Wanted to take my husband on his first cruise and let him see Seattle and Alaska. Chose to go early in the season to beat crowds and save money. We were not specifically looking to take the Bliss, but we loved this ship. It is a beautiful ship with great facilities in pristine condition.
Service on the ship was consistently good, from steward to wait staff and everyone else. We appreciated the great service we received.
Entertainment was also very good. We saw Britain’s Finest (Beatles cover band) twice because they were so good. They even look like the Beatles. The first couple of nights, they played early hits, and then played later songs a couple of times. They alternate between the Theater and the Cavern Club bar. Reservations are not accepted for any of the shows.
We also saw Havana. The costumes, singing and dancing were good but the story was hard to follow. I don’t recommend it.
Jersey Boys, on the other hand, was excellent. It is in the Theater, is offered several times during the cruise, and reservations are recommended. You can reserve online prior to the cruise, which is what we did.
We also had fun in the casino playing slots. On the first day of the cruise, a guy next to us won $10,000! We probably came out a little bit ahead overall. Nice facility. We also tried Bingo a few times and it was entertaining but we didn’t win anything.
Food was amazing! Our steak dinner at Cagney’s was our favorite but we also had great meals at Savor, Taste, Manhattan and The Local. Nice snack food was available on the observation deck. Buffet had a nice selection but there were glitches like cold food, no ice, etc.
Embarking and disembarking were smooth. Cabins were ready when we boarded, which was nice. We walked off the ship with our own luggage. Long lines but we were still off the ship by 7:20.
We enjoyed our mini-suite cabin, which made great use of space and of course provided a balcony for great views of the scenery.
Last but not least, we loved our stops, which included Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria. In Juneau we went to the Mendenhall Glacier, which was beautiful, with nice hikes and an interesting visitor center with gift shop. It was rainy and a bit chilly so we went directly back to the ship afterwards, though we could have been dropped off downtown and taken a shuttle back.
In Skagway, we booked a half-day tour to the Yukon through Frontier Excursions, which was excellent. Beautiful scenery and a funny and informative guide. Loved it. While we were told to meet near the pier, we found out we could be picked up downtown, so we walked into town and did a little shopping first...then took the tour and then got dropped off at the pier, though others opted to be dropped off downtown, which is only about a 10 minute walk from the pier.
In Ketchikan, we did the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and had a blast. The show is funny and engaging. We had time before the show to do some walking around and shopping. The show itself is about a 5 minute walk from the pier and lasts about an hour. Definitely recommend.
We didn’t get to Victoria until night time the evening before our return to Seattle. We had booked a city tour but backed out since we knew we would have an early start the next day. We just walked off the ship. There’s not much right there except for two gift shops, so we just checked those out and then returned to the ship. We were told the walk into town would have been about 20 minutes, FYI, but there is a taxi stand in addition to tour offers.
I should also mention we stayed in Seattle for two days prior to departure and really enjoyed it. Highlights included the Space Needle, Pike Place Market (with lunch one day at Lowell’s and another day at the Athenian), and a city tour through Tours Northwest.
Loved it. Plenty of space for two people, with lots of shelves, drawers, cabinets and cubby holes for storage. I consider a balcony a must-have (especially for Alaska), and we greatly enjoyed ours. Bathroom and shower were larger than a regular balcony room, and we were glad for this.
Beautiful city with fun things to do. Lots of homeless people, however.
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