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30 Norwegian (NCL) Pacific Coastal Cruise Reviews

We enjoyed taking our 10 year old granddaughter on this cruise. It was a no-brainer as she lives in San Pedro and we live in Seattle. Fun to cruise the coast and end in Vancouver followed by a train ride home to Seattle. My wife and I ... Read More
We enjoyed taking our 10 year old granddaughter on this cruise. It was a no-brainer as she lives in San Pedro and we live in Seattle. Fun to cruise the coast and end in Vancouver followed by a train ride home to Seattle. My wife and I enjoyed sharing with her the cruise vacation lifestyle we love. She enjoyed the freedom of the Splash Academy but also hanging out with Grammy and Papi. She made friends, learned new things, loved the buffet, doing activities like watching the towel folding demonstration and more. We are already planning our next cruise with her for her 13th birthday in 2021. This way she can got to Entourage. My wife thought Jersey Boys was the best show we have ever seen on a cruise. We also made note that this also may be the best food we have ever had on a cruise. The only downside is due to Canadian and Washington State laws, the stores were closed the last three days and many of the bars as the ship was only allowed 8 bars open at any time. Finally, we had a great time doing laser tag as a family. We were on a team with another family and it was super fun. Note...be prepared to walk the stairs or wait for elevators. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Our first time on a very large ship, previous cruises have always been on ships with less that 2000. While there were 4000 on this ship it seemed less crowded most times than a medium size vessel. We found some of the staff less than ... Read More
Our first time on a very large ship, previous cruises have always been on ships with less that 2000. While there were 4000 on this ship it seemed less crowded most times than a medium size vessel. We found some of the staff less than enthusiastic to provide more than the basic help, that tended to be more the exception than the rule and was really only in a couple of the bars. The room attendants were exceptional as were the staff in the Garden Cafe which is the buffet area. Speaking of the buffet, we found the food to be creative and well seasoned with more than ample serving stations and areas to get a seat. We did 2 nights of specialty dining. The French Bistro was a nice break because the room is quiet and the service was very good. One dish we had, the veal was excellent and the other one, sole was over cooked. 2 of the appetizers were less than good.Presentation was as one would expect in a French Bistro. The star attraction here was the desserts. We were on a dining package which allowed us to have 2 appies, 1 main and 1 dessert each. The other meal we chose to go to the Teppanyaki house. A form of group dining that we have not done for about 20 years. The food was ample and cooked perfectly, the chef at the grill very entertaining and the side service excellent. Note that this is fun and entertaining but not a place to go if your looking for a quiet meal. Tons of entertainment all over the ship and the bands tend to rotate from venue to venue during the cruise so most you get to see more than once so dont worry if you miss the first event they are at. We took the repositional cruise from San Pedro CA up to Vancouver Canada with stops in San Francisco and Victoria. Getting on and off the ship at ports of call was a breeze and ample time was given at ports to really get out and investigate the surrounding countryside. We did not partake in any of the ship offered excursions as we are very familiar with the places we were going and able to get around on public transit, walking or Uber. Victoria has a shuttle that runs you into downtown or you can walk the 20 minutes. In San Fran you are essentially within walking distance of plenty to do but would highly recommend taking the Hop On Hop off tours that pick you up right in front of the port parking lot. Back on the ship our room was a mini suite and smaller than we are used to. In general it would seem the rooms are smaller than most ships I have been on but still adequate. As a reasonable new ship everything was in good working order with plenty of water pressure and endless hot water. HVAC systems worked exceptionally well in the room and in all parts of the ship. For comfort, in many of the covered outdoor area's on the ship there are overhead heaters. At this time of year on the west coast it made it enjoyable to sit outside and eat or drink in many area's. That would not have been so without at. Very important as they have a deck with bars and patio extensions from several of the restaurants called the Waterfront. Other cool features on this ship are a 2 level go cart track powered by electric cars, A free fall water slide over the side of the ship, mini golf, Tube water slide and hot tubs that tend to hang over the side of the ship so you have a wonderful unobstructed view if you are in one when coming into a port or whale watching. Too many bars to list here (about 22 of them I think) and so many food options, plenty are complimentary and plenty are al a carte or have surcharges. From an authentic BBQ joint, to Sushi to a Jimmy Buffet Margarittavile burger joint there is something for everyone on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Just off the 5 day Coastal cruise Vancouver to LA. I cruised in the solo studio cabins. I loved the studio cabin and lounge concept. The lounge was perfect for snacks and drinks, especially the specialty coffees. Jose who ran the 5 ... Read More
