59 Norwegian Bliss Repositioning Cruise Reviews

I’ve taken out on inaugural trips the latest Norwegian ships since the Epic, so Bliss was the latest. Having sailed Escape in 2015 I was familiar with the core layout and so concentrated on what is different for this ship. The ... Read More
I’ve taken out on inaugural trips the latest Norwegian ships since the Epic, so Bliss was the latest. Having sailed Escape in 2015 I was familiar with the core layout and so concentrated on what is different for this ship. The bad points first (then we will get to the good points). No Moderno ☹️. My favourite restaurant in the fleet has been replaced by a Mexican which I didn’t fancy. Moreover not many others did, everytime I went by it it was near empty! New Cagneys menu. No baked potato Soup?!!! Or Oreo cheesecake . Also they have increased the prices so the larger filet is now over the $20 platinum limit (you can pay the upcharge if needed) Non theatre ents: lacking. No white hot / glow party. The caliante? Party was a bit of a flop, maybe better in warmer weather as a deck party but not in Alaska so not sure how that works. The skyline bar has now been swallowed up by the Casino and no longer the night venue. Instead the comedy club social doubled up as a half decent if sometimes cramped nightclub venue. No Howl at the moon either! The bar ents sang the same songs and the Beatles were the worst tribute act I’ve ever heard (and can’t unhear). There was another band that played in the Cavern which were half decent if you could get a seat. The Good points: The headline shows Havana and Jersey Boys we’re both great! I was a bit suspect as Jersey Boys out of my age range but sat through the 1hr 45mins clapping and tapping away. Havana was also a hit. The guest ents like tenors of rock were also great acts. Go-kart racing- was a lot more exciting than I thought it would be and well worth the $7 charge. Similarly the laser tag at $5 was a youthful blast from the past. Smokehouse venue, much better use of this venue and a late night bar. The food was really good and first time I’ve failed to finish a portion! All dining services were great, the crew were all great. The Brewhouse had loads of beers And lasted a lot longer than on Escape with some guest ales from Canada being added when we reached Halifax. Embarkation and disembarkation were fine, although we were at only about 50% capacity I had a trip into the Haven and it looks fantastic! The observation lounge was a bit hit and miss. It’s big, the bars at the very front, the toilets and the very back .. the walk in between at some stage resembled a cross between a retirement home and an inside sun deck with people sprawled out over sofas and yes some even had towels on the Chaisse long in the morning! The Internet when it was working was fastest I’ve had on any of the fleet and was able to stream live video from the ship during several events. Now if only they could bring back howl of the moon, white hot party and sort out a better night venue (smokehouse would have been better in my opinion) oh and Moderno it would have got 5* but can only give it 4*. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We did the first transatlantic trip on this boat. The ship is beautiful, the staff attentive and the food was sublime. Well it should be as they had pulled the best of the best crew for this trip. There was some training in evidence and ... Read More
We did the first transatlantic trip on this boat. The ship is beautiful, the staff attentive and the food was sublime. Well it should be as they had pulled the best of the best crew for this trip. There was some training in evidence and we did have some snagging going on but I personally had no problem with this. I did have a problem with the extremely limited smoking facility. It was improved slightly during our stay but you either had to get very cold and wet on the H2O deck or go in the humidor which was a small box of a room which held about 20 people comfortably but was often filled with far more This was not fair on the cigar smokers who do not like to be surrounded by cigarette smoke when enjoying the very expensive cigars they purchased. The range of cocktails was good and they were freshly made on the whole. The food was really nice, we mainly ate at the Garden Cafe and the variety and amount of food was such that any one could have a good meal at any time. There is a bit too much time spent trying to upsell to you, the deposits on future cruises does not need to be mentioned several times a day, give the info and let people make their minds up, if you go to the demos about good posture or acupuncture but it is always just another way that they want you to spend money and lots of it, these are not cheap items. There is a lot to do but not always the space to enjoy it. The ship holds over 4,500 guests but the Cavern Club only holds 150, The Q room was always packed out for seminars and is badly planned to allow standing room, The Social was also too small. The theatre is only