldn't get enough of it. They felt the organized programming was a real nice feature -- even compared it to a Disney cruise -- a very high compliment! Other Options: --Nickel and Dimed -- There were lots of fun options to do on the ship, such as laser tag and go karts. Both were a neat feature and priced at 9.95 were a reasonable value. However, there were so many upcharges for specialty restaurants, games, bowling, that one began to feel that the entire focus of the staff was on the upsell. When you've already paid for an all incusive vacation (with the drink package) this does get old. Overall, we had a fine time on the Bliss and felt there were a number of real assets to its design. The number of clubs/bars/lounges was impressive and the entertaining was tremendous. But the ship did feel crowded, particularly at the pool deck and buffet, and it was clear that NCL does not take its wine program seriously enough. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to try NCL and the new ship the BLISS. The race car track and laser tag peaked my interest as well as the specialty dining options. I am a die-hard Disney Cruise Line fan and I have cruised on Royal ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to try NCL and the new ship the BLISS. The race car track and laser tag peaked my interest as well as the specialty dining options. I am a die-hard Disney Cruise Line fan and I have cruised on Royal Caribbean and Princess. I would rate Disney #1, Royal Caribbean and NCL tied for second and Princess #3. Let's get to it; embarkation was super fast and easy. It seemed like confusion but they move you through the line quickly and get you on-board. It took us about 35 minutes from getting off the bus at the port to walking through the casino on the ship. There were 8 in my party. We went straight to guest services to get our race car and laser tag reservations ($9.95/person) and our dinner reservations for Cagney's (could not book 8 online). No problem with any of this. In and out in 15 minutes or so. The reservations were not handled at Guest Services, they were done at the Social Club and the Tepanyaki restaurant. Went to the Garden Cafe' buffet. Place was packed but we expected that on embarkation day. Plenty of friendly staff and well presented food. Lots of options. Got a seat for 8 in 15-20 minutes. Were in our cabin (12200) at 1 pm. Food...Garden Cafe' buffet; ate there several times per day. Good variety, large dining room with tables, booths and tall tables with bar stools. Many stations with the same items so you don't have to stand in one line for pizza! Fresh fruit, salad, hot and cold entrees, ice cream (soft served and hand dipped with cones), flavored water, coffee and tea. windows wrap around front of ship so you always have a view even if you're not seated at a window. Staff cleans tables constantly. You can take your food with you to the pool deck or your room or just walk around the ship eating! The Local; similar to a BWW or Applebees. Decent food, breakfast, lunch and dinner, complementary. Loud due to the location. Savor and Taste and the Manhattan Room; main dining rooms for dinner, complimentary, Manhattan room is huge, you'll get a seat quickly, all three have the same menu, Savor and Taste are more intimate. Could not accommodate 8 of us so we ate in the Manhattan Room. Decent food, good staff. Specialty Dining: Q...great bar-b-q, live country band, not busy. Had ribs, chicken, sausage, really small sides. Three meals including soda for $56. 20% gratuity was included in the $56. Food Republic...limited sushi menu but the crispy salmon and pork dumpling were excellent. 1 of each for $16 including a soda. Cagney's...food was served cold and not prepared per instructions. Sent back 4 different entrees to be redone. Crab cakes not good! Steaks were okay (Palo's on Disney has the best filet). Staff took off the appetizers. 3 meals with sodas $57.60. Los Lobos...really good Carne asada steak with guac and chips. Free with cruise package. Coco's...gelato instead of ice cream not my favorite. $15 for a huge gelato sundae. Did not eat at the other specialty restaurants. Drinks: I don't drink but the other folks told me the drinks were watered down. Maybe they don't use top shelf alcohol. If you have the Ultimate Drink Package, drink up! Plenty of bars throughout the ship. Did not go to any shows, no bingo, no comedy club, no art auction. Casino has lots of slots, 1 craps table and 1 roulette table. Lots of poker and blackjack. Pool deck is a good place to dance and listen to music. Live bands play every night in different locations on the ship. Pool area is always crowded so go early if you want a lounge chair. Don't think about swimming. You'll be lucky to get your feet wet. Even the Spice H2O area was crowded. Race car track was awesome. Only problem is they slow your car down if you go too fast. Laser tag was fun but you have to shoot the opponents rifle. You can cover the sensors so you don't get shot. Staff members are on your team. They know how to cheat! Service was great. Plenty of friendly staff. Some sing while serving you treats. Ports were okay. I've been to St Thomas (Megan's Bay) and Nassau before but I wanted to visit Tortola. If you are not doing an excursion in Tortola, don't waste your time getting off the ship! Not much to see or do, limited souvenirs, blah. Fees: There is a service fee of $14.50/day/person charged on this cruise. That was $304.50 for our cabin. Make sure you read your contract as it explains what this covers. I had them take the charge off my bill because most of the services it covered I did not use. I always prefer to tip the staff personally anyway, which is what I did. There was also a fee for drinks to be served at pool side. So, if you are laying on your lounge chair and order a drink, there is a charge of 88 cents to bring it to you. All specialty dining has a 20% gratuity added into the price. Room service has a $7.95 fee. If you order something that is not listed on the menu, you pay for it and the 20% plus the $7.95 fee. Make one big order and eat it all day. We had a photo session with the photography studio to take family portraits. We spent almost two hours with the