Hello all, just got off the Bliss and it was fantastic! I went with my husband, son (16), and two nephews 15 and 17 years old. My perspective is from young 40ish year olds, who have have cruised Symphony of the Seas, Allure, Harmony, Oasis on RCCL and Getaway and Escape plus others on NCL. We also cruised Disney and Carnval Breeze a couple of years ago as well. I will insert several tips for future cruisers as well.
Embarkation - Super easy. I had my two nephews and thought that it would be a hassle with the consent form but when I provided their passports they asked for the consent forms with the parents driver's license and that's it. We got there at 10:15am and were in boarding group 3. My mission was to get there early so I could get to the Social to sign up for the race cars and lazer tags for the kids. I was successful.
Sign-ups/registration for Race Track/Lazer tag and Comedy- Ok, Day 1, hour 1 was the most hectic experience I have ever had on a cruise ship ever. Rushing downstairs to get to the Social to register was nerve recking. They kept telling us that only one person need to be in line to register, but I have 3 teens. Also, you need to coordinate the times with your other reservations for dining and shows. If you have another adult with you, have one person register for the cars/lazer tag and have the other stand in line for the Comedy. Take a deep breath and know that planning in the beginning will pay off for the rest of the cruise. Do not explore ship or eat first, you have all week for that.
Wifi/NCL App- We paid beforehand for the Social Media package for the boys, for I think $87 each, and it was all that was needed for them. We also bought on the first day the text option for the NCL app so we could communicate while on board. It's $9.95 a person an worth it. You should visit the Wifi area after registering for the GC/LT, the connection is poor in the interior of the ship with your regular service.
Dining- I love, love, love all of NCL food options, We ate at the Hibachi restaurant that was superb, Cagneys was excellent and Q. By the time we ate at Q, we were so full from the delicious food from everywhere else we could barely it. I had the Salmon at Q and it was great. Just too full.... I rate the food overall as a 9 and I was on Symphony of the Seas on RCCL in November. I ate at Taste and Savor for breakfast and dinner and was super satisfied with the service and quality of food.
Casino- This ship really delivered. Within the first 10 minutes of the Casino opening someone won $22,000 on a slot. Holy Crap.. I didn't believe it then I met a person who sat next to the guy who won, and they were pissed at themselves. I saw multiple handpays (wins over $1200) and both my husband and I won big (over a thousand) on multiple nights playing only a $1.20 bet. I think the more people complained about the machines being tight the more they adjusted the machines.
Temperature of the Ship- This is for packing purposes, I didn't need a jacket but some nights it was breezy.
Go Carts/Lazer tag- The go carts are so worth it. I understand the nominal fee. If you have something that fun, I would want to go over and over again. That fee and reserving slots regulates that. The cars are faster than I thought and be aware of sharp curves. Super fun. The boys did lazer tag twice as well and had fun both nights. If your kids are into Fortnite they will love this.
Teen Entourage- Like I said earlier, I brought 15,16 and 17 years on this cruise. They enjoyed having somewhere to go and hang out and explore. I think they ate at the Local 3-4 times a day.
Shows- Did not do, to busy winning in the casino... LOL!
Thermal Spa- Worth the money to get away and relax and get in a therapy pool and go to the sauna, steam and snow room.
Comedy Show- Reserved the 18+ show, it was sooo funny. Worth it!
Let me know if this is helpful. I'll continue tonight.