one level and that is not inclined enough so at the back it is very hard to see what is going on with all the heads in front. I am disabled and from a disability point of view I could not easily enter the H2O smoking area as the pathway was too narrow for the chair and I could not even begin to get into the humidor. There was a place to smoke in the casino but you could not smoke unless playing a machine or at the tables and I do no gamble very much. The staff soon chased you out even if you were playing a slot or table that was not available in the very small area of the casino that smoking was permitted. The 2 ports that we stopped at on the Azores and Halifax in Canada were very good although the tours would have been cheaper to have paid locally for. All that said we did have a good 12 days of chilling and having 99% of everything we needed done for us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The ship is beautiful, the spa is now located at the back of the ship and a new 2-story, large observatory lounge is forward with the 2nd floor the Garden Buffet. In the Observation lounge: cruisers were putting their feet and laying on ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, the spa is now located at the back of the ship and a new 2-story, large observatory lounge is forward with the 2nd floor the Garden Buffet. In the Observation lounge: cruisers were putting their feet and laying on tables and chairs. Finally, the FreeStyle Daily, directed people to stop putting their feet on those objects and to stop laying on tables: how some people have bad manners! Plus, the majority of the passengers onboard were middle aged and older, and regular cruisers. The food’s temperature was remarkably improved from past experiences on NCL. The crew went out of the their way to make sure everything was “correct.” I booked the Thermal Suite Spa online and was charged an additional 18% gratuity. Had multiple NCL agents say the gratuity was correct and then incorrect with no one through the 800 number helping me. It took 8-days to have the charge reversed, thanks to Jovo Sekulovic, Hotel Director. The spa management never acted on my behalf; Sam Hurst, assistant Spa Manager- tried to help me. CRUISENEXT: did a hard sell on future cruises, I made 2 deposits to discover I was never given the “on board” credit associated with the future bookings. I canceled the both deposits. Tenors of Rock, Hypnotist Brenda Kaye, JERSEY BOYS were terrific. CASINO has enclosed the smoking part of it, which makes the 6th deck more tolerable, especially, when walking through the casino. The minimum bet for Black Jack is now $10/hand. On the 12-night cruise, just about no one played black jack. Automatic shufflers are used at all tables. As on the Getaway in 2017 transatlantic from Miami to Copenhagen, no one was winning in the casino which continues on the 2018 Bliss Transatlantic. There were some winners at the slot machines. Debarkation in NYC at 8am as a walk-off was simple and no lines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The opportunity to go on our first trans-Atlantic cruise, on a brand new vessel, with our favourite cruise line was too much to refuse. All of our party were at work the day before the sailing, as we live in the UK and have visited ... Read More
The opportunity to go on our first trans-Atlantic cruise, on a brand new vessel, with our favourite cruise line was too much to refuse. All of our party were at work the day before the sailing, as we live in the UK and have visited Southampton on several occasions in the past, we travelled down on the morning of the cruise. A four hour car journey meant we were in plenty of time for the scrum of a Southampton check-in. The check-ins at Southampton always seem so hectic and disjointed, but passed quite smoothly once we squeezed up to a desk. A bit of advice, if needed, always check in on line, it really helps. Embarkation itself was very easy and passed with no problems. On boarding the Bliss we were a little taken aback, the ship is beautiful. Wide open spaces in the centre of the ship, flanked by great bars and eateries. I liked the way the second MDR had been split in two (Taste and Savor) and the great Mixx bar put in between them. The décor in parts of the ship is art deco or is it art nouveaux? I can never quite distinguish the two, very reminiscent of a liner from the 20's or 30's. The Casino seemed to take up the central portion of deck 7 along with the Local, with the theatre at the bow and the Manhattan Room aft. The piece de resistance was saved for deck 15 .The observation lounge is wonderful and with the front of the Garden Café looking down on it from deck 16 and then moving back through the ship on either side. The pool area was very similar to most pool areas on most cruise liners. The much vaunted go kart track and the laser tag were situated on Deck 18, with the Haven taking up most of deck 17. Thanks to a cheeky minimum bid we were upgraded from inside staterooms facing each other to adjoining