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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Alaska-trip of a lifetime

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by Mjscm

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

We left from Seattle, and arrived the day before ship departure. We stayed at Hotel Ändra, highly recommended and great location. We were pleasantly surprised and had a great time exploring Pike Market, Space Needle etc. We actually would have spent more time here! But we came for a cruise, and it sure delivered. This ship is absolutely fantastic, but what makes it even more of a spectacular experience is the multi cultural staff and the personality of the staff. ALL of the staff was amazing, smiling, pleasant, eager to help and just happy! Embarking was so smooth, came at allotted time and we were literally never waiting for more than a few minutes in a line. Very well organized. Same with disembarking, we never new they set up the paths or anything and it was smooth sailing. We used the shuttle service to the airport and had our bags shipped to our destination and that as well went without any problems. We had a stateroom with a balcony and it was roomy, clean and beautiful views at all time. I’m so happy we did this because I enjoyed sun out on that balcony more than once and enjoyed grabbing fresh air in privat. We chose 250 WIFI minutes and I have to say I checked in w my adult kids daily and never used up the minutes. We also had the beverage package and high end beer/wine and liquor was part of that so we could vacation “properly”. For us it was well worth it! We also chose to do the upgraded dining package for 4 days. We chose this because we wanted to try out some of the restaurants and wanted to be able to have reservation...we realized after you could still make reservation at the main dining room but we were blown away with the Mexican Los Lobos and Cagneys....food was to die for!!! Elizabeth at Los Lobos was the best waitress we’ve ever had!!! The food is so good everywhere though and you will never go hungry, never.

For excursions we had chosen to do a whale watch in Juneau followed by a quick tour to the Mendenhall Glacier. We saw plenty of whales and the tour was awesome, they even provided binoculars! We saw the glacier right before it got dark so we were happy! The second excursion was in Skagway where we did the train ride, goldpanning and dog sledding. We learned so much this day we’re still in awe. The train ride was spectacular and our guide, Klondike Mike, was incredible at telling the history! We’ll definitely be following the Iditarod race in March! So overall, the excursions where absolutely worth the money. We did our own thing in Ketchikan, which worked out perfect for us. We travelled with another group of 3 other couples but had already decided we were doing our own thing. It was easy communicating with our company through the app so we could meet up whenever. There were always some activity going on if you were up for it. I ended up splurging and got the spa pass for the week and enjoyed the time in there immensely. If there was something I would “suggest” changing it would be the Beatles show, we never got to see that show because you had to stand in line for at least 45 min everyday, how about reservations for that? And the Observatory Lounge is such beautiful space to take in all the views,how about a child free section? There were times when groups of 10-15 people with their young children took over whole areas for a full day. We absolutely recommend this trip and are already thinking about where our next cruise will bring us.

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BF 10744

Beautiful and roomy, super comfy bed!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Came at night and too short stop for excursion fornua

Glacier Bay

Beautiful views, plenty of time to see and ship turned a lot to get from every angle!


What a beautiful city! Pike Market is hopping! I could walk around for hours! So much to see! Had to do the space needle of course, did it at night which was amazing!

Mendenhall Glacier

It was starting to get dark but we made it, it's veey beautiful but kind of far away. The center provided some info and insight how much the glacier has changed over the years!

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Whale Watching

Saw many whales and got close without disturbing g them too much!

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Dog Sledding

Super interesting to learn about the team, also to get a little taste of it!

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Gold Panning

Fun and gold was found!

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White Pass Scenic Railway

Absolutely breathtaking, Klondike Mike added on the experience with his knowledge!!!

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