Sail Date: March 2019
Overall, it was a great cruise! Embarkation went smoothly, just a little confusing initially with Bliss using two terminals. A huge perk was being expedited through security! A half hour from parking the car to stepping onboard! Our ... Read More
Overall, it was a great cruise! Embarkation went smoothly, just a little confusing initially with Bliss using two terminals. A huge perk was being expedited through security! A half hour from parking the car to stepping onboard! Our cabin was available just short of 1pm and our luggage was in the cabin at 3:30!!! The dining was incredible! Cagney's was excellent, as usual. Service was incredibly fast, we had our food about 15 minutes after we sat down! Los Lobos was very good. Guacamole was handmade at your table and served with spiced chips that added just the right punch to the guac! A little pricey for the servings, but not horribly. What to say about Teppanyaki? That is the most consistent restaurant I’ve ever visited. The food is always excellent and the chefs very friendly and entertaining. Q was the one that really shone for me! The service was amazing, the portions were big, and the food was awesome! I had the platter, the sausage and brisket were really good, but the ribs and chicken were the highlight! Just enough sauce to tastes great and not have run down to my elbows! The entertainment was pretty flat for me. Jersey Boys and Havana just didn’t grab me. The music and singing were fantastic, but there were more, non-musical elements, that dragged them out. Happy Hour Prohibition was WOW! It was in the Social Club, so a significantly more intimate location that made the interactive parts of the show way more fun. Five drinks were included and they were mixed strong! The girls were amazing! Great voices and it looked like they were having a blast performing, especially when they messed with members of the audience! It is adult only, and if you are easily offended by sexual innuendo you may want to pass. We went to one theme party, Caliente, and were really disappointed with it. It’s billed as “...featuring pop/Latin music.” It didn’t. It was just electronic rave music. Basically, Glow Party with a new name. The usual game shows were there, the dance contest and the Not so Newlywed game are always hysterical!! There weren’t as many dance classes as the other NCL ships we’ve been on. Three on a 7-day cruise. We were 50/50 with the excursions. The Champagne Snorkel and Cruise in St Thomas was fantastic! We were on the catamaran The Dancing Dolphin. The cat was very clean and well maintained and the crew was incredible!! Captain Val, Hope, and Brandon were very professional and super friendly! They kept everything upbeat and made sure the rum punch and champagne flowed on the way back! We also made a quick run up to Paradise Point on the Sky Ride. $21 but the view is amazing!! Check it out on Google images!! The second excursion was a cruise over to Virgin Gorda and the Baths. It’s a snorkel in and out so, if you can’t swim, look at another way to visit. If you’ve never been to the Baths, it’s a pretty neat thing to see. CRAZY crowded, but neat. Our crew on this one didn’t inspire confidence in us. The two deck hands didn’t really seem to know what they were doing. When we left Virgin Gorda, one of them didn’t finish untying us from the anchor point so they snapped a rope, the Captain was so involved with that, he almost hit another boat. He stopped the boat after some of us started yelling for him to stop. We didn’t get off the ship at Nassau, but the majority of the passengers did. The hot tubs, pools, go-kart track, and ocean loops were pretty much empty. The go-karts were fun, very, very busy usually. The Ocean Loops water slide was a blast! One really cool memory is Wyland, the artist who designed the hull art for the Bliss, was on board. He did two paintings/watercolors at 678 Ocean Place (the atrium) every day. He’s a really nice guy and appears to really like interacting with his fans! He was always talking to us, he’d take photos with us holding his just finished painting, and just really cool. He usually had to be dragged out by his rep. I would definitely do this cruise again! The crew was incredible! We’ve always had great crews, but this one just took it a step further! The Cruise Director and his assistant (Silas and Alex) were everywhere and always full of energy. I had the biggest smile watching Silas dance with a little girl, about 8 or so, in Spice H2O! He made that little one’s night! Our concierge and butler were on our cruise 18 months ago on the Epic and they remembered us! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
