Every cruise line offers various stateroom categories available for booking. Along with the different types of staterooms, cabin location, size, price, and amenities all factor into the decision on which cabin to choose. For the recent Norwegian Bliss cruise, our Norwegian Upgrade Advantage bid was accepted and we moved from an interior to a balcony. So, we are back and here to share our thoughts in this Norwegian Bliss Balcony Stateroom Review.
Norwegian Bliss Balcony Stateroom Review
Our balcony cabin was room number 13768 (Category BA, Mid-ship Balcony). Conveniently located right next to the forward elevators, it was easy to find, even for the Princess. We did luck out here, as with the upgrade program, once your bid is accepted, you are put into any room in the category. To get a mid-ship balcony in such a ideal spot was an added bonus.
Deck 13 was just a few decks below the Observation Lounge (Deck 15) and the Pool Deck (Deck 16). It was the perfect buffer so we never heard any noise from those higher locations. A short descent to Deck 8 had us in the heart of the Waterfront and other interior public spaces that were part of 678 Ocean Place.
If you are debating on deck locations, we found this “unlucky” deck to be ideally .
Inside a Balcony Cabin on Norwegian Bliss
The Norwegian Cruise Line claims the square footage of the room is 207 feet. There was just enough space to squeeze by the bed and the wall on our way to the desk and loveseat. When compared to balcony cabins on other cruise lines, this one did feel a bit cramped.
This was our sixth cruise on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, and overall our impressions are the rooms are just smaller overall. Still, we made due and were happy that we were not stuck in an inside room that would be even tinier.
Upon entering the room, the first thing you notice is the bed. Located in the center of the room, you need to pass by it to get to the sitting area and desk.
Across from the bed is the television. Not that we spend much time during our trips watching it, but it is nice to have on in the morning to review the day’s events.
You will notice that the closet in our Norwegian Bliss balcony stateroom was off to one side of the bed. It was a bit of a tight squeeze getting to the closet due to the close proximity to the bed. Even though this ship was bigger than any other ship in the fleet, you certainly did not feel the size in our stateroom.
Could We Get Some More Storage?
For a week long Alaskan cruise, storage here was tight. We had to get creative putting away some clothes in the very shallow shelves hear the desk. The loveseat too became our dumping grounds. So, we opted to store souvenirs and additional items on the loveseat or packed away in our day bags.
Being over packers we had to get creativity with where our gear and additional items would be stored in the room. Good thing we packed some magnetic hooks, as we were able to hang clothes, our day bags, hats, and other items on these must have items we bring along on every cruise.
Just beyond the bed, and across from the loveseat was the desk area. This was the Princess’ area to get ready each day, and to store her array of products, and our tech cords and chargers.
Like most cruise ship cabins, the bathroom was located right next to the front door and was purely utilitarian, being just big enough to get by for the week. Storage was on par with other bathrooms, including two upper and two lower shelves by the sink. The shower design did make it seem a bit bigger than other cruise ship showers.
The balcony was perfect for us to comfortably sit and enjoy the scenery. There were two chairs and a small table. Enjoying the early morning sunrises, the Alaskan port sail ins and sail outs, as well as a mid afternoon drinks on the balcony made this investment the right decision.
Recap Norwegian Bliss Balcony Stateroom Review
While we were trying to save money when we initially booked this cruise, the $500 upgrade to a balcony room was an easy investment. Overall, the room layout was manageable, although we could have used a bit more storage space. If you have cruised with other lines, you might feel the width of the room to be smaller than you are used too.
The real payoff of getting a balcony is the wonderful views- sunrises, sunsets, and sail in and sail out at the various ports of call. Enjoying an afternoon drink or just taking a break from all of the activities onboard in the comfort of your own private outdoor space is nice too. it.
Other nice perks include USB outlets located on each side of the bed which made it convenient for charging phones at night.
The room also features an energy saving design requiring a room key to be inserted before you can manage the lights and/or air conditioning. Admittedly, we did try to work around this by inserting an alternate card so that the room would be cool upon our return. Sometimes it worked, and other times, our stateroom attendant removed
Have you stayed in a balcony cabin on Norwegian Bliss? What are your thoughts on the stateroom? Drop us an anchor below to share your experiences in this stateroom.