balcony staterooms, all on deck 11 midship. Very close to the crew areas on the deck which did get a little bangy on occasion, but hey I got an upgrade for £55 each so I'm not going to complain too much. I thought the cabin was slightly narrower than cabins on other ships and the balcony was tiny but adequate, the bathroom was fine and the toilets seemed quieter than normal. The only real complaint was that our steward was not informed of our latitudes status, probably down to the late upgrade, and there was no bottle of water or fizzy wine. That's not strictly true, there was loads of water due to us being all inclusive, but none for us being Gold. A quick word with our steward and then guest services soon rectified the problem along with some chocolate strawberries courtesy of the Hotel Manager. We don't usually go for any of the Speciality Dining options so mostly ate in the MDR and occasionally in the buffet. The food was good, as it always seems to be. We tried Savor one evening, although it could have been Taste. Our travelling companions are more buffet orientated and raved about how good it was compared to other cruises they have been on, not that any of those were poor. We took in two shows. Havana! which wasn't really my sort of thing, and Jersey Boys which also isn't really my thing, shows aren't really my thing, but Jersey Boys was excellent, if a tad too long. NCL shows are usually very well performed, and these were no exception. Jersey Boys was up there with Priscilla on the Epic. Most of the time we entertained ourselves in the many bars. Particular favourites were Sugarcane Mojito and the District Brewhouse. We sometimes had a look at what was going on in the Atrium and these two things led to my only concerns about the ship. I don't think they're big enough. People were grabbing chairs from elsewhere so they could take in the entertainment on offer in the Atrium and the bars are all on the small size, most open out onto the Boardwalk but are only really utilised in really good weather. The ship coped well with the 2500 passengers aboard, but I'm not sure how it will fare with 4000. As usual the service was excellent, happy smiling faces from the crew, impromptu entertainment from the barstaff, left you with a good feel about the place. Room service breakfast was always on time and correct. It was good. We didn't really go for Port excursions but did pay for the Hop on Hop off Bus in Halifax. I think NCL must have a hook up with the local supplier because we bought the trip once ashore but it was charged to our rooms, missed the 10% discount but it was our own fault for not really taking much notice. So our first trans-Atlantic, would I do it again? Probably, I love sea days. Would I go on the Norwegian Bliss again? Absolutely Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We wanted to take a cruise that would start in Southampton and land in New York. The food, entertainment (Havana, Jersey Boys) and the amenities on the ship was excellent. The staff, seeing that this was a new ship, was very well ... Read More
We wanted to take a cruise that would start in Southampton and land in New York. The food, entertainment (Havana, Jersey Boys) and the amenities on the ship was excellent. The staff, seeing that this was a new ship, was very well coordinated, well trained, extremely polite and very efficient. The games that they had during the off night of major stage productions were well presented and executed by the staff. The comedians they had on board were excellent. Selection of liquor in the Duty Free Store was very limited. We did a room crawl and got to see all the different kinds of rooms available on the ship: Ocean View Category: Front of the ship, very spacious Inside Room: sleeps 4, wall to ceiling room, very much closed in feeling Inside room: for 2 persons, very nice but small Studio room : for singles, very small rooms, but great meeting place for gatherings Balcony Rooms: Nicely appointed Mini Suite: Just means a larger bathroom/tub, no extra room in the other parts of the stateroom when compared to a balcony room Spa Balcony: don't get the tub in the bedroom area concept Spa Suite Haven: very very nice, but very very expensive Overall it was a very smooth cruise across the Atlantic Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose the cruise because it was the maiden voyage for the Bliss and offered the opportunity to stay a few nights in both London and New York. It would have been nice if NCL offered transportation from London hotels to the port in ... Read More
