1,037 Norwegian Bliss Cruise Reviews

My family and I picked this cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday. We had an excellent time. Loved the ship, crew, and ports we visited. Great food and plenty of activities to keep us occupied. Overall it exceeded my expectations. We ... Read More
My family and I picked this cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday. We had an excellent time. Loved the ship, crew, and ports we visited. Great food and plenty of activities to keep us occupied. Overall it exceeded my expectations. We upgraded our cabin to balcony cabin and it was well worth it. I highly recommend that. There’s incredible views you won’t want to miss at all Hours of the day. We were lucky enough to see lots of whales (Humpback and Orcas), Eagles, Sea Otters and a Sea Turtles. Also loved seeing the Glaciers. The ship was extremely clean and the staff were really friendly, professional and helpful. The entertainment was terrific. Loved Jersey Boys and Havana. Apparently we were really lucky as it didn’t rain a single drop and the temperatures were in the mid 70s-80s. Strange for Alaska but it worked out well for us. I would recommend this trip to anyone! The only complaint is that You need To pay for WiFi and it’s very expensive. It should be included. It was a bit challenging to communicate with the group of people we were traveling with or with our families at home. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We have been on a good amount of cruises but this may have been our favorite. We were traveling with 2 kids (15, 12) and were a bit worried about keeping them occupied on an Alaskan Cruise but the Bliss was absolutely perfect for them. ... Read More
We have been on a good amount of cruises but this may have been our favorite. We were traveling with 2 kids (15, 12) and were a bit worried about keeping them occupied on an Alaskan Cruise but the Bliss was absolutely perfect for them. There were so many activities even though they didn't really use the kids club very much. We were always busy with something---go carts, laser tag, bingo, deal or no deal, etc. Jersey Boys was unbelievable and my wife and I really enjoyed the Beatlemania shows as well. We really enjoyed the food overall. We ate at 3 speciality restaurants--we'd rank them---1) Q Smokehouse (so much food and fun), 2) Teppanyaki (kids loved it), 3) Cagney's (just ok). We ate in the main dining rooms on the other nights and it was totally fine. Really liked the breakfast buffet although it did get crowded at times. The ship is the biggest we have ever been on but most of the time we didn't really feel it. The elevators were tough and we did do a lot of walking up and down steps but it didn't really bother us. There were also some backups when we were trying to get off the ship in ports so be careful if you have private tours that leave soon after the ship gets into port. In Juneau, we had to call because we were running late getting off the ship. We thought the service overall on the ship was excellent even though we really didn't get to know any staffers too well. Alaska was amazing. We lucked out and hit a heat wave which made everything a bit more pleasant. Glacier Bay was incredible and we enjoyed watching from the pool deck and the observation lounge. This whole cruise was just great. We love Norwegian and look forward to our next cruise with them Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We were on the Norwegian Bliss from June 23 til June 29. Our whole experience was incredible. Our cabin, room 12844 was great. Having a balcony was really nice. The size of the room was perfect for my wife and myself. All of the staff ... Read More
We were on the Norwegian Bliss from June 23 til June 29. Our whole experience was incredible. Our cabin, room 12844 was great. Having a balcony was really nice. The size of the room was perfect for my wife and myself. All of the staff took very good care of us. The cabin staff went our of their way to make sure our room was well maintained daily. Always asking if there was anything more they could do for us. The food in the cafeteria was as good as most of the restaurants. The family ate at four of the restaurants. The stake house and the restaurant where they prepare the food in front of you were in my opinion the best.The bar tender in the lounge named "Idaho" took very good care of me. Don't drink much alcohol but when I walked up to his bar he had a Pepsi just poured waiting. He always remembered what i liked. Great guy. We did not do much of the entertainment because we were too busy enjoying the ship activities. The arcade, hot tubes, pool and go cart track keep us busy on the ship including the game show. The only thing I can say that i would of like to changed is the loudness of the music out around the pool area. It was just a little to loud for me. Enjoyed going into town to shop. Wife like the blue Tanzanite jewelry. I know what we bought does not have the same value are other stones but are happy with our purchase and the wife is happy. That is the important part. I enjoyed panning for gold. It was really fun learning the correct way to do it. Norwegian was very professional to have people helping you to get to the correct buses and to have very nice and clean buses to take you where you needed to go. Over all this was a really good week we had. I gave the two rating of "very good" because I heard the shows but opt to not sign up to see them. The same for the fitness rooms. I went in to look around but did not use the equipment. I was on vacation. Thank you Norwegian. Clive Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I love Norwegian. It’s the second cruise I’ve been on with them. We were Haven guests and felt like royalty the whole cruise. I really wanted to make all the service people family members. The Bliss is a beautiful ship top to bottom. ... Read More
