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Norwegian Bliss Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1263 reviews

Getting used to cruising with kids again

Review for Norwegian Bliss to Alaska
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2022
Cabin: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Sunset from balcony
Food Republic - crispy salmon roll and firecracker shrimp
Food Republic black forest cake .
Beatles experience band at the Cavern Club - get in line for this one!
the blissfully relaxing Observation Lounge

This was our third time doing the Mexican Riviera itinerary on the Bliss. What I love most about the Bliss is that it's big enough with so many options for dining and entertainment, that it rarely feels crowded. We were spoiled on our December 2021 cruise that was less than half capacity. The crew were grateful to be back and everyone received VIP service and attention. Fast forward to April 2022. Capacity has grown each month, it's the week before the Easter holiday, and families are ready to vacation. This cruise was almost full capacity. Instead of an atmosphere of gratitude, where everyone was just so happy to be cruising, this cruise seemed to have an abundance of entitled twits on board.

Most crew that we spoke with only had a few more weeks to go on their contract - they had been working hard for eight months and were ready to go home. Somehow, that never showed in their service and patience with even the most obnoxious of guests. We are generally tolerant and find ways to not be bothered by other people's behavior, but on two occasions we had to ask to change seats for dinner. The first time was when a couple was seated next to us and the perfume was so strong it made my eyes water and my throat seize up. The server and hostess were completely understanding as they could smell it too. The second time, the guests at a table beside us were making racist comments in a loud voice, as well as treating the crew rudely, complaining about every little thing. We moved and our dining experience improved.

We were on deck 15 which has great access to the Observation Lounge. You also hear noise from the pool deck sometimes, which we expected. What we didn't expect were the groups of children that decided to run back and forth on the pool deck late into the night. Even after the music had shut down, if we were in our cabin around 11 pm it sounded like a herd of buffalos above us.

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Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom

Balcony cabin on deck 15. Pro: close to the Observation Lounge. Con: under the pool deck where you can sometimes hear the noise from above.

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