Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise due to timing and itinerary. Also, having sailed several smaller ships, wanted to try a mega. My review is based on prior experience on smaller ships, so I’m not sure if I should have been surprised. First, ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to timing and itinerary. Also, having sailed several smaller ships, wanted to try a mega. My review is based on prior experience on smaller ships, so I’m not sure if I should have been surprised. First, I’m a fan of the freestyle dining and give very high marks to “Q” which was the best food on the ship. This could be an industry change, but all “included” meals did not match the quality I’ve experienced on RCC or HAC. Outside of Coco’s, which is phenomenal, I found the desserts to be disappointing, Loved the race track but would never do it more than once. The music/entertainment is outstanding. Especially recommend the Beatles cover band and 4Blue. My biggest disappointments involve the lack of service and personalized attention I have grown accustomed to. Other than the first day, did I ever experience anyone walking around with drink service. Regular restaurant service was poor and the sentiment of staff felt like they were doing us a favor by waiting on us. Several food orders wrong, which I can accept, except recovery also failed. Sat at many tables just waiting to be acknowledged by wait staff or brought coffee or refills. Let’s talk about the unlimited drink package: strange that includes all drinks up to $15.00, but not plain orange juice, water or coffee. Definitely felt like non-drinkers were on the wrong boat. Watch your pours at the bar: I had to take a breathalyzer test due to an accident and it registered 0.00, after 2 mojitos. They tasted good, but what was in them? Line does efficient job with getting on and off the boat, and muster drill was also super efficient - best one yet. Cabin was lovely and space used efficiently. First time on a cruise I had storage space I didn’t use. 11th floor balcony room with double sink. Steward was very good at securing eggcrate mattress topper to add comfort. Overall, the ship is stunning and allows for many places to explore and enjoy. But if you are wanting service and expect folks to assist you, choose another. It’s really ashame as basic training and English lessons could improve the customer experience 10x fold. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Overall, I had a great trip on the Bliss. This a very clean ship with attentive staff. Bring comfortable shoes becasuse you’ll be doing lots of walking. Take note that “solo cruiser” is not the same as being ... Read More
Overall, I had a great trip on the Bliss. This a very clean ship with attentive staff. Bring comfortable shoes becasuse you’ll be doing lots of walking. Take note that “solo cruiser” is not the same as being “single and ready to mingle”. However, they did a nice job of making sure solo cruisers had company for dinner and shows. Pros: Beautiful ship, excellent staff, very clean, great fitness room. Excellent food. Summary:The studio cabin was tiny, but very comfortable. The virtual window was a nice touch. The solo cruiser lounge was quite nice. The lounge is only accessible by stairs, so take note if you can’t do stairs. There was a solo cruise director of sorts who arranged for group dinners and shows which was a nice touch. The “freestyle” cruise experience, is a bust in my opinion. It was hard to get dinner reservations to coincide with seeing an evening show. Cons: Excursions were “eh”, freestyle cruising = no real organization, small pool and a fight for lounge chairs, speciality restaurants are a waste of money. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This is not only my first time on the Norwegian bliss, but also my first time on a cruise ship altogether. Space first I had a balcony room 14222 In the room was better than expected. It was spacious enough to put all of our clothes away ... Read More
This is not only my first time on the Norwegian bliss, but also my first time on a cruise ship altogether. Space first I had a balcony room 14222 In the room was better than expected. It was spacious enough to put all of our clothes away and talk away for suitcases. The bathroom what is large enough to get ready with the shower that I had ample room. The food on the bless is amazing both in the buffet and the restaurants. Hi chose the specialty dining package so I had a choice of three specialty restaurants to attend. I went to Teppanyaki’s, oceans blue, and Cagney steakhouse. All three were better than expected but oceans blue room the top. While On the ship we saw both Havana, and jersey boys. Both shows were worth seeing but the Jersey boys was far better than I thought it was going to be Carrie Though the ship was full, we never had to wait for food or drinks for more than a few minutes. Days at sea the pool was busy, but we were always able to find a seat in the water. The only negative thing I would have to say about the bless is the Manhattan room for dinner what is not of the same caliber as the rest of the restaurants on board. That being said the food was still good and the service was not as efficient as the rest of the ship. Overall this was an amazing experience and I have already booked my next cruise with Norwegian and I cannot wait. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I had a blast on my cruise. The cruise director Jackie Chang ( yes that's his name ) was absolutely hilarious!! The competitions he hosted had me laughing for days ! I still watch the videos on my phone. The speciality dining was good. I ... Read More