photographer. Took pictures in the studio as well as on the lighted staircase and anywhere else around the ship we requested. The photographer was very thorough and patient. Unfortunately the price for the digital photos was extremely high. $1,999.00 for 72 digital photos (no prints) or $1,599.00 for 36 (no prints). There were some additional options with the most expensive package being $2,399.00. A single 8x10 print will run you $24.99. We had some problems with our photo package that have not been corrected yet so I'll just say, if you get digital prints, make sure you look at them on the flash drive BEFORE you leave the ship. The observation lounge is a very nice area with plenty of chairs, sofas, and lounges plus snack and beverage stations. It wraps around the front of the ship so if you get there early enough you can get the same view the Captain gets from the bridge. There were always seats available on the sides and it was always quiet. Great for reading and napping! The water slides, ping pong, miniature golf, arcade, etc. are nice as well. There is even a two lane bowling alley in The Local. There is a cost for the arcade games and bowling however; $6 per person for bowling and $1.10-$2.20 for arcade games. Overall I give my cruise experience a 6.8 out of 10. The ship is beautiful, modern, well decorated and laid out smartly. Friendly and plentiful staff. Always something going on but plenty of time to just relax as well. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because of the size of the ship, the numerous food and entertainment options, and the size of the staterooms. We also thought our 11 year old twin daughters would enjoy all of the activities for them. First, we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the size of the ship, the numerous food and entertainment options, and the size of the staterooms. We also thought our 11 year old twin daughters would enjoy all of the activities for them. First, we spent the previous night in Miami, and stayed just north of the airport to save at least $150 compared to hotels near the port. Uber XL the following morning was less than $30 to the port terminal the next day. Embarkation was super easy! We boarded at 10:30AM, and carried our own luggage. We waited in line less than 5 minutes, and the process was quick and easy. Even though our room wasn’t ready, we were allowed to drop off our suitcases. We stayed in mini suite #10800, and found it to be plenty roomy. The bathroom was large with two sinks, and a large shower. The shower size was important to me since I have some mobility issues after losing my right leg and walking with a prosthesis. A shower chair was provided on request. I was able to get around the room reasonably well, but needed to crab walk past the bed. There’s also a half step up to get in the bathroom, so this was a little tricky. With my prosthesis on, I had no trouble getting in/out of the bathroom. The shower had a perfectly placed grab rail as well. There was a large closet with lots of hangars, cubbies for t-shirts/shorts/etc, and a safe. There were several outlets on the counter next to the TV and above the mini fridge. There were also 3 cabinets with shelves inside below the TV which offered extra storage. The balcony was surprisingly large and had two comfy chairs and a large table. We found our stateroom to be soundproof and never heard anyone above, below, or next to us on either side. Room blackening curtain was fantastic over the balcony sliding glass door. Our steward, Mel, was absolutely fantastic. He spent a lot of time with our girls, and they couldn’t wait to learn how to make towel animals each night, as well as the chance to ask him where he was from and about his family. Mel is a true gentleman. He took great care of our room, and we never wanted for anything extra. Our stateroom was always clean, and always had fresh ice. We never touched the mini bar. We had the Ultimate Beverage Package which was great. Every bar we went to throughout the ship was well-stocked, and we never waited more than a minute for service even during peak times. We also purchased the soda/water package for our daughters which was also well worth it. We typically ate breakfast and lunch at the Garden Cafe on deck 16, and the food was quite good with a great array of choices. For dinner, we went to Teppanyaki twice. This is a must-do, even if you have to pay for it. The chef’s show was fantastic, and the food was wonderful. Portions are massive. Q BBQ was also great, and the short ribs were tender and delicious. Ocean Blue was also excellent. At each of the pay restaurants there are photographers who will take your picture and at the end of the meal offer to sell a package or single photo. This is your only opportunity to buy the photos as they won’t appear on your room account/photo code. We also ate at the Local, and they have fantastic wings. The Manhattan Room was very nice, with rotating menu options and classic menu options that do not change. We thought the complimentary food choices and options were great! Frankly, besides Teppanyaki, I didn’t want for anything else. My daughters always found plenty of things they enjoyed as well and had zero complaints. During our at sea days, we hung out at the pool on deck 16. Be sure to get there by 7AM or you won’t get a chair. It fills up quickly! Service was great at the the two bars. Tipping your server will get you fantastic, friendly, and frequent service. I typically gave $20 each day we were on the pool deck, and in return we were served given ice filled buckets of beer in perfectly timed intervals! Carlo and Joe found us each day. They are both fun to BS with, are super friendly, and are fantastic at what they do! Our girls loved the pool, hot tubs (there are four on deck 17), and also spent a ton of time on the slides. The bands that played daily included Siglo and Familiar Strangers. They were fun, played good tunes, and sounded great! The DJ playing music in between the bands was also good. At night, there were themed parties including 80’s and 90’s night. We loved the pool deck area and spent a lot of time there relaxing. Besides the water park/pools/slides/hot tubs, our daughters and my