Just off the 5 day Coastal cruise Vancouver to LA. I cruised in the solo studio cabins. I loved the studio cabin and lounge concept. The lounge was perfect for snacks and drinks, especially the specialty coffees. Jose who ran the 5 o’clock meet ups was an excellent host. Wasn’t totally impressed with the specialty restaurants, Teppanyaki was my favorite, Cagney’s was ok, and I didn’t think Ocean Blue was worth the additional surcharge. Food Republic, sushi and dumplings were excellent. Lots of fun activities in the Atrium but be there early to get good seating. Beatlemania performance and the crew show in the theatre were excellent. Loved the Observation Lounge, no problem every finding a spot to sit, chair hogs did not seem to be an issue. The food stations were excellent, I ate my breakfast and lunch there most days, avoiding the Garden Cafe craziness. Star crew member, in my opinion, was Jose from Cruise directors staff, with a second to ‘Jackie Chan’. Disembarkation in Los Angeles went very fast. The only issue, and it was not a fault of NCL, was getting off the ship and through Customs in San Francisco. Started at about 8:30 and last people got through around 1:15. A lack of custom officers seemed to be the issue. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Prior to the ship being built , I booked. I followed this vessel for months and read countless posts and reviews-this is unadulterated. I wish I continued on the next 8 day sailing! The embarkation in Vancouver was sketchy-but it was ... Read More
Prior to the ship being built , I booked. I followed this vessel for months and read countless posts and reviews-this is unadulterated. I wish I continued on the next 8 day sailing! The embarkation in Vancouver was sketchy-but it was their first time with the Bliss. From the moment we boarded it was special. Our cabin (13844-balcony mid) was awesome and clean. The Garden Café fantastic-no problems with food or seating as prior reviews stated. Met a great gang at Spice H2O and we gelled (smoking section)...so I missed all other meet and greets. La Cucina was fabulous/Cagneys was good/ Le Bistro awesome...Savor and Taste great...didn't care for the Local.Mario and team at Spice H2O did a great job at bartending and providing exceptional service. Jersey Boys good, ample theatre. The Beatles show awesome! The Casino was also great-wish more machines but they played nicely!!! the waiters and waitresses were phenominal, food exceptional, drinks great, our cabin steward was so so...do the racing experience! I wish they get rid of Margaritaville-it was dead space. Elevators were also fast-not as many reviews stated. What I realized is that you cant please everyone....many passengers would try to cut lines, complain about trivial things, not respect the staff...it is sad. I met many seasoned cruisers who loved this experience for a larger ship I believe I got hung up with many posts and prior reviews but this was exceptional! If staying in Vancouver-Sutton Place is phenominal! Victoria a nice stop, San Francisco was good-did the Hop On Hop Off and not disappointed-only disappointment was the behavior of a few folks who wouldn't disembark for customs and the behavior of the mob to get back on! The only other thing I can say-the karaoke was dull and machine wasn't good....met many nice new friends from all over! Many friendly people! A few that should have stayed home! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose the California Coastal 5 day cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles which stopped in Victoria and San Francisco. After reading reviews on Cruise critic we booked the shows and restaurants we wanted to see before ... Read More
We chose the California Coastal 5 day cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles which stopped in Victoria and San Francisco. After reading reviews on Cruise critic we booked the shows and restaurants we wanted to see before boarding.Boarding was quick and efficient as was disembarking. There was an issue in San Francisco because it was the first US port of entry with immigration.Everybody had to get off the ship and go through immigration. They started with cabins on Deck 15 and worked their way down to Deck 7. That process started at 8.20 am and as we were on Deck 8 we did not get off the ship until 1.30 pm, If you had booked excursions you were let off at 9 am. We did not really eat at the buffet except for a quick bowl of cereal but chose to eat at the Local for breakfast. It had a decent menu and the food / service was good. For dinner we ate at the Taste where it was much quieter than the Manhattan room with the same menu. The selection was good and the food tasted very good. The specialty restaurants we ate at Q and Los Lobos were just alright. Really enjoyed the District with its beer selection and views. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a short 5 day cruise out of Vancouver with stops in Victoria and San Francisco before disembarking in Los Angeles. We don't normally take short cruises, but we wanted to experience a brand new ship. We had a wonderful time. ... Read More