I love Norwegian. It’s the second cruise I’ve been on with them. We were Haven guests and felt like royalty the whole cruise. I really wanted to make all the service people family members. The Bliss is a beautiful ship top to bottom. So many things to do for all ages. We loved all the shows. Our shore excursions were so much fun and learned so much about Alaska. The food was excellent whether we ate at the buffet or the numerous restaurants or the 5 star Haven restaurant. We did not explore Seattle before our cruise. Not enough time. The embarkation and disembarkation was amazing. So organized. I traveled with two of my adult grandsons. They loved it and would love to do it again someday. I will always cruise Norwegian. You’re the best! My grandson who is vegan especially want to thank our Haven chef for all the meals he made especially for him everyday. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Amazing family reunion on the Bliss for our 50th wedding anniversary. A group of 8 adults and 7 children 11 and under. Pros:(with some little cons). Embarkation: Excellent. We arrived about 10:30 am. We had just gone through ... Read More
Amazing family reunion on the Bliss for our 50th wedding anniversary. A group of 8 adults and 7 children 11 and under. Pros:(with some little cons). Embarkation: Excellent. We arrived about 10:30 am. We had just gone through security when it was announced that we could board. We all went up to the Garden Cafe for lunch. We were told around 12:45 - 1pm that we could go to our cabins and drop things off. Cabins: We had balcony cabins with some of our group having adjoining cabins. Beds were very comfortable. Steward was great. Liked the shower with glass door. Nice size sofa to sit on which could be converted to a bed. One negative would be the very small space between the bed and closet. Also the limited content on the TV. Would like on demand content. Dining: We enjoyed the freestyle dining. We had 3 restaurants to choose from plus the Garden Cafe. We never ate dinner in the Garden Cafe, just lunch and breakfast. We went to one of the main dining rooms.for dinner. We did not have the dining package but ate dinner one night in La Cucina. It is expensive a la carte. We thought the food on the whole was excellent. We actually canceled a reservation at Cagney’s as the food was so good in the complimentary dining rooms. Sometimes the service was very slow but that was more because the servers had too much to do. They had to do everything - serve water, drinks and food. There should be assistant waiters to help as on other cruise lines. Drinks package: Some of our group had the drinks package. Our kids liked the District and the beers there, We were lucky to have good weather and could sit outside. The wine selections were just okay. You could get a better wine and pay the difference. Entertainment: We went to see Havana and Jersey Boys. Both were well done. Booking: Be sure to book whatever specialty dining and shows that you can online ahead of time. Otherwise book when you get onboard otherwise you might be out of luck. Splash Academy: A great program for kids. We had 7 grandchildren ages 11 - 3 and they all enjoyed the kids club. On the last day the kids put on a show in the Bliss theatre. Our adult kids also enjoyed some free time to enjoy the spa etc. This program is free. Staff: The staff were all wonderful. Extremely nice to children. They had ear pieces in to direct traffic in different areas. Cons: Guest services: Not great depending on who you got. I had a charge that needed to be rectified and had to go three times to get it done. Atrium, Deck 6: To me this is a big design flaw. It is a big, noisy area. Not at all appealing. Avoided whenever I could. Disembarkation: Somewhat congested. Final thoughts: We booked this vacation 18 months ahead of time and had been planning for 2 years. I was so happy it went so well. Do not worry too much about what you read online. The Observation Deck was not overly crowded and we had no problem finding seating with 15 of us. The Garden Cafe can get crowded at times but we found it always worked out. In fact everything worked out and we had a wonderful vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Almost everything about the cruise was perfect. Recommend getting room on deck 15 giving you access to the spa and easy access to the observatory. The only small disappointment was the food. We ate in the dining areas included in on ... Read More
