Norwegian Bliss Suggestions | Touring Canucks

Our 10 yr outdated son and I just lately had the chance to journey aboard the Norwegian Bliss. We traveled on the 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise on the Norwegian Bliss which incorporates Cabo and Puerto Vallarta departing and arriving from Los Angeles. Our departure date was November 5, 2023.

This wasn’t our first cruise, but it surely was our first time cruising Norwegian Cruise Line and on the Norwegian Bliss. It’s additionally the biggest ship we’ve ever sailed.

The Bliss has room to accommodate over 4004 passengers and 1716 crew members. I’m fairly certain that our boat sailed at full capability.

Norwegian Bliss pool deck

Associated – Right here is data on the Alaska Cruise we did a number of years in the past with Movie star Cruise Strains.

After spending per week on the Bliss, we realized loads concerning the ship and I’m excited to share the highest Norwegian Bliss ideas we realized.

We sailed to Mexico however many of those Norwegian Cruise Bliss journey ideas are relevant to the ship so it received’t matter in case you are heading to Mexico, Alaska, Caribbean or the Panama Canal.

Norwegian Bliss with kids

Listed here are the highest ideas for touring on a Norwegian Bliss cruise


Are you able to carry wine or champagne on the Norwegian Bliss?

Friends could carry bottles of wine and champagne on board in the beginning of your cruise or at any port. When bottles are introduced on board a corkage charge might be charged in line with the under bottle sizes:

750 ml Bottle: $15.00 USD
1,500 ml Magnum: $30.00 USD

Wine or champagne despatched on to the ship are topic to the identical charges.  Friends don’t must pay the corkage charge if they’ve the beverage bundle however you’ll nonetheless be required to declare and present your wine or champagne.

In the event you carry another alcoholic beverage on board the ship employees will maintain it for you till disembarkation.

Norwegian Bliss food


Youngsters meals within the Norwegian Bliss eating places is identical on a regular basis

The meals in the principle eating rooms for adults change every day. Nevertheless, the youngsters meals stayed the identical all through the cruise and it was a restricted menu. Choices for the child meals on the Norwegian Bliss have been:

Burger and Fries, Sizzling Canine, Rooster noodle soup, Mac and Cheese, Rooster Tenders, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and cheese and pepperoni pizza. 

After all, youngsters can order off the grownup principal menu and that’s what we principally did after Connor ordered the hen tenders and so they have been very dry and never excellent.

I used to be stunned that the menu didn’t change for teenagers, so in case you’re touring with youngsters this data is sweet to know.

Norwegian Bliss docked outside of Cabo

Some ports on the Norwegian Bliss chances are you’ll must tender 

Generally ports don’t have a dock or a dock giant sufficient to accommodate the Bliss. This implies you’ll must tender to shore.

What’s a young port?

It’s when there won’t be a dock and the ship must anchor off shore and you are taking small boats from the ship to the shore.

Why is it vital to know in case you could must tender on a cruise ship?

For many who have mobility points or must carry a stroller, it’s vital to plan forward. Plus, it takes extra time to tender to and from the ship so that you need to be aware when reserving excursions.

We needed to tender in Cabo as a result of there is no such thing as a dock. Here’s a checklist of tender ports for Norwegian Cruise line. Some older visitors had a little bit of bother getting on and off the tender because of the waves. There are employees obtainable to assist, but it surely was a bit tough with stairs and waves.

tendering in cabo on the norwegian bliss

Be sure you all the time know the ship time

That is tip is essential. All the time know the ships time and ensure earlier than getting off.

The Norwegian Bliss all the time arrived and departed on ship time which is typically completely different than town location. Due to this fact, it’s vital that you simply all the time know the ship time and plan your port actions accordingly. The cruise ship will depart with out you in case you are again on board in time.

Do you want the drinks bundle on a Norwegian Bliss Cruise?

There isn’t a straight reply to this query. The reply is that it actually relies upon.

Draft beer on the Norwegian Cruise

I booked our cruise as a part of a promo so Connor and I didn’t have any extras included (no beverage bundle and no included specialty eating).

Once you ebook a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Strains, usually you could have the choice so as to add on the Free at Sea bundle which incorporates the limitless drinks bundle, free specialty dinking, free wifi, and free excursions. 