This was a short 5 day cruise out of Vancouver with stops in Victoria and San Francisco before disembarking in Los Angeles. We don't normally take short cruises, but we wanted to experience a brand new ship. We had a wonderful time. Although this is one of NCL's larger ships we never felt overcrowded or overwhelmed. We have preferred smaller ships in the past but this changed our perspective. We arrived in Vancouver two days early to explore the city. We stayed at the Marriot Downtown Pinnacle. This is a perfect place to stay precruise because it is walking distance to many spots as well as to the cruise terminal. Unfortunately on embarkation day it was pouring down rain, so we took a taxi for a five minute ride. Because the ship arrived empty from Seattle, we were able to board early in the morning, about 10:00. There were no lines at all and were able to get to our room immediately. We immediately began exploring. The ship is easy to get around and all restaurants and bars are easy to locate. We had lunch in the garden buffet. Excellent variety of fresh food. We then checked out the rest of the ship. There is a giant screen TV at the main pool where live NFL football was on. They also show movies there at night. Very cool. Our bags were delivered to our room promptly and we met our room steward who was very pleasant. We are "Platinum Members" and we also had a meal plan so we dined at specialty restaurants each night. We ate Cagney"s which never disappoints, Ocean Blue, La Cucina, Los Lobos and Q. A little disappointed at the selection at Ocean Blue as they did not have lobster. They also dropped my wife's favorite tea that she had on the Getaway. La Cucina has been updated and was very good. Los Lobos and Q are both new restaurants. Los Lobos was upscale Mexican complete with table side guacamole preparation. The rest of the menu was excellent. Q is the new barbecue restaurant and was excellent as well. As far as bars, the new District Brew Pub had a great variety of micro brews on tap. We also enjoyed the on board entertainment. We watched Havana, which was okay, would have preferred more music along the lines of Buena Vista Social Club. The Jersey Boys production was top notch. We also watched a comedy show from Levity. First comedian was okay, the second was hilarious Dylan Mendalsohn. The Cavern Club was a great venue for 60s 70s and 80s music The bands were also great. The cruise only had two stops, Victoria and San Francisco. We have spent time in both places, so we simply walked off the ship and and walked around town. There are plenty of things to do on board, but the only thing we tried was the waterslide that extended over the ship. You get loaded into a tube and the bottom drops out from below you. It was fun and exciting. Disembarkation was a breeze. We were renting a car offsite in order to drive to Disneyland for a couple of days so we carried our own suitcases off, quick and easy. All in all for a short cruise we had a great time. We would love to do the Bliss for another longer cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We took the five day Pacific Coastal (re-positioning) Cruise on the Bliss and had a great experience. I was a bit nervous having read many mixed reviews about the Bliss but would certainly sail on the Bliss again in the future. There ... Read More
We took the five day Pacific Coastal (re-positioning) Cruise on the Bliss and had a great experience. I was a bit nervous having read many mixed reviews about the Bliss but would certainly sail on the Bliss again in the future. There were some minor negatives, but overall it was an excellent experience. One thing that is clear about the Bliss is that it benefits those that like to plan ahead or, on the other end of the spectrum, those that are extremely relaxed about what they do or do not experience on the cruise (eg just show up and see if it works out). If you are in the middle, it is a lot easier to be disappointed on the Bliss. For those that are planners, making specialty restaurant and show reservations through the NCL website well in advance of departure is a must. I would say make the reservations as soon as you can. Then, once you board, go to a screen on the ship and make go-kart, laser tag and any additional show reservations (those that couldn't be reserved online) right away. This will help ensure the best experience. That being said, if you are not a planner and just go with the flow there seemed to be enough cancellations, no-shows, etc..., that you can do just about everything. Again, you just can't have that expectation. I suspect that many of those disappointed in the Bliss fall somewhere in between these two ends of the spectrum. Those that want to eat at 7pm at Le Bistro or Cagney's on the first sea day, but wait to make a reservation until they get onboard will not be happy. With that being said, some of the points from the Bliss are: Embarkation -- Vancouver + NCL was a great experience -- I never got on a ship so quickly or so easily. Cabin - small but workable space. We had a balcony cabin on