Do not book this. Group of 50, Forty were sick on the last day, rooms were disgusting, food was,Well, everyone got sick, activites = zero, staff rude made it seem like they were doin u a favor. Put it like this, Dont bother with specialty ... Read More
Do not book this. Group of 50, Forty were sick on the last day, rooms were disgusting, food was,Well, everyone got sick, activites = zero, staff rude made it seem like they were doin u a favor. Put it like this, Dont bother with specialty dining, its the same food as the included dining package, Garbage. Never ate so many hot dogs and burgers in my life. Ive been on many cruises with differant carriers and it was always great,But, let me tell you, this ome was special !!!!!i. Ever hear the saying “ you can (****) up a cup a coffee”? These guys managed to even do that durring breakfest Had to goto the bar for a plastic cup lol.
It got so bad that i actually was embarrased for Norweigan. Ever go somewhere and smell musty carpets? The whole boat smelled like garbage this, especially in the ball rooms / show rooms. The icing on the cake was when i was taking a shower and the drain backed up, oh yea, so u know what my shower pan looked like? Omg !!!!
Staaaayyyy. awwwwwwayyyy. Use Royal Car’bean Read Less
I booked this cruise to try out solo cruising. I was pleased that they do appeal to solo travelers and do not charge a single supplement for oceanview staterooms. I was accidentally charged for double occupancy but this was quickly ... Read More
I booked this cruise to try out solo cruising. I was pleased that they do appeal to solo travelers and do not charge a single supplement for oceanview staterooms. I was accidentally charged for double occupancy but this was quickly resolved by their online customer service chat.
Embarkation And Disembarkation:
The embarkation was a breeze, I was met with very friendly staff that assisted and directed me through the embarkation processes. I do like the fact that they offer valet parking at rates lower than what it costs to park yourself compared to other ports such as the Port of Miami.There was an area where you can pre-book your dining, shore excursions, and spa before boarding. The staff was not that pushy.
Disembarkation is simplified, either you can get off early or get off late. I would recommend getting or using your passport as I was able to breeze through the customs line with a passport while others with birth certificates needed to wait in line.
The cabin was clean and spacious. It had some wear and tear but nothing worse than what I have experienced on other vessels that operate for the bigger cruise lines. The biggest issues I had was with the firm bed, the cold air conditioning, and no phone directory on the phone. If you do have multiple things to charge, it would be wise to bring a power strip with you as there is only one outlet in the room. I read other reviews prior to going and brought my own power strip.
I found the Grand Classica ship to be in very good condition with some minor noticeable wear and tear. The public areas were kept clean and I noticed the staff and crew was very quick to remove any rubbish that was found on the floor. The ship could use better quality signage as the some of the directories that were plastered over the old ones were beginning to peel off.
I found the service to be excellent. All the staff and crew that I interacted with was helpful and addressed whatever questions or needs that I had. I did have an issue with being charged for a bottle of water that I did not consume from the room and being charged for a bottle of water and a carrying case when I only purchased the bottle. This was cleared up at the purser's desk prior to disembarkation.
Breakfast: The selection and quality compared to the bigger cruise lines like Carnival and Norwegian was about equal. I did not have to really wait in line for an omelet. I stuck to the outdoor grill area in the back as I enjoy eating breakfast in the quiet area with some fresh air.
I did not really try out the lunch buffet food as I was not in the mood for anything offered on day 1. Instead I opted for a burger and fries. Not bad. On day 2 I ate lunch on the island instead of on the ship.
On night 1 I tried out Admiral's Steak and Seafood. The $33 cover charge gives you 1 appetizer, 1 soup/salad, 1 entree (some premium items cost additional), 2 sides, and 1 dessert. The food was very good and well worth the money.
On night 2 I tried out the Yellow Elder dining room. I was surprised you only get 1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert. I sometimes like to order other items on the menu to try out. Nonetheless, the portions were proper and the food was very good. I left satisfied and not hungry. I was surprised to find out that the eating dinner in the buffet was not an option as I would have loved to try that out if it was offered too.
Entertainment and Activities:
I did not have much of an opportunity to try out many of the activities. I did see both shows which I thought were pretty good. The acrobatic pair featured in the shows was amazing.
