Sail Date: August 2019
Alaska has always been a must see for me. This was my first cruise and my first solo trip. It was fantastic! Norwegian has everything down to a science, from embarkation to disembarkation. The ship itself is beautiful with so many ... Read More
Alaska has always been a must see for me. This was my first cruise and my first solo trip. It was fantastic! Norwegian has everything down to a science, from embarkation to disembarkation. The ship itself is beautiful with so many places for entertainment, socializing or whatever your heart desires! The dining options are great and will please any palette, young and old. I loved the entertainment. I saw the Jersey Boys, Havana and Prohibition. This ship is so big with so many activities like mini race car driving, mini golf, water slides, walking/running path, full gym. You won't be bored on this ship! All of the staff are profession and so very nice. All you have to do is ask and they will do their very best to accommodate you. I booked all of my excursions through the NCL website. My experience was top notch. My favorite was the 5 Glacier Float Plane Flight to Taku Lodge. The landscape was stunning! And, the salmon bake at the lodge was delicious! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
I chose this cruise because I had never been to Alaska and since I’m an NCL Latitudes member I was excited to experience the newest ship in the fleet that was built especially for Alaska. I persuaded a friend who lives in Seattle to go ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I had never been to Alaska and since I’m an NCL Latitudes member I was excited to experience the newest ship in the fleet that was built especially for Alaska. I persuaded a friend who lives in Seattle to go with me although she was reluctant as she had only cruised once before, years ago before the stabilizers, and had gotten seasick. I’m not sure she believed me when I told her how smooth it would likely be. Embarkation and disembarkation were an unbelievable breeze….the best I’ve every experienced….NCL has this people moving thing down pat. When we embarked we immediately went to The Local and had lunch. By the time we were done, our bags were at our stateroom door. I very carefully chose our cabin because I knew that the size of the ship and the number of passengers would irritate my friend. It couldn’t have turned out better for us. I chose a Spa Balcony cabin that was directly under the spa so it was not noisy. We were on the same deck as the Observation Lounge and also had our own private balcony. Up one flight of steps and we were in the spa (passes were included in our category) or we could go to the buffet for a quick bite to eat. The Observation Deck also had light breakfast and lunch and an awesome bar. All those venues had great ocean views and with the exception of the buffet, a good amount of privacy. I love the spa and because a limited number of passes are sold, I never had to wait for a heated lounger. Even the Observation Lounge was pretty uncrowded when we were there….usually early in the morning or late at night. We did go to activities in other areas of the ship but the point is, we wouldn’t have had to…..everything we needed and wanted was right on those 2 decks. So for those who don’t like the big ship experience (and I see a lot of those complaints in these reviews) this is what I would recommend. Also, book everything you want to do as soon as NCL will let you….you can always cancel and other cruisers will be happy to fill your slot but there are many things that fill up fast and then you’re probably out of luck. The cabin itself was well laid out (beds by the balcony rather than the closet) and was plenty of room for 2 people, although no one could call it spacious. I can’t imagine having 3 in a room like this although it is advertised to accommodate 3, maybe a couple and a small child. We really enjoyed the beverage package. It was fun to try drinks we’d never had before and I discovered I like White Russians. The first time I ordered it the bartender made it with cream (as it is supposed to be) and it was wonderful but every subsequent bartender told me they only had milk. So I’d go to the coffee bar and get half and half and hand it to them. I don’t think I was very popular with the bartenders…lol. Anyway I would suggest that NCL make cream available behind all the bars. Never had a problem getting a bartenders attention or a drink in a timely manner. The dining package was fabulous too. We did Cagney’s, Teppanyaki, and La Cucina. The food was fantastic in all of them. One small complaint about Teppanyaki is I think they sit too many people at a table. We were the last to arrive for our table and I was seated on the end by a woman who was left handed. I didn’t notice until we were well into the meal or I would have requested a change of seating because her elbow was in my space the entire meal. We only did 2 shore excursions, the rail trip in Skagway and the Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan. They were OK. I wished I had done something where we could see wildlife. I had thought we would see some in Glacier Bay but we didn’t. My