1,036 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

We had an excellent cruise on Norwegian Bliss. We were lucky enough to stay in a Haven Suite and were spoiled rotten. Most everything went smoothly from getting on the ship (ten minutes from the curb to the ship's elevators) to ... Read More
We had an excellent cruise on Norwegian Bliss. We were lucky enough to stay in a Haven Suite and were spoiled rotten. Most everything went smoothly from getting on the ship (ten minutes from the curb to the ship's elevators) to getting off in ports (Haven staff usually escorted us down in a crew elevator). The food was generally good and plentiful. The Haven restaurant is the best dining on Bliss. We were super lucky with weather on our sailing. It was mostly sunny and no rain. The cruise highlight was probably Glacier Bay -- don't miss it if you're selecting an Alaska itinerary. The port highlight was probably Ketchikan and the hiking expedition we took there. We traveled with three teenage boys and they loved all the options. They stuffed themselves at the buffet, drove the go-karts and used the gym. Definitely go visit Alaska by sea, you won't regret it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My wife and I booked an Alaskan adventure with friends for a joint birthday/vow renewal. We specifically picked the NCL Bliss because the ship's observation lounge and waterfront experience was unique and seemed well suited for ... Read More
My wife and I booked an Alaskan adventure with friends for a joint birthday/vow renewal. We specifically picked the NCL Bliss because the ship's observation lounge and waterfront experience was unique and seemed well suited for Alaska. Well, we were right. The Bliss was incredible and we enjoyed every minute of our vacation. To start, we received upgraded dining and the unlimited drink package as part of the booking. The Good: Embarkation was fast and seamless. The ship was immaculate. The observation lounge and waterfront allowed for whale watching and sightseeing without the need for a balcony. The staff was welcoming and accommodating. We were even given a private tour of the bridge by the captain. The food was top notch and plentiful. We enjoyed Cagneys, La Cucina, and Los Lobos. The Q was mediocre and was better suited for a snack. The buffet, main dining rooms, and the local had great options and we were never disappointed. The drinks were spot on and delicious. The go-carts were sooo much fun! The excursions were expensive but worth it. We went whale watching in Juneau, hiked to and then on the Laughton Glacier in Skagway, and went on a zodiac expedition in Ketchikan. The Bad: The dining took between 1.5 hours and 2 hours on average. To be fair, the staff asked if we had anything planned prior sitting down and they would expedite if necessary. The on-board entertainment was crowded and the beautiful theater was underutilized. There were up-charges for go-carts and laser tag. This wasn't a huge deal breaker but seemed silly after paying so much for the trip. The ship docked in Victoria, B.C. for about 3.5 hours. Seemed silly to even get off the boat. Overall: Great cruise and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
First trip to Alaska. We flew into Seattle 2 days early. We flew out of Nashville at 6:30am so, that put us in Seattle around 9:45am. Luckily our hotel stored our luggage until our room was ready. I highly recommend staying at the ... Read More
First trip to Alaska. We flew into Seattle 2 days early. We flew out of Nashville at 6:30am so, that put us in Seattle around 9:45am. Luckily our hotel stored our luggage until our room was ready. I highly recommend staying at the Residence Inn/Lake Union. This was a great hotel that wasn’t in the downtown craziness. Views of the lake were awesome! It was only a $10 Uber ride to the ship. The ship was great!! We were in cabin 9248. This was a really good location on the ship. Decks 6,7,8 are where the majority of restaurants, shopping etc. are located. We rarely used the elevator. Our cabin had a balcony which I highly recommend getting! I think this side of the ship has great views. We were surprised at the amount of storage in our cabin. The bed was comfy, bathroom was big with a good size shower. We had a small refrigerator that came in handy. We never ate at any of the speciality restaurants because the food and service in the complimentary restaurants was great! All crew members were Awesome! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We are /were first timers and were torn between Celebrity and NCL. We chose the Bliss primarily because it would be going to Glacier Bay. And also doing extensive research including these reviews on Cruise Critic and seeing consistently ... Read More
We are /were first timers and were torn between Celebrity and NCL. We chose the Bliss primarily because it would be going to Glacier Bay. And also doing extensive research including these reviews on Cruise Critic and seeing consistently good reviews. We were also attracted to the Freestyle and no formal concepts that NCL offers. The short review is that if given a choice, we would sail on the Bliss again. I was pleasantly surprised by a) the attention to cleanliness throughout the ship, b) the quality of the food - especially in the specialty restaurants. That doesn't mean that the buffet was below par. The variety, freshness and taste there was excellent as well. c) Friendliness of the staff, d) Didn't feel crowded, for a ship of 4000 passengers and 1700 crew. e) Modern and beautiful. We had a mid-ship mini-suite, 12226, which is the same as a balcony room in size, except for a larger bathroom, which we appreciated. (The bed in 12226 is next to the balcony which I think is a better set up than next to the closet). Entertainment was above expectations, though we had heard that Jersey Boys was great, which it was. But the Beatles tribute band was very high quality and the two comics shows we saw were very funny. We weren't interested in Havana or Prohibition. Ports/excursions are reviewed below. Because it was a mid-June sailing, there weren't as many kids as I expect there will be in summer. Can't address kid-related facilities. We aren't big drinkers, but I think that the drinks package is worthwhile, if you think that between two of you, you can consume three a day. Turned out to be not a problem! Take it as one of the perks in spite of the $205 gratuity you will have to pay for the perk. I'd also recommend the Specialty Dining Package - certainly as a perk. Reviews on the three we dined at are below. My biggest fear about choosing a 4,000 passenger ship was all the people. I don't like crowds, but much to my amazement, I thought that the flow of the ship accommodated all those people without too many bottlenecks. Yes, the Observation Lounge had many people who adopted it as their daytime cabin, but we were always able to get a seat. The elevators can be jammed after a show or other event lets out, but mostly I had no problem with crowding. Our room steward was friendly and accommodating. We met him the first afternoon and he already knew our names and where we were from. We found the staff almost universally to be friendly and helpful. My advice is to treat them with respect and you'll reap the benefits. The ship itself is modern, clean and well laid out. One weird thing is that for a ship designed for Alaska, it doesn't have a retractable roof to better enjoy the pool deck. We talked about finding one fault for this review, and that would be that disembarkation in Seattle was long. As were the lines getting back on the ship in each port if our timing was bad. Longer review below, but if you are leaving it here, we highly recommend the Norwegian Bliss for your cruise to Alaska. It truly exceeded out expectations in every way. Specialty Restaurants - Run don't walk to get a Teppenyaki reservation. Great and plentiful food, and excellent entertainment from the chef. BTW - make your specialty restaurant and Jersey Boys/Havana reservations on the NCL app, 120 days prior to cruising when the "window" opens. I was on the app at 6 AM that day. We thought that Cagneys and Ocean Blue were also first rate, with excellent quality food and very friendly wait staff. If we went again, I might substitute Ocean Blue with Le Bistro to try something different. Complementary Restaurants - We ate one time each at Savor and Taste. The food is good, but not as good as the specialty venues. We were in and out of these two restaurants in under an hour, which we needed for shows, etc. The wait staff always asked if we were trying to make a show etc. when we were seated. The buffet was surprisingly good - and usually not too crowded. It could get crowded though and some of the stations would be tough to get to. We tended to go there for breakfast around 7:30 when it was pretty quiet. Lots of fresh fruit, in addition to all the different stations, like Omelet, Indian, Burger and Pizza, Pasta, etc. We never got tired of the buffet. The Crepe night (Monday?) was awesome. The desserts - wow. Pre-cruise and Ports of Call: Seattle - we stayed two nights in nearby Bellevue and LOVED it. Clean, safe and much less expensive than downtown Seattle, yet very upscale and only 7 miles from the pier. Save money by staying there, Ubering into Seattle and still be way ahead money-wise. We rented a car and explored the Cascade Mountains just east of Seattle. Could have mad a vacation out of Washington alone. Highly recommend the Hyatt in Bellevue. Beautiful hotel, decent prices and free parking on the weekends. We arrived at the pier around 11:30, AFTER the rush, and were on board within 15 minutes. Let the crowds wait in small holding areas while you enjoy a leisurely breakfast and late morning checkout somewhere else in the city. Juneau - Juneau was damp and foggy and cold. Maybe that's why we didn't love it. I did the Glacier Landing with Coastal Helicopters (booked thru Alaska Shore Excursions) and it was fantastic. My other half did an NCL tour to Glacier Gardens and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and wasn't blown away by the tour. As an aside, other than her NCL tour in Juneau, we booked everything through independents. Save money and don't buy into the "what if you miss the ship" nonsense. These companies don't want you to miss the ship - it's their businesses on the line. And often, you're on the very same whale watch, train, helicopter etc. as those who booked with the cruise line. Except you'll have saved 20% or better. We avoided the Tracy Crab Shack tourist trap and ate at Deckhand Dave's, a fish taco food truck and tent in downtown, and it was excellent food and a fun atmosphere. Look it up in Trip Advisor. I think it is #2 in Juneau. Skagway - We loved our day in Skagway, though we were only in the downtown for under an hour. We booked a Dyea Dave Tour to Emerald Lake with the return to Skagway on the White Pass and Yukon Route RR. (Book the train tix directly with WPYR and do that at least 6 months prior) . It was a great combo trip and possibly the highlight of our trip. Instead of a 50+ passenger Greyhound type bus, we travelled on a 14-passenger mini-bus with a great guide. I