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This Norwegian Bliss eastbound sailing from Miami to Los Angeles was our 29th cruise together.
Although there are positives and negatives about every cruise ship, cruise line and cruise itinerary, our goal is
to always make the best of every opportunity that we have to travel.
Of the four cruise lines on which we have traveled together (Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean), we
have sailed the most number of days with Norwegian. This 15 day Panama Canal transit was our first
sailing on an almost brand new ship and our second canal transit. One of the things that we really like about sailing with
Norwegian is the more casual atmosphere including "Dress Up or Not" attire on select evenings versus formal or evening
Norwegian Bliss Embarkation
We arrived at the Port of Miami via rental car shuttle at about 10:55 AM. Dropping off our luggage with a porter
took longer than normal due to random and unnecessary reviews of check-in documents of some passengers.
Once we reached the passenger terminal entrance line, we quickly proceeded through security with our carry-on
After completing the required medical questionnaire, we were immediately called up to the Latitudes check-in
counter. Our agent confirmed our passport expiration dates, took our headshot photos, issued our key cards and we
were off. This was the fastest check-in ever - and for the first time in our Norwegian cruising history (12 previous NCL
cruises), we weren't asked to verify the credit card that we had provided during our online check-in.
We waited in the embarkation lounge for only about 15 minutes. Once the boarding process started, passengers
needing special assistance were quickly followed by loyal guests with Ambassador and Platinum Plus status. We immediately walked up to deck 16 (yes, we took the stairs everywhere for all 15 days for exercise ... and an excuse to eat more)!
We sat on poolside lounge chairs enjoying the beautiful weather and almost brand new ship. We would have left to see
our cabin earlier, however the music performed by Duo Rika kept calling our names! We actually stayed on deck
until an hour before the 3:30 PM muster drill.
Music with Duo Rika
Since we were some of the first passengers aboard, we were a little concerned that our luggage had yet to be delivered
as dinner time was approaching. After checking with the staff, we were assured that delays were common when sailing
out of Miami due to the shoreside luggage process. Although we have not experienced delays on previous Miami
sailings, our luggage was indeed in our cabin when we returned from dinner and the evening show.
Mandatory Life Boat Drill
Our muster station was in the combined venue of Los Lobos, A-List Bar and Cagney's
Steakhouse. Although not the poorest organized emergency drill that we have attended, improvements were
needed. Due to the large number of people crammed into the area, the layout of the three rooms and the positioning of
the staff, it was very hard to hear (much less see) the demonstration. It's a good thing that we are frequent cruisers and
already comfortable with the emergency procedures.
Norwegian Bliss Crew
Our stateroom attendant Meyrine Libra Weliana from Indonesia took great care of us every day from the first to
the last day of the cruise. She was a joy to visit with, always called us by name and did a great job of ensuring that our
cabin continued to look brand spanking new.
Since she had been on the Bliss since it was turned over from Meyer Werft, she made recommendations for
things to do and places to see that she thought we might like. I always enjoy my evening return to my cabin to see the
towel art, and Meyrine did not disappoint with her unique animals. Meyrine was a true Vacation Hero!
Towel Art courtesy of Meyrine
Silas Cook (Cruise Director) and his team were excellent. They were always full of energy and gave their all
to the activities and events throughout the cruise - at least all that we attended.
We had at least one occasion to visit the Shore Excursions Desk, Cruise Next Office and Guest
Services, each located on Deck 6. In general, the staff members were cordial and helpful. It did take a follow-up
visit to complete the resolution of a promised $25.00 in onboard credit, however we did not leave the cruise unhappy.
Located on Deck 7, the Box Office staff was friendly and overall had the knowledge needed to answer most
questions. Although we did receive some incorrect information, I chalked it up to our sailing being only the second Bliss
cruise with paying customers.
Activities and Events
There was an excellent variety of activities and events every day of our cruise often making it difficult to choose what to
do knowing that we would be missing another enticing option. In addition to the Freestyle Daily delivered to our
stateroom each evening, Bliss Today hosted by Silas and Mandy (Assistant Cruise Director) promoted a small
selection of the day's happenings on stateroom TVs.
