Alaskan cruise, woohoo! We enjoyed the Norwegian Bliss as a cruise ship. They have a craft beer bar, a pan-Asian restaurant, and great entertainment such as the Jersey Boys. There was a terrific Beatles cover band from, I think, Argentina, and a good country band, though some of them looked a liitle bored at times checking their watches. Boarding was quick even though I counted 5 check-ins before all was said and done. Many of our fellow cruisers were travelling for free as part of a promotion for travel agents. They were spirited and friendly. The staff were great despite being reduced by 1/3. Here's my big beef with this Alaska cruise: it stems from the port calls. Our stays in most of the ports were brief and in the early morning. Many stores opened at noon when were expected to be back onboard. What made matters far worse, however, was Norweigan's penny pinching decision to dock at distant port terminals. In all locations, we were not near the city we were visiting. With the exception of Icy Strait point, which entailed a brief gondola ride to where the other cruise ships dock, all our stops involved a 15-25 minute bus ride. Buses departed over an hour earlier than our departure from the ship, and there was a substantial wait to board the buses on both ends. The time spent transporting and waiting took a 5-6 hour visit in the ports down to a 4 hour visit or less. Skip Norwegian for Alaska. Princess cruises seemed to have the prime docking spots along with higher end cruiseships at each port.