originally thought of renting a car or Jeep and driving the road to Emerald Lake ourselves, but am glad that my smarter half talked me out of it. Find reviews for Dyea Dave here on Cruise Critic or Trip Advisor. Once I read the reviews, I was ready to book. Glacier Bay - Incredible, awesome. We had a cloudless, warm day to visit. Your experience could vary! Get up early (before 7 AM) and listen to the Ranger narration on Channel 2 as you sit on your balcony and take in Glacier Bay and its wildlife. We bought a set of binoculars, 8 x 42 Bushnell, on Amazon and am glad that we did. This is the number one reason to book a balcony room. Either side of the ship is fine as the ship will spin about at the two main glaciers, so all sides are good sides. We did go up on the sun deck for a while where it was sardines against the railing. Wish we had just stayed in our cabin like the smart people did. In my opinion, Glacier Bay has to be part of your itinerary. I've heard nice things about Hubbard, and Tracy Arm, but GB is the best. Ketchikan - We walked around this pretty port and did the touristy stuff like Creek Street (very nice) and Married Man's Trail up to the salmon ladder. More ambitious hikers might consider the RainBird Trail or Deer Mountain. There just isn't enough port time to do an excursion AND explore the town, so we happily chose the latter. Totems everywhere. We heard about, but didn't visit Annabelle's, across from the pier, that had a good seafood lunch. We did shop at the huge Tongass store, next to the pier. Recommend this store for all the gifts that you'll want to bring back, at reasonable prices and huge selections of everything from Ulu knives to t-shirts, jewelry, etc. Victoria - due to high winds, we had to spend the evening anchored in the harbor. The Captain had to abort the docking. With only three hours of usable time in port, we would have walked to the inner harbor, about 40 minutes each way, and poked around some shops or gone into the Empress for a peek. There isn't enough time to see Butchart Gardens, even if it is offered as an excursion. (I was there 30 years ago. It's a half-day minimum to see it, and 30 minutes each way by bus to get there.) Speaking of winds, the first full day at sea was rocky. She had the scopolamine patch and did absolutely great with it. I took one Bonine tablet and was in a mental fog for almost 24 hours. Next time it's the patch for me. The rest of the cruise was smooth. Back to Seattle - Take advantage of the Port Valet program. Your bags are taken from the hallway outside your stateroom and you don't see them again until you arrive at your home airport. Google: Port Valet Seattle for more info. It's a great program and free of charge. You also get your flight boarding passes delivered the last night. Everyone loves it. SeaTac - it's as advertised. VERY long lines and hard to find a seat at the gate. We had TSA Pre so that eased the security line wait big time. I thought that Uber was the best way to get to the airport. We walked one block to Anthony's Pier 66 and caught an Uber from there. Remember, with Port Valet, you only are carrying your overnight bag because your luggage is already on its way to the airport without you. I'm probably forgetting something. These reviews (both ship and excursion) helped me immensely in my planning of our trip, so I wanted to pay it forward. I hope it helps you. BTW - I overplanned myself out on this adventure. Planning is needed but don't overdo it. Check out Facebook group pages for more great info. The two best for me were Alaska Cruise Lovers and Norwegian Bliss Alaska Cruise. Have fun on your cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I chose this cruise because it included Glacier Bay and we wanted to depart from Seattle. Embarkation was incredible! Left Kimpton Monaco hotel at 12:05 and we were in our room by 12:45. Line moves so fast I didn’t have time to unzip a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it included Glacier Bay and we wanted to depart from Seattle. Embarkation was incredible! Left Kimpton Monaco hotel at 12:05 and we were in our room by 12:45. Line moves so fast I didn’t have time to unzip a pocket to grab papers! Very organized! Truly amazing! You could be as busy as you wanted or as relaxed as you wanted. We enjoyed the schedule which allowed sleeping in! Water was so smooth only a little rocking on at sea Monday. So much to do we didn’t see everything. Entertainment - loved Jersey Boys, Havana was good, enjoyed Beatles too. Heard Prohibition (extra charge) was great. Never saw comedians. Dining-loved Le Bistro, Teppanyaki was good (not great), Cagney’s was the best steak! Los Lobos-didn’t have a reservation but got in on Saturday night when winds prevented stop at Victoria. Buffet - eh. Taste and Savor were better. District Brewery didn’t have a good vibe. Observation Lounge- favorite bar. Loved WT Greer entertainer. Was surprised at the people who were totally asleep in the Observation Lounge (go to your room!). Bartenders in Observation lounge took great care of us! Excursions- fun whale watching in Juneau. Recommend combo train ride/bus in Skagway. Ketchikan Creek Street and Totems. The day in Glacier Bay was a highlight. Rangers onboard shared info. Watching from balcony was terrific. It’s the one time guests can go on the bow of the boat. We had a blue sky day! Casino-had fun. Won a little on slots and blackjack. Gave it back. Atrium. We liked sitting on higher floor watching entertainment below. Spa-has great massages. Fell for up sell and bought products. Weather- rain can be real! Poncho, big umbrella, good raincoat. Only needed it one day. People- nice people on the ship. At port- pretty organized on and off. Of course you’re going to have lines people. Elevators- of course your going to see full elevators. Not bad. Trip was great. Room steward decorated for 40th anniversary. That was fun. We signed on for another NCL cruise. Great staff and crew! Tv- loved tv options. Weather, activities, port info, bridge camera, navigation, some tv like CNBC, Fox News, sports, movies. Bingo, Deal or No Deal, all kinda of fun things to learn about or watch. We did love our experience. We’re 60. Ship had 4,800 guests. (800 kids). Took advantage or Port Valet which ship delivers luggage to airport and prints your boarding pass and delivers to room. Awesome! Also used NCL transfer to airport. Convenient. They are pros and know how to move people!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This cruise has best Indian food, both South Indian and North Indian. They have a dedicated section for Indian food "TASTE OF INDIA",with 5 chefs, who made awesome break fast,lunch and dinner. If you are Indian ,especially ... Read More
This cruise has best Indian food, both South Indian and North Indian. They have a dedicated section for Indian food "TASTE OF INDIA",with 5 chefs, who made awesome break fast,lunch and dinner. If you are Indian ,especially going with parents to a cruise , go to Norwegian Bliss. The staff said, they are going to start the same type of Indian food section, in they new cruise, Norwegian Encore, starting November 2019. Very satisfied with this cruise, will recommend to anyone , especially Indians. Definitely will cruise again with Norwegian, got their Cruisenext credits, which are great , in case if you plan another cruise with them, which I am planning, specifically Encore. They said, they have nice Indian options in Norwegian Joy too, but not as many as Bliss. Alaska cruise with Bliss is one of my best cruises, it's a scenic cruise. Only negative I have seen was, gym/fitness center is small and very crowded. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Chose this ship bec ots the biggest n newest ship for alaska Chose alaska bec theres no scenic beauty ss stupendous.. Embarkation waa suchhh a long tedious process with extended paper works - we could not book go karting- pne of the ... Read More
Chose this ship bec ots the biggest n newest ship for alaska Chose alaska bec theres no scenic beauty ss stupendous.. Embarkation waa suchhh a long tedious process with extended paper works - we could not book go karting- pne of the main atteaction on bliss Disembarkation waa a breeze in comparison Cabin- Mini suite with balcony 12828- midship starboard-perfect location as all decks walkable..prrfect suze for couple - loved the nozzles in the shower very relaxing - Its called a minisuite but didnt find it any different from a room with balcony in our earlier rcl cruise..stowed our suitcases(3 big ones for 2 of us(under the bed v comfortably after having hung clothes in wardrobe- enuff hanging space n hangers for a couple- enough space in side drawers n cabinets..good bed lamps n usb charging points conveniently located...bath is good size with ample storage though a very tiny bin- Service in room i wd rate 6/10 The phone of guest services wd always be busy and basic thing like ironing board wd take hours to arrive.. hvng travelled harmony of the seas western Mediterranean destination in 2016 we were spoilt for amazing staff service ..still remember the stewardess ( nancy)from rcl she was so warm n friendly...all room service were considerably delayed.. Having said that.. we were touched to receive a bottle of wine and strawberry chocolates on our anniversary once the staff came to know about it..thanks guys...u made it special Bed is comfy n good size..linen high quality..pillows give u good sleep.. balcony with standatd 2 chairs n teapoy is regulsr but makes for great reading n tea time.. carry some cloth clips if u intend drying some clothes in balcony as alaska tends to get v windy On board entertainment Havana - letdown Jersey boys - boring Comedy good fun Laser tag - dint find it intersting whn we went to chk it out but maybe its for younger lot Go karting- phew- we were so looking forward to it butwas all sold out 6th deck - there was something or the other on on 6th deck all the time- movies,, competitions quizzes dance classes dance sessions m were fun ..for those who like to take it as a big party time rather than cruising per se.. Classes like health talk makeup skincare were informative but tagged with promotion of their merchandise so dint leave good tadte in mouh Food Garden cafe ahaa was the main dining room..with buffet - great view from almost everywhere .amaxing varety of food and with a special each night made it very interesting.. never used to get too crowded- good staff and good management there.. Taste savour Manhattan were other dining rooms we went to n were finedining .. limited but great food options with again menu changing on daily basis... our veg frens dint hv anyth to eat there so they ate at gardencsfe n wd join us,- this eould break the party n wd take away from fun of being together Starbucks was fab n made cappuccino the way i like.. by day 4 they just knew how hot how strong ..a big shoutout for them.. Salon- Mohammed my hairdresser was too good n forthcoming with advice for my kind of hair n the seaday combo..n also made me spot dolphins while getting my hair done..haha.. the boons of saloning while sailing Alaska Shopping on board Was extremely limited but not bad-a particular