fault for not doing more research. We did see a lot of humpback whales though and I was surprised that they came so close to the ship. They would breach and blow through their blowholes….quite an experience….I had only ever seen orcas before. The only difficulty we had on this cruise was when we were in Glacier Bay. They had park rangers come on the boat and talk about the glaciers. They said if you go outside you can hear the glaciers, especially if they are calving. We went out on the balcony to listen and enjoy the serenity only to find that one of the ship’s photographers was 3 decks below us, taking pictures and yelling at his subjects to get them in certain poses and reactions. I called guest services to complain and have him stop. Unfortunately I had to make 3 calls before it stopped and then we think they only moved him to the other side of the ship but we were glad to no longer have him disrupting our enjoyment. Management sent us some sweet treats to apologize and we were happy again. All in all a great cruise and I am doing this ship again in October on the Mexican Riviera. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
I booked a Sailaway inside cabin for this Alaska Inside Passage cruise out of Seattle. The ship is absolutely beautiful and well suited to Alaska and any other location, for that matter. The Observation Lounge was wonderful with snacks, ... Read More
I booked a Sailaway inside cabin for this Alaska Inside Passage cruise out of Seattle. The ship is absolutely beautiful and well suited to Alaska and any other location, for that matter. The Observation Lounge was wonderful with snacks, a bar, gorgeous views, music in the evenings, and lots of seating (except when people decided to take up an entire couch to sleep on with feet on the upholstery, etc. - there were many chaise lounges for this, but for some reason people were pretty rude hogging the regular couches for sleeping). My cabin #5715 was in a great location on deck 5 near much of the indoor entertainment. It was below the Q restaurant, which did have a band playing at night. I could hear very faint noise from this at times, but it was usually quiet after 11:00 p.m. Speaking of the Q, I ate there the last night of the cruise and it is another new favorite with wonderful upscale southern food (BBQ, cornbread, pecan pie, etc.). Great entertainment, great fun on this ship. Although the food was excellent, I didn't give it a full excellent rating, as I was really looking forward to my meal in Lobos Cantina, but the guacamole was made with unripe avocados, and I was served the wrong entree (it had ingredients I can't eat and the entree I'd ordered was served to another person at the table, who thought it was his). When I mentioned this to the waitress, she said no, that was what I'd ordered. My table mates had just about finished their meal by the time the waitress came back to check. Anyway, it was a big mess and left me wanting to cry, and the overall experience took hours! Everything else on the ship in terms of food and service was fantastic. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I liked their website, they were nice to deal with. The ship is new and beautiful. The specialty restaurants excellent, and the Mandara spa outstanding. The room was very nice, and the rain shower and jets were great. Had a wonderful ... Read More
I liked their website, they were nice to deal with. The ship is new and beautiful. The specialty restaurants excellent, and the Mandara spa outstanding. The room was very nice, and the rain shower and jets were great. Had a wonderful time. Very smooth waters for the whole trip. Loved Coco's for crepes and cappachino. Only compaint is the Internet did not work most of the time. Took the ships shutlle to and from airport and the baggage handling on last day was so helpful, sponsered by the port of Seattle. They take your bag check it in at airport, deliver boarding passes to cabin and luggage fee is added to your ship bill. Could not have been more convenient. The garden cafe buffet was not to my liking. All the other eateries were really top notch. The coffee pot in the cabin was much appreciated for that morning get go. Lots of outlets in cabin also. Looking forward to next cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose the Bliss because of all the amazing videos we saw and everything we heard from our travel agent. I will start with the positives: - If you're a single or older couple with no kids, this cruise MAY be for you - Good ... Read More
