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4,707 Norwegian (NCL) Bahamas Cruise Reviews

The cruise itself was fairly good, but their hidden service fee that was $180 for a 2 1/2 day trip is excessive. They hide it up front, add it to your account bill which you only get at the last minute, and if you don't ask to get it ... Read More
The cruise itself was fairly good, but their hidden service fee that was $180 for a 2 1/2 day trip is excessive. They hide it up front, add it to your account bill which you only get at the last minute, and if you don't ask to get it adjusted before you leave the boat they won't refund it or adjust it. $180 amounts to a 15% increase in the cost of a ticket. I'm all for tipping, and would have left a generous one, but the deception and trickery used by cruise ships to force a tip amount is just wrong. In regard to the overall trip the ship had lots of dining options and the food was good. We traveled Royal Caribbean before and the ship was a bit less dated, but the difference was minimal. Almost all of the onboard staff was helpful and friendly. The only other issue I had is the keycards they gave us on entering didn't work, which meant we had to go to guest service as soon as we got on the ship to get them fixed. Guest services had long lines and it was a pain. Not a good start, and I'd suggest that when there is an error on their part they try to fix it in a customer friendly way instead of making the customer stand in a line for an hour because of their mistake. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was my first ever cruise. I read a ton of reviews leading up to the sail date so I figured I would contribute as well, because I found them helpful! After reading the reviews, and knowing what we paid, I went onto the trip with the ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise. I read a ton of reviews leading up to the sail date so I figured I would contribute as well, because I found them helpful! After reading the reviews, and knowing what we paid, I went onto the trip with the expectation that it was a budget friendly trip. I had no expectations of luxury and my expectations were met. This is not a bad thing! But as a first time cruiser you hear stories of these impressive ships with unbelievable food and service and being "wowed". So I held out a little hope for that wow experience but just know before you book that this is indeed a budget, not luxury, ship. A few things to note: - Drinks were great. I was happily surprised at the number of craft cocktails and the care that went into making them. Loved my mojito at the Sugarcane Mojito bar. - Food was good but not outstanding. I definitely wouldn't complain about it and I loved our meal at Cagney's and Le Bistro. - I'm sure this is true to all cruises, but I found it annoying to swipe your card for absolutely everything you need and all the nickel and dime-ing and service fees. I have been to a lot of all inclusives where you just wear the wrist band and I like that better I think. Not a deal breaker, just something I wasn't prepared for going on a cruise. - Grand Bahama stop was pretty bad. Might have been our fault for choosing the beach excursion. We chose this because our Great Stirrup Cay stop was cancelled because of high winds. We wanted some beach time but do yourself a favor and don't do it. The drive from Freeport to the beach was incredibly industrial and a bit sad due to devastation. The "Beach Club" itself was a makeshift building on a small parcel of beach. The food was not great and the drinks were so sugary. It was extremely windy which obviously they can't control but we couldn't go in the water. The beach chairs were plastic Adirondack chairs so not loungers. Not worth the money. Overall we still had a wonderful, fun trip but more so because we went with our best friends with no kids and not because of Norwegian, the ship or the excursions If you are looking for a short getaway with lots of great drinks and a ton of food, then this is great! Just set your expectations going into it and you won't be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
5 Day cruise for my husband's 50th birthday. Thought we would try NCL because of the cost and dates we wanted to cruise. Itinerary wasn't a concern because we had to been to all the stops except NCL's private island. We ... Read More
5 Day cruise for my husband's 50th birthday. Thought we would try NCL because of the cost and dates we wanted to cruise. Itinerary wasn't a concern because we had to been to all the stops except NCL's private island. We have sailed on Carnival, RC, Princesses and Celebrity so we have experienced several different lines. Arrived at the port a hour later than boarding time and had no issues boarding the ship. It was an older ship that had been refurbished, but still showing some age. Carpet and those type items looked nice but doors, closets and the original items need some TLC. We had an ocean view and it was small compared to other ships we had been on. Not too much room for clothing, we talked to one couple that said they were just going to work out of their suitcases. We were in room 4211 and something made noise all night when the ship was rocking and when we docked we had terrible noises. If you are a light sleeper avoid that room. Seemed to have some plumbing. One day the smell was terrible and a couple days had a fan drying the carpet, but it never gave us any problems in the cabin. Food was just ok, Never had anything that I thought was so good I wanted another. Public areas seemed crowded with furniture. Like they tried to seat more people that the area was designed for initially. The main purpose for our cruise was just spending time together so all the other things were not a deal breaker. As the saying goes "I've never been on a bad cruise, just some are better than others". Debarking was a breeze. But avoid the Hop on Hop Off tour in Miami. It was very unorganized. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I got this cruise for less than $600 (incl. fare, taxes, port charges, and gratuity--AND premium beverage package) for a solo traveller. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy. Inside cabin was perfect; slightly larger ... Read More
I got this cruise for less than $600 (incl. fare, taxes, port charges, and gratuity--AND premium beverage package) for a solo traveller. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy. Inside cabin was perfect; slightly larger than expected. I've travelled on the Norwegian Jade, and two Carnival ships. I thought the food was not quite as good as any of my previous cruises. The food wasn't bad; just not particularly good. Strip steak in the main dining room was undercooked (almost raw) every time I ordered it (three nights). Entertainment was ok: the comedian Keith Bender and magician Jessica Jane were pretty entertaining, but again nothing to write home about. If you're a non-smoker, you'll probably appreciate that there are very limited smoking sections on the ship (the casino in the evenings, and the deck 12 open-air "Champs" bar. The only place to smoke a cigar is Champs. No cigars in the casino.) Considering the low price, I have no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have been on many cruises but this was my first NCL, selected strictly for its availability date/time, and place. Our stateroom was adequate with more than expected storage for all of our belongings. Plenty of hangers, but they ... Read More
I have been on many cruises but this was my first NCL, selected strictly for its availability date/time, and place. Our stateroom was adequate with more than expected storage for all of our belongings. Plenty of hangers, but they “clanked” constantly while sleeping so I had to put a towel on the unused ones to prevent this clatter. The bed was large and comfortable. Electric outlets and USB ports were well placed. The bathroom was adequate except for legroom in the W/C-toilet. I am only 5’5 and the legroom was terrible…ouch. Good storage for all toiletries though. Also, nice hand soap, body wash, and shampoo. Our cabin attendant was very courteous and attentive to all needs. The staff on NCL Pearl is the WORST I have encountered for friendliness and courtesy, except for those providing hand washing “washie-washie” services, and our server Rowena at the Summer Palace. Summer Palace has EXACTLY the same menu as Indigo but servers at Indigo were zombies with no greeting or courtesy. Food was plentiful, when it was available at Garden Buffet. All the food choices are lacking in flavor/seasoning, though many had rich sauces and plenty of cheese, if that’s your thing. Otherwise, salad and fruit are plentiful. O’Sheehan’s is good for burgers ONLY and offered curt service with NO courtesy. Nachos there are laughable – NOT-chos. Avoid the Lotus Garden as the server’s costumes are more appealing than the fare. We also missed main dining room traditions of server crew celebration on the last night. “Freestyle” is a misnomer on this ship as there were times when there was only one choice of limited food – Great Outdoors Café and O’Sheehan’s. If “Freestyle” means you can eat at any time in the main dining rooms, that’s available on most ships on large lines now. The shows were not exceptional but “Legends” was quite entertaining and the comedian was fine. Several of the afternoon participatory entertainments in the Spinnaker Lounge seemed like “throw-away” events, and the staff who hosted them seemed less than enthusiastic to participate. Again, crew needs to be very much more inviting. The Cruise Director was one of the few who was always upbeat and courtesous. The fitness center could use some upgrading. One of two bikes were out of service and several machines were missing signs describing their usage. Funny smell there too – the first I’ve encountered in a cruise ship gym. Staff was pleasant at the fitness center and towels and cold face cloths were well available. As for drinks, this is hands down the worst place I’ve ever been to get a drink. Waiters were almost non-existent and when we saw a rare yellow shirted attendant on deck they were far away and never wandered outside of their small area. I was astounded that people waited in a long line for drinks at the Sky High Bar and Topsiders. I waited once for 20 minutes to get a drink at Sky High…ONCE. And then NCL has the nerve to add an automatic gratuity! I said NCL stands for Never-ending Customer Lines. The entertainment lounges were no better, with noticeably lacking wait staff who were completely unfriendly with no greetings or courtesy. The centrally located Atrium bar service was equally uninviting with unsmiling bartenders quick to dismiss. I am lucky to have passed on the drink package, which I usually get, as NCL deems it necessary for all people in a cabin to have the same package – preposterous. Can you say “upsell ripoff!” I’d have been furious with a drink package when it was SO hard to get a drink. Hats off to the navigation crew for diverting from the NCL private island due to high winds and rough seas. We were joined in the elevator on our last night by our gracious Italian Captain and told him we were grateful for the diversion, and he seemed pleased with the feedback and was quite gracious. Overall, this ship has too many passengers occupying too small a space with WAY too few service staff. What staff is there ought to be trained in courtesy and the art of a simple smile. I encountered several badged crew personnel in the long empty stateroom corridors who not only didn’t smile as we passed, but didn’t say hello, and didn’t reply after I said hello! I can’t speak for all NCL ships, but this is my feedback on NCL Pearl as of January, 2020. Hopefully NCL will address some simple courtesy and service availability concerns, sooner than later. Unlikely to be back to NCLsoon, until we get treated like a Celebrity or Royal. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Everything about this cruise line stinks! Customer service is not in their vocabulary. The staff was rude, condescending and acted like they were doing me a favor even acknowledging me as a customer. The port in Nassau (where we ... Read More