I booked the Crystal Beach swimming with the pigs shore excursion. The beach the excursion goes to was a small and well kept hole-in-the-wall off the beaten path that was not loud and overcrowded. The food and drinks were a bit pricey and it took a while for my order to be made. The pigs were brought out halfway during the excursion and we got to spend some time with them.
Comparing how this cruise line operates versus the big league they seem to strive to operate at the big league level. They do some of the things a bit differently with their booking (couldn't look up existing booking or make reservations online), embarkation (could reserve dining, shore excursions, and spa right before boarding), dining, and disembarkation. There was a little bit of a learning curve as I have been used to sailing on the big league lines and on the newer and larger ships. It was refreshing to finally sail after all these years on a smaller vessel and not have to do a ton of walking to get to the other parts of the ship. The cruise was not fully booked, so the ship was not crowded and it was nice to not have to always wait in long lines or wait for a deck chair or dining table. While I feel there is still some need for polishing and improving, I felt what I paid for was worth it and for the most part I did have a pleasant cruise. I might consider coming back on this cruise line at a later time. Given that they now operate two ships, I would also be interested if they also offered 3 and 4 day cruises going to either Nassau, Key West, Cozumel, Havana, or just an extra day at sea. Read Less
This cruise was a gift and I was grateful for the opportunity, but let me be frank with you in the following description. Little did we know the disappointment we’d meet at the very entrance with their prolonged entry wait. Services ... Read More
This cruise was a gift and I was grateful for the opportunity, but let me be frank with you in the following description. Little did we know the disappointment we’d meet at the very entrance with their prolonged entry wait. Services bragged about the boat docking early at 7am and said we should be boarding soon, that was around 3pm. We didn’t board till almost 7pm. There are numerous inconsistencies with information. It was difficult to be positive given the back to back frustrations. They did do their part to serve alcohol endlessly, which is honestly the only perk to riding this cruise line. The food was comparable to school rated lunches. There was hardly any quality. The dining services really tried to make up for what was lacking on the ship. They were great and did their best. The entertainment shows were subpar, which I guess good be ameliorated by alcohol consumption. I was tired of being asked condescendingly if I was of age to drinks, easy fix: mark it on the embarkation card that obviously took so long to make. Might as well put all the necessary information on there. The daily itinerary needs to be revamped as there was so much clutter and the most important information wasn’t highlighted nor clear. There were several areas with severely musty smells and the crew struggled to relieve areas of the stench. The towels and bed sheets were stained with questionable substances and made its cleanliness questionable. The worst part of it all was my inability to rest because of their BED BUG INFESTION on level 8 (and possibly beyond). 3 sets of cabins from our group were later confirmed to have traces of bed bugs. That NEEDS to be a priority to resolve. A lot of passerby crew members were smartasses and that was an unnecessary amount of sass I witnessed repeatedly directed at many people on the ship. The crew really tried to make a pleasant vacation, but there were too many areas of disenchantment that they couldn’t make up for it. Hence the draw to ride the cruise because of INCLUDED alcohol. It’s not freee because you pay the price with all of these discomforts. Their 2013 remodeling should’ve been more drastic because it didn’t do it much justice in this modern day era of cruising. Also with their obsession with spraying alcohol or hand sanitizer did not cover up the fact that several of the soap dispensers weren’t working in the public restrooms. To conclude I would not recommend this cruise for families especially with minors seeing all the inappropriate behavior of everyone taking advantage of the unlimited drinks which were poorly handled, given that half the time crew asked for the room key to swipe and the other half they gave up because it was too much work on top of the demand. Read Less
Its vacation made better! The opputunites that arise are not some you would see often so its like the saying goes. Travel while You can as your money will always return! Its about the expierence and what it does for you. This how ever was ... Read More
Its vacation made better! The opputunites that arise are not some you would see often so its like the saying goes. Travel while You can as your money will always return! Its about the expierence and what it does for you. This how ever was my third cruise and again!! Some how! it was made even better then the first two but they were still amazing experiences and thats simply because princess strides for nothing but the best! My first ever cruise was this year as well so it just shows how life changing it can be or has been for Me anyways. The photos speak for them selves. It just goes to show any princess cruise is well worth every penny as no one else can provide such an unforgettable time! (Dolphins,Stingrays,Sea lions,) with nice calm relaxing travelling to the Caribbeans Islands and so much more! I thank you once again princess cruises! You are the Top Cruise Line in my books! Its something i will be able to share and remember for the rest of my
Life. But that also means i will be back! N thats what counts the most! Providing such a great time that everyone want ones to keep coming back, heck id live on one of the ships if it was possible!