We chose the Bliss because of all the amazing videos we saw and everything we heard from our travel agent. I will start with the positives: - If you're a single or older couple with no kids, this cruise MAY be for you - Good options for entertainment - Paid/ upcharge restaurants were definitely better than included ones - Alaska ports made the trip worthwhile Now, for the things we do not like and why we will never choose Norweigan again: - Maybe because the Bliss is so new, this could explain the utter lack of organization of the staff - Food at Buffet, Taste/Savor (same food) and Manhattan was very mediocre (at best) with no place to sit in the buffet restaurant - Our room (10-154) had a horrible banging/knocking in the walls and for 3 straight nights I go ZERO sleep, for a vacation it was unbearable - The spa passes were pointless and way over priced (again with kids, it's very difficult to coordinate since the kids clubs closes for 2 hours chucks all through the day) - The arcade and bowling machines will charge you repeatedly whether you used/ played the machine or not (and the way we were treated when we brought up an extra $6 charge was atrocious...) -Staff on cruise aren't empowered to do anything. So, if you have issues you have to write a complaint post cruise and they say it takes up to 15 business days to get a response - The app is trash and they charge you $9.95 per person to use it - Most things were constantly closed down (laser tag, mini golf and race track) which attracted us in the first place - Most things on ship are an extra cost so it's a constant nickel and diming vacation - Not a lot of family friendly activities - Havanah was just awful (as you will see in every other review) but there was really no need for the actors to light up real cigarettes in Jersey Boys (it was disgusting and made the whole theater smell) - The common spaces like the observation area are ALWAYS packed and people put their gross feet on the furniture and no rules are enforced. NOTE: We had a balcony but if you get an inside cabin it will be very hard for you to find a "common space" to relax and enjoy when there is anything to see outside - No drawers/ clothing space for fmaily with kids (if you're just 2 people, I imagine the closet space would be fine - The worst traffic flow I've ever seen on a ship. Elevators are always packed and no one wants to make space for new people (so you will be climbing 5-10 flights of stairs all the time to get where you need to go) - Captain decided to not go to the glacier which was a huge selling point for us. Given all the equipment they have on board it was more of an issues of not “wanting” to rather that not being able to. Why not save their gas and effort, right? We literally turned around. Overall, this is a cruise where the food is bad, few options for families, the staff is not empowered to make anything right which means absolute HORRIBLE or non-existent customer service, over-crowded ship with poorly planned traffic flow, this was not a vacation this was a total disappointment. As with anything, we have each other so spending time together was the best part but I would not waste money with Norweigan (they appear economical but after being charged for EVERY SINGLE THING) they are way more pricey. I will be booking with Disney Cruise from now on until kids are older (they have exquisite food, service and pretty much everything is outstanding). Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I have read a few of the most recent reviews and I feel the need to defend NCL because I am hearing a lot of the same complaints I heard on the ship. Yes, there were multiple medical emergencies, that's what happens when the average ... Read More
I have read a few of the most recent reviews and I feel the need to defend NCL because I am hearing a lot of the same complaints I heard on the ship. Yes, there were multiple medical emergencies, that's what happens when the average demographic is 74 years old. There were a couple medical evacuations people never even knew about, that is called HIPPA and a person's right to privacy. The Captain had to make a tough call when the coast guard did not answer distress calls, nor was a medical evacuation possible for a young woman who walked on the boat healthy and fell deathly ill from an infection that later took her life. If that was my loved one, I pray they would make the same choice and I am comforted that they chose trying to save a human life over make a popular decision. I realize there were a lot of disappointed passengers, but please take comfort in knowing that collectively we did everything possible to help save a human life. Now, for my review... Getting to the ship from the airpot in Seattle, the $20 NCL shuttle was easy. They took my luggage right from the baggage claim and the next time I saw it was outside my stateroom door at 6:30pm. An Uber would have been about $40 for a solo traveler, so it saved me money. Check in was easy and I was early, so I enjoyed the Seattle Pike Place Market before returning to the ship for embarkation at 11:30am. I would recommend going straight to the observation lounge if you're like me and need to charge your phone. There are hidden charging ports in the lamps. Comfortable seating and really good food (salmon chowder) were calling my name on day one while the Garden Cafe was over run with people. You are allowed in your rooms after 1:30. I booked my room last minute, no solo supplement for a really great price ($499) with an inside guarantee and was assigned a handicapped accessible inside state room. The room was really spacious and would be great for a person in a wheelchair. I am guessing it to be 200 square feet, the only problem for me was that I confused the lights with the automatic door opener and would accidentally open the door while standing