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Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Bliss Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

Norwegian (NCL)
Norwegian Bliss
Panama Canal & Central America
Departure Port

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Average

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Poor

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91 Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Bliss Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews


mellow1 avatar

mellow1

1 Review Written

Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!

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Friends were going on this cruise and I wanted to see the Panama Canal. It was a three week cruise and we were looking forward to a memorable trip with friends. The Cabin was nice except for the bed. The Platform ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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thiax13

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

21 Night Panama Canal Cruise booked 7 days before departure

I booked this trip at the last minute because 1) The Panama Canal was on my list and 2) I had an unexpected long opening in my calendar. First Norwegian cruise for me. Generally lovely ship except for the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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WoodsieORL

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Panama Canal Daytime Transit was Overnight

I booked a cabin facing forwards at the front of the ship underneath the captain's bridge to give me the best possible view of the canal. The cabin was quite spacious with plenty of storage space, and perfectly ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Vagabondvoyager

15 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

21 Nights of Bliss on the Bliss

I chose this cruise for its length and itinerary. Week long cruises are just not long enough for me now that I'm retired and can cruise longer. I cruise solo a lot and NCL usually has the best solo prices, ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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mlgb

4 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Last minute Itinerary Switch, Ship is too big. Beware on Panama Canal Transits.

We arrived at 1pm and embarkation was smooth. However there were undisclosed problems getting some passengers from LAX to the ship, which delayed the sailaway for hours (until after dark).Disembarkation in NYC did ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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silverc243

13 Reviews Written

33 Helpful Votes

NCL Bliss 21 Day Panama Canal Cruise LA to NYC B2B with 7 day Florida/Bahama

Hi all! Now that I’m back from my 28 days on the Bliss and trying to recuperate before our January adventure I’ll try to give some of my thoughts. First of all I had a fantastic time. This was a B2B sailing ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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zinser

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Better food in school cafeteria's

This was a 21 day cruise on the Norwegian Bliss, that was very disappointing. We have cruised a number of other lines before, this was our first on Norwegian. We were excited to go thru the Panama Canal, and the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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dmam

7 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Panama on a MEGA ship

We used NCL air/hotel arrangements and also transfers with great satisfaction. The Bliss is a very big ship, the biggest of NCL and also very recent, 2017. Very modern and luxurious it offers a lot of outdoor ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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barb12345

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Passing under the Bridge of Americas and just clearing the top of the ship

Wanted to see the new Panama Canal - Crossing was great. I was impressed at the way this large ship could dock in port so easily. The sailing was very smooth and would be a great way for people afraid of ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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SoloistPro

1 Review Written

Best Value Cruise

I personally love all kinds of infrastructure. The Panama Canal has been in my bucket list for quite sometimes. Going for 21 days, coast to coast and through the Panama Canal locks, this is probably the best cruise ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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ackinbj

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

They got the big things right, but it's the little things

Things that were done right: 1. Staff from the top to the bottom were great. Friendly, fun, and helpful 2. Embarkation was smooth as butter. Wouldn't change a thing! 3. Loved the modern (but not ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Mksobrien

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Sweet way to relax

21 nights of pampering, relaxing, and just unwinding from the daily grind. The Bliss (Haven) is THE PERFECT way to do this. Plenty to do onboard. Stateroom was big enough (even for 3 weeks) so we didn’t get in ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Dcollar

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Service and experience poor

We choose this cruise because of a previous extremely incredible cruise experience. This cruise aboard the Bliss was unsatisfactory. We had very few servers and experiences that met our previous expectations. ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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jsguillot

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

An amazing cruise on an amazing ship

We had not cruised for 15 years. The Panama Canal was always on our bucket list and, we booked this cruise rather hastily as the time and price were right. We had never cruised on NCL before and loved the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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mhzbrown

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Things I wish I would have known sooner

We were on a 21 day cruise from LA to Manhattan. Jersey Boys was the best show I have ever seen on the water so that is definitely worth seeing. Our balcony room was clean and comfortable. We got a bunch of the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Talonstorm

1 Review Written

Not impressed

We picked this cruise because it traversed the Panama canal and had ports of call we had not been to. We were very disappointed in NCL. The crew ranged from outright hostility to complete indifference. The menu ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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GV16126

8 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Outrageous cost.

We are platinum members and sail on many NCL ships. We normally like smaller ships however we wanted to experience the new locks on the Panama canal with this ship. We have priority boarding and it was easy to get ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Frandya

3 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Good but not our best cruise

It went through the "new panama canal". It was amazing to see and enjoy the passage. Other parts were not so amazing. The casino was the poorest we have ever seen at sea with very tight slots. Bingo was a ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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HRRRARAOLCOM

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Norwegian cruises are terrific!

We have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal, but were hesitant about the length of the cruise (15 nights). We have taken numerous cruises, with most of them 7 nights. The experience on Norwegian's Bliss ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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nang1

1 Review Written

Panama Canal cruise is awesome

I had previously done a partial Panama Canal cruise which means the ship went from Ft. Lauderdale through one set of locks and then turned around in Gatun Lake and went back out through the same set of locks with a ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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William Moshier

1 Review Written

Super fun from start to finish.

We really really wanted to sail on the Bliss. The ship exceeded our expectations. The food was great, but what was needed was more time, perhaps another week or two to continue our good time aboard the Bliss. We ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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cruiseeveryday

5 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Bakery at Noon

Bakery at Noon is a joke that a group of us that met on the ship came up with - long story Overall the cruise leaving Miami to LA thru the Panama Canal was very nice. We met some extremely great people and the ...
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Sail Date March 2019


hamjds avatar

hamjds

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Excellent ship and the best staff

Had the most amazing 15 days on Bliss through the Panama Canal. Ship is beautiful and the staff went over and above to make our trip the best yet. Specialty restaurants certainly worth it with the exception of "Q", ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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70 Mach 1

6 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Transiting the new Panama Canal on the largest (and best) cruise ship NCL Bliss

I booked this adventure as it has been at the top of my vacation priorities for a long time. This 15 day transit of the new Panama Canal exceeded even my lofty expectations (I am a seasoned cruiser). The crew and ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Stuck in Lodi

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Would be a 5 star cruise but for a few minor details

We chose this criuse to celebrate our 50th anniversery and had a wonderful time. We chose the beverage and dining packages and could not have been happier with the choice. We are not big drinkers but it was nice ...
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Sail Date March 2019


Norwegian Bliss Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.53.8
Entertainment4.03.9
Public Rooms4.54.1
Fitness Recreation4.53.8
Family3.53.7
Enrichment4.03.5
Service4.54
Value For Money3.53.4
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