Everything about this cruise line stinks! Customer service is not in their vocabulary. The staff was rude, condescending and acted like they were doing me a favor even acknowledging me as a customer. The port in Nassau (where we were diverted to due to bad weather) was disgusting and I felt unsafe. I chose to get excursion credits during booking but EVERY one of my excursions were canceled by Norwegian...but they didn't tell us that until AFTER we did the whole disembarking process. No offers to do anything else - simply, "You're out of luck". 4 night cruise and never got to set foot on a beach!! The spa...don't even get me started! They did not honor their daily special and WAY overcharged me. Then to top it off, they also charged me 25% gratuity that I did not agree to. $267 for a massage - you've GOT to be kidding me! I spoke with 3 different employees about the situation and each one gave me the "it's not my problem" excuse. I had to stop payment at my bank - that's how bad it was! The final straw that broke this camel's back was the communication afterwards. I submitted my complaints to Norwegian and got the same crap customer service. Basically telling me that they cannot and will not help me and that I am just out all of this money. I will NEVER, EVER cruise with Norwegian again. I wouldn't wish this experience on my worst enemy! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This cruise was a birthday gift from my daughters. This was the first cruise my husband and I went on alone. I was a bit disappointed that we were not traveling with family or friends as we have done in the past. But travelers and crew ... Read More
This cruise was a birthday gift from my daughters. This was the first cruise my husband and I went on alone. I was a bit disappointed that we were not traveling with family or friends as we have done in the past. But travelers and crew were all friendly and helpful. The Good-Amazing efficiency. We did not have a single Gltch in any part of the process. Embarking and Disembarking was a piece of cake even with ling lines and many different languages to maneuver. Booking excursions was a breeze with the Norwegian App. We booked and within 5 minutes our tickets were in our door slot. The same efficient process was true for excursions that were canceled or changed. Refunds were quickly made. Our bill at the end did not have any errors. As far as rooms go, our balcony room 10544 was spacious for a ship, clean and had lots of storage. The ship as a whole was clean. Try the Whisky tastings. The Average - the hot tubs were packed and a few hot tubs had broken knobs. The water was tepid. I thought they had plenty of deck chairs too. Lines to the bar where the standard drink package applied were long and some adults were pretty rude to other guests about whose turn it was to order. Staff saw the interactions and chose to ignore. Entertainment was fair. The male dancers were fantastic. The Michael Jackson impersonator was very good and the comedian was funny. The bad- the Norwegian app only worked occasionally, the internet was not at all consistent too. Both were very frustrating. Norwegian needs to do better. The food-specilty restaurants were average and better than the complimentary but not wonderful. The buffet was horrible. Often times cold and luke warm offerings were the special of the day. Golden Corral is much much better. The Summer Palace was better than the buffet. At least we were served warm food. But over cooked eggs, over cooked protein was served consistently. Wrongly marked restaurant items were also the norm. A Chopped Ham salad sandwich was labeled crabmeat. I ordered the pork loin dinner and got two slices of ham. I think Norwegian thinks pigs are more versatile than they are. Food was a 1star most times. I also found out cruising in January doesn't mean you will get the cruise you expect. Stops were changed, excursions canceled due to the whims of mother nature. We had a good Italian Captain and he made our misadventures as comfortable for all. In short, I would certainly cruise on NCL again, but just as a preference, I like the formal dining better than freestyle so I would chose another cruise line that offers that first. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband and I sailed on Norwegian Pearl this past week and had an amazing time. I haven't been on a cruise in 10 years and this was my husband's first cruise. We stayed in an inside cabin and it was exactly what you would ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Norwegian Pearl this past week and had an amazing time. I haven't been on a cruise in 10 years and this was my husband's first cruise. We stayed in an inside cabin and it was exactly what you would expect from such. Our stateroom attendant was nice and our room was kept spotless during out stay. We did find the bed very uncomfortable and the giant gap in the middle bothered us a bit. We didn't realize until the last night that the zipper was broken that was supposed to hold this bed contraption together. The food on the ship was great! I'm a picky eater but everything I did put on my plate was good. My husband really liked the food as well. We didn't go to any of the specialty restaurants but we did go to formal dining at Summer Palace one night. Our server, Janice, that told us she's been with Norwegian for 10 years, was absolutely fantastic! She made the experience even better. We both got the steak and it was the best steak I've ever had. The entertainment was excellent. We thought the dancers and singers in the shows were great and went to all of the comedy shows. The comedian, Alex Ortis, was very funny and we enjoyed the adult show. The ship was kept impressively clean and the crew was very nice. We did not enjoy the spinnaker lounge. It was always crowded and hard to find seating during events and the evening. We liked Bliss much better. We had very rough seas and 50 mph winds but the ship handled it well. We were supposed to go to Key West, Great Stirrup Cay, and Freeport. However, we were notified around 6pm that we would be unable to tender into Great Stirrup Cay the next day due to high winds, and were being rerouted to Nassau. We found this really cool since they could have just given us a day at sea. We had fun everywhere we went but would probably avoid an itinerary with Freeport and Nassau in the future. However, we would love to return to Key West in the future. Overall I would definitely recommend Pearl. I would give it 4 stars. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this itinerary because the timing was perfect to escape the cold weather and post holiday stress. And the price including the airfare was too good to pass up. Let me start by saying this was my 10th cruise but the first cruise I ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because the timing was perfect to escape the cold weather and post holiday stress. And the price including the airfare was too good to pass up. Let me start by saying this was my 10th cruise but the first cruise I had a cruise line book airline, hotel and transfers for me. I was very skeptical hearing of other cruisers experiences doing so but I was pleasantly surprised on my vacation. Once NCL emailed me with flight arrangements, I called the airline directly to seat my friend and I together. I expected issues at the airport since my friend’s name was not hyphenated on her airline ticket. However, check in went smoothly. The flight arrived on time to Miami. Finding the NCL staff at baggage claim to escort us to our transfer was easy. We did wait some time for our transfer bus but it was rush hour during the week. The hotel NCL selected, The Pullman Miami Airport Hotel, was stylish. Our room was large and well appointed. At check in, I asked for recommendations to get a taste of Miami in the few hours we had before our cruise disembarked the next day. As suggested, we arranged for an Uber and headed off to South Beach. It’s mainly a strip of restaurants with hosts trying to entice you in. We visited two restaurants, took in a quick show at Palace, watched Antilles dancers at another club and stepped onto the beach under the moonlight. The next morning at the hotel, my friend and I debated breakfast options. She wanted more than a pastry and I wanted only coffee. Overhearing our conversation, Leah at the check in desk, offered to give us two complimentary tickets to the buffet. After a few morsels, we had time to relax by the pool and waterfall in the sun which we had been missing living in the Northeast. Transport arrived after noon to drive us to the pier. The drop off at the pier and transfer of luggage to the porters was smooth and efficient. The line was a little longer than I’m used to but I usually arrive before check in begins and I was already an hour and a half after that start. Upon our turn to check in, we learned we were VIP and could have skipped waiting. NCL quickly rectified that and ushered us past the line and up a private elevator. We were escorted on board and brought to Moderno for a VIP reception area where we met our Concierge, Anoop Bhanu. Since this was my friend’s first cruise, she was beyond excited at all of this. I was so happy watching the cruise excitement unfold through her eyes. After a leisurely glass of wine, we were reminded to head over to Cagney’s for our first VIP lunch. The hot smoked salmon as an appetizer was good but the pan seared scallops and shrimp over artichoke and chive risotto with veal au jus was the star of this meal. Next stop, let's see our stateroom! I selected Cabin 8064, partially obstructed ocean view, when planning this cruise. The room was surprisingly spacious. I have always stayed in balcony or better state rooms but I would certainly book this stateroom again. The only noticeable difference besides the view was the lack of a couch which we wouldn't need for two of us. It had more than enough storage space for two people to keep the room clean and clutter free. And you can see the ocean and sky in between life boats. The next area we explored was the viewing room for the bridge. We spent some time watching the crew do their job. The captain walked past the window and waved to us. A few minutes later, Captain Giovanni was in our viewing room introducing himself and having a little Q&A session with the few people who had entered with us. This was actually an exciting thing for myself and my friend to have a moment to talk to the captain. Usually, he is just a voice on the intercom system on most cruises. The only complaint I can make about our vacation was the missing communication for a change in the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet date. Prior to flying out to Miami, I had posted on the board that we would meet the first day as was stated in an email to me from the events coordinator. After I was on the ship, we learned it had been changed to the following day through a letter placed in my stateroom. The mishandling of communication was between the office on land and the members on the ship and I was left out of the correspondence. Because of the logistics of sail away, I was advised that it was not possible to have the ship’s officers attend our meeting so that is why the change was made. Jana at NCL apologized and offered to contact the guests in attendance. I had not acquired stateroom numbers from the attendees to respect their privacy on vacation so I was not able to contact them. I waited 20 minutes after the scheduled start of the Meet and Greet near the meeting room to inform anyone of the change doubtful we would have the turn out of the members the following day. We went about exploring the ship and taking pictures until we sat down for dinner at Lotus. This was my first time at this restaurant despite being on a jewel class ship 4 times prior. Not being able to decide on a cocktail, our waiter surprised us with 4 selections. Two being different types of sake. I chose kung pao chicken for dinner but I’m still thinking about dessert a week later: red bean triangles with green tea ice cream. You must try them! The All