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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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First and last time on NCL

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by Mcalderone

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

The ship was beautiful, new & the service was good. My first time on NCL previously cruised on Carnival(would never sail again) and Princess(was excellent). Heard so much about Alaska unfortunately it was such a letdown. The ports were terrible Juno, Skagway and Ketchikan are tiny, depressed/little towns with a few blocks and the same shops that are probably owned by the cruise companies themselves, Diamond international, Tanzanite international etc. Here you could be at each from 8-11 hours at these ports. Trust me you could walk around each of these towns and be back on the ship within an hour. Glacier Bay was OK sad to see how global warming has really had an effect on glaciers there really isn’t much to see. The nicest port was Victoria British Columbia. Where we had only 3 hours, you arrive at 8:30 pm-11:30 pm! Ridiculous The nicest town & we arrive at Night!! At night most of the shops and restaurants are closed. Disappointing how this was done logistically.

At Victoria BC make note it takes 25min to get to town by shuttle bus(long wait line) majority of shops/restaurants are closed. When onshore at all ports expect to pay $74.99 for 1 Alaskan King crab LEG!!

The food on the Bliss was awful I give it a 4. Breakfast was good, desserts were ok (6) but lunch and dinner was just awful (2). Majority of all options were very ethnic and spicy if that’s your preference. For a cruise to Alaska I would expect to have an abundant option of seafood dishes. The Seafood dishes were awful very hard to get a simple fish dish that wasn’t spicy, over cooked or full of sauce! The complementary restaurants are basically Buffet but being served by a waiter. You could only substitute sides but you can’t ask for a dish like the Thai spiced Tilapia dinner cooked plain...very disappointing not many different options each nite! I was told I’d have to go to the alternate restaurants and pay especially for any


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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

Balcony room was nice


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Juneau

Depressed little town you could see it all in 45 minutes ridiculous how the ship docks there for 8 to 11 hours.

Seattle

Great city, clean easy to get around, nice restaurants beautiful climate.

Skagway

Another port where nothing much to do typical stores like diamond international Tanzanite international assassin etc. a shame that you don’t get the feel and with intensity of Alaska. The ship stays too long at this point as well.

Victoria

Nice European city on one of the largest islands in BC. Unfortunately our ship docked at the port at 8:30 PM only three hours to stay on sure. But at night most shops and restaurants are closed that was so disappointing. Nice European city on one of the largest islands in BC. Unfortunately our ship docked at the port at 8:30 PM only three hours to stay on shore. But at night most shops and restaurants are closed that was so disappointing


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