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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4.6 out of 5
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Norwegian Bliss

14 Night Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 19, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Bliss

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 10407

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Review summary

The ship was very nice, though too many floors to go up that were just staterooms. Would be better if common areas more interspersed. Going upstairs (we didn’t use elevators - they were just too crowded and took forever) we had to constantly climb through floors 9-15 with no stopping points. Would be nice to have a couple of lounges like the observation lounge there and rooms put on other floors. Other than that we loved some features: 8th floor blue chairs and 3/4 walking deck, the observation lounge. Atrium was too crowded and noise level very high. Pool area too crowded. Pool area not much larger than Gem but there are twice the people on board! So extremely crowded. Sadly we had to avoid that area. We loved the ports. Want to take this itinerary again.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Good but had to wait over an hour.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Excellent food, but last few days the Coronavirus caused buffet crew to have to hand out food to us and they were way understaffed for that.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
We didn’t use many on board activities except for the fitness room which was great! First place where I found all the size weights I needed!

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Shows & musicians were wonderful. But I didn’t like the reservation system for the big shows. Just went in standby. I wouldn’t make reservations.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Perfect! And so friendly!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Common areas were great, clean, neat. We especially liked the Observation Lounge, and having food available was perfect - didn’t have to brave the crowded buffet or wait for food in the restaurant- could look at the ocean any time we wanted. Beautiful place.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Steward kept it spotless! We weren’t in the room much but when we were it was very nice.

Ship tip

Find alternative quiet places to go, like the wonderful blue chairs on deck 8 and the observation lounge on deck 15. Keeps you out of the crowds. And don’t use elevators, stairs so much more efficient.

Ports of call

New York, New York

5 out of 5
Wonderful to leave from here, great skyline, Statue of Liberty & bridge views

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
No excursion, we walked on our own and loved it - chance to walk & move around, see the forts.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Took champagne catamaran to St. John’s. Spectacular!!!! Will do that again.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5
Afternoon beach bash. It was good but surf at Cane Garden Beach was too strong to go into. Ride over the mountain was exhilarating! Will go again.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Beach break. Loved the beach on Simpson Bay (somewhat away from planes, which we wanted).

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Loved the Rail & Sail excursion! Will do this again!!

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Most beautiful of the islands, so manicured. Did the catamaran to Pitons - best time, we loved it. St Lucia’s is extraordinary, glad it was on the itinerary.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Glad this is on itinerary too. People here are so organized! Wonderful half day at Barnes Beach on Carlisle Bay. The sand is like baby powder and such clear water!! Would like to go on a catamaran too but that was sold out. Dad we couldn’t do more sailing at this island.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
Beautiful beach for afternoon beach break at runway beach, but really wanted to do the lobster lunch catamaran but it was sold out. As gold member I get 10% discount if booking excursions on board. So I waited till we got on board and I got most of the excursions we wanted but couldn’t get the ones we wanted on Barbados and Antigua. Disappointing. But the itinerary was spectacular, we loved the islands we went to. We think we will take this same cruise again, just because of the great ports.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Good, we were self disembark and got off quickly & easily. Breakfast that morning was a zoo though!
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