guy there was pretty cheeky n creepy' Excursions You sail for 7 days with 4 ports docking of which 1 gets cancelled . Juneau- we docked from 230 to 11pm . N boy what a haphazard way serpentine queues for disembarkation for excursion..wasted precious time there...port times i wd say are very short well we went to mendenhall glacier n could not walk to nugget falls bec of time limitation Then the best thing whsle watching..its the best thing to do in Alaska..evven if you ot into wild life.. in this excursion u see the real alaska scenry.. no words no pictures can do justice to the beauty of the insidewaters where this excursion takes you..mindblowing..be prepared for windy weather..they give you binoculars..so dont bother carrying..n hot drinks are complimentary Skagway- 13 hours excursion n well judtified..we did yukon sightseeing tour by private van for the 13 of us hsbing read bad reviews of the train.. absolutely missable unless welcome to Alaska attracts you..scenery is nothing great...spend that time in skagway diwntown..go to red onion salon restaurant- one of ots own kinds- a brothel from 1800s turned into a restt..they give you tour of brothel too for10 usd..long queues for table as its small place.. High point of alaska cruise- dog sledding n helicoptter ride over glaciers to reach there' book it as soon as u book the cruise- its every penny worth it...book thru ncl for cancelation n insurance (god forbid).. Ketchikan-6 to 1 docking- n we chose lumberjack show ' a huge mistake- for such short time..go to saxman village see totems eat crabs walk around the city shop a bit.. Victoria - we hd scheduled ncls enchanted tour of butchart gardens..hvmg done these last year we were still so keen on them to see the lovely begonias in bloom at night..but this port got cancelled...so disappointing Cruising glacier bay Aah such a lovely day- glaciers all around-wht lovely turquise waters ice..wild life whales..sealions seagulls..heavens..n it was great from every window..go to 8th deck - its empty more or less n njoy the vista. From nose of ship.. Comclusion Alaska is beautiful.. It comes tp you..you dont have to go for it. Ncl can tweak its itinerary a bit to increase docking times and maybe add one more port.. Rcl vs ncl- ?? Rcl rcl rcl Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We wanted to try NCL’s new ship The Bliss for awhile. Last minute decision to go after seeing it in Seattle. Beautiful ship. Embarkation and disembarkation was easy at each port we went to. Very well organized for excursions. ... Read More
We wanted to try NCL’s new ship The Bliss for awhile. Last minute decision to go after seeing it in Seattle. Beautiful ship. Embarkation and disembarkation was easy at each port we went to. Very well organized for excursions. We stayed in a Haven Suite on the 10th floor. Room 10706 It had a separate living and dining area. King size pillow top bed was amazing! Huge bathroom with tub and shower. Double sinks. Vanity table and seat. So much closet and drawer space that my husband and I could jot fill it all up. We had 2 large and 2 small suitcases. Multiple backpacks. Hiking gear and 5 or 6 coats. Still had a closet, shelves and 2 or 3 large drawers left open in bedroom. Multiple drawers in living room. Multiple specialty restaurants to choose from. We had the choice of 3 included with our dining plan. The Teppanyaki grill was our favorite. Awesome steak and shrimp. The chef was so entertaining with jokes and tricks. We have been on 5 other ships and their’s does not even compare to this one. Would recommend Cagney’s Steakhouse. The Italian one was just ok. They also have a BBQ restaurant that was really good and has a country band that plays nightly. Jimmy Buffet’s Margarita Ville was great. It cost extra. Chocolate shop and gelato shop was awesome. They also cost extra. Starbucks on board as well. Several shows to choose from. Highly recommend The Jersey Boys and Havana. These are free. There is one called Prohibition that cost $35.00 each but you get multiple alcoholic beverages included throughout the show. Definitely an adult show. Great entertainers. Several comedy shows that were good. One show that covers the Beatles. We didn’t go to this one but heard it was great. The ship has go carts, laser tag, putt putt golf and ping pong. I did the go carts. What a blast. They go 35 mph which felt like a 100. The track is 2 levels. Employees running it were amazing and very concerned that everyone has a safe and fun experience. This was free but make sure you book when you get in the ship. We lucked up and were able to get in the very last day of the cruise. They do run out of reservations for this, laser tag and some of the shows very fast. Spa was beautiful. Even has a snow room. Massage was just ok but I heard other people really bragging on their’s. Would definitely plan a cruise just to be in this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My husband and I celebrated our 13th anniversary on the Norwegian Bliss. It was an amazing trip. This was our first time on NCL. We have previously only cruised on carnival. Ship: The ship still felt brand new. It was very well ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our 13th anniversary on the Norwegian Bliss. It was an amazing trip. This was our first time on NCL. We have previously only cruised on carnival. Ship: The ship still felt brand new. It was very well kept. The crew was always working hard to clean up everything. Our favorite areas of the ship were of the spa and Spice H20. The waterfront was also a very fun area for exploring. Cabin: We were able to upgrade to the spa balcony cabin right before our trip. The spa was amazing especially for an Alaska destination as the weather varied greatly from one day to the next. The balcony cabin itself was the same size as other balcony. It was tight, but it was a good use of space. I highly recommend a balcony cabin for this trip as we used it most of the day we were at Glacier Bay. Dining: We were overall blown away by the food. It was so delicious!! One thing I really enjoyed about this ship was that there was a variety of options through out the day. I am not a fan of the buffets and was able to find plenty of other options. We had the three night speciality dining and every restaurant was outstanding. I think the steakhouse was our favorite. The main dining room was also quite good and we did not have a hard time getting in and out quickly. We also enjoyed the Local and breakfast room service. Entertainment: There was so much to do it was hard to pick which activity. We enjoyed be games in the atrium. It was not as bad as it was been reported on cruise critic. We loved the comedy shows and Jersey Boys was outstanding! I also highly recommend the theme parties (90s night). We were also super impressed with the silent disco. It was an experience and something you must try! Excursions: We did the Tracy arm excursion and can not recommend that highly enough. Even in very poor weather we had a great time. We did the GoodTime girls and also enjoyed that much more than I thought we would. We also wandered around on our own. Glacier Bay Day This was the highlight of the trip. We were able to easily navigate around the ship to view from all areas. We even went out on the bow of the ship! We needed our time up in Spice H2O which provided beautiful panoramic views. It was a fantastic trip!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Wanting an Alaskan cruise for a family with two six year olds, I chose the Norwegian Bliss sailing from Seattle on June 9, 2019. This was my first cruise on a mega ship and my third cruise to Alaska. The experience was more like living ... Read More
Wanting an Alaskan cruise for a family with two six year olds, I chose the Norwegian Bliss sailing from Seattle on June 9, 2019. This was my first cruise on a mega ship and my third cruise to Alaska. The experience was more like living in a budget hotel attached to a shopping mall. There were plenty of activities but most were impossible to book and we had difficulty making restaurant reservations for a party of six. The staff were efficient but indifferent. The itinerary was strange because of the short stays that were either early morning or late in the day except for Skagway. Though no one has confirmed it, I suspect that the sheer number of cruise ships in these ports in the summer has led to assigned time slots preventing several thousand people at a time from overwhelming them. There were high spots and some good shore excursions. The day cruising Glacier Bay with park rangers aboard narrating was exceptional. We saw whales and glaciers and enjoyed lots of excellent Alaska seafood. There were plenty of opportunities for quality family time. Alaska is still magnificent. All in all, though, the shipboard experience did not enhance this trip and I would opt for a smaller ship with less whistles and bells were I to do it again. The Ship: The ship itself is newer and very large. It has a two story atrium that has a huge screen and seating on the first floor and a restaurant with bar seating around the edge of the atrium above. It is used for movies, trivia, music and any number of other activities. We found this to be an unpleasant area and avoided it whenever possible. It was very loud and folding chairs were added to the stationary seating for large events. Unfortunately, there are only two elevator banks so that elevators were difficult to get on more often than not and were usually crowded. There were parts of the ship we never saw until debarkation, so take a ship tour if you opt for this ship. We thought the exterior walkway on deck eight with outdoor seating for the many restaurants and bars was a real plus - just not good enough weather to use it most of the time. Our Cabin: Our cabin is discussed at length below. It was below average in size and storage and required us to move furniture to access the closet and obtain drawer space. The nightstands are literally six inches wide. Dining: As a party of six, we opted for free dining whenever possible and made reservations in advance when we could. Wait times did not seem long, food was fine, and service was excellent in both Manhattan and Taste dining rooms. We ate one night in the Mexican specialty restaurant and the bill for the six of us was over $150, excluding drinks. Most of the bars are in high traffic areas and the only one we really liked was in the Explorer's Lounge. The buffet was spacious with lots of seating and a variety of choices and the food was good quality. We had room service continental breakfast daily and it was always on time and exactly what we ordered. Entertainment and Activities: We largely avoided the group activities because of the crowds and cost. Our six year old boy absolutely loved Kids Club and we could barely drag him away. Both children loved the water slides and pool and used them often. The Glacier Bay cruise was exceptionally good with narration by a ranger who boarded the ship. We were grateful for a balcony cabin for that. Service: Service was efficient but largely indifferent. This is the first cruise ever for me (of 30+) where the stateroom attendant never introduced herself. According to the TV display, her name was "Larry." She did as good a job as she could but it is hard to tuck in flat sheets when the space you have to work in is less than six inches. Ports and Shore Excursions: Were it not for the ports and shore excursions, I would have rated this experience as below average. We did whale watching and a glacier experience in Juneau, the Lumberjack show and crab feast in Ketchikan and spent a day wandering in Skagway. Alaska is stunning. There were plenty of things for kids to do and good dining and shopping. Of my three Alaska cruises, I would rate this one the lowest because of the shipboard experience and limited time in ports. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My first cruise was a success. Alaska was breathtaking. NCL Bliss wasn’t a disappointment. Loved being in the solo cabin. Mandara Spa took me over budget but it was well worth it. I travel a lot but this was the first time I actually ... Read More
