Sail Date: March 2019
The ship was gorgeous. The Pro's Many things to love here. The food was phenomenal. And I loved the fact that most of it was casual, without the sometimes rigid seating arrangements and times I heard some cruise lines use. I ... Read More
The ship was gorgeous. The Pro's Many things to love here. The food was phenomenal. And I loved the fact that most of it was casual, without the sometimes rigid seating arrangements and times I heard some cruise lines use. I was able to eat about anytime I cared to in the complimentary dining fares. The specialty dining was by reservation which I understood. All of which I thought were first class. All the crew members in every aspect went out of their way to help and to serve. With that, I was extremely impressed and appreciative. Being disabled and on a scooter,they were prepared to make things as easy and uneventful as I thought were possible. Well done by the crew. The pool areas, the decks were pristinely maintained and entertainment was provided in which I enjoyed. There were shops on board, that were a bit upscale for my finances, but nice never the less. There was also an art exhibit with art that could be purchased. The Cons Being disabled and in a scooter was extremely challenging on accasions. Cabin area corridors were extremely narrow and at times difficult to navigate. Elevators were extremely difficult for myself and my scooter, as the elevator doors would attempt to close much too rapidly as I was attempted to embark and disembark. The cabin itself, although set up for a handicapped person, with wider doorways for wheelchairs and such, were still extremely difficult for navigation. However, I did manage. To me, the cost was the biggest problem on the con list. And unfortunately a huge consideration. Yes being disabled on a cruise ship can definately be a challenge, no doubt. But I travel alone, and when you travel alone, unfortunately you are subject to what I call up charges. What they are unrelated to how they list the prices, (per person) when you travel alone, you must pay subsidie charges, I suppose to make up for wht the cruise line ould have made if another person s traveling with you. So the bottom line is you I'll always pay more on line to wht couple would pay and you seem to get less. A huge negative in the con column for me as to whether I will be a returning customer. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Everything was very good. This was our first cruise with Norwegian and will do it again. The cabin Steward Ryan was very good. The entertainment was great. This was the best buffet we have had on any of our cruises. The evening meals in ... Read More
Everything was very good. This was our first cruise with Norwegian and will do it again. The cabin Steward Ryan was very good. The entertainment was great. This was the best buffet we have had on any of our cruises. The evening meals in the dinning rooms were not that great. The room was a little dark. The steak we ordered was tough. Was disappointed with Tortola but the other excursions were very good. The unlimited drink special was a great deal.The embarkation was good but the disembarkation had some confusion with instructions given by the crew members. Will sail again with Norwegian. The shows in the Atrium were very good for the most part. The I Havana and Jersey Boys were very good. The transfers to and from the airport went very smooth. This was our first cruise with Norwegian and will definitely cruise again with them. Can’t wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We were 1st time cruisers, we were invited to join some of our neighbors. So happy we did this ship is amazing, the crew wonderful, shows excellent, food fabalous. From check in to embarkation they are so organized. The only issues I saw ... Read More
We were 1st time cruisers, we were invited to join some of our neighbors. So happy we did this ship is amazing, the crew wonderful, shows excellent, food fabalous. From check in to embarkation they are so organized. The only issues I saw was the adult pool was way over crowded with people sitting on the side and lack of deck chairs after 10am! and spent alot of time waiting for elevators. The ports of call were ok, the trip we took was well organized to Magens Bay, St Thomas. The Jersery Boys was wonderful as was the show Havana. The crew was always so happy, friendly & helpful, it was hard to come back to reality! The food! what can we say if you went hungry it was your own fault! Selection great, desserts were amazing.1 It was truly Bliss on the Bliss. We are hooked! We will be back Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I cruised NCL last year on the Breakaway. The only thing I missed about the Breakaway was the Brazilian restaurant. Besides that - everything about the Bliss was better. I was never far away from food or a bar. I'm a non-smoker ... Read More
