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Norwegian Bliss

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About
Passengers: 4,004   |   Crew: 1,716
Passengers to crew: 2.33:1
Passengers to space: 38.8:1
Launched: 2018   

Decks

  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
  • Deck 10
Additional decks
Deck 5 layout
Cabins
  Family Inside Stateroom (I1)  
  Inside Stateroom (IX)  
  Inside Stateroom (IC)  
  Mid-ship Oceanview with Large Picture Window (OB)  
  Oceanview with Large Picture Window (OX)  
  Family Oceanview with Large Picture Window (O8)  
  Family Oceanview with Large Picture Window (O1)  
 

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Balcony
Cabin size: 175 - 495 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 223
Accessible rooms: 16
Maximum passengers: 6
Number of cabins: 1088
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ww11hort wrote a review 03 Jul
La Verne, California62 contributions32 helpful votes
People have raved for years how wonderful cruises are. This was my first and will certainly be my last cruise. We had three rooms for the family. We had asked for all three rooms to be together. Two were, ours was across ship from the rest of the family. The room was the size of a postage stamp. There wasn't even enough room to walk between the wall and the bed. The Norwegian wanted to nickel and dime us for anything extra, including almost $200 for internet. Two ports we docked at secondary locations, while other ships were docked at the excursion points. This caused us to take a shuttle which was up to an hour round trip and limited our excursion times. The food and staff were good. One stop was at Victoria, which is one of my favorite cities, but the stop was late at night and for a limited time. They had an arcade center for kids that was limited and overpriced. The minature golf course was pretty bogus. For all you cruise lovers, God bless you. My recommendation is to fly to whatever location you want to enjoy, and savor that area. They were good about getting our luggage on board, and getting our luggage to our intended airport when we headed home. On top of all the other indignities, they charged a mandatory gratuity at the end of the trip.
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Michelle D wrote a review 03 Jul
Pooler, Georgia1 contribution1 helpful vote
From first contact they were very attentive, returning calls answering any questions until we booked and paid in full. Once payment was received and we had more questions calls were never return or answered. We booked flight and transportation thru them, and qhen flights we canceled, or delayed for more than 4 hours, there was no one to contact for help. We booked Norwegian Escape oceanview for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I was disappointed in the food, entertainment and the excursions. During an excursion to Cannes, one we booked thru Norwegian, didnt go to the stops that were included, lost half our group and 2 ppl had to find way back onto the ship. They advertised vcertain ports of call, but It was a additional 45 minutes to 1 hour to travel to those cities. So you if you didn't book and excursion Norwegian did provide rides off the port for $20. Or you could use public transportation if offer for $2-6 round trip per person to travel to what was considered the center of the city you were in. We contacted Norwegian about issue and was offered on board credit on our next booking, but after this experience we will never book with Norwegian again.
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Maggie wrote a review Jun 2024
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Hands down the worst cruise I've ever been on. I've been on all the major cruise lines such as Princess, RCL, Carnival and Celebrity. Everything was absolutely terrible on this one, except Alaska. Alaska was beautiful and an amazing experience, but so many other cruise lines have Alaskan cruises. The food was the worst. I was looking forward to a week of rest and eating whatever I wanted. I came back from a week long cruise having lost 3 lbs. Who goes on a cruise and loses weight?! A diet of salad and bread does that to you because the food is almost inedible. The food was bland, and always cold. I ordered a veggie burger and it was like eating a hockey puck. I love dessert and was looking forward to having dessert at every meal, but the desserts were so tasteless and oddly all the same texture. We were only able to book one reservation at the pay restaurants because they were completely booked and even that food was worse than what I'd get at a Taco Bell. There were just way too many people. I know it's summer and their busy season, but on other cruise ships they can handle the crowds. Bliss fails at this. There were multiple times we couldn't find seating at the buffet restaurant. The elevators were always a mess and had long