in my underwear. I'm guessing I would have figured it out eventually, but I had a request to change rooms due to a handicapped passenger needing the room. I was asked very graciously and politely, since I'd already shown the neighbors more of me than I cared to, I voluntarily gave it up. Linda, the accessibility coordinator told me that at 24 into the cruise, there were no longer any larger rooms available for an upgrade, but she offered me either a studio or inside cabin plus a $200 on board credit. I happily accepted the studio cabin since I was solo and wanted to have access to the solo lounge. I had a really hard time finding my interior room on deck 13, I felt like I was in a maize, once I switched to room 12517 in the Solo Studio, I never had trouble finding my room again. This brings me to NCL's Solo Cruiser Program. I am so impressed with this program. The Solo Host, Jose Jaramilla, went above and beyond in assisting every solo cruiser whether you were in the solo studios, or not. I met him the at the first meet and greet in the Mojito Bar on the first day and he brought everyone back to the solo lounge and explained the program. An itinerary with show dates and times was provided where selected seating had been reserved for the solo cruisers to sit as a group. It was in the far lower right corner, but at least you weren't sitting by yourself. You could sign up for one or all of the activities and there were daily meetings followed by dinner for those that wished to eat with the group. What a wide variety of ages, 22-75, ethnicities, and personality types. From the introvert to the extrovert, there is something for everyone. Jose did a great job ensuring everyone had a great time. For solo cruising, NCL has my vote 100%. Jose is also seen during many of the game shows and theme parties, which were pretty low key with the generally older demographic, but he is hilarious. The solo cabin itself it small, 99 square feet with less than a full size bed, but it's well designed. The shower and the toilet feel more like you are in a rocket or coffin, so I was really wishing I'd shaved my legs in that handicapped accessible bathroom. There is a virtual window and you do have access to the solo lounge where there is an espresso machine, ice water, fruit, orange juice, and pastries always available. It was very easy to meet other solo cruisers in the lounge which was a huge perk. It was like a little ship in the ship. I did not get in on a free at sea with the super low rate, so instead I brought on two bottles of wine and paid the $15/bottle corking fee. This was enough alcohol for me and the bar tenders were quite pleasant and entertaining even though I wasn't ordering a bunch of alcohol. They seem to keep up with demand and for those that couldn't get drinks fast enough, I would recommend some of the quieter bars like the whiskey bar, wine bar, mojito bar (love Black Cowboy), or the bar in the observation lounge. The atrium bar was always busy, but I thought the guys were great. I loved the adults only Spice H2O for the hot tub to watch the sunset, although it could have been a bit hotter. It was a chilly sprint out and to the heated hallway. It was too chilly for the pool for me, but I did lay out one day and watch festivities. Freestyle dining was made easy, I was always seated quickly with my group and ate in the complementary restaurants except for Cagney's one night and Sushi at Food Republic. I enjoyed the lighter lunch food in the observation lounge, it seemed a little more on the gourmet side. The Garden Cafe was OK, I always seemed to catch the half hour between breakfast and lunch when there was really no food. Kids and adults who love ice cream will be happy, there were numerous Ice Cream Stations, both hard and soft serve, although I'm not positive about the hours. The food in the Main Dining Rooms was good, but not great. If I didn't know any better, I would be more impressed. There was no lobster, not even at Cagney's, salmon the first night and that was fabulous, but I did not catch it on the menu again. I was a little disappointed being it was an Alaskan Cruise. It seems NCL has taken money out of fine cuisine and put it into entertainment as the meals consisted of less expensive cuts of meat, fish and pasta. They were all well prepared and presentation was beautiful, but budget cuts were noticeable for an experienced cruiser. I heard the Q really stands out, but who wants to pay $25 extra for what you used to get for free? The sushi at The Food Republic is amazing and well worth it for about $8/roll. Nolan, the head chef is fantastic and ensures his customers are satisfied with his creations. The Local had Pub-Style food and a nice made-to-order omelet for breakfast with a very friendly staff. Shows and Entertainment...The Jersey Boys is a must see production, as good as a Broadway Show. Havana was very well choreographed. I had hoped to see a comedy show, but lines we long and there was standing room only. The game shows were entertaining as usual, the night life was pretty mild due to the advanced age demographic. I had a great time and feel the crew was vey friendly and courteous. The Social was open