Almost everything about the cruise was perfect. Recommend getting room on deck 15 giving you access to the spa and easy access to the observatory. The only small disappointment was the food. We ate in the dining areas included in on the ship and while the food and service was good in all dining rooms all I can say is it was good. If you live in NYC or Houston area you will not be impressed. Don’t get me wrong the food is good but nothing spectacular and menus are limited Stay away from garden buffet if you don’t want to get trampled over. Entertainment in evenings was very good. Take the time to see Jersey boy and Havana. Beetle mania was great as well as family friendly comedy night. Go to jimmy buffet or observation deck for quite and fast breakfast. Never had time for sit down breakfast. Laser tag and go carts not worth the extra price. Too expensive and kids disappointed. Escape room was great 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Juneau: I guess there are so many FAKE reviews for WHALE WATCHING. So i purchased Whale Watching with the Mendenhall Glacier and it was a waste of money! We paid $137.00 per person ( a deal compared to some of the other companies). ... Read More
Juneau: I guess there are so many FAKE reviews for WHALE WATCHING. So i purchased Whale Watching with the Mendenhall Glacier and it was a waste of money! We paid $137.00 per person ( a deal compared to some of the other companies). However, we saw a few whales so far away that it was stupid. You guys wanna see whales? Go to a decent aquarium like the one in Seattle instead!! Whale Watching is a total waste of time. Me and my hubby had a joke "you missed it" the entire trip. So you're on a boat and someone spots a whale; everyone goes running to that view and within seconds the whale is gone. You only see a slight of the whale and they consider seeing a whale if you see it snort and then see the tail. Again, this is 200 yards out (by law they have to maintain a 100-200 foot distance) and the view is nothing really. Skagaway: We did a glassblowing excursion. Cost was around $125 a person or so. Another disappointment! You don't get to pick which item you'll make. We were given ornaments: a round ball. It was cool to see how THEY make it. You kinda just get to point and say which 2 colors and which shape you want the round tiny ball to be. Ketchikan: Hovercraft. $299 a person (what a HUGEEEE dissapointment!) This was another WHALE WATCHING nonsense. You missed it!!!! oh look a wahle? SAW IT? NO? SORRY you missed it!! Hovercraft was not smooth and not fast. Oh the highlight was that it was 1 of the only 2 commercially operated hovercrafts in the USA. i paid $300 per person for that crap. THe good: Bliss was quite blissful. Great service great balcony rooms. I read reviews that you shoudln't book balcony rooms. DUMB! IT WAS THE best thing i did!!!! the balcony rooms were sooooo awesome. I loved waking up to that view. Overall, the best of Alaska tour was GLASIER BAY. Stunning views. awesome!. Food: Bliss has the most amazing buffet!! It was 6 out of a 5! No need to pay for extra restaurants. Complaint: Norwegian is not very nice when it comes to $$$. THe price of the balcony dropped 2-3 weeks after we booked to $200 per person ($200 * 4 = $800 LOSS) and we were 4 traveling (including the infant who was charged fully). They said they can give us $75per cabin ( we had 2) and when i got on the ship they said what credit? What are you talking about? I couldn't fight this on the ship. They said you have to wait for cruise to be over. The cruise is over and now they say write a letter. Very disappointing!!! Just for that I won't be taking Norwegian ever again. Principle of the matter and they're getting written up for it!!! DUMB OVER $150 BUCKS!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Overall, we greatly enjoyed this cruise to Alaska. The NCL Bliss is designed for Alaska and the observation decks (deck 15 for public, 17 & 18 for Haven) made enjoying the scenery easy and relaxing. Ship was clean, public areas tidy, ... Read More
Overall, we greatly enjoyed this cruise to Alaska. The NCL Bliss is designed for Alaska and the observation decks (deck 15 for public, 17 & 18 for Haven) made enjoying the scenery easy and relaxing. Ship was clean, public areas tidy, and public restrooms very clean as well. It was our honeymoon cruise (in our mid-30s, professionals) and we splurged for a cabin in the Haven - and it was worth every penny! The Haven suites are generously proportioned and on a ship like the Bliss (carrying 4,000 other passengers) it was WONDERFUL to escape to a quieter, more private part of the ship with its own lounge, bar, and observation deck. Service in the Haven was beyond amazing. By day three, both bartenders knew our preferences and were serving up twists on our beloved classics with homemade bitters, infusions, etc. The private pool and hot tubs were not to busy. The Horizon Obeservation Lounge was perfect - sit on comfy sofas, take in the views, staff bring you drinks from the bar, low noise levels, and there are snacks to nibble on. And don't forget - Haven suites come with a butler - who will also bring you snacks, take care of late night room service (without a charge) and handle questions/reservations for you. We were bummed to finally get off the ship... For dining, about 98% of our meals rocked. The cafe impressed us and the noodle bowl station was a quick go-to for lunch. The Haven restaurant was wonderful but the menu does not change for the duration of the cruise - unlike the main dining rooms. We wished there was a little more variety there but changed it up by dining in different places. Main dining rooms had a great variety of food to choose from and there were specials throughout the cruise. Bar staff rocked (everywhere!) and there were plenty of beers on tap to try throughout the ship. The wine list was ok - it is not an area that excels. We ordered a few glasses (cab, meritage, Sauternes, port) but mainly stuck with cocktails and beer. Specialty dining was overall great. Ocean Blue (seafood) was