Sail Date: March 2019
We had all great experiences on the Bliss ! A hugh thankyou to our cabin guy Ramundo Awsome!!!! The food and entertainment was great ! Lots of fun in the atrium! Great shows ! The ship was immaculate! Excursions were a little too short . ... Read More
We had all great experiences on the Bliss ! A hugh thankyou to our cabin guy Ramundo Awsome!!!! The food and entertainment was great ! Lots of fun in the atrium! Great shows ! The ship was immaculate! Excursions were a little too short . It would have been nice if the atrium shows could have been shown on the big screen on deck as atrium got crowded. The pool deck screen was underutilized. More stuff could have been shown on it instead of screensaver type stuff. I would definitely take this cruise again staff were very nice . They were all super friendly and went out of their way to take care of us. I think they may want to look into the slide that hangs over the pool side . I got stuck in it and had to climb out the trap door on the side.! Apparently this happens frequently , I was told I wasn’t big enough . I am 5ft 3 and average weight . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife and I have cruised on Carnival, RCL and Celbrity this was our first time on NCL, we both agreed it was our best cruise to date. The entertainment, food, dinning options, restaurants, bars, exercise facility and staff were great. We ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised on Carnival, RCL and Celbrity this was our first time on NCL, we both agreed it was our best cruise to date. The entertainment, food, dinning options, restaurants, bars, exercise facility and staff were great. We dined at Teppanyaki, La Cucina and Cagney's. Our favorite was La Cucina, we enjoyed the presentation at Teppanyaki, the filets we had at Cagney's were ok. Main dinning room meals were great and had a nice selection. The buffet meant expectations and unlike other ships we never had a problem finding seats. We had lunch at The Local twice, and again were not disappointed. Bliss is an amazing ship, its big but very easy to get around on. By every elevator is a touch screen where you can get directions to any venue on the ship as well as a list of the days activities. The ship accommodates the number of guests well, while some venues were crowded it wasn't overwhelming. Our aft section cabin was 12292, a bit small but comfortable, the balcony was a little larger since it was on the beginning of the bump and slightly facing aft. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and fast. Our next cruise will be on NCL. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
This was our first NCL cruise and we selected the Bliss because it was a new ship and it included an upscale Haven area. I have cruised for many years but this was my husband's first cruise and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. The ... Read More
This was our first NCL cruise and we selected the Bliss because it was a new ship and it included an upscale Haven area. I have cruised for many years but this was my husband's first cruise and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. The seas were calm despite it being windy. We stayed in cabin 18106 and our steward Randolf was excellent. He greeted us every time with a huge smile on his face. His towel animals were priceless especially the hanging monkey. If you are lucky enough to be assigned to one of his cabins you will be amazed. Roland our butler was outstanding. He always made sure all of our requests were taken care of in a smiling professional manner. His snack choices were great. Roland was so knowledgeable he could be the Concierge. As we were leaving we learned he was going to take over for Patrick our Concierge for a week while Patrick was off the ship. We were thrilled for him. The Haven Restaurant is very good. The sea bass was wonderful. Lunch choices are also very tasty. Although we wished they had a club sandwich option. We truly enjoyed the quiet laid back atmosphere of the Haven. We also were able to go to the other restaurants like the Bistro which was excellent - try the creme brulee. LaCucina was a disappointment. The food was only average but sitting outside for dinner was a treat. Skip the fettuccine Alfredo it was not very good. Ocean Blue was good and the food was extremely hot (temperature wise). Try the grouper. Jersey Boys was wonderful and it lasted almost 2 hours. Havana was good but not of the same caliber. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. The new facial recognition program as we disembarked the ship was fabulous. No long line. We were off the ship by 9:15. In addition, getting on the ship was extremely smooth too. We wished there had been a golf simulator on board. Or some golf excursions. But otherwise there are tons of activities to do - or not do. All of the staff were very gracious, smiling and more than willing to go out of their way to provide top notch service. If you're considering a cruise and are afraid of going on such a large ship - book a Haven room, you won't be disappointed. We'll definitely go again on NCL in a Haven room. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We booked a Penthouse Suite which was not what we expected, it was small with a balcony that was more like a “Ledge”, certainly not a balcony. It’s advertised as sleeps 4, believe me it’s not big enough for 2. Don’t waste your ... Read More