late for dancing and as a solo lady, it was an added benefit that not only one, but a male and female security guard would walk you back to your cabin upon request. I felt very safe on and off the ship at all times. Juneau...For those that like to save money, you can take the city bus to the Mendenhall Glacier for $2 instead of $45 for the express bus. It drops you off 1.5 miles away, but it is a beautiful paved trail and I saw a Momma bear and two cubs along the way (escorted by park rangers). I will be going again at least once, if not more. I need to bring my kids to show them the beauty on this side of the country, I am awe struck. Getting off the Bliss proves to be the biggest challenge. If you are in a rush to get off the boat to catch a flight, do the express walk off as early as you can. Otherwise, plan on it taking 1-2 hours to get off the boat from the time you get off the elevator. If you are traveling with anyone that may need any medical assistance or not tolerate standing in a circulating line for that period of time, get them a wheelchair assisted disembarkation. I hope they work the kinks out of disembarkation before they get to Miami for my next venture on the Bliss. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I'm a seasoned world traveler and booked , first time on a cruise. I made my own reservations for port excursions. The port stops are wonderful, with much to see, but often not enough time before you have to return to the ship. The ... Read More
I'm a seasoned world traveler and booked , first time on a cruise. I made my own reservations for port excursions. The port stops are wonderful, with much to see, but often not enough time before you have to return to the ship. The Bliss is new, very beautiful, but packed with 4000 or so noisy people going every which way all the time. Embarkation and disembarkation were faster and easier than I expected with so many people aboard; many families, elderly, people in wheelchairs, even with assistance dogs. Happy to see they are all made welcome and comfortable. I liked my cozy single studio (99 compact sq feet) on deck 12, the ship's service in general (although some employees, like my groups' waitress in the Manhattan room every night seemed tired and was impatient), overwhelming choice of dining, entertainment (the musical plays Havana and Jersey Boys were outstanding) and the spa (I had an expensive massage)... but I grew weary of the crowds, confusion and noise, waiting at the elevators, then giving up and usually walking up and down the stairs. This fatigue added to my getting vertigo from the movement of the ship, which bordered on seasickness, which I've never had. I couldn't wait to get into each port and walk on solid ground, but the vertigo dizziness/balance issue didn't cease, even several days after the cruise ended. I'm very glad my one and only cruise was on this magnificent ship and that I got to see some of Alaska. But I learned that I'm not a big-ship or motion-of-the-ocean fan and would not cruise again even if it was free. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I had determined after taking a bus tour in 2016 and a rail tour in 2017 that this year I'd take a cruise. I'd been hesitant because I'm a solo traveler and didn't want to pay the single supplement or stick out like a ... Read More
I had determined after taking a bus tour in 2016 and a rail tour in 2017 that this year I'd take a cruise. I'd been hesitant because I'm a solo traveler and didn't want to pay the single supplement or stick out like a sore thumb. But my preferred destination was Alaska and Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Bliss, offered solo cabins with only a minor supplement, so I went for it. I flew to Seattle a day early and enjoyed a sightseeing day, boarding the ship on Saturday 8/4. Embarkation was very efficient even for a newbie. Once I was on board I was fortunate enough to meet a couple who asked me about my dining plans. When I told them I had purchased the prepaid dining package they asked if I had booked dining reservations. I was surprised as I had assumed that NCL's Freestyle Cruising was all about dining when and where you wanted-just walk in. They said "Make reservations right now or you won't be able to use your dining plan!". Thankfully I had an app on my device that allowed me to do just that. The Teppanyaki restaurant was already sold out but I was able to book the barbecue, steak house and Italian joint. Sorry to run on but the point is: Make your dining reservations as soon as you board if not sooner-they go fast! The Bliss was huge, the largest cruiser ever on the West Coast. There were 4,000 passengers aboard, but the ship never seemed crowded, except perhaps at the buffet. A lot of the outdoor activities, like the water slides and "party decks", seemed designed more for the winter Caribbean season. I was too cold in Alaska to use them. But even on a cold, rainy sea day with everyone inside there was sufficient room for all. The public decks were modern & spacious and I don't recall seeing any dirt at all. Dining ranged from good to excellent. The buffet was sufficient and filling, though I would have liked