Beers on tap at the district on the Norwegian Bliss

Earlier than crusing I checked out how a lot it might price so as to add the drinks bundle and it was nearly $1000 US for myself due to the promo deal I booked. I didn’t assume it was price it since I knew I wouldn’t be consuming over $100 a day.

Nevertheless, in case you like specialty drinks and plan to drink loads, then it might be definitely worth the expense.   

Convey your individual medicine for each youngsters and adults

The Norwegian Bliss cruise does have a medical middle onboard positioned on deck 13. It’s accessible to passengers and crew members 24/7. Nevertheless, medical providers should not included within the value of the cruise, and passengers are chargeable for any medical charges incurred.

You could possibly get medicine at one among your ports. For instance, getting medicine in Mexico in very straightforward. However, we all the time journey with a pack of medicine for each our youngsters and us as a result of if you want it, you typically want it instantly. 

Earlier than happening any cruise, I additionally recommend visiting your physician forward of time and getting seasickness tablets or patches in case you do end up feeling unwell because of the ships actions.

The Norwegian Bliss is huge, however you continue to really feel the ship shifting. Connor didn’t really feel nicely the primary night time at dinner (we needed to depart early to go laydown), so it was good figuring out that we might return to our room and use the seasickness medical I introduced for him. It labored and by the morning he felt a lot better. 

The medicine we all the time carry with us is:

  • Benedryl
  • Epi Pen (we have now allergy symptoms in our household)
  • Tylenol (chewable tablets)
  • Advil (chewable tablets)
  • Pepto (chewable tablets)
  • Cortisone cream
  • Thermometer
  • Seasickness tablets and/or patches
  • Gravol

Norwegian Bliss interior hallway

Choose your location of stateroom fastidiously

Watch out when reserving your stateroom location to make sure you get the most effective location on your wants. When reserving you could have the choice to pick out the place you need your room. You’ll need to think about a variety of elements together with noise, ship motion, and proximity to providers.

Your choices on the Norwegian Bliss cruise are AFT (again), Mid-Ship, and Ahead.  

Our room was 14116. Which implies flooring 14 and nearer to the entrance of the ship. Since we have been close to the ahead a part of the ship, we didn’t have many individuals strolling previous our stateroom door in order that stored noise down. Mid-Ship you’ll have extra individuals strolling by your room which might trigger extra noise.

You’ll want to think about what’s above you. Above us is the statement lounge so we heard the odd chair transfer, however the statement lounge is a really quiet house. 

We discovered the ship motion extra noticeable within the AFT so our desire is mid to ahead.

In case you are on an finish of the ship, it means you’ll have a bit extra strolling to get to your room down the lengthy hallways.

Norwegian Bliss Room 14116

In case you are susceptible to seasickness, choose the next flooring and mid-ship. It is going to be your finest spot. In the event you don’t like noise, I’d avoid areas which can be instantly under busy areas just like the pool space. And in case you want proximity to providers, choose a stateroom by the elevators so that you don’t must stroll down lengthy hallways.

One last query you must ask your self is: Must you ebook the port (left when dealing with ahead) or starboard aspect (proper when dealing with ahead)? For our cruise to Mexico, I preferred having the port aspect. I discovered we frequently had the most effective views like when coming into into Cabo San Lucas.

Norwegian Bliss table by the window in Taste

Meals take a very long time on the Norwegian Bliss- plan for it

In the event you’re on the lookout for a fast seize and go meal, the statement lounge all the time has snacks and the Backyard Café (buffet) has a number of choices. However if you would like a sit-down restaurant, you’ll need to just be sure you plan to spend a while on the eating expertise.

Food in the observation Lounge on the norwegian bliss cruise

We didn’t have any included specialty meals and I didn’t buy any. Due to this fact, we solely ate off the ship or on the included eating places.

I discovered the meals to be excellent, however I discovered the service to take a very long time. My favorite included restaurant was Style.

Nevertheless, consuming at any of the sit-down eating places you’re going to need to plan for 1 ½ hours. They don’t rush you to eat which is sweet, but it surely additionally implies that the entire meal course of takes some time particularly you probably have starters and end with dessert.

Norwegian Bliss lava cake

We ate within the Manhattan room on the primary night time, however I discovered the service to be very gradual. We then tried Style, and I discovered it to be our greatest possibility. And so they typically sat us subsequent to the window.

The service at Style was notably higher than the Manhattan. I additionally most popular the smaller room and the placement on the ship.