wife loved the race track. They didn’t do the laser tag. They also loved the ping pong tables. Our girls tried the Splash Academy, and enjoyed the freedom of being old enough to sign in and out after a minimum 2 hour stay. I was surprised to hear how much fun they had there, with age appropriate activities and games - they actually asked if they could go back! The staff in the Splash Academy were great and our girls really enjoyed it. Arriving at St. Thomas, we found disembarkation to be quick and easy. We did the Powercat and Snorkeling excursion, and had a BLAST. The crew with Coolboats USVI were fun, the included rum punch was delicious and plentiful. We first snorkeled and got to see stingrays, turtles, and many tropical fish. Then, we went to the beach for a little over an hour, followed by a cruise back to port with a dance contest. Perception at the time indicated awesome dance skills. Review of video later showed that the rum punch skewed perceptions. This was a great experience and we would do it again. St. Thomas is still recovering from the hurricanes, and there are a lot of boarded up shops. Next, we stopped at Tortola and opted to take a cab to Cane Garden Bay beach on the North side of the island. Cab fare in an open, safari type F-350 was $16 per person round trip. The cab ride was interesting...lots of steep, narrow roads. It took about 15” to get from port to the beach and vice versa. Build in some extra time as the trucks won’t leave until they’re full of passengers. Tortola is also still recovering from the hurricanes. Beach chairs were $20 for a pair with included umbrella. Beer was cheap on the beach, at $3 for a bottle of Coors Light. This is a BEAUTIFUL beach, and we didn’t find it too crowded. We loved our day here and would definitely do it again. Following a day at sea where made port at Nassau. This is definitely a tourist trap type of place and was very busy with a total of 5 large cruise ships in port at the same time. We took a cab to Cable Beach, with round trip costing $8. Beach chairs were negotiated to $30 per pair, and umbrella negotiated to $10. There are lots of people here selling snacks, water, soda, and beer, as well as an endless variety of “stuff” like conch shells, jewelry, swimwear, etc. There are stands selling drinks from coconuts and food. You can also buy fried and BBQ chicken from people selling this out of backpacks. We passed on the backpack chicken, but saw several others brave enough to buy then actually eat the chicken. You can parasail, rent a jet ski, or ride on a towed banana inflatable. The beach was stunningly beautiful, the people were friendly, and we had a great day! We saw Jersey Boys which was good, and we found the Bliss theater to be very nice. We also caught the Beatles show in The Cavern. This show was a blast and the band members fed off the positive vibe in the room that night, playing longer than scheduled. The shopping options were nice, and we stocked up on duty free liquor that was reasonable priced. Our girls loved the charm bracelets with $5 charms of the day. T-shirt sales were held at least twice, with a good selection of 2 for $10 shirts. Disembarkation was super easy, and we chose self-assist. If you don’t mind carrying your own baggage on and off the ship, this is the quickest and easiest option in my opinion. We loved our experience on the Bliss, and look forward to going again next year. We’ll probably try a western Caribbean cruise. Overall, our service and experience was spectacular! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
This cruise was almost sold out so, a lot of people on board. Lovely ship, new and shiny and wonderful decor. Chose this ship because of the activities that were offered, especially for kids. There were lots of things, but for our family, ... Read More
This cruise was almost sold out so, a lot of people on board. Lovely ship, new and shiny and wonderful decor. Chose this ship because of the activities that were offered, especially for kids. There were lots of things, but for our family, with 3 grand children, of varying ages, they kids were not able to enjoy the various "clubs" together. Yes, there were other things to do but, they would have been separated and they did not want that. The cabins were very nice. The mini suites had a much larger bathroom than we have had on other cruise lines and that was great. Balcony was kinda small. The staff was exemplary, everywhere. The cabin steward was outstanding and the service in the restaurants and bars was excellent. The food, by accounts of all 9 of us, was very good wherever we ate. In my opinion, the outdoor areas were severely limited by the go kart space, the laser tag space, water slide area and the Haven space. This left very little room for the pool area and it was incredibly crowded during the 4 of the 7 day cruise. Very small and extremely crowded pool area......that closed by 6 for outdoor movies. I think it is a poor design just to add attractions. Oh and the lineups for the water slide made it not much fun for the kids, they got tired of waiting. Same went for the carts, long lines and reservations needed. Laser tag was only open in the evening. The arcade was expensive and if you got a pass, it was only good for less than half of the games inside. The kids clubs were closed from 12 till 2. For a ship of this size and with that many people, the theater is very small as are a lot of the entertainment venues. If you didn't get a reservations (as they were booked up early) and the wait lines were not long, you may get in. The Beatles show has a maybe 40 seat venue (we could not get in any night) you had to be there an hour or more waiting in line before it started. I think what dissapointed us the most was the very small pool and outdoor areas and while quite a lot of entertainment, the venues were small if you were not lucky enough to get a reservation (where one was needed) or waited in line to be told it was full. This was our second NCL cruise and our first on such a big ship. I think we will say goodby to NCL and go back to the other line we have used. 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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