more day-to-day variety. The complimentary sit down restaurants were good but not gourmet. The best food was found at the specialty restaurants. The barbecue & steak house were A+. The service at the Italian restaurant was slow, but it was fun to dine outside on the "Waterfront". On s ship as big as the Bliss there was plenty of entertainment. The gambling was like setting your money on fire, so I avoided it. I didn't see the show "Havana" but most people said it was meh anyway. The headliner show "Jersey Boys", about the Four Seasons, was lots of fun. Some people complained about too many "F-bombs" and yes there were a lot. So be warned. But the best entertainment was The Beatles cover band that performed in both the main theater and The Cavern Club. Everyone including myself was raving about them. I should also point out that the Bliss really caters to singles. We had our own exclusive, key-access area and a private lounge, making us feel like VIP's. We even had our own cruise director, Tiana, who organized a meet-up each day and left each of us four complimentary chocolate strawberries on the next to last day of our cruise! Service overall was exemplary; I didn't encounter one rude crew member. "Happy happy, washy washy!!" Given the number of people on the Norwegian Bliss, and inclement weather in Juneau & Skagway, the shore excursion off-loading and re-loading process was extremely efficient. Some of us almost got left behind in Juneau because our driver didn't show up for the return trip! But all's well that ends well and we made it back with a half hour to spare. Juneau was the only port where I felt rushed because we only had six hours. Disembarkation morning on 8/11 had the feel of "Get the heck outta here!" but I suppose that's pretty standard on any cruise. Gotta clear & clean the ship for the next flock of sheep lol. I was off by 7:45 so it was all good. I have to give a shout out to The Port Valet service offered by The Port of Seattle. You leave your luggage outside your stateroom on the last night & you don't see it again until your final destination. All for no extra charge above the airline's baggage fee! That was such a blessing to me as I was planning to walk around Seattle for a few hours and the forecast called for rain. All in all it was a great trip and a learning experience. I'll know what I'm doing next time-whenever that may be. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this cruise because I had always wanted to go to Alaska and since I am a solo traveler, I thought this would be the easiest way to see Alaska. A little bit about me - I am a woman in her 30s who lives in NYC, travels solo, and ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I had always wanted to go to Alaska and since I am a solo traveler, I thought this would be the easiest way to see Alaska. A little bit about me - I am a woman in her 30s who lives in NYC, travels solo, and usually takes land trips to Europe. I am not a bigger cruiser but have been on two other cruises before with Carnival. Pre-Cruise On the advice of my co-worker, who loves to cruise, I booked dinners and shows in advance. I was only able to get the 10:30 show reservations because apparently booking two months before is not early enough. I never ended up going to the shows because I was still on NYC time and it was just too late for me. Seattle I flew to Seattle a day early because I had never been to Seattle before and wanted to leave enough time before my cruise. I stayed at a hotel near the Space Needle. This area looks like it was probably a seedy area at one time that is now being gentrified by Amazon. However, you feel about it, Amazon has brought in hip restaurants and shops so there is a lot of places to eat around here. I had good ramen across the street from Amazon's The Spheres. Of course Pike Place market was a tourist trap and worried about pickpockets, I didn't spend much time there. Embarkation The next day, I took the hotel shuttle to the pier. We left the hotel at 12 noon and I was on the ship probably by 12:30. Embarkation was very easy and fast. The rooms were not ready until about 2 p.m. and bags were delivered shortly thereafter. Room I stayed in a studio room intended for a single person. I would say most of the people who stayed in these rooms appeared to be traveling with other people but just wanted their own rooms. They did not appear to be solo travelers. The room was not bad during the day but at night when I turned the light off, I felt like I was sleeping in a coffin. I would wake up on the verge of having a panic attack so I had to sleep with the tv on and the shade of the faux window open so it wasn't so dark and oppressive. The first night it got hot in the room and I had to call someone to come and fix the air conditioning because the warmth combined with the coffin feel was making me feel claustrophobic. Needless to say, I did not sleep well during the cruise and would not stay in one of these rooms again. In addition, people kept slamming the doors at night - clearly they aren't used to living in apartments - and since I went to bed early as I was on NYC time, I kept being woken up by slamming doors. Gym On sea