The Bliss lived up to all the hype. It was Eastern Caribbean to St Thomas, Tortola, and Bahamas. Embarking was the only disappointment. We boarded right at noon and went to sign up for the Race Track and some comedy shows. The first ... Read More
The Bliss lived up to all the hype. It was Eastern Caribbean to St Thomas, Tortola, and Bahamas. Embarking was the only disappointment. We boarded right at noon and went to sign up for the Race Track and some comedy shows. The first slot for the Race Track we could book was Thursday at 5PM. I think NCL should take a lesson from Disney and adopt some type of fast pass system. We did book Jersey Boys and Havana before boarding, and we were able to book a comedy show. Our room was an Aft Balcony. Can't beat the sunsets. Specialty Dining was excellent at Cagney's for Filet, Tepanyaki's for Hibachi Steak and Q for Texas BBQ. The band that played at Q was disappointing. I felt like they were the country band that performed with Belushi in the Blues Brothers Movie. I would have preferred this century Country music, or, even a DJ. Best excursion was Turtle Cove Snorkeling in the Cat VI. We saw quite a few turtles and the crew was excellent pointing out all the islands and telling what fish to look for in the water. Another excursion we went on was Virgin Gorda Baths at Tortola. I enjoyed it, but, the reviews I had read said it was too crowded. They were correct, too many people. 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: March 2019
It’s our 20th Anniversary and we were just going to do a Charleston trip until my husband reminded me we should take a cruise. We had seen ads for Norwegian but had never been on one. We booked Wednesday and left Friday to sail on ... Read More
It’s our 20th Anniversary and we were just going to do a Charleston trip until my husband reminded me we should take a cruise. We had seen ads for Norwegian but had never been on one. We booked Wednesday and left Friday to sail on Saturday. We were a little nervous because we have only sailed with Royal but we were shocked-in the best way! The Bliss is beautiful and gave us the freedom to do as much or as little as we wanted. The food choices were insane and we had the freedom to eat in the Garden buffet style, sit down meals, specialty dinning or room service. The activities on board were so fun and we were like kids again-go carting, water slides, dancing the night away and touring the amazing islands on excursions. The Bliss is the way to travel adults only or with family! We have already booked our next cruise with our teens. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful and made us feel special. The choices are endless and if you can’t find what you are looking for the staff goes the extra mile to make it happen! Our cabin was very roomy and even though the first day was a little crowded there’s so much to do that it was easy to catch an elevator. The shows are straight from Broadway! The only thing we wish was it was longer!! This is a MUST for any cruiser-whether it’s your first or hundredth! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We had friends going on this cruise so we joined them. It was our first cruise. I loved sitting out on the balcony at night you could see so many stars. The food was great. We did have to wait a long time at Cagney's, they gave us ... Read More
We had friends going on this cruise so we joined them. It was our first cruise. I loved sitting out on the balcony at night you could see so many stars. The food was great. We did have to wait a long time at Cagney's, they gave us extra drinks to compensate. There is always something to do on ship. We didn't do some activities we wanted to as we were still at another activity. Warning! Don't have beads in your hair if you want to do the waterslide! LOL Actually the only thing that upset me was the smoking area. On the aft sundeck you are squeezed into a small area when they could have made half the deck smoking. The bar could even be on the non-smoking side. I know there will be backlash to the smoking area, but just asking for a little room to move and not having people squished in like sardines in a can. All said we had a great time! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise to travel with our frequent cruising friends. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were super easy- well done NCL!! We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment- from Jersey Boys to Beatlemania to the personable and ... Read More