In good Time I will be back! Last but not least I Highly recommend princess cruises if you never have before! Read Less
The MSC Musica is the best experience I think anyone MUST experience atleast once in your life!! This has been the best time of my life. From the moment you arrive at Durban terminal, to the moment you disembark, the service is of ... Read More
The MSC Musica is the best experience I think anyone MUST experience atleast once in your life!! This has been the best time of my life. From the moment you arrive at Durban terminal, to the moment you disembark, the service is of excellent quality, you feel like royalty. The shows are out of this world, so much effort and detail to give the best most entertaining production, food was the best of the best. Prepared and displayed with class, Thank you to each and every staff member that i encountered for the hospitality and beyond friendly service!! Special thanks to Leo Lopez from the entertainment crew, for showing us around and taking care of us, and always around and willing if we were not sure about something. I cannot wait to go on my next MSC cruize. Once again thank you. I will definitely see you again in the very near future!!!! Read Less
Some background on me to begin. I’m a 32 year old heterosexual male bachelor. Celebrity Edge was my 16th cruise overall, and the 9th that I’ve taken with Celebrity. Like many of my cruises, I sailed with my 76 yr old father who ... Read More
Some background on me to begin. I’m a 32 year old heterosexual male bachelor. Celebrity Edge was my 16th cruise overall, and the 9th that I’ve taken with Celebrity. Like many of my cruises, I sailed with my 76 yr old father who has some health issues. —And although, it’s a cruise to spend some father/son time together as we live in different states, he usually goes to bed quite early, and I enjoy the night life well into the wee hours of the morning… So, inevitably It ends up becoming a “singles” cruise for me.
Before, I review the actual ship, and give you a very detailed breakdown of what I saw, experienced, and everything that this cruise has to offer, It’s important for anyone not familiar with Celebrity, to understand what this cruise line is about… “Virgin” Celebrity cruisers are always surprised(some negatively, and mostly positively about the differences between Celebrity and other lines. This line is not for kids(although they’re allowed). —There are no slides, or virtually anything similar to a Carnival or Disney ship. This is a sleek modern line that charges a little more to have the luxury’s and the lack of headaches that other “mainstream” cruise lines deal with.
So, if you are looking for the family cruise with ice cream for the kids, and strollers everywhere, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. If you’re looking for the Carnival-Walmart (affordable booze cruise), THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. This is a sophisticated line that balances fun, copious amounts of alcohol, aesthetics, sex appeal, and adult-geared entertainment.
I’ve always thought that the line does a remarkable job at appealing to successful millennials(such as me) all the way up through baby boomers, into seniors. There’s simply a “cool” factor to Celebrity that’s hard to describe. —After experiencing the Eastern Caribbean Inaugural cruise on Edge, I think that this ship embodies everything that’s cool about this line. Enjoy the review below!
THE PASSENGERS AND CREW: A+
As previously mentioned, Celebrity is a little bit of a different crowd from your typical cruise lines. You’ll usually find slightly more affluence, and people willing to spend a few extra dollars for a higher level of service and fun. Edge embodies Celebrity’s attempt to appease their traditional baby boomer, and older crowds, while also attracting successful millennials. Edge nails this delicate balance!
***Although, I have no data to back up my numbers…. I would guess that the age of passengers on the ship was
15% elderly, 25% Baby Boomers, 25% Gen X, 20 % Millennials, and 15% Gen Z / children.
75% of passengers were American, 10% were Canadian, 10% were Latin-American, and 5% from elsewhere in the world.
I was shocked at how balanced the crowd was. Also, tons of single millennials on the ship to hang out/flirt with. I’m not saying that I was necessarily looking for a “target rich” environment… But It certainly makes things more interesting if you catch my drift.
I can’t say enough great things about the Edge crew! These people, no matter whether they’re a stateroom attendant, buffet bus boy, or an officer were simply perfect. –They’ve mastered the art of service. I would give you specific examples, but we’d be here all day.
