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My husband and I am trying to decide between the NCL Bliss to the Mexican Riviera or the NCL Epic to the Southern Caribbean for March 2021. We plan to book a Haven suite.  Please give me your opinion of pros and cons of both ships and routes. The Epic is scheduled for dry dock so may be updated but I am not sure what will be done. The Bliss is relatively new, correct? Any advice would be welcomed.
 

Thank you in advance for your input. 

 

Lisa 

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57 minutes ago, stovkieb said:

My husband and I am trying to decide between the NCL Bliss to the Mexican Riviera or the NCL Epic to the Southern Caribbean for March 2021. We plan to book a Haven suite.  Please give me your opinion of pros and cons of both ships and routes. The Epic is scheduled for dry dock so may be updated but I am not sure what will be done. The Bliss is relatively new, correct? Any advice would be welcomed.
 

Thank you in advance for your input. 

 

Lisa 

Hi Lisa,

 

The Bliss was launched in February 2018. So, it will be 3 years old when you plan to cruise. 

 

The Epic did a dry dock in late 2015 (5-year dry dock). During that dry dock, NCL demo'ed all of the public areas down to the deck plates and rebuilt them. We sailed on the first cruise out of dry dock in the Haven and she felt brand new.

 

The Bliss is a newer ship with more restaurants, more public features. Both ships hold about the same number of passengers. The Epic has the best Haven in the fleet (multi-story Posh Club sun deck, larger restaurant, much larger lounge, outdoor restaurant, private gym, sauna and steam room).

 

If you want a new, contemporary ship experience, sail on the Bliss. I would chose by itinerary, so I  would sail on the Epic (since NCL has not started that Southern Caribbean itinerary this year, cut short by the virus.  

 

 

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13 hours ago, BirdTravels said:

Hi Lisa,

 

The Bliss was launched in February 2018. So, it will be 3 years old when you plan to cruise. 

 

The Epic did a dry dock in late 2015 (5-year dry dock). During that dry dock, NCL demo'ed all of the public areas down to the deck plates and rebuilt them. We sailed on the first cruise out of dry dock in the Haven and she felt brand new.

 

The Bliss is a newer ship with more restaurants, more public features. Both ships hold about the same number of passengers. The Epic has the best Haven in the fleet (multi-story Posh Club sun deck, larger restaurant, much larger lounge, outdoor restaurant, private gym, sauna and steam room).

 

If you want a new, contemporary ship experience, sail on the Bliss. I would chose by itinerary, so I  would sail on the Epic (since NCL has not started that Southern Caribbean itinerary this year, cut short by the virus.  

 

 

 

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Thank you for the information, Bird Travels. It is a toss up as you are correct very similar sizes but different routes. Is there any information on the ports that would help make the decision. Thank you for all your help to make this decision between the Epic and Bliss


Looking forward to your replies.

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38 minutes ago, stovkieb said:

Thank you for the information, Bird Travels. It is a toss up as you are correct very similar sizes but different routes. Is there any information on the ports that would help make the decision. Thank you for all your help to make this decision between the Epic and Bliss


Looking forward to your replies.

Cruise Critic has plenty of info available!  Use the "Research" tab at the top of the page and follow through to where you wish to go.

and/or...

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/456-caribbean/  will offer you port specific information.

But you will have to search for what is important to YOU!

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10 hours ago, stovkieb said:

Thank you for the information, Bird Travels. It is a toss up as you are correct very similar sizes but different routes. Is there any information on the ports that would help make the decision. Thank you for all your help to make this decision between the Epic and Bliss


Looking forward to your replies.

 

Travel logistics to/from Los Angeles vs. San Juan would be a factor for me.

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We live on the east coast but are willing to fly if the Bliss is extra special. Looking for all information by tomorrow. Need to make decision and still a toss up. Looking for Bliss cruisers and Epic recent cruisers to respond asap. Thank you. 

 

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I think the Bliss is a better ship if traveling without kids. I would prefer the itinerary of the Epic. We sailed the Epic for a Mediterranean cruise and it was fantastic so no qualms sailing her again. 

 

 

If the ship is more important the Bliss is a no brainers. The Observation lounge and the fact that the smoking section of the casino is enclosed are just a few of the nice things on the ship. Jersey Boys is Broadway quality too.

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