Norwegian Bliss Overview

By Staff - Updated Jul. 16, 2019

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 Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: XL
  • Total Passengers: 4,004
  • Total Crew: 1,716
  • Crew to Passenger 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 Cabins

2031 cabins and 34 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(19 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $138/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(3 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $178/night
Balcony Balcony
(62 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $205/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(41 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $240/night

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Norwegian Bliss Dining

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Los Lobos Los Lobos
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Starbucks Starbucks
(1 Review)
Teppanyaki Teppanyaki
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Norwegian Bliss Onboard Activities

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555 Norwegian Bliss Reviews

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Bigger is not necessarily better. by hillmargo1

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Although we were looking forward to the Bliss, turns out they just put too many passengers on it for comfort or safety. The service in the dining rooms was consistently much much slower than we have ever had on any cruise before (10 or 11) and this was frustrating. Also, most public areas were just way too crowded and noisy to enjoy. The exercise room was overcrowded, with waits for the machines. Even the "library" had no comfortable chairs (it was combined with the game room -- bad idea.) They made a larger ship, but sacrificed passenger comfort in the process. And it was more expensive than other 7-day cruises that were more enjoyable -- so what's the upside?

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Alaskan Cruise by Humpmiester

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Awesome ship, first time ever seeing a cruise line dispensing free upscale ice cream with multiple flavors for free in the Garden Café with your meals. Plus have multiple ice cream dispensing machines to satisfy any extra cravings. Extra charge I found on other lines. Meeting Wyland the artist (who's paintings are at the bow of the ship) by chance. He just happened to be on the ship. Coolest guy ever! Thanks for all you do to save the whales and make us aware of our environment.

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Wounderful trip, ship is beautiful, Only issues we had was the hidden cleaning cost was 15.00 person per day just to clean your room !!! The Guest Service desk is worthless dont know why there even there. Everyone else on the ship was wounderful by slsnurse

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Ship was wonderful, food the best I have ever had, rooms nice for a ship. The Alaska cruise was so beautiful !!! While your sailing you see mountains on both sides of ship, see lots of whales, sea lions, and more it was just wonderful. The crew was so nice but the guest service desk was horrible no help at all they just read from a script. Didn't like the hidden cleaning cost of 15.00 per person each day !!!

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344 Norwegian Bliss Tips

Jun 19, 2018

Book Everything as early as you can

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.

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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