Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Norwegian Bliss
When is Norwegian Bliss slated to resume operations?
Norwegian Bliss has changed deployment, originally scheduled to resume operations in Alaska in July 2021, the ship will now return to sailing on October 24, 2021. Departures will be 5- and 7-night sailings to the Mexican Riviera roundtrip from Los Angeles. Itineraries will include stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Norwegian Bliss will return to Alaska for the 2022 season as scheduled.
Norwegian Cruise Line is requiring that ALL guests and crew be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to sailing and provide proof of vaccination for sailings departing on or before October 31, 2021.
Cruising on Norwegian Bliss? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Norwegian Bliss was built in 2018 and is part of the line’s Breakaway-Plus class. Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, the vessel has the capacity to hold over 4,000 passengers. It commonly offers seasonal sailings in Alaska and the Caribbean.
Activities + Entertainment: With mini-golf, go-carts, laser tag, and waterslides, Norwegian Bliss is certain to offer an action-packed vacation. Cruisers can release tension in the spa's Thermal Suite, take in the sights from the 20,000-square-foot Observation Lounge, or relax on the adults-only Spice H20 sundeck, which transforms into an after-dark party spot.
Cabins: With 2,220 total cabins, Norwegian Bliss accommodates every type of cruiser from budget-conscious families to couples seeking a luxury experience. Balcony cabins account for nearly half of the ship's staterooms. Explore All Norwegian Bliss Cabin Types
Dining: Norwegian Bliss offers 17 different dining venues, guaranteeing you are certain to never go hungry. Onboard you will find Norwegian Cruise Line dining staples such as Cagney’s Steakhouse, Teppanyaki, Los Lobos, Q Barbeque, and more.
Price: As sailings are filling up quickly with the return of Norwegian Bliss to Alaska for this summer, the prices seem to be changing daily. Right now you can expect to pay about $100 to $125 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin, so you have your own private oasis to view the majestic scenery of Alaska. Balcony cabins on Norwegian Bliss currently start at about $150 per person per night and go up from there based on location and category. If you find a price you like for the sailing you want, book it as chances are it won't last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation
Many details are still being ironed out when it comes to embarkation especially on the first few sailings. Expect to provide proof of vaccination prior to sailing and again during the socially distant and staggered embarkation process. All guests will be assigned a check-in time and are asked to arrive at the pier only during this time frame.
Guests will take an antigen test at the pier (paid for by Norwegian Cruise Line) and will need a negative result prior to boarding the ship. Initial sailings will be capacity controlled to allow for more space per passenger during the cruise as well as feature contactless food and beverage service. For more details on Norwegian’s Sail Safe plan and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
Tips from Our Community Members
Book shows and specialty restaurants before boarding. - CruisingShelly
Observation lounge - Deck 15. Not to be missed. It’s absolutely a stunning place for coffee, snacks, or a drink from their bar in the evening. - Kingstonmom
The Bliss was definitely designed for viewing in Alaska- the 15th floor Observation Lounge will be great for viewing at Glacier Bay. The view from the Garden Cafe forward on Deck 16 right above the Observation Lounge is the best for spotting whales, dolphins, etc. - mizkambi
With so much to see and do in Alaska, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions by port are:
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