We chose the cruise because it was the maiden voyage for the Bliss and offered the opportunity to stay a few nights in both London and New York. It would have been nice if NCL offered transportation from London hotels to the port in Southampton, something other cruise lines do. Dining on the ship was excellent especially Le Bistro. Ocean Blue was good but not worth the surcharge. We didn't try all the specialty dining but people we talked with were generally impressed. Buffet was fine but coffee was not good. Also missed smoked salmon in the morning something we got used to on other cruises. Really enjoyed the craft beer in the District and JIm Badger cabaret. Entertainment was good, particularly Jersey Boys. Amazing sets and dancing on Havana but forgettable music. Smaller venues were hard to get into (ship just more than half full, no less). Race track was enjoyable. Weather prevented use of pool and water slides except for the very hardy. Not much activity either in Margaritaville Service throughout was impeccable. Lots of places to catch up on reading especially on the observation deck. Library was so-so re selection and hours (books locked up? c'mon). Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was my first transatlantic but I didn't want to miss out being on a brand new ship. We had a great group on the roll call and many events on-board that were set up but ship was the main focus. First off, the crew was ... Read More
This was my first transatlantic but I didn't want to miss out being on a brand new ship. We had a great group on the roll call and many events on-board that were set up but ship was the main focus. First off, the crew was fantastic as always, there were a few hiccups in the newer venues since they were still learning too but everything was easily fixed. The entertainment was great with the new show Havana and Jersey Boys both having a great cast. The singers and bands were also top notch as they played throughout the ship. Food and drinks were some of the best I have had on board an NCL ship I really enjoyed the new venues Q and Los Lobos. I had a studio cabin and the beds have been changed to be a bit smaller which opened up some more area from moving around, I liked the change. The lounge was like the Escape in that it didn't have a bar but it still has the great coffee machine. The only downside to my cruise was that I had purchased a spa pass and unfortunately everything was not working in the pool area. The jets under the seating didn't work the entire cruise and several of the stations were hit or miss for working. Otherwise, it was my best cruise yet. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
NCL did an amazing job on the Bliss. The observation lounge and race track were great added features. Silas, the cruise director, Mandy, the asst. cruise director, and the rest of the entertainment crew did a great job at keeping ... Read More
NCL did an amazing job on the Bliss. The observation lounge and race track were great added features. Silas, the cruise director, Mandy, the asst. cruise director, and the rest of the entertainment crew did a great job at keeping everyone's interest at the different activities on board. The new restaurants were also very good. You won't leave Q or Los Lobos hungry. If you go to Los Lobos, get the quesadilla. Food Republic is still my favorite spot to grab a bite to eat. The new open pool deck reminds me of the old school ships. The parties they plan there will be amazing. Service was above average. Great room attendant, great wait staff, and great bar staff throughout the ship.The best bar on board would be the District Brewhouse. The crew working that bar were superb. Also, Jim, the piano player in the evenings, at the Brewhouse was hilarious. He is not to be missed. The two shows, were ok. Havana had so much talent but it just seemed as if the story needed some work. Jersey Boys was good. Story was very good. Some of the singing was off. Granted, I'm not a specialist when it comes to music. However, I feel like I can tell what's good and bad. This was our first TransAtlantic cruise. We loved it so much, we will be doing the inaugural TransAtlantic of the Encore. Only 18 months to go. ;-) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Norwegian Bliss Transatlantic Ship Review 21st April -03rd May 2018. Norwegian Bliss cruises through the mist at the port of Southampton at 6am. Photo by Dave Jones Photos of the Norwegian Bliss - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbCHEP7 ... Read More
Norwegian Bliss Transatlantic Ship Review 21st April -03rd May 2018. Norwegian Bliss cruises through the mist at the port of Southampton at 6am. Photo by Dave Jones Photos of the Norwegian Bliss - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbCHEP7 Ship Stats from Meyer Werft 4th Breakaway Plus Class Gross Tonnage - 167,800 Overall Length - 1,082 feet Beam - 136 feet Draft - 27 feet Engine - 23.2 knots Guests - 3998 - 5200 Total Staterooms - 2038 Crew - 2100 Cruise Speed 23.2 Knots ( 25+ knots were achieved in sea trails) Engines - Diesel Electric - 2x MAN B&W 14V48/60CR and 3x MAN B&W 12V48/60CR Decks 20 Standing outside the port of Southampton since 5:15am waiting with other die hard, ship fanatics for Norwegian Cruise Lines latest offering, she finally cruised through the early morning mist to reveal the giant artwork by Wyland and it doesn't disappoint. Paintings of Humpback Whales and their calves and other marine life depicting what