My first cruise was a success. Alaska was breathtaking. NCL Bliss wasn’t a disappointment. Loved being in the solo cabin. Mandara Spa took me over budget but it was well worth it. I travel a lot but this was the first time I actually let go and relaxed during a vacation. So I took great advantage of the week spa, enjoying every room in the spa. The food was up to par though I was disappointed with the food at the Teppanyaki restaurant. It was the worse hibachi food I’ve ever experienced. I didn’t get the drink package because there was no way I would be able to drink half of the daily allowance. I was pleased to see that the provided flavor water which wasn’t too bad considering. Onboard shows - Levity Comedy, Jersey Boys, Havana and Prohibition. Prohibition and Levity Comedy were my favorite show. All the staff were warm and welcoming. They were extremely accommodating and would spoke so highly of their duties onboard the ship as well as their lives back home. As far as the different ports - Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria BC. Ketchikan was my favorite. Collectively, it’s amazing how simple folks live. Everyone was so laid back and easy going. Nothing like life in Atlanta. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This is a little bit long, but I write with the hope that you will find it more entertaining than I did the cruise. Let me begin by saying that I've been on 20+ cruises over the last 30 years. When we started cruising, our friends ... Read More
This is a little bit long, but I write with the hope that you will find it more entertaining than I did the cruise. Let me begin by saying that I've been on 20+ cruises over the last 30 years. When we started cruising, our friends compared every cruise to their experience on NCL; nothing measured up. This was my first cruise with NCL and I was prepared to be wowed. Apparently, a lot has changed in 30 years. Not everything was bad, in fact, our first contact with the ship was fantastic. The ship was docked right in downtown Seattle. I didn't think we had the right ship though, because where it should have said "Bliss" it said "Wayland", right there on the bow. I later learned that he's the artist who designed the images that cover the hull. OK, but doesn't an artist sign a canvas at the bottom of his work? The actual check-in process was the quickest and smoothest I've ever experienced. Things were looking up. Then we got to the baggage check area. There was a young man standing there whose sole job it seemed was to shout "no liquids" every 20 seconds. We had a couple of unopened cans of soda that we brought from the hotel which we quickly tossed in the conveniently provided barrel. The web site says that this is to speed up the baggage inspection, but the fact that you can bring aboard wine (for which you are required to pay a "corkage fee") tells me that it's all about the money. The funny part about this was that later that day I spied two 12 packs of soda that were tied together with a duct tape handle and a room tag that was dutifully delivered to the outside of a cabin by the crew. Apparently, they were dropped off with the rest of their baggage and brought right onto the ship. Note to NCL. Keep a closer eye on the checked baggage. Somebody just cost you $100 in lost revenue. But then we boarded the ship. After the obligatory spray of hand sanitizer, we enter the actual interior of the ship. Not ten steps inside, the first crew member I saw was holding a picture of a slice of prime rib. At first, I thought she was hyping one of the specialty restaurants, but no, she was informing us of the main menu item at the buffet that evening. That seemed a bit odd to me, but the purpose was to become clear as the week dragged on. We found our cabin and it was exactly what I expected. Very nice and compact and entirely suitable for a week's stay. I called my son and we went to his cabin to touch base with him and his family. By this time I was getting a little bit hungry so I checked the schedule to see where I could grab a quick bite. But it turns out that food is only available until 3 o'clock on embarkation day and so I had to wait until dinner time. I've can't remember ever being on a cruise where food wasn't available all day on embarkation day. People have been traveling! They're hungry! That night we went to the buffet to sample the prime rib. It was very good, and the buffet area is the largest and most diverse I've ever seen on a ship. You could almost walk off the calories just wandering around the buffet. The next day was a sea day and I decided to spend a little quiet time reading a book I'd brought along. I found the library, or should I say the library/game room. It was shockingly small for such a large ship, and two of the tables were occupied by gamers so there was no way I was going to be able to read in there. I made my way to the observation lounge and finally found a chair there. In the early afternoon, I started looking into the entertainment options that were accessed through the cabin TV set. The first thing I realized was that we needed reservations to see the much-hyped Jersey Boys show. OK, let's scroll through and see what's available. The entire week was already taken; no reservations were available! Keep in mind that this was less than 24 hours after we sailed. I have never, and I mean never, been on a cruise where 1. reservations were required to see the shows in the theatre, and 2. it was impossible to see such shows. Remind me again what I was paying for? So this was our onboard entertainment for the week: 1. The Beatles group in the theatre the first night. I was surprised at the small crowd, I had expected it to be packed. But we enjoyed it very much. 2. The same group in the Cavern Club. As close as you're ever going to get to actually being there. But the club is very small, I would guess less than 100 people. So this was something that most guests were not going to be able to experience. Arrive early. Very early. 3. Deal or No Deal in the Atrium with the cruise director. 4. A movie in the Atrium. It was a Disney nature film. Enjoyable but disrupted by the sound of the mini bowling alley coming from the open floor above. 5. The show Havana in the theatre. Great sets, music, and dancing. But the rest of the production left us flat. 6. Two lounge singers in the atrium. They were fine, just what you would expect to see on a cruise ship. And that was it. Very disappointing. Now the food. That young lady with the food advertisement that I saw when I boarded the ship was not a onetime thing. Every day there were people hyping the featured item at the buffet that evening. The reason is clear. "Freestyle Cruising" is based on steering guests away from the dining rooms where most of the evening meals are served on other cruise lines, and toward the buffet and the $pecialty re$taurant$. Now I've eaten many meals in buffets onboard ships, but mostly breakfast and lunch. This is the first ship where I've actually been encouraged to eat dinner in the buffet. The restaurants are way too small to handle the guests unless most of them don't eat there. We did manage to eat in the restaurants on three occasions. Two of those were acceptable. On the third, I ordered the always available New York Strip. The first one I received was well done. It was replaced with a steak that was actually difficult to cut because it was so full of gristle. They offered to replace that too but I had managed to get enough off of it and I was done. I could go on about the overpriced soft drinks, the room steward who failed to empty my mini fridge after I asked him to, and the botching of my post-cruise travel plans, but you get the idea. The cruise ship should be one of the destinations on a cruise. This one felt more like a ferry boat ride to Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I had heard so much great stuff advertised about this wonderful new ship. It had been a few years since I had been on a cruise but never cruised with Norwegian. My daughters and I were excited about our trip to Seattle and then Alaska. ... Read More
I had heard so much great stuff advertised about this wonderful new ship. It had been a few years since I had been on a cruise but never cruised with Norwegian. My daughters and I were excited about our trip to Seattle and then Alaska. The embarkation and disembarkation process was very organized and went by smoothly. The disembarkation was great because we had a group of 5 and were lucky to have help getting our luggage and through customs in less than 20 minutes. Ship The Bliss is beautiful and the amenities are great but I would not say that it was any different than other cruise ships. Some of the reasons why we were looking forward to it was so that we could try the go-karting or laser tag. However, it's nearly impossible to book a time unless you do it as soon as you step foot in the ship. They also need to be better about advising passengers about weather and temperatures. Cabin Our cabin was nice and meant to fit up to 5. However, I think the cabin is of good size if there are small children in the group. I was told 5 adults would fit comfortably and that was very deceiving. There was my sister, my three daughters (two teens and one over 21) and myself. We traveled with one to two medium sized luggages each. It was a task trying to fit all the luggages in closet areas so that we could have space to walk. Dining We had to dine in the complimentary dining restaurant the entire trip. The food and service at the restaurants was good, for the most part. Some of the staff in the buffet style cafe seemed overworked and not friendly. We were unable to get reservations at any of the specialty dining restaurants. Also, it was difficult in finding healthy meal options and non-dairy milk. At one time, I requested a vegan meal option and was told that their fruit salad was an option. However, when we dined at a restaurant named Taste, we had a great server that knew I was looking for special meal options and he was always prepared with the options when we dined there. Entertainment and Activities The entertainment put on by the staff is fun and nice to watch. Again, it was impossible to book reservations for