We chose this cruise to travel with our frequent cruising friends. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were super easy- well done NCL!! We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment- from Jersey Boys to Beatlemania to the personable and funny Jim Badger in the District Brewhouse. We were happy to eat at several of the specialty dining restaurants- a great option to have some quieter meals away from the hubbub of the buffet options. A definite plus for us was being in a Spa balcony. Having unlimited access to the spa area was a total treat and we’ll always book a spa room from now on!! We visited the casino several times and wished that there were some tables with lower limits so that we could play more- it wouldn’t hurt the casino to have lower limits during the day when there weren’t many people in the casino. The eco hike excursion on St. John was nice- but we would have liked more time to swim. We spent the day we returned in Miami - specifically in South Beach- beautiful area and worth the time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
First time on the Bliss, second cruise with Norwegian. To be brief, the cruise was absolutely fantastic. Let's start from the beginning: EMBARKATION: Entered the terminal at 11:05, had a drink in my hand on the ship in The Local ... Read More
First time on the Bliss, second cruise with Norwegian. To be brief, the cruise was absolutely fantastic. Let's start from the beginning: EMBARKATION: Entered the terminal at 11:05, had a drink in my hand on the ship in The Local by 11:35. Compared to the Port of Tampa, which is a nightmare, this could not have been any easier. FOOD: You should never have to eat any place but the Garden Cafe for high quality, diverse food. Of course, specialty restaurants are fantastic, (we at a La Cucina which was phenonmenal), as well as the other complimentary restaurants at least once. Magaritaville was OK, but convenient to the pool deck. However, the Garden Cafe was all we needed. OBSERVATION DECK (Deck 15): One of the most chill places to go for any travel. Pick up a light lunch or dinner, some adult beverages, and sit with a 180 degree view for as long as you like. ENTERTAINMENT: Jersey Boys was amazing! Havana! was good, but would not have been upset if we had not experienced it. Beatlemania in The Cavern is my one minor complaint. The act was fantastic (both nights), but the venue was challenging. We understood the reason to have The Cavern is to showcase this act. However, the crowds shoehorning into the area was frustrating. The ship should either (1) restrict the number of seats in the venue, or (2) ticket it. The people who just decided to stand in front of you, or bring chairs in from the waterfront and make their own seating caused some frustration for several of us who were in legit seating places. POOL DECK: The other minor complaint, which is common for any ship, is the "reserving" of deck chairs. Literally unused chairs for hours at a time, when it was clearly being displayed on the big screen that if left an hour towels would be removed. BARS/LOUNGES: Sugarcane Mojito Bar is a GREAT bar/lounge. The Waterfront bars all were excellent, not to mention the view. Staff were outstanding at not only the lounges but also all restaurants. EXCURSIONS: Tortola and St. Thomas island tours were excellent mainly due to the drivers we had that took the time to explain history and other fun facts. Magan's Bay and Cane Garden Bay were gorgeous and wish we had more time there. DISEMBARKMENT: Just a easy as getting on, with a ride to FLL Airport cheaper than a taxi ride. All in all, we are Norwegian fans AGAIN and will encourage any of our friends to book a cruise with this line, and especially this class of ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We have cruised the Escape the last three years, and sailed Bliss this time around. We sail with two great friends we met on the Escape three years ago, and now make our February cruise a must do event with them every year. Loved the ... Read More
We have cruised the Escape the last three years, and sailed Bliss this time around. We sail with two great friends we met on the Escape three years ago, and now make our February cruise a must do event with them every year. Loved the ship, had great service. Ate at Ocean Blue, Cagneys, Margaritaville, the Local, Food Republic, Los Lobos , Q, and Teppenyaki. Had dinner one night in Manhattan. All meals were great, service fantastic. The cheesecake at Ocean Blue was everyone's favorite dessert, and I personally loved every part of my meal at Q, including the banana pudding and smoked peach margarita. Did not do race track or laser tag, just not our bag. But we did see the Beatles (Early Years and Abbey Road shows) in the Cavern Club. Get there at least 45 minutes early for a seat, but worth it. Jersey Boys was great, but we have seen it three times previously, so it was cool seeing it at sea. Pool deck is rough with chair holding and loud groups and crowds. Drank our faces off with the UBP. Love Sugarcane Mojito bar, but