There comes a moment in every mom’s life when the laundry pile seems a bit too high, the noise a little too loud, and the calendar way too full. In moments like these a getaway isn’t just a luxury, it’s a lifeline. With my 40th birthday right around the corner and the amazing blessing of schedules, childcare, etc. aligning, my heart was set aflutter at the prospect of setting sail on the Norwegian Bliss.
Imagine, a floating oasis where every whim is catered to, and the hardest decision you’ll make is whether to dine al fresco under the stars or cozy up with hubby in the spa. This mom of six was SO ready for relaxation, relationship building, and even some once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Keep reading to find out how you too, can experience the best of Norwegian Cruises aboard the Norwegian Bliss.
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The Thermal Suite Pass on Norwegian Bliss
Perhaps an overlooked gem on the Norwegian Bliss is the Thermal Spa Suites within the Mandara Spa. We all know a spa treatment would be great, but did you know that you should make a point of enjoying the Thermal Suite before or after your treatment? In fact, you don’t even have to have a spa appointment to enjoy the Thermal Suite.
I highly recommend getting the Thermal Suite Pass!
With six kids, alone time is a rare and precious luxury. So, hubby and I took advantage and went all-in to find an oasis of calm. Visualize lounging on the heated tile chairs and a breathtaking expansive panoramic ocean view.
Picture a room where walls of salt crystals exude healing ions, a frost-kissed snow room that invigorates the senses, a steam room encapsulating purifying mist, and a sauna that envelopes you in its cleansing heat. The centerpiece of this sanctuary is the Vitality Pool, a cocoon of warmth where the edges are lined with jets that spring to life at the touch of a button. Imagine a cascade of water from an overhead waterfall, ready to ease your shoulders with a massage that rivals the hands of a skilled masseuse.
For those looking to experience this slice of paradise without indulging in a full spa treatment, the option to purchase a pass exclusively for the Thermal Suite is a luxury that’s both accessible and immensely rewarding.
Pro-tip: For savvy savings, consider booking a spa-level room, as it often includes complimentary Thermal Suite access. Alternatively, pre-purchase your pass online for a discount compared to onboard prices. And if you’re staying aboard while in port, take advantage of quieter spa times and potential treatment deals.
Upgrading Your Norwegian Cruise Dining Experience
Aboard the Norwegian Bliss, the dining is as spectacular as the destinations. With options to please the most sophisticated of palates, I recommend indulging in a dining upgrade for a night or two. The specialty restaurants are culinary adventures in themselves.
We especially loved Teppanyaki (Japanese hibachi) for a memorable experience. You and your partner can choose your personal preference for steak, chicken, or seafood. It’s not just a meal; it’s a feast for the senses that you so richly deserve.
The chiefs cook and perform right in front of you for a delightful meal from beginning to end.
And if you have followed me in the past, you know we love Mexican food! Stepping into Los Lobos on the Norwegian Bliss was like being whisked away to a little slice of Mexico. The hubby and I decided to dive right into the flavors, and oh, what a treat!
The Carne Asada had this incredible marinade of guajillo chiles and a hint of tequila that just sang with every bite – a true fiesta for the senses. And let’s talk about that Tres Leches Cake! It was pure bliss, with the coconut cream adding a tropical twist that had us closing our eyes to savor every last bit.
It’s the kind of place that makes you want to linger over your meal, sipping on your drink, and just soaking in those special vacation vibes.
And if you are a meat-lover like we are, you will love Cagney’s Steakhouse. This upgrade features Premium cuts of meat and yummy Parmesan-dusted truffle fries.
Last but not least, I frequented the Starbucks every couple of days to get a special seasonal coffee treat. I love coffee, and vacation is not an exception.
Pro-tip: Make reservations for Cagney’s Steakhouse to guarantee your desired dining time. And don’t forget about the 24/7 room service if you just feel like staying in with hubby for some cuddles, or for the perfect wakeup-call/breakfast.
The Bliss of Norwegian Cruising Without Kids
As much as we love the little ones, there’s something magical about exploring the world on your own terms. The Norwegian Bliss offers the kind of solace that can only be found at sea. Whether it’s lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand or partaking in a wine tasting, there’s a sense of freedom in being on your own schedule.
And don’t forget the breathtaking and adventurous excursions you won’t want to miss. When you’re ready to rejoin the world, you’ll do so recharged and ready to embrace your family with open arms.
Engaging Kids on Norwegian Bliss
If cruising with your kids is your happy place, this ship is a paradise for kids too! The Norwegian Bliss boasts an array of activities to keep the young ones enthralled, from the aqua park, mini golf, bowling, theater shows, and arcade to paid options at the race track and laser tag. The Youth Programs are where they can make new friends and explore new hobbies. And while they’re having the time of their lives, you can steal away for a bit of ‘me time’, knowing they’re in safe hands and just a phone call away.
Blissful Tips for a Memorable Norwegian Cruise
To truly embrace the bliss of the Norwegian Bliss, I have a few tips. First, wake up early at least once to catch the sunrise from the deck—it’s a symphony of colors that will take your breath away. Don’t forget to make a reservation for the observation lounge, where the views are as delectable as the gourmet bites. And always, always say yes to dessert—Norwegian’s chocolate lava cake is a slice of heaven that shouldn’t be missed and Coco’s has treats that are a feast for the eyes as much as your mouth.
Anchoring the Memories from Norwegian Bliss
As the shoreline fades into the distance and the real world beckons, the memories of the Norwegian Bliss remain vivid in my heart. It’s more than a vacation; it’s a rejuvenation of the soul, a reminder of the joy our marriage holds beyond our everyday routines. Whether you’re seeking solace or adventure, laughter or tranquility, this ship is a vessel that carries you toward it. So, to all you wonderful mommies, I extend an invitation to set sail towards bliss. The Norwegian Bliss is calling, and trust me, you’ll want to answer.
To find out more about our Norwegian Cruise to Alaska check out this post on our Juneau Excursion of unforgettable dogsledding.