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  1. Hello all! I am going to be diligent in trying to get this full review done in a timely fashion. Enjoying my final day in Seattle for our 10 day trip. We flew in very late Friday, August 9 from Philadelphia and checked in to the Sound Hotel (by Hilton). This is an extremely accessible hotel near Fourth and Blanchard. We were within walking distance for the monorail for the space needle and all the tourist traps near pike market. We also were so close to the Bliss we walked instead of grabbing an Uber. if booking this hotel, I highly recommend booking through the website itself and not a third party. We stayed two nights and did two separate bookings. The hotel had one night, but not the other, so Expedia and the hotel were going back and forth for about an hour. The hotel itself is brand, modern, and quite spacious. Walk in shower, and very comfortable sleeping conditions. Check out the fire pit patio on the 7th floor. After a nights sleep, I was up and ready to explore the city on Saturday. We took the two stop monorail to the space needle and explored that and the Chinchuly Gardens. Both are worth the time if it’s your first visit. I was scared as hell to put my back up against the glass on the top of the space needle, but joined in with everyone else (last one). We got to check out the Joy getting ready for their journey. The gardens are glass sculptures are beautiful and worth checking out. Great photo opportunities! Later in the day, we checked out the piers and pike market... all enjoyable and picture worthy; although, quite crowded on a Saturday. So far in these areas, Seattle is quite beautiful, hipster, clean, and relatively few homeless compared to Philly. Later that night, we wanted to check out the Seattle gay scene and ubered over to Capitol Hill. It was an absolute gorgeous evening, grabbing dinner at an Italian restaurant(Tavolota). I make pasta from scratch, and this was the best homemade pasta I’ve had. Afterwards we walked around, people watched, and explored. This is definitely where we noticed it a little more sketchy. I didn’t feel unsafe with a group, but just a little edgy part of the city.
  2. June 2, 2018 The Norwegian Bliss was Christened on May 30, 2018 by Godfather Elvis Duran and will begin her first voyage to Alaska today. Seattle (Washington) Ketchikan(Alaska) Juneau (Alaska) Sawyer Glacier (Alaska) Skagway (Alaska) Victoria(British Columbia) Seattle (Washington) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Both the Bliss & Encore have been moored just of the UK's south coast. Though you might like to see the Norwegian Bliss today, sitting pretty next to Britannia, & Marella Discovery No pic of Encore, sorry.
  4. Looking into a balcony cabin on bliss in Alaska June 2021 trying to have best views from balcony heads north from Seattle thru interior Thinking starboard would be best any input is helpful only have sailed Caribbean
  5. Hi guys. Any of you sailed the Norwegian Bliss in a suite and either liked or disliked that exact suite? Thank you in advance. Louie
  6. I've had a Mexican Riviera cruise booked for 4-11-2021 since last September. It has since disappeared on the NCL site. There are also several weeks between March 14 and April 18 that nothing comes up for Bliss. On the Cruises only site the April 11, 2021 is still selling. Anyone know what's going on with Bliss at those times.
  7. Hi, was wondering if ncl still offer free transfer on Deluxe owner's suite (H2) on Bliss? It doesn't seems included on print material anymore. Thanks
  8. These two beauties were docked side by side in Tortola…I sure do miss being on the top deck of a cruise ship!
  9. Have some fcc and a cruise next certificate so thinking of booking Alaska 2022 now. Sailing round trip Seattle. Always wanted to try the Encore, but may like Bliss' ports better. If you have been on both, is there a big difference. If you do have a preference, why? Also, for sightseeing in Seattle and Alaska, was thinking July is the best month, yes? Thank you!
  10. I was just scrolling through Bliss reviews, and was shocked to see this! "Well this is the last day of our cruise and third sea day in a row. I guess that emergency announcement at 1 AM was a woman stabbed her husband to death last night. Pretty grim news she’s in the brig and he’s in the morgue. I’m sure the police will be waiting for her as we disembark in New York in the morning.On a lighter note I went to see Jersey boys last night do not miss it it’s one of the best shows you’ll ever see true Broadway production!" A quick Google News search doesn't turn anything up. Anyone else know anything about this?