Activities offered daily during our cruise included complimentary activities such as ping pong, water slides and mini-golf
(beginning near the end of our cruise) plus Laser Tag and the Race Track both offered for a fee. With so
much to do and so little time, we had limited opportunity to join any of the classes (fitness, dance, arts & crafts and
language), competitions (poolside, trivia, scavenger hunts and more), art events, seminars or presentations (cooking,
spa, cruise ship life and travel to name a few) - and those were just the events with no fees associated! Surprisingly,
weekly self-led sabbath services were offered, however there was no meeting room offered for Christian services during
Card and Board Games
Each day between 8:00 AM and 2:30 PM, Los Lobos was open for passengers to play card and board games.
Although it was advertised in the Freestyle Daily, I skimmed past it since it was listed at 8:00 AM. Near the end of our
cruise, I joined a Bunco game hosted in the venue and realized how many people (mostly women) had organized game
groups in Los Lobos.
Dave Roberts, Ph.D. aka Dr. Dave led a popular
series of lectures in the Bliss Theater. The first lecture was so popular, in fact, that there was standing room
only which required a repeat performance and live feeds of some of his future lectures.
Full House ... and then some!
In addition to lecures about Costa Rica, the Maya, stars and sea life that we missed out on later in the cruise, we did
attend and enjoy the three interesting lectures about the building of the canal on the days leading up to our transit
The Panama Canal: The First 400 Years
The Panama Canal: The French Effort
The Panama Canal: The American Effort
Escape - The Big Top
The "big top" event was not advertised on the NCL website prior to our sailing as I'd seen on a previous NCL cruise, so I
didn't know to reserve spaces until I saw an announcement in the Freestyle Daily. Hopefully the lack of information was
only due to the fact that the ship was new. The escape room type event was offered four times during our cruise, and
did require either signing up at the box office or arriving early to wait in line with hopes of no shows.
Escape the Big Top
We had a blast putting our brains together to use the Escape - The Big Top clues to solve the puzzles. I was
elected group leader and I'm proud to say that our team of six was able to solve all of the clues before time ran out ...
and just barely before any of our competitors. We all now have a t-shirt in our collection with the slogan "Feel free to
call me champ".
Feel free to call us Champs!
In our quest to experience as much of the new Norwegian Bliss as we possibly could, I realized that we did not make it
to any of the game shows. Although we typically enjoy seeing (or maybe even participating) in a few game shows while
cruising, we were never in the right place at the right. Standard shows like Newlywed, Not so Newlywed and
Battle of the Sexes were played, as were some new games like Wheel of Ill Will and Drop Zone.
Late Night Parties
Silas, Mandy and the rest of the cruise director staff worked hard to make the late night parties fun for all - and they
danced their hearts out almost every night! With so many other activities, our goal was variety, but we did make it to
several parties - a first for us. Whether DJ or live, the music was good, the atmosphere was always fun, the venues
worked well, we had a great time and were happy that we attended - even if not for the entire evening:
70's Disco Groove Dance Party in Spice H2O
Awesome 80's Party in Spice H2O
Nashville Night and Lights featuring Camille Ray on Pool Deck
50's & 60's Rock-n-Roll with Siglo in Q Texas Smokehouse
Siglo Under the Stars on Pool Deck
Cruise Critic / Facebook Group Activities and Events
With over 340 pages of chatter on Cruise Critic, this was the most active roll call in which I have participated.
Although Scott and I didn't book our cruise until mid-April, I began eavesdropping on the roll call in March. Tina, the
thread starter, worked hard on both Cruise Critic and Facebook to ensure that everyone felt welcome. There
was a variety of activities organized between the two groups, however, due to our late reservation, some were already
Meet and Greet
The Bliss officers and many staff members, along with our Cruise Critic coordinator Tina, hosted a fabulous Meet and
Greet in The Manhattan Room. Compared to others in which we have participated, this was the most well
attended and planned. Tina delivered reminder postcards to requesting members and presented thank-you gifts to the
ship's officers in attendance.
Front side of Meet and Greet Reminder
The two large surprise cakes served courtesy of the staff were a yummy treat as well!
Surprise Welcome Aboard Cake
Left, Center, Right
Although we only had the opportunity to play Left, Center, Right once due to conflicting plans, with 25 players it
was a fun game. The $75.00 pot was bigger than in the previous two games that I had played, and even though neither
of us won, the nominal $6.00 investment for both of us made for a fun hour.
