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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,207 Reviews

Spectacular scenery and wildlife experience!

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by BigRedFan

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom

We are longtime NCL cruisers. We enjoy the freedom of making choices day to day while relying on the excellent service.

For this cruise the destination was definitely the highlight. The scenery and the wildlife were incredible. The NCL Bliss made experiencing this beauty even more special with the introduction of their beautiful Observation Lounge on deck 15. It was such a lovely experience sailing in Glacier Bay. In addition the Captain made the bow available for picture taking. That was a special treat.

The inclusion of Park Rangers to provide the history of the area and to assist in pointing out wildlife was fantastic! We were able to see a family of five bears come right down to the water. Once the Park Rangers pointed them out, they were easy to see but would have been missed otherwise.

We enjoyed meals in most of the specialty restaurants with LeBistro continuing to be our favorite.

We enjoyed Jersey Boys in the theater and would have liked to see more production shows rather than smaller lounge venues.

Our cabin was perfect. We were in an aft balcony and enjoyed the extra room and lounge chair.

Service was excellent and all crew we interacted with were knowledgeable.

Shore excursions were fantastic; we enjoyed the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and a Salmon Bake. In Skagway we rode the White Pass Railroad and experienced the Yukon, a definite highlight. In Ketchikan we took a boat trip to experience the Totems and eagles. We received a BIG bonus because there were many whales in the area and we were able to see them breach, and even sleep. Absolutely fantastic.

Loved the cruise! Looking forward to the next one on the new Cape Town South Africa to Singapore sailing in March :)

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Cabin Review

Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 12308

Lovely - I was traveling with my 2 adult sons and it was comfortable for all. The balcony was very nice and included a lounge chair.

Our cabin steward was excellent!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We stayed in the NCL hotel one night prior to sailing. Enjoyed a full day packed visiting all the traditional Seattle highlights.

Mendenhall Glacier

Wonderful experience. Having sailed here back in 2010 it was startling to see how much the Mendenhall has receded!!!!

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White Pass Scenic Railway

A highlight! The train and the time in the Yukon were amazing. We were so fortunate to have a superb guide on the bus who gave us a full history and spoke on all the nature.

View All 1212 White Pass Scenic Railway Reviews
Glacier Bay

The day cruising in Glacier Bay was our favorite experience. Having the Park Rangers aboard was a definite plus.

Lighthouses, Totems and Eagles

LOVED this excursion! Saw so many whales which was a bonus.

View All 69 Lighthouses, Totems and Eagles Reviews

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