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We chose this cruise for our honeymoon, and we are 24 year olds with no children. This was our first cruise, so some of the things we experienced were just part of learning what it is like to be on a cruise. Pros: We chose an inside room for how cheap it was, and were pleasantly surprised with the amount of space we had (and a king size bed to boot). Our room was always well taken care of by staff, and we only heard our neighbors a couple times, usually in the day. We ate at Teppanyaki for our only special dining, and it was fantastic. They took special care to accommodate the vegan guy at our table, and to not contaminate the grill with shellfish for those with allergies. I got the filet mignon and chicken, and the beef was melt in your mouth tender. Among the best I've ever had. Seriously. And don't eat all your rice as soon as he gives it to you! The cake dessert tastes very much like green tea, too much so for us. All other dining experiences were excellent. We avoided the buffet when we knew it would be busy, and never had more than a 5-10 minute wait to get into Manhattan. The Manhattan does require sleeves for their dress code, which we found out the hard way. A lot of really good flavor in the food, a little salt and pepper was all we ever needed (if that). The buffet had a wide diversity of options, and it makes it really easy to pile it on and end up wayyyy too full when you get a little of everything. We went to Jersey Boys as our only entertainment option, mostly because I had heard that Havana was confusing and Happy Hour costs extra. It was a good show, but the reviews are true; its not a great show for kids. I don't know why people took their kids in the first place, since our cruise director announced it was not a kids show over the loudspeaker that morning. We never had to wait more than a couple minutes for a drink on this ship. Those bartenders were working their asses off, making awesome drinks, and doing it with a smile. Awesome staff all over the ship honestly, only a couple bad apples out of the over 1700 crew. Cons: The biggest con, as many other people have mentioned, is how many people are on the ship. There is always people in the places you want to be, how many depends on the time of day and what is going on at that time. It seemed to us that there were also a lot of people who were inconsiderate, standing around in the middle of busy walkways just talking. The amount of kids that were running around unsupervised was very irritating by the end of the cruise. Running in halls, in front of you on the stairs so you almost trip. There were angsty teens sitting on the stairs so people couldn't pass. Kids playing loudly in the observation deck. Parents letting their kids into Spice H20 (18+ only), into the adult's pool on the main deck (which was only enforced the first day or two apparently), and unattended in the hot tubs, where we saw them literally throwing water EVERYWHERE. We were both very ready to get away from kids (and ill-attentive parents) by the end. I also personally thought it was strange people were letting their kids into bar settings like the Maltings Bar and The District. We played lazer tag once, and it was pretty fun overall. The con here is that the other team had clearly played more than once. You eliminate other players by aiming and shooting at their lazer gun, and the other team basically just hid their guns behind their backs until we ran out of shots. Kinda spoiled the fun for the two smaller kids on our team. We also did a run on the racetrack, which was a lot of fun actually. The only issue is that the kid in front of me kept taking a turn too fast and getting stuck, so I got stuck behind him. And then he went very slow the rest of the time in the very middle of the track, and I had no room to pass him. Everyone lapped up behind him in the end. We felt that a lot of the onboard activities either cost extra money, or were geared towards older people or younger kids. Trivia, bingo, watch showings, and things like that felt like they were not meant for people our age. We thought we would enjoy the crew talent show, but it was like 4 or 5 acts, and just a song or a dance. The Sing it if You Know It would have been good, if one lady didn't run up and literally steal the mic out of people's hands for EVERY song. The comedy and Beatles shows were always WAY too packed to even be fun if we could get in. A Few Important Details: The really steep waterslide where the floor drops out required that we remove ALL jewelry before getting on. I had to take out my belly button ring, and we had to remove our wedding rings and stash them in our bag on the deck. I would leave jelwery in your room if you plan to go on this slide. We found out that only some of the staff benefit from the per day gratuity that NCL charges. Room stewards, restaurant staff, etc all split these evenly, but the BAR STAFF DO NOT because they "do not provide service to all guest, only to some". Tip your bar staff, we wish we would have known before the last two days. The go karts make you wear a fabric head condom thing to prevent lice, which is good, just don't do your hair first. There also is no place to put your bag if you decide to bring one, and they will not let you ride with one. Our helicopter to the glacier in Skagway got cancelled. It was too hot for the dogs to safely be on the glacier before we left, but we could still fly around. They called us when we got in port to let us know it was too windy and rainy to go. We got refunded and took a hike to their pet cemetery instead. An awesome view, and very few people.

