2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We wanted to do something memorable to celebrate our "fifty years" of marriage. We chose the Norwegian Bliss Alaskan Cruise that was advertised by our local Senior Center. We chose a balcony cabin to enhance the scenic enjoyment ... Read More
We wanted to do something memorable to celebrate our "fifty years" of marriage. We chose the Norwegian Bliss Alaskan Cruise that was advertised by our local Senior Center. We chose a balcony cabin to enhance the scenic enjoyment of our trip. The accommodations were tight due to the two large bags of luggage that we brought on board. The complimentary dining facilities were excellent and the staff members were very pleasant and highly profession. Completely unlike the attitudes of some of the staff in the specialty restaurants. The food choices were excellent. Our cabin steward (Max) made us feel right at home. His professional attitude and sense of humor put the icing on the cake. Some of the shore excursions seemed a bit pricey, as well as the photo packages that were offered. The rain and sleet in Juneau put a damper on our sightseeing experience, however the "Observation Deck" was a good place to relax and entertain friends. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I love cruises and take one a year. A friend encouraged me to go to Alaska next and soon after this conversation, I received a notice from NCL announcing The Bliss which was still being built. The Bliss is a very large ship, almost too ... Read More
I love cruises and take one a year. A friend encouraged me to go to Alaska next and soon after this conversation, I received a notice from NCL announcing The Bliss which was still being built. The Bliss is a very large ship, almost too large. The elevators were a nightmare during what we call normal hours. There were times when I had trouble finding a place to sit in The Garden Cafe and could not get any machines in the exercise room. NCL built a very large ship with more staterooms but seemed to cut back on the public places. The food in The Garden Cafe was excellent. I never ate anywhere else. Entertainment was good even though I am not a fan of musicals. It was cold and guests actually swam in the pool and got in the hot tub. There was no problem as there sometimes is when sailing in warmer weather. You could get in. I did not. The scenery was magnificent -- really beautiful. The ports were all great. The weather was cool but mostly comfortable and dry except for the inside passage and Juneau, Then it was cold and wet and uncomfortable. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Chose this cruise line for the freestyle, casual set up. Really worked for us. Overall a good experience. The service was superb and very professional. The cabin was well appointed - lots of well thought out storage. The staff ... Read More
Chose this cruise line for the freestyle, casual set up. Really worked for us. Overall a good experience. The service was superb and very professional. The cabin was well appointed - lots of well thought out storage. The staff visited the cabins twice a day to ensure everything was in order. Some food concerns, although most was very good. All the food had way too much salt. Went to a few of the specialty restaurants. In Cagney's the lobster bisque was bad tomato soup with two tough pieces of lobster. In Teppanyaki, the scallops were inedible rubber and the chef didn't even register that nobody ate them nor did he offer anything else. The Garden Buffet was lovely - lots of choices and had late night snacks. There was not enough time in most of the ports to see the town if you also did excursions. Bingo was fun but way overpriced. Was difficult to get into some of the entertainment. Way too much focus on selling stuff on board and in ports. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We did this cruise to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Had our two sons and family with us. It was hard to get reservations in specialty restaurants. Impossible to book prior to cruise. Was successful after we boarded but lines were ... Read More
We did this cruise to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Had our two sons and family with us. It was hard to get reservations in specialty restaurants. Impossible to book prior to cruise. Was successful after we boarded but lines were ridiculously long and spaces limited. The Bliss is a beautiful ship but very big and it was easy to get lost. No personal deck maps seemed to be available. Juneau stop needs to be longer. Skip Victoria. Kind of a buzzkill. And it was $15 per person to get a shuttle from ship to town. Two miles each way too far to walk for most. Nothing much to see either. Upcharges for some adult events are expensive—i.e. $20 per person for wine tasting even with purchased adult bev pkg. The observation deck on the Bliss is fabulous for viewing the seas and for whale watching. We enjoyed three of the specialty restaurants. Cagney’s, Le Bistro, and Q Texas Smokehouse. The food was delicious in all three. However, I wish they would have areas of adult seating available so that those of us without children did not have to endure crying and loud kids. Also Q’s advertises music and dancing, which did not happen. Disappointed at that. It was a fun cruise. Good service. Getting on and off the ship was easier than expected. The seven days just went by too fast. Read Less
Norwegian Bliss Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 3.5 3.5

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