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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

2.3 out of 5
Norwegian Bliss

21 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (Los Angeles To New York)

Sail date: November 03, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Bliss

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 9810

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We love to cruise and see new places. I’m sorry for a mostly negative review. But, I think it’s important to tell the truth. If you like to be herded around, this is the ship for you. Would we do another 21 Day cruise? Absolutely!! Would we do another one on the bliss? No way!!! We have cruised almost 20 times. On big and small ships. We definitely prefer the smaller less crowded ships. There are so many people on the Bliss the staff don’t have time to give service.


1 out of 5
We stood 5 hours outside LAX waiting on the Norwegian Bus to take us to the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The dining rooms were ok....very very slow. However the specialty restaurants were very good.

Q Texas Smokehouse

5 out of 5

Bar b q was superb. Ribs tender and delicious. Loved the country music. They need to move the country band to another venue. It’s uncomfortable going into a restaurant just to listen to the music with Everyone else eating.

Garden Cafe

1 out of 5

Don’t waste your time unless you want to follow the Herd.

Ocean Blue

4 out of 5

Crab cakes were good. Scallops were very fishy.

Los Lobos

4 out of 5

Food was good. The guacamole was very good.

La Cucina Italian Restaurant

5 out of 5

Best restaurant on the ship. Food was delicious.

Cagney's Steakhouse

3 out of 5

Cagney’s was ok nothing on the ship had any seasoning when cooked very bland.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
We have sailed the Bliss before and loved it. We had great service before but they have moved the original crew out. Service was terrible. Our room steward quit cleaning our room 3 days before the end of the cruise.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
There was a outbreak of virus on our sailing But some of the crew didn’t wear gloves and were really sloppy. Basically the staff had no boss or supervision. I never give bad reviews and I am very thankful to cruise but. If you read other people’s review of this sailing you will see. It was very bad.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The cabin was nice and perfect size for us. I tipped the room steward $10 a day for several days like $120 and then he disappeared and didn’t clean our room the last 3 days.

Ship tip

Book everything you can ahead of time because if you are late getting on the ship. Forget it!! Everything will be completely booked. You have to wait in line everything you do. Too many people.

Ports of call

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 out of 5
Just walked around and went to Cabo Wabo. Had good drinks and food!!!

Mazatlan, Mexico

5 out of 5
We did the salsa and salsa excursion... Had lots of fun. Learned how to make several authentic salsas. Really great food and drinks. Felt safe.

Acapulco, Mexico

4 out of 5
Took a sightseeing excursion after I got off the ship. Very nice, got to see a lot of Acapulco. I want to go back. The guide showed us the parts to visit.

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

1 out of 5
Waited 5 hours on the side of the street for Norwegian transfer. Book the airport transfer yourself.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
We did the sailboat excursion. Sailed along the shore, anchored in a cove Everyone got in the water and snorkeled or paddle boarded. We would definitely do this excursion again. First class food as well.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

1 out of 5
Had a volcano excursion booked but wasn’t able to go. I got sick.

New York, New York

5 out of 5
We love New York even if it’s just a transfer from the Manhattan port to LGA.

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
We did the kuukoo bus excursion. Great island definitely want to go back.

Cartagena, Colombia

1 out of 5
Went down to the port and looked around. We had been here before.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Walked around town and shopped. Great shopping port. I would love to go back and see more.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
We went to the beach. Relaxed and loved it, Went back to town had a great meal at the lazy lizard. Please check them out. Food was amazing. We had the jerk wings. Try the drink the owner created called “in the nick of time”. Very very good. Always love St. Maarten.

Santa Marta, Colombia

1 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

3 out of 5


1 out of 5
Very slow and unorganized...
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