The Interior Design: Mega-ships that carry thousands of passengers often look like unwieldy behemoths from the outside, but this one makes up for it with attractive and comfortable interiors. The restaurants and bars — notably the seafood restaurant Ocean Blue and Mexican restaurant Los Lobos — feel stylishly themed without a hint of gaudiness. Even the buffet, Garden Cafe, has minimalist, modern furniture and fabrics in bright patterns. The thermal spa channels a clean-lined Nordic vibe with rows of loungers (some heated) around a series of pools, saunas, and steam rooms. Be sure to check out the (literally) sparkling “spa salt room” where you can experience halotherapy, a relaxation treatment where the air is infused with salt.
The Observation Lounge: Among the most dramatic — and beautiful — spots on Bliss is this one. With floor-to-ceiling windows, bars that serve drinks and snacks, and seating in configurations that will suit any size group, this inviting space seems tailor-made for gazing up at Alaska’s glaciers. We love the velvet-aphostered, window-facing loungers that are situated throughout the area.
The Haven: This exclusive enclave of cabins for those in search of a truly high-end experience exists on other ships, but the concept feels like it’s reached a new height here. Impeccably designed, and with a number of private amenities — an observation lounge, sun deck, pool, and restaurant — the Haven feels a world apart from the rest of the ship.
Food Republic: This restaurant isn’t new to Bliss — you’ll also find it onboard Norwegian Escape — but it still delivers as some of the best food we've tried at sea. It’s small-bites/global fusion concept (with iPad ordering, natch) focuses on dumplings, skewers, and other chopstick-friendly fare. The miso black cod skewer, tuna and truffle “pizza,” pastrami and sauerkraut dumplings are excellent. You can also enjoy a selection of dishes from Food Republic at the equally enjoyable District Brew Pub, which serves craft beers on tap in a fun, casual environment. Both of these venues are considered specialty dining and items are priced a la carte. Expect Food Republic items to cost between $4 and $8, while District Brew Pub charges an extra $7 to $10 per beer or cocktail.