4 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Fun times, Beautiful locations, the suite was roomy and the decor was done very nicely. A couple side notes ... if your gambling or playing any games like scratch offs that pay out cash be careful. We were told that our winnings were ... Read More
Fun times, Beautiful locations, the suite was roomy and the decor was done very nicely. A couple side notes ... if your gambling or playing any games like scratch offs that pay out cash be careful. We were told that our winnings were going in our account. However they never did. When we went back we were time that they dint do that. Winning get paid out in cash. The same attendant was there and just had a smirk on his face so we knew he was lying. Luckily it wasn’t much. One other thing to keep in mind. The room service...it is ok ! Probably because they get prepaid a specific amount regardless of what care they provide. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t terrible, just could have been a bit better. Especially being the price we paid for a suite for two if us. We had two adjoining suite rooms which the balconies couldn’t even be open. A little disappointed. Food was good, service ok Shows good except Havana. Kind of boring. I think I actually dozed off in that one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Cruise Notes [15792] This was our 5th cruise - 1 carnival, 4 Norwegian [Sun, Pearl, Escape, Bliss] Pros :: Interior - Observation Lounge: Comfy and quiet, except for the front row (noise from Garden Cafe). Many many seats, ... Read More
Cruise Notes [15792] This was our 5th cruise - 1 carnival, 4 Norwegian [Sun, Pearl, Escape, Bliss] Pros :: Interior - Observation Lounge: Comfy and quiet, except for the front row (noise from Garden Cafe). Many many seats, everyone can see outside. Room: Our standard balcony room was essentially the same as the other ships we have been on. Maintenance had to come twice when the toilet would not flush. Activties: Go Carts had fun, nice cars, and a short wait time when we arrived at our appointment time. Glad to see that putt-putt was not missing. The water slides looked fun and the lines dind't seem overly long. Did not break into the budget to play laser tag, and it did not seem to be very busy at any time, even though it was also "sold out". Shows: Havana was good music, but no plot. Jersey Boys was probably the best show we've seen on a ship. Tried (and failed once) to see Beatlemania in the Cavern Club. Club is too small -- but a very good size to handle our small group (50 person) meetings. Open the shutters and pipe that music to the outside bar so that more people can enjoy. Outdoor decks: The deck 8 "Promenade" has a lot of outside, quiet. non-pool seating. Putting the hot tubs on the level above the pool is a great way to add access to water. The area outside the Vibe Club was a good quiet area to get away from the rowdier poolside crowd. The jumbotron at the pool was great for watching playoff football. Dining - Garden Cafe: Good variety, even Indian food. Best general lunch buffet we've seen so far, visited three different days. Ate twice at The Local - ok pub food, nothing exceptional. Cagney's was good, as always. Los Lobos had a huge amount of food per order. The menu at the Manhattan Room, and Taste/Savor were above average. The Q had adequate barbeque, a serviceable example of Americana for foreign travelers. Crepes at Coco's were a treat. Don't miss the macaroons at the Bake Shop. Cons: Dining: The chefs at Teppanyaki were overly loud, excessively banging metal objects - legitimate potential migraine triggers. Beware of Margaritaville - its $15-$18 per person, just to sit down. This was a huge waste of prime space on a ship that needs more room for hot tubs and deck chairs. Of course, it was empty most of the time. At the bars, with all of the free drink packages being sold, the staff are easily the most worn out and impatient on the ship. Indoors: Beware of getting a room midship, ESPECIALLY on Deck 15. You will be awake as long as there's something going on in the pool area (a party every night), and our bed was literally ~vibrating~ until after 11pm during the final night's party. Then, at 6am, be prepared to hear the deck chairs rattle your room again, as they are literally -thrown- back into place on deck. If you are lucky, you might even catch a whiff of smoky flavor from the Q. Outdoor decks: As others have mentioned - there's one sole tiny adult pool. The music at the pool is OBNOXIOUSLY loud. Lounge chairs are jammed so close together, you cannot access them from the sides - you have to climb onto them from the end. Dozens of people entertained themselves watching a majority of the water-tube riders fail to make the loop. Parents were freely allowing their kids into the hot tubs, instead of routing them to splash park. Logistics/Ambiance: Something is very deeply wrong with the scheduling and logistics on this ship. Or, perhaps they were short-staffed. Prior to leaving port, we could not get a reservation at Ocean Club. When a couple cancelled their reservation to dine with us elsewhere, on a different night. the system told them they had still dined there. When we ate at other restaurants that were listed as "fully booked" - Q, Cagney's, and Los Lobos, they were always FAR from capacity, over a 90+ minute span. The Brewhouse menu still had the Alaska taps listed, and did not have the All-Star souvenirs avaialble. We watched contestants in the Atrium events compete for $5 koozies and cupcakes, instead of $20 t-shirts and bottles of wine. These reservation snafus extended to the Vibe Club as well. A year ago, we had an amazing cruise - we were in the first 500 people on board, and raced down to get passes to Vibe Club. We had other friends and family get day passes to join us, to get a "VIP" experience. This trip, we had ther priorities, but we heard from other 2017 Escape / Vibe cruisers that the line "sold out" after the 16th person in line. We heard that there were only 40 passes sold. Every day when we looked, the club was no more than 1/3 full - we never saw 30 people there, even in the middle of a sunny at-sea day. When we tried to get day passes to visit with friends, we were told at Guest Services that "they don't do that on this ship". Most of the time, there were 20+ people in line at Guest Services throughout the cruise. If the Bliss management goal was to confuse and frustrate repeat cruisers, spiff the customer as little as possible, and cheapen the entire cruise experience - mission accomplished ! Still -- can't wait for our first Alaska cruise in July, and the Breakaway next January. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We booked this cruise to see this so called wonderful ship with a group of 14 friends. Found the ship to be nice to look at but too hard to navigate. Elevators forward and aft only made it difficult to get where you needed to go on this ... Read More
We booked this cruise to see this so called wonderful ship with a group of 14 friends. Found the ship to be nice to look at but too hard to navigate. Elevators forward and aft only made it difficult to get where you needed to go on this massive ship. The cabin was as nice as any other balcony on NCL. The real drawback was the lack of interest in the smokers by the design of the smoking areas. H2O had a small side section for smokers which was always packed while the rest of the H2O area was sparsely occupied. I do give qudos to the bar staff of Sam, Marvin and that crew for the wonderful service trhey provided. The Casino are that was walled off for smokers was hard to get a machine at times and could use a bit more ventilation, very Smokey even for the smokers, while the huge main casino area was again sparsely being used. Food was OK, except the meal we had in Cagneys, normally one of the best restaurants on a NCL ship, the Oysters Rockefeller was cold and mushy. This was prior to the meal which left a terrible after taste. The Havana show was not worth seeing but the highlight was the Jersey Boys. Had to try this ship once but I will stick with the Getaway and the Jade class ships from now on. Read Less
Sail Date December 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
Sail Date November 2018
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
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 3.5

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