We booked a Penthouse Suite which was not what we expected, it was small with a balcony that was more like a “Ledge”, certainly not a balcony. It’s advertised as sleeps 4, believe me it’s not big enough for 2. Don’t waste your money, it’s a complete ripoff. Although not on the same floor we did have access to the Haven which was lovely but a lot of wasted unused space. All the rooms on the ship plus the balconies were extremely small. I guess the idea was to squeeze in as many passengers as possible, forget about their comfort. For the amount of passengers there are not enough elevators, you had to wait a long time to be able to get on the elevator. The pool area was a joke, the chairs and bodies were stacked on top of each other. You couldn’t move without bumping into someone and definitely not enough space to accommodate the number of passengers. Norweigen has butlers for the Haven,they should really do without them, the only thing they do is show up for a tip at the end, another waste. The food was bland, no taste, that was all the meals. In the speciality restaurants the tables are so jammed together the noise level is unbearable. On a,positive note the service was excellent. However, that is our last cruise on Norweigen. There are to many other ships to choose from and we know what they advertise is exactly what we get. That is not the case with NCL. Read all the reviews before you book this ship or line for that matter. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
NCL Bliss is a beautiful, but very large :)) ship. Taking a cruise has been on my bucket list for many years, and was finally able to mark it off. After debating whether or not to go to Alaska or Caribbean, decided on Eastern Caribbean. ... Read More
NCL Bliss is a beautiful, but very large :)) ship. Taking a cruise has been on my bucket list for many years, and was finally able to mark it off. After debating whether or not to go to Alaska or Caribbean, decided on Eastern Caribbean. Ports included Tortola, BVI; St Thomas, VI and Nassau, Bahamas. Arrived in Miami the Thursday prior to Saturday departure. Explored Miracle Mile but was not that impressed. Next time will plan something more entertaining as there is much to do there. When first arrived at Miami Port on day of embarkation, really didn't know exactly what to expect except what I had read. However, it went extremely smooth and quick. Was onboard within 30 mins. or so of arrival. Stayed in new studio staterooms newly developed on cruise ships specifically for solo travelers like myself. We had our own beautiful studio lounge with expresso machine, snacks, water, juice, etc. They even have wine station but it is pay per glass and not part of beverage package. JP was crew member who set up many solo functions, such as daily meetings, dinners and shows to attend as a group, if desired. However, I choose to do most of the stuff on my own as I had made reservations for most of these a couple months ahead of cruise. Activities crew, which included cruise director Dan Dan, Junior, Anika, among others, were very entertaining, putting together many trivia games, as well as their own version of Deal or No Deal game in the atrium daily. Among one of my favorite things I participated in learning the "Thriller" dance by the late Michael Jackson. Other favorites included hilarious late night 18+ comedy show. Made reservation in Social Comedy Club, headliner was Steve Smith. He had us rolling in laughter entire 30 mins or so he was onstage. A couple nights later they had a first come first serve (no reservations required) 18+ show in the Bliss Theater, which included, in addition to Steve Smith, another headliner, Spencer James. He too put on an extremely entertaining show. Attended Havana show, which was good. However, really enjoyed Jersey Boys show. Both of which I highly recommend you reserve ahead of time online, as soon as your are able. Complimentary dining rooms were good for most part. Only down side was I felt service was slow at times, but staff was very friendly. Only specialty restaurant I tried was Los Lobos. Had chicken enchiladas which were very delicious, just wish would have been a larger helping instead of only two enchiladas. Took advantage of complimentary room service a couple of mornings for breakfast which roissant rolls, fresh fruit, cereal, etc. You can also get Omelettes or French Toast for fee of $7.95. Chose the Ultimate Beverage package for my promo. Although not sure I would have purchased it had it not been a promo as I am not a very heavy drinker. However, did like occasional margarita, mixed drink or beer, & being able to have a drink whenever wanted without having to pay for each one as they ran an average of 10.95 each, as it also included soda. Of course the gratitude of this package is included in cost of cruise and believe it was between $105 to $115, maybe little more. Do not recall exact amount. As with many other guest, had issue at pool deck with guest "reserving" sun loungers foro themselves or friends/family members, by placing towels, shoes, hats etc while they went to breakfast or whatever they did, despite it is requested you refrain for doing this. You would walk out there looking for chair, only to find more than half the chairs had stuff in them, but no