things like painting of canvases. Even though it is at an additional cost, they only have about two or three sessions during the entire cruise and maybe 10-12 open spots. The go-cart and laser tag was completely booked. When we attempted to book a time, on the second day, we were told they were fully booked for the remainder of the cruise. I purchased an Ultimate Arcade package for my teenage daughter and it was a waste. There are not many games that can be played using the package. Most kids will be in there with the same package and do not move from the machines, and no one is there to tell them to allow others a turn. We booked our shows - Havana (average) and Jersey Boys (great) as soon as reservations opened up. Service For the most part, the service was good. Ports and Shore Excursions We did the Alaskan - Inside passage (Seattle, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and British Columbia, Victoria, Seattle). We were very happy with our excursion experiences. In Juneau, it was raining when we arrived but we enjoyed our trip to Mendenhall Glacier. We had plenty of time to enjoy the downtown area as well. Skagway was very nice and we enjoyed the White Pass Scenic Railroad Excursion. Make sure to bring snacks if you do this one. The day at sea (Glacier Bay) was amazing. The views are amazing from anywhere in the ship. It was great that they had a park ranger come on board and explain all about the national parks. The stop in Ketchikan, if you do an excursion, is just not enough. We would have liked more time to explore the downtown / port area. We were really disappointed with the port stop at British Columbia. We were allowed to get off the ship at 8:30pm and were expected to be back on board by 11:30pm. By the time you arrive at the port and walk to nearby locations, most shops are closing down. We walked to Chinatown which was a 30 minute walk and everything was closed. We wished that this information was provided to us on the ship. I am not sure if I would travel with Norwegian again but overall it was a wonderful trip and experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Another awesome cruise on NCL. The Bliss is a little over a year old. The staff is amazing and so friendly. Special thanks to our steward Hendra. He is a gem! There is no shortage of things to do. They have 2 water slides, go carts, laser ... Read More
Another awesome cruise on NCL. The Bliss is a little over a year old. The staff is amazing and so friendly. Special thanks to our steward Hendra. He is a gem! There is no shortage of things to do. They have 2 water slides, go carts, laser tag, miniature golf and a casino. The Bliss also has several pools including one adult only pool and multiple hot tubs from forward to aft. NCL has a fully packed itinerary to occupy every minute of every day. The food was decent, much better in the specialty restaurants than the buffet and other complimentary restaurants. In addition to the buffet they have 4 complimentary restaurants. The Local Bar and Grill is open 24 hours and had the worst food on the ship. The buffet was better than the Local. 9 specialty restaurants give you plenty of other options. The steakhouse was the best. For those who drink there are at least 6 bars which were pretty lively every day. There's also a Starbucks, gelato shop, bake shop and specialty confectioner with milkshakes, crepes and homemade candy. Yes, we gained quite a few pounds in a week even though we worked out every day. I do have to say the fitness center is TOO SMALL! It was packed everyday. Entertainment is plentiful including Jersey Boy's which was fantastic. They have 2 other musicals (Havana and Prohibition the Musical) which were so-so. The Beatles impersonators were excellent and performed a different Beatle's album nightly at the Cavern Club. The whole crowd sang along. We did not go to the comedy club but I heard it was very good. They also have two other bands that play in the Atrium a few times a day and night. Both bands were very good. This was an Alaska cruise and NCL has many excursions available. Of course they are more expensive than booking them yourself with outside companies like Viator. We did 2 excursions through NCL and one with Viator. The thing about booking with NCL is they make sure you are back in time for "All Aboard". When you book with other's you are at their mercy and risk missing the ship if there are any unforeseen delays. Sailing was smooth the entire journey. Glacier Bay was magnificent! We spent close to 4 hours seeing all the glaciers with a park ranger on board giving us information over the ships sound system. We spent some time on deck but did most of our viewing from our balcony, Suite 9298 Deck 9 Aft. Park ranger's talk could be heard on our TV. It was like having a private tour of Glacier Bay. When we came back from our NCL Hawaii cruise we booked Alaska. When we came back from Alaska we booked a Bahamas Christmas cruise. I think we are NCL lifers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We've been on quite a few cruises over the years mostly in the Caribbean so we figured Alaska has been on our list and began planning last year to do it. We're out of Atlanta so we planned an extra day to see Seattle. The locals ... Read More
We've been on quite a few cruises over the years mostly in the Caribbean so we figured Alaska has been on our list and began planning last year to do it. We're out of Atlanta so we planned an extra day to see Seattle. The locals folks us not to say this but..it is a really cool city. We walked 12.5 miles Saturday before and saw most everything...had the best Copper River Salmon for lunch...So back to the cruise, all of our research we knew that when Alaska cruise season opens up, prices and people counts do as well. Our Delta flight was over booked as were all flights they had to and from Seattle to ATL. We found a Holiday Inn Express in City Center, a nice $90 a night room for $300 during the season. After our marathon day of walking around we ended up at the Space Needle for sunset and a glass of wine. After that we hit McDonalds for a quick bite before bed, 2 Big Macs and 2 Medium fries was $19... We took advantage of some of the packages NCL was giving away, Ultimate Beverage and Specialty Dinners. As soon as we could book reservations we mapped out our excursion days and filled in the dining schedule. We'll get into the excursion pieces a bit later. So, we've been on the Getaway and Escape, they are all pretty similar. The Bliss layout takes it to a new level with the Observation Lounge, spectacular views with quite a bit of space. As we encountered some choppy seas heading out the patches and Dramamine was in abundance. People were passed out all over the Lounge sleeping. The service levels throughout by the NCL staffers was excellent, always a smile and "hello" from everyone. As mentioned in another review on the same cruise the cabin steward was pretty invisible. Ours did not show until Thursday and was slow in cleaning the room, most of the time waited until we left for dinner then took care of it..The ship was fully booked which at times made it crowded. There were large groups of international families that had a tendency to be very loud, particularly in the Garden Cafe and on excursions took the word "selfie" to a new level with little or no regard to the other passengers, 9 or 10 on the Rude meter, but like I mentioned it was crowded. Our guess on the availability of some of the activities was weather related. Many of the younger folks braved the pool and water slides. The pool water was heated but the air and breeze were cold so there weren't many places to go. Our stateroom was OK and held all of our long underwear, coats, and boots we could pack and keep us under 50lbs..The Entertainment was just ok, we had reservations for Havana, the dancers were good, one of the big guys wiped out and almost landed in the front row. Jersey Boys was really good, maybe a bit too harsh on the language but they got their point across.The Beatles show was awesome, they pulled together some very talented and visually compelling musicians. They were all spot on with the sound and mannerisms...We could not get into Prohibition it was available when we went on the 8 hr tour in Juneau be we weren't then it was booked solid..The dining was excellent, the Garden Cafe is one of my favorites as well as the Local (O'Sheehans) with Prime Rib first night out and then offered again later. We did La Cucina, Le Bistro, Teppanyaki, and Ocean Blue service and food was all good, the only negative was not being able to eat out side, too cold and sometimes rainy. Overall, we really had no expectations having never been through the drill before but if we do this one again we;ll be back on the Bliss, have a better idea of clothes to pack, and probably aim for later in June or early July to schedule it but we really enjoyed this one. We can get into the excursion later on but Glacier Bay paid for the trip.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was our second cruise on NCL, the first one was on the escape, which we loved. Again if you do your research and plan ahead NCL can be amazing. Things that were great: -stateroom: I love the balcony stateroom and the bathroom ... Read More
This was our second cruise on NCL, the first one was on the escape, which we loved. Again if you do your research and plan ahead NCL can be amazing. Things that were great: -stateroom: I love the balcony stateroom and the bathroom size. Get a balcony. -Ship: NCL does their ships right, clean, beautiful. Really amazing. -Activities on the ship: from adding the observation lounge (the escape doesn’t have it), to go karts, laser tag, water slides and all of the others. You can never be bored. -Speciality Restaurants- food and service: if you want good food and great to amazing service go to the speciality dining. They have the option to add an additional tip this leads the waiters to really go above and beyond to earn extra money. -alaska stops: I loved all three stops...still recommend finding off boat excursions for cheaper pricing. However the crab boat Tour In Ketchikan was worth it along with the train rides in Skagway. Victoria is also beautiful wish we had more time. Only so much you can do in 7 days though. -Jersey Boys and overall entertainment was spot on. (Just don’t go to Havana- waste of 45 minutes) Reading all of this you would think we should give 5 stars. However there were negatives. Minor -Food in main dining rooms have gone down hill, i remember better food on the escape. Also one breakfast took over two hours in taste and came out cold. However I did complain (hate to do it but two hours and the waiter being no where to be found leads you too it) however the service from then on was better but still not great. Except for Manhattan room, they always had great service. However we had 8 people so not that big of hit. Now the major negatives: -Cabin Steward: I usually love the stewards and loved ours on the escape. However our guy was the worse steward I have ever had on a ship. Never replaced towels, skipped out on cleaning our room making up an excuse (the steward next door through him under the bus, the only reason I knew). Walked in on my wife and I even with the do not disturb on after only knocking once giving us no time to get to the door...to check the mini bar...then kicking us out of our room an hour early on disembarkation. That was the final straw and complained to guest services and will be sending an email. I get they have hard jobs but why bother have the lights on if you ignore them. Disembarkation- an utter mess is all I’m going to say. Crew members not knowing what is going on. Passengers seemed to know more then the crew. However I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to go and we will most likely give NCL another go. Maybe with a detour back to Royal. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose the Norwegian Bliss at the last minute to cruise Alaska. We were granted two weeks off unexpectedly and had always wanted to see Alaska. We got a great last minute deal on a balcony and flight to Seattle. the ship was amazing! She ... Read More