might be seen in her homeport cruise of Alaska. After a relative painless boarding, we wait for Platinum members to board and thus came the first hurdle, Transatlantic New Ship crossings are like a badge of honour, and have very few first time or new to cruising passengers, so over half of the people waiting got up and started to head for boarding, as she's a large vessel and Southampton is used to large ships, boarding is not really a problem. After cruising the Atlantic to Miami on the Norwegian Escape we expected a few hic-ups, on the Escape they had installed a new computer system for all the passenger and backroom tech. Before weeks before we cruised we tried to pre-book the shows and some Speciality Dining but it was not available and I put that down to a low capacity and no problems getting seating in the theatres. The Bliss theatre only holds 858 which is very small for such a large ship and personally, I believe this has been a big mistake with the Breakaway Class ships, why? On our 12 day cruise, the 'Jersey Boys' show was put on 3 times; 2 evening and 1 afternoon which gave a total of 2574 guests seeing the show out of a possible 3998. there's going to be a lot of disappointed people on a 7-night cruise where the show needs to be performed for 5 nights. Anyway, I digress we had to spend the first 3 hours or more waiting in queues to prebook the 'Jersey Boys, Havanna, and Happy Hour Prohibition' (which I shall review later in the entertainment section). The cruise technology which is meant to stop the queues 'i-concierge and the touchscreens around the ship, which there are many are not working because it's a new tech for this ship, and won't work until halfway through the voyage; with the shows booked and the meals put off until a later date we head for a well-earned drink. Dining 9 Speciality dining option with a cover charge. 5 Complimentary dining options. We only tried two Speciality dining options (or A la Carte). The Italian called 'La Cucina' is always a must because I love Italian pasta and their sauces, add some Italian bread and I'm in heaven. We have found the meals sometimes hit or miss but on the Bliss, it was a direct hit, the food was perfectly cooked and there was a very good choice on the menu. The decor is nicely done and it always amuses me when the Philipino waiters/waitress trying hard to be Italian at the start of the evening but after the Antipasta course they have given up, but they get high marks for even trying. The other A la Carte option we like is the French La Bistro restaurant, we were disappointed that the menu had changed since the last time we visited (July 17), and we even had trouble booking a table, we suspect that the dining options we scaled back due to the cruise only being about 45% full. To find La Bistro you need to head up into the heavens to deck 17 and towards the Go-cart track. A big problem in the restaurant was a constant vibration probably coming from the smokestack which is directly in front of the venue and the stacks coming from under your feet from the engine room. The food and the level of service can't be faulted, as a platinum member, we get a free bottle of wine of our choosing which went down very well. you could tell it was a newly opened it had that new car smell of new carpets and the linin was still crisp. I had a Fillet Beef (Blue) and it was perfect, tender and juicy and is making my mouth water thinking about it as I write. Besides the vibration, the evening was a joy, excellent food, nice wine and great company what more could you ask for? The Manhattan room on deck 7 and the Taste and Savour Dining room on deck 6, have the same menus, they consist of the everyday options which never change but have some lovely dishes such as steak, pasta, fish and a vegetarian option. on the other side is the Daily menu which as the name suggests changes every day. This might contain a different type of fish which might be a bit more select to Lamb Chops encrusted with a stuffing, all of which is very nice and is cooked to a high standard. we found the Taste and Savour restaurants to have a better service than the Manhatten, and if you tell them you have a show or someplace to be they will rush the service for you so you don't miss whatever it is you have planned. The Garden Cafe or Canteen as we kept calling it is a paradise for all food lovers, it has everything you could wish for, from the quick and easy Burger / Hotdogs, fries and Pizza, to Chinese and Indian selections ready made or made to order. There was always a carving station with joints of Beef or Lamb or even the thickest sirloin steaks with a wide choice of sauces if required. The Garden Cafe puts on specials throughout the cruise with the biggest display of shrimp I have ever seen, and one afternoon a rumour of Lobster was going around and 'Oh My Word' you could have the two claws, the two halves of the body or the whole thing, and if that did not satisfy you, then go back and have it again. There must have been over a Thousand being