Updated: Dec 27, 2019
This was my second time on the Norwegian Bliss, one of NCL's newest ships, launched in 2018, my first cruise on this ship was to Alaska in July 2018, her first season, this ship was purposely built for Alaska's fjords with a full two story indoor viewing area that takes up half of the floor.
(I will do a review of this ship at a later date)
I really enjoy this ship, whilst it is huge holding approx 4500 passengers, you never really feel there is that many people on the ship, apart from embarkation day, when trying to get a lift is very hard work, as there are so many people trying to find their rooms, where to eat, the pool and bars etc, tip for the first day, is take the stairs if you are able too.
This itinerary left the Port of Los Angeles (Long Beach) and went south to Mexico and to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and finally Cabo San Lucas, ending back in LA 7 nights later.
We had two full days on board which is a great way to unwind and relax, do some shopping, use the casino, go to a show or two, or like me attend a few cruise critic meet ups, I also attended the solo travellers meet up where I met a few really cool people, all like minded and out for some fun and to enjoy this break.
I met some great people on this cruise, and we really hit it off, to the point where I am attending another cruise in July/August 2020 with some of them, this time to Europe and starting in Greece, and ending in Barcelona.
For the offshore excursions on board NCL always has many great options, however this time we decided as a group of nine of us to hire a private tour, we went on a boat to a village called Yelapa which is only accessible by boat. We did some snorkelling, some fishing, walked up to an amazing waterfall (forgot to get a picture) and had lunch at a beach side restaurant, which was an amazing day apart from all the hawkers coming up during the lunch break to try and sell you stuff.
This was the first and last day of activities for me, as I slipped whilst getting back on the boat from lunch and split my toe open really badly and lost a lot of blood, requiring five stitches and basically minimal activity for the rest of the cruise, so a bit of a bummer, but I got to do what I needed toI and that was relax, so I did.
(On our tour to Yelapa)
The next two stops my friends went on a city tour around Mazatlan, and a boat ride around the rock formations near Cabo San Lucas, they said it was nice, I can only take their word for it :)
On board there was so many things to choose from, be it dining, or activities.
Some of the speciality restaurants on board are a teppen yaki restaurant, that I visited and was good fun, and the food was awesome.
A Texas BBQ style smoke house, seriously good food!
see pic below.
There was a seafood restaurant, as well as French Bistro, and others which I have forgotten now.
All these that I have listed above come at an extra cost unless you get a speciality dining perk from NCL.
There is also many options for food that are included in the standard fare, such as, the Garden Buffet, the main dining rooms of which there are three, the Manhattan Room, Taste and Savour.
Apart from Dining there was some great entertainment on board, with a replica Cavern Club from Liverpool featuring a Beatles Tribute band, the Broadway show and hit Movie Jersey Boys, as well as stand up comedy acts and another musical act which I couldn't attend due to being in the infirmary getting stitched up.
There was lots more to see and do on the ship, including a huge two story go-kart track, so many water-slides, pools and hot tubs, a multitude of bars, a laser tag game, a kids club and a teens club, a full gym and spa, as well as hairdressers and a barber.
And probably so much more I cannot remember, here are a few more pictures from the trip.
(the Chandelier in the ship, a picture of my balcony stateroom, and the go-kart track.)
All in all, it was a fantastic trip, I had a great time, as always I seem to meet some cool people, from all different walks of life, and enjoy getting to know them. I really do believe that we all should take the time at least once to travel solo, and put ourselves in a position where we can meet new people, since I have started travelling alone around 10 years ago, I have met some of the most awesome people literally from all over the world, which means when I go somewhere new, I often will already know someone there.
That's all for this time, I hope you are enjoying the new website and blog posts.
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