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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4.6 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: Oceanview

Cabin number: 13100

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

My first USA mainland departure that commenced in San Francisco. A bucket list Panama Canal transit and worth it all the way. Some great ports along the way. Loved the ship even though it was a bigger vessel. The entertainment team were top notch. I was able to see first hand how well NCL look after solo cruisers and I have now booked myself solo in 2021 out of Rome on the Epic.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very smooth and not held up at all despite increased security measures.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Manhattan very nice food but staff overwhelmed with number of guests at times. Garden Cafe offerings a bit monotonous. Handled the outbreak of norovirus very well.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Go karts, water slides good fun. Anything the entertainment team put on I was into.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Entertainment on board was classy, from headliner acts to production shows and comedy club. Beatles act very good. Lucky to see 'SIX' on board.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
As in most ships the staff were friendly and attentive.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Being a fairly new ship the overall condition was very good. Clean and tidy always.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Spacious but not enough shelf space for the door side guest. The view from this forward facing cabin is spectacular, especially during our Canal transit.

Ship tip

Book shows before you sail where you can otherwise do it immediately you embark. Take advantage of the lounge forward on 15.

Ports of call

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
Apart from the airport beach stay I didn't see much else here. Long day of waiting though.

New York, New York

5 out of 5

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5

Santa Marta, Colombia

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5

Acapulco, Mexico

5 out of 5

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5

Mazatlan, Mexico

4 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 out of 5

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

3 out of 5

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
Awful welcome to New York. Two and half hours of queueing and waiting sometimes in drizzly rain. Security measures understandable but issues arose way before that.
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