  11. Hi...is there a way to definitively tell which of these suites have the tubs vs walk in showers? It appears to be deck 9 has the tubs and the others have the walk ins...is this correct? Also, what are the "food amenities"? Is there a special menu or is it just "random" what you get? Thanks in advance.
  12. I don't think that I have seen this information on cruisecritic but I might have missed it! What I have heared in the news here is that they should have disembarked in Copenhagen but weren't allowed to enter Denmark. https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/crew-crewing/gothenburg-steps-small-crew-change-two-ncl-ships
  13. Just a few years late, but for anyone that might have been on the Norwegian Bliss to Alaska on August 11, 2018 here are a few photos of the ship leaving Waterford Park in Seattle. Note: I am missing cruising so much as I am sure many others are as well that I am reviewing all of my previous cruise photos and memories. It is a great way to cruise when you can't actually cruise. ;)
  14. I noticed the Bliss and Encore are currently on the move together. Anyone know where they are headed? I guess I’m holding out hope they are on their way back to the states.
  15. I don't know if I'm crazy or not, but I have just booked a Mexican Riviera cruise on the Bliss in Suite 18108. Traveling with another couple (my brother). When Covid struck we were on a 30-day South Pacific Cruise an we were glued to the TV. I'm hoping that my 2021 cruise is far enough out that the virus will be mitigated by then. (I hope.). I canceled our Ireland/Scotland cruise because we didn't want the long flight from LAX to Europe (and back). The Mex Riv cruise doesn't require any flights for us - R/T Los Angeles. I have never been on the Bliss. I think the last time I cruised NCL we were on the Jewel several years back. I'm a Platinum member just a few more points to Plus. I hope I'm not the only crazy one out there who's booking cruises amid a pandemic!
  16. Two questions (for now... more later😉): 1) Which would you choose (for 7 days) and why: Vibe Beach Club or Thermal Suite? 2) What is the current (7-day) price? From what I could find, they are almost the same: $209 (onboard) for Vibe, and $249 (pre-book) for the Thermal Suite pass (for one person). 3) If I pre-book the Thermal Suite, and then was lucky enough to get into the Vibe Beach Club once onboard, am I able to cancel the Thermal Suite and get a refund? TIA! ☺
  17. Would appreciate any information on this stateroom on either Bliss or Encore for anyone who has seen it or stayed in it. Is the balcony angled and larger? Is the stateroom door inset toward the hall from the cabin immediately preceding it toward the bow? If so, does this impact the size of the inside space or balcony? Pictures a huge bonus if you have them. Thanks! .