Norwegian Bliss ocean loop

Waterslides and go carts have weight and top limits

The Norwegian Bliss provides visitors plenty of actions and facilities. However in case you booked the Norwegian Bliss for its waterslides and go carts, you’ll need to make sure that you may truly use them.

The Aqua Racer waterslide with the tubes may be very child pleasant. Connor weighs 60lbs however isn’t very tall and he was in a position to go by himself in a single tube and with me within the double tube. There are scales and employees do test your weight.

The Ocean Loop has a excessive weight minimal and I noticed adults turned away as a result of they didn’t weigh sufficient.

The necessities for the Norwegian Bliss Aqua Racer Waterslides are:

Minimal Peak 40”

Minimal Weight: No minimal

Most Weight: Max weight can’t exceed 300lbs/136kg for each solo and double tube riders

Norwegian Bliss tube waterslide

The Ocean Loop waterslide is extra intense and features a drop and a loop that folks must make it round.

The necessities for the Ocean Loop Waterslides on the Norwegian Bliss are:

Minimal Peak 48”

Minimal Weight 120lbs/54Kg

Most Weight 300lbs/136kg

Norwegian Bliss speedway

The Norwegian Bliss Speedway additionally has necessities for each weight and top.

The necessities for the Norwegian Bliss Speedway are:

Most weight 265lbs

Most top 82”

Minimal top 55”

Norwegian Bliss speedway double car

Youngsters who’re under the peak requirement can journey in a double cart nonetheless they aren’t in a position to drive. They are going to solely be the passenger.

There are quiet areas on the Norwegian Bliss to flee the crowds 

The Norwegian Bliss Cruise ship is a big ship with over 4000 passengers so many areas may be very busy. Nevertheless, I used to be capable of finding quiet areas on the ship and Connor and I even had the new tubs to ourselves a number of instances within the evenings. 

Norwegian Bliss hot tubs to ourselves

Our favorite place to eat breakfast was the Backyard Buffet however the seating was very crowded. Nevertheless, within the mornings in case you exit on to the pool deck the ship has additional seats arrange and even espresso obtainable. It was quiet and it had good views. 

Norwegian Bliss waffles

The Statement Lounge was one other space that wasn’t very busy. In the course of the day you possibly can discover varied snacks and in case you wished a minimal breakfast it was one other good possibility for quiet consuming.

where to refill your water on the Norwegian Bliss

Convey a refillable water bottle

Shopping for water on the ship is dear and it’s not included within the beverage bundle.

Convey a refillable water bottle (my favorite is Stanley and you’ll find them right here) as a result of there are many locations to refill your water bottle together with the buffet, the Statement Lounge, and varied juice and water stations across the ship.

Please don’t refill instantly into your bottle. Use the supplied cups after which pour the water into your refillable bottle.  

In the event you want to buy water you may pre-order it by way of NCL and completely different water packages can be found. The water to buy on the Norwegian Bliss is Circulate Water. Instance costs are:

One 6-litre Circulate Water Bundle $19.95
One 12-litre Circulate Water Bundle $34.95
One 24-litre Circulate Water Bundle $49.95

Norwegian Bliss special diary free dessert

Coping with allergy symptoms on the Norwegian Bliss Cruise

Our son is allergic to dairy (requires an epi pen) and on the primary day we discovered it a little bit laborious to order meals for him because the servers stored telling us there’s a number of cross contamination for the meals. At first it felt like there have been restricted choices for him within the eating places.

The subsequent day once we have been struggling for meals choices, the workers in Style informed me that we are able to order for the subsequent day and a particular meal could be ready for simply him.

For the remainder of our cruise we ordered his dinner meals forward of time. We usually ate breakfast within the buffet, lunch was principally off the ship, and each dinner we ate within the restaurant. But when we wished, we might have pre-ordered for breakfast, lunch and dinner at any of the eating places.

Every night earlier than ending our dinner, we’d be given the subsequent day’s menu. We picked related choices off the menu however ones that might be a bit extra child pleasant. For instance, one night there have been meatballs on the starter menu and there was a pasta possibility for the principle course so we requested for pasta and meatballs.

Norwegian Bliss allergy friendly food

In addition they made probably the most scrumptious darkish chocolate dessert that Connor cherished.

Go to dinner early to keep away from disappointment (particularly on days at sea)

Included eating places and specialty eating places on the Norwegian Bliss want reservations. Previous to boarding I had pre-booked all our meals on the included eating places, however I might solely get the Manhattan room.

