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  1. This is for anyone who has been on the Bliss. After looking at the deck plan, I don't see an internet café. Does anyone know where it is if they have one? Thank you.
  2. We know the outdoor Disco is on Deck 17 and that some people have complained of noise and a lot of bass causing problems in the cabin late into the night. Some have even been on Deck 14 and heard it. Has anyone stayed in these cabins on deck 13? If so what are your views?
  3. Just off the Bliss on 7/21 and had a great time. It was me, my wife and son who turned 17 on the cruise. We’ve cruised NCL, RCCL and Disney in the past. Overall, we loved our cabin, the ship, the crew, the food and ports. Really don’t have any complaints and any hiccups were handled to our satisfaction. Here are the day-to-day details (sorry for typos in advance)… We flew in the night before and stayed at the Edgewater Hotel next to the cruise terminal. We used Aces Town Car Services from the airport to the hotel. They were on time, courteous and the price was very competitive. Great customer service all the way around. We didn’t get to the hotel until about 9:45pm, checked in and headed to the lounge for some food. We enjoyed the food and drink, but it was a bit expensive as we expected. The room was cozy with two double beds but worked fine for a good night’s sleep. On embarkation day, we had brunch at the Six Seven Restaurant at the hotel. Great selection of food and really good service. My son mentioned this was his “birthday week” so our server brought him a special desert…nice touch. Here's a pic of the Edgewater as seen from the Observation Lounge...
  4. I consider Celebrity my favorite cruise line, and have enjoyed cruises on Princess and RCL. First try of Norwegian, chosen for a multi-generational Alaskan cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary. We chose the Bliss for its child program and enticements. SEATTLE Stayed at the Mayflower Park Hotel. We traveled with an old friend from college; we have been on many, many trips together and are comfortable staying together. We had a room with a living area, bedroom with 2 queen beds, two bathrooms and two closets. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Room paid for with CC points! https://www.mayflowerpark.com/ Best things: Savor Food tour of the Pike Place market, which included an informative history of the market, back to the Japanese occupant time. Absolutely great chowder and cheese, donuts to please the kids. Our tour guide was Liz, from a long time farming family in the area. https://www.savorseattletours.com/ The market was CROWDED as was all of Seattle with cruise passengers descending. We booked a combination Space Needle/Chihuly ticket. https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/visit/plan-your-visit. No way would I ever stand in that Space Needle line again, but would visit Chihuly every chance I got. Family with kids in our group also enjoyed the Aquarium and MoPop museum. Delightful dinner and show at Jazz Alley https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/. We have friends who live in the area, and they took us for a beautiful ride up to Snoqualime Falls with a delightful lunch at Salish Lodge. Being from south Florida, the huge, fragrant trees were much enjoyed. OK, on to the ship. Embarcation was a breeze. No complaints at all. Once on the ship, went directly to 6th floor: Teppanyaki to confirm dining reservation, and Social to book comedy club, GoKarts and Prohibition. Wait was long, but I was Tour Leader, and took one for the team!! VERY GOOD THINGS: The crew. I have never had a more pleasant, smiling, helpful experience. Steward was Succor. He introduced himself the first day, and next day knew our names. We didn't ask anything special from him, and I didn't notice any extras he gave us, but I appreciate his work. The text-phone app. We used this all the time with our large group of 10 in 5 cabins. Sometimes a delay in texts being sent. It was great to remind the group of scheduled activities, time to meet for a meal, and to arrange a spontaneous game of Spoons or cards. Jersey Boys. We gave seen this show on Broadway and in Las Vegas. This performance was every bit as professional. We were in the Internet Cafe early in the cruise, and our "helper" was the actor who played Nick Massi. Super friendly and not hard to look at, either!!! The Beatles cover band. Saw them once in the theater and once in Cavern Club. The audience was into it! Great fun. (My grand daughters don't know who the Beatles are. I have failed. 😞 Teppanyaki: our anniversary dinner. Good show, good food, great service. Kid friendly. They were helpful in reserving our party of 10. Here is a big shout out for the Canadian air rescue team and the staff and crew of the Bliss. Captain announced that a passenger needed to be evacuated to a full service hospital on our way to Victoria. Crowds gathered in the OBservation Lounge. It was miraculous to observe. Son and husband got the whole thing on film. Those rescuers are Heroes to me. Let us hope the patient was helped in time. They also air lifted a member of his family. All this done without the helicopter landing on the ship. The in room account of charges on your TV. Easy to verify each day's charges. No surprises at the end of the cruise. Bars: good service every where we went. I had downloaded the NCL bar menu with recipes prior to the cruise and sent it to all our family. Everyone did their homework and had a list of "Must Try Drinks" Consensus seemed to favor Rebellious Fish, Aprol Spritzer, Painkiller, BBC, pina colada, milk shaky drinks, and good old Captain and Coke. Observation Lounge: good, if limited, buffet choices, a great bar, and views not to be believed. Lots of spaces for families to play games, couples to find a nook. Go Karts: much more fun