  18. Does anyone know if the norwegian bliss has a separate steam room/sauna for men and women? or is it co-ed?
  19. Hey all! Shadowmeboy here! Normally, I start out by saying that Susan and I just got back from x ship to y destination. Well... Susan had to work, Matthew needed a vacation, so Matthew booked a steal of a deal on a late season cruise out of Seattle on the Norwegian Bliss. I know, Shadowmeboy does another Alaska review, yada yada yada. Well, I went, I sailed, and I am here to share what I saw! Who wants Pictures???? Let's get this trip aboard the Norwegian Bliss started! My wife, Susan, and I love to cruise and do it any chance we can. This time was different! It was me, myself, and I! In 2016 we sailed the Norwegian Sun on a Southbound Cruise from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You can read the review here: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2529761 The Norwegian Sun is pictured below in Sitka, AK. In June of 2017, We sailed the Norwegian Escape to the Western Caribbean. Review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2516206 The Norwegian Escape pictured below in Costa Maya, Mexico. In December 2017, We sailed the Norwegian Star to the Mexican Riviera over Christmas. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2581330 The Norwegian Star pictured below in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico In June 2018, We sailed the Norwegian Jewel Northbound Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Seward, Alaska. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2557365-north-to-alaska-shadowmeboys-jewel-shimmering-pictorial-review/ The Norwegian Jewel pictured below in Juneau, AK from the Mount Roberts Tram In November 2018, We sailed the Norwegian Bliss on a Eastern Caribbean Cruise out of Miami. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2614687-shadowmeboys-blissful-eastern-caribbean-pictorial-cruise-review/ The Bliss docked in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin islands In June 2019, we sailed the Norwegian Dawn on a Canada/New England Cruise out New York City. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2678378-shadowmeboys-norwegian-dawn-canadanew-england-pictorial-review/ The Norwegian Dawn anchored just outside the harbor of Newport, Rhode Island. About us: My wife, Susan, is a school teacher and I work for a grocery store. Susan and I have been married 12 years (June 30th)! Due to her school schedule, we cannot sail as much as we would like. Also due to school, she couldn't go on this cruise. We live in the Pacific Northwest, along the Columbia River on the "dry" side of Washington State among the Apple and Cherry Orchards. Most of the pictures in this review are taken with my Canon Rebel T5 DSLR, My iPhone 10R, or a canon g7x. So Susan said I could go on this cruise under a couple of conditions: 1. I had to sail a ship we had already sailed together. So that eliminated the Joy. 2. It had to be an itinerary we have sailed before. We have sailed Alaska 4x before so I got that covered. 3. I had to leave her the car. No problem!! 4. I had to bring home a 2020 Alaska calendar. OK! So, I did some research and found a deal on the Bliss, in a studio, on the final Alaska sailing of 2019. The Norwegian Bliss docked in Ketchikan, Alaska. Please feel free to ask questions along the way! I will try to answer them as quickly as I can. This review will be very picture heavy, but I love to relive my journeys through my pictures! I hope you enjoy them as well! - Matthew
  20. This is a series of videos from our recent 12-day NCL Bliss Cruise from NY to the Caribbean.
  21. http://www.lenawee.mi.us/DocumentCenter/View/5483/Multiple-Cruise-Ships-with-COVID-19-Positive-Travelers
  22. Reading several posts you tell me I am crazy to book now "prices too high". Looking at Feb. 2021 Bliss Eastern Caribbean from Miami with 4 ports of call on 7 day cruise. All the goodies thrown in Drinks, dining, wifi, and shore excursion credits for $2975 for a BF balcony on deck 9. Grab it or wait? Kind of new to this. Done 3 cruises with NCL and 1 with princess in last 3 years.
  23. HI There! Looking at booking an Alaskan cruise on the Bliss for next year. Do all family balconies have the pullman bunk bed? Traveling with two teens and they do NOT want to share a double sofa bed. I think one of the rooms offered/available was 13300. Suggestions? Thoughts? Info? Newer cruiser here and new to NCL. Thanks!
  24. My wife and I just got home from a great week on the Bliss!! We have only sailed on NCL and have only booked Haven cabins for our last 5 cruises. I find the Haven product to be worth the extra cost and try to pick a week inside of a specific window of time and simply go the week that offers the best rate- I mostly sail for the Ship experience not the ports. I try to sail on NCL's new ships within 9 months of their inaugural cruises, however I liked the Escape so much I sailed on her twice. I also booked on the Breakaway when the ship was a couple of years old because of a great Spring rate to Bermuda. So, I guess my answer to another thread about what's going on with Haven Rates would be I pay the rack rate but shop for the best weekly rate I can find and then book to experience the Haven not the destination. If you asked us if we would sail Bliss again both of us would say Absolutely YES!!!. I will add that I started what was to become a detailed review after my first Escape cruise that I titled something like Read the Rock and intended it to be a detailed review on how NCL dealt with a bad situation. However, I became sick and had to deal with a long-term health issue and never finished it. So, for this one I will share my overall thoughts and answer any questions you may have but keep it relatively short! It seems as if every time I sail, we have some issue and, in every case, NCL handles the issue perfectly. 