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
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We have traveled internationally, but have never been in a cruise, so we thought we'd try for our 30th anniversary. So happy we did, we had such a great time and will definitely do it again with our adult children next time. I wish ... Read More
We have traveled internationally, but have never been in a cruise, so we thought we'd try for our 30th anniversary. So happy we did, we had such a great time and will definitely do it again with our adult children next time. I wish we could do it again sooner, but gotta save money first. We love Norwegian Bliss, beautiful ship, such friendly and attentive staff. So many fun things to do, great drinks and food. Like I said, we have traveled to so many different places and so far this might just be the best vacation yet for my husband and I. The only thing that I would suggest, please do not associate with Adventure Jeep & Beach excursion in Nassau, Bahamas. The Jeep ride was okay but it was more of a boring routine drive around the town and the public beach they took us was just filthy. There was so much trash on the ground and dog poop in the sand. I wish we could have terminated the excursion right away so we wouldn't waste anymore of our time. When we went to the beach, we just stood there, thinking "Is this for real?" Is this part of our cruise? We are on a Caribbean Island full of beautiful white sand beaches and they brought us here? Thankfully, we had so much fun at sea and our two other excursions were awesome - especially the Dancing Dolphin Catamaran (St. John Champagne Catamaran Excursion). Thank you Norwegian Bliss and Staff for making our 30th Anniversary Celebration awesome and unforgettable! PS. I would like to mention a few names who did such an exceptional job. Thank you Jennelyn Baligad, Joseph Yabes and Delora Ansale. All three are in the food service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
To be fair, the cruise I went on was Christmas/Winter Break Week. But it may be typical for any cruise on that ship during any time the ship is packed with adults and 1,000 kids. Perhaps a not-so-popular week might be better. - My ... Read More
To be fair, the cruise I went on was Christmas/Winter Break Week. But it may be typical for any cruise on that ship during any time the ship is packed with adults and 1,000 kids. Perhaps a not-so-popular week might be better. - My daughter, son-in-law, and 9-year-old grandson paid for my wife and I to go on this cruise with them. Most things were fine. But the problem is that the Bliss tried to cram far too much "extras" (race track and laser tag) when it isn't set up to do those things right. Both venues are outdoor "weather permitting" and you must - must - must - reserve a specific time slot in advance, and there really aren't that many slots available for 4,000+ adult passengers and another 1,000 kids. Also the 700-seat theater was far too small for their "big production" shows (Jersey Boys, Havana) which only had 4 shows each. And the theater was "reserve seating" only.....with a standby line for any no-shows. - Needless to say, those "first on board" could - and many did - "hog" all the "reserve" seating and slots for ALL the shows and ALL the available track and laser tag slots very, very quickly. To my knowledge there was nothing to prevent the first 700 passengers to book up ALL the show seating and nothing to prevent the first 100 - 200 passengers from "hogging" ALL the race track and laser tag slots. And why not? "Weather permitting" means you SHOULD sign up for as many as you can.....and they are FUN.....which means "more than once." Yes, there is a fee for the race track and laser tag.....but its incidental when compared to everything else you pay for. - There was nothing more disappointing than to tell my grandson that he could not do the race track or the laser tag because all - ALL - the slots had already been reserved. - My advice? Avoid any disappointment. Skip the Bliss or any ship that has a "wow" venue that only a minority of the passengers are going to be able to use. The fact is that the race track and the laser tag are outdoor venues that took up deck space that could have (and perhaps should have) been used for more pools, hot tubs, sun decks, lounge chairs, and even a bar or water slide that more passengers could enjoy. - Even if you have absolutely no interest in the race track or laser tag, the deck space they took up meant it was much harder to find an open lounge chair on what open decks remained. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This is a beautiful ship. We had a mini suite and thought the bathroom was great. It had a huge double sink with 2 faucets and a big shower. Worth the extra charge for sure! The room is a bit smaller than Celebrity Ships I've been on ... Read More