a bit of a disappointment (off ceviche, Alaskan cruise with no crab?!) and Food Republic (which we loved) wasn't too busy but you would find some similar items (noodle station) in the cafe. We would go back to Food Republic, La Cucina, and Le Bistro. Wine on in the bars and the specialty restaurants is fine - nothing to write home about if you are a big foodie. We stuck with cocktails and beer...and by the way The District Brewhouse was a good find with plenty on tap. Entertainment was great. We played the obligatory Bingo (had to, it's a cruise) but also took in the shows - which NCL did a great job on. The Prohibition The Musical was an extra fee but came with five cocktails scattered throughout the performance and we enjoyed it. We didn't do a lot of the game shows, but they were popular and extra seating was routinely brought in when we walked through. Good comedians and the lounge singers did a great job entertaining. Casino was fun as well - easy to spend an hour in before you head to dinner or before catching a show. Other things: The Waterfront on deck 8 was a boardwalk inspired area to walk around on the outside of the ship. It was a little chilly to eat there at the middle of May but we found ourselves thinking we would have dined outside if the weather had been warmer. Very cool idea. Also, there is an arcade on deck 5. While the children's areas are on that floor, we saw just as many adults there if not more than children. We battled it out playing Halo and ski-ball. In future, it would be great if they had a few more retro games for the adults hanging out down there. For the ports, the day spent in Glacier Bay with the US National Park Rangers onboard to narrate was fantastic! It was probably our favorite day. We had both done other Alaskan cruises but had not experienced this before. Bravo - we did see 5 or 6 glaciers and had time to spend watching them. At the Marjorie Glacier, you could hear it cracking and we watching pieces calve off for about an hour. We took about 300 photos in the span of an hour. By the way, if you do the Haven, you have AMAZING views from the private sundeck of the glaciers - complete with staff serving drinks and clam chowder while you watch. Juneau was fun (breweries, a distillery, a great little bookshop, and a local wood-workers artist collaborative) and Ketchikan had the 'old school' historic vibe you expect from Alaska. Skagway had some history if you sought it out - the main drag was a little touristy. The evening visit to Victoria was weird - hardly anyone seemed to get off the ship - we were there for 4 hours and at night - so hard to go do anything. Staff seemed excited, passengers less so. That being said, we heard that this evening stop was in order to maximize daytime in Glacier Bay National Park (and have almost a full day there) and if that was the trade off - it was fine with us! We weren't to keen on: We felt that the NCL organized shore excursions were pricey for what they were. We opted to plan our own itinerary in each port and looked up things to do in each city - brewery tour, found a distillery, a little bit of tourist shipping, historic tours and districts. We would have taken the NCL excursions (we even had a credit) but didn't feel like adding on another thousand or two dollars to our trip. Overall, we would definitely go again! And in fact, are looking at fall cruise to New England and Canada next. We think that the Haven suite might have ruined us for a regular room but it was so worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I booked a Sailaway inside cabin for this Alaska Inside Passage cruise out of Seattle. The ship is absolutely beautiful and well suited to Alaska and any other location, for that matter. The Observation Lounge was wonderful with snacks, ... Read More
I booked a Sailaway inside cabin for this Alaska Inside Passage cruise out of Seattle. The ship is absolutely beautiful and well suited to Alaska and any other location, for that matter. The Observation Lounge was wonderful with snacks, a bar, gorgeous views, music in the evenings, and lots of seating (except when people decided to take up an entire couch to sleep on with feet on the upholstery, etc. - there were many chaise lounges for this, but for some reason people were pretty rude hogging the regular couches for sleeping). My cabin #5715 was in a great location on deck 5 near much of the indoor entertainment. It was below the Q restaurant, which did have a band playing at night. I could hear very faint noise from this at times, but it was usually quiet after 11:00 p.m. Speaking of the Q, I ate there the last night of the cruise and it is another new favorite with wonderful upscale southern food (BBQ, cornbread, pecan pie, etc.). Great entertainment, great fun on this ship. Although the food was excellent, I didn't give it a full excellent rating, as I was really looking forward to my meal in Lobos Cantina, but the guacamole was made with unripe avocados, and I was served the wrong entree (it had ingredients I can't eat and the entree I'd ordered was served to another person at the table, who thought it was his). When I mentioned this to the waitress, she said no, that was what I'd ordered. My table mates had just about finished their meal by the time the waitress came back to check. Anyway, it was a big mess and left me wanting to cry, and the overall experience took hours! Everything else on the ship in terms of food and service was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Just got off the Bliss on Sunday. This was a memorial cruise for my mother so there were 12 cabins booked in my group. Here is just some feed back from the great cruise. Some of the feedback is just from me some from the group. ---The ... Read More