We chose the Norwegian Bliss at the last minute to cruise Alaska. We were granted two weeks off unexpectedly and had always wanted to see Alaska. We got a great last minute deal on a balcony and flight to Seattle. the ship was amazing! She is so clean and well planned out. The first two nights at sea were a little rough as the seas were angry and the ship was quite rocky. When we entered the inside passage to Juneau, the seas calmed and we could no longer feel any movement. The food was fantastic and always available. We dined in the main dining room, the garden cafe buffet, and at the Local pub. Almost every meal was spectacular. We went to Jersey Boys, Havana, an art auction, and two comedy shows.All of the entertainment was exceptional. Glacier Bay was the highlight of our trip. The captain got very close to all of the glaciers and maneuvered the ship so that everyone could have a great view. Embarkation and Disembarkation were fast and easy. We have cruised on other lines, but we are now loyal to NCL. Can't wait to go again!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We had a blast don’t get me wrong. We made the best of it. However for what we paid we did not get our money’s worth. The go carts were booked the laser tag was booked the painting class was booked sometimes the kids club was booked. ... Read More
We had a blast don’t get me wrong. We made the best of it. However for what we paid we did not get our money’s worth. The go carts were booked the laser tag was booked the painting class was booked sometimes the kids club was booked. Thank goodness we booked our shows in advance. I think this ship would be better in a hotter climate where we could just sit on the deck and take in the sun but for an Alaskan cruise there were tons of fun things to do but not enough spaces for everyone that wanted to do it. People would make reservations and some wouldn’t go to their reservations which isn’t fair for this of us that wanted to go to these things as well. They said there was standby but no one could tell us where that was. The laser tag and go carts were open weird times lots of times it was while we were at port. We could tell our crew had been on for a while they were all very nice but looked very tired. The cruise director was AMAZING! The crew talent show was AMAZING too! I loved the observation deck but so many rude people would save seats and whoever they saved them for wouldn’t ever return. That was frustrating. We finally sat down with someone. He said this is reserved. We said you can’t reserve 12 spots with one person. We will sit her and enjoy the whales until your party gets here. They never showed up. The craft brewery was our favorite. The waiter was the best on the ship! The local restaurant was also our favorite amazing food every time! Our room was right below the pool we could hear them moving the chairs above all hours of the night and people running up there. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We arrived in Seattle and went directly to the ship for embarkation. The embarkation experience was very smooth and went very quick. The disembarkation was a little disorganized and timely, but not bad. The ship overall was ... Read More
We arrived in Seattle and went directly to the ship for embarkation. The embarkation experience was very smooth and went very quick. The disembarkation was a little disorganized and timely, but not bad. The ship overall was beautiful, clean, and new. The cabin was very nice and clean and sufficient for two people. The balcony was decent size and great for seeing all the wonderful Alaskan scenery. The dining experience was very poor and I am so disappointed. My two prior cruises with Norwegian left me thinking the food would be terrific. The food both times was excellent. So we were both disappointed. We did go to the specialty restaurants 5 times including Food Republic, Q, Ocean Blue, Cagneys, and La Cucina. Food Republic and La Cucina were both excellent. Q was okay for barbeque, but if you order the friend green tomatoes expecting what you would get in the South, you will be disappointed. Just don't order them. The Brisket was great. Ocean Blue was a joke. Don't go to this seafood restaurant expecting crab and Lobster. No crab on the menu and the Lobster costs extra on top of the surcharge you pay ABOVE the cost of the specialty dining package. The food we did get was just okay. Cagneys prior trips was amazing. This time the steak was mostly gristle and tough (Ribeye). My own petite filet was good. The side dishes were a little on the cold side. Don't expect to find food when you are hungry if it is not during breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Late night food choices are extremely limited if at all. There was a lot of entertainment, but getting reservations at a decent hour for the shows is difficult. I couldn't gt into any of them before 10:30 at night. (I'm not a late night person). Service everywhere but dining was outstanding! The dining areas had a lot of what seemed like unhappy staff. The ports were great, just not enough time. We had plenty of time in Juneau to go on an excursion and see the town. (if you go - do the wildlife refuge excursion or fishing - both were great). Ketchikan may have been fun, but I only had enough time for the excursion and barely made it back to the ship In time to leave. Didn't get to see the town. We arrived in Victoria at around 8 PM and after we ate we didn't have time to get off the ship. All of our excursions were fun. In Ketchikan we went kayaking and saw a lot of wildlife to include a mink and lots of starfish. I would go again based on my two prior cruises and the overall experience with this one. I just hope the food improves. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was one of best cruise I have been on. I ship was well designed with plenty of space. I crew was well trained in passengers needs. The food was very good and did not have a bad meal while I was on board. The entertainment on board was ... Read More
This was one of best cruise I have been on. I ship was well designed with plenty of space. I crew was well trained in passengers needs. The food was very good and did not have a bad meal while I was on board. The entertainment on board was very good. My 13 year old daughter enjoyed the teen activity’s. My wife love going bar to bar every bar she went to the bartenders where friendly. The pools where heated and enjoyed them every day while onboard. Every port the ship got everyone off in a timely manner and everyone enjoyed the ports. The go carts cost $15.00 per a person. My daughter and I tried cocos and it was a very nice experience and my daughter enjoyed it. When the cruise was over the cruise line got everyone off the ship in a timely matter and my wife did not want to go home. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise on the NCL Bliss for several reasons. The Bliss was designed for Alaska with a huge observation deck with floor to ceiling windows affording a Panoramic view of Alaska. The Deck has its own buffet area and bar, with ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the NCL Bliss for several reasons. The Bliss was designed for Alaska with a huge observation deck with floor to ceiling windows affording a Panoramic view of Alaska. The Deck has its own buffet area and bar, with sofas, chairs and tables spread through out the 15th floor Lounge. It was open to all passengers all day from early morning to evening. The only drawback to this was some people would use it as their personal sleeping area..and zonk out all day on the sofas. We also had a Balcony stateroom where we could view the trip through Glacier Bay. With freestyle dining we never had a problem eating meals wherever we chose to have them. Their are several venues available for dining, which were not fee based. Service in all dining areas was very good and their were entertainment options every night such as Jersey Boys, the Cavern with the Beatles and the District Brew Pub. Embarkation and Disembarkation both went very smoothly. We arrived at the Pier at 11 and we were able to get on the ship very soon after that. Disembarkation was wonderful, due to the Port Valet service offered by the Port of Seattle. The ports were easy to access since we were anchored right at the Dock. We only took one Shore Excursion offered by NCL. We took a Juneau Tour whale watching and Glacier viewing tour booked on Trip Advisor. We also rode the Race Cars on the top deck. My husband’s favorite activity on the ship! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We traveled on the Norwegian Bliss from 6/2 - 6/9/2019 and had a wonderful trip. No regrets with paying the additional cost for the Aft facing balcony which provided us with awesome panoramic views of the ports and was great for Glacier ... Read More
We traveled on the Norwegian Bliss from 6/2 - 6/9/2019 and had a wonderful trip. No regrets with paying the additional cost for the Aft facing balcony which provided us with awesome panoramic views of the ports and was great for Glacier Bay as we didn't have to fight the crowds for photo opportunities or photograph through windows in the observation desk. We enjoyed the entertainment on the ship including the band Silgo, the Beatles band in The Cavern (saw them twice and they were fantastic). Prohibition and Jersey Boys were also very good; however we did not enjoy Havana. The seating in the Bliss theater is not at all comfortable and seats feel like the tilt forward and the seating in the Atrium area can be improved as well. Had a lack luster dining experience in Cagney's - very disappointing as we've dined in Cagney's on other ships. The service was excellent; however the food was very disappointing - steaks were dry (even those cooked medium rare had no juices and lacked flavor and had almost a chalky consistency!). We enjoyed both Q and Teppanyaki. The service in the main dining rooms (Manhattan, Taste, and Savor) was fair; wait staff did not seem to be adequately trained, service was slow and food was mediocre. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was my first time going to Alaska. It was also my first time on Norwegian. The Bliss exceeded my expectations and then some. There was plenty to do on the ship itself, and given the cooler weather in Alaska, I enjoyed spending time in ... Read More