1. We always fly in the day before to avoid day of travel delays etc. that may cause us to miss the cruise. This also allows us to enjoy a day/night in South Beach. This year we stayed in a recently renovated Marriott Autograph Resort - The Cadillac Hotel. The hotel was so outstanding that I will be doing something I never do -rate them on Trip Advisor. The Hotel service was exceptional. My only complaint is the area, it’s a short walk from the Fontainebleau and there are no non-hotel restaurants within walking distance. So, for this reason I will switch back to my normal choice of the Marriott Stanton in South Beach. Great Restaurants, Bars, Beach, Great Boardwalk, Park and pier where you can watch the Friday night cruises depart. 10 Minute Uber ride to port in the morning. 2. Embarkation was quick and painless. We got to the terminal at 11:15 and we were in the Haven Lounge at 11:35. I liked the new Haven set up - they now confirm you as a Haven passenger at the bottom of the stairs outside the terminal. They then escort you to the front of the security lines, bring you into the Haven lounge, check you in and escort you all the way to the Haven Lounge by passing whatever lines may be in the main terminal. As I said we arrived at 11:15 and I will say the general boarding area was not crowded or chaotic, it seemed like everyone was getting on board quickly. 3. For those that have asked Day 1 includes lunch at Margaritaville for free for Haven passengers. They also include a 50% discount at Food Republic on the first night. We opted for lunch at Margaritaville and really enjoyed the burgers we ordered along with Conch Fritters. Overall very good but we never went again during the rest of the week. We have always loved Food Republic on the Escape, but I will agree with those posters that have posted that Food Republic is disappointing on Bliss. We had a couple of good items outstanding service but overall very disappointing! 4. Some random highlights the Haven Observation rooms are outstanding, and we loved sitting there for sail away and at other random times during the week. The 19thfloor sundeck is always our go to day time hangout, we always found loungers, never overcrowded, the staff keeps it to 16 and older. The expanded size is great and the loungers facing forward on the left side are a perfect spot to watch the world go by and are truly relaxing! Servers were very active, and we had no problems getting drinks on the sundeck. The first two days at sea were very windy so I was not surprised that the retractable roof over the Haven lounge was not opened on those days. But on the return trip from Tortola the winds were light but the roof was never opened, they had people up on it doing some sort of repairs that were not finished on our cruise, hopefully it will be fixed because it’s great to relax in the atrium area by the indoor pool with that roof open, this was one of the few disappointments we had all week. 5. Jersey Boys was excellent, Havana was good not great. We managed to squeeze into the back of the Cavern Club to hear about 5 songs from the Beatles cover band in that setting and I would have preferred to see a full set in there but it was always crowded and “sold out”!! We did go to see them on Friday night in the theatre and that was a great show. We also watched all three comedians do a set in the main theatre and they were fabulous, then went to the adult 10 PM show on Friday night and laughed all night. Sligo Band was great, they do an 80’s set in the Cavern Club. The piano playing woman entertainer in the Mojito Bar was a lot of fun. Overall entertainment was a 9 out of 10. I would have given a 10 if Havana was better. 6. For Food we eat breakfast and lunch every day in the Haven. We had a great meal at Cagney’s, La Cucina was better than on other NCL ships but only good not great, Los lobos was fair we would not eat there again. Le Bistro is normally our favorite NCL specialty restaurant, but it really was not good on Bliss, I have to agree with other posters something is off there, and the location also is odd. We did not try Q. 7. Bartenders were awesome everywhere. Haven, Local, Mojito bar all great. Bong had it going every night in the Mojito Bar! Grey Goose is back on the UBP!! For us we were always out enjoying as much as possible that the Bliss had to offer, we were out past midnight every night, which is a big deal for us, the Bliss seemed to always have something fun going on all the time, so it kept us up later than usual!!! That’s all I can think of for now – if you have any questions just ask and if I have an answer I will reply. Bliss is a perfect name for this ship - the trip and week were pure Bliss for us!!!
  25. Wife and I are currently booked on the July 5th Bliss sailing to Alaska. Anyone give this cruise any chance of actually happening???
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