Just got off the Bliss on Sunday. This was a memorial cruise for my mother so there were 12 cabins booked in my group. Here is just some feed back from the great cruise. Some of the feedback is just from me some from the group. ---The workers on the Bliss especially the General Manager Jovo and the group coordinator David did an awesome job in helping us set up a room for 30 minutes with a projector and screen for our on board memorial service. All officers were very approachable and extremely nice. Been on many other cruise lines where they don't seem to have the time to even say hi. Boarding---Extremely fast. No issues here. Food on boarding day----We went to the local which was great but others went to the buffet which there were no tables. CABINS---We had from a three person accessible window cabin to many mini suites. The three person accessible window cabin was extra large. Since this was my brother's first time cruising he could not compare it to other cabins. My sister and her husband and me and my husband had aft cabins. We loved our balconies and scenery but we thought it was tight getting into the closet. I thought there were more than enough storage for two people. Tip putting the shoes in the drawer under the couch. That way you can sit down on the couch pull out the drawer and grab your shoes. People in the other balconies loved their balconies. The mini suites seemed to be the same room size as a regular balcony room, but mini suite bathrooms have a double sink and a shower with a large bath tub. If that is what you prefer then get a mini suite. Everybody said their room steward was awesome. Shows--Everybody preferred Jersey Boys over Havana. The Beatles show and the comedians were great. My son and his girlfriend enjoyed the prohibition show. None of us made it to the glow/white party. Bars--Great service everywhere. We went to every bar. The mojito bar with the Chocolate Cowboy and the magician bartender Bong was always entertaining. Lily at the Atrium was always a sweet heart. The guy at the Q bar worked his little but off and made us great drinks and shots. Michael and Rommel and the vibe bar and right outside the vibe are always great. Best food that was included---The Local Best specialty dining the Steakhouse and the Food Republic. My daughter is vegan and at each restaurant the chef will come out and directly speak with her to see what she likes. She felt very special when they did this. Best place to be for the glacier if you can---The Spa. Not many people and it is warm and relaxing. Best free space for the inside would be the observation lounge. People get there very early. Best place for the outside to view--if you don't have an aft balcony Deck 8 in the heliport that they open up just for this event. Another is the Vibe which they open up for everybody for that day. Best place to find an uncrowded hot tub and bar--Right outside of the Vibe on Deck 19. Bartenders Michael and Rommel will always treat you well. Paid activities. The cars were fun and the lazer tag was a blast. I would do lazer tag again but not the cars. If you get behind a slow person they usually don't pull over so you are stuck. However, I think the cost is twice then what it should be. I would have liked to pay half and did them twice. Free activities--The slide racer was awesome and the water was warm. I could not go down the other slide since we could not get off our rings. We only did a little bit of golfing since it was too cold and windy. We had some family members who enjoyed the game shows in the atrium. Best place to relax and view on the ship--HANDS DOWN the observation deck. One thing that everybody wanted was longer time in port. Rather skip one place and stay longer at others. Also the gym is very small. Not counting the spin class they only had one free bike. Overall another fantastic experience on Norwegian. If you have any questions please ask. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We are primarily NCL small ship lovers. But this was a planned cruise with extended family so we decided to try the newly launched Bliss which offered a larger variety of onboard activities for the various ages; Boomers, Millennials and ... Read More
We are primarily NCL small ship lovers. But this was a planned cruise with extended family so we decided to try the newly launched Bliss which offered a larger variety of onboard activities for the various ages; Boomers, Millennials and children under 5. Getting to the pier was interesting, they had a Mother’s Day run event in Seattle and traffic was detoured. We left our hotel at around 9:00 am and while the sidewalks at the pier were a bit crowded - Embarking was fairly effortless after we checked our bags and obtained our boarding pass. Tip: If you fly Alaska Airlines, their new reusable plastic self-baggage sleeves will double to hold those colored Cruise Tags onto your luggage. Reduce waste and multi-use, yay! While some dinner and entertainment reservations were made on-line in advance, now was the time to fine tune our preferred times. We grabbed a booth in the Local on Deck seven, then over food and drink we coordinated schedules. One person can go in and make changes for your group. On day one the reservations