THE SHIP ITSELF Overall grade: A+
I’m like a mosquito in a nudist colony, (I don’t know where to strike first)… After taking 16 cruises on 12 different ships, it’s going to be hard for any other ship to beat Edge from a pure aesthetics standpoint. The ship is absolutely gorgeous. The entire ship is a work of art. If anyone complains about the design of the ship, they’re simply stale people.
Beginning with the main promenade which covers decks 3, 4, and 5. This area like most ships, is the main interior gathering point, or crossroads of the ship. Also, you can see what’s going on, on each of the aforementioned decks... The famed celebrity martini bar is at the heart of this on deck 3. They’ve increased the size of the martini bar, along with the seating area’s and tables surrounding it…Above the bar is a massive light fixture capable of syncing to whatever song is playing, or general light shows and tone changes. It’s seriously a work of art, and a good conversation piece. My only complaint about the martini bar is that it’s no longer an “ice bar”—Not sure why Edge’s designers scrapped this very popular feature from the solstice class ships.
Continuing, the ship features a number of super premium shops on board. Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and others. While these shops were fun to window shop at, and tease cruisers with outrageous price tags, I don’t think Celebrity is very concerned with how much people actually shop at these stores. It’s almost like they’re going for a “wow factor” with the level of store’s on board. I found the duty free, and general gift shops much smaller and not quite as well stocked. Almost like a, “well… I guess we have to have these shops, so lets put it here” type of mentality. —Not a big negative, just an observation.
The Pool Deck: A+
I think Edge hit’s a homerun with the redesigned pool deck. I found the main pool deck spacious and ascetically pleasing. There’s really 3 decks to enjoy around the main pool. Deck 14(which is the pool itself), Deck 15 just overlooking the pool deck, and finally deck 16 (which is the sun deck)… Like most cruises, deck chairs fill up quickly with towel clips, bags, and magazines holding chairs for sometimes hours before they’re actually occupied. But, I legitimately found very little overcrowding on any of the pool decks(including the actual pool deck 14). There was always available lounge chairs at any time of day(including sea days). The pool deck really embodies a Miami modern theme without being too over the top. The martini glass hot tubs above several corners of the pool provide an extra vacation luxury feel. Gone are the cumbersome stages for “sexiest legs contests”, or “bingo trivia”. -There’s a subtle live band for a portion of the day, and a D.J. For other parts of the day. It has a really relaxing, yet cool feeling. It looks different from any other pool deck that you’ve experienced.
Magic Carpet: B+
Although the magic carpet is cool, and certainly a conversation piece… I didn’t think it was nearly one of the main attractions of this incredible ship. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very unique. It’s fun to experience it either on deck 16(where it typically rests for most of the day), or on deck 3 where it makes several shorter stints throughout the evening. But, it’s relatively small, and there were may times throughout the cruise that it was occupied with the sign “private function”, and unavailable. The CEO of Celebrity was on the ship for the first 3 days of the cruise, so this could’ve been a reason why. Also, my stateroom on Deck 12 was right in between the two orange beams of the Magic Carpet. So, I got to witness it’s ascension and descent multiple times.
Keep Eden Weird: A+
Strap in… Because this is where this review gets fun. Eden is strange AF.
-Even as I try to explain it to you, I’m not sure the you’ll truly grasp what I’m saying until you experience it for yourself. The area of the ship is truly remarkably unique. It’s almost like a fancy greenhouse with great cocktails, impeccable lighting, and like nothing else you’ve ever experienced at sea. From the early evening hours, there’s boozing, and weird fairy-like entertainers and acrobats performing around you. Although they’re somewhat interactive, and certainly a good icebreaker(if you’re single like me). But the real Eden fun doesn’t start until 10PM. From 10P-12M, there’s a show filled with acrobats, strange sounds, bells, and bizarre interaction between a dozen or so actors, and you. For instance, I’m sitting with a younger 20-something newlywed couple that I befriended on the ship…A fairy comes up to me and asks, “what do they call you”? —I responded ‘Matthew’….”What do they call you?” “I’m Zoom—Nice to meet you.” ….Then in my southern gentlemanly baritone Louisiana voice, I say “Pleasure”. (As-in pleasure to meet you). Zoom then responds “Nice to meet you Pleasure Matthew. I got a surprise for you later”???. Then there’s queens who walk around in full extravagant costumes. Along with the (god of time) “Chronos” who sends sound/shock waves throughout the venue.