Aboard Variety Show was good. Not the most memorable show I have seen on an NCL ship though. We even bought into the “scratch off”/ pull tab game tickets (a first for me) and won $14. So much for saying they are just a sucker’s bet. We went on to watch the Dance Battle in the Spinnaker Lounge which had us laughing. After that, we “had to” get a late night snack at O’Sheehan’s. This was the only restaurant where the wait was unusually long for food to arrive at our table. The excitement of eating so much wonderful food still trumped our impatience. But our stomachs and energy levels called it a night after that. We went to bed with hopes we would have an appetite and enthusiasm for more food and fun just a few hours later. Remember, this was late night/early morning Number 2 for us. Regardless of age, it’s still a lack of sleep. The alarm went off way too soon and we jumped out of bed ready for our first VIP breakfast. I had the crab cakes Benedict years ago so I had already planned on them if they were still on the menu. And they were! As well as indulgent French press coffee which we bragged to our friends that we “didn’t even have to press the coffee ourselves”. If you are a Disney fan, it has been said that there is a “life changing” chocolate croissant for purchase in France. The ones served on this ship are comparable. Make sure to get one. (You can even find them in the buffet.) It was at this meal my friend was starting to realize what I meant when I said cruise eating is a whole different level of feeling full and this was only the beginning. Before we left, we had already planned breakfast for the next day even in our bloated state. Our first port was Key West. Even though we had priority disembarkation, we walked off at a later time and had no wait. Our trolley tour was easy to find and our tour guide for the first leg of the trip, Pam, was entertaining and informative. Hemingway House was the first stop for us. I love cats but I also enjoy the history of a brawling, bar loving character with the ability to write a compelling story. Then it was back onto the trolley to see the remainder of the island and to make it back for the tasting portion of the excursion. Dessert first: key lime pie at Kermits... because life is short and that’s how I roll. Next, drinks, a sloppy joe sandwich and some conch fritters at Sloppy Joe’s. Though not at the same location from way back when, I tried to imagine Ernest sitting at the bar getting rowdy and flirting with the women. Last stop: Hemingway Rum Company to sample some Pilar rum. The tour was also very informative about the carousing Hemingway. Even if rum is not your thing, make sure to sample the mix of the two rums. Back on the ship we went to get ready an evening of back to back events. My friend, who once asked if there was enough things to do on a cruise ship, is starting to realize at this point just how little time you have on a cruise ship to do everything you want. The Meet and Greet starts with only 4 attendees and two of them voted as Best Dressed since we had dinner reservations that evening. The crew begins to make their introductions and cruise critic members start to fill the empty seats. Though not the number I had hoped, we shared stories and put faces to names we had talked to for months online. On our way to the VIP Cocktail Reception, we stopped to pose for professional pictures because selfies only go so far. While at the reception, my friend basked in the luxury of being served canapes and cocktails while sitting on the tufted velvet loungers in Bliss Lounge. Before rushing off to our dinner, we spoke briefly with the captain and requested a group photo with him which became one of my favorite vacation photos. A gentleman was performing in the lounge area of Maltings Whiskey Bar as we approached Le Bistro for dinner. Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman was the selection. It could not have been more perfectly timed for two well dressed women to walk through the lounge. But alas, dinner, escargot and veal, awaits. Ego, check yourself at the door. What was meant to be a brief stop before going to the Not So Newlywed Game ended up being Cruise Critic Meet and Greet Number 2 at the Cigar Lounge. One whiskey, one bourbon, one cigar and many stories later, I headed back to my stateroom only to say “want to see if the hot tubs are free?”. I wanted to check it off my “vacation to do list” but I also needed to soak the cigar smoke out from my pores. (Cue dramatic music) And it becomes another packed day of events that turns into a late night. Still excited for food, we head to Moderno for breakfast for Fruits de Mer, scallops and shrimp on toasted brioche with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. We lingered over breakfast as our port of call was changed from Grand Stirrup Cay to Nassau due to weather conditions and safety. We decided to get mimosas at another bar and make new plans for the day. Not interested in Nassau, I suggested we get massages, another first on a cruise for me. It was probably the only time we slowed down since the start of the trip. Not having a plan after that, we decide it must be time to eat again because what else do you do every two hours on a cruise? So a leisurely lunch of mixed greens salad with mandarin and coconut, sesame crusted fish and carrot cake commenced. The carrot cake was my least favorite dessert out of all the meals. Did I mention we had leisurely, yet strong, cocktails with lunch? Nassau started to sound like a good idea so we decided to explore. We were back on the ship within an hour. My friend was frightened by the aggressive sales tactics of the straw market vendors. Most shops were closing too. Unless I book an excursion to a resort for the day, I will remain on the ship if I return to Nassau. Night activities begin after dinner in the main dining room, Summer Palace, where we were greeted by name by our server. I was impressed. The first show of the night is Legends in Concert which we arrived to late for standing room only. I could feel the seas start to rock the ship. Personally, I like to feel like I’m on a ship on the ocean but I was afraid for my motion sickness prone friend. Walking to the next show, The Perfect Couple Game Show, felt like we were floating at times as the seas started to rock us a little more. I realized bringing my friend to the top deck of the front of the ship was a bad idea just a few minutes into the show. She valiantly tried to hang with me but I lost her to the stateroom and not to the Glow Party for a night of dancing like we had planned. Did we get to bed early? Of course not. We stayed up talking about staying up so late the past few nights. Do you see a reoccurring theme? Alas, we realize morning comes too soon and our last breakfast in Moderno is upon us. Oh why even try at this point? Unless I stop eating all together, my pants are not going to fit so just eat the good stuff! Steak and eggs it is. It’s a “low carb” choice so I’m feeling sort of good. Wait... I have to put on a bathing suit today to swim with the pigs in Freeport? (Groan). Suit up, get on a bus and get to a small beach: check, check, check. I wasn’t expecting much after reading reviews for this excursion but no other excursion jumped out at me... and pigs are really cute. I’m happy to say, the pigs were very interactive and much more entertaining than any posted review. We got to sit on the beach and get a little color to brag about when we got back home. One pina colada later, some time in the water, and a few hours in the sun, we were back on the bus. And that is when we couldn’t fight the exhaustion from the go go go lifestyle with late nights and early mornings. I think Freeport looked like a beautiful island but we were asleep for most of the ride to the Straw Market. We got our eagerly awaited conch salad made fresh at a stand in the market, bought a few cigars and waited to get back on the bus. I think the sadness of End of Vacation Blues was starting to set in. The last night is always a night to cash in winnings at the casino (her big win of 30 cents off the slots), buy professional photos, check your onboard account for discrepancies, and to pack. The true depression kicks in when you see the suitcases lined up in the halls. Could we really stay any longer? We love food and eating but could we do it any longer? Afterall, the clean clothes we had left didn’t fit. So THAT is how the cruise ship gets you to leave!?! It was time for denial to set in so we could enjoy the rest of the night and make it yet one more late night followed by early morning. First, dinner at a main dining room, Indigo for some lamb kofta and smoked pork. I even called in the big guns after dinner and said “coffee please” with cheesecake because we can sleep on the plane the next day. One more show: the variety show. One more dance night: the 80’s dance party. But we have one question for NCL about that: why would you plan an 80’s dance party at 10:45 when the people who remember the 80’s most are ready for bed at that time? A couple of dances and two cocktails later, I’m heading to my stateroom for one final towel animal photo shoot... and the last night of chocolate truffles, chocolate covered strawberries or canapes being delivered to our room nightly from the general manager, Cary Turecamo. Surely, re-entry to my normal life would be very difficult after this VIP treatment. I swear I slept the deepest that night. As we walked to the buffet for our first buffet breakfast but yet our last meal on the ship, I turn to my friend and say “we needed a few sea days to recharge”. She says “we needed a longer cruise because there is a lot we didn’t do.”. I said “there is never enough time to do everything. The cruise lines plan it that way so you will book another cruise.”. She says “well, you nailed planning this cruise. Let’s make it an annual thing for us.”. Rough seas and all, she was sold. She “gets” cruising now and is already planning sailings for the two of us "in old lady life". And yes, we both purchased CruiseNext deposits on this sailing. Debarkation was smooth until we reached the customs line which is always a long wait. The transfer took us to the airport. A word of caution: Miami airport has all the good eats and shops before you check in. Once you are on the other side, it is slim pickings. Our flight was delayed due to high winds back home. But we made up for it with a good tail wind but it was a bumpy ride. Believe it or not, we stayed awake. And then it was back to work the next morning, sleep deprived and depressed. I can say with certainty, it was another memorable cruise for the books. Well done, NCL. A word to the wise for any newer cruisers, if you have an issue, make sure to let the cruise staff know when it happens. VIP or not, they want to make your trip memorable and happy. Don’t wait until the last night or after you get off the ship to make a complaint. Many times, they will try to make it right so why wait? And yes, I asked for towel animals. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I was told to go on a cruise, was super amazing experience got to try new foods and the service was outstanding! I am excited to come back and be with npcl! what an amazing week, I will definitely come back with ncl, pearl! thank you for ... Read More
I was told to go on a cruise, was super amazing experience got to try new foods and the service was outstanding! I am excited to come back and be with npcl! what an amazing week, I will definitely come back with ncl, pearl! thank you for the best week ever!!! I will definitely recommend this cruise line to everyone I know. And the food was amazing, super tasty and unique foods! I loved the beds, they’re so warm and comfortable and clean, the rooms were super spacious and clean sanitary + the bathroom was so cute and spacious. I loved the room! I loved the room service. they made our beds, cleaned the towels, replaced the towels, folded the blankets etc. it was amazing they always made sure to check in to make we’re okay and doing well! The cruise director, Tiara was super cool. she knew exactly what was doing and had fun with it! I’d definitely recommend this cruise line to anyone! Thank you for the best week ever!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My partner and I decided to go on a 4 day Bahamian Norwegian Sky Cruise. It was a first time experience for both of us experiencing Norwegian, and I honestly would give it 3 out of 5 stars. Rooms: We stayed in stateroom #4015. DO NOT ... Read More