days, the gym was mobbed. You have to sign up for spin, yoga or other classes as soon as you get on the ship as they book up right away. I found this annoying because how do I know if I want to go to spin class five days from now at 9 a.m.? There was also an additional charge for the classes. I managed to book a boot camp class that was allegedly $20 for one hour. However, when the instructor came, he said it was only half an hour. There were also about four Cuban people in the class who insisted on talking really loudly in Spanish to each other the entire class. It was really odd. Observation Lounge Since my room was basically a coffin, I spent most of my time in the observation lounge. On sea days in the morning it was virtually impossible to find a seat and I would sit outside on the deck. But after lunch it usually emptied out. Yes, there were people napping on the couches or lounge chairs but it didn't bother me. Those cabins are so small that there is really nowhere for people to go. However, I did not appreciate people taking their socks off and lounging with their bare feet. No one wants to see a person's gnarly feet! I also found that there were constantly hordes of pre-teens running around the observation lounge screaming on the tops of their lungs. The observation lounge was a place people were using to read or nap and so the screaming was obnoxious. The pre-teens and kids were also constantly running up and down the cruise ship stairs. Food I thought the food was good. I ate in the dinning rooms for the most part and enjoyed the food. I ate at the buffet a few times but it was always so loud and crowded that I preferred dining in the dining rooms, which were quieter and more relaxing. Excursions In Ketchikan, I did a sea kayaking tour. I enjoyed the tour - we got to see whales and sea lions. The company would not let us go out in our own kayaks so I had to share a kayak with a stranger but it worked out OK. I only had a little bit of time after sea kayaking to explore the town before I had to get back on the ship. In Juneau I did a hiking excursion, which was a my favorite. There was even less time in Juneau and had to go back to the ship immediately after. Skagway was probably my favorite stop. So pretty. It reminded me of being in Yosemite. I did the Klondike biking excursion, which was least favorite excursion. They drove us up a highway and then we biked down this highway on mountain bikes. The road was so steep and we were going so fast that I was was just concentrating on not losing control of my bike. There was no opportunity to look around at the scenery so what was the point? Note that I am an experienced biker and this was probably the scariest bike ride I have ever been on. In Victoria I paid to take the shuttle into town and then walked around for a bit. There was not a lot of time. I did have a chance to walk along the water when I came back to the ship and that was really nice. Things to Do on the Ship Basically, there was nothing to do on the ship. All the activities were activities in which Norwegian is trying to sell you something - ugly art, crappy jewelry, etc. Most people seemed to spend sea days hanging out drinking all day. Some started their drinking as early as 10 a.m. On sea days, I spent the entire day reading. There was far too much down time on the ship for me. I was starting to go stir crazy and at the end, was desperate to get off the ship. In Victoria, I got panicky when I thought about having to get back on the ship again. In Seattle, I was one of the first people off the ship and was grateful to be back on land. Overall Overall, I am glad I got to see some of Alaska and Seattle because I had always wanted to go to these places. However, if I was going to do it again, I would fly to Alaska and then sale on Princess south so I can stop more places in Alaska and spend less time on the ship. I would not sail Norwegian again because they nickle and dime you for everything and I don't like that I have to book every detail of my trip months in advance. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This is the best boat I have ever been on. I have always traveled in luxary in Celebruty cruises but this beat all of them. There sanitary in the is boat is ten times best. The do not let you eat unless u put hand sanitizer or was your ... Read More
This is the best boat I have ever been on. I have always traveled in luxary in Celebruty cruises but this beat all of them. There sanitary in the is boat is ten times best. The do not let you eat unless u put hand sanitizer or was your hands. The staff is very kind and is the best. They are very kind. This cruise also have a lot of kids things to go cart racing and laser tag. This boat also is very nice. The only thing is the boat does not have great entertainment in the theater but the game shows are first class. All of the game shows are all in the atrium and I reccomend all of you that are interested on this cruise to look at one of the game shows. Best cruise ever!!! Everbody come join the happy family here in the norwegian bliss. 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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