boiled and served.At Breakfast, there is something for everyone, from Cereal, American and British Bacon, American and British Sausages, pancakes, eggs (poached, scrambled, fried, omelettes and so on), my favourite is Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce, yummm. As you can guess there's so much to choose from to start your day. There is plenty of seating as the Cafe wraps all the way around the stern (back) in a giant letter U. At the back of the Cafe, it overlooks the observation lounge which also serves food throughout the day. At night we would go up and get a cup of tea to take back to the room, and sometimes indulge in the best Pizza at sea. All the members of the Garden Cafe work very hard and always have a smile, which sometimes must be hard. They are lighting fast at cleaning away the tables and even the 'Washy Washy Happy Happy ladies have a song to sing at times, a huge thank you to those special crew. The local restaurant is a smaller version of the O'Sheehan's bar and grill which overlooks the Atrium with the large LCD Screen and small stage, with bar stools going all the way around the horseshoe glass looking downwards to the stage area. The food options are limited to simple good Pub Grub in booths or tables, and the service is very good. I always liked the bar area where they show the latest sports events and you can have a laugh and joke with the bartenders. Bars and Theater We didn't have a favourite bar we seemed to follow our ears and stop off at the many areas which had some music playing. Yes, we had our favourite bands such as 'Siglo' (https://youtu.be/XeyoCso4bvI to see a video clip) who played in the 'The Cavern Club' normally reserved for the Beatles tribute band (who are shockingly Bad). They also played in the Atrium under the large LCD screen but have to rein in their normal energy to conform with sound levels. There were almost all styles of music catered for and another was a Lady playing the piano called Tatiana she was very good and sometimes had a backing from a saxophone player who's real job is to play in the 'Jersey Boys' The Local Bar which overlooks the Atrium was one of our favourites on the Escape but with the alterations from O'Sheeans it seemed smaller and a lot busier, but still a great bar to grab a drink and watch the entertainment in the Atrium. The Skyline Bar on deck 7 has a huge 6 meter plus LCD screen which shows off all the different Skylines around the world from Hong Kong to Manhattan. This bar has also been reduced in size by almost 60% with slot machines now filling the space where comfy seating once lived. Bar Q which is a Texas Smokehouse until 8pm and then becomes a live stage for country and western Bar Q (Texas Smokehouse) music, which we were told was very good but I don't really understand what they were singing about, but that's our problem. The Atrium bar held a wide range of music from Siglo, Tatiana to couples singing from Italy and South America. There were almost seating every night here until Siglo played, for the first time ever on any cruise ship extra seating was brought out to cope with the demand. Like all good things on a ship they have to ruin every night; bang on 9pm with a quiz of some sorts lasting one hour, and then back to the music. We used to pay a visit to the 'Maltings Whiskey Bar' on deck 8 for a wee tipple or three! A great bar if you know your Malts and with a Cigar Humidor attached a perfect match, but even for us rum/vodka drinkers its still a very comfortable area to spend an hour. The District Brew House is a must for all beer drinkers with 22 draft brand beers, and 50 different bottled beers, to a few more well known such as Newcastle Brown Ale and Boddingtons. Even if you are not keen on beers with strange names you still can order your tipple of choice. Now there's a strange man playing the piano called Jim Badger who is a cross between a comedian and bar singer, the result is an extremely fun night, old jokes, innuendos and on the odd time a singalong; but beware don't get noticed if you want to leave for whatever the reason. During the day-time, it is a good getaway with comfy seating. The H2O Zone (adult only area) has a great little bar where you can relax around a large LCD screen on sun loungers and be waited on by bar staff. Besides all the usual cocktails, beers and shorts available there is a wide range of frozen cocktails available, so get ready for a brain freeze. Also in this area, there are two large jacuzzis to bubble away the time. There is a smoking area next to the bar area but this does not affect the area. I've listed just a few of the bars that are available on and around the Norwegian Bliss, one thing I can guarantee there is something for everyone, including quite areas for a read. The Theater is another story as I part mentioned just before dining, the Shows that are put on deserve a bigger proper theatre not just a black roofed area with different coloured striplights, with the most uncomfortable seating in any cruise ship we have