Norwegian Bliss ship stats

  • Price:

    $$$$
  • Size:

    XL
  • Total Passengers:

    4,004
  • Total Crew:

    1,716
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio:

    2.33
  • Built:

    Apr 2018
  • Number of Decks:

    16
  • Total Cabins:

    2,031
  • Cabin Categories:

    34
  • Gross Tonnage:

    168,028
  • Length:

    1
  • Beam:

    136

Norwegian Bliss overview

By Cruiseline.com Staff - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Norwegian Bliss is one of Norwegian’s newest ships and one of the largest in the world, yet it strikes a magical balance between full-on fun and relaxing tranquility. Recently launched in June 2018, Bliss takes many of the familiar amenities of a Norwegian ship, from the nightlife and specialty restaurants to the fully equipped sports deck, and brings them to the next level. While it spends much of the year sailing to tropical destinations in the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera, Bliss truly shines in the summer when it sails week-long cruises to Alaska from Seattle.

In 2019, Norwegian Bliss scored the top spot for overall quality in our roundup of the Best Norwegian Ships. Despite its impressive array of activities and first-rate entertainment, the ship received some of its best reviews for its cabins, restaurants, and bar scene, which is fronted by Mixx and The District Brew House. If your ideal cruise involves a comfortable lounge chair and a cocktail, you'll enjoy the adults-only Spice H20 sundeck and the upscale Vibe Beach Club. Another highlight is the full-service Mandara Spa and Thermal Suite.

For the kids, Norwegian has developed a bigger, better water park featuring the Aqua Racer waterslide. There's also miniature golf, laser tag, and go-kart racing on the world's largest track at sea. Families can take advantage of complimentary activities provided by Splash Academy, the Guppies Nursery, and the Entourage Teen Club. One of NCL's strengths is its top-rated entertainment, including live bands, stand-up comedians, and award-winning musicals like Happy Hour Prohibition.

Norwegian Bliss cruises depart from homeports in Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Vancouver, British Columbia. The Alaskan cruise season for Norwegian Bliss begins in May and runs through September. At the beginning and the end of the season, Bliss sails to the Mexican Riviera from L.A. before repositioning to the East Coast, and itineraries leaving from Miami and New York City visit ports of call in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

This ship is best for

With family fun zones, adult tranquility spaces, and diverse dining, Norwegian Bliss is a top choice for a value-oriented family vacation, along with couples and solo travelers.

Norwegian Bliss ship highlights

  • Three swimming pools and nine whirlpools
  • Five waterslides, including the Aqua Racer
  • Go-kart racing, miniature golf, and laser tag
  • Childcare at the Guppies Nursery
  • Splash Academy kids' activities
  • Entourage Teen Club and video arcade
  • Freestyle dining and entertainment
  • Thirteen specialty restaurants and cafes
  • Five complimentary dining venues
  • Broadway shows, including Jersey Boys and ¡Havana!
  • More than a dozen bars and lounges
  • Live bands at The Cavern Club
  • Comedy and dance venues
  • Exclusive Vibe Beach Club
  • Adults-only Spice H20
  • Full-service Mandara Spa
  • Salt room and thermal suite
  • Pulse fitness center

Things to consider

Although NCL is known for its competitive fares and Free at Sea promotions, the line charges for many onboard activities, such as go-kart racing and laser tag.

Norwegian Bliss ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 4.0
  • Onboard Activities 3.7
  • Service and Staff 4.2
  • Ship Quality 4.4

Norwegian Bliss cabins

2031 cabins and 34 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin

Inside

(33 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $127/night
Oceanview Cabin

Oceanview

(5 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $172/night
Balcony Cabin

Balcony

(98 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $200/night
Suite Cabin

Suite

(60 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $384/night

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795 Norwegian Bliss Reviews

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A wonderful but confusing cruise by BrooklynTony

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Bliss / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Great ship.Many amenities. Driving the go carts was exciting and fun. The water park was fun as well. Overall, too many people to be confortable. The upscale restaurants were wonderful as was the food at these as well as the free restaurants. The Observation deck is really wonderful although some folks decided to sleep on the lounges...not just take a quick nap...sleep for hours!

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Nice ship, some concerns you should be aware of: by tradespy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Bliss / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Great ship, great food, great staff, but some issues that future passengers should be aware of. We have sailed on 32 cruises in the past with various cruise lines, so we know what we are talking about. Listen carefully: 1. Beautiful ship and great food and free drinks with certain fares and packages. Wonderful! 2. Great and friendly staff. One of the best in the industry. 3. Great layout of the "Garden Cafe" the ships buffet style food area for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Love the design and booth seating. Very nice and colorful. Done right! 4. Very labor intensive embarkment and disembarkment. The worst I have seen yet. 5. Very labor intensive tendering to and from their own island, Great Stirrup Cay. 6. The race cars at the back of the ship spew oil into your face and clothing from the race cars. Make sure you wear old, dirty and throw-away cloths when you try the cars. The staff will deny it, but it happened to three sets of our clothes. Poor engineering of the cars. 7. Also, at the back of the ship the ships chimneys spew out a lot of black soot onto the ship. I have to assume that the ship engineers did not design chimney scrubbers into the chimneys and thus, there is black soot at the rear of the ship. Stay away from the balcony rooms at the rear of the ship and some outdoor activities also at the rear of the ship. I would suspect a possible health hazard for both the crew and passengers. If you don't believe me, wipe your hands on the railings at the back of the ship and you will see. 8. The worst disembarkement that I have ever seen. Long lines and labor intensive, but the worst is no common area to wait for your ride, unless you walk across 12th avenue with ALL of your luggage and stand on the sidewalk and wait for your ride. I could not believe it when we disembarked. I have never seen this before with any other cruise line. Just awful!! Time for them to build a nice and clean common area to wait for your ride, not have to stand out on 12th avenue with your luggage and wait. Just shocked when we heard this and had to do it.

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very nice and enjoyable week by mimzee321

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Bliss / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

I have been traveling on NCL for many years. We loved the NCL service, food, and the easy embarkation since we live in NY. So we usually take ships so we don't have to fly out of NY. I would love to see some of the refurbished older ships that are smaller to come back. Not keen on these very large ships

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536 Norwegian Bliss tips

savocoll

Jun 19, 2018

Book Everything as early as you can

tucsonjim1

Jun 12, 2018

Book your Specialty Restaurant and Entertainment choices as soon as you arrive on the ship if you had not been able to book before boarding.

jennylu7575

Jun 14, 2018

The middle elevators are always busy use the front or back ones. Atrium entertainment was packed and fabulous

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