one was there with them. They say there is a 30 min rule and your belonging will be removed if you are not there, however I witnessed firsthand this rule is not enforced. For ship that size it needs larger pool area and they need to implement a stricter policy regard the lounge chairs. They do have separate adult and kid pool area which I like. Pulse Fitness center was very nice, with lots of equipment and machines. though I only made it there once. Also have nice jogging/walking tracking. Did lot of walking though as took stairs 99% if the time. Will definitely cruise on the Bliss again. Took advantage of their CruiseNext program where you can make one to four deposits for future cruises and get onboard credit amounts based on how many deposits you place. You have up to four years to use them and decide where you want to go. Next cruise will probably be to Alaska, hopefully. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my first cruise, so I didn't have anything to compare it to. That being said, I've stayed at many high quality all-inclusive resorts. I was very disappointed by the Bliss, the staff, and the overall cruise. Firstly, ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I didn't have anything to compare it to. That being said, I've stayed at many high quality all-inclusive resorts. I was very disappointed by the Bliss, the staff, and the overall cruise. Firstly, the staff looked MISERABLE. No one was happy. I felt like a burden to the waiters and bartenders when ordering. No one had a smile on their face and when it was time for me to place my order, I was pointed to and oftentimes not even talked to. It felt like a hole-in-the-wall bar on a busy Saturday night. The layout of the cruise ship and lack of elevators was maddening. Most of the restaurants were in inconvenient locations and were LOUD. This ship needs many more elevators. We often gave up after 5-10 minutes of waiting and took the stairs. Next, the casino was an absolute sham. The dealer at the roulette table missed my winning bets TWICE and the blackjack dealer was tipping off other patrons at my table. I've never seen this type of thing before. It was absolutely sickening. Next, the pool area was a joke. There was ONE pool for 4200+ passengers and ALL of the chairs were filled up all day, every day. I hated how the hot tubs were an afterthought and tucked away from the pool. They--no surprise--were also always filled up. The shops on board were a complete rip-off. The prices were super inflated and the employees were rude. They all-but rolled their eyes when I asked to negotiate a price. NONE of the staff members were memorable, approachable, or friendly. NONE. It was like I was a guest at a busy restaurant and was an inconvenience to them. I didn't feel welcomed. Also, I never once met my room caretaker. I didn't even know his name, or did he even wave to us when we were around. I was also very disappointed by the port stops and excursions. I didn't at all feel like I got my money's worth. All of the port shops were tourist traps and were way too expensive. No one there was friendly either. Furthermore, it was NEVER explained which ports required an ID for re-entry into the boat or what to expect at every stop. As a first time cruiser, I could've easily forgotten my ID and then not allowed back on the boat. I was not prepared for this. The entertainment was awful. If it wasn't for Jersey Boys, I'd call it high-school drama level. I left this boat frustrated, ripped off, nickle-and-dimed and completely unsatisfied. It makes me never want to cruise again and that deeply saddens me. Pros: * Dining options * Great food, all the time * Go-Karts * Jersey Boys was great * Great, clean balcony room * Beautiful ship * Onboarding/Offboarding was quick and easy * Great wifi Cons: * Unhappy, defeated staff * Service was slow and sloppy * Casino was a sham * On-board shops were a scam * Ports were forgettable * Not enough elevators. Not even close * Pool area was small and lacking. No chairs available * The entertainment was downright embarrassingly bad * Daily activities were poorly put together and lacking in quality * Ship layout was...weird... to say the least Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Just got back from this cruise and since I have a few big + and a few big - I thought it would be useful to provide a review. We travelled two families and we are from Europe (Sweden) and we have been on one cruise previously. Dining ... Read More
Just got back from this cruise and since I have a few big + and a few big - I thought it would be useful to provide a review. We travelled two families and we are from Europe (Sweden) and we have been on one cruise previously. Dining - quality in a la Carte restaurants included in all inclusive was way below expectations given Norwegians reputation. Service in restaurants - this was probably the worst I have ever experienced. They got orders wrong. They left us sitting with finished plates. They were very rude also in situations where we were not being critical (rolling eyes, looking away, sighing etc). Pool deck - terribly crowded and impossible to get a sun bed if you arrive later than 9 am. Costs - from the outset it feels that Norwegian is doing their best to milk more money from their guests. There are many additional costs. Youth club - very nice, friendly, joyful and imaginative staff. Our 4 year old loved this!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We had friends going on this cruise so we joined them. It was our first cruise. I loved sitting out on the balcony at night you could see so many stars. The food was great. We did have to wait a long time at Cagney's, they gave us ... Read More