After our first eating expertise on the Manhattan room we weren’t overly impressed with the service, so when dinner opened at 5PM every night we went to Style. Despite the fact that we didn’t have reservations at Style they seated us and we all the time had a really pleasurable dinner.

Norwegian Cruise table at Taste

When you have a giant group, this won’t be doable. On this cruise it was solely Connor and I so it’s seemingly simpler to seat 2 versus a big group.

One of many days at sea we misplaced observe of time, and we went to dinner nearer to six:30PM. I used to be initially informed they have been totally booked however as a result of we had eaten every night time at Style, they knew us and graciously discovered a spot.

Eating at Taste on the Norwegian Bliss

If it’s a sea day you’ll have extra bother getting reservations so ebook forward. Relying in your standing if you ebook your cruise, you can begin reserving eating places about 3 months previous to getting on board your cruise.

You do want reservations for the specialty meals. I don’t recommend you attempt to stroll up except you completely want too however be ready to attend and probably be informed there’s no house.

You should buy a Starbucks limitless drinks bundle on the Norwegian Bliss

In the event you love Starbucks you’ll need to think about Norwegian’s Limitless Starbucks Bundle. The price is $12.95 per individual per day plus 20% gratuity. In the event you plan to drink greater than 2 drinks a day, you may discover this bundle price it.

The Starbucks bundle doesn’t embody canned or bottled drinks, meals, and merchandise and it’s not included with the Norwegian’s beverage packages. 

Starbucks is obtainable on a variety of the Norwegian cruise ships together with, the Norwegian Pleasure, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Getaway, and Norwegian Sky.

Starbucks menu on a cruise

You too can order Starbucks espresso drinks in the principle eating rooms and specialty eating places.

Starbucks present playing cards are accepted, and you may select to make use of the app to pay onboard in case you don’t by the Starbucks drink bundle. 

Norwegian Bliss pool deck

Pack your bathing swimsuit in a carry-on on your embarkation day

Getting on the ship was a reasonably straight ahead course of however I ought to have packed our bathing fits in a bag to hold on.

We arrived on the Los Angeles port round 10am and it was already busy. I had my printed baggage tags prepared and there have been a number of port staff desirous to take our luggage. Don’t fear about bringing a stapler for the reason that individuals taking the bags had one I might borrow.

I seen others had baggage holders like this that I believed was very helpful to place the bags tags in.

We adopted the indicators to check-in the place we received a bunch quantity card (we have been group 8) and our key playing cards that we’d be utilizing for every part on the ship. The seating received full shortly, so Connor and I discovered an area on the ground to present others the seats.

We waited within the terminal for about an hour earlier than they began calling the primary teams. A brand new group was known as about each 5-10 minutes and we began to boarding a few half hour after the primary group was known as. Our boarding course of began round 11:45.

Getting on the ship was straightforward. We walked up a gangway and onto the ship.

What I didn’t notice is that our room wasn’t accessible till at the very least 3:00pm. Fortunately our room on the 14th flooring was one of many first to be allowed in however our luggage didn’t arrive to the room till 5:00PM within the night. We didn’t carry something on the ship with us, apart from vital paperwork like our passports.

As soon as on the ship, we walked round and explored. We had lunch, registered for the Splash Academy (youngsters membership) and acquired the arcade bundle. Nevertheless it was a ravishing day and Connor actually wished to go swimming and I didn’t carry his bathing swimsuit in my carry-on so we needed to wait till our luggage have been delivered to our room.

Subsequent time, I’ll guarantee we carry our bathing fits and sunblock on board with us (and never depart it in our checked luggage) so after exploring the ship we are able to benefit from the pool.

Convey a global USB adaptor

We journey with a number of gadgets so it’s vital we have now the flexibility to cost them. On the ship, there are solely 2 USB adaptors and they’re positioned by the mattress. In case you are like us and have plenty of gadgets that have to be charged, we extremely advocate you carry an Worldwide USB charger.

This one is our favorite and we carry it on all our journeys.

Choose your departure flight instances fastidiously

I initially booked our flights leaving LA at 3:00PM. Nevertheless, our flights received cancelled and re-booked for 12:30 PM.

The NCL portal says that we are able to begin disembarking round 7:30AM so I believed this nonetheless could be loads of time to get to the airport for our worldwide flight to Canada. However we don’t fly out of LAX typically and I forgot that it’s all the time a good suggestion to have additional time.

The cruise ship provides a switch to the airport for $25 US per individual. Once I talked to visitor providers they mentioned so long as I get off first, I’d have loads of time to get to the airport.

Sadly, our disembarkation was delayed by over an hour. The ship couldn’t let individuals off till it was approved to take action. This meant everybody wished to be first off the ship and the strains have been loopy. Elevators have been filled with individuals and baggage. It was chaos.

Tip – use the elevator to go as much as the highest flooring first, then come again down. In any other case, you received’t get on an elevator taking place for a really very long time. You get off the ship on flooring 7.

It took us over an hour to get off the ship. We additionally ought to have taken a taxi, however I had pre-booked the switch by way of NCL. The switch took a really very long time to get the bus crammed and loaded with baggage. Then there may be LAX visitors, and it’s essential wait because the bus drops everybody off at their terminals. After all, we have been terminal 6 (one of many final drop-offs).

We did make our flight, but it surely was a really annoying morning, and I don’t advocate flights any sooner than 1:00PM.

Convey your ID and ship card each time you get off the ship

NCL offers you a card which acts as fee on the ship in addition to documentation. Convey these things off the ship at each port since they’re scanned to get on and off. Nevertheless, you also needs to carry legitimate ID (passport or driver’s license) when getting off the ship.

I wasn’t all the time requested, however a number of instances we have been requested for additional identification to get again on.

Additionally, within the unlucky case in case you have been to overlook the boat (it does occur!) you’ll want ID to catch a flight to your subsequent port to re-join the cruise.

Is the limitless arcade bundle on the Norwegian Bliss price it?

I searched this query loads earlier than getting on the ship. I knew that the limitless bundle solely included the inexperienced swipe readers however I didn’t know what number of video games have been truly included.

The price for the limitless arcade bundle on the Norwegian Bliss is $175 US.

To reply the query, I did assume the limitless arcade bundle was price it for my 10 yr outdated. If his brother had joined us, they each might share the cardboard so it might have been much more helpful.

I performed a number of video games with Connor. So long as you don’t do greater than 3 swipes in 3 minutes, you may play so long as you need. In the event you do accidently swipe greater than 3 video games in 3 minutes the cardboard is quickly suspended for quarter-hour (nonetheless this by no means occurred to us).

In the event you purchase the limitless arcade bundle for the Norwegian Bliss, what’s included?

A number of completely different race automobile video games and bike video games are included. In addition to, Halo (2 individual possibility), Pirates of the Caribbean (2 individual possibility), Jurassic Park (2 individual possibility), Basketball, Gun taking pictures, Star wars, Guitar Hero, air hockey, digital actuality simulator (you may journey a digital curler coaster). And there may be 2 individual Mario Cart driving recreation the place the indoor bowling is positioned.

Every recreation is at the very least $1.99 per play so the fee can add up shortly.

We cherished the two individual video games and performed plenty of Jurassic Park and Pirates. We might use the identical card and when one among us died, we swiped to be again within the recreation.

NCL pools

Convey medicated cream you probably have delicate pores and skin

Connor has delicate pores and skin. The ships scorching tub and swimming pools made his pores and skin react and he had itchy irritations after utilizing the swimming pools and scorching tubs. Nevertheless, I believe it was primarily the new tubs inflicting the response.

I carry medicated cream with me, so I had heaps readily available to assist ease the irritation. After utilizing the swimming pools and scorching tubs, I put the cream on Connor and his irritation was all the time passed by the subsequent morning. It might have very uncomfortable for him if I didn’t have the medicated cream with me.

Outdoor hot tubs on the NCL Cruise Ship

Did we just like the Norwegian Bliss and would we sail it once more?

Sure, we did like crusing on the Norwegian Bliss, and I’d sail on the ship once more and with Norwegian Cruise Strains.

We like cruising. We like the concept of visiting a number of completely different places whereas being able to get again on the boat at any time and your room travels with you so that you don’t must pack up every day.

I did really feel our port calls have been fairly quick. Typically, I felt rushed to get our exercise executed and get again on the ship. We wish to return and keep for some time in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo at a resort.

General, we had a good time. We preferred the Norwegian Bliss, the room, the meals and the actions. I’d advocate the ship and cruising with Norwegian.


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