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Live from the Bliss 3/9-16

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Was having too much fun to start until now, the next to last day of our cruise. 

 

We are Normally Princess cruisers but we are with a group. 

 

Having a blast!  Crew has been amazing. Food good - we have been eating in the Local or Buffet and only 2 times for sit down dinner in Taste/Savour with no wait at all. Have hit breakfast 2 times in Taste and lunch on embarkation day. Room service too. We ate lunch at Margaritaville today and it was VERY good. Well worth the $15 PP charge for us.  One app. One entree and a dessert were included. Other than room sevice, it was the only paid dining we have done. Although we love food, we are not critics. If it is edible we love it.  Local was a big surprise with several prime rib nights.  On a side note, my husband is gluten free and they have been catering to his restriction amazingly. We ordered room service last night and I ordered a pizza but they weren't sure if it was for him and made it gluten free still very tasty. 

 

Bartenders have been great. Theme night deck parties have been a blast. If you like country, please check out Nashville Junction at the Q nightly. Amazing country band. Very fun!  You don't have to eat there to go for the music. They have unset tables for music listeners.  

 

Jersey Boys was amazing. The Beatles band Britian's  Finest has been AMAZING but get there early. 

 

The nightly entertainment has been amazing. Multiple bands and genres throughout the ship. 

 

We.took one ships tour in Tortola, the escape to Jost Van Dyke and I highly recommend it.  The catamaran Caprain and her crew were amazing on the Rebel Yell. White Bay is to die for  and paradise. And of course the original Painkillers st the Soggy Dollar bar. 

 

Go Karts are a BLAST!  You MUST reserve on embarkation day via the touch terminals.

 

We were boarding group 5 and WAY too late for the Vibe passes. I heard they were charging $209 for this week. 

 

Only complaint has been the chair hogs at the main pool deck. Unless you're on the pool deck before 7 AM you will not have a chair lounger due to the multitude of towels and stuff placed and people not showing up for hours. They don't enforce the 30 minute rule they boldly post on the jumbotron throughout the day. This was disappointing but not unexpected through CC posts. Not enough pool space/loungers for the amount of passengers on a Caribbean cruise. If the rule was enforced, it would be golden.  Spice H2O was also victim to the chair hogs. Many empty through out the day only with towels, while we sat on the railing by the water fall. 

 

That's all for now. Will post tomorrow. 

 

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Sounds like you're having a great time -- thanks for sharing your experience.

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Quick question

You mentioned in Margaritaville one entre and one dessert were included.  No longer allowed to get an appetizer too?

Normally you are entitled to an appetizer, entre, and dessert in the dining package.  Just curious if you made a typo or something changed.  Thanks for checking in.

Enjoy your cruise.

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17 minutes ago, david_sobe said:

Quick question

You mentioned in Margaritaville one entre and one dessert were included.  No longer allowed to get an appetizer too?

Normally you are entitled to an appetizer, entre, and dessert in the dining package.  Just curious if you made a typo or something changed.  Thanks for checking in.

Enjoy your cruise.

She did say 1 app too. 

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Just now, Greenpea2 said:

She did say 1 app too. 

LMAO  Yes I do see that now.  You can tell I just woke up :classic_blink:

It confused me because the One App was a different sentence as the entre and dessert.

 

THANKS for the clarification!!!

Sorry for the confusion :classic_wacko:

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Just now, david_sobe said:

LMAO  Yes I do see that now.  You can tell I just woke up :classic_blink:

It confused me because the One App was a different sentence as the entre and dessert.

 

THANKS for the clarification!!!

Sorry for the confusion :classic_wacko:

I know, right? I had to look twice too. I just woke up too! lol

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Thanks for your update. Curious if you know who's replaced Jim Badger in the District Brewhouse? And who are the comedians currently? We're on the March 23 sailing!

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22 hours ago, cruisetimeforme said:

Thanks for your update. Curious if you know who's replaced Jim Badger in the District Brewhouse? And who are the comedians currently? We're on the March 23 sailing!

Beau Tehanu I think his name was. 

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5 hours ago, NeurosurgeryNP said:

Beau Tehanu I think his name was. 

 

5 hours ago, NeurosurgeryNP said:

Beau Tehanu I think his name was. 

Beau is awesome.  Was on Escape.  Great character!. 

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Thanks for sharing your review with us!   We were on the Bliss a couple of weeks before you.  If you can't squeeze into the Cavern to see the Beatles group they do a show in the main theater one night.  We really enjoyed them.  Now I'm sorry we missed the Nashville group in Q. 

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Disembarked yesterday. Chose the ship's transfers to FLL as it was going to be cheaper ($25 PP)  than a cab which cost us $84 with tip from Hollywood Beach where we were staying on embarkation day. Disembarkation was a breeze. Customs was trialing a new entry system with facial recognition so if you were a US Passport holder they scanned your face before you left the ship.  If you weren't a US Passport holder you had to go through a separate immigration line, also before you left the ship. 

 

We wound up eating in the main dining room 2 more times for dinner.  We also had room service for late night snacks the last 2 nights and NCL has more of an expansive room service menu than Princess.  Food was OK, but I do prefer Princess in this category. Again, we did not do any of the specialty dining venues (with the exception of Margaritaville), as we felt we were already being nickeled and dimed and didn't want to sit down to a $100 cagney's a la carte dinner when we paid already so much for our cruise fare with the basic dining included.  

 

We wound up doing the Go Karts 3 times and we had a blast. All were booked on embarkation through the touch terminals. We booked 3 times in case weather cancelled and wound up being able to ride three times and we are so happy we did! It poured before our first reservation, but the track was quickly dried up and we were able to race. 

 

Many kids on the sailing, I heard some issues with noise in the cabin hallways where they would congregate at all hours of the night outside ststerooms. Once complained about and moved by security, they would just move to another space. Also we had several instances of all of the elevator floor buttons being pushed which wasn't amusing.  In one instance we got on as older teens (about 16)  were leaving an elevator snickering, and all of the  buttons were pushed and quickly followed them out,  then they went into another elevator where we followed, and were going to push all the buttons again until we basically told them don't you dare and they smirked at us and rolled their eyes. Little kids OK but older teens I couldn't stand for it.  It tied up many of the aft elevators for a period of time while in port in Nassau. They were going from elevator to elevator doing this. 

 

Overall we had an amazing cruise (we are not complainers).  We did put a cruise next deposit down because the group we travel with has been booking on NCL exclusively and we wanted to have this deposit for the next NCL trip.  

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