We really enjoyed the Bliss Open House on our second sea day. With all participants being provided a list of 7
staterooms available to view in a one hour period, it was organized differently than others that I've joined, however it
worked well. We made it to all cabins and had an opportunity to see:
Aft-facing balcony on deck 10
Mid-ship balcony on deck 12
Studio & studio lounge on deck 12
The Haven aft-facing penthouse with balcony on deck 12
Mid-ship mini-suite with balcony on deck 15
The Haven spa suite with balcony on deck 15
The Haven 2-bedroom family villa with balcony on deck 18
I always enjoy playing Bunco, yet this was my first cruise to join in on a game - in fact, it was the first cruise on
which I've ever seen it played. As usual, it was lots of fun (I even won a prize for last bunco), and I just may consider
being a Bunco organizer on one of my upcoming cruises.
Showtime and Musical Entertainment
One of our favorite things about cruising is the variety of entertainment included in the price of a cruise. Cruising on the
Bliss was no exception - in fact, the variety of shows and music was among the largest that we have ever experienced.
The downside to the big variety was that many venues were quite small. Some also required advance reservations or
arriving 30+ minutes before the start in order to get any seating at all. While my preference is not to have to make
reservations for cruise ship entertainment, I can understand the need to do so when on a large ship. Although
the box office was the only means of reservations at the start of the cruise, other options including the digital
touchscreens on most decks and in cabin iTVs began accepting reservations as the cruise got underway.
Had a complete list of entertainment been available at the start of the cruise, it might have been easier to make a plan
for our "must sees". (For example, if we had known which shows would be offered twice, it would have been easier to
decide which night we preferred to attend based on other competing shows.) I realize that this would not appeal to
some, and I'm not even sure that I want to do that much pre-planning, but since reservations were required for some
shows anyway, it might be helpful.
The headline entertainment that we attended in the Bliss Theater was, in almost every case, excellent. We
appreciated the consistent timing of most main theater shows (7:30 PM and 9:30 PM), as it made planning for dining
and other evening entertainment easier. When cruising, we often plan our evening around the main theater shows.
During this sailing, however, we attempted to see a bigger variety of shows so we passed on some main theater
performances including the comedy hypnotist and comedy magic. Those shows that we did attend included:
First Night Show (Emceed by Cruise Director Silas, the well done show featured a song and dance sneak
peak of the upcoming shows plus entertaining information about kids programs, adult activities and musical
entertainment available onboard.)
Uptown (We really enjoyed the first performance by the energetic trio of young male vocalists featuring
Motown and soul, however were disappointed in the encore several days later. We had been told by Silas that the
second show would have completely new material. Although there was a minor variation, it was basically a repeat
Havana (This reservations required production show offered on two evenings showcasing Cuban song and
dance ended up being one of my least favorite shows aboard.)
Jenene Caramielo (In our opinion, both shows featuring this female vocalist singing music from genres
including broadway, pop, jazz, country and opera were outstanding.)
Jersey Boys (Although we had previously seen the broadway musical, we still enjoyed the performance
telling the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.)
LA Cast of Beatlemania (The performance on our final evening began with a selection of Beatle's hits from
the three eras performed earlier during the cruise. The traditional Norwegian finale of "You Are Norwegian" featuring
the Bliss officers, staff and crew rounded out the evening.)
You Are Norwegian
I came to realize that, at least on NCL mega ships, gone are the days of multiple production shows during a 15 day
cruise. With shows being offered on two nights (presumably so more passengers have the opportunity to enjoy them)
and longer, flashier shows like Havana and Jersey Boys, my favorite production shows have gone by the wayside. Oh
Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical, was also shown throughout our cruise. While we did not attend the
fee based performance, we heard mixed reviews from those who did - more negative than positive. It did seem that
most comments were from passengers who disliked the taste of the five prohibition era cocktails served during the show.
We are both big fans of the music of the Beatles so we were excited to be able to attend performances featuring their music in The Cavern Club. Three different shows were offered four times each (2 performances on each of 2 evenings), yet most shows still had an overpacked venue. There was no indication prior to the first evening of
performances that a repeat would be offered, therefore we stood against the speakers with absolutely no view of the
stage for the entire show. This was another example of how an overview of entertainment for the entire cruise would
have helped with planning. Fortunately, we made it to all three performances (The Early Years, Sargent Pepper's and
Abbey Road), and although the band was not our favorite Beatles cover band, we still enjoyed the music.
