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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,207 Reviews

Inaugural cruise on a beautiful ship. Excellent service if somewhat commoditized

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by SmartRealtor

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

Inaugural cruise even though we had already cruised to Alaska several times, but this was a new experience. Although NCL handled embarkation and disembarkation fairly well, it confirmed in our minds that we prefer smaller ships with more personalized service. We have a balcony suite so were very comfortable with beautiful views every day. The shore excursions were great especially the lumberjack log-rolling in Ketchikan. The Klondike experience reminded us of the hardships that the old 49ers had to endure just to find gold nuggets for only very few lucky ones. So in summary, good new ship, good service, excellent shore excursions, but disappointed that we did not see any calving glaciers like we did on prior trips. NCL does a very good job of presenting great Broadway entertainment shows. Food was above average but although the wrap around lounge with 360 degree views was a nice touch, it was abused by some passengers who considered the lounge to be an extension of their inside cabins and monopolized the spaces to the exclusion of other passengers - NCL please correct.


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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 10724

Comfortable cabin with a large balcony afforded us uninterrupted views of the coast line and glaciers. However sitting out on the balcony in the howling winds was not enjoyable.

The cabin service was excellent with very attentive staff.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Seattle traffic is getting as bad as Silicon Valley!!

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Seattle

Not to be missed especially the first Starbucks shop and beautiful fruit, flowers and veggies on display - fresh!

Seaside and Cannon Beach Shopping

interesting but somewhat boring.

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Space Needle

Fantastic views not to be missed!

View All 54 Space Needle Reviews
Lumberjack Show

Somewhat chaotic organization of queues through the souvenier shop?! but once seated in cold benches, lots of wholesome fun watching the lumber jacks rolling logs.

View All 333 Lumberjack Show Reviews
Best of Juneau

Good overview of Juneau.

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City Tour

A good complete tour of the City but if we had more time we would have done Buchart gardens which we did several years ago.

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Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

Gold prospecting in the wilderness in sub-zero temps near starvation! Great vicarious experience but bundle up very warmly.

View All 45 Glacier Point Wilderness Safari Reviews
Klondike Family Experience

The 49ers from San Francisco (our home) endured great hardship and deprivation to survive in the barren wilderness in search of fame and fortune - few survived! Thank God we can see it all vicariously in a warm heated coach with rest stops!

View All 15 Klondike Family Experience Reviews
Scenic Drive

Not a bad trip but full of character.

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