I had a blast on my cruise. The cruise director Jackie Chang ( yes that's his name ) was absolutely hilarious!! The competitions he hosted had me laughing for days ! I still watch the videos on my phone. The speciality dining was good. I tried the BBQ place and seafood spot. Good service there. The only complaint I have is the dining room service was entirely too slow. Your meal would come out separately at times ,15 mins after your first part. Dinner was at 830 I wouldn't leave till 1030 sometimes. I also didnt like that there was no captains ball with lobster served. The go carts were fun. Be sure to book ALL entertainment items on the day your bored. Go carts, laser tag, shows..they fill up fast. Garden cafe was ok. Always hard to find a seat. Drinks were def watered down...Overall good cruise and would cruise again.. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose Norwegian Bliss as it was the newest ship in their fleet. We had been on most of the Breakaway class ships with the exception NCL Joy and wanted to explore this ship. Bliss was the best in design by far. Even though there ... Read More
We chose Norwegian Bliss as it was the newest ship in their fleet. We had been on most of the Breakaway class ships with the exception NCL Joy and wanted to explore this ship. Bliss was the best in design by far. Even though there were more than 3000 passengers, the ship never felt very crowded. Norwegian has figured out how to maximize the space without having compensate for it somewhere else. I enjoyed the observation lounge where we had some quiet time during the day and also where we enjoyed the views as the ship sailed smoothly in and out of our destinations. It was also a great place to have a snack without the hustle and bustle of the Garden Cafe. Norwegian has also thought about the smoking in the casino area and has put up a glass partition for the smoking players. Our inside cabin was well designed and even though it was small, we managed to do fine without bumping into each other. There weren't many clothes drawers but ample wardrobe space. We enjoyed the shows "Havana" and "Jersey Boys" but the theater filled up quickly, so it was best to arrive about 20 mins before the show. The Beatles tribute band was also entertaining and they played most of their hits. The cruise director and his staff were great and we participated in the daily activities such as trivia, towel folding and origami. The evening games shows were so funny and entertaining that time just flew by. The food was good and we tried The Local for the daily dinner special and stopped by for "pub grub" when we were in need of a snack. The great thing was that we could get hot food 24/7. The Garden Cafe was buffet style and it offered many choices. We generally stopped there for breakfast but used the main dining rooms for dinner. The main dining rooms were Taste and Savor and we went there on a number of occasions. Whilst the food was high in quality, I felt that it could have been a bit warmer. We also tried Cagney's which was a steakhouse and La Cucina which was Italian. Both were very good. All in all, we enjoyed this cruise very much and would definitely take the Bliss again. Well done Norwegian! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
New ship. New look. Great time everything was easily assessable. Food was to die for something for everyone. Drinks were everywhere Could use more somking areas. Will be looking for another Norwegian Cruise to Alaska. Our Steward ... Read More
New ship. New look. Great time everything was easily assessable. Food was to die for something for everyone. Drinks were everywhere Could use more somking areas. Will be looking for another Norwegian Cruise to Alaska. Our Steward took great care of us. Even the Birthday cake and decorations for my wife was welcome. I think I gained 10 pounds!!!!! I will have to go back and try to lose it!!! Hardly no waiting lines for dinners. Restaurants were all very abliging. Took very good care of us. The Japanese Steakhouse provided great entertainment The Steakhouse steak didn’t need a knife to cut with. The Seafood restaurant had scallops that were out of this world. And I didn’t find any deserts I didn’t like The Casino was my favorite place was a winner and a player of tournaments. Lots of entertainment. All of the bartenders worked hard to keep you happy. Tried many new drinks that I never heard of. Didn’t find any I didn’t like. Lol Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I am Elite on Princess (40 sailings) but wanted a bit more excitement than they offer and I have frequently sailed on Celebrity. I've sailed on Norwegian (Pearl, Epic, Gateaway and Bliss) four times. I was traveling with a group of 16 and ... Read More
I am Elite on Princess (40 sailings) but wanted a bit more excitement than they offer and I have frequently sailed on Celebrity. I've sailed on Norwegian (Pearl, Epic, Gateaway and Bliss) four times. I was traveling with a group of 16 and the group wanted a fun-time with a younger environment so we selected the Bliss. I was most excited to sail on the Bliss. The Bliss is a beautiful ship with a wonderful observation area on 15, staterooms are beautiful, disembarkation and embarkation was the best of any cruise. The Bliss is very clean and the staff was wonderful. My stateroom was on deck 14 two floors below deck 16 which is often times referred to as the Lido deck on other ships. I could hear the music starting around 11:00 am and ending around 12:00 or later every evening. Never an opportunity for nap if you are a light sleeper-- music mostly all day and night. I experienced a squeaking/knocking sound coming from the sliding door for better than fours days before I called the Customer Service Desk which they repaid and sent a wonderful gift for any inconvenience this may have caused. I was not able to see any shows due to no open reservation (you have to make a reservation) or partake in the racing cars because they were booked up quickly or only late night appointments were available. The one treat that I love most on all Norwegian cruises is the coconut sherbet. To my disappointment they had no coconut sherbet. The food on the buffet was average although the oxtails and chicken gumbo was outstanding. Seating in what they call the Garden Cafe was a bit of a challenge during lunch and breakfast but you would eventually find a place as on most ships. The Fitness Center was outstanding with wonderful hours. You can get on the treadmill at 6:00 am. With all side I would sail again staying on a lower deck away from deck 16 and making reservation as soon as i get on the ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Our family just went on the NCL Bliss for the 11/24 sailing out of Miami. I wanted to share some of my opinions about this cruise. Cabin – We had a balcony cabin on the 10th floor, mid ship. I have to say with 2 adults and 1 ... Read More