can be made on Deck6. For entertainment bookings, including shows, race cars or laser tag, go to the Social on the port side. For dining reservations, they were done starboard at the Teppanyaki room. Just make sure your coordinator is armed with all the room numbers! We were able to book all of our preferred showtimes and dinning reservations. Once done, everyone dispersed to explore the ship and without planning to, we all ended up together on the pool deck for the sail-away party. Our group had three mini-suites, decks 14 and 15 and four of us had spa packages. Mandara Spa is large and very comfortable, what’s amazing is how small the locker rooms are compared to say NCL Star. I do miss having a steam room in the women’s locker room, on the Bliss they are all Coed. However the massage I had was heavenly and I enjoyed my time there. The shows were fantastic, we did Havana, Jersey Boys, Comedy and caught other acts at different venues. NCL shines with entertainment, they had something for everyone and performances were off the hook. On the last full day, they organized the kids and put on a show in the Bliss theater. Asking our granddaughter what she loved most about Alaska, it wasn’t the glacier, it was the kids club! Though her favorite shore excursion was the sled dogs and puppies in Skagway. The observation lounge was beautiful, and while the views are outstanding, seating was sometimes a problem when looking for chairs for more than two. I couldn’t imagen staying behind that glass when you tour Glacier Bay. The only place for me was to be outside where you can experience the true majesty of this incredible place, leave deck 16 and go to deck 8 aft for an incredible experience with nature. I do miss a promenade that encircles the ship, while the Bliss waterfront promenade is gorgeous, you will need to cross inside to complete your circle of the ship. I did enjoy the outdoor seating and heaters that were turned on for Glacier Bay. The only new dining venue we tried was the Q it had great BBQ, but was very dark inside. Service and food in all the dining we tried was excellent, the main dining rooms were very nice and we loved Manhattan. We did Cagney’s and Teppanyaki as a group, the chef at Teppanyaki was a blast, he was very entertaining and we interacted well together, singing songs and making jokes. I believe we created some table envy that night… Le Bistro seemed to have a smaller footprint, but the views were stunning. I would sail again on the Bliss, our family had a wonderful cruise experience. I love Alaska in May, if you can go before school gets out, the pool decks are less crazy and weather is very pleasant. Lastly, if you leave from the Port of Seattle and fly out of SeaTac you can use "Port Valet". This is a service where you can get your flight boarding passes on the ship and your luggage will be checked all the way from the ship to your destination. It's $5 per bag, in addition to your airlines baggage fee. There are no extra charges if your bag is over the 50lb limit and you don't need to pick them up, go through customs and recheck - your completely bag free! We enjoyed a nice breakfast, left the ship and walked downtown Seattle. Then for $3.00 ea - we took the light rail to the airport. We were reunited with our bags when we arrived home in San Francisco. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
So this was my second cruise and my mom’s third or fourth and we went to ALASKA! I went on this cruise with my mother (mid 50’s), my much younger sister’s (14-16), and myself (31) on the Norwegian Bliss MAY 05-12. We got a mini suite ... Read More
So this was my second cruise and my mom’s third or fourth and we went to ALASKA! I went on this cruise with my mother (mid 50’s), my much younger sister’s (14-16), and myself (31) on the Norwegian Bliss MAY 05-12. We got a mini suite balcony cabin mid ship on deck 13 for all of us; it had a couch that turned into a bed and a pull down from the ceiling for the girls and my mom and I got the twin beds next to the balcony. I was honestly expecting it to be smaller, but it had more than enough room for all our stuff and we put the luggage under the bed which gave us plenty of room. This ship is HUGE but it all flows together very well and it’s beautiful so you don’t mind walking along the public areas. The last ship I was on was Royal Caribbean and it was really nice but this ship is just amazing. Everyone that works on this ship was nice and active they were always moving and working. Our room steward was a rock star who kept our room clean and put up the beds every day during the day and back down at night. Our favorite bar at h2o had the best bar tenders and waiters who knew our names by the second day and would stop for a quick chat as they worked. My mom and I are chatters and we talk to everyone, staff and other guests alike. We spent about an hour in the observation deck around ten thirty the second day as they were pulling breakfast and setting out snacks before lunch and these people were moving and getting things done. We were just watching and one man was organizing everyone else and we happened to start talking to him and telling him how awesome everyone was and how hard they worked. We chatted for ten to fifteen minutes and he gave us some recommendations for our next port and we parted ways. That night we get back to the room and we have a huge sugar tower with a dessert tasting plate ( macaroons, chocolate covered strawberries, and gourmet