the 11th deck and it easily fit 2 adults + a teen. The free movie options on the TV were an improvement. Storage space was good. I felt the bed was a bit firm compared to other cruises. Dining - We ate at specialty restaurants 3 nights, the main dining room 1 night and the buffet 1 night. All were good and we did not have a bad experience. The buffet was a real highlight and one of the better cruise buffets I have experienced. On past NCL cruises it seemed that the staff was slow in cleaning tables at the buffet, that was not the case on the Bliss. The food in the main dining room (Manhattan Room) was as good as the specialty restaurants, but the service was nowhere near as good. Our best meal was at Le Bistro. We also hit up the Local several times on the cruise and feel this is a vast improvement over O'Sheehans. Entertainment and Activities -- Very good experience with Laser Tag and Go Karts. I felt they were expensive going in (they are), but worth it. Bars were good and I especially liked the district brew house -- I hope this concept catches on for additional ships. Pool and slides were crowded even in cooler weather. This is a constant issue on megaships like the Bliss. I will say they added enough hot tubs at different locations and that was a plus. Night club was a ton of fun with better than average cruise DJs. Jersey Boys was amazing, Havana was terrible (I think it was written by a 6th grade drama class that ran out of time). Spa -- Had to set this aside as it was my least favorite aspect of the cruise. The actual set up is nice, so that is not the issue. The problem is the hard sell. Can I just get a sign/flag that says "I don't want to buy anything". The don't have the Brazilian steakhouse on the Bliss, but the green button / red button system could also work. If I am paying $200 for a service, I don't need you to lay into me to buy $250 miracle cream. Sure, let me know what is available, but a sales pitch in the guise of a "consultation" is an awful experience. I was waiting for the attendant to say "well, if you don't want my shampoo for $100 an once, are you interested in hearing about a timeshare I am selling". Service -- Good service, they got the job done with a smile. Ports -- It is not the fault of the ship (it is a customs/immigration issue) but the delay to get off the ship in San Fran should have been explained better in advance. I live close enough to SF that we did not have big plans, but felt bad that were visiting the city for the first and possibly only time. We did not do any ship based excursions. I look forward to the possibility of sailing on the Bliss again. For the right type(s) of traveler it is a really great experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our first cruise so we kept it short and close to home for this trip. Turns out everything was great. Beautiful ship, great service, good food so overall a really nice vacation. Room was clean and well appointed. Only lineups were after ... Read More
Our first cruise so we kept it short and close to home for this trip. Turns out everything was great. Beautiful ship, great service, good food so overall a really nice vacation. Room was clean and well appointed. Only lineups were after safety / muster point talk. Shows were fun and good quality. Speciality dining was really good. We really enjoyed the meals at Q and Cagney’s. the casino was fun although the smoking room didn’t have much ventilation so it was really smokey. Our only complaint was the time it took for everyone to disembark in San Francisco and get through customs (5 hours) but this had nothing to do with NCL, just US border security. The crew and staff were all very friendly and professional and always took the time to say hello and ask how your day was going. We will be booking a second cruise soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My husband and I booked this coastal cruise on the Bliss from Vancouver to LA just to experience this huge new ship. The cruise was only 5 days so we were very busy just trying to see, find and experience all the fantastic things she had ... Read More
My husband and I booked this coastal cruise on the Bliss from Vancouver to LA just to experience this huge new ship. The cruise was only 5 days so we were very busy just trying to see, find and experience all the fantastic things she had to offer! Of course the go-cart racing was one of the big attractions. We didn't participate but had fun watching all the excitement and fun that everyone was having. The dining rooms were elegant and the food was plated nicely, served hot and tasted delicious( this also included Los Lobos, Cagney's and La Cucina, Garden Buffet and the Local) Will have to plan another trip to sample all the other restaurants! The shows were Jersey Boys and Havana and the Social Prohibition...Wow...top notch and very professional. Music venues and lounges proved to be very entertaining and very popular with all age groups. Getting on and off the ship was seamless, immigration in San Francisco was a bit rough but being a new ship with that many passengers, I am sure they will get the bugs worked out before the next sailing. As usual the staff was inviting and took extra special care of us. All had a smile and something pleasant to chat about. The décor, staterooms, public venues and restrooms were extremely nice. My only complaint was having to wait an unusually long time for elevators. There are only 2 banks for the entire ship. 8 forward and 8 aft. This was an exciting new ship to cruise on...she certainly has ALL the bells and whistles anyone could ask for! Give it a try, we think you will enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We decided to book this cruise as it was on the new ship Bliss. The Bliss is a Gateway Plus class, however it should be it’s own class as it’s so different. We stayed in an Haven Spa Suite. It was amazing. Very spacious, walk in ... Read More
