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We did the 7 week cruise to Alaska out of Seattle. We had a very diverse crowd (an 80 year old woman who needs a wheelchair/cane to get around for distances longer than one minute, a 60 year old woman who also had a difficult time walking, a 32 year old male, and a 22 year old male) and overall found that the cruise had plenty of activities to suit everyone's needs. We cruised at the end of September, so there wasn't a lot of children; just a few infants here and there. While the cruise was fully booked, it never felt extremely crowded except on embarkation day. But once everyone found their spaces and got into their routine, using the elevators was no problem. Overall, we found the people on-board to be extremely friendly. The cruise staff somewhat varied. Some of the staff cared A LOT and it showed, others couldn't be bothered. But for the most part, all of the interactions with the staff were pleasant. You can tell that this boat was made to be in Alaska. If you're sailing that itinerary and there isn't much to do outside due to weather, show up to any place indoors 20-30 minutes early to get seats. The observation lounge gets very crowded (as you probably would assume); however, once you find a seat it does not feel crowded in there because of the way everything is sectioned off. The hard part is finding an open space. We saw "Six" and "Jersey Boys" on the ship. Both were excellent! I am a HUGE fan of "Six" and saw the original run on the West End. The girls did just as good as any of the West End performers. We also saw the Prohibition Show which was also very good. Make sure you get there EARLY to get good seats, and be prepared to be called out by the performers! If you don't want to deal with people who are already drunk, go to the earlier performance. But you will receive 5 FULL cocktails - definitely worth the up-charge.Overall, the boat is easy to get around for the most part. If you are traveling with people who need assistance walking, it may take a bit longer to get somewhere, but it is doable. Moving on to food and drinks, this is the only reason I would give this cruise 4 stars rather than 5. While all of the food on board was EXCELLENT (you have to try the teppanyaki and the French restaurant!), there was often times gaps between when you can go eat - especially between breakfast and dinner. For example, most places stopped serving breakfast around 10 am and would not start serving lunch until noon. That just doesn't make sense to me. Especially for a cruise line that claims "freestyle cruising." The buffet shuts down lunch at 3:30 and does not reopen until 5 for dinner. The main dining rooms are closed between 1:30 and 5. The only places that seemed to fill the gap were Food Republic and the Local, which is supposedly open 24 hours a day but even then still closes for small increments. I understand that kitchens need to prepare for the next meal, but again it just doesn't make sense to have those gaps on a cruise. So with that being said, plan your meals ahead of time. The drinks on board were good, make sure to try all of the bars to find that one bar tender you really like. Drink service was hit or miss. Sometimes waiters were eager and taking your order, sometimes you had to give up waiting and walk up to the bar and order. All in all, it was a great cruise! I would definitely recommend it.

Great, but not perfect

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by teejaayt

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
We did the 7 week cruise to Alaska out of Seattle. We had a very diverse crowd (an 80 year old woman who needs a wheelchair/cane to get around for distances longer than one minute, a 60 year old woman who also had a difficult time walking, a 32 year old male, and a 22 year old male) and overall found that the cruise had plenty of activities to suit everyone's needs.

We cruised at the end of September, so there wasn't a lot of children; just a few infants here and there. While the cruise was fully booked, it never felt extremely crowded except on embarkation day. But once everyone found their spaces and got into their routine, using the elevators was no problem. Overall, we found the people on-board to be extremely friendly. The cruise staff somewhat varied. Some of the staff cared A LOT and it showed, others couldn't be bothered. But for the most part, all of the interactions with the staff were pleasant.

You can tell that this boat was made to be in Alaska. If you're sailing that itinerary and there isn't much to do outside due to weather, show up to any place indoors 20-30 minutes early to get seats. The observation lounge gets very crowded (as you probably would assume); however, once you find a seat it does not feel crowded in there because of the way everything is sectioned off. The hard part is finding an open space. We saw "Six" and "Jersey Boys" on the ship. Both were excellent! I am a HUGE fan of "Six" and saw the original run on the West End. The girls did just as good as any of the West End performers. We also saw the Prohibition Show which was also very good. Make sure you get there EARLY to get good seats, and be prepared to be called out by the performers! If you don't want to deal with people who are already drunk, go to the earlier performance. But you will receive 5 FULL cocktails - definitely worth the up-charge.Overall, the boat is easy to get around for the most part. If you are traveling with people who need assistance walking, it may take a bit longer to get somewhere, but it is doable.

Moving on to food and drinks, this is the only reason I would give this cruise 4 stars rather than 5. While all of the food on board was EXCELLENT (you have to try the teppanyaki and the French restaurant!), there was often times gaps between when you can go eat - especially between breakfast and dinner. For example, most places stopped serving breakfast around 10 am and would not start serving lunch until noon. That just doesn't make sense to me. Especially for a cruise line that claims "freestyle cruising." The buffet shuts down lunch at 3:30 and does not reopen until 5 for dinner. The main dining rooms are closed between 1:30 and 5. The only places that seemed to fill the gap were Food Republic and the Local, which is supposedly open 24 hours a day but even then still closes for small increments. I understand that kitchens need to prepare for the next meal, but again it just doesn't make sense to have those gaps on a cruise. So with that being said, plan your meals ahead of time. The drinks on board were good, make sure to try all of the bars to find that one bar tender you really like. Drink service was hit or miss. Sometimes waiters were eager and taking your order, sometimes you had to give up waiting and walk up to the bar and order.

All in all, it was a great cruise! I would definitely recommend it.
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BA 13874
The cabin was great! Brand new and nicely decorated.
Deck 15 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins