02 May 2018

Norwegian Bliss interiors: decks 8-14

As I'm writing this, the Norwegian Bliss is en-route from Halifax to New York, due to arrive in the latter port tomorrow for the first time. So this is a good time to take a second look at the ships' interiors, covering decks 14 through eight. Admittedly, since we're only covering the public rooms, this means all but one picture is actually from Deck 8 - but that more than makes up for this entry, as there are 14 public rooms plus associated outdoors spaces on that deck alone.

For decks 15-20, see this entry.

Norwegian Bliss

IMO 9751509
Built 2018, Meyer Werft Papenburg, Germany
Tonnage 168 028 GT
Length 333,46 m
Width 41,50 m
Draugth 9,00 m
4 004 passengers (lower berths)
5 MAN B&W diesels, combined 43 200 kW
2 azipods
3 bow thrusters
Service speed 23,2 knots

The data above is hopefully correct, different sources unfortunately give conflicing figures. All photos taken on 20 April 2018.

Deck 14 is given over exclusively to cabins.

Deck 13 is similarly a cabins only deck.

Deck 12 is another cabins deck, featuring both regular cabins and NCL's speciality studio cabins, designed for solo travellers.

Deck 11 has more regular and studio cabins, as well as the Studio Lounge, exclusively for the use of passengers in the studio cabins. (I'm not 100% certain about which deck the studio lounge was on - I didn't mark it down on my notes and it doesn't appear in the deck plans for some reason).

The studio cabins are a fantastic invention from NCL, and one I would love to see on other ships too (with or without the exclusive lounge).

Deck 10 has, surprise surprise, more cabins, both studio and regular.

Deck 9 is another cabin deck, this time only regular cabins.

Deck 8 has some cabins forward, but most of the deck is given over to public rooms. It also features The Waterfront, NCL's contemporary take on an outdoors promenade.

The District Brew House, flanking the forward staircase to the port, serves 24 beers on tap and more than 50 bottled beers.
Mirroring District Brew House on the starboard side is Food Republic, serving different types of foods from all over the world.
Moving towards the stern, we have The Cellars Wine Bar on the port side of the central corridor...
...behind which is La Cucina Italian restaurant...
...which, like all dining venues on the deck, has outdoors seating on The Waterfront.
Across from the above on the starboard side of the ship is The Cavern Club...
...which also has Waterfront seating. The brick walls on a ship look particularly incongruous on the outer deck.
Further aft from The Cavern were have Maltings Whiskey Bar, aft of which is The Humidor Cigar Lounge (which I didn't photograph).
Next on the port side we have the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, just off the three-deck high 678 Ocean Place three-storey atrium.
On the starboard side is the Ocean Blue seafood restaurant...
...which naturally comes with waterfront seating.
Somewhat oddly, large tracts on indoors areas on the deck are given over to the large tex-free shops but, since this is the deck with The Waterfront, these are flanked with outdoors seating not associated with any indoors space.
Further aft, we The Bake Shop and Dolce Gelato ice cream stand are found on the starboard side. These have only outdoors seating as far as I could make out.
Right aft, we have two speciality restaurants: port is Cagney's Steakhouse, where "steak is the standard".
Naturally, Cagney's comes with Waterfront seating.
Mirroring Cagney's on the starboard side is Los Lobos Mexican restaurant, which replaces the Moderno Churrascaria found on the previous Breakaway and Breakaway Plus -class ships built for the western markets. It is not an all-new restaurant, as a Los Lobos already exists on the Norwegian Dawn.
And of course, Los Lobos also has Waterfront seating.
Next time, we will look at the Norwegian Bliss' remaining passenger decks: five, six and seven. Meanwhile, if you want more, go back to last week's entry on decks 15-20.

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