Basically, to wrap up Eden… It’s somewhere between Alice in Wonderland, a Scientology novel, and an LSD trip that takes place in a beautiful glass atrium overlooking the sea. YOLO… Embrace it for what it is(entertainment). I have a feeling that there will be very mixed reviews on it. One thing that cannot be argued about Eden(It has the best speciality cocktails that I’ve ever enjoyed at sea). It’s setting and what they did with the space is nothing short of remarkable.
Roof Top Garden: A
Loved it! Very unique with the artwork tree-like structures. Lots of seating and very cool green spaces and live plants ETC…. They also have bands and D.J.’s playing (mostly in the late afternoon/evening hours). Great place to watch sunset, and enjoy an early evening cocktail… Also well lit at night. This clearly replaces “the lawn” from the solstice class ships.
The Main Theater: A-
Very spacious, very nice. It has arguably the largest performance stage that I’ve seen at sea. However, the biggest improvement/innovation that the Edge theater has that no other theater that I’ve ever experienced has, are massive LED screens that surround the entire stage and provide additional scenery and set themes to each show/performance. One small knock is that the theater lacks organization… There’s three levels that are only accessible by two floor entrances. So, many elderly or disabled people with wheelchairs or power scooters could not access the bottom floor. In addition, they added loose seats and bar tables on the first floor that are kind’ve disorganized and facing different directions, and are smashed close together. --It’s almost like after they built the theater, they said, “we’re not going have enough seating, so lets throw these extra 200 chairs in here over on the side. —Not a big deal.
They give Angola and San Quintin a run for the money on the amount of bars. No problem utilizing my premium drink package…. Credit to Celebrity for clearly preparing better for large crowds. RARELY ever waited for more than a min to get a drink.
To Wrap Up the actual Ship Section:
There are many nooks, crannies, and small spaces between and around the areas that I’ve described that are very nice and worth seeing. But In the interest of not writing forever, I’ll let you discover them for yourselves once you see the ship.
SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS, MAIN DINING ROOMS, & BUFFET Had a chance to eat at 4 of the specialty restaurants. All of them were excellent from a pure culinary perspective. And most were even better with the extra experiences and atmosphere’s that they provided.
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
1.) Roof Top Garden Grill: A-
Delicious BBQ in a cool outdoor setting that would remind other celebrity loyalists of the “The Lawn Club Grill” on some solstice class ships. The difference is that this has more of a traditional American BBQ menu. Chili, brisket, ribs, wings, etc…
2.) Le Petite Chef: A+
Truly the most unique experience in specialty dinning that I’ve ever had at sea. Your whole table becomes an animated screen with little chefs who prepare your food right there on your table. The little chefs explain what you are about to eat and how it’s prepared. Then the actual food is placed by a waiter onto your plate. It’s a pre-set menu with one French dish, Italian dish, American dish, and a Japanese dessert. All four dishes were delicious. Pretty sure the menu changes sometimes.
3.) Fine Cut Steakhouse: B+
Very traditional looking steakhouse that you could experience in most large US cities. The food was pretty good. I had the ribeye, and a new lady friend had the filet. Both were pretty good. However, I must admit that I’ve had better steaks on other ships. —Nothing really stands out about Fine Cut, other than great views of the main promenade because of being on the 5th floor mid-ship. That’s the reason that they got the score I gave them.
4.) Eden Restaurant: A+
Interesting and delicious. Like the main part of Eden, the restaurant has the mythical characters walking around and performing as you eat. Also, the menu has a pre-set 6 courses that you can choose 1 from each side of the menu for each course. So, you order 6 Items out of 12 possibilities. There’s steak, lobster, various fish dishes, etc…
Main Dinning Rooms: A
We ate at 3 of the main dinning rooms. Cosmopolitan, Normandy, and Cypress. All very consistently good, and great service. I tried to eat something unique to each menu at each restaurant. Cosmopolitan has more fancy cuisine, Normandy has more comfort food, and Cypress has Greek Food.