We decided to book this cruise as it was on the new ship Bliss. The Bliss is a Gateway Plus class, however it should be it’s own class as it’s so different. We stayed in an Haven Spa Suite. It was amazing. Very spacious, walk in closet and a therapeutic bath in the room. The Haven was really nice with the private lounge, observation deck, private pool and restaurant. The staff working in the Haven were just amazing. Very nice and so helpful. Thank you! The cruise itself was nice. We got on in Vancouver and got off in LA. We had two stops, Victoria and San Francisco. Although we were lucky to be the first one to get off in San Francisco, the mandatory Immigration took a very long time. We couldn’t go back on the ship before everyone had cleared Immigration (Customs). The only thing that I can complain about is the speciality restaurants. We had 3 speciality restaurants with our package. We loved Q but was disappointed with Los Lobos. Not worth using as one of your speciality restaurants. They are also charging extra if you want to go to Ocean’s. The Haven restaurant was so good that we cancelled one of our speciality restaurants. I wish we had canceled Los Lobos. Other than that and really this was small, the rest of the cruise was fantastic. I would recommend the Bliss. Beautiful ship. Love the observation Lounge. I hope to do another cruise on the Bliss or it’s sister ship the Joy very soon. Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because it ended in LA so a short drive to our winter home in Tucson, AZ. We did it a little different by flying into Seattle. We then took the sky train to downtown Seattle and were able to check into our room at the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it ended in LA so a short drive to our winter home in Tucson, AZ. We did it a little different by flying into Seattle. We then took the sky train to downtown Seattle and were able to check into our room at the Westin. Spent several hours exploring Pike Place Market and the waterfront area. Very enjoyable! We took the Amtrak Cascades the next morning to Vancouver. Very nice, scenic train ride to Vancouver! Then a quick cab ride ($15 with tip) to Canada Place and were on the Bliss very soon thereafter. Met friends in the Local and had some drinks and snacks. We were apprehensive about such a large ship with 4K passengers but we enjoyed it very much. The entertainment was top notch. Jersey Boys, Bliss Beatles and house band Siglo were fantastic. Havana was so-so. I saw several people in our section sleeping during the performance. We had the Ultimate beverage package and the drinks were great. No complaints. We also had 3 free dinners in the premium restaurants. We dined in The Mexican restaurant and were all good with our meals. I had the red snapper and it was fantastic. Also ate at Cagneys which was great and the Italian place which was good also. Our favorite place to hang was the observation lunch and we took lunch there a few times which was very good. Soup, sandwiches, lite items.... We had a balcony room on the 9th floor and, while smaller than comp rooms on RCCL, was quiet and adequate. we did not make advance reservations for the go karts and were disappointed to find them unavailable for the cruise. We even went and tried to ride when there was nobody in line to ride and were turned away. Oh well, it really didn't ruin our trip. The water slides were were fun and no problem getting on them with little to no lines. When took our breakfasts and 2 dinners in Taste or Savor and were pleased with the food. Service was great and all staff were very pleasant. The only rub was long delay getting off the ship in SanFran because of immigration check. We almost missed our tour of Alcatraz. All in all, we were very happy with Norweigan and will cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Being big fans of NCL's Breakaway and its Haven, we were really excited to try the Bliss. The short-ish (5 night) southbound West Coast itinerary was intriguing, too; as experienced cruisers, we've done the Caribbean, Alaska, ... Read More