ever been in. After about an hour into the shows, you can see people shuffling in their seats, they are roughly the same pitch and width of a small airline seat with the addition of cupholders at the end of small armrests it makes moving even for clapping very awkward. The pitch of the theatre is a bit on the shallow side, I'm 6 foot+ and I could feel the people behind me complaining because I restricted their views, the incline needed to be a few degrees higher. On a good note, the sound system is excellent and the stage effects are worthy of any land-based shows. The Jersey Boys is a Fantastic show and is identical to the Broadway show, the stars of the show give it all they have, the only problem is again the seating and with the show being about 1 hour 40 minutes long it got very uncomfortable, but saying that it is worth seeing. Havana has it all a love twist, an obvious happy ending, good songs and great sets, its a bit Disney at times but worth watching. Prohibition Happy Hour (age restrictions apply entrance is 16+ and drinks are 21+) We didn't know what to expect, we knew there were 5 different cocktails to be drunk during the show, I thought it might be a bar with a gangster theme a bit like Broadwalk Empire, but boy was we wrong. On entrance to the show being held in the 'Social Comedy & Night Club', we were given glass/plastic beads and shown to the seating once seated we had our first cocktail, then the show started. The theme is a madams house with 4 working girls and the hired help, they are all dressed in sexy underwear and perform songs and dance with a bit of tongue in cheek oneliners. The 4 working girls each tell speciality they have if you know what I mean????? The Beatles star in the Cavern Club a mini mockup of what the venue used to look like without all the smoke bad language and Scousers. I'm not a fan of the 'Fab 4' but I do like some of their hits. These 'Not so Fab 4' are very poor, their Liverpudlian accent leaves a lot to be desired. They might have some of the moves while playing but without the accent, the songs fall a bit flat a bit like the bowl cut wigs they wear. It's a shame really living only 40 minutes away and having worked in the great city of Liverpool I know there are many excellent tribute acts, and any of these would go down a lot better than these wish I was the group. Shops and the Casino. The shopping is much the same as on the other breakaway class of ship there's a large watch shop with some very nice brands, which connects to the jewellery shop which caters for all fancy grom bracelets earrings neckless and of cause rings. The Margaritaville store has all you need to survive a Caribbean shore day in a multi-coloured way. The Norwegian DutyFree shop called Tradewinds has a limited amount of alcohol and tobacco, try not to forget any essentials such as suntan lotion, toothpaste or the such as there is a very limited choice and are very pricey. Ship merchandise with the ship's name or picture is as always on NCL virtually non-existent. There are tee-shirts and coats with the 'Wyland' hull design on as well as magnets, hats, towels, but only a ship fridge magnet and model has the image of the ship. The photo gallery is a large area where you can view the photos taken of you and your party and have them printed or put on a removable device such as a thumb drive or DVD. Ther is also a tech area with the latest midrange of digital SLR cameras, point and shoot cameras, and 360-degree cameras. they also have digital video recorders and binoculars as well as flashcards and mini tripods. All the shops share common areas along walkways and a large centre island which they take it in turns to sell watches, bracelets and the mandatory buy gold chains by the inch. Sometimes it's like running the gauntlet and should you stop to have a look at an item expect an assistant to appear within a blink of an eye. The last area to test your sneaking past skills is the 'Park West Art Gallery' almost 100 yards to test your skill at looking at the art pieces while walking and trying not to attract the attention of the gallery's assistants; it's harder than you think. The Casino covers nearly 70% of deck 7 with a few bars scattered around included one of our favourites the SkyLine bar, which also has a tea, coffee and snacks area hidden to one side of the large LCD screen. There are hundreds of slot machines in the casino and in the corridors and bar area, as well as all the usual types of card tables, roulette table and Craps table. If the tables are quite they will give you lessons on how to play. My favourite thing about the casino is that there is an enclosed smoking area where smokers can puff away to their heart's content and it won't annoy the rest of us. Spa and thermal area. The Mandara Spa area is on deck 16 Aft offers all the latest offerings from the world of the Spa. The Spa is the quickest way to lose a few $100 other than the Casino and then get high priced creams and lotions pushed which ruins the whole relaxing effect of