Excellent. Good choices for breakfast and lots of variety. Pretty typical for a mega ship buffet, but added variety. Did not eat lunch or dinner here during cruise.
Without a doubt, the most controversial aspect of Edge, that I expect the most disagreements on is the Entertainment(mainly in the main theater). One small negative that cruisers who take maiden/inaugural voyages should understand is that there will be kinks to work out. Nothing is more prevalent of that statement than the entertainment on Edge. Two shows were impacted by sound issues that the cruise director openly apologized for…Including a situation to where all the lights and power went out during the middle of a show. Major credit to the singers and dancers who showed remarkable professionalism and finished the song via a-cappella until power was restored. Unfortunately, inconsistency is the best that I can give the shows on Edge. “HYPE” is by far the best theatrical show on the ship. —One of the best shows that I’ve ever seen at sea in fact.
On the other hand, the show “PURPOSE” was an embarrassment to the cruise industry. Wayyyyyy too much political undertones, and “we are the world, we are the children” BS. —I get it that Celebrity has made their gains in the industry by taking risks and being innovative. But, this simply was a little much…and I’m a millennial. I heard NUMEROUS people(both young, old, different races ETC chatting and rolling their eyes over “Purpose”). —I’m sure some think that it was great…. But I’m on vacation. The last thing that I want to talk or hear about at sea is race, religion, politics, or anything going on in the world. —Like come on, that’s a cardinal rule of cruising and vacationing in general.
That being said, the singers and dancers of all shows were excellent! The comedian on the ship was absolutely hilarious! If pinned down to give an overall score of the entertainment, I would grade it as a “B-“. I love Celebrity, and always have. -The line is the reason why I love cruising! But, MSC’s newer ships’ entertainment simply kicks Celebrity’s ass in this one department.
Bottom line, Celebrity Edge managed to deliver on some of the most anticipated and unrealistic expectations in the history of cruising! I credit their staff, and their company on creating a masterful experience! That being said, this cruise was not perfect. (What cruise is?) --They still have some things to work on which is to be expected of ANY new ship. Also, outside of HYPE, the comedian, and Eden, they need to take a serious look at a few of their theater shows. I fully expect “Purpose” to be scrapped from the routine soon. If they’re able to address some of that, I think you’d be flirting with a perfect cruise.
In my opinion, it’s the coolest ship, on the coolest cruise line in the world. I’ll see you on the Edge again soon…
Matthew from New Orleans, Louisiana Read Less
I traveled on the cruise ship before which made the trip familiar and gave me confidence that the trip will be amazing again. I had a fun time at the port of calls especially in Belize because of the private beach island and Honduras ... Read More
I traveled on the cruise ship before which made the trip familiar and gave me confidence that the trip will be amazing again. I had a fun time at the port of calls especially in Belize because of the private beach island and Honduras because of the private island excursion as well. The dates worked with our schedule. Food and dining was delicious and there was plentiful of different offerings. Room was clean and spacious. Entertainment was plentiful and enjoyable. Staff was helpful, nice, and entertaining. The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and fast. The ship was large and provided a lot of different areas to explore and to participate in. I had a great time participating in the karaoke, bingo, dancing, and other group activities. The art and holiday decorations was a nice touch. I was never bored on the ship and I would go on another NCL Cruise again. Read Less
Trying to find the perfect gift is always daunting, luckily i decided to gift my husband a cruise with the Msc Musica, Upon Arrival at the harbour, There was a que to get into check in and to leave your luggage, each step was even more ... Read More
Trying to find the perfect gift is always daunting, luckily i decided to gift my husband a cruise with the Msc Musica, Upon Arrival at the harbour, There was a que to get into check in and to leave your luggage, each step was even more exciting as its just one step closer to boarding, When we reached check in and all was in order my two kids, husband and i literally ran to the boarding area, We stopped quickly at the refreshments area to grab a drink and off we were ( this was so though full after waiting in the ques, a thirst quench was just what we needed)