waits. The included in our fee restaurants couldn't handle the crowds either, so expect a wait for those too! The bars were always super crowded (and serving up the most watered down drinks). We were in a non-smoking balcony, but the people next to us would smoke everyday on their balcony. It really ruined the time we tried to enjoy on the balcony. The Jersey Boys production was really good! That was one highlight on the ship, but their other production Icons was not great. The band was good, but the singers were not good at all. The time spent in each area was way too short. We did a short excursion in Ketchikan and by the time we grabbed a shuttle back, it was almost time to leave. We didn't even get to walk around Juneau because our excursion, which was only 4 hrs. long, didn't allow enough time. The line for the shuttle back to the ship was extremely long so we walked the mile back. We didn't even get off in Victoria because we didn't arrive until after 8pm and by this stop (the last one) we were just over the short amount of time and weird port times. Be prepared to spend a lot of $$$$. We're not shoppers or gamblers, only went to one pay restaurant, but yet you're nickle and dimed for everything! Overall, not a cruise I'd ever recommend to anyone, not a cruise line I'd ever take again and I wish I had chosen a different one for our Alaskan cruise.
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Travelin’ Girl wrote a review Jun 2024
Mobile, Alabama9 contributions1 helpful vote
NCL Bliss to Alaska June 2024 things you should know before booking Ports: Sitka, Juneau, Icy Strait Point/Hoonah, Ketchikan, Victoria BC out of Seattle In Sitka, Icy Strait Point, and Ketchikan, the ship docks several miles from town. Too far to walk. You will spend lots of already extremely limited port time trying to get shuttled into town. In Ketchikan, we were warned not to wait until close to time for the last shuttle because it would be busy with a lot of people trying to catch the last shuttle. So I got back to the pick up point 45 minutes early. Imagine my surprise when I found that the line for the shuttles was already a half mile long. I waited an hour and 15 minutes in line just to get on a bus. In Icy Strait Point, I never even found the shuttle pickup point. And port staff were unable to direct me to the pickup location. They all acted as if they had no idea where it was. So I never made it to Hoonah. This left me to explore only the port area that NCL created, not the actual town. Funny thing is, this was the port with the longest port time and I wasn’t even able to use the time to the fullest. Restaurants on the ship don’t open until an hour AFTER everyone gets off in ports. The Observation Lounge serves very stale breakfast pastries at 5:30 am with very few options for food and beverages OR you can wait until 30 minutes after disembark time to eat in the buffet, where copious numbers of children are allowed to lick their fingers and handle all of the utensils completely unsupervised. Main dining rooms open at 7 and 7:30, a full hour after everyone disembarks for port call. When you return from your time in port, please do not expect to eat in the main dining rooms as they close right as everyone is trying to reboard the ship. So again, limited restaurants available other than the buffet so you will have to wait in line for food if you want something other than the buffet. This was not my first time on NCL and certainly did not live up to the standards I have come to expect with this line. The ship was clean, staff was mostly friendly and helpful, food in main dining rooms was just as good as previous cruises. Overall, the price on this cruise was very high for the port issues we experienced and the room category I got. If you want to go to Alaska on a cruise, I would highly recommend that you do it! Just not on NCL Bliss.
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FarAway43472332487 wrote a review Jun 2024
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Poor food choices, not enough seating and rude servers. Most of the furniture was worn or crudely patched and many had to sit in folding chairs to watch a show. If you didn't get there early there was no place to sit at all. All the good restaurants were sold out months before the cruise even began. If you're not a Haven guest expect sub par service everywhere. Hawkers at every corner trying to sell you something. The shows were mediocre at best. If it wasn't for the scenic views and good travelling companions the trip would have been a total bust. They don't dock in town in any of the ports and treat you like cattle on the shuttles sometimes waiting for over an hour to get to town or back. They arrive at some ports at 6am, when nothing is open but their own shops, and leave around noon. The ports are way overcrowded with as many as six ships docked at once.
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