Being big fans of NCL's Breakaway and its Haven, we were really excited to try the Bliss. The short-ish (5 night) southbound West Coast itinerary was intriguing, too; as experienced cruisers, we've done the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada, and a little bit of Europe, too, so this was new to us, and perfect: embark in Vancouver; Victoria, BC the next day; then a sea day; San Francisco the next day; another sea day; and then disembarkation in the Los Angeles area (San Pedro). A good mix of active and relaxing days. Embarkation in Vancouver couldn't have been easier, but this could be party due to the fact that we got to the ship around 6 pm and so basically just stepped aboard. We were quite pleased with our cabin, 9106, at the very forward port-side corner of Deck 9; this is a Haven cabin although not IN the Haven complex proper. The forward corner Haven cabins are terrific in that there are two rooms: a bedroom and a separate living room with a dining area, and a spacious two-sink bathroom with shower and separate whirlpool tub. We quickly went up to the topmost decks to check out the Haven complex, and were totally wowed by the Horizon Lounge, with its plentiful comfy seating, 24-hour complementary cappuccino maker (teas, regular coffee, and fruited water also available), two levels of couches and lounges, and its two-deck-high front window wall. Amazing. The Horizon Lounge quickly became my favorite space on the ship. There is also a similar, enormous Observation Lounge on a lower deck (15?) for all passengers on the ship to enjoy; we took a peek in and it looked very comfy and inviting. The Haven courtyard and lounge on the Bliss are quite inviting. The Haven restaurant has added an outside patio seating area - we had lunch there on day - which is a cool idea, but it overlooked a noisy area of the main pool deck, so it could have been situated differently and been more successful. The upgraded Haven sun deck was gorgeous, with plenty of individual cabanas, lounges, and whirlpools. Food on the Bliss is some of the best we've had at sea. Food Republic is a terrific international-small-bites (some not so small) restaurant that rivals any tapas restaurant on land. Los Lobos Mexican was a pleasant addition to the NCL lineup, and Teppanyaki is an old favorite from the Breakaway brought back. Meals in the Haven restaurant were superb, but as I've said before from our experiences on the Breakaway, they really should rotate their nightly menus to give Haven guests the same kind of choice as diners at the three MDRs (which we did not try this time, nor did we try the buffet). The 24-hour restaurant, here called The Local, offered some tasty treats, too (loved the turkey chili). Entertainment is topnotch, as we have come to expect from NCL. The original musical Havana! was a surprising delight. Jersey Boys was Broadway caliber. Perhaps our favorite evenings were spent watching a wonderful Beatles cover band, Beatlemania Live, perform two shows, one in the Cavern Club at Sea (it looks nothing like the original in Liverpool, btw, being basically the same space as the blues club on the Breakaway), and one in the main theater. NCL never disappoints with entertainment. Service all over the ship was wonderful; we have nothing but good things to say about the NCL Bliss staff. We would love to sail the Bliss again, and are looking forward to more ships in the Breakaway Plus class. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We are in our early 50’s, aren’t married and have no kids, we have been on more than 50 previous cruises on 6 different cruise lines, most of which to the Caribbean. We’ve cruised with NCL before but not for more than 15 years. We ... Read More
We are in our early 50’s, aren’t married and have no kids, we have been on more than 50 previous cruises on 6 different cruise lines, most of which to the Caribbean. We’ve cruised with NCL before but not for more than 15 years. We chose this cruise to check out the new ship and because a Pacific Coastal is a nice change of pace from a Caribbean itinerary. We chose to fly in the day of sailing to reduce time away from home and avoid the expense of a hotel in Vancouver. We normally fly to the embarkation port a day prior to sailing in case of travel delays, but since sail away was scheduled for overnight and the first port was Victoria, we decided the risk was minimal and flew in the day of sailing. Our flight landed just before 1PM in Vancouver. My plan was to take the train from the airport to the port, but since it was raining, we decided to hop on a transfer. After finding our luggage and exiting the baggage area we easily found the NCL desk and asked about the transfer. They took our name and room number, so they could charge the transfer to our onboard account, they also took our checked bag and transported to the ship separately. Then sent us out to the pick-up area where we waited only about ten minutes before a bus arrived. Because of traffic the ride to the ship took almost an hour. The only complaint about the transfer was that the bus smelled horribly of stale cigarette smoke. At least we didn’t get wet since we boarded and exited the bus under cover. There was no waiting to check in, just a lot of walking. First through security then upstairs to check in then back downstairs to board the ship. We arrived right when the muster drill was starting, so we went directly to our muster station, The Local Bar and Grill, to participate. After the drill I wanted a drink, but out of all the bars on board I could find only 2 open and they were 4 deep with people, so I gave up and went to the room. We were in room 11100. This was a room with a window all the way in the front of the ship. I booked it because I thought it might be a little bigger than most and I think it was but only by the storage and bench area right under the window. The