chocolates). It turns out we had been talking to the executive chef of all the buffets on the ship and he sent us this amazing gift just for having a nice chat with him. Speaking of the buffets they were delicious, the main dining rooms are elegant and the food is just so good I don’t even have words. We ate at the local too which is bar style and great for lunch or a snack, I had chicken wings and fries. The food was so good everywhere we ate that we didn’t bother trying the extra restaurants when the complimentary food was just so amazing. As far as entertainment we always enjoy playing trivia and the little things they do during the day. On the first day they had a show that had little bits of all the entertainment throughout, Havana, Jersey boys, The Beatles, and the comedians. This gave us a great sneak peek into all the ship had to offer and what we might want to see. As far as the kids they spent all of their time in the teen lounge and roamed the ship as a group with the rest of them so we hardly saw them at all during sea days (YAY!). We enjoyed the activities during the day and our overall mission was to try the drink of the day everyday as well as all the Alaskan beers. We succeeded! My mom smokes so we spent a lot of time at the back of the ship because there is only one smoking area which is on the h2o deck. The deck area was great and you could see everything from back there along the sides of the ship, plus it has a bar so I didn’t mind hanging out there. We sat on our own balcony room while we saw the glacier and it was so worth having the balcony throughout the whole cruise for us. We could sit out and watch the Alaska Tongass national forest as we passed by, we watched as we came into port in the mornings. We saw bald eagles, sea otters, whales, and seals from the balcony. We’re from Texas so I read as many reviews about clothing as I could before we left to decide what we needed to bring. Here’s my list of things that saved me from being miserable, ZIP HOODIE for the win! because you will want to take it on and off over the course of the day. Waterproof jacket and beanie, mine is a poofy jacket that is rain resistant and I had no problem staying dry and warm in Juneau where it rained all day. Scarf and gloves I only wore when I was sitting out on the balcony in the room and wandering out on deck. Warm socks and comfy shoes are for everyday because you will be walking even if you never get off the ship as it is huge. This is all early May so take that into consideration when you go if it’s full summer. Random little tip is to bring stickies and highlighters, we left notes on the door for meet times and the highlighter for the daileys so we could keep track of what we wanted to do during the day. Last thing that is an absolute must for Alaska is binoculars; we used them every single day and saw so much more than we would have been able to without them. I got mine on amazon for twenty dollars, or they sold them on the ship starting at one hundred and twenty dollars so it’s best to plan ahead. We got off the ship in all ports and had a great time everywhere we went though we didn’t do any excursions. Juneau was cold and wet but we enjoyed wandering the shops and seeing all the souvenir stores for a couple hours. In Skagway we rented a car and drove up to the Yukon (you’ll need your passports because you go into Canada) and stopped at the Carcross visitors center. We went to Caribou Crossing Trading Post next and spent time wandering the museum, feeding the animals, and petting the puppies! They had a bbq chicken lunch that was actually pretty good and homemade donuts for dessert. We drove up a few more miles and saw Emerald Lake which was just gorgeous. The whole drive was absolutely amazing and well worth the rental car since we didn’t want to spend the whole day on the train or a bus, but we did want to see the Yukon. Ketchikan was another relaxed day wandering the souvenir shops, one little tip is Ketchikan has the same stuff as the other towns but they were a bit cheaper. Embarkation was very easy as we got a shuttle from the hotel and they dropped us off right at bag drop, spent ten minutes getting through check in and sat for about twenty minutes before we were let on the ship. Debarkation was a little rougher, we took our luggage off the ship ourselves and it took a good hour to get off the ship and through customs but it wasn’t too bad as they kept us moving in a long line throughout. Overall Alaska is a popular bucket list item for a very good reason. We could have gone to Alaska a dozen different ways but the Bliss made the whole experience that much better. You just have to remember if you want to have an amazing time you will, things always go sideways when you travel just try to relax and enjoy the ride. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My wife and I just returned from a 7 day Alaska Cruise on board the Bliss. Date of trip was 5/5-5/12. This is our 12th cruise and third on Norwegian. As with any vacation you get out of it what you put into it and we had a great time. ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from a 7 day Alaska Cruise on board the Bliss. Date of trip was 5/5-5/12. This is our 12th cruise and third on Norwegian. As with any vacation you get out of it what you put into it and we had a great time. My goal was simply to return to Alaska and see a part of the state that we hadn't seen before. Decades ago I was stationed in the interior. Embarkation: All of our prior cruises departed Galveston or Miami, if you have had experience departing from these locations then you will find the terminal at Seattle is very different. We flew in the day before and visited the Museum of Flight located at Boeing Field. I'm a Air Force vet so this was a required stop. I highly recommend this visit. We then went to Pikes Market for dinner but bailed out because the place was packed with people. Be advised that if you travel in Seattle off of the main streets there appeared to be no stop signs on the side streets. The board process is very difficult because of what they have to work with in regards of space. Unloading and loading happens on the shoulder of the road which is a very busy street. We boarded on the first day of the season so we didn't have to contend with off loading passengers. We parked at the parking garage, then hiked across a sky bridge to the terminal. There is only one elevator from the bridge to the ground. Then we dropped off our bags and stood outside awaiting to enter, thankfully it wasn't raining. Checking in was very easy. The cruise itself was simply outstanding. Since it was early May we were prepared for rain, cold, snow, wind and sunshine. Our son who worked the local waters in the Coast Guard advised us that it was going to be really cold on deck with the wind and he was correct. Bring quality rain gear, don't believe the weather forecast. My goal was to see as much wildlife as possible. Bring binoculars that are at least 10x50 I found that power really worked well. Day one is a sea day so I spent it staring out at the water looking for whales. I saw a few that day but you have to be persistent. The Bliss is designed was Alaska. It has a very large observation lounge but get there early for the best seats. Next stop for Juneau. It rained and was cold. We visited the Glacier. I wasn't impressed as I thought the Glaciers in the interior are more impressive. Then off to Skagway and the Whitehorse train trip, again I wasn't thrilled. We walked around Skagway which was a lot of fun and had great pizza at the Northern Lights . I had fun people watching there. Then on to Glacier Bay. Its very hard to put into words that experience. Outstanding doesn't describe seeing the beauty you will see there. It was very overcast with light rain, but the sun came out as we came to the head of the bay. Our last stop was Ketchikan which is a beautiful town. It wasn't raining and it would have been warm enough to wear shorts it I had them. We took the trolley tour and saw some totem poles, again I wasn't really impressed. As to the excursions we went on, my review is based on having lived all the fun adventurous excursion activities when we lived in the interior so I didn't need to do that again. As I mentioned we have been on 12 different ships and 4 different cruise lines. The Bliss was the best experience we have had. The staff hotel staff and food staff were excellent, kind and attentive. Many times I heard them singing as they worked. The buffet was the best food I've eaten on a ship. They served prime beef twice. The dining room food was better then most of us eat at home and the service was five star. There are plenty of things to do on the Bliss from shows to eating to just watching the world go by. One nice thing was there weren't any photographers lurking waiting to take your picture. There are only two banks of elevators in the ship, forward and aft. We always used the aft bank and never had long wait times, however there was always a wait when trying to use the forward bank. We saw whales, sea otters, seals, orcas, bald eagles and one brown bear. I scanned the shore line and areas that had been clear cut looking for Bigfoot but to no avail. Looking for these creatures takes dedication and a bit of luck. I spent many hours just watch the water. If you see a lot of sea birds on the water then you will probably see a few whales. All you might see of a whale is a water spout but to me the time spent looking was worth it. I highly recommend the Bliss for a cruise to Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our 1st cruise ever. We got so spoiled the staff was above and beyond with there service. Everyone was friendly and the drinks just keep flowing. The ship was amazing like a city of it's own. The specialty restaurants seemed ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise ever. We got so spoiled the staff was above and beyond with there service. Everyone was friendly and the drinks just keep flowing. The ship was amazing like a city of it's own. The specialty restaurants seemed to cater to our very need and the steak place Cagney's was over the top the best steak filet minion i have had in years. The wine selection was over the top and no room for desert with all the food you get. My Family and I loved the s free shows (book early) as they fill up fast. The Disco and comedy shows were off the chain as we laughed and danced the night away. I extremely liked the Humidor lounge to smoke my cigars in and the selection of cigars was outstanding. Need to work on air flow to remove the smoke gets a little smokey with 4 or more people smoking cigars. The port was easy to find and boarding went smoothly. Disembarkation took some time but overall it was good. Norwegian Cruise Line has spoiled us and we will be cruising with them again in the near future. 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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