Our family just went on the NCL Bliss for the 11/24 sailing out of Miami. I wanted to share some of my opinions about this cruise. Cabin – We had a balcony cabin on the 10th floor, mid ship. I have to say with 2 adults and 1 child in the room, it was spacious. The shower space was great too. The balcony was nice. Steward – Danilo was excellent. One of the best we have ever had. Boat – The Bliss is a beautiful ship. Everything is so new and nice. To us, the boat never felt crowded. Elevators – This was the only negative to the boat. Eventhough the boat never felt crowded, the elevators took forever to come. I don’t understand why some buttons control some elevators and won’t call other elevators. You press a button and it lights up 2 elevators, but then you go press the other button, it lights up 4 elevators. It just didn’t have a good flow and was an issue at times, but not that big of a deal. Better to just grab one when you can and go for a ride. MDRs – Were excellent. We thought the menus were great and the food was fantastic. The servers are hit or miss, but he food was excellent. Cagney’s – Ribeye was back on the menu. This was our choice. It was very good. The potatoes au gratin was fantastic. Teppanyaki – Always a great experience. The amount of food is ridiculous. The chefs are great. Q – By far the best restaurant food we had. Our whole party thought everything was so good here. The chili is the best. The brisket was amazing. The grits were great. I have to say that one of the best desserts I have ever had is the bread pudding from here. (Ask them to put a scoop of vanilla on there as well). It was out of this world. Buffet – I am not a huge buffet fan, but this one was nice and clean looking. Pretty good food or quick snacks here. Pool/Kid’s Aqua Park – My son had a blast in the kid’s aqua park. He went up and down the slide at least 100 times. It was fun for all of us. The pool next to the park was nice, but tough to get in and out. Salt water and pretty cold water. This is what I don’t understand. Why don’t you heat the water a little? It was freezing. Slides – The tube slide was fun. There was an accident on the fast slide and they pretty much shut it down for the length of the cruise. No biggie. Mini golf – We had fun here too. Only 5 holes but nice. Also, nice view of go karts from here. Go Karts/Laser – My son is too young to enjoy these, so I’ll wait until he is old enough. No biggie. I was really impressed how quiet the go karts were. Awesome. Jersey Boys – This was really the only show we saw since our son fell asleep right before the 1030 show. It was very good. I have seen the show in Vegas and it’s almost as good. Embarkation/Disembarkation – Very quick and easy UBP – This was fantastic. We tried so many drinks that we normally wouldn’t try. I loved it and worth it as a perk. No brainer. Summary – The Bliss is a great ship. We are doing an Alaska cruise next year as well on the Bliss. The Observation Lounge is incredible. What a great boat and a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Went on this cruise for the grand kids to use the go cart track and the Bliss did not live up to our expectations. The ship was very big with lots of walking and small elevators. Elevators are grouped forward and aft. It seemed like the ... Read More
Went on this cruise for the grand kids to use the go cart track and the Bliss did not live up to our expectations. The ship was very big with lots of walking and small elevators. Elevators are grouped forward and aft. It seemed like the dining staff was over whelmed and short of people. Supervisors were serving and clearing tables in the 3 dinner rooms. It appears NCL is trying to push people to eat where it costs more to improve profits. I ordered a meal from the Local and it arrived wrong and cold. I could not get a new order because nobody came back to check on us. We took the dolphin excursion to Atlantis and ended up fending for ourselves to get to the dolphin encounter. Atlantis is spread out so more walking to find things. We had a good time but disappointed in getting there. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Overall the Bliss is a fantastic ship. The pros so much to do lots of entertainment music dancing shows etc...Silias was an awesome cruise director... cons venues are small not enough free activities for teens staff is stretched thin. ... Read More
Overall the Bliss is a fantastic ship. The pros so much to do lots of entertainment music dancing shows etc...Silias was an awesome cruise director... cons venues are small not enough free activities for teens staff is stretched thin. Food was better in the MDR than speciality restaurant. Pool and waterslides closed at 600pm. However hot tubs are open. Teen curfew is 100am which I have no issues with however the Local will not serve a teen a meal after midnight without a parent. This is stated nowhere. If you want to ride the go carts or watch any of the shows make reservations day one. We arrived in port at 9am was on the ship by 1115am. Boarding group 1 and vibe was already sold out. I stayed on deck 8 only heard the theater once 2nd showing of Havanna but it wasn't loud just occasionally. Overall I would not book this ship again. Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.9
Family 3.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 3.5 3.5

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