My partner and I decided to go on a 4 day Bahamian Norwegian Sky Cruise. It was a first time experience for both of us experiencing Norwegian, and I honestly would give it 3 out of 5 stars. Rooms: We stayed in stateroom #4015. DO NOT PICK THIS ROOM (if you are on Norwegian Sky and like to sleep). There is a disturbingly loud mechanical croaking noise that occurred constantly throughout the night underneath us. I am guessing, it was a part of the ship that was making the noise. Apart from the noise, the room itself was not bad. The bathrooms are a little tight, but it's expected. WARNING: The water temperature of the shower gets extremely hot, really fast. (Be careful). The cleanliness of the room was up to par, and we had daily cleaning services by very helpful staff. Staff: Although our room had noise disturbances, the staff was nothing more than accommodating to our situation. From the moment we voiced our concern, the Guest Services Staff was quick to respond and made the proper accommodations/adjustments necessary. BIG SHOUT OUT TO Alyssa (Guest Services) who was phenomenal, and Frankie (Head Security) who was helpful. Food/Drinks: There is an array of places to have food. It was all pretty tasty and presentable. The only downside was that there are no microwaves in the room, so if you take food to go, you will not be able to heat it up, unless you walk all the way back to the main dining area. UNLIMITED DRINK PACKAGE was a must! It made the experience more enjoyable to not have to keep track of your spending on alcoholic beverages. SPECIALTY DINING is something that isn't necessary, but if you would like a change of scenery than La Cucina was decent and staff friendly. Also "The Palace" and "Crossing" are nice places to dine. Entertainment: Overall was enjoyable. We tried a variety of activities such as Pool Parties, Trivia/Game Shows, Comedy and more. Definitely take advantage of them. Overall, the experience was nice but could have gone a bit smoother in certain areas. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We sailed Jan 6-10 2020 on the short 4 day Bahamas Cruise. For the price paid was excellent value. We ate mainly in the Palace dining room service was very good as well as food selection. I had an inside cabin category 1D it was the ... Read More
We sailed Jan 6-10 2020 on the short 4 day Bahamas Cruise. For the price paid was excellent value. We ate mainly in the Palace dining room service was very good as well as food selection. I had an inside cabin category 1D it was the smallest cabin I have ever had on my many cruises but I was alone so was OK. Entertainment was good, casino slots didn’t pay! Ate at the Le Bistro specialty restaurant the food was not great and overpriced. Was a fun cruise with great staff! Embarkation and debarkation were quick and efficient. Pizza for lunch at L.A. Cucina was excellent. I have sailed on most cruise lines and the Skyndid not disappoint. BEWARE BEWARE in Nassau do not visit the Tresor Rare store on Bay Street. They are selling knockoff high end cosmetic treatment creams. Heavy sales tactics targeted at older women! BEWARE BEWARE! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My boyfriend and I chose this cruise as an affordable and convenient way to vacation in the Bahamas for my birthday weekend. Despite all of the mixed reviews, we had a wonderful time and without hesitation I'd recommend NCL and/or ... Read More
My boyfriend and I chose this cruise as an affordable and convenient way to vacation in the Bahamas for my birthday weekend. Despite all of the mixed reviews, we had a wonderful time and without hesitation I'd recommend NCL and/or this itinerary to anyone looking for a nice getaway. We boarded the ship at 12:00pm on Friday January 3rd which was the earliest time guests could embark. Embarkation was quick and convenient and we left our luggage with an employee before boarding the ship. We decided to have lunch at the buffet and cocktails from the pool bar which was a nice way to begin our weekend trip. We also pre-paid for the premium drink package which was well worth the money as we did not have to worry about getting a large bill at the end of our trip. It is worth mentioning that while in port, we were responsible for paying port tax which we did get billed for at the end of our trip. It was not much but still worth noting since you do get charged tax for every drink you order while in port. We spent the remainder of our afternoon lounging by the pool and enjoyed listening to the band play music until sail away. Our experience on our first day allowed us to relax and explore the ship at our own leisure. Friday night we had dinner in the dining room and had the pleasure of chatting with the Maitre d' Krystle. She greeted us at our table and we asked her about the ship's many features since it was our first time on the ship and my boyfriend's first cruise. She was very friendly, informative, and attentive to our needs during our meal. When it was time to order dessert, my boyfriend and I each ordered our own desserts (bananas foster for me and a s'mores brownie for him) and then were surprised with a chocolate lava cake and delicious gelato which was the special dessert of the evening. The gelato was so delicious and was a nice way to end my birthday dinner. After dinner we attended the "Welcome Aboard" show, listened to the comedian, and then headed to the lounge to watch the ship's version of Dancing with the Stars. I have never laughed so hard while watching fellow passengers dance with the ship's dancers. After the show we went to the mojito bar which is an absolute must! I ordered a delicious raspberry guava mojito and we watched the couples salsa dance. I thoroughly enjoyed the different nightlife options as we were able to experience multiple entertainment options in the same evening. Saturday morning we woke up early and had breakfast in the dining room. Service was a bit slow but we enjoyed our meal. We then went to the lounge to obtain our number for the tender boat so that we could visit Great Stirrup Cay; NCL's private island. The process of getting on the tender boat was a little time consuming but mostly because other passengers on line did not have their photo IDs despite multiple reminders from the employees. This caused a number of passengers to get off line and return to their state rooms to get their IDs. Once we got on the tender boat, it was only a ten minute boat ride to the private island. Upon arrival we were amazed by the beauty of the ocean and the beach and I really felt like I stepped in to paradise. There were plenty of amenities and a beach right when you arrive but of course that area was the most crowded. I suggested we walk a bit further so that we could relax on the beach with some quiet and privacy. If you like to snorkel, you can definitely bring your own and snorkel right off the beach. There were also floats available to rent for about $15 each. Of course I had to stop to take some pictures and get a pina colada from the Bacardi bar! The beach was immaculate and the bar was only a short walk away. We enjoyed mahi sandwiches and ceviche for lunch. All meals were included and drinks were free if you had the premium drink package like we did. After lunch we decided to visit the beach closest to the tender boat area so that we could get the most of our beach time before we had to leave. The last tender was at 4:30 so we decided to board around 3:30 to avoid the last minute rush. It is worth mentioning that there was a lot of trash left behind by guests and there were no beach servers or employees walking around cleaning up while we were there. We were disheartened by that and wish that other guests cleaned up after themselves like we did. When we got back on the boat we decided to hang by the pool and listen to the band until sail away. We then walked around the ship and explored our different dinner options. We decided to eat in the other dining room and had a very enjoyable experience yet again. Our server was attentive and I decided to order multiple appetizers instead of a main course. The corn chowder was delicious! After dinner we visited the mojito bar again and I ordered the pineapple & coconut mojito. Yum! We then visited the pool deck for the glow party where we dressed in all white and danced the night way. The party was so fun and the music was great! After the glow party we visited the lounge and listened to some more music before retiring for the evening. Sunday was our day in Nassau and we were up early to make the most of the day. The weather was warm but very windy. We had plans of visiting Cable Beach which is accessible either by the local bus or taxi. Upon arrival at port, passengers have to walk through Nassau's straw market which can be a bit overwhelming with vendors, tour companies, etc. so I recommend that you have a plan before getting off the boat if you decide to venture in Nassau on your own. There were also 5 or 6 other cruise ships in port which meant thousands of people were walking through the same area as we were. We walked a few blocks and were able to hire a taxi on our own. It was about $20 for a private cab ride to Cable Beach and we spent a few hours relaxing on the beach there despite the wind. After the beach we visited Fish Fry which is an area that has a few small seafood/bbq restaurants that was recommended by the cab drivers. We had delicious conch fritters, salad, and jerk chicken and then made our way over to Senor Frogs before it was time to leave around 4:00pm. Senor Frogs is an absolute blast but probably not the best choice for families/small children. When we got back on the ship we once again decided to relax by the pool and listen to the band during sail away. Watching the boat leave Nassau during sunset was gorgeous! Due to the weather the boat was rocking a bit but I was prepared with medication for motion sickness and it appeared other passengers were prepared as well. Upon arrival to our guest room we realized we had an amenity of chocolate covered strawberries sent to us from Krystle, the Maitre d' we met on Friday night. We were so surprised that she thought of us and decided to have dinner in the dining room that evening so we could thank her for her thoughtfulness. A small gesture like that really makes guests feel like the ship's hospitality is top-notch. Our dinner was delicious and I ordered the cream of asparagus soup, spaghetti puttanesca, and gelato for dessert. My boyfriend ordered the steak with chimichurri and a souffle for dessert and enjoyed his meal as well. After dinner we went to the "adults only" comedy show which was fun. We called it an early night after the show because we knew we'd be up early Monday morning to disembark the ship. Sadly no visit to the mojito bar on our last night! On Monday morning we chose to take our own luggage off the ship which was actually quite convenient since we could get off no later than 9:30-10:00AM and we didn't have to worry about searching for our luggage. We had breakfast at the buffet on the pool deck and then waited about a half hour to go through customs and get off the ship. I was impressed to see the Cruise Directors and Assistant General Manager greeting and thanking all guests while getting off the ship. I made sure to tell them all how much I enjoyed the cruise and how wonderful our trip was. They were appreciative of the kind feedback. As someone who works in the hospitality industry, I was very impressed by the all of the employees we interacted with; from our Room Steward Jacob to the Assistant General Manager and Cruise Directors.. The service was always attentive and prompt and the ship's staff really do go above and beyond to provide a memorable experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The boarding process was a bit more tedious than TSA at the airport. We have a small toddler and wanted to relax and welcome the new year doing something fun and new. This was our very first cruise and certainly the last. The food is ... Read More