room was much narrower than I’m used to, there was only about 3-4 inches between the end of the bed and the wall. The shower was a nice sized glass enclosure with no clinging curtain, it would’ve been nice to have a shaving step in the shower. The ship is very long with only two elevator banks, it is a very long walk between this room and the forward elevator bank. I recommend a room closer to the elevators. And a word about the elevators, they were very slow. There was almost always a long wait for an elevator and often they would open but were already full. They really need to work on some logic to improve the elevator service. Our bags were already at our room when we arrived, so I decided to unpack while he went to see if the pool bar was open to get some drinks. When booking the room with a window we received the drink package and 3-night dining package. One nice thing about the drink package on NCL that is different from others I’ve experienced is that they will give you two drinks with one card, perhaps since both in the room are required to have the package. After unpacking we spent some time at the pool bar even though it was raining and cool it was less crowded than the couple bars open inside. The first night we ate at La Cucina. We chose to eat outside because this inside was hot and noisy. They offered blankets if you were cold, I’m not sure why they didn’t turn on the heaters in the ceiling. The food was mostly good, my salad and veal were good, but my tortellini seemed like from pasta from Costco. He had gnocchi with pesto and that was his favorite of the night. Service was very slow. Since we wouldn’t sail until overnight we had the Vancouver skyline as our view, nice. After dinner we had a drink at the atrium bar before heading to the room, it had been a long day. Since we left Vancouver later than scheduled, we wouldn’t arrive in Victoria until late morning. We had nothing planned for Victoria and thought we’d walk into town if the weather was nice. Again, the day was cloudy and wet, so we opted to stay on board today and explore the ship. Much of our route between Vancouver and Victoria straddled the international boarder, so for much of the way we were charged tax on our drinks. I’m puzzled about this, some cruise lines charge tax some don’t. Another puzzle, like many land and sea based venues NCL has discontinued the use of plastic straws, but then why do they use disposable plastic cups at the pool bar? Plastic cups contain much more material than plastic straws. We had breakfast in the buffet. I loved how they had about a dozen or more omelet stations set up during breakfast. Very fast and easy service. Today we stayed on board and took some pictures around the ship, spent some more time at the pool bar, read and napped. I also had lunch in the buffet, there was a nice variety of offerings including fish sticks and mac and cheese. Tonight, we ate at Q’s Texas Smokehouse. I started with the chopped salad, very tasty, then I tried the beef brisket which I found to be dry. He had the sampler and the best thing there was the sausage with cheese and jalapenos, super tasty. Again, after dinner went to the atrium bar for after dinner drinks and watched the atrium activities. This morning I ate breakfast in the buffet again. This time I found the eggs benedict, is was very good, eggs not over cooked or under cooked and the muffin wasn’t hard and dried out like often happens. Our first sea day and the weather is starting to dry out, it isn’t raining any more but at time it’s very foggy. Up on the pool deck you can be above the fog, then you look out the side window but can’t see the water because of the fog. We did some more ship exploring. We watched some folks try the drop water slide to see who could make it all the way through without having to exit in the trap door. We did not try this, I’m sure I wouldn’t have made it. We stopped in at Margaritaville for a margarita that was good but didn’t spend any money on food. We also stopped in at District Brew House, I had a nice stout he had a cider. Tonight, we ate at Cagney’s. We both had rib eyes that were very tasty and also enjoyed the au gratin potatoes. After dinner we had reservations for the go karts. I’m glad we tried them, although I don’t think I would do them again. Since the track is so narrow, they turn into bumper cars rather than go karts and you come off battered. Also, since they are back by the stacks and exhaust from the ship, we came off filthy and drenched. It wasn’t raining but there was so much moisture coming out of the stacks that the track was wet with standing water it was as good as raining. The next morning, we were in San Francisco. Today was a clear sunny day. I had purchased tickets to tour Alcatraz while we were there. I booked for 1PM which I thought would be plenty of time to get off the ship, but we barely made it. Since this was our first US port we have to go through customs, which turned into a fiasco. All passengers had to go through customs and couldn’t return to the ship until all had been cleared. We had a schedule that went by deck, we were group 4. They started about 8AM, our group wasn’t called until 11:10AM and we weren’t off the ship and through customs until about 12:30!We made it to the Alcatraz ferry with only about 