I cruised NCL last year on the Breakaway. The only thing I missed about the Breakaway was the Brazilian restaurant. Besides that - everything about the Bliss was better. I was never far away from food or a bar. I'm a non-smoker and Bliss was a very pleasant surprise! Breakaway allowed smoking in almost every area and was always inundated with smoke - NOT SO on the Bliss! We were able to avoid the smokers all together (they were camped at the bar on the back of the ship and in a very closed off area in the casino); in this way - Bliss was very much a blessing! I had the drink package - something I wouldn't recommend for everyone - but it was worth it for me (it was included in our package). It was nice to just get drinks anytime / every time I wanted them without having to look at the price tag. Seriously over 3 dollars every time I wanted a soda?? The food started to be repetitive towards the end. The buffet started and ended with Prime Rib! Cagney's for specialty dining was an excellent choice! Get your reservations in early, before you even cruise! Restaurants and times we wanted were booked up - and that was two weeks before we even got on the ship. The two times we tried the included restaurants (Taste and Manhattan Room) we were mostly disappointed. The food was just above buffet grade with less variety. I think the service was quite a bit better than last year, I never saw our room steward - and that is a great thing! The room was always in great shape, clean and ready for us. I might have snagged a few extra towels from an unattended cart now and again - but even those were very clean, large and soft. If you order the water before hand - order the 12 bottle package max - I made the mistake of ordering the 24 bottle package and that was just too much. The 15th level of the front of the ship was an observation lounge - that was one of the great highlights of the trip. It had comfy / quiet places to sit, had it's own bar and food items (borrowed from the buffet). There was no ice cream in the observation lounge, but the buffet was right up stairs and no issues taking food from the buffet down one level. This is a great place to play some cards, Phase 10 or even Yahtzee (we rolled the dice on a cloth napkin to lessen the noise). All in, it was a great trip. I would have been able to spend another week aboard with no problems what so ever, regardless the destination. It was so easy getting on and off - my mother is confined to a wheel chair - we took advantage of that getting on and off the ship. I would like to try Royal - something on the Oasis class next. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Took NCL Bliss from Miami to British and US Virgin Islands then to Nassau. No where I wanted to really go but heard it was all about the new ship. We found the cabins lovely, especially the comfortable bed and large shower. The ship is ... Read More
Took NCL Bliss from Miami to British and US Virgin Islands then to Nassau. No where I wanted to really go but heard it was all about the new ship. We found the cabins lovely, especially the comfortable bed and large shower. The ship is designed for Alaska, not a Caribbean cruise. Thr pool area is way too small for the size of the ship and the chairs are uncomfortable and tightly packed. The regular restaurants were average at best. Service was poor. Attention to detail non existent. Most of the specialty restaurants except the Italian one were much better.....the French and Seafood ones were excellent and worth the $$$. Drinks on the ship were poorly made and very inconsistent. They can't make an old fashioned as many tries as I gave them! Shows varied -- Jersey Boys was very good, Havana was weak as was the comedian we saw. Loved the enclosed observation deck when weather turned bad but for most of trip it was a waste...unless you're in Alaska! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife & I have just finished our very first cruise with NCL. We actually chose this cruise because swapping some unused Timeshare credits for a balcony cabin on a brand new ship that was sailing to the Eastern Caribbean in January, ... Read More
My wife & I have just finished our very first cruise with NCL. We actually chose this cruise because swapping some unused Timeshare credits for a balcony cabin on a brand new ship that was sailing to the Eastern Caribbean in January, seemed like a wonderful idea. Firstly, the boarding procedure at Miami was smooth & seamless. We had spent a few days at Pompano Beach close to Fort Lauderdale prior to the cruise and had rented a car from Enterprise. When we returned the car, we were delighted to find that Enterprise (also National & Alamo) provide a free shuttle bus from MIA to the cruise port - what a bonus. We went straight into check in from the bus and onto the ship. Our first impression of the ship was it was very busy & noisy (entering through the casino did not help alleviate this impression). After