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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,207 Reviews

Lifetime memories, and a beautiful ship

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by rachsan

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

We chose this boat because it is a brand new ship, started sailing just two months prior, and we loved the itinerary. The stops were great, we loved the excursions chosen, food was good, service was great, and we took full advantage of the drink package. We enjoyed the shows, bands, live music, trivia, and hot tubs. I was surprised there was no lobster served in the dining room - first cruise I have been on where this was not on the menu. However, the food was food, and we would sail on this boat again.

Our first stop was Ketchikan where we did off road vehicles through the woods. This was a great tour. We wish it would have been longer. It was about twenty minutes out and twenty minutes back, but it was so nice to be outside. We spotted a mother bear and two cubs which is a rarity. We felt really blessed to have seen them out in the woods. The tour guides were kind, and informative.

Our second stop was Juneau where we decided to go whale watching. We chose Alaska Galore Tours because they had small boats. We were on a boat that held 15 or so along with a boat captain and tour guide. We learned so much, and saw 5-6 whales turning in the water about 15-20 times. Unfortunately, it was raining, but we still would have chosen this tour again.

We were supposed to go by Sawyer Glacier, but the weather was too bad as it was very cloudy and icy. We still saw some beautiful scenery from the boat, and it was a lovely evening on the balcony.

Finally, our last day was in Skagway. My husband and father-in-law went on a helicopter to walk around on the glacier. it was short, 20 minute ride out and 20 minutes back with about half an hours walking around and learning about the glacier. We would recommend. We also did the train ride up the mountain. It was informative, beautiful, and again, we would do this same tour all over again.

The bands at night were great, especially the guy in the piano bar. He was funny and incredibly entertaining. My in-laws loved Jersey Boys, the broadway show.

We would absolutely sail on Norwegian and on this same boat again.

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 11176

Cabin was really nice with a good size balcony. Four of us sat on the balcony many times and had great conversation. I would absolutely recommend a balcony room on a cruise to Alaska.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We did not do an organized tour in Seattle, but I highly recommend the Embassy Suites Seatac. The rooms are huge, and hotel is beautiful.

Whale Watching

If you are going whale watching, so much better on these small boats that carry 15 passengers. They always seem to find many whales, and you learn a lot

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Adventure Kart Expedition

I wish it were longer, but it was great to get outdoors, smell the fresh air, see the beautiful scenery, and we were blessed enough to see a mother bear and her two cubs.

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Helicopter Tour

Great scenery from the helicopter and walking around on the glacier was really impressive. We could look down into huge crevices with the most beautiful blue... highly recommend.

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White Pass Scenic Railway

Helicopter tour to the glacier was really a great view and something we would never do otherwise. Great to walk around on the glacier and see things we would not have seen otherwise. The railway up the mountain gave us some history, and we really enjoyed it.

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