The music and the friendly staff outside just set the mood, Finally we arrived inside the ship, our passports was taken and immediately we were sent upstairs to get a wrisk band for my 7 year old, so basically this as to be worn by the child throughout the cruise, as it makes it easy to locate which cabin the child is,incase they get lost. As we explored we bought our drinks package and went on the 13th deck for our buffet lunch, this was my favourite spot throughout the cruise haha hence the weight gain, everything was perfectly set up, different types of food, bread rolls, salads, dessert, tea coffee and water is always served. We sat at a table and indulged in our scrumptious lunch btw the buffet is open 20 hours, breakfast lunch and supper, And the pizzas is thee best tasting pizzas ever, Everything is always in order as soon as u done eating theres always someone to clear up ur table. Making it easier for the next person to come in, After eating we went to our cabin to change up and went on deck to do the drill, Finally we set sail, the experience of just leaving was absolutely amazing. Everyone was filled with excitement. We had abit of a confusion with our cabin and illena from reception was the absolutely best, so friendly and she even sent up a bottle of champagne and some yummy snacks for my husband on his birthday. Theres so much to do on the ship but we mainly hung out on the deck as the kids wanted to be in the pool, there is a kiddies and teens club aswell, my 7 year old loved it and still talks about his teachers, they provide activities the entire day for the kids and believe me its so safe. They even take the kids for dinner and it's so exciting for the kiddies, Again the level of quality and security is absolutely amazing these ladies and gents are so patient and caring with the kids,
Everything is always in a order, at 8pm every night we were allocated a restaurant which we could dine in, the food is absolutely amazing and our waiter was so friendly and welcoming, the manager if this restaurant was extremely rude and to be honest he was the only bad experience throughout our cruise, The shopping is a must, my husband bought me the most beautiful jewellery and the 4.5 liter drinks is absolutely well worth it,
Day of island was amazing such beautiful experience, u have to get a ticket on board which will tell u what boat number u are, u go to the 4th floor and a boat awaits u, nothing to be scared about again everything is always in order and safe, when we arrived at the island the blue waters and music and views was just breathtaking. There's alot of locals selling stuff so carry some cash, it was extremely hot so we went straight to the buffet, freshly caught grilled fish and the delicious water melons and mangoes was my favourite, A dj and also a live band makes u feel so blessed just to experience this.We spent the day in the water and then finally decided to leave early as we didn't want to wait long with the kids, The boats started loading up and we finally entered the ship again, As we entered there was a gentleman handing us an ice face clothe again very well thought of as coming out from the heat, this ice cloth was a bit of heaven for us, Back to sail and after refreshing up we went on board for some activities. What amazed me was everything was always in order, the staff are all very hard working, A few are abit rude but majority are so welcoming, oh please be careful when buying drinks on the deck, if u not using ur drinks package, we paid 45 dollars for two jack Daniels and two cans of coke, yet at the bar across is was 5 dollars. So always ask the price before you purchase.
The theater the night before we left was absolutely amazing we got to see the captain break some moves, so friendly so creative and overall it was definitely the best experience ooooh i forgot to mention i felt sea sick for two nights so make sure u take something and they also provide some tabs at the reception area.
Would i recommended this cruise?
I will be off my head not too, A lifetime experience, My Kids are still talking about it and my husband says he doesn't no how to top this for my birthday hahahah. Overall I'll be back again Read Less
This is a beautiful ship. We had a mini suite and thought the bathroom was great. It had a huge double sink with 2 faucets and a big shower. Worth the extra charge for sure! The room is a bit smaller than Celebrity Ships I've been on ... Read More
This is a beautiful ship. We had a mini suite and thought the bathroom was great. It had a huge double sink with 2 faucets and a big shower. Worth the extra charge for sure! The room is a bit smaller than Celebrity Ships I've been on width wise but same length. Nice room. Ample storage for clothes. The only thing I'd recommend is bring a light of some sort for the bathroom otherwise you have to turn the overhead light on during the night.
We thought the food was pretty good on the ship. We did speciality dining 6 of the 7 nights and thought the food and service were really good. Ate one night in Taste, the regular dining room and thought the food was pretty good there too. We did breakfast almost every morning at either Taste or Savor and thought they were great. Service was good too.
The ship is easy to navigate. Sometimes elevators are a bit full but another one comes along fairly quickly. Thought embarkation and debarkation were very easy.
Everyone on the ship always has a smile and really tries hard to make your experience a good one.
