Redemption for NCL. After an underwhelming cruise on the Breakaway, my wife and I were at the crossroads with Norwegian. This cruise was going to be the decider on whether we would vacation with them again. Well NCL, you can thank the Bliss. What a beautiful ship! No compaints other than booking the specialty resaturants. Great service, great food, great experience.
I don't want to dissuade anyone from Norwegian, yet this was by far the worst cruise we have been on. Having sailed on the Getaway, the Epic and the Star, we were expecting better. It wasn't awful, but different. It seemed an itinerary designed more for people with young children and first time cruisers. The amount of smoking allowed was incredible, Great if you were a smoker, but disgusting for those of us who are not. It seems as though NCL has lost their vision. I thought you were better than this. Norwegian has raised their prices significantly over the last few years. $89.95 for the beverage package. Really? Your greed has convinced us to go elsewhere Norwegian, this cruise being the final straw.
Tendering process was horrific. No announcement or guidance where to go to tender off the ship. Asked 4 staff members. Go to 5, no 7, don't know ask Guest Services...and finally 4! After an hour on the island we have to go...big storm coming(although it was a bright sunny day). I personally think this was NCL BS. Talking to others this is a common occurrence at this port, and I believe they are unable to handle the logistics of tendering 4000 people.
Having visited the island before and being robbed I visited Nassau with a few doubts. I was pleasantly surprised. We arrived early because of the debacle at Stirrup Cay so we visited the Atlantis resort that night in Nassau, Taxi's were cheap and friendly and although we lost at the casino, the resort itself was incredible, The next day we spent a relaxing afternoon at the Warwick Hotel.
If you are a NON-smoker think twice, We have NEVER been on any cruises where smoking was so prevalent.