struggled to get a drink there; the bars popularity has grown, and many people getting drinks are slow to order. I was frustrated, but Bong recognized us from previous cruises and would take care of us as quickly as he could. One thing that I truly dislike is these bar crawls; I certainly hope that people realize that requesting 30, 40 drinks at a time impacts others around them. Especially mojitos!. Ok, enough being a grouch! Cabin was awesome, we stay in the same cabin every year (12304). It is the last balcony before the aft cabins, and has a long extended balcony. Enough room for two chairs, lounger, two tables. This was our only disappointment this cruise; our room steward could not meet our schedule needs. We leave the cabin by 8 am every day, return at 5 PM, leave for dinner at 8:45 PM, return after midnight. He openly complained to us that he didn't have time to turn down our room because he had "too many rooms to take care of". We usually tip our room steward $75 for the week. This guy got $20. Three nights room was not cleaned. Found a great couple from New York on Cruise Critic, we rented a private charter to White Bay and Jost Van Dyke while in Tortola. Outstanding trip...rain to start off, turned into a spectacular day with sun and warmth. Soggy Dollar Bar is so worth the cost of the excursion ($320 per couple which included tip, trip, and beer and water onboard,). New friends were fun and good people! We liked the Observation Lounge, but never utilized it. We're out in the sun all day. Went to the decades party and danced, the Assistant CD did a great job. Lots of teens whose parents were providing beers for them. Typical teen drama made for great people watching!. Just kids being kids, and we truly had very few issues with kids or teens other than the occasional bump as they ran down a hallway or corridor in packs. Both embarkation and disembarkation were awesome. On boat by 11:30, off boat by 7:50 am. Smooth and effortless. Already booked for Encore February 2020. Great job NCL, as always. Love the product, value, service, and experience we get on this lines cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our fourth Norwegian cruise in 3 years. We had enjoyed many of the new ships, and were looking forward to another one. Unfortunately the public areas felt cramped, and the customer service was lacking, as they were frankly worn ... Read More
This was our fourth Norwegian cruise in 3 years. We had enjoyed many of the new ships, and were looking forward to another one. Unfortunately the public areas felt cramped, and the customer service was lacking, as they were frankly worn out from the amount of people waiting. We brought along my wife's parents as well, who are seasoned cruisers, and throughout the entire cruise (even though a cruise is great no matter what), everything felt a bit lacking. We have sailed on the Escape twice and the Getaway, and this cruise on the Bliss felt very different. Had a great meal at Teppanyki, a good meal at Cagney's and a sub par meal at Los Lobos (really felt below the standards of 'Specialty Dining') Had a bad experience in The Local, and even though I submitted a comment card, I heard nothing back. Overall - this cruise, we (my DW and I) felt more like a number than ever before. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our second cruise on the Bliss in just over six months, and the ship itself is still gorgeous. The staff was excellent, as always, and the room was comfy. It's just a few nit-picks that drop the cruise from excellent to very ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Bliss in just over six months, and the ship itself is still gorgeous. The staff was excellent, as always, and the room was comfy. It's just a few nit-picks that drop the cruise from excellent to very good. Some have nothing to do with the ship, they are actually about Norwegian itself, but it reflects on the ship. First, the cruise fares are through the roof. This is going to put everyone's expectations higher, so it is easier to fail. Secondly, Norwegian changed the UBP just before we sailed, and moved one of our friend's drinks of choice into the excluded range. So, while it didn't directly affect me, I heard about one of our friends potentially having to pay $4 per drink while on a all-included drinks plan and I had to think "What else are they going to change before we sail?" A company should not cause angst in customers paying to relax. On to the ship - we had a mini suite with an extended balcony (cabin 8726), and most of the extended size went to the balcony itself. Compared to the handicap balcony we had last time, this room was cramped. There was storage but no drawers, which was strange. There is plenty of suitcase storage under the