The Observation lounge is a great place to hang out plus they serve food all day long and there is a bar if you want a drink. As the week went along, more people found this treasure. They have comfortable furniture for reading and just watching the water.
Neither of us had the drink package but we did notice that with all the people that did have it, bars were open everywhere on the ship all day long. When we were on Celebrity, it was pretty hard to find a bar open during the day except at the pool.
Loved the outside deck that surrounds the specialty restaurants. Great place to hang out on the couches or to take a walk or get a drink. Really nice atmosphere and great place to watch the sun rise or set. On other ships this type of deck view is blocked by the life boats. The boats are on deck 7 on the Bliss a deck below Deck 8 where the specialty restaurants are.
The ship definitely has places to view the water all the time; something that was lacking on Royal Caribbean's mega ships. On that ship, I felt like I was floating on an island where I rarely saw the water. NCL knows how to bring the ocean into the cruise experience especially when you eat outside at the specialty restaurants.
Now here are my cons about the ship.
The pool area is crowded and the music is SO LOUD it literally hurt my ears. I was surprised parents let their little ones hang out there...it was deafening. Actually we found the music was too loud almost everywhere. Couldn't hear the words to the music when bands played. Only the instruments.
Love the adult solarium on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. NCL has a small adult area with chairs and a bar. The only problem is there is no shade even with 3 or 4 small umbrella's. Too bad cause that would have been great.
Now for the shows. I liked Jersey boys although its a shorter version of the Broadway production. I left 15 minutes into Havanna. I couldn't get into it. Saw the comedienne's. Hard to get into The Social Club so appreciated the show that happened in the theater one time during the week. Liked the Beatle's tribute although again the music was so loud in a tiny venue.
I missed a regular show that you could catch at either 7:30 or 9:30 on Celebrity ships. You always had to make reservations for the shows and they didn't always coincide with the times booked before you get on the ship at the specialty restaurants.
Lots of stuff happened in the atrium. It's way too small for the purpose it serves for some of the shows there like the Newlywed game. People were everywhere with no seats. The theater would be a better choice for that and later in the night. The cruise director tried to make it sort of risqué yet there were young kids around cause it was pretty early.
Overall, its a great ship that is staffed well. Like I mentioned earlier, the staff is always smiling and trying to make your experience a good one. I would like to see the music at a decibel that doesn't bust your eardrums and make your ears ring along with a show you could see every night with a 7:30-8:30 reservation. (Most shows were in the Atrium then) There is something for every age on this ship for sure!!!! Read Less
The Bliss now has been added to my list of favorite ships. The vessel itself is beautiful with everything in a logical place with the notable exception of Le Bistro, which is oddly hidden on an upper deck.
The crew is fantastic, led by ... Read More
The Bliss now has been added to my list of favorite ships. The vessel itself is beautiful with everything in a logical place with the notable exception of Le Bistro, which is oddly hidden on an upper deck.
The crew is fantastic, led by Jovo as Hotel Director. Everyone is friendly, caring and helpful. For me, the crew makes or breaks the experience, and this group made mine a joy throughout the week.
The food was consistently at least good, with some excellent. Most of my dinners were in specialty restaurants, all of which performed well. Menus seem to change almost every month, which adds variety, but inevitably results in removal of my favorite items. I realize that’s a corporate issue, not a ship decision, but it’s worth mentioning anyway.
The entertainment was excellent, led by the two big shows: Havana and Jersey Boys. Both were major productions with very talented casts. The Beatles tribute band also was great, including their theater show on the last night. Silas, the Cruise Director, did a wonderful job, backed up by an excellent cruise staff.
I was in a balcony cabin. If you’ve been in a balcony on any NCL mega-ship (other than the Epic), you know what it’s like. At least they’ve finally improved the interactive TVs to provide more functionality. On the other hand, the internet service was awful. Much of the time, it was hard to log in, slow as an old-fashioned dial-up connection when you could get on, and unable to retrieve email too often because the server would time out. The worst I’ve experienced on any ship. Find a new provider; this is simply unacceptable.
I’m anxious to sail on The Bliss again, though it’s scheduled move to New York will make that more difficult. As far as the senior officers, I expect to see many of them again after they launch The Encore next year. Read Less