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We chose this cruise because we were looking for a great itinerary to Alaska, and this was a good fit for us. We flew to Seattle for a few days prior to embarking, and explored the city first - would definitely recommend doing so if you've never been there! Embarkation was one of the easiest experiences I've ever had with a cruise line - it was amazingly fast and we were seriously on the ship within 15-20 minutes of first handing over our luggage at the pier. This ship is beautiful. Several restaurants were open for lunch but we chose to explore the ship first, and then had no problem finding a seat in the Garden Cafe for the lunch buffet. We traveled with 2 of our teenage children, and while they've done the kid/teen programs on previous cruises, after the first night checking this program out, they chose to "go it on their own" - they just didn't feel it met their needs. (I think an age 13-17 range is tough, as my 17 year old hs senior didn't necessarily want to hang out with 13 year olds all week.). The food was very good on the ship, and the buffet was particularly good - better than most that we've experienced. It was hot, and fresh, and constantly refilled. The Local is really nice as well, open 24 hours and a great place to grab a burger, sandwich, or some wings. We ate there twice for breakfast as well, on the 2 days at sea when we didn't feel like getting up super early; it's open until 11 am for breakfast which was great. We tried Q's (a little disappointing, the chicken was pretty dry, which was sad because we had heard such great things!), and La Cucina which was excellent, and eating outside was such a plus! The main dining rooms were all very good, and although we booked reservations, the one night we ended up switching our plans around, we had no problems getting into Taste. The whole process was very easy and the hosts at each dining room are very friendly. On the days at sea, we did the Family Escape game which was tougher than we expected, but lots of fun! We also participated in trivia, Deal or No Deal, etc, in the Atrium. I'd really suggest getting more chairs in the Atrium - there are NOT enough seats and that's a big turnoff. 2 of us did the spa as well, which was the typical service for most ships, definitely nice, and my husband did an Alaskan beer tasting, which he really enjoyed. The itinerary itself was wonderful, and we were blessed with great weather for most of the trip. All in all, it was a great cruise; this was our first time with Norwegian but we'd definitely consider cruising with this line again!

Great experience on the Norwegian Bliss!

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by RockinMama

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
We chose this cruise because we were looking for a great itinerary to Alaska, and this was a good fit for us. We flew to Seattle for a few days prior to embarking, and explored the city first - would definitely recommend doing so if you've never been there! Embarkation was one of the easiest experiences I've ever had with a cruise line - it was amazingly fast and we were seriously on the ship within 15-20 minutes of first handing over our luggage at the pier. This ship is beautiful. Several restaurants were open for lunch but we chose to explore the ship first, and then had no problem finding a seat in the Garden Cafe for the lunch buffet.

We traveled with 2 of our teenage children, and while they've done the kid/teen programs on previous cruises, after the first night checking this program out, they chose to "go it on their own" - they just didn't feel it met their needs. (I think an age 13-17 range is tough, as my 17 year old hs senior didn't necessarily want to hang out with 13 year olds all week.).

The food was very good on the ship, and the buffet was particularly good - better than most that we've experienced. It was hot, and fresh, and constantly refilled. The Local is really nice as well, open 24 hours and a great place to grab a burger, sandwich, or some wings. We ate there twice for breakfast as well, on the 2 days at sea when we didn't feel like getting up super early; it's open until 11 am for breakfast which was great. We tried Q's (a little disappointing, the chicken was pretty dry, which was sad because we had heard such great things!), and La Cucina which was excellent, and eating outside was such a plus! The main dining rooms were all very good, and although we booked reservations, the one night we ended up switching our plans around, we had no problems getting into Taste. The whole process was very easy and the hosts at each dining room are very friendly.

On the days at sea, we did the Family Escape game which was tougher than we expected, but lots of fun! We also participated in trivia, Deal or No Deal, etc, in the Atrium. I'd really suggest getting more chairs in the Atrium - there are NOT enough seats and that's a big turnoff. 2 of us did the spa as well, which was the typical service for most ships, definitely nice, and my husband did an Alaskan beer tasting, which he really enjoyed.

The itinerary itself was wonderful, and we were blessed with great weather for most of the trip. All in all, it was a great cruise; this was our first time with Norwegian but we'd definitely consider cruising with this line again!
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 9794
We were traveling with 2 teens and I'm happy to say the bedding situation worked out fine (we were nervous about it). The daybed converts into a single bed and an upper bunk is lowered from the ceiling each night. This resulted in each teen having their own bed (thus eliminating arguments over who is pulling the covers too much!). :-) Bathroom was a pleasant surprise - definitely larger than we've seen on most ships, with a double sink and a decent-sized shower. The only thing I'll suggest to get rid of the ridiculous chair under the vanity; who has the space to sit on it? We all just stood in front of the mirror and did our makeup each day. Instead of the chair, why not add a drawer or two underneath? Would be nice to have a little extra drawer space. That being said, we had enough closet space to store 3 of our 4 suitcases and all of our clothing (including hats and gloves for Alaska!) was put into the cubbies, so there is more room than you'd think. One other mention is that the Cavern Club is only 1 floor down, so if you aren't a late night music lover, do NOT book a cabin on floor 9! Fortunately, most of the time we were IN the cavern club, watching Siglo play (they were excellent!) so it didn't bother us. All in all the cabin had a great balcony and beautiful views.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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