The Cavern Club
Levity Entertainment Group
Although we made reservations to attend three shows featuring the stand-up comedians in the Social Comedy and
Nightclub, we ended up only attending two. Each show had a host (Tim Homayoon or Allison
Weber) that started with about 15 minutes of comedy. The hosts were followed by the evening's main performer
with another 30 minutes of stand-up comedy. We saw Jim McDonald at our first show and Mark Klein
for late night comedy recommended for those 18+ years old.
While the shows were enjoyable, the venue was not the best for visibility - unless you wanted to get there early enough to have your pick of any seat in the house. We weren't willing to give up an extra 45 minutes for a short comedy routine - especially when others said that shows with the same comedians were duplicates. (Again, if we had a list of shows and
performers at the time that we made our reservations, we could have ensured that we reserved seats for different
Daytime Poolside Music
In addition to music provided by the Bliss DJ, we listened to both Duo Rika and Phil and Keysha
when they performed on the poolside stage throughout the cruise. We love having live poolside music and, in our
opinion, there is never enough of it!
Phil and Keysha
Evening Live Music
With fewer production shows and most main theater performances offered four times (two nights with two performances
each), there were repeat performances on nearly half of our cruise evenings. In many cases, we filled the time that we
were accustomed to watching production shows with live music! We spent lots of time listening to music provided by
Duo Rika (a Latin Duo), Phil and Keysha (another duo) and our all time favorite cruise ship band
Siglo (rock). Along with Tatiana Alekseeva (on piano and vocals), the four musical acts rotated among
venues including Sugarcane, The Cavern, Q, the Atrium and on some occasions the
Observation Lounge and Pool Deck.
Both duos had some theme nights, some "by request" nights and some with a mix. We really enjoyed Phil and Keysha
early in the cruise, however we did start to tire of their emphasis on repetitive hits of Elvis and Tina
Turner. In addition to their rotating performances, Siglo was also featured in several special events including
Siglo Under the Stars (a late night dance party on deck) and Rockaoke with Siglo. Their talent truly
shined during Rockaoke when passengers joined the band on stage for a live karaoke style performance. The band took
requests from the audience and immediately played them from memory. The guitarist amazed the audience (and even
fellow band members) with a tremendous lengthy impromptu guitar solo.
Siglo Under the Stars
We spent some time listening to the music and humor of the Piano Man Jim Badger in The District
Brewhouse. We enjoyed his singing, and although his personality allowed him to get away with being funny and a
little rude between songs, our preference would have been to have a little more music and a little less talk.
Although we don't listen to country music regularly, the Camille Ray Country Band who often performed in Q
came highly recommended. We had an opportunity to enjoy the group both in Q as well as during Nashville Night and
Lights on the pool deck.
While we never stopped by to see the size of the crowd, late night dancing with music by the DJ was also offered on
most nights in the Social.
Crank Up the Silence
NCL's silent disco was offered on five nights spread throughout the itinerary. Upon entering the Social Comedy and
Nightclub for Crank Up the Silence, passengers were given adjustable wireless headphones. With four
stations each featuring music from a different era (70's, 80's, 90's and today), it was fun to look around the room and
watch people dancing at the same time but to a different beat! Although the event required reservations, during the
night that we attended, there was far more space and available headphones than passengers, so anyone who came by
was welcome to participate.
Broadcasts on the Big Screen
Although we only saw small parts of two of the movies offered, there were numerous movies broadcast either in the late
afternoon or late at night (and sometimes both). During the first 10 days of the cruise, all movies were shown either on
the Atrium screen or in the Bliss Theater. Following the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan which was offered on
the deck 16 big screen, Movies under the Stars were also offered on a couple of nights late in the cruise.
Latitudes Rewards Platinum Plus Benefits & Discounts
We do enjoy taking advantage of some benefits offered to us in recognition of being regular cruisers with Norwegian.