that I anticipated. I am a very sedate driver, and to let it rip on the turns of the course was a blast. Laundry: dirty clothes left on the bed at 9 AM, clean clothes returned at dinner time. ONLY SO-SO Prohibition. I had anticipated much more. We made the mistake(?) of going right after dinner. They serve 5 drinks in an hour's time. Singing and dancing was good. Very small venue with poor sight lines. Will not do this again, would not recommend it. Ship Tour. I have done this tour on other ships, signed up for this one to be with our friends/family who had not experienced it. Left much to be desired. It is inspiring to see what the galley staff does, but this was downplayed, as was the provisioning. Just a quick walk into the cooler. Why not tell us how many meals are served daily, how many rolls baked, how many eggs ordered, etc. It could have been much better. Our "2 hour" excursion lasted 90 minutes. Enjoyed the theater dressing room and environmental services area. Everything we visited was sparkling clean. Those laundry workers deserve all the accolades. Why not tell us how many table clothes, napkins, towels they launder per day. It would make their work even more appreciated. Would have gotten much more for our $79 on other ships, I believe. Havana: OK, very talented dancers. Poor/non-existent plot. We were seated way down front, and those performers worked hard, sweating and breathing hard. Props to them. Buffet: Not bad. We never had too much trouble finding a seat, but we ate in small groups. Soft serve ice cream was a hit with kids, I had good omlette every time I ordered. Coffee and some dishes not consistent. We only had breakfast and lunch here. Comedy Club: we say 2 adult performances at 10pm. The first was a young man. His material was gross and uncomfortable. I was prepared for R rated humor, but his stuff was not funny. However, the second performer was great. Still R rated, but not off-putting. I think he had more experience than the younger guy and knew where the lines of good taste were. The introductory comedian was very entertaining. Stair/Elevator: we are patient people, so no complaints here. Walk up two, down three. Wait for an elevator. Go up before you go down. You are on vacation, people. Chill out. REALLY NOT TOO GOOD THE ATRIUM: great bar, very friendly service. If you don't know, the Atrium is the heart of the ship, and what happens here resonates to several decks above. Guest services in the area where Deal or No Deal ($$$ extra charge) is going on. Really?? Trivia: on other ships, held in a smaller quiet venue. Teams encouraged. Answers checked. "Prizes" awarded. Not on Bliss. Too loud, too crowded. Not a happy place. Especially compared to other ships. MDR: our biggest disappointment of the cruise. We are NOT foodies, enjoy all kinds of food. However, for 5 meals of 10 people, can count on one hand the number of dishes we liked. Biggest problem seemed to be serving dishes at the proper temperature. Everything was just warm, or partly warm, on serving. We liked cauliflower soup, Crab/shrimp cakes, prime rib. Every prior cruise I have been on has shrimp cocktail as an everyday item, as is creme brulee. Neither available in the MDR on Bliss. The first night, my son inquired about shrimp cocktail, and was told to go to Cagneys if he wanted it. Really??? All we paid for this cruise and that is your answer about shrimp cocktail? Unacceptable. Not a big item, I know. We can live without shrimp cocktail. But it is that uncomfortable NCL cost saving thing again that irks me. WHAT WE DID: Please, please consider booking the NCL excursion Tracey Arm. We cruised on a smaller boat to South Sawyer Glacier. It is magnificent. The boat is comfortable, great viewing area, binoculars in every seat, snacks, drinks. We got within 1/4 mile of the glacier, traveling through an ice field to get there. Saw bald eagles, humpback whales, sea lions, seals, and mountain goats. even served a glacier ice margarita!! This view so surpassed the Glacier Bay day. Please, save your pennies to take this cruise. Tour of Ninety Nine Tours in Skagway. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60877-d2173634-Reviews-Trail_of_98_Tours_Private_Skagway_Tours-Skagway_Alaska.html. We reserved a van for our Skagway day. Michelle was our driver and I can not say enough positive things about her. She was flexible, able to take last minute suggestions, and met the children's needs. She had a scavenger hunt arranged for the kids, as well as games and challenges for them. We went into Yukon. She took photos. Kids enjoyed the stop at the dog camp. Petted 4 week old pups. Frolicked with 4 month old pups. Went on a "sled" ride with the dogs straining at the lease excited. Owner of the camp and her husband have both been in the Iditerod Race. Absolutely beautiful scenery. We had taken the train on our last Alaskan trip, and this was just as exciting. In Ketchikan, we did the very touristy Lumberjack Show. Please book on your own, not with the ship, save $$$. https://alaskanlumberjackshow.com/. You know it is a "tourist trap", but it doesn't matter. We are tourists, and this is fun!. We also had some VERY expensive( especially considering the source) king crab at Annabeles. Good, sweet meat. SUMMARY: It was a good cruise, but what made it good was family and celebration. If NCL offers a great price reduction to a place that appeals to us, we will sail again. If not, consider us one time cruisers. Would love to hear you comments. RNCheryl
  5. Anyone sailed on both of these ships? I'm looking at an Eastern Caribbean cruise for Jan/Feb 2021 and both of these ships have the same itinerary but a few weeks apart. The Bliss sails out of Port Canaveral and the Joy out of Miami. The price per person for the Bliss is $100 more than the Joy. I'm trying to figure out if there is a reason to go with the Bliss over the Joy?
