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Norwegian Bliss Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1203 reviews

Good ship for the Caribbean but NOT good for Alaska

Review for Norwegian Bliss to Alaska
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scaraway
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2019
Cabin: Inside Stateroom

As an experienced cruiser, (this is my 9th cruise) I expected this to be a very relaxing and enjoyable itinerary. Unfortunately, this ship is definitely not designed for Alaska. A tremendous amount of space was devoted to pools, water features, outdoor dining, race track, mini golf etc. Most of the time, these things were closed due to cold temps and high winds.

Once we saw some of the incredible scenery, there was no place to sit. You were basically forced out on deck which was very cold and windy. The observation lounge was the only interior space but people were 3-4 deep at the windows. You couldn't see anything. (and the windows were quite dirty)

I do want to give the National Park Service kudos. They boarded the boat in Glacier Bay and did a terrific job narrating the points of interest, pointing out animals (whales and a bear), and generally adding interesting history and culture to the park. Finally, a good use of my tax dollars!

Cabin Review

Inside Stateroom

The cabin was fine but nothing interesting.

Port Reviews

Juneau

I just wanted a shopping experience but there was basically one t-shirt store. Nothing interesting to do outside an excursion.

Skagway

Really cute little town in an incredible setting. Nice stores. Worth a stop

Glacier Bay

Incredible experience. Great pictures. Saw some seals and whales. Definitely worth the experience. Park Service did a nice job narrating.

Ketchikan

Another cute town in an incredible setting. Shopping was good. Several nice restaurants. Had a really good crab cake sandwich much better than the food on the ship.

Victoria

I've been to Victoria before and absolutely loved it. The Butchart Gardens are incredible and not to be missed. Had lunch at the Empress and did some shopping downtown. Was looking forward to doing it all again but didn't have time and too late in the day on this cruise. The itinerary really needs to be reworked!

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