The boarding process was a bit more tedious than TSA at the airport. We have a small toddler and wanted to relax and welcome the new year doing something fun and new. This was our very first cruise and certainly the last. The food is average and overpriced. They mess up your order EVERY day (room service) and EVERY day you might order the same thing to eat but it will be cooked completely different. If you have a small child there's NOTHING to do. The pool area is tiny and over crowded. But so is the rest of the ship. Not an ideal place to spend family time. The staff cannot be bothered. They just don't care. Honestly with the amount of drunk and rude people on board that wouldn't mind crushing a small child in an elevator I kinda understand why the staff can't be bothered. But it is their job to help you, they will not. The reservations for shore excursions that we made meant NOTHING. We bought things through the app that were NEVER delivered but we were charged for. Disembarking for shore excursions is a complete NIGHTMARE. hours and hours of waiting and angry people piling up because they don't let you out on time. Reserving something off shore only to find out it was given to someone else once you get there. Complaining or asking for your money back won't work. Nobody cares. It is NOT family friendly. it is NOT a good experience. unless you are 21 and single I guess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I chose NCL Bliss because I cruised with NCL in the past and had a great time. The last cruise I took was earlier this year on the Royal Caribbean. So, I thought I would give NCL another shot. We were going to hold off on one of the most ... Read More
I chose NCL Bliss because I cruised with NCL in the past and had a great time. The last cruise I took was earlier this year on the Royal Caribbean. So, I thought I would give NCL another shot. We were going to hold off on one of the most expensive weeks but, figured it could be fun traveling for on New Years, so we sucked up the added cost. WHAT A DISSAPOINTEMENT. A day before we were asked to delay arrival to the port. We were asked to wait to 1 PM to arrive, for no reason. Whatever, wasn't a big deal to me. I was driving in from Boston anyway. When we finally arrive after our 3 hour road trip, get through the craziness of check-in we were ready to start our vacation. Once on ship, we headed straight to the bar and were greeted with a "yeah" from the bartender. If "Welcome Aboard" was too much "What can I get ya?" would've sufficed. I let it go at that point, it was early on the vacation and figured he might be overwhelmed with crowd. NOPE, that is the service we got at throughout the ship. With the exception of The Local. The Local was exceptional. The specialty dinning was also good but, we technically paid extra for the service. Turns out.. the cruise before us got ill, and it effected a good chunk of the staff. Therefore, the staff we were with were most likely overworked which left us with subpar service. Beside the service, beware that if you pay for a beverage package that does not include everything. For instance, if you want coffee from Starbucks, a particular liquor, or EVEN WATER, you won't be covered. That's right, WATER. Once aboard and after I learned water is not included.. I ventured to find 6 bottles or so for my room. I had to travel to multiple bars to ask where to get some. Literally, I went to restaurant after restaurant looking for water. Pathetic. Finally, I was given a order form for water. I ordered 32 bottles of water for a mere $52 dollars. Ugh. (Royal does not do this. Your drink package not only includes WATER but coffee from Starbucks.) Our days at sea was subpar. Actually quite boring... The first day aboard I went straight to book dinning, shows, and onboard excursions (like laser tag, bumper cars, ect…) But, they were all BOOKED, for the ENTIRE week. I could understand not getting the times or days you would like but, nothing..at all...for the entire week?... Ugh. So. that left days at sea quite boring. I mean how many games of bingo (that you pay $40 a card for min). can you play? Other than the shows the little trivia and "game shows" in the atrium became tiresome. Especially since it became overcrowded due to lack of entertainment throughout the ship. Stirrup Cay, looked beautiful from afar. However, once ashore it was an overcrowded disaster. Literally people fist fought for a chair. Talk about cabin fever. There was no seating whatsoever. And if you were hungry...enjoy a burger, or hotdog from a tray that is swarmed with flies, and preceded by dozens of people. Turns out, NCL decided to get an additional bang for their buck and dock an additional ship to the island. Overall, this ship was a major disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Was on the Bliss last year just a few months after her inaugural. I really liked the ship observation lounge and thermal spa so thought I would give it another try. On that first cruise on Bliss I was disappointed by the quality of the ... Read More
Was on the Bliss last year just a few months after her inaugural. I really liked the ship observation lounge and thermal spa so thought I would give it another try. On that first cruise on Bliss I was disappointed by the quality of the food in the garden buffet and the offerings of the lunch menus in Taste, Savor but hoped it was just a matter of giving them time to work thru issues on a new ship. I could not have been more wrong. I found the buffet to be even worse than last year. Also, the only restaurant that could provide a breakfast that was better than room temperature was the Local. Of course I cant speak for the Haven but assume its superior there. The dinner offerings in Manhattan, Taste, and Savor were quite good overall tho I did have to send two items back due to being ridiculously over salted. Overall, I would recommend a new food director and oversight staff since they just are not in my opinion managing obvious issues so responsibility clearly lies with management on board. I still enjoyed the thermal spa area as I normally do but if you're at all shy be warned. They now secure the change room entry doors fully open at all times even if you ask for them to be closed. No idea why. People are walking into the wrong change rooms with frequency. If the thought of a complete stranger of the opposite sex walking in on you while you're fully disrobed bothers you, it might not be the experience you are looking or paying a premium for. Also, because of the placement of the rooms interior mirrors, you should be aware that people can see inside the change rooms now from the hallway door opening due to the reflection of the mirror opposite the lockers and dressing area. Ship cleanliness was still excellent as was the steward service and Vibe Club service. I found the entertainment to be lesser than on other NCL ships I have been on. I would call it average for a one week cruise but anything longer than that Im not sure I could give the same rating Overall I enjoyed myself but wont return to the Bliss without some indication that they have stopped the decline. Sorry Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I have to open this review with the caveat that we stayed in the Haven. Haven passengers have a completely different experience than those not in the Haven. If you take anything from this review, know that I would rather cruise once every ... Read More
I have to open this review with the caveat that we stayed in the Haven. Haven passengers have a completely different experience than those not in the Haven. If you take anything from this review, know that I would rather cruise once every other year in The Haven, than annually in a standard room. With that said, the Bliss is a beautiful ship! The observation lounges (Haven and public) are a feature I won't soon sail without. They're spacious, comfortable, and offer a great view with the protection from weather. The staff is friendly, and food and entertainment options are nearly limitless; Jersey Boys was phenomenal!!! Food ranged from mediocre to excellent depending on the restaurant, but why not try them all. Several passengers on the cruise before ours got sick, so the ship took extra precautions to avoid the exchange of germs for the first half of our cruise. I'd rather err on the side of caution and appreciated the efforts. We were lucky enough to stop at Great Stirrup Cay, and had a great day. My biggest complaint would be the capacity of the Splash Academy. Our kids got blocked out the first two nights due to capacity, and they never had the opportunity to fork any close bonds with the other kids on board. All in all, I can't wait to do it again!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Well now, here we are, back from the Bliss which was overall a good to very good cruise (B+) vacation. This is my 7th NCL cruise and my 13th voyage overall. As a family of four, we'd always talked about going away over New ... Read More
Well now, here we are, back from the Bliss which was overall a good to very good cruise (B+) vacation. This is my 7th NCL cruise and my 13th voyage overall. As a family of four, we'd always talked about going away over New Year's and after Christmas. We spent the night before embarkation in NYC: taking in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum (not so cheery but so well done), eating at Patsy's, and enjoying the Yale Club. What follows is a review by category and an associated grade as well as tips/tricks for each section. Take it for what you will and feel free to contact with questions. EMBARKATION: A Actually, we were contacted the day before saying to arrive at the pier at 1pm. We ended up getting there at about noon and got right on the ship. Honestly -- it was so fast that it was a bit bizarre. NCL ships this size board in zones; and I think it was something like decks 5-9 and 10-17 checking in and entering the ship in different areas of the terminal. We headed first to lunch at The Local which was solid. Because the temperature was in the mid 50s, almost every outdoor public space was open and ready to enjoy. The reason we left late was that the Bliss was docked in a different area of the pier, across from a submarine...meaning that the tide needed to be just right to get this mega ship out to sea safely. Tips/Tricks -- Arrive early and pack patience. I think it was a fluke how well things went for us. Probably shouldn’t have been that easy and is more than likely a-typical. STATE ROOM(s): B My sister and I and parents enjoyed two, mid-ship mini suites. They are solid and have all the modern trappings of a cruise ship built in the last couple of years: small reading lights and USBs near the bed, good heating and cooling systems, some hidden storage to maximize space. The bathroom is enhanced with a double vanity and a sizable shower with body jets. Overall, though, the layout and feel of the cabin itself is un-discernible from a balcony on the Bliss or any other Breakaway Plus Class ship. Unless you're getting a stellar deal (which we did), there is not a reason convincing enough to book this category. We actually set out months ago to book one room in the Haven which quickly sold out, which was a bummer. Our room steward was exceedingly kind and attentive. Tips/Tricks: -- Book Sailaway cabin pricing if you're not interested in the beverage package (which is almost laughably expensive if not included in a fare offer). -- Four people in a balcony/interior will be tight on this class of NCL ships. Check out the family ocean view rooms -- super cool and spacious. SHIP: A- Huge. Modern. Beautiful. Lots to do. Good to very good layout for the +/- 4,900 passengers on board the week. My favorite space, having previously cruised on the Breakaway, is the Waterfront. We took a couple of meals out there during this cruise, enjoyed long walks, and grabbing