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We have been planning this trip since January 2019. We live in Nashville so we flew to ORD to catch Amtrak from Chicago to Seattle with a two night stay in Glacier National Park. This part if the trip was fantastic. We arrived in Seattle and boarded the ship quickly, which is one of the best embarkations ever. Beautiful balcony room in 13th floor. Our room steward is pesky. Knocking on door when do not disturb was illuminated. But did not bring bottled water for two days after requested. We enjoyed the freestyle dining but most restaurants served the same food. So, choices were not what we had hoped for. Our first port was Juno, not much going on here. It’s like a manufactured cruise ship stop. Skagway was next and we loved this port. We had booked an independent tour and very much enjoyed this port of call. The town is very quaint and the people and shop owners are very nice. The weather wasn’t great but this was not the fault of NCL, but the beginning of weather issues for the remainder of the trip. Our third port was to be Ketchikan, AK. and we had a crab fishing tour scheduled that we had been looking forward to for months. We were awakened by an announcement at 7am that the stop was cancelled due to weather. Our money for the tour would be refunded. And they were trying to get an early arrival at our final port of call, which was originally scheduled for 2 pm until 11 pm when trip was booked but upon boarding the ship we noticed it was changed to 8 pm to 11 pm. So early arrival would be great especially after being coupled up for 3 days. No early arrival approved for Victoria, B.C. we arrived a bit after 8 pm in the pouring rain with not enough shuttle buses or taxis to get 4000 passengers off the pier and into town efficiently. We waited in line for about 20 minutes town decided it was pointless to pay $30 bucks r/t into a place we didn’t know in the dark and pouring rain. We were looking for a specific item that we had hoped to purchase in Ketchikan, but didn’t have any assurance that stores would be open once we got there and we would only have a little over an hour to look for it. Cruise Director did not know what if anything would still be open and we were directed to the tacky pier store. We were not looking for magnets or coffee cups and this store was mobbed with people. So, in a nutshell, we feel robbed of two ports ( half of the trip). We live on the other side of the country and it’s unlikely we will get back to Alaksa again. It’s not a cheap trip

Cancelled ports and late arrivals

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by Tami1027

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
We have been planning this trip since January 2019. We live in Nashville so we flew to ORD to catch Amtrak from Chicago to Seattle with a two night stay in Glacier National Park. This part if the trip was fantastic. We arrived in Seattle and boarded the ship quickly, which is one of the best embarkations ever. Beautiful balcony room in 13th floor. Our room steward is pesky. Knocking on door when do not disturb was illuminated. But did not bring bottled water for two days after requested. We enjoyed the freestyle dining but most restaurants served the same food. So, choices were not what we had hoped for. Our first port was Juno, not much going on here. It’s like a manufactured cruise ship stop. Skagway was next and we loved this port. We had booked an independent tour and very much enjoyed this port of call. The town is very quaint and the people and shop owners are very nice. The weather wasn’t great but this was not the fault of NCL, but the beginning of weather issues for the remainder of the trip. Our third port was to be Ketchikan, AK. and we had a crab fishing tour scheduled that we had been looking forward to for months. We were awakened by an announcement at 7am that the stop was cancelled due to weather. Our money for the tour would be refunded. And they were trying to get an early arrival at our final port of call, which was originally scheduled for 2 pm until 11 pm when trip was booked but upon boarding the ship we noticed it was changed to 8 pm to 11 pm. So early arrival would be great especially after being coupled up for 3 days. No early arrival approved for Victoria, B.C. we arrived a bit after 8 pm in the pouring rain with not enough shuttle buses or taxis to get 4000 passengers off the pier and into town efficiently. We waited in line for about 20 minutes town decided it was pointless to pay $30 bucks r/t into a place we didn’t know in the dark and pouring rain. We were looking for a specific item that we had hoped to purchase in Ketchikan, but didn’t have any assurance that stores would be open once we got there and we would only have a little over an hour to look for it. Cruise Director did not know what if anything would still be open and we were directed to the tacky pier store. We were not looking for magnets or coffee cups and this store was mobbed with people. So, in a nutshell, we feel robbed of two ports ( half of the trip). We live on the other side of the country and it’s unlikely we will get back to Alaksa again. It’s not a cheap trip
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Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BA 13812
Loved the balcony stateroom. The crew door was close to our room and we were constantly dealing with the slamming of this large heavy door. This needs fixed. It’s very annoying and disturbing.
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