This was my first time going to Alaska. It was also my first time on Norwegian. The Bliss exceeded my expectations and then some. There was plenty to do on the ship itself, and given the cooler weather in Alaska, I enjoyed spending time in the indoor observation lounge. I am a craft beer fan, so I really liked The District Brew House, it had a great selection of craft beers. I had never been on a cruise ship before that had any amount of craft beer selection. The service throughout the ship was great, the staff was attentive and polite. I stayed in a studio cabin, which was a nice feature as well, since it costs less than paying double the regular fare. The embarkation/disembarkation was a little bit disorganized, but then again the cruise left from Seattle which was one of the more chaotic ports that I've been to. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We have been on 14 cruises and this was our first with Norweigan, there will not be a second. Of course what you enjoy is very personal, but we were very disappointed with the options on board for our teen and under 10 yr old. Basically, ... Read More
We have been on 14 cruises and this was our first with Norweigan, there will not be a second. Of course what you enjoy is very personal, but we were very disappointed with the options on board for our teen and under 10 yr old. Basically, you have the kids club (one of which housed kids from 3-12 in one area) or you spend money for the race track, laser tag, or arcade. They did have a couple of ping pong tables - for over 4K passengers. My youngest was crying when we picked him up from the one time he would go to the camp; they had not reached out to us at all and just said, “Well there are a LOT of kids in here tonight”). The teen last 30 minutes and checked himself out, refusing to return. The ship had movies we could attend together.... at 11pm that were decades old like Field of Dreams or Sully. Two of the musicals were not kid-appropriate at all and note that even the Jersey Boys has cursing in it if that is a concern for you. The menu was extremely repetitive. The same every day in the non-buffet for breakfast and lunch, a couple changes for dinner. Kids menu was pizza, hot dog, burger or chicken strips for lunch and dinner, not a vegetable to be had. And really odd offerings for the adults like “loaded potato skins” loaded with just crabmeat. The servers seemed very new. We had the wrong items brought to us often, they seemed perplex by their own ordering system, they would forget to take one member’s order, they were arguing in front of the guests, and stacks of plates were dropped on a daily basis. When I asked for soy milk for my youngest, I was told to go to the top of the ship, because nowhere else had it - this was while I was in the restaurant. Nearly every time, we had to call the server over to ask for a refills, perhaps they spread them out too thinly. While on one of the excursions, it was almost all Norweigan passengers and the guide receive a loud “No!” from almost everyone when she asked if they were feeding us well. We saw our room steward once on the entire cruise. Most of the time, we had to go to Guest Services to get the daily paper that gives the details off events or required forms. They left the bunk beds down each day, so that our room felt smaller than it already was. This may not seem so bad, but you are charged $15 per person per day (little kids included), so that was $420 for really lousy service for us. Also, they broke the handle on our new luggage and left it outside of our door without a word - if this happens to you, take it to Guest Services because they have to fill out a report if you want to fill out a claim afterwards. Again, the group that attending the towel folding session responded “No!” when asked if they had seen the towel animals shown because the majority had no turndown service over the cruise. We did like the observation lounge and the embark/disembark processes went smoothly. Alaska, of course, was absolutely gorgeous. However this was certainly not the cruise line for us. The kids have begged us not to go back (never a reaction to a cruise previously) so it will be “No!” to NCL for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I booked this cruise as a solo traveler. I flew into Seattle on May 24 and spent two nights at the Kimpton Alexis hotel on 1st Avenue. I would recommend this hotel as a great, comfortable hotel in downtown Seattle within walking distance ... Read More
I booked this cruise as a solo traveler. I flew into Seattle on May 24 and spent two nights at the Kimpton Alexis hotel on 1st Avenue. I would recommend this hotel as a great, comfortable hotel in downtown Seattle within walking distance to the waterfront, Pike Market and other places of interest. An Uber ride to port is available for $10 plus tip. The weather was great during my stay - sunny and pleasant most of the time, one big rain shower my second day and downright warm the day the cruise ship returned. After checking out my fabulous room, complete with fireplace, sofa, gorgeous bath and a huge window with a view of the waterfront, I took a walk in the direction of Pike Market. I have been through the market before so walked along the outside to stay out of the crowds. It was about a half mile from the hotel and not too much uphill walking. I'd planned to have my dinner during happy hour at Cutter's Crabhouse and was very "happy" with a dinner of Manila clams, lobster mac and cheese and wine. Having flown in from the Southeast that afternoon, I decided to retire back to my hotel immediately after dinner. I got back in time for the end of the hotel's complimentary wine reception and had some Washington wine before turning in for the night. The next day I woke up at 5 a.m. - I never acclimated to the time differences in Washington and Alaska so this became my regular wake up time for the duration of my trip. It was a nice morning so I decided to take a walk along the waterfront. I checked the menus at various restaurants and stopped to shop a little. I walked as far as the port authority offices and on my walk back scoped out the layout of the port and got information from the porters on where I would drop my bags the following day and where I would enter to get my key card. That was a big help the following day. That evening I had dinner in the Bookstore bar/restaurant inside the hotel. After dinner I sat at the bar and talked to a few other guests about their cruises and how they were enjoying the area. We closed down the bar about midnight and it was time for me to rest up for the Bliss. I woke up again at 5 a.m. and realized the ship might be sailing in to port at any moment so opened up the drapes. About 5:15, there was my ship! I had a great view of her coming in and doing the turn to glide into her dock. I had planned to go to the port via Uber about noon, but waking up so early ended up leaving the hotel around 10:45. My Uber driver made sure to get me to the proper area to drop off my bag and I proceeded to the door to check in. Since I knew where I was going and was by myself the process for going through security and getting my cabin key was a painless 15 minutes - super efficient embarkation. I walked directly onto the ship and started looking around my home for the week. Cabins were not projected to be ready until 1:00 so I explored the various decks checking out the casino (big), The Local (don't like the menu as well as O'Sheehan's), the Garden Cafe (busy), then headed to the spa to purchase the Thermal Spa for the week. I paid the extra $20 rather than booking ahead of time so that I could use my on board credit. I checked out the facilities and knew this was a good choice for my Alaska trip. The area spans the aft end of the ship. There are windows on three sides, about 20 thermal loungers (I may have counted wrong) and many padded loungers. There is a steam room, salt bath and ice room, along with a jetted pool and hot tub. Fruit infused and plain water are provided along with hot tea and oranges. There are separate women's and men's locker rooms with facilities to change, shower and use the toilet. The women's area had a dressing table with hair dryer. Robes and towels were provided. If I had any complaints regarding the spa it would be that the hot tub was not what I considered hot. I'm just guessing but would say it was about 90-95 degrees. The pool was just about the same temperature. I like a hot tub to be over 100. I never tried the outdoor hot tubs but spoke to others who said they were not hot either. After my purchase, I went to The Local for a vodka and soda. The bartender ordered guacamole and chips for me - I guess he thought I looked hungry - that wasn't happening this trip. After another adult beverage, I headed to my cabin. It was 5107, an inside cabin - something I'm not really used to. I generally stay in a balcony or at the least, an oceanview cabin but this trip the cost to upgrade was too much to be worthwhile. The Thermal Spa was a better bargain, available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day (except the last day when it closed at 8 p.m.) and where I would end up spending much of my on board time. The cabin was small. Efficient enough for one person and okay for two but can't imagine having a third or fourth. There are several cabins the same size that are marked for three or four. Yikes! The lifeboat drill was held about 3:30 and for me was in the Theater. I originally went to my area at the front of the theater but moved to the back not wanting to get stuck behind everyone when the drill was over. At the end of the drill I walked to The Local again to stay out of the crowds going back to their cabins, etc. This time, after another beverage or two at the bar, it was now about 5 p.m. so I checked in at the restaurant desk and was seated at a table for dinner. As I said, I don't like the Local menu as well as O'Sheehan's...I prefer a corned beef reuben to one made with poultry and love the Shepard's pie which is not available at the Local. But the food was okay and the meal sustained me for the rest of the evening. I'm not positive I have my times right, but I think it was about 7-7:30 before the casino opened. I spent a while there and then stopped at my cabin to grab a swimsuit and went to the Thermal Spa. It was fairly empty and I laid on one of the heated loungers and fell asleep. At 10, one of the ladies from the spa came to wake me and anyone else in there so they could close. It was a very relaxing ending to the day. The following morning was a sea day and I decided to use my Platinum benefit to do the Behind the Scenes tour. A group of about 16 of us was taken to the theatre and shown the men's dressing room holding the costumes for the male entertainers. We were then taken to the stage where it was explained how the various backdrops were stored and used for the shows. Next was the kitchen where it seemed hundreds of workers were preparing food and collecting it for delivery to the various