This is a beautiful ship. We had a mini suite and thought the bathroom was great. It had a huge double sink with 2 faucets and a big shower. Worth the extra charge for sure! The room is a bit smaller than Celebrity Ships I've been on width wise but same length. Nice room. Ample storage for clothes. The only thing I'd recommend is bring a light of some sort for the bathroom otherwise you have to turn the overhead light on during the night. We thought the food was pretty good on the ship. We did speciality dining 6 of the 7 nights and thought the food and service were really good. Ate one night in Taste, the regular dining room and thought the food was pretty good there too. We did breakfast almost every morning at either Taste or Savor and thought they were great. Service was good too. The ship is easy to navigate. Sometimes elevators are a bit full but another one comes along fairly quickly. Thought embarkation and debarkation were very easy. Everyone on the ship always has a smile and really tries hard to make your experience a good one. The Observation lounge is a great place to hang out plus they serve food all day long and there is a bar if you want a drink. As the week went along, more people found this treasure. They have comfortable furniture for reading and just watching the water. Neither of us had the drink package but we did notice that with all the people that did have it, bars were open everywhere on the ship all day long. When we were on Celebrity, it was pretty hard to find a bar open during the day except at the pool. Loved the outside deck that surrounds the specialty restaurants. Great place to hang out on the couches or to take a walk or get a drink. Really nice atmosphere and great place to watch the sun rise or set. On other ships this type of deck view is blocked by the life boats. The boats are on deck 7 on the Bliss a deck below Deck 8 where the specialty restaurants are. The ship definitely has places to view the water all the time; something that was lacking on Royal Caribbean's mega ships. On that ship, I felt like I was floating on an island where I rarely saw the water. NCL knows how to bring the ocean into the cruise experience especially when you eat outside at the specialty restaurants. Now here are my cons about the ship. The pool area is crowded and the music is SO LOUD it literally hurt my ears. I was surprised parents let their little ones hang out there...it was deafening. Actually we found the music was too loud almost everywhere. Couldn't hear the words to the music when bands played. Only the instruments. Love the adult solarium on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. NCL has a small adult area with chairs and a bar. The only problem is there is no shade even with 3 or 4 small umbrella's. Too bad cause that would have been great. Now for the shows. I liked Jersey boys although its a shorter version of the Broadway production. I left 15 minutes into Havanna. I couldn't get into it. Saw the comedienne's. Hard to get into The Social Club so appreciated the show that happened in the theater one time during the week. Liked the Beatle's tribute although again the music was so loud in a tiny venue. I missed a regular show that you could catch at either 7:30 or 9:30 on Celebrity ships. You always had to make reservations for the shows and they didn't always coincide with the times booked before you get on the ship at the specialty restaurants. Lots of stuff happened in the atrium. It's way too small for the purpose it serves for some of the shows there like the Newlywed game. People were everywhere with no seats. The theater would be a better choice for that and later in the night. The cruise director tried to make it sort of risqué yet there were young kids around cause it was pretty early. Overall, its a great ship that is staffed well. Like I mentioned earlier, the staff is always smiling and trying to make your experience a good one. I would like to see the music at a decibel that doesn't bust your eardrums and make your ears ring along with a show you could see every night with a 7:30-8:30 reservation. (Most shows were in the Atrium then) There is something for every age on this ship for sure!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The Bliss is a beautiful ship. Norwegian got it right with this plus class. They have made up for the sins of the Epic. Embarkation was a breeze. They used two terminals at the Port of Miami and this kept the crowds to a minimum. ... Read More
The Bliss is a beautiful ship. Norwegian got it right with this plus class. They have made up for the sins of the Epic. Embarkation was a breeze. They used two terminals at the Port of Miami and this kept the crowds to a minimum. We had barely finished our health surveys when the agent called us to the desk. We were on board within fifteen minutes of clearing security. As with many larger ships, the elevator count and placement is inadequate. They also seemed to accommodate fewer passengers than many ships. Getting around the ship is relatively easy if you remember that you sometimes need to "go down to go up". Entertainment was mostly good. Jersey Boys was excellent but Havana was very repetitious. Stage mechanicals were amazing. The Beatles tribute band was very entertaining but they really need a larger venue for this popular show. The comedy show was average. Games, competitions and karaoke were all fun. One of our favorite hangouts was the Atrium. The drinks at the Atrium bar were the best and most consistent. You won't go wrong if you attend any offerings in the Cavern Club. We tried three upcharge restaurants. Teppanyaki was excellent with great food and entertaining chefs. Le Bistro was excellent but was strangely located near the race track. La Cucina was a bit of a disappointment. When the waiter saw that I had eaten very little of my entree, he didn't even ask if there was something wrong. I had to bring to his attention that my meal was subpar. This did not put a damper on our trip as the meals in the main dining room (Taste and Manhatten) were excellent and the service was prompt and friendly. Enjoy a lunch at The Local pub. Buffet is well organized and the food tasty and warm. Seating is much less crowded than many large ships. Addition of booths was a great idea and the high tops provide additional seating. Pools are small and very crowded on sea days. Deck chairs are plentiful but you have to snag one early if you want to be near the pools or in the shade. Bar service is quick and friendly. Theater is large and comfortable. It is not overly ornate, more like a up class modern movie theater. Visibility is good from most seats. This was the first ship I have sailed where the theater did not have a balcony, eliminating the need for support posts that block views. I don't know why but Norwegian has the most disorganized method for disembarkation. It often involves a conga line of people with multiple suitcases weaving around the ship. Why call people to join the line when it is already a quarter mile long? Better to have them wait in the common areas then exit the ship as their tag color is called. All-in-all we had a very enjoyable cruise on the Bliss. Would definitely sail the Bliss again and recommend her to all. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We booked the Bliss for 2 reasons. #1 - We are Beatles fans and had to see the experience and #2 we wanted to try the Go Carts. We saw every show the Beatles tribute band did, both in the "Cavern Club" and of course in the ... Read More
We booked the Bliss for 2 reasons. #1 - We are Beatles fans and had to see the experience and #2 we wanted to try the Go Carts. We saw every show the Beatles tribute band did, both in the "Cavern Club" and of course in the Bliss Theatre on the last night. Wow! These guys were terrific in sound and appearance. This experience did not disappoint. Also saw and enjoyed the live production of Jersey Boys. However, we did not enjoy the Go Cart experience. Not the fault of the ship but because my husband and myself are in our 70's and should have realized how difficult it was to get in and out of the carts, especially me with a knee replacement! I'm sure it was fun for most guests but I honestly should never have tried it. The food, entertainment, Casino, shops were all top gun! But the one thing that made this cruise so special was the staff and crew. Everyone we met or passed by always had a smile, a greeting or went that extra mile to help us with requests. Bliss had a bottle of complimentary wine in our Ocean View stateroom and we had a special promotion of 3 specialty restaurants thanks to Vacations To Go. Even though the restaurants were free, we still gave a generous tip for each and every evening thanks to such great service. We really enjoyed the beautiful Observation Lounge for quiet relaxation and light bites and we also relaxed on the comfy couches on the Waterfront when we wanted to read. Of all the Norwegian ships we have sailed on, The Bliss was the best and for sure we will sail on her in the future. So in closing I wish to remind everyone that there are good moments and sometimes bad experiences on each and every cruise ship. This was our 40th cruise since 2004 so we know this for sure. Continue to read reviews but remember to take them lightly into consideration because some people complain about everything but most will give you honest opinions and suggestions to help you choose your next cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My husband is disabled. Stroke at 56 years. He was 1 year post stroke. We were on the bliss with stateroom in the haven. Everything and I mean everything was awesome. The butler, steward—amazing room awesome, the restaurant had amazing ... Read More
My husband is disabled. Stroke at 56 years. He was 1 year post stroke. We were on the bliss with stateroom in the haven. Everything and I mean everything was awesome. The butler, steward—amazing room awesome, the restaurant had amazing food. The luxury and privacy amazing....they were always helping hold doors for us etc. we rented a w/c and shower chair and the service for that was excellent. I ordered shrimp, cookies, the b—bon voyage package, and it was all in the room and wonderful. With the haven easier boarding etc. I recommend it. Well worth the price. Want to go again as soon as possible Saw Havana, jersey boys and the cavern-Beatles show, so good I can’t even tell you. So much fun. So talented performers. Stunning cabin, ocean views from living room and bathroom, loved showering with a dazzling ocean view, also they had a great deal on laundry services, daily snacks in the rooms in the haven, also snacks in the haven observation room. So comfy my husband napped I’m the sofa while I enjoyed the stunning view Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
New ship. New look. Great time everything was easily assessable. Food was to die for something for everyone. Drinks were everywhere Could use more somking areas. Will be looking for another Norwegian Cruise to Alaska. Our Steward ... Read More
New ship. New look. Great time everything was easily assessable. Food was to die for something for everyone. Drinks were everywhere Could use more somking areas. Will be looking for another Norwegian Cruise to Alaska. Our Steward took great care of us. Even the Birthday cake and decorations for my wife was welcome. I think I gained 10 pounds!!!!! I will have to go back and try to lose it!!! Hardly no waiting lines for dinners. Restaurants were all very abliging. Took very good care of us. The Japanese Steakhouse provided great entertainment The Steakhouse steak didn’t need a knife to cut with. The Seafood restaurant had scallops that were out of this world. And I didn’t find any deserts I didn’t like The Casino was my favorite place was a winner and a player of tournaments. Lots of entertainment. All of the bartenders worked hard to keep you happy. Tried many new drinks that I never heard of. Didn’t find any I didn’t like. Lol 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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