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 3.7
  • 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: $128/night
Oceanview Cabin

Oceanview

(5 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $180/night
Balcony Cabin

Balcony

(98 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $210/night
Suite Cabin

Suite

(60 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $352/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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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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Pretty Ship, but Room for Improvement by Cruisingkem

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

The cruise was relaxing and it was, as always, fun to travel with friends. I liked this ship - it is easy to get where you want to go on it and there are multiple places where you can find things to do. I'm not sure that the ratio of staff to passengers is as good as it should be. Perhaps some of the negative things I noted in the survey would be alleviated if there were more staff.

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537 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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