a short walk around and a trip to the buffet, it was announced that all cabins were ready for occupation. Our cabin (10268) was a standard mid-ship balcony cabin. First impressions were that it was very nice and by the end of the cruise we could find no real complaints. The bathroom was functional and the shower was excellent. We drank the water from the faucet every day and our cabin stewart (Bart) was pleasant, friendly and efficient. We are simple people to please and our request for a bucket of ice (twice a day) was fulfilled to perfection. After settling in we began a quick tour of the ship. The Bliss is a very beautiful ship with wonderful artwork. The room hallways have a relaxing ambiance about them whilst the common areas of the ship are tastefully decorated. I preferred this to the new HAL Koningsdam on which we sailed twice last year. Included in our trip was the Ultimate Beverage Package and the No Service Charge Package. As non-drinkers the UBP was wasted on us. We later found out that NCL are including the UBP with almost every cruise they sell - and it showed. A large proportion of our fellow cruisers seemed to be in a constant state of merriment or intoxication. This was most evident around the pool area where blasting loud music was ongoing from after breakfast until dusk. If you are thinking of cruising on this ship and want a quiet, peaceful cruise, then look elsewhere. Having cruised with Carnival previously on 2 occasions, the Carnival cruises were like a Sunday School outing compared to this. If you like loud Hip-Hop or Rap music, then this is the cruise for you. If you want a quiet dip in a pool or hot tub then forget the NCL Bliss. The main pool is 6' 8" deep all around. It was a salt water pool with nowhere to stand up which meant having to tread water or hold on to the side when not swimming. Despite the Caribbean sunshine, the pool was not that warm. Also you will be lucky to find a space around the pool as loungers seemed to be reserved with towels and personal belongings from the moment it opened. Although we didn't try the water slides, we heard a few people telling others that they had become stuck in the slides and had to be rescued. The kiddie pool was reasonably busy and seemed colder than the main pool. Without purchasing a Haven Package, you are limited to this one area for a cool swim. There are other areas for hot tubs (Spice H2o) but they were ALWAYS crowded as well. Having just mentioned the Haven Package, we did bid $450 per person for the Haven upgrade. Our bid was unsuccessful. In the unlikely event that we ever cruised NCL again, I would make certain that we cruised in a Haven cabin. Because of the enormous amount of space assigned to Haven guests (and the location of that space), I actually felt like a 2nd class citizen on this ship. Good forward viewing locations are extremely limited on the Bliss. The Haven has its own pool area (which couldn't possibly have been as busy as the main pool), its own main dining room etc. Dining on the Bliss was inconsistent. We ate twice in the Manhatten dining room. The first time we had a quiet corner location and the second we were right in the middle amongst young families. The rest of the time we ate in either Savor or Taste. We loved this concept of dining. Eating here was more of an elegant dining experience as opposed to cafeteria style. The food was better than I had been led to believe and some dishes were excellent. The soups were often lacking taste and I would recommend avoiding them. Salads and other appetizers were quite good. Main courses varied from excellent to just OK. A weakness with Taste and Savor is that the luncheon menu did not vary for the whole week. The Garden Buffet was spotlessly clean and served typical buffet fayre. Two exceptions were the brisket and suckling pork meats which were to die for. Both were knockout. Desserts are my wife's favorite part of meals and she was disappointed by them. We did not try any specialty restaurants (we never do as the MDR food is usually good enough for us) but other cruisers we talked with said that the specialty restaurants were either great or poor. Entertainment on the Bliss was again inconsistent. Many seemed to enjoy the game show style of entertainment found in the Atrium area but for us the highlight of the entertainment was the Broadway version of the hit musical "Jersey Boys". We had pre-reserved spaces for the first performance on Wednesday evening. Even with a guaranteed spot, we wanted a good seat (which is on a first come basis) so we began lining up about 45 minutes before the show started. We selected seats about 7 rows in the middle from the stage. Talk about lucking out. "Frankie Valli" was looking and singing directly to us. We enjoyed the show so much that we waited in the standby line the next night and again got great seats off to the side. Both shows were full. This, however is another problem on the