drinks. The nicest night was as we pulled away from Nassau: about 75 degrees and dry. Make no mistake about it, though, if you're looking for quiet and uncrowded skip this ship or book The Haven. The volume of people, especially in the evenings and nights when the pool deck festivities have come to an end, is noticeable and at times annoying. Honestly, though, one of the things we were happiest with was the amount of help everywhere. Every bar had roving servers; it was always easy enough to get a drink. The ship mostly felt smaller than it was which is a huge credit to NCL. Tips/Tricks: -- Enjoy and explore in the morning; I know it's vacation but trust me it's worth it to get up a bit earlier to really get to know and behold the ship. -- Hang out in the observation lounge in the evening/night time (yes, obviously not much to observe out the windows but a really cool space and one of the best bars). -- Grab a drink and a bite at The Local to observe music or game shows in the over-crowded atrium below. -- Aft area of waterfront is a great place to stand and hang out as you get into/are leaving from a port. Usually very quiet. INCLUDED DINING: B On a ship this size, even with the amount of for-fee dining, there are numerous included choices. I did not once enter the fray of the garden buffet. No thanks. We took 6 of 8 breakfasts in either Savor/Taste or the Local. They were always solid to good. Nice, classic selections. Entrees at The Local are a bit small but certainly enough for breakfast. For lunch we either did not eat or went to The Local and once to Margaritaville. The Local for lunch is really solid and included pub fare. It can get a bit hectic there, though -- I think because of both its location and popularity. We enjoyed four included MDR dinners: 2 Savor, 1 Taste, 1 Manhattan Room. Each night was good to very good. I enjoyed dishes like grilled lamb chops, fettuccine alfredo with chicken, and prime rib. Soups and salads always solid, too. Drinks sometimes could take a little while to get to the table during dinner service. One night we had particularly slow service and the space was super warm -- not ideal. Once or twice we grabbed a light bite in the observation lounge which is a nicer, quieter, and simpler alternative to the over-crowded buffet. Tips and Tricks: -- Take you breakfast/lunch (sea days only for lunch) in the MDRs for better food, service, and fewer people. -- We enjoy wine with dinner and did have the UBP included in our fare. Once, somewhere during the first few days of the trip, a waiter left us with a bottle of wine which, per glass, is included in the UBP. I asked a few nights later and a different waiter was eager to accommodate and left the bottle. It makes sense, really -- it’s easier for them, anyway. -- Try the North/South red blend wine: it’s a Mondavi family signature pour done exclusively for NCL. I thought it was really solid stuff. -- If you want to go to your MDR reservation earlier (we did twice), just show up and ask. They were accommodating. SUPPLEMENTAL DINING: A- Good stuff here. You can really tell the difference between the food quality, service, and overall dining experience between included and supplemental dining. We really “blew our tops” and ate at the following: Lunch: Food Republic - Didn’t eat a ton here just popped in on a whim. We saw Captain Roberts here twice this week with his family -- kind of fun! I enjoyed a salmon sushi roll, we had some pad thai, and chicken skewers. Good stuff overall. Pricing is per item and is not so cheap. Margaritaville - Excellent. Usually open noon to five. Flat $15/pp. Nachos, quesadilla, and key lime pie were just so good. Solid value. Would return. Really worth a visit. Dinner: Le Bistro - Our favorite of the trip and food made better because of some first-rate service. I got the veal medallions and don’t even remember what I started or finished with but do remember they were all excellent. Used our first of three included meals here. Cagneys - Very good. My fillet looked a bit odd and over-done but tasted fine. They now have candied, thick-cut bacon which really induced the meat sweats before the main event even arrived. Lobster bisque was not the New England version I’m used to. Second of three meal swipes. La Cucina - Not so great. My dad and sister didn’t really like their meals, service was sporadic, my pasta dish was just OK. Third of three meal swipes. Q - Awesome. Wasn't so hungry so just got dinner and no starter or dessert. I had the pulled pork and I thought it and its little sides were awesome. Really cool concept here in a large space that could be utilized more during the day. On early sea days they should do a light food sampling so people would be more inclined to spend the money to enjoy dinner here. Tips/Tricks -- That bang for the buck goes the longest if you do get the two appetizers that are included with a meal swipe from the package at every specialty restaurant. -- Look at your itinerary and book warm weather nights when you can enjoy your meals out on the waterfront. -- You can still drink at the Margaritaville Bar if you don’t eat there. They have some signature drinks only served there included in your beverage package -- same too for the little bar at Le Bistro. ENTERTAINMENT: A Excellent all around. We saw: Beatles @ The Cavern Club. They have several shows a cruise each focusing on a different sound and time in Beatles lore. Get there at least 30 minutes early to secure a seat -- plenty of drink service. Really good take in (and, included!). Six. So good! Only been aboard the Bliss for a couple of months and I understand it’ll be on some other NCL ships soon, too. Pre-Broadway show about the life and times of the six wives of King Henry VIII. Jersey Boys: Also excellent. Pretty much a full-length production show with every sound, light, set, and special effect you’d behold on land. Numerous other musical acts throughout the ship were also very good. Mostly, the same people played the same places every night. The only one I didn’t really like was the country group, Southern Broncos. They needed some more contemporary music in their lineup and they sounded just okay, anyway. We did no bingo, game shows, trivia, or the sorts. Tips/Tricks -- Book stage shows before you get on the ship (available I believe 90 days out). For main stage shows, bring a drink in with you. One of the only areas on the ship where there was insufficient drink service. -- Be advised that the Beatles show is not the same every night it’s scheduled -- so go multiple times! ON-BOARD ACTIVITIES: B+ The race track and the laser tag were a ton of fun. Wish we did the laser tag a couple of more times. Be aware of extra fees. Neither of these activities are walk-up-and-play so, remember to make reservations (as soon as you get on the ship). I give a B+ here because honestly, aside from this and the water slides, there’s not a ton to do in the way of enrichment or other noverly cruise programming. Spa: My dad, sister and I did each get the super expensive thermal spa suite pass. Clocking in around $280/pp for the eight days, the pass comes with access to numerous therapeutic rooms and a killer spa pool with numerous treatment jets. I probably spent about an hour and a half a day here in order to make it worth it. If it was a warm-weather-only cruise, I may have skipped this pass in favor of a similar one to the Vibe Beach Club. Only midday on sea days was the suite exceedingly crowded. Eating dinner later most nights, we found using the suite between, say, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. was a good strategy. Really liked it overall but it is super pricey. Tips/Tricks: -- Book thermal suite pass before getting on the ship to save between $30-40 (we didn’t…) -- Upon embarkation, head right to The Social to book laser tag, go-karts, Prohibition/Happy Hour Musical, and comedy shows. Bring a print-out of current plans so you do not double book things accidentally. -- Opt to book both Go-karts and laser tag at night -- it’s much, much cooler with the lighting -- Don’t accidentally book a double go-kart session if you’re looking to take your own kart out for a spin. Double sessions are still $15/per cart but you are only given the ability to do four laps instead of the standard eight (we did this…yikes...still fun though). EXCURSIONS: C+ Just okay -- and, honestly, not a ton offered (which is why the C+). By the time we were about 45 days from the cruise, there were only 22 excursions available between NYC, Port Canaveral, the Private Isalnd, and Nassau. Kind of a bummer and I know space is limited but I had a thought it may have been a tactic to keep people on the ship to spend money. The offerings felt insufficient for an expensive and exciting holiday cruise. Not great. Port Canaveral: Well! We were supposed to arrive at noon on the first day, stay overnight, and depart @ 6 p.m. the following day. Turned out the ship didn’t dock and wasn’t cleared until sometime closer to 2:30 p.m. We had booked the Kennedy Space Center excursion which we read great things about other than the comment that there simply isn’t enough time to see things with a five hour tour inclusive of the half hour-ish transit time. Though we were told the tours would be extended because we were late, we had to inform the excursion folks that the Center closed at 6 p.m. regardless. Because we’d only have a couple hours there, we decided to opt for a full refund. The refund process was hassle-free. The second day the four of us took an Uber to a local golf course to play. This was not organized through the ship. It was a nice day -- despite a poor round of golf! Great Stirrup Cay: NCL is (and has) put a lot of money into this little slice of island paradise. It’s actually right next to RCL’s island, which is kind of cool. The night before we were expected to arrive at 8 a.m., the excursion desk told me we’d be in by 6:30 a.m. and offering tenders by about 7:00 a.m. We wisely planned for this and were on the first tender over. Speaking of tendering, NCL really needs to figure out a way to extend a dock so this practice isn’t needed anymore. It was fine going both ways but it just seems like kind of a pain still, with all the other money they’re spending. Perhaps environmental and geological reasons prohibit it? We booked a Small Cabana on the Cay which we loved and was more than big enough for the four of us. Things got super crowded there that day because we also shared the space with the older, smaller NCL Sun out of Florida out on a shorter voyage. People were actually fighting over chairs. One family approached the small cabana next to us and asked the people there if they could pay cash to split it with them! Crazy. NCL actually did set up additional food stations with basic offerings in shaded areas to offset the large buffet lines. Not much comes with the cabana! We did get bottled water and towels but no light snacks like in previous iterations of this excursion. Not too bad getting back on the ship. Think we were there about 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Nassau: I don’t know if it’s just me but I think the area around and just outside of the cruise terminal has deteriorated tremendously in the last decade. There’s not much to do; though it feels safe enough, it doesn’t really feel all that clean or inviting. We did the Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day. Getting there was a bit hectic with super long lines weaving in and out of other lines from excursions from the other three ships in that day. I really like this place -- and a lot has changed for the better since my last visit there in March of 2017. We got there and actually purchased a supplemental pass to the adults-only Serenity area. It was $140 total for four people. Totally worth it. Breathtaking beach, unparalleled service, private and extensive lunch buffet, complementary Bahamamamas/mimosas, access to snorkeling equipment, bottled water. We took the last shuttle possible back to the pier to get back on the Bliss. It was a very nice day and even nicer to be away from the rest of the crowds. This place felt less crowded and better-run