2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our third NCL cruise. We were extremely disappointed in the ship. It is huge and you walk forever. Mind you, if you are young and adventurous this is great, but older seniors need to be aware. The elevators cannot maintain the ... Read More
This was our third NCL cruise. We were extremely disappointed in the ship. It is huge and you walk forever. Mind you, if you are young and adventurous this is great, but older seniors need to be aware. The elevators cannot maintain the 4000 people on board, and people push and shove to get off and on. Unruly children run around all hours of the night, without parental supervision. Parents expect the staff to babysit. Jersey boys was amazing, but the other adult entertainment had a cover charge. Dining package- cover charge at every restaurant in addition Drink package- covers anything under $10, additional tax added when in Seattle port Margaritaville- cover charge to eat there Garden cafe buffet- never had enough seating available. Same food every day for breakfast and lunch Cabin steward- greeted us on arrival and we never saw him again. We had to ask to have our room done about 3 times. Never left ice at night, but always made a "towel animal" Elevators- not enough to handle the amount of people. Mass chaos during safety drill, port excursions, and disembarkation. No handicap accessible elevator for the scooters, wheelchairs, etc. Plenty for the young generation of cruisers to do, however they neglected the seniors. Investigate this. Raise before you sign on, Sometimes "bigger isn't always better"! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Chose this cruise because our last NCL trip was so good. This shop was to big. Getting around was difficult and elevators hard to get on for baby stroller and senior with a walker. People were rude. All of the entertainment was booked ... Read More
Chose this cruise because our last NCL trip was so good. This shop was to big. Getting around was difficult and elevators hard to get on for baby stroller and senior with a walker. People were rude. All of the entertainment was booked up the first day but we feel we paid for something we didn't experience. Kids were very disappointed. And don't waste your money on specialty food package, it was a waste. If you want service you must tip more than the 20% they already add in. Most of the staff was great but people at service desk seemed bothered by questions. Many people didn't want kids on board and it seemed a conflict in some places to have kids. I can also see where the idea of ugly American came from, old white people can't hardly hide their disdain for foreign and minority travelers and I am an old white guy. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
The Bliss is not handicap friendly. If you are on a scooter or in a wheelchair, with no companion traveling with you. It's almost impossible to get into the forward elevators. The busy areas, like the buffet, pool area and ... Read More
The Bliss is not handicap friendly. If you are on a scooter or in a wheelchair, with no companion traveling with you. It's almost impossible to get into the forward elevators. The busy areas, like the buffet, pool area and observation lounge are all above the room decks from mid ship to the front of the ship. Also, below these room are disembarking/embarking at all ports, the atrium and the theater. The elevators seemed to always be packed by the time they get to the room decks. If you are on a scooter or wheelchair. You have to wait through so many elevators to get one that you could fit into. I had to wait as long as a half hour at times. I found kids playing on the elevators, pushing all the buttons, and totally rude people that would crowd past the scooter I was on, leaving me stranded again. The buttons to open sliding doors are mainly in the center of glass doors. On a scooter you can't reach over the front of scooter to reach the button. If you pull up sideways to push them. You can't get backed around fast enough to go through before the door closes again. Smoking casino has no button to push at all. You have to just sit in front of the glass doors and wait for someone to go in or go out, to hold the door open for you. Many of the handicap Restrooms have doors that open outward. When you get close enough to push the button you have to try to backup fast enough so that the door slams into you (which happens often) then you need re-aim your scooter to get in. Hope you don't have to go bad. The exclusive place that rents scooters to NCL, tell you that they will fit in a regular balcony room. Well, it was in the room when I got there, but, I couldn't get past it into the room. The scooter also wouldn't go anywhere but just inside the door. It took 3 crew members to get it out of there. They ended out scraping up the door and the metal door frame in the process. Larger scooters will only go into a handicap room. Almost all big restaurants are at the very back of the ship. I found it easier to get to deck 8 and drive down the outside Waterfront to get to the aft part of ship. As we had a very windy, rainy trip, if wasn't a pleasant ride. This weather caused closing a lot of the activities on top decks which left the rest of the ship very congested and lots of children running around unsupervised. Also, for handicapped people that choose rooms close to elevators. Be aware that the room do not have good sound proofing. The kids are playing and running up and down the stairs and halls till late at night. It will be heard in your room. I would advise that handicap or elderly, go on the smaller NCL ships, like the Jewel or Pearl. I always cruise on NCL and will continue to do so. This was just too much ship for me without a companion that could help me through doors and congested area. Also, in the buffet, you are unable to reach things like glasses and cups for your drinks. Someone missed the boat (ship) when they did the designing for the handicapped on this ship. It is a beautiful ship though. But, I feel it was designed for the younger class of people. Excursions are misleading when they say they have handicap access. Make sure if you can't get out of your wheelchair or walk some, that they have lifts on their shuttles and area inside to park you, etc. Please continue cruising on NCL but maybe a smaller one. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We had loved Alaska on two previous cruises, (NCL Pearl in 2010 and NCL Star in 2004). On this cruise it was cold and rainy so; Everyone stayed inside. Ship was packed at all times. Most people were in the Observation Lounge. You could not ... Read More
We had loved Alaska on two previous cruises, (NCL Pearl in 2010 and NCL Star in 2004). On this cruise it was cold and rainy so; Everyone stayed inside. Ship was packed at all times. Most people were in the Observation Lounge. You could not find seating in The Garden Buffet. We spent a lot of time waiting for an elevator...Only two elevator banks for a ship this size. Could not traverse to the Sawyer Glacier. Did not see much of the beauty that I had witnessed the previous two cruises in Glacier Bay. Disembarkation was incredibly bad...Walked the entire ship three times to get off. NCL doesn't have a clue how to deal with their Elderly Clients that may have severe walking disabilities. Atrium was packed all of the time so you could not stay there. Can they not hold any of the events elsewhere? Jersey Boys sucks...Have seen the Production on other ships and was really disappointed. Walked out of Havana! All in all a very pricey cruise that basically sucked!!! Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
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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