Our Platinum Plus status offered the following:
1 bottle of sparkling wine (I've never heard a positive comment about this horrible tasting champagne! We have
found that the only way that we can actually drink it is when we mix it with the Vitality flavored waters offered
in the Garden Cafe. Comments from many others indicate that they either throw it away or leave it for the next
2 bottles of water per member (nice to have for shore excursions)
Chocolate covered strawberries (always a welcome treat)
Dinner for 2 at Cagney's or Le Bistro with a bottle of wine (dining at Cagney's is one of our favorite
Dining at Cagney's Steakhouse
Dinner for 2 at Moderno or La Cucina (As Moderno was not offered on the Bliss, we had a choice of
some other specialty restaurants including Q Texas Smokehouse where we enjoyed a bbq dinner and dessert.)
Dinner & Dessert at Q Texas Smokehouse
60 free internet minutes per member (We find that, combined with my T-Mobile data service that we can use in
most ports, we survive just fine on the complimentary minutes.)
1 complimentary bag of laundry (Although this is usually a great benefit for us, since we did not combine this cruise
with any other travel, we did not have a need for laundry service.)
Exclusive cocktail party (Since we didn't purchase drink packages, we enjoyed having a couple of cocktails on one
evening. My only complaint is that we already had dinner reservations for the evening of the party. We attempted to
change our reservations, however were not pleased with the available times. Luckily we learned that there
were 2 cocktail parties, so we joined the one which we were not invited to.)
Mudslides at Exclusive Event - Yum!
Dinner with officers (This is usually a fun evening with other guests as well as an officer of the ship. We were
seated in The Manhattan Room with 8 other guests and the Shore Excursion Manager at our end of the
table. The Gift Shop Manager was seated at the other end of a very long table, however we did not hear one
word that he said with the poor table set-up.)
Behind-the scenes ship tour (Our 15 day cruise had only 5 port days, so there were plenty of sea days on which the
tour could be scheduled. Unfortunately, the tour was offered during the one and only morning that we passed through
the Panama Canal - the main reason that most passengers selected the itinerary. While the canal does have
two sets of locks, and we only had to miss part of the transit through the Agua Clara locks, I was very
disappointed with the timing of this benefit offered to loyal guests.)
Concierge service (With the ease of making reservations before sailing, on our iTV or on the digital touchscreens
throughout the ship, we have never taken advantage of this service. Maybe they could have helped us change a dinner
reservation or find a time to play laser tag? We'll have to try this service on a future cruise!)
Priority restaurant and entertainment seating (This is another benefit that we have never taken advantage of. I'll
have to learn more about this for future NCL cruises, however if the entertainment seating is in the same area as the
seating reserved for Haven guests, I would rather arrive early at the theater in order to have a better view of the stage.)
Priority tender tickets (We do appreciate this benefit, however we fortunately did not have any tender ports on this
Priority disembarkation (We typically prefer to enjoy a leisurely morning on our final day, so most often we don't
utilize this benefit. As we had booked an NCL transfer following this cruise, the benefit did not apply.)
Onboard discounts (We each saved $8.85 on a shore excursion, however did not take advantage of the discounts on
photos, spa services or logo merchandise.)
Free artwork at art auctions (On prior sailings I have not seen a difference in the free artwork offered to Latitudes
members versus that given to every other art auction attendee.)
Onboard Latitudes Rewards representative (Other than to learn the time for the cocktail party and make
reservations for the behind-the-scenes tour which had to be made on day one, I haven't found that the representatives
provide any different service to latitudes members than to cruisers on their first NCL sailing.)
Ports of Call
I mistakenly thought that, since we booked this cruise at the last minute (26 days before sailing), the ports of call would
not change (except in the event of an extreme emergency such as a natural disaster). Needless to say, I thought
wrong! The following excerpt of a message from Vivian Ewart, Senior Vice President, Passenger Services was
forwarded to us from our travel agent:
Due to a berthing conflict, we have made a change to the ship's itinerary. Norwegian Bliss will call on
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on May 21, 2018 and Mazatlan, Mexico on May 22, 2018."
There were two interesting things about the message:
It made no mention of the elimination of one of our planned ports of call, Puerto Chiapas, Mexico.