  6. Are you able to purchase a ship model for the Norwegian Bliss? Was on her previously but they did not have them. I save a ship model in remembrance of every cruise ship I have been on. Thanks.
  7. Jan 5 sailing on Bliss, NYC to W. Caribbean - Orlando, GSK, Jamaica, etc, etc with 3 sea days going back. We’re in Haven so we do have that covered pool area and a hot tub. I’m debating the $249 for the spa pass. We are planning on being relatively lazy and not doing a lot of excursions, just walking around the ports pretty much and some beach time when we can find it. Debating the spa pass for $249 - but wondering if I really “need” it , specially since hubby not interested (which means cheaper for me :>). What have you particularly liked about Bliss spa? It looks lovely in pix, but who needs a hot tile lounger in the tropics?
  8. Bliss sailing 8/18/19 is no longer on NCL website. Does that mean its filled and no cabin upgrades?
  9. I have just found out that my booking to see the show Havana on my Bliss cruise in September has been cancelled. I messaged NCL and they replied that it has been removed from the ship and will be replaced with something, but they have no more info yet. How can they remove a show and not know what is replacing it? Anyone know any info?
  10. I'm booked on the Bliss for a 6-day coastal trip from Vancouver to LA and just noticed today that the boarding time on my e-docs is 7:00 pm. That's right: PM. I have never experienced such a late boarding time and now faced with what to do with my crew, which includes two who are a bit mobile-challenged. Walking around downtown Vancouver won't be an option, so any suggestions other than a very late check out from the hotel? I also have to admit that I'm frustrated with the late boarding time. NCL just got away without having to deal with a lunch and, in some cases, even dinner as I imagine a number of guests will probably eat before boarding. I mean, the muster drill alone would cut into dinner time...no?
  11. Looking to cruise to Alaska, July 2020. Both the Bliss and the Joy sail there. We would be happy with either itinerary. Which ship would you pick and why?
  12. Can anyone tell me which nights the Prohabition Happy Hour shows are offered on the Bliss? I am making reservations for our Specialty Dinning and don't want to make both the show and specialty dinning reservations on the same night. I see that the show reservations are not offered pre cruise.
  13. In looking for a cabin on the Bliss I see a large blank jut out on deck 9 - where balconies would normally be for those cabins.... can anyone tell me if these are extra large balconies or obstructions of some kind? Thanks so much!
  14. Last time we sailed Bliss the Cavern Club didn’t take reservations - but I was browsing the Entertainment page for our cruise and I saw for Cavern Club - it seems like they take reservations now, because it says “too early to book, come back 9/7”. Is that new?
  15. Just reserved this show, "Six,'' on the Bliss for October. Anybody happen to know what this show is about? I don't see it listed yet on the show schedule. Thanks.