We had friends going on this cruise so we joined them. It was our first cruise. I loved sitting out on the balcony at night you could see so many stars. The food was great. We did have to wait a long time at Cagney's, they gave us extra drinks to compensate. There is always something to do on ship. We didn't do some activities we wanted to as we were still at another activity. Warning! Don't have beads in your hair if you want to do the waterslide! LOL Actually the only thing that upset me was the smoking area. On the aft sundeck you are squeezed into a small area when they could have made half the deck smoking. The bar could even be on the non-smoking side. I know there will be backlash to the smoking area, but just asking for a little room to move and not having people squished in like sardines in a can. All said we had a great time! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
The Bliss does not have a sports area, only a tiny 5 course mini golf area, no pool activities. Indoor activities are very slim, no Quest on this ship. Basically this ship is for relaxation or if your a person that does not like any ... Read More
The Bliss does not have a sports area, only a tiny 5 course mini golf area, no pool activities. Indoor activities are very slim, no Quest on this ship. Basically this ship is for relaxation or if your a person that does not like any activities. Customer service I thought was very poor, I felt most of the staff seems unhappy. The bartenders at The Local were the best and always fun. Comedy was just ok, Jersey Boys is a must see. My cabin steward did a great job with my cabin, always very clean. We did the specialty restaurants they were all outstanding, food was delish! The garden cafe did seem to have a good variety of different foods, I did get sick of something I ate in the Garden Cafe (Buffet). Very easy to get off when docked they opened two gangways and seemed to have a good flow going. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because of the size of the ship, the numerous food and entertainment options, and the size of the staterooms. We also thought our 11 year old twin daughters would enjoy all of the activities for them. First, we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the size of the ship, the numerous food and entertainment options, and the size of the staterooms. We also thought our 11 year old twin daughters would enjoy all of the activities for them. First, we spent the previous night in Miami, and stayed just north of the airport to save at least $150 compared to hotels near the port. Uber XL the following morning was less than $30 to the port terminal the next day. Embarkation was super easy! We boarded at 10:30AM, and carried our own luggage. We waited in line less than 5 minutes, and the process was quick and easy. Even though our room wasn’t ready, we were allowed to drop off our suitcases. We stayed in mini suite #10800, and found it to be plenty roomy. The bathroom was large with two sinks, and a large shower. The shower size was important to me since I have some mobility issues after losing my right leg and walking with a prosthesis. A shower chair was provided on request. I was able to get around the room reasonably well, but needed to crab walk past the bed. There’s also a half step up to get in the bathroom, so this was a little tricky. With my prosthesis on, I had no trouble getting in/out of the bathroom. The shower had a perfectly placed grab rail as well. There was a large closet with lots of hangars, cubbies for t-shirts/shorts/etc, and a safe. There were several outlets on the counter next to the TV and above the mini fridge. There were also 3 cabinets with shelves inside below the TV which offered extra storage. The balcony was surprisingly large and had two comfy chairs and a large table. We found our stateroom to be soundproof and never heard anyone above, below, or next to us on either side. Room blackening curtain was fantastic over the balcony sliding glass door. Our steward, Mel, was absolutely fantastic. He spent a lot of time with our girls, and they couldn’t wait to learn how to make towel animals each night, as well as the chance to ask him where he was from and about his family. Mel is a true gentleman. He took great care of our room, and we never wanted for anything extra. Our stateroom was always clean, and always had fresh ice. We never touched the mini bar. We had the Ultimate Beverage Package which was great. Every bar we went to throughout the ship was well-stocked, and we never waited more than a minute for service even during peak times. We also purchased the soda/water package for our daughters which was also well worth it. We typically ate breakfast and lunch at the Garden Cafe on deck 16, and the food was quite good with a great array of choices. For dinner, we went to Teppanyaki twice. This is a must-do, even if you have to pay for it. The chef’s show was fantastic, and the food was wonderful. Portions are massive. Q BBQ was also great, and the short ribs