10-15 minutes to spare. We spent a couple hours on the island exploring, then decided to just go back to the ship rather than wandering around on shore. We decided to try The Local for a late lunch. We started with artichoke dip, pretzels and I had a salad that would’ve been better with less lettuce and more other ingredients. Then I had a Rachel that was very good, and he had a burger that was cooked to his liking. Since I wasn’t up yet when we sailed in, I was waiting on the pool deck until we left and then was disappointed to see the fog rolling in right before sail away. It was so foggy we could barely see the bridge. We didn’t have any dinner reservations and just ate in the buffet. The pizza in the buffet is really good. Tonight, we had reservations for Jersey Boys late show. I thought they did a very good job on this show, I’ve seen the Broadway touring version several times and couldn’t figure out what they might’ve cut, it also seemed to move at a faster pace. I think it ran about one hour forty minutes. Eggs benedict in the buffet again for our last sea day. Today was warmer and sunnier than before, we even sat in loungers by the pool for a while it was so nice. We stopped by the store for a few souvenirs. Tonight, we ate at Los Lobos. We each had some kind of enchilada mine with green sauce his with red. We both enjoyed them. Our dining package was used up, so we paid for this, I think it was about $25 including the auto tip. Since we only had the one suitcase, we decided to carry it off. It seemed like they expected us to debark before they started calling luggage tags, so we left when they called our floor, but I suspect we might still be there if we had waited for an elevator, so he carried the suitcase down to leave the ship. I had booked a car to bring us to LAX, we were off the ship and out of the terminal early so I called, and our ride came to get us early. It was Friday morning, so the traffic was bad our driver took us on many surface streets to avoid the traffic jams. We arrived at the airport too early to check in so had to wait a bit, but that’s much better than being late. We had time for lunch before boarding the plane. Our flight home was on time and uneventful. This was a nice return to NCL for us, hopefully we will sail with them again soon. I would consider NCL for itineraries that we are familiar with the ports so that we wouldn’t want a ship excursion. For our two ports I found the excursion sold by NCL to be significantly higher priced than the same excursion on the other cruise lines we frequent. I hope they find a way to make the Bliss elevators more efficient. Maybe there just aren’t enough elevators for the number of people on board. We enjoyed the food options and found the staff to be very friendly and efficient.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I chose this cruise due to the itinerary as coming from Europe and having family in Vancouver meant I could visit them before heading off on our adventure. Big NCL fan and happy to be trying Bliss it was very exciting to see it in ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to the itinerary as coming from Europe and having family in Vancouver meant I could visit them before heading off on our adventure. Big NCL fan and happy to be trying Bliss it was very exciting to see it in Vancouver port. Boarding process was very smooth and easy and as the cruise had come empty from Seattle the day before very nice to have our cabin ready and waiting for us. Our cabin steward was always friendly and on hand to help us with whatever we needed. The cabin was superb, very comfortable and clean and a wonderful view from the balcony. Very important on this cruise due to the spectacular views sailing under both Lions Gate bridge in Vancouver ( A first for Bliss and very scary when you see how close it looks to be to the bridge going under ) and also the Golden Gate in San Francisco. I was very impressed with the ship overall but felt like some of the new high tech features were taking away from some of the more simpler activities. The go carts were very good and highly recommend reserving your time slot as soon as you board as it was fuly booked for the whole week. When it came to our time they were cancelling them due to issues with the track but thankfully after an hour we were able to have our go. People need to keep to the rules though as I got stuck behind someone going incredibly slow and she refused to move to let myself or anyone else pass. We ended up having to cancel the laser tag as the server was down and so the guns didnt work. It kind of took away any fun when we saw that it was all open air so unless you do it in the dark I dont feel it would have been much fun anyway. >By far our ( my boyf and I ) fave place on the ship was the observation lounge. We snuggled onto one of the chaise longe and watched the world pass us by. A bonus having a light buffet there aswell. we actually preferred to be in there than some of the bars of an evening. The restaurants were good. We ate in Manhattan a few nights and speciality restaurants a few nights. Los Lobos was very disappointing, the food was very bland and my boyf didnt end up eating his. Our friends were not to keen on Ocean Place, we enjoyed Cagneys, as always the food was superb and La