It's a little hard to believe that a berthing conflict for a minimum of 2 ports was discovered only 17 days before
Sunday, May 13, 2018: Cartagena, Columbia (7:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
Monday, May 14, 2018: Daylight Panama Canal Transit
Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica (7:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Friday, May 18, 2018: Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Saturday, May 19, 2018: Puerto Chiapas, Mexico (8:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Monday, May 21, 2018: Manzanillo, Mexico (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Saturday, May 19, 2018: At Sea
Monday, May 21, 2018: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Mazatlan, Mexico (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
With the Bliss being such a large ship, I have to wonder if the ship's size had anything to do with the port changes. We
primarily docked in container ports at the ports which we did visit.
While there are advantages of purchasing excursions through the Shore Excursions Desk, we find that
Norwegian's price markup is among the highest in the cruise industry (at least compared to other lines on which we've
We were happy with our decision to take a 3 hour city tour offered by a local guide as we were leaving the port area in
Cartagena. At a cost of $20.00 per person, we enjoyed a small private tour with 6 others. Other than one
additional stop that we made to enjoy the views from El Convento de La Popa, our itinerary was identical to that
of the 3 1/2 hour Colonial Cartagena tour offered by NCL at $59.00 per person.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Although the size of our group (33) was larger than we prefer, $80.10 per person (after discounts) was a great value for
the best zip line adventure that we have ever joined. We had the opportunity to cross 25 cables (22 by zip lining, 2 by
rappelling and 1 by crossing a hanging bridge) on our excursion with Adventure Park Costa Rica which lasted
nearly 4 hours (excluding transportation time). Participants on The Original Zipline Adventure, a 4 1/2 hour
excursion offered by NCL at $109.00 per person (including a complimentary bottle of water), only had the opportunity to
cross 8 cables during their one hour in the forest.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
We actually joined the Norwegian Cruise Line Antigua on Your Own shore excursion - with our loyalty discount,
the cost was $50.15 and it gave us peace of mind that we wouldn't miss our 5:30 PM all aboard time. (Antigua
was a 90 minute ride in each direction, and we had read that, depending on traffic and transfers between local buses, it
could take as long as 2 1/2 hours using public transportation.)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
We spent just over $31.00 including round trip transportation via Uber to the Romantic Zone in Puerto
Vallarta and lunch / drinks for 3 people. The three tours offered by NCL that were most comparable to the day we
spent on our own ranged from $25.00 (included beverages and tequila tasting) to $79.00 (for lunch, a tour and
entertainment at a hacienda followed by a visit to the Malecon and vicinity) per person.
NCL offered a Stone Island Beach Getaway priced at $79.00 per person including a 25 minute catamaran cruise,
a tractor ride to the beach, 3 hours to enjoy Stone Island (including a horse back ride or a horse driven carriage
ride) and lunch. Although we missed out on the catamaran and tractor ride, we experienced traveling to the island via a
$2.00 round trip launcha (the same way that the Mazatlan locals get there). I feel confident that, had we wanted lunch
or a ride on a horse or in a carriage, the cost would have been far less than the $154.00 that we saved! Plus, we had
plenty of time to also explore Old Mazatlan on our own which would have been impossible had we joined the full
I really enjoyed being on an "almost inaugural" sailing, and we seriously considered booking the true inaugural sailing
aboard the Norwegian Encore. The 2019 transatlantic sailing begins in Southampton, England on
November 2, 2019 and sails to Miami, FL with one port of call in the Azores. After all, with the two
Cruise Next deposits that we purchased on our Norwegian Sun sailing earlier this year, we would not
have been required to make an additional deposit! By the end of the cruise, we talked ourselves out of making a
reservation. Although being on a brand new ship would be a plus, we were really not happy with the cost based on the
itinerary with only one port visit.
At $20.00 per person, we booked an airport transfer through NCL shortly after we reserved our cabin. Although we
might have been able to save a few dollars had we traveled through Uber or Lyft, we knew that we would be competing
with many other passengers with the same idea.
Our scheduled disembarkation time was 9:15 AM, however due to immigration delays at the port, we did not exit the
ship until just after 9:50 AM. We found our luggage and although the lines to speak with an immigration officer were
quite long, they moved fairly quickly. Following our short customs interview, we exited the building and were in search
of the line for our bus transfer before 10:30 AM. Although we arrived at LAX in just under an hour from our 11:03 AM
departure time, loading of the buses was quite disorganized.
Until next time ...
The Rest of the Bliss Story
For part one of our review of the Norwegian Bliss, take a look at Norwegian Bliss: Review of Public Areas, Our Stateroom & Dining.
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