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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,207 Reviews

Ship was too big, too many people, if you must, travel OFF SEASON

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by NJB_Cooper&Merrick

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

This was our fourth trip on an Alaskan cruise and while it was the newest ship we sailed on, it was a freaking nightmare. We traveled on Norwegian 10 months prior and it was great, but it absolutely was all about the populace on the ship. It was an irritating challenge every time you wanted to eat at the buffet -- so so so many people. Bear in mind this ship holds well more than 4,000 people. Our balcony room was lovely, we had adjoining balcony rooms and that was great. Everything we did where we weren't surrounded by people was fantastic. I have some truly hilarious footage of the glacier bay cruising day. The woman in the cabin next to us refused to tend to her screaming screaming. screaming toddler the entire cruise day. I know you are thinking I am exaggerating. I would love to show you the footage. It was shocking.

I was once the mother of a baby, toddler, child, youth and teen on a ship, and I tell you all she had to do was to take the clearly tired child into their room, close the drapes and lie on the bed with him. Easy peasy lemon squeezy It would have taken her about five min. instead, she opted to treat everyone two floors up and two floors below and probably the entire side of the ship to endless wailing.

Lest you think I make much of an isolated incident, it was truly symptomatic of a ship that was. just. too. big. And it was summer season and there were a TON of kids. Kids are not the problem, it's the parents who behave as though their method of parenting is to allow the (too many for them to handle) children run around the formal dining room at lunch. Let them scream at random and apparently believe if they ignore the children they'll stop screaming. One girl walked up to our table and literally stood just touching me and watched me eat. Her parents said nothing. I said, "sweetie, don't you want to go back to your family's table?" she replied, "No," and I didn't blame her.

I felt sorry for the people who had interior cabins. Man, they had to fight hard to get one of the cushy lounges that faced aft (great view). They were staked out with their things on them like it was on the beach at Cannes during the film festival.

We were also directly on top of one of the bars/restaurants, so when you looked down from our balcony, and exactly level with the balcony floor, was a giant fiberglass canopy. CHECK where your room is situated! There were no other options when I saw (too late) online what our balcony would be like.

We really never had any issues sitting in the dining room and they often managed to get us near a window. Food on the Norwegian is always hit and miss. It's better not to order the too "ethnic" meals because they're just weird. This means order the simplest food ion the menu It'll be best. If you order the Thai or Vietnamese or anything remotely exotic, it's a total crapshoot of how good or bad it's going to be. Sugar-free desserts are not worth it. Eat fruit. The ravioli with lobster sauce is delicious, loved it. Had it on the previous 12 day cruise and on this heinous trip.

Staff was all around wonderful and lovely and attentive.

Ships do not need to be this big. The result is close quarters to everyone. And it's no bueno.


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Balcony Stateroom

Adjoining balcony cabins, it was great. Sleeping on a ship is dreamy.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Seattle

Seattle is fantastic, so much to do. Love it.

Juneau

State capital, every stop was just too touristy, in every sense of the word. As noted, we've cruised to Alaska four times now and it gets increasingly commercial, It's sad.

Glacier Bay

Excellent but only if we were deaf. Sights are gorgeous, esp, if you can view from your own balcony!

Skagway

Christ. This poor beautiful beleaguered city. It is ALL cruise ship shops. tons of jewelry you'd never wear, abundance of souvenir shops. This is a gorgeous place that has been ruined by the commercialism. But I guess it brings capital into them. I remember from our first trip that it shuts down for winter months, with only a couple of places open -- the post office and a bar, I think? Very depressing.

Ketchikan

Lots to do, lots of fun places to walk. Go to Jellyfish donuts. Yum. Pricey but unique.

Victoria

We were so delayed by the medical emergencies, everything was closed. Wanted to go to Murchies, but it was too late. BIG TIP: the cruise line will shuttle you, per person (about $16) into town and back, which is great if you are one, but we were three and it was only a $10 cab ride. We walked the 45 mins into town but took a cab back. Love Victoria. Been there several times. You just don't get enough of it. Two weeks later, friends too the same trip and didn't get to go there at all because of weather (?).


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