than NCL’s private island. Tips/Tricks: -- Check in with the excursions desk on the first day of the cruise or so. Online, no small cabanas were available. When we went to ask they became available. This could be the case for other offerings, as well. -- Be advised that we had a mighty difficult time getting an Uber/cab at Port Canaveral on the second morning. Uber surges were x4+ for a while and the wait for a cab was like half an hour. Eventually the surge fell to x1.5 and we ordered. Not sure if this is because the ship had already been in and docked the day before or what...but it was equal parts annoying and unexpected. -- Look into booking that Serenity retreat @ the Blue Lagoon Island Beach day. NCL does not offer a special excursion for it like other lines do. Book the NCL one and then add the cost in that you’d pay there and it works out to about $110/pp for the day. DISEMBARKATION: A It was good. We were in no rush so we opted to get off last. Customs was kind of fun with those new face recognition machines. Luggage was where it should have been. Walked a block to order an Uber to head to our train departing from Penn @ 1 p.m.. Tips/Tricks: -- Don’t rush off the ship if you don’t need to! We had a really nice morning. After breakfast, we enjoyed about an hour and a half sitting in the observation lounge catching up on work and correspondence now that we were back in cell coverage. RANDOM NYE: Very fun. Parties everywhere. We hung out a few different places and ultimately ended up ringing in the New Year on the top pool deck. The tray-passed champagne for everyone, as well as hats and crowns, were a nice touch. Cleanliness: Crew and management was super and appropriately sensitive to winter germs, especially on a cold to warm water cruise. For the first couple of days, the crew took additional precautions including serving people at buffet lines, eliminating menus from cocktail longues, and sterilizing passengers' hands in numerous public spaces. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We first sailed on the Sun in 2010...The ship is an older one (2000 I believe) but the upgrade in 2018 really made the ship look new. We originally had a family ocean-view but bid $140 (x2) for an upgrade and got a balcony two days ... Read More
We first sailed on the Sun in 2010...The ship is an older one (2000 I believe) but the upgrade in 2018 really made the ship look new. We originally had a family ocean-view but bid $140 (x2) for an upgrade and got a balcony two days before we sailed! I also bid on a mini-suite but did not get it sadly. The bidding game is kinda fun! Getting on the ship was the fastest we ever experienced! Room was ready by 130pm and baggage was delivered at 230pm. When we tendered to Stirrup Cay it was quick and easy with no lines and the same goes for when we got home. For a sold out cruise it was amazing! The cabin was really clean, well laid out and roomy (for a cruise ship anyway). Bathroom a bit tight but we also like to RV so we are used to small bathroom showers! Bed was VERY comfortable, but the convertible sofa not so much for our two adult children with us...a bit like sleeping on the floor they said (hard). Balcony was GREAT to have and the in room coffee maker was a really great thing to have as well! We were on 10th floor, port side AFT (Room 10062). Some noise from chairs on pool deck but other than that the AC was great, water hot and pressure great, lots of places to plug in phones and was very clean. Room steward was very good as well. Dining was very nice. We ate in Seven Seas one night (dress accordingly), Four seasons once then hit buffets the rest of the cruise. Kids ate in Sushi Bar on 12 one night, they said it was great. Food was very good, appetizers and entrees changed nightly in all restaurants (to keep things different) and quality was very good. Buffets were also rotated...Mexican one night, american the next...etc We watched both main shows and loved them. The quality of the dancers.singers was better than expected and the shows were entertaining and enjoyable. The final night show with the crew was really the best. We also spent time in the Windjammer listening to the piano player (great by the way) as well as did several trivia games, newlywed and couple games and also spent time each night in Spinnakers watching Karaoke after 10pm. The casino was eh...I brought money expecting to play but the table minimums were too high and the electronic games were really "rigged" or set so you never win anything...avoid them at all costs! Drink package was AMAZING and the service, for the most part, at the bars was good. Expect to wait when it gets crowded. I read a few complaints about the sales tactics on board and must agree...My wife and I spent around $400 (with extra tip) for couple massage and were hit with a lengthy sales pitch afterwards...really took the enjoyment out of a really good massage. We did not buy anything because of this high pressure sales tactic. As far as the other sales pitches...simply don't go see them! Great Stirrup Cay was really nice (ocean freezing...but it is December mind you) and we spent about three hours there. Rented the covered lounge chairs for the afternoon and later found that the shore excursion credit we did not used covered them! :) Overall we loved the trip and already booked the Sun for our next cruise in October (14 days thru the Panama canal). The smaller ship keep lines and crowds to a minimum, few children running around and the clientele seem more "adult" and behaved than on Carnival (mad house usually)...and with the smaller ship we don't have to fight to eat, swim or get a lounge chair! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Overall average food and entertainment. Often we did not receive the daily schedule and We did not receive the final instructions for last day Nor the final bill. We needed to make several trips to guest services to obtain info. The ... Read More
Overall average food and entertainment. Often we did not receive the daily schedule and We did not receive the final instructions for last day Nor the final bill. We needed to make several trips to guest services to obtain info. The First night the toilet wouldn’t flush. We later found out there was an issue impacting most of the rooms on the deck. However, the toilets were working the next day mid-morning. Also the last day of the cruise the toilet failed to flush again. Good staff except cabin the steward ( two towels were provided sometimes even though there were three people occupying the cabin). Leaving the shop was quicker than I expected, and was very organized. One day an excursion day was cancelled due to rough seas so we ended up in the library playing monopoly in the library- very nice setup. Overall I would consider this line again expecting an average experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Just got back from the 8-day Norwegian Bliss (Bahamas & Florida from New York) Christmas cruise If you’re the type of person who likes to stay on board during port stops, then this maybe the cruise for you (my wife enjoys spending ... Read More
Just got back from the 8-day Norwegian Bliss (Bahamas & Florida from New York) Christmas cruise If you’re the type of person who likes to stay on board during port stops, then this maybe the cruise for you (my wife enjoys spending time on the ship, whereas for my kids and myself we use it as a floating transportation hotel mechanism to the islands) Pros: • Friendly staff • Immaculate rooms and the ship is kept very clean (ship built in 2018) • Food was very good (even the buffet) • Entertainment shows were very good (especially for a cruise ship) • Boarding was a quick and painless process. • If you like to eat, then this is a cruise for you (a floating “golden corral” – eat sleep repeat) Cons: • My teenage kids complained about the ship not having a basketball court, this was a common nightly event on other ships where they would congregate during evenings. This ship had go carts and laser tag (for additional charges), but did not interest my kids. • We were at sea and there were NFL Saturday games (w playoff implication) blocked from the TVs throughout the day where they only showed international soccer games (great if you’re a European, but where most of the people on the ship were from the US, it was a complete disaster). • Port Canaveral is not that exciting if you do not venture out to Disney or Universal. We would have gone to the theme parks if we had longer port times. It takes an hour to get to the parks, but the first day you arrive at 1 pm and parks close at 9 pm, so you would not get your money’s worth. The second day we had to be back on the ship by 4:30 p, so that would only allow for a half a day. What NCL should offer is a full 8 am until 10 pm option, this way you could spend a full day at one of the parks. • We had signed up for scuba diving, but due to strong currents the ship canceled the excursion. So we booked an excursion to the Blue Lagoon Island. Perhaps it would be okay if you wanted to swim with the dolphins or if you had small children. But in my opinion it was not worth the money. The one ocean beach was rocky and you could not swim due to the currents (but even without currents, it was a rocky beach). So the only alternative was a knee deep river that goes in between the island. We got a lunch ticket, but lines were long and food was sub par. • The next day we were supposed to port at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, only to find out the current was a bit too strong for the tenders to take us to the island. NCL purchased the island in 1977 (42 years of ownership and you cannot invest in a port?? really) Meanwhile next to the island was Royal Caribbean Little Stirrup Cay and they had a port, so they got to spend the entire 'sunny' day on the island and to make matters worse we could see them, where we could not disembark. Our cruise ended up heading back to New York early. NCL gave us a whole $18 per person for the inconvenience. • Next exciting event, people got sick on board (and do you think passengers are going to quarantine themselves per the rule… nope they went out and shared the love) NCL has a policy where they remove salt n pepper shakers etc to keep from spreading the virus. Note: fortunately none of us got sick, minus a cold and a kid throwing up just missing my son. • Departure back in NY was a disaster too, we needed to be out of the rooms by 9 am and yet we could not leave the ship until our color times were called. So most of the people were in long lines and sitting on the floor. Summing it up, this was the worst cruise I have taken (we have been on several cruises). Now clearly I have seen videos of cruises where the ocean was pouring into the cabins due to a hurricane, now we didn’t have it that bad. But it was not worth the premium Christmas week up charge. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Our previous 2 cruises on NCL were definitely 5 star. This cruise was unfortunately a 2 star for us. Sailing out of New York was nice. Easy for us to get to from Philly. Sailing past the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty was marvelous. ... Read More