dining areas. On to the laundry where thousands of towels and sheets as well as crew and passenger clothing are laundered every day. The tour took approximately one hour. I thought the tour was interesting although I would not say it was worth the $79 someone told me it cost. After having a bite to eat in the Garden Cafe I went to the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. This was a nice affair in the District Brewery with warm appetizers and mimosas. Several of the ship's officers came and were introduced. I met a few people there then went to Q for the Latitudes party. There was no invitation other than what was printed in the daily paper. The captain spoke and told us how he would be able to get us very close to the glaciers when the ship toured Glacier Bay National Park. I found it hard to believe he could get that huge ship that close to the glaciers. I was wrong - more about that later. Dinner was at LeBistro that night using the dining package. I had the crab salad, tenderloin and (goodbye diet) the profiteroles. Everything as usual was delicious and the tenderloin was cooked to medium rare perfection. I had excellent service also. I then went to the casino until bed time. Tuesday was Juneau day. I planned to stay on the ship that day and had a great time with the spa basically to myself. That evening I went to my first solo traveler gathering this trip held in the Studio lounge. This place was hard for me to find but actually I walked right by the sign and just didn't see it. I ran into two other people, one of whom also did not see the Studio Lounge sign. Luckily the second of the two was able to show us the location. Our host was JoJo from the Cruise Director's staff. He was an excellent host - best of any I've had on any ship. He met with a group that fluctuated between about 8 and 20 people each night. He set up dinner for the group if you chose to go and arranged other things to do as a group. Great job JoJo! After the solo meeting was dinner at Cagney's. I used my Platinum Latitudes benefit there that includes dinner, appetizer, desert and a bottle of wine. I chose the Spellbound Petite Syrah since there was an upcharge for it by the glass even with the beverage package. I ordered the veal and had Creme brulee for dessert. Dinner was good and so was service but LeBistro is still my favorite on board restaurant. After dinner I went back to my cabin and fell sound asleep until 11:45 p.m. I was now wide awake so dressed again and went to the casino. This night I won a nice hand pay jackpot but this was the only big win this trip for me. After going back to the cabin to grab my driver's license (necessary to show when receiving a hand pay), the attendant paid me and I went back to bed for the night. Another nice day came to an end. Wednesday we were in Skagway. I booked the White Pass Scenic Railway trip through NCL. I had never been on a train before so for this reason it was worthwhile. Although the staff did a nice narration of the area we were seeing, I would not do this trip again. I found fewer scenic views than I have while touring by car through South Dakota and Utah. It was good to do once in a lifetime. I never got to the spa this day since the solo meeting was shortly after returning from my excursion. I went to dinner with the group to Taste. This was fun and at the end of our meal, before dessert one of the solos said a friend of his had seats for several of us to see the comedy show in the Social so off we went. The comedian whose name I don't recall was very funny. Afterward, some people branched off and I went to the casino to spend my son's inheritance. Thursday brought us to Glacier Bay National Park. The ship had two park rangers on board providing commentary beginning at 7 a.m. or so. I'm not great at hopping out of bed and getting going but forced myself to do so this day. I remembered what the Captain said and followed his advice to head to Deck 8 where the helicopter pad was open for the day for viewing of all that Glacier Bay has to offer. This was the best day for just standing at the railing, taking in all of the scenery. The Captain was absolutely correct - he did get us VERY close to the glaciers then did a 180 to get us out of the bay. It was quite a feat! The weather for the day started out very cold and windy but by about 9:30 had warmed up significantly. I stayed until about 10 a.m. then decided I could admire the views from the spa. I spent a lot of the day there and got my now daily nap on a thermal lounger. That evening I went to the solo group meeting and asked one of the women if she would like to join me for dinner at LaCucina. I had my dinner for two and hated not sharing it. Rebekah and I had our meal there. Unfortunately, although the dinner was ok the service was lacking. She and I ordered our appetizers, then chatted while eating. About half way through the appetizers, the waiter came over and asked me if he could serve our entrees. I said no, we would like to finish our appetizers first. He then left the table but came back immediately with our entrees. We were sitting at a small table for two and had an appetizer each, an entree each, the dinner rolls, butter, water glasses and our other beverages all at once. I ended up sending my half eaten appetizer away so we could have some room on the table. The Maitre'd came by toward the end of the meal and I expressed to her that I wasn't happy with the way the food was served and explained why. This fell on deaf ears. I don't normally complain about any of the hard working crew but really when fine dining, the waiter should not put the entree order in until the appetizer is nearly finished. I've found LaCucina on Pearl and Bliss to be subpar also and I won't be going there for my Latitudes meal again. Friday was Ketchikan and again I stayed on the ship enjoying the views from the spa until about an hour after sail away. Dinner this night was LeBistro again. I planned to go by myself and did. After sitting only a few minutes another solo named Karen walked in and was seated at the table next to me. I invited her to join me at my table and she did. It's nice to chat with someone while enjoying a leisurely meal. I had the shrimp and escargot for dinner as well as the wine that was saved for me. It was all very yummy! Karen was going to see Jersey Boys after dinner but before we finished, yet another solo named Monique came in and was seated at the same table next to us. We ended up having a good conversation, Karen went on to Jersey Boys and I stayed back and had dessert (profiteroles again) with Monique. I love the way it all worked out...very fun! Saturday was the first day in the Thermal Spa that was very busy. We wouldn't arrive in Victoria, BC until 7:30 p.m. I still was able eventually to get my nap on a heated lounger and stayed saying goodbye to the spa staff at about 3:30. The solo meeting was early that day - 4:00 - but I wanted to be sure to get there to say goodbye to everyone I met this cruise. It was a nice final meeting and we exchanged full names, email addresses and phone numbers with each other. JoJo gave each of us an NCL heavy keychain. He was a joy to be around. I unfortunately had dinner that night at Teppenyaki at 6:45 and because of the way the seating is could not invite anyone to join me. Dinner at Teppenyaki was great as usual. The food, cooked fresh was delicious. I had the filet and shrimp. They were out of Japanese beer and had the Chinese beer so I tried that instead. I actually think I liked that better than the Japanese beer anyway. I also finished my bottle of wine that night. The casino had closed at 3:30 that day so I went to Sugarcane bar since the duo was playing there. I enjoyed them but unfortunately we were in Victoria and Canadian law only allows for one bar to be open per deck...and this was not the bar. I asked what bar on this deck was open and told it was the A-list bar. I went there and tried the Mister Worldwide there which was surprisingly good. I'm not a sweet drinks lover but this was just enough of a change to satisfy me and wasn't too sweet for me. I bumped into another of the solo group, Bonnie and she invited me to the silent disco so I went with her to that. It was some fun, silly and probably geared more for younger people. I stayed about an hour and a half then left to get some sleep before the stressful day Sunday. It turned out Sunday was not as stressful as I thought - well, except at the airport. I had done the Port Valet - a free service where you put your suitcase(s) out the last night of the cruise as usual. Instead of going to the cruise terminal the following morning to pick up your checked bag to lug to the airport, they take your bag directly to the airport for you. It was a great service! You need to apply in advance and I did early in the cruise so didn't need to wait in the long line on the deadline day. I was thrilled to receive my bag tags and boarding passes before 3:30 of the last day - no stress wondering if I qualified. As for the airport, I was pointed to an extremely long line of people (say 250) waiting to go through security. I had TSA pre-check but signs indicated security for all gates and TSA pre-check were ahead and the person directing me where to go did not see it on my boarding pass. Luckily, I spoke to someone in line who said her daughter had just flown out of SEA-TAC the previous week and she was sure there was a special line. When I got to a point where an airport staff member was available, I asked him about it and he told me to skip the line and that there was a special pre-check line. This saved me all kinds of time. BTW, I briefly worried whether my bag truly would be at my home airport when I got there and indeed it was! This was the busiest I've been on a cruise in a long time. Since I don't remember which days I did certain things, I'll close by saying I went to the Observation Lounge one day and had drinks at the bar. There were no other seats available so this was fine but glad I didn't depend on this venue to view too much scenery. I caught Siglo playing in the Atrium one day and made sure to see them again when they played in the Cavern one night late in the cruise. I LOVED their music. I found the crew to be friendly mostly. I never had a problem getting an adult beverage at any of the bars. The entire trip was very satisfying. Hints: I asked at the reception desk whether the customs form for Canada (due in the day before arriving in Canada) could be handed in early. Yes, the reception staff can help you complete your form correctly and take it from you so you can avoid any lines when the deadline for that came along. Be sure to use Port Valet and turn it in early in the cruise to avoid lines. If you have access to any of the airline clubs or are eligible to buy a pass, this is a great place to spend your time while waiting for your flight out of Seattle. I flew Delta but was able to use my United pass to enjoy a quiet area, some food and drinks. Be sure if you have TSA Pre-check to ask where the line is for that. Do not wait in the general line. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 3.5 3.5

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