Norwegian Bliss Mini-Suite Review

Every cruise line offers various stateroom categories available for booking. For our recent Norwegian Bliss Inaugural Cruise, we were fortunate to have a Mini-Suite stateroom. This was our first time in this cabin category on

Norwegian Bliss Mini Suite Review

Every cruise line offers various stateroom categories available for booking. For our recent Norwegian Bliss Inaugural Cruise, we were fortunate to have a Mini-Suite stateroom. This was our first time in this cabin category on an NCL ship. So, we were interested to see how the room functioned over our three-day trip and compared to a similar balcony stateroom. We are back and here to share our thoughts in this Norwegian Bliss Mini-Suite Review.

Norwegian Bliss Mini-Suite Review

The Princess and I were fortunate enough to be invited to sail on this three-day inaugural cruise on Norwegian Bliss. As guests of the cruise line, we would have been happy with any cabin that they provided; however, we were informed that we had been upgraded to a mini-suite during our pre-cruise registration.

The Mini-Suite Layout

We were provided with a room on Deck 13 forward. Upon entering the cabin, the first thing we noticed were the dimensions. It felt rather long and narrow. Navigating the room did take some getting used to as there was not much room between the bed and the main passageway.

Norwegian Bliss Mini-Suite Review

Similar to most cabins, the bathroom was right next to the entrance. However, this was no ordinary cruise ship bathroom. One of the best benefits of the Norwegian Bliss mini-suite was the full sized bathroom.

The bathroom included a full-sized stand-up show with various jets and water pressure settings. It also had a complete vanity with ample space for two individuals to get ready in the morning. Unlike many compact cruise ship bathrooms, the layout of the mini-suite bathroom felt like a real hotel bathroom.

Shower on Norwegian Bliss

As for the rest of the stateroom, we did not notice any more space than a typical balcony stateroom on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship.

The room included your typical seating area and desk. This area had even less storage than we have come to expect on a cruise ship. For a 3-day cruise, it was adequate; although, we might have to get creative with storage on our 7-night Alaskan cruise.

Norwegian Bliss Mini-Suite Review

For a larger room, the mini-suite features a small, standard closet with a clothes rack and a narrow column of shelves. We would have liked some additional areas for storing items, like perhaps some storage above the bed or more drawers near the desk.

The balcony was also particularly small for a “mini-suite”. When compared to the balconies on other cruise lines, we feel this is where NCL has cut corners on space. The area barely fits two adults and the two chairs and table.

Final Thoughts on the Norwegian Bliss Mini-Suite

Given Norwegian Bliss is her inaugural season, the room was in immaculate condition. The design was very simple, yet modern. We appreciated the cabin’s contemporary look and feel. The room also had some nice technology features. There were conveniently located plugs for electronic devices at the desk as well as USB outlets on each side of the bed. These outlets are a real perk, and we don’t understand why all cruise lines haven’t caught on to this detail yet.

We really loved the bathroom setup and size in the Norwegian Bliss mini-suite. The bedroom setup and bed were adequate, providing a good night sleep for both of us. The lack of storage was the one negative in the room though as we would anticipate that a larger room would come with additional storage features.

If you are willing to spend the extra money, it might be worth upgrading to a mini-suite just to have the additional bathroom space and amenities.


Do you have plans to sail on Norwegian Bliss? Have you stayed in a mini-suite on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship? Drop us an anchor below to share your favorite cabin categories.

Norwegian Bliss Mini-Suite Review

Don Bucolo, or “DB”, loves everything about cruising- the ocean, the food, and the atmosphere. While he may be obsessed with doing extensive amounts of research on ships and all elements of a cruise, Don enjoys sharing his new found knowledge with fellow cruisers. When he is not sailing the high seas, he does whatever his wife tells him to do-it only took 10 years to realize this.
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  1. Hi ! Thank you for your great as always detailed review ! A couple of things as an FY: 1/ the price difference between a regular balcony cabin and mini suite is negligible for a 3 or a 7 night cruise – only about $100 or so pp, Hence, well worth it to get a much nicer bathroom set up ! 2. True to your point about a tiny balcony on the mini suite, we love upgrading to a mini suite with large balcony – it is a huge deep balcony !!! Happy sailing everyone !

      Thanks Marcia for your breakdown. It was very helpful. We appreciate the comment. Happy Cruising.

      Do you know if the balconies have any covered parts in the mini suites with large balcony on deck 8, forward. I’m considering booking one to get the extra space but it might be too hot to enjoy if it’s not partially covered. Thanks for your assistance.

        We can’t comment specifically on a deck 8 forward cabin, however in general, the balcony is usually partially shaded by the balcony above it. Hope this helps.

    Just came back from a cruise on NCL Dawn, mini suite. Please compare the mini Dawn to mini Encore.
    Thank you.

      Hi i lucked up n got a mini suite on the NCL Dawn May 2019. Dirt cheap.
      I would haved loved except the cabin was constantly cool. New England n Canada was cold for that time of the year. Had a full bathroom with snug tub. I was compensated. Otherwise loved the suite for my 7 day cruise. The Dawn was over all fantastic.

        Glad you had a great trip. We are from New England and have never done a Canada/New England cruise. 🙁

    Bathroom great. Storage lacking but we made due and there were 4 women in there. Balcony small but on a cruise didn’t expect to spend alot of time In room with so much to do on ship! Cod of used more floor space for sure. All in all a beautiful room! And fantastic cruise!

      Thanks for your feedback. Glad you had a great trip.

    We were looking at the mini suite for four people. We are entertaining the idea of friends/family sail free as a perk. We would have 2 19 year old teenage girls as well as us. It concerns me after seeing your review about storage space. What is your thoughts on 4 people in a mini suite?

    My wife and I did the SJ category. Mini-suite was not our cup of tea. By paying a little more like area $600 per person we got the lowest category suite. We were on NCL Dawn to Canada last September. That is the only room we get anymore. Only negative is no balcony. Priority breakfast room and Priority seating for all the shows, to me is well worth the extra cost. We had a great cruise. We are getting this cabin on NCL Star in May 2020 ($900 more per person) on Pride of America in November, 2020. Won’t go back to a lesser room again.