  16. Hey all! Shadowmeboy here! Well we just got back from a Eastern Caribbean Cruise aboard the Norwegian Bliss (November 24th to December 1st) and of course I took pictures! Do you want me to share them? I thought so! Let's get this trip aboard the Norwegian Bliss started! My wife, Susan, and I, Matthew, love to cruise and do it any chance we can. 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 About us: My wife, Susan, is a school teacher and I work for a grocery store. Susan and I have been married 11 years! Due to her school schedule, we cannot sail as much as we would like. Some of you may be going, if she is a school teacher how did they sail in late November? Well, Susan had 5 personal days stored up, and we chose to use them on a cruise post Thanksgiving. She would have lost 2 of them at the end of the school year if she hadn't of used them. 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, Susan's Samsung Moto G5, our Fuji waterproof camera or our good friend Trace's new iPhone XS max. Thank you Trace for sharing! Originally we were aiming to book a cruise to Cuba on the Sun, but the dates weren't working for us. What's the next best thing? The newest ship, duh! Originally, we booked an inside cabin, then I got an Oceanview accessible cabin (only cabin available in that category). Well, watching the website I was able to move us from that Oceanview to a different cabin, but I didn't tell Susan! A surprise awaits onboard! Why am I wasting time here? Lets get this adventure started! The Bliss docked in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin islands We cruised along with Trace and Maria, who we became friends with on the 2017 Norwegian Escape cruise! 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
  17. We leave in 11 days. 😄 I so appreciate the information collected here and the many questions answered, so I wanted to send out an offer: if there is any info you’d like updated or data missing on the Bliss, let me know and I’ll do my best to collect it when I’m on board next week. Thanks to everyone for making planning this cruise awesome!
  18. Hello Friends . . . I am excited about my upcoming Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Bliss. The stateroom booked is a Mid-Ship Mini-Suite (Category MC) with a total size of 249 sq. ft. and a 42-sq. ft. balcony. When I received my eDocuments, the assigned stateroom is described exactly as what I booked. However, when I located my room on the deck plan, I was surprised that the colour (orange) is different from Category MC (light blue). On further inspection, I discovered that orange translates to a Sail Away Mini-Suite (Category MX) with a total size of 308-361 sq. ft. and an 84-101-sq. ft. balcony. In addition, the "square" symbol indicates our room to be accessible, even though no one in our party has special needs. Here is a link to the deck plan, where you can see the two orange rooms located aft: https://www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/bliss/deck-plans#dsr5. It appears there are only four (4) MX staterooms on the entire ship: two on Deck 10 (accessible) and two on Deck 8 (not accessible). The photos use the same stock images as the MC suites, although I would assume the layout might be different. Are there any downsides to my room assignment, or should I just be happy that the space is larger than expected? Would appreciate your thoughts! Thank you!
  19. Hi - Our family plans to board the Bliss in a few weeks nice and early to make use of the whole day on board! I have a few questions about day-of things I am hoping you all can help with. Thanks in advance. 1- Will pools be open that day? Or not until we actually embark at 5pm? Curious if I should pack bathing suits in our backpacks before luggage gets to the room 2- What lunch options will we have besides buffet? 3- Where to sign up for Go-Karts and Laser Tag? I'm hearing go right to the actual activity location, but will there really be someone there that early? Is there a kiosk I should just go to? We need a double-kart for the go-karts and want to try my very best to get this before they are sold out. 4- Where to sign up for comedy shows and escape room?
  20. Going on the Bliss in February How far in advance can I book the shows and dinner reservations. We have 8 people.
  21. Hey folks! I just noticed that the cabin I chose for a New England/Canada tour is right over the Bliss Ultra Lounge. Does anybody know how bad the noise levels get? Is there soundproofing? I'm probably best to switch cabins, yeah?
  22. We are sailing on the Bliss next year and have the two forward facing suites (H7) on deck 10. Will these have the same butler (since they are both forward on the same deck), or will they have different butlers because one is starboard and one is port?
  23. I would like to do one of the NCL Alaska itineraries on a ship with an Observation lounge (currently Bliss/Joy). For those who have done this in the Haven, did you feel it was worth the premium? The Haven upcharge for Alaska seems much higher than normal, I guess for good reason. One immediate advantage I can think of is the dedicated Observation Lounge. Another related question - if you stayed in one of the aft suites, was that worth the premium? The H6’s in Alaska are also much more expensive than normal. I guess the big aft balcony is good for glacier/animal watching?
  24. Does anyone have the email address to set up a meet and greet on NCL Bliss? I sent an email based on information on Cruise Critics (groupeventbliss@ncl.com). I flagged to email to see when delivered. The email address was rejected. Does anyone have a good email address?????
  25. Hi All, We have cruised a number of times on NCL and enjoyed Howl at The Moon shows. We are booked on the Bliss in January but cannot find any mention of Howl on this new ship? Has anyone sailed and have any further information? Thanks Chris
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