were tender and delicious. Ocean Blue was also excellent. At each of the pay restaurants there are photographers who will take your picture and at the end of the meal offer to sell a package or single photo. This is your only opportunity to buy the photos as they won’t appear on your room account/photo code. We also ate at the Local, and they have fantastic wings. The Manhattan Room was very nice, with rotating menu options and classic menu options that do not change. We thought the complimentary food choices and options were great! Frankly, besides Teppanyaki, I didn’t want for anything else. My daughters always found plenty of things they enjoyed as well and had zero complaints. During our at sea days, we hung out at the pool on deck 16. Be sure to get there by 7AM or you won’t get a chair. It fills up quickly! Service was great at the the two bars. Tipping your server will get you fantastic, friendly, and frequent service. I typically gave $20 each day we were on the pool deck, and in return we were served given ice filled buckets of beer in perfectly timed intervals! Carlo and Joe found us each day. They are both fun to BS with, are super friendly, and are fantastic at what they do! Our girls loved the pool, hot tubs (there are four on deck 17), and also spent a ton of time on the slides. The bands that played daily included Siglo and Familiar Strangers. They were fun, played good tunes, and sounded great! The DJ playing music in between the bands was also good. At night, there were themed parties including 80’s and 90’s night. We loved the pool deck area and spent a lot of time there relaxing. Besides the water park/pools/slides/hot tubs, our daughters and my wife loved the race track. They didn’t do the laser tag. They also loved the ping pong tables. Our girls tried the Splash Academy, and enjoyed the freedom of being old enough to sign in and out after a minimum 2 hour stay. I was surprised to hear how much fun they had there, with age appropriate activities and games - they actually asked if they could go back! The staff in the Splash Academy were great and our girls really enjoyed it. Arriving at St. Thomas, we found disembarkation to be quick and easy. We did the Powercat and Snorkeling excursion, and had a BLAST. The crew with Coolboats USVI were fun, the included rum punch was delicious and plentiful. We first snorkeled and got to see stingrays, turtles, and many tropical fish. Then, we went to the beach for a little over an hour, followed by a cruise back to port with a dance contest. Perception at the time indicated awesome dance skills. Review of video later showed that the rum punch skewed perceptions. This was a great experience and we would do it again. St. Thomas is still recovering from the hurricanes, and there are a lot of boarded up shops. Next, we stopped at Tortola and opted to take a cab to Cane Garden Bay beach on the North side of the island. Cab fare in an open, safari type F-350 was $16 per person round trip. The cab ride was interesting...lots of steep, narrow roads. It took about 15” to get from port to the beach and vice versa. Build in some extra time as the trucks won’t leave until they’re full of passengers. Tortola is also still recovering from the hurricanes. Beach chairs were $20 for a pair with included umbrella. Beer was cheap on the beach, at $3 for a bottle of Coors Light. This is a BEAUTIFUL beach, and we didn’t find it too crowded. We loved our day here and would definitely do it again. Following a day at sea where made port at Nassau. This is definitely a tourist trap type of place and was very busy with a total of 5 large cruise ships in port at the same time. We took a cab to Cable Beach, with round trip costing $8. Beach chairs were negotiated to $30 per pair, and umbrella negotiated to $10. There are lots of people here selling snacks, water, soda, and beer, as well as an endless variety of “stuff” like conch shells, jewelry, swimwear, etc. There are stands selling drinks from coconuts and food. You can also buy fried and BBQ chicken from people selling this out of backpacks. We passed on the backpack chicken, but saw several others brave enough to buy then actually eat the chicken. You can parasail, rent a jet ski, or ride on a towed banana inflatable. The beach was stunningly beautiful, the people were friendly, and we had a great day! We saw Jersey Boys which was good, and we found the Bliss theater to be very nice. We also caught the Beatles show in The Cavern. This show was a blast and the band members fed off the positive vibe in the room that night, playing longer than scheduled. The shopping options were nice, and we stocked up on duty free liquor that was reasonable priced. Our girls loved the charm bracelets with $5 charms of the day. T-shirt sales were held at least twice, with a good selection of 2 for $10 shirts. Disembarkation was super easy, and we chose self-assist. If you don’t mind carrying your own baggage on and off the ship, this is the quickest and easiest option in my opinion. We loved our experience on the Bliss, and look forward to going again next year. We’ll probably try a western Caribbean cruise. Overall, our service and experience was spectacular! Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.5 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 3.5 0.0

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