Bliss. You really need to pre-book entertainment as soon as you can. Friends told us that they couldn't get slots to ride the Go-Carts and their grandkids were bitterly disappointed. The other entertainment that was outstanding was the Beatles tribute band. We saw them once in a small and very crowded Cavern Club and again on the main stage on Friday night. Other venues were a little bigger than the Cavern but would still get crowded. The Country band, the comedians and the two other bands were alright. We, personally, did not enjoy the musical "Havanna" although it was well produced with good scenery, sound and lighting. We were first time visitors to the three ports of call on this cruise (St. Thomas, Tortola & Nassau). Overall, I was disappointed. Tortola was a giant building site following a devastating hit by the hurricane. The other two were a constant badgering by vendors. Personally not our cup of tea. Finally the complaint that seemed to irritate people the most - the elevators. There is a back bank of 8, and a front bank of 8. Both have 4 elevators either side of the hallway. You have to press the call buttons on both sides to get both sides of elevators to work. Finally when an elevator arrives you find yourself stopping at multiple floors because all the call buttons have been pressed. Then, at busy times, you get into elevators going in the wrong direction, because it is quicker to go down when you want to go up because elevators often arrive full to the brim. Even though the Bliss is a beautiful ship, we felt that it is way too crowded with very few opportunities to escape the hoards and find a quiet place. NCL seem to have a dedicated group of followers but, for us, this cruise was the first with NCL and will probably be the last. Next up is a Transatlantic on the Celebrity Silhouette in April. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
New ship, always like to sail the new NCL ships. This one is going to be a winner for Alaska with the beautiful Observation Lounge. The color scheme on this ship is very appealing and soothing to us. We enjoyed the mornings, afternoons, ... Read More
New ship, always like to sail the new NCL ships. This one is going to be a winner for Alaska with the beautiful Observation Lounge. The color scheme on this ship is very appealing and soothing to us. We enjoyed the mornings, afternoons, and some evenings on that lounge. We also enjoyed the continental breakfast and light lunches each day. We had a spa balcony, whereas we usually do a spa mini-suite, but they were sold out early on, and we enjoyed the spa experience every day. The ship has the usual features we like about NCL with the various specialty dining choices. There are two excellent bars on board in our opinion. Sugarcane, with the ever-funny and top-notch bartender, Bong. The other is the Observation Lounge bar. Every bartender there is very interactive with passengers, sharing beverage tips and stories. As with all of our NCL cruises, it is really important to pre-book both entertainment and specialty dining. We never had a glitch the entire week. Overally, embarkation/disembarkation was smooth and fast. Although we have read some negatives about the food and service, we never had any issues with any of it. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
We were on the Bliss from 1/19-1/26, 2019. There were 6 of us and we had a wonderful time. Great balcony cabin with a roomy bathroom and plenty of room in the shower without that nasty shower curtain that some cruise ships still have. 2 ... Read More
We were on the Bliss from 1/19-1/26, 2019. There were 6 of us and we had a wonderful time. Great balcony cabin with a roomy bathroom and plenty of room in the shower without that nasty shower curtain that some cruise ships still have. 2 Headlining Comedians that kept us laughing. Clint Jackson was a nice "clean" comic. He was my favorite. Ivan ? was funny, too. Great cruise director "Dan Dan" is the man. The food was awesome and so much better than some of the upscale ships. No matter where we ate, in the regular dining room, buffet or specialty, the food was awesome. Savor's breakfasts take wayyyyy too long, however. They need to work out the kinks on that. Love The Local's eats. Yummy. But, why do the cruise lines "nickel and dime you to death"? I long for the old days of cruising. Cagney's cost so much we couldn't even think about going. Ridiculous. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I did a back-to-back cruise on the Norwegian Bliss. (Jan 5 thru Jan 19). The ship is absolutely beautiful. The Observation Lounge on the 15th floor is magnificent. It's not well advertised and many thought it was off-limits which ... Read More
