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If you ask people which period of history they would have loved to experience, chances are you’ll get some highfalutin responses: The time of Christ, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages. Not me. If I could travel back in history, you’d find me in 1960s Liverpool, England, a regular at The Cavern Club, the launch pad of the British Rock Invasion and, most important, the birthplace of The Beatles.

For my time travel wardrobe, I’m thinking I’d probably wear go-go boots, an op art miniskirt, an “I Love John” button affixed to my blouse, giant pink plastic hoop earrings, and pale pink Yardley lipstick.

With no functioning time machine yet available on Amazon, Norwegian Bliss (and Norwegian Epic) offers the next best thing with its very own version of the legendary music spot.

A Weekend Aboard Norwegian Bliss

This weekend, during a two-day inaugural event aboard Norwegian Bliss, I was a regular at The Cavern Club, bopping along to different eras of Beatles tunes performed by a group of loveable rockers who were the spittin’ image of the Fab Four. Against a backdrop of weathered brick and vintage posters, the band treated Norwegian Bliss’ packed Cavern to the earliest Beatles hits on the first night The Beatles on Norwegian Blissand catapulted us ahead to 1967 with a Sgt. Pepper set the next. (Note to Bliss: Get those guys a set of colourful satin Sgt. Pepper uniforms and you’ll really be on to something.)

Is Norwegian Bliss bringing its guests an experience that duplicates that of The Cavern in its heyday? Not a chance — and let’s thank heaven for that. From all accounts, The Beatles’ Cavern was a hot, smelly, basement dive and not a comfortable venue with a lovely bar, table service, and an outstanding sound system. And it certainly wasn’t located aboard a spectacular cruise ship with about 16 restaurants and the largest go-kart racetrack at sea.

When that time travel machine becomes available, sign me up for transportation to an early Beatles gig at The Cavern in Liverpool. Until then, reserve a table for me at The Cavern aboard Norwegian Bliss and let’s have some fun.

— Judi Cuervo

Photos: Norwegian Cruise Line, Judi Cuervo

Judi Cuervo is a New York City native who fell in love with cruising in 1976 during her first sailing aboard Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras. Twenty years later, she began her freelance cruise writing gig and, since that time, has covered mass market, ultra-premium, riverboat and expedition ships for regional, national and international publications as well as cruise websites.