bed. The bathroom was large and I liked the shower. The balcony is large, but it is narrow and long, so it is like looking down a tunnel to the sea. It does have room for a table and chairs and two loungers. The way the ship is shaped, most of the balcony is open to the decks above, so if you look up, you will see people looking down at you. Wave. Dining was good - we had the dining package for three nights and two Platinum Plus dinners, so we were pretty much covered for the week. We had dinner at Cagney's twice, Teppenyaki, Le Bistro, Los Lobos and Q. Cagney's and Le Bistro are still my favorites and are consistent. Teppenyaki is fun and the food is good - plus they will make combinations for you that aren't on the menu. Los Lobos is pretty decent Tex-Mex food. Q is decent but the portion sizes are small for the prices and very small if you are going to call yourself "Texas BBQ." I don't know of another place that cuts the meat off the bone on beef ribs. The beef ribs were decent but the portions were tiny. We enjoyed Food Republic once but it was never open again while we were ready to eat. The hours are very limited which is strange for a venue that takes up that much space and has a dedicated (it seems) staff. We had lunch at Margaritaville twice. I can't stand the pricing options but the food is good. The burgers are really tasty and the nachos are good, but the idea of each person getting an appetizer, a main and a dessert at a bar makes no sense. My wife got the nachos as an appetizer and couldn't finish her meal. I don't understand why it is not just ala carte. Their hours are limited, as well. This was the "mega ship" Eastern itinerary - St Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. We had two sea days out and a sea day in between Tortola and Nassau, so there was plenty of time to explore the ship. St Thomas and Tortola are still recovering from the hurricanes, but are making progress. We did the KonTiki excursion in St Thomas and it was a lot of fun, including a decent amount of time at Honeymoon Beach. We just wandered in Tortola, which was a mix of finding fun shops and depressing from the still-boarded up buildings. We didn't get off the ship in Nassau - and apparently weren't alone. Why don't they go to GSC? Archie was one of the best room stewards we have ever had. He always seemed to appear when we needed something, and every request was handled quickly. My wife needed a egg crate topper for the bed to help with her back, and it was installed quickly. There are no AC outlets near the bed. Each bedside lamp has a USB port but no outlet. If you have a CPAP or other device, bring an extension cord. The outlets are on the wall by the desk on the other side of the room. Embarkation was smooth, and we were onboard rather quickly. We arrived at the port about 11am. Cabins were ready just after 1pm, which is usual. Disembarkation went smoothly, as well. I was not wild about the itinerary, but we wanted to sail the Bliss again, since our first sailing was in Alaska, so we didn't have much ship time. It is a beautiful ship. The Observation Lounge was a great addition - especially for those of us who miss the Spinnaker Lounge on the Jewel-class. However, it is as subject to chair hogs as the pool deck, and people go there to sleep. I have a feeling most of the nappers are the ones who sail inside cabins "because we're never in our room", so they camp out in the lounge. It does give the effect of a high-quality homeless shelter at times. The snacks there are very tasty and the views are excellent, even if someone is sleeping between you and the window. Beware on the photography! The photos taken in the restaurants are now sold separately, they are not part of any photo package. So, when the photographer takes your group photo in Cagney's, it will be printed and presented to you before your meal ends. You can buy it or not - but that's your only chance to purchase it. This seems like a rip-off especially since my wife had pre-purchased a photo package and those weren't included. So, I am beginning to understand the "nickel and dime" refrains from other passengers. I did enjoy the cruise, but a Norwegian cruise is not the value is was a couple of years ago. This is the first ship where I did feel really claustrophobic - when we left Jersey Boys (an excellent show), the mobs of people between the theater and the Local (needs a new menu) were a bit overwhelming. I do think I prefer smaller ships. I would sail the Bliss again for the features I like because they are more than the features I don't like. However, it would have to be a lower price point to make up for the extra charges. 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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