• Help Ukrainian Families in Need: World Central Kitchen Donation Match
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Norwegian Bliss Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
1251 reviews

Great cruise, mediocre food/service

Review for Norwegian Bliss to Alaska
User Avatar
10+ Cruises • Age 30s

Rating by category

Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Apr 2022
Cabin: Balcony Stateroom
The bliss at Ward Cove, ketchikan Alaska
Glacier bay
Skagway, Alaska

Norwegian is by far our favorite cruise line for many reasons. Service, food, and open bar are the big 3. Service on this particular cruise was subpar. To start, the embarkation process was a nightmare. First alaskan cruise of the year for the port of Seattle and I think the embarkation crew were still hibernating for the winter. They passed out the boarding group numbers last minute, instead of providing them at check in like usual. As soon as they began boarding disables guests, chaos ensued. Hundreds of people flocked to the gangway while a handful of crew encouraged them to board, while 2 crew members were yelling how unsafe everyone's actions were. Had there been an ounce of communication, none of this would have happened and it would have been easy as it normally is. Service on the ship was very subpar for NCL. Several meals took well over an hour due to untrained staff. Lots of confusion in the kitchen, and in the dining room. The food in the buffet is the worst thing about all NCL ships. Borderline inedible is the best way to describe it. In contrast, the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants had incredible food as usual. Great selections and everything is presented very well. If you're sailing NCL you will have a much better experience avoiding the buffet all together and opting for the local or main dining rooms. The bars on the bliss are incredible. The alcohol selection is plentiful for a beverage package. Most things are included minus a handful of top shelf whiskeys and tequilas. Cruising to Alaska is like none other. We've been to countries all over the world but cruising to Alaska is the best experience you could ask for from a cruise. The observation lounge on the bliss, joy, and Encore is a terrific venue to visit to get some incredible views. If you haven't cruised to Alaska, I highly recommend going with NCL, especially on one of those 3 ships. Happy Cruising!

Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

Great cabin for a basic balcony room. The usual small bathroom but lots of counter space. Only plugs in the cabin are located in the middle of the room. Nice size flat screen tv which can connect to an hdmi so you can watch movies from your laptop, ipad, etc. Mini fridge is a great touch as well. Balcony is a great size for 2 people and has two chairs and a coffee table. NCL room stewards always do a great job making sure the rooms are spotless. Vacation tip: leave your room steward a note on embarkation day to leave towel animals. It's so exciting to return to your room to get ready for bed and see what they have made for you.

Port Reviews

Glacier Bay

If you're booking a cruise to Alaska, opt for an itinerary that includes glacier bay if possible. This is truly a one of a kind, bucket- list experience. Get up early, eat breakfast, and head to your balcony or sun deck for the best experience. Listen to the Park Rangers that will give a presentation in the morning. They provide great tips and take their advice... the best views aren't on the port side, nor the starboard side, the best views are OUTside. Enjoy!

17 Helpful Votes
previous reviewnext review

Find a Norwegian Bliss Cruise from $248

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.