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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by shfoss

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Inside Stateroom
We chose this cruise for our honeymoon, and we are 24 year olds with no children. This was our first cruise, so some of the things we experienced were just part of learning what it is like to be on a cruise.

Pros:

We chose an inside room for how cheap it was, and were pleasantly surprised with the amount of space we had (and a king size bed to boot). Our room was always well taken care of by staff, and we only heard our neighbors a couple times, usually in the day.

We ate at Teppanyaki for our only special dining, and it was fantastic. They took special care to accommodate the vegan guy at our table, and to not contaminate the grill with shellfish for those with allergies. I got the filet mignon and chicken, and the beef was melt in your mouth tender. Among the best I've ever had. Seriously. And don't eat all your rice as soon as he gives it to you! The cake dessert tastes very much like green tea, too much so for us.

All other dining experiences were excellent. We avoided the buffet when we knew it would be busy, and never had more than a 5-10 minute wait to get into Manhattan. The Manhattan does require sleeves for their dress code, which we found out the hard way. A lot of really good flavor in the food, a little salt and pepper was all we ever needed (if that). The buffet had a wide diversity of options, and it makes it really easy to pile it on and end up wayyyy too full when you get a little of everything.

We went to Jersey Boys as our only entertainment option, mostly because I had heard that Havana was confusing and Happy Hour costs extra. It was a good show, but the reviews are true; its not a great show for kids. I don't know why people took their kids in the first place, since our cruise director announced it was not a kids show over the loudspeaker that morning.

We never had to wait more than a couple minutes for a drink on this ship. Those bartenders were working their asses off, making awesome drinks, and doing it with a smile. Awesome staff all over the ship honestly, only a couple bad apples out of the over 1700 crew.

Cons:

The biggest con, as many other people have mentioned, is how many people are on the ship. There is always people in the places you want to be, how many depends on the time of day and what is going on at that time. It seemed to us that there were also a lot of people who were inconsiderate, standing around in the middle of busy walkways just talking. The amount of kids that were running around unsupervised was very irritating by the end of the cruise. Running in halls, in front of you on the stairs so you almost trip. There were angsty teens sitting on the stairs so people couldn't pass. Kids playing loudly in the observation deck. Parents letting their kids into Spice H20 (18+ only), into the adult's pool on the main deck (which was only enforced the first day or two apparently), and unattended in the hot tubs, where we saw them literally throwing water EVERYWHERE. We were both very ready to get away from kids (and ill-attentive parents) by the end. I also personally thought it was strange people were letting their kids into bar settings like the Maltings Bar and The District.

We played lazer tag once, and it was pretty fun overall. The con here is that the other team had clearly played more than once. You eliminate other players by aiming and shooting at their lazer gun, and the other team basically just hid their guns behind their backs until we ran out of shots. Kinda spoiled the fun for the two smaller kids on our team.

We also did a run on the racetrack, which was a lot of fun actually. The only issue is that the kid in front of me kept taking a turn too fast and getting stuck, so I got stuck behind him. And then he went very slow the rest of the time in the very middle of the track, and I had no room to pass him. Everyone lapped up behind him in the end.

We felt that a lot of the onboard activities either cost extra money, or were geared towards older people or younger kids. Trivia, bingo, watch showings, and things like that felt like they were not meant for people our age. We thought we would enjoy the crew talent show, but it was like 4 or 5 acts, and just a song or a dance. The Sing it if You Know It would have been good, if one lady didn't run up and literally steal the mic out of people's hands for EVERY song. The comedy and Beatles shows were always WAY too packed to even be fun if we could get in.


A Few Important Details:

The really steep waterslide where the floor drops out required that we remove ALL jewelry before getting on. I had to take out my belly button ring, and we had to remove our wedding rings and stash them in our bag on the deck. I would leave jelwery in your room if you plan to go on this slide.

We found out that only some of the staff benefit from the per day gratuity that NCL charges. Room stewards, restaurant staff, etc all split these evenly, but the BAR STAFF DO NOT because they "do not provide service to all guest, only to some". Tip your bar staff, we wish we would have known before the last two days.

The go karts make you wear a fabric head condom thing to prevent lice, which is good, just don't do your hair first. There also is no place to put your bag if you decide to bring one, and they will not let you ride with one.

Our helicopter to the glacier in Skagway got cancelled. It was too hot for the dogs to safely be on the glacier before we left, but we could still fly around. They called us when we got in port to let us know it was too windy and rainy to go. We got refunded and took a hike to their pet cemetery instead. An awesome view, and very few people.
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