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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Disappointment on the Bliss Reposition cruise

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by FilusAn

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

We chose this cruise to explore Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle and San Francisco with a total of 4 couples.

We arrived several days early to Vancouver to explore the beautiful city. It was a great day. Already we had been told within the week prior that boarding would not be at 12 noon as sold

Finally the day to embark arrived. We saw the ship sitting in the harbor long after all other ships left their berth. Decided to go to a restaurant to eat since it was so late. Our 7:30 pm boarding time came and left. We stood in line until 10:15pm when we finally picked up our cabin card. Finally making it into the cabin we discover a letter that all our specialty restaurants reservations were worthless. The tickets for the Jersey Boys was changed to another night -conflicting with the 2 hr minimums the restaurants required.

We were in a balcony room and had adjoining rooms which was fun. Didn’t notice the noise through the walls.

DAY 1 of the cruise was over about 11:30 pm as we were just sitting on the bed! I think the ship pulled out about 2:30 am.

DAY 2. Notice was given that our next stop Seattle was CANCELLED. yup. All the plans and reservations were done for - no harbor cruise, hop on/off bus tour, Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. We were less than 24 hours notice so NO Refunds!! About $250 for each couple. Viator is an outside company that have great tours and prices but they need 24 hours advance notice to cancel.

We were in Victoria BC. Beautiful city with lovely gardens. We had scheduled a 2.5 PediCab ride around the town. The owner sent a text early on that stated,” it seems your ship is in port, want to go today?” We did and had a delightful personal tour of the city. Ryan our pedal driver was quick witted and knew Victoria history. We visited parks and heard some tantalizing stories of old government with the hanging alley.

Ate at the Garden Cafe for dinner. It was jammed, with mediocre cafeteria food. People didn’t know what to do. No scheduled entertainment. Seems the JB didn’t get picked up in Seattle!!

Listened to a couple of singers in the atrium area that were good.

DAY 3. Still in Victoria. Almost every thing, place or activity on the ship is closed. We are in port. Limited bars, no racetrack, lazer tag, casino, stores. What do 4400 people do for another 24 hours. Nothing to do.

Dinner at the Q Smokehouse- hard to go wrong with a chicken breast and baked beans!

At 10:30 pm We enjoyed the production of SIX-Louis VIII six wives. Action paced and very cleverly done. We are now underway to San Francisco..

DAY4. Cruise in under the Golden Gate Bridge. That was amazing so quiet at 6:30 am.

Dressed and ready to go. Hop on/ off bus tour, get some sourdough bread and have clam chowder in the City. We are all excited to go @ 8 am. We have all day until 6:30 pm in town. Wait, it’s Noon and we are still on board! Seems NCL didn’t pick up the Immigration official in Seattle. So 4400 people wait. We were off by 1 pm. So we did the bus tour. Went out to Sausalito, crossed the GGB 4 times due to bus route, saw a jumper and made it back at 5 ish. No clam chowder, no sourdough to take home.

Specialty dinner in Ocean Blue was fantastic. Giant scallops, shrimp and blue fish were plated well and the dinner was a success.

Finally got to see Jersey Boys at 10:30 and it was fantastic. The songs were easy to listen to and enjoy. The cast of both shows are outstanding.

Day 5 at sea so headed out to some activities. Alaskan beer tasting. The District. Double doors closed before 2 pm. Showed up with about 30 others. After 15 minutes waiting, I went around to the wine event and got an employee to go inside to see if there was a problem.

Barman stated no one was there so he cancelled it. Guess he should have opened the door!! Not an apology to anyone.

Nothing available for the racetrack, or laser tag, casino, did our bit to give back to the ship. .

Ate dinner at the Manhattan Room. Was pleasant and complimentary. Not hurried like the Cafe.

Day 6. Pull into LA. Cruise is over. Disembarking and getting luggage was easy.

Was looking forward to fun time doing things with friends and family. It was uneventful.

Can’t say I would recommend NCL after this fiasco. We have enjoyed Royal Caribbean and carnival over the years.

Carl our room steward was delightful. The room was tidy each day. Loved the continental breakfast each morning. Didn’t have to fight the elevator masses for coffee. The Observation Deck was very pleasant. Light food and drinks available with wonderful views.

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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 10182

Nice room mid ship mid height. Very little motion

Don’t know the balcony types. The room next door had a larger balcony. 10184

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