the treatment. What I do love is the Thermal Area and I do pay for the cruise long pass which limits the number of people in the area to 120 per cruise. There are steam rooms, dry heat rooms and Aroma steam rooms, there's a salt therapy room which is also called Halotherapy, it helps alleviate respiratory problems, skin ailments, and to strengthen the immune system. An Ice and Snow room which works in conjunction with the heat treatment rooms and helps the circulation, but either wear some type of footwear or like I do place a towel on the floor to protect your feet, be prepared to have the fight to get the towel off the floor. The whirlpool tub and the Hydrotherapy pool is a large area it warms up the body and relaxes the muscles with different water jets to massage all parts of the body. Go-Carting and Lasser Tag. As the advert states its the largest race track at sea, but since the only other one is on the Norwegian Joy it's not much to boast about, but it is great fun. You do about 8 laps of the two-level track there's not much chance to overtake but they do move quite quickly. If you want to enhance the excitement then try it at night the race track really comes to life, and there's also fewer racers. As you can see the go-carts are large and with a safety bumper all around, there is also a two-driver option, so if you want to take your child with you then this is an option. The Lasser Tag is an adventure and a chance to have a laser battle with your friends or family against another team. The objective is to shoot the gun your opponent has and that will make him/her have to go back to the respawn area and recharge the weapon. The course is designed to look like an alien spaceship with life pods and command areas, add the trance music playing in the background it results in some great fun. The problem it depends on how you look at it before we joined the ship at Southampton there was no mention of cover charges for the above activities, yes it's only $7 and $5 respectfully but they have swapped the ropes course, crazy golf and bowls (which were free to use) and replaced them with an entertainment with a charge, I feel sorry for any family with children who want to have a go a few times per cruise. A solution is if they want to charge then why not give everyone onboard one or two free goes and then charge for any extra races or laser tag but that is only my opinion. Norwegian Bliss is a stunning ship with large panoramic 2 story views in the Observation lounge perfect for cruising Alaska or the Caribbean. Various artworks around the decks fit perfectly into the overall theme of the ship. The main wall into the Ocean Blue restaurant is a vast wall of white a light blue shades, quite stunning. The most striking piece of art is the 3 deck high LED light which changes colour throughout the day, with the glass backlight staircase working its way around the light makes this a stunning area, and a must for a photo opportunity. This ship is brimming with tech which by now all the little gremlins will have been worked out, with touch screen help or the Norwegian smartphone app to the smart TV in the stateroom, all the way to the use of large LCD screens to show shows in the atrium to making effects in the theatre. A big change is the smoking policy and areas, they are discreetly placed throughout the ship and if you weren't looking for them you would notice or smell them. Normally the worst area for non-smokers is the Casino but no more there is a separate area for smokers to play their favourite game of chance without having us moaning around them. As always a ship even as majestic as this one it is still a big chunk of steel without the crew members giving her her soul and personality. from all the ones you will never see below decks making the ship run smoothly to the forever ingrained voice of 'Washy Washy Happy Happy' in the Garden Cafe. This crew not only worked hard and as I suspect understaffed because of the number of guests, to make our voyage very smooth and extremely enjoyable cruise; our thanks can't be large enough to every one of them. A big thank you to all the Crew, some of the Garden Cafe working to keep us happy, Now would I cruise on the Bliss again its got to be 'no' why; she's a stunning ship with great crew and shows, but she was not 50% full and there were problems getting seating in certain areas such as the Atrium and the Cavern Club, on a rainy day the inside space would be nonexistent. A lot of space has been lost because the lifeboats have been moved 4 meters (13 feet) on either side, and there is a lack of natural light coming from the sides of the ship due to the bars and restaurants having the Al Fresco dining; but I might need to sample her on a wonderful Caribbean Cruise, one day. Photos taken on the Norwegian Bliss - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbCHEP7 Read Less
Sail Date April 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 4.1
Value For Money 3.5 3.5

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