I did a back-to-back cruise on the Norwegian Bliss. (Jan 5 thru Jan 19). The ship is absolutely beautiful. The Observation Lounge on the 15th floor is magnificent. It's not well advertised and many thought it was off-limits which was great for those of us who frequented the area. The food in the Manhattan Room, Taste, and Savor was very good. I am not a buffet person and did not even venture there during the 14 days. Entertainment was sub-optimal. They featured Jersey Boys and Havana. Jersey Boys was better than Havana but I like flashier shows. The comedians, Allison Weber, Flip Schultz and Jim McDonald were very good. Beatlemania was absolutely superb but space was very limited in The Cavern. The show in the theater was on the last night. The entertainment was limited. There were no magic shows. I've seen the show Elements on the other Norwegian ships which was breathtaking but nothing like this on the Bliss. The biggest disappointment with both the entertainment and specialty dining was the reservations. The shows were filled on the first evening of the cruise. I kept this in mind for the 2nd cruise and as soon as I returned on the ship I made reservations. I'm not sure why there has to be reservations for the Bliss theater productions. Many people make reservations for the shows but then don't go. There is always a "standby" line which gives that NY Broadway appearance but everyone gets in. Get rid of the reservations for entertainment and make it first-come-first-served venue. Even with reservations, people started to line up an hour before the shows which was just crazy. Restrooms were at a premium. For a brand new latest state of the art ships, there seemed to have been no planning for restrooms. There were 2 sets of restrooms on floors 6,7,8 on the far ends and 1 additional on Deck 6. There were none near the Atrium or the Casino where there were lots of folks gathered. The Casino had a huge room for smokers but the smoke poured out of the area into the other areas. Smoking areas were limited so you did see massive amounts of smokers using the casino to smoke in. This was an improvement over the other ships but I still think smoking within the ship should be excluded. The smoking area had a different variety of slot machines that were not available in the non-smoking areas. The sun deck area was overcrowded and not enough lounge chairs. The race car area took away a huge amount of prime sun deck space. Service was outstanding from all the staff. There seemed to have been a shortage of staff in many areas. The staff that were there are greatly overworked and not given much time to rest and sleep. I'm not sure why cruise ships treat their staff so poorly. I can't say enough about the outstanding job these men and women do. I'm glad I took the cruise on the Bliss but I won't be back. I'll stick to the EPIC or Breakaway or Getaway. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose Norwegian over the other cruise lines because of the "Free-Style" dining concept. You can eat, drink and party anytime you want. We went to Hawaii on the Pride of America and it was spectacular. This trip we were on the ... Read More
We chose Norwegian over the other cruise lines because of the "Free-Style" dining concept. You can eat, drink and party anytime you want. We went to Hawaii on the Pride of America and it was spectacular. This trip we were on the Bliss. Brand new. Gargantuan. We always get a balcony and love it. The entertainment always keeps you on the move. Plenty to choose from. Also, the poolside activities are hilarious. We embarked and went to the Sugarcane Mojito Bar. Bob, the "Chocolate Cowboy" made us feel welcome and part of the entire ship family immediately. The experiences just kept going. The main dining rooms were always ready to serve. Never had to wait and never ran out of selections. We never ran across a single negative employee. They always stopped what they were doing to help you if you needed it. They also knew when to leave you alone. Two things that weren't up to our standards were the shore excursions and the final port. We went snorkeling in St. Thomas. It was OK but it didn't hold a candle to the snorkeling in Hawaii. We also went to Balmoral Island beach break. Save your money. We had to walk a long way to a pier through so many vendors and taxi drivers. You can keep Nassau. It seemed dirty and the vendors were unfriendly, rude and seemed like they expected you to spend a lot of money. Our agent said: "Stay on the ship" and she was right. St. Thomas and Tortola were pretty cool. The other down side to our experience was the smoking. Our neighbor, on the first night tried to have a smoke. As soon as he lite it I could smell it. We brought it to the attention of guest services who very promptly addressed the issue. But we were helpless. There were others even though they have a special section for smokers. I only hope Norwegian ( or any other cruise line) comes up with a "non-smokers" cruise. I'll be the first to sign up. Would we go again? ABSOLUTLY!! 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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