Our previous 2 cruises on NCL were definitely 5 star. This cruise was unfortunately a 2 star for us. Sailing out of New York was nice. Easy for us to get to from Philly. Sailing past the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty was marvelous. First stop was Port Canaveral. Excursion to Kennedy Space center was shortened by 2 hours which prevented us from seeing some exhibits. Next stop was Nassau. It was windy so, parasailing was cancelled. Spent the day at Atlantis resort which was just ok. Again, we had such a short stop we didn’t get much pool time. Next stop was NCL’s private island Great Stirrup Cay. Unfortunately the seas were too rough for the tenders to safely board passengers so they scrapped that. The captain and crew knew the day before that the water would be too rough, yet they proceeded anyway and made the announcement that we could not get off the ship as we were all lining up to disembark. We spent the next 3 ½ days going 10 miles an hour back to New York. 4000 people trying to get a spot at the pool. We had to carry our own lounge chairs to the aft sun deck and make our own space. What a joke!!! I spoke to several passengers who have done this cruise twice before and they said they have never made it to NCL’s private island. It seems they only get there about 20% of the time. Feels to me like a bait and switch. Their island is a selling point, that’s how they hook you into the cruise. Then the schedule changes because of rough water. Royal Caribbean’s island is next to NCL yet they have a dock where their ships can safely get passengers on shore. NCL has so much money they should build a dock. It’s absurd that they don’t have one already. Staying overnight in Port Canaveral was a waste. Instead they should stay over in Nassau. Would have been nice to get an extra day there. And truthfully, a Florida stop is ridiculous on a Bahamas cruise. The ship was overloaded with small children whose parents were on vacation from parenting. Little children in the casino, teenagers drinking and gambling. Not one staff member did anything about it even though they were alerted to the situation multiple times. Staff friendliness was hit or miss. Our cabin steward was a doll. Staff in the buffet were rude. 9:15pm and the burger bar doesn't open until 9:30pm. WHAT?? We were yelled at not to touch the food. Fitness center is way too small and was packed all day every day. Ship was messy in the common areas and in the elevators. 3 days before the cruise ended all the ketchup, salt pepper, creamer and sweetener was missing from the buffet and Starbucks. Staff was guarding the coffee and juice machines, serving you upon request. We finally got one staff member to be honest and tell us there were 50 people sick with vomiting, diarrhea and influenza. They were trying to keep everything sterile. Don't know how successful they were. My husband and I both left the ship with a bad cold I will say the food was good particularly in the specialty restaurants. Entertainment was also terrific including the band Siglo, The Beatles and the country band Southern Bronco’s. Their lead guitarist was phenomenal. So, we are off cruising for a while. When we do go again it will be on either Royal Caribbean or Celebrity which get higher ratings overall than NCL. To give you an idea how disappointed we were about this cruise to nowhere, we came home and booked a “rebound/do-over” vacation for March. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was supposed to be my husband and I's honeymoon. Restaurants/ Service was great. Cabin was clean and decent. Activities on boat were incredibly lame. If you're not completely into Drinking, Trivia and food, you're ... Read More
This was supposed to be my husband and I's honeymoon. Restaurants/ Service was great. Cabin was clean and decent. Activities on boat were incredibly lame. If you're not completely into Drinking, Trivia and food, you're kind of out of luck. Shows were great, Prohibition and Jersey Boys were great. Book it as early as possible Spa services were incredibly overpriced, that's saying something coming from someone who lives in NYC. Ports and shore excursions absolutely sucked. Port Canaveral: Arrived Late to Port Canaveral, couldn't go to Disney. Everything else required sunny days, which there were none. Cocoa Beach was essentially a ghost town. Nassau: Great. Aquaventure was a blast! We only needed a half day there and immediately spent the rest of the day walking around Nassau, which was beautiful. This was the highlight of the trip. Great Stirrup Cay: I wouldn't know, I only saw the island from a far. The ship didn't stop at Great Stirrup Cay on Christmas because they couldn't get the tenders to the ship. It was beautiful out, but the seas were choppy. The Cruise director made the decision that morning to leave. The biggest slap in the face was seeing Royal Caribbean docked at their private pier. I saw them docking their ship as our boat pulled away. At around Midday, the crew threw together a half-assed itinerary and we spent an additional day cruising around the island of the Bahamas. "Don't worry, apparently this happens all the time. I've only been to the island once" said multiple passengers who were frequent NCL cruisers. "Don't worry, they'll refund your shore excursions, " said another. Seriously? Had I known this would have happened, I wouldn't have book this cruise. If I wanted cabin fever, staying in one place for 6+ days eating and drinking my face off, I would holed up in a cabin in the woods. Don't waste your time. Royal Caribbean didn't even have to lift a finger to sell me on my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I waffled a bit between a 'poor' and an 'average' review, but ultimately chose 'poor' because there were just too many things that we found annoying for our family of four. First, the pluses. The cabins ... Read More
I waffled a bit between a 'poor' and an 'average' review, but ultimately chose 'poor' because there were just too many things that we found annoying for our family of four. First, the pluses. The cabins are roomy and in pretty good shape. Food in the buffet was reasonably good (with the exception of scrambled eggs at breakfast, which could always be counted on to be cold). Main dining room experience was good at all three of the MDRs we tried. We also tried 3 specialty dining restaurants (Los Lobos, La Cucina, Teppanyaki) and came away very satisfied each time. Wait staff at the restaurants were good. The musical production of Jersey Boys was really first-rate, and having recently been subjected to the incomprehensible productions aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, this was an unexpected treat. Comedians were funny. And the unlimited drink package was fun, with good pours and experienced and friendly bar staff. So if your goal from a ship is to hang out among adults, simply relax, eat, drink and be merry, you could definitely do worse than the Norwegian Bliss. The problem is that the Bliss was not the right boat for us. The Bliss has a bit of a structural blind spot: teenagers. It's not that they don't have a teen club (they do: it's called Entourage, for ages 13-17). It's that the capacity of that interior space is just 65 teens, and on the Xmas vacation week - the time when teens are most likely able to travel - the ship had more than 500 kids just in this age range on it (I can't speak to capacity issues for the younger age categories). Bottom line, unless you line up early, your teen could easily get shut out of the teen club on any given evening. One caveat, some teen events take place in other parts of the ship, but if you can't get into the club initially, it's hard for your kids to connect with the other kids too. Our kids had mixed success getting into Entourage, but on those occasions when they couldn't get in, the Bliss really does not have a ton of stuff available to them. Unlike the Anthem of the Seas, there's no basketball court or other multi-sport area (doudgeball, soccer, etc.), and there's lip service paid to ping pong (just two tables, on Deck 17 outdoors) and to mini-golf (5 tiny holes, in the middle of nowhere on deck 20). Fitness center? Not for teens. You have to be 18 to use their facility, period. You can't even have a 15-year-old work out with you in the fitness center under parental supervision, nor can you sign a waiver for the ship to avoid liability. We saw fitness staff telling under-18s that they had to leave. Meanwhile, some of the hot tubs (like in Spice H2O) are adult only, and even one of the two pools on the main deck are adult-only. The unspoken message is that teens are supposed to cluster in Entourage, which might be fine on a regular week, but is severely hard on a holiday season week when everyone else with teens is traveling too. The alternatives for your teens cost extra. Laser tag is an extra $9.95 for two 5-minute rounds, and the racetrack (super fun by the way) is $15 per person for 8 laps of the track. Aside from those things, there's just not a ton to do aboard. Some of the so-called activities were pretty desultory and not well planned. A sudoku event with one puzzle and pencils with erasers that left blue smudges if you actually tried to use them. It's also really aggravating when the staff are poorly trained. Guest Services would guess where you had to sign up for something and be incorrect. It's a big ship with 4,000+ guests. You can spend a good 10 minutes getting from one place to another. One example. Our teens wanted to sign up for a teen bowling tournament - the ship has two lanes, $6 per game in normal use. We went to the teen club (assuming sign up was there - it was not), who sent us to guest services. Guest services sent us to the box office, where there was a line of people for other things. We waited 20 minutes only to discover that the box office knew nothing about the bowling tournament and tried to send us back to guest services. Come on people. Eventually one of the box office staff took pity on us and made a few phone calls and somehow managed to shoehorn our kids into that tournament. Whatever the 'right' process was, we still have no idea. That was par for the course with guest services. The port excursions were mostly fine. We stopped in Port Canaveral and Nassau, and obviously trying to move 4,000 people around is not easy and takes time. However, for Great Stirrup Cay, the wind (17 knots) was too strong for the tender boats to function, and so we simply couldn't visit their private island. RC's Anthem of the Seas was capable of docking in the same wind because their nearby island had a deepwater pier, unlike Great Stirrup Cay. That's something Norwegian might want to think about fixing. If you are a family with teens, you might want to consider taking a trip on the Bliss where you are traveling with other families you know (who have their own teens). We saw a lot of teens hanging out in the beautiful Observation Lounge on deck 15 - a great space - but the point is that having built-in friends to hang with is a huge plus when the normal meeting place for teens (Entourage) might not always be available. Lastly, the Norwegian app is worth getting for the trip and enabling unlimited messaging, but it has its hiccups. More than once, the app stopped working and wouldn't let us either call or message (sometimes one worked, but not the other). Also, the app is supposed to show next day's activities during morning, afternoon and evening, but we discovered that the app would only do this on the day-of, not the day before. So if you're trying to do a bit of advance planning while on board, the only real option is the printed handouts that arrive around 6pm at your cabins. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We took the Norwegian Bliss from New York to the Bahamas, from December 20th to the 28th. The cruise was very disappointing. The ship stayed in port Canaveral overnight, which was nice even-though it rained on both days. The next port was ... Read More
We took the Norwegian Bliss from New York to the Bahamas, from December 20th to the 28th. The cruise was very disappointing. The ship stayed in port Canaveral overnight, which was nice even-though it rained on both days. The next port was Nassau Bahamas, we stayed on the ship till 1 pm, then took a taxi to Cabbage beach. (The crew members were conducting drills on the ship that day so it wasn't a good idea for us to stay to 1 pm). Our next port was Great Stirrup Cay, that port was cancelled and we were told that the ship was heading back to New York. For some strange reason, we were still late to the New York port. Disembarkation was miserable and long for anyone who didn't have an excursion with the cruise line. The lines were long and disorganized. The food in the buffet was good. The observation lounge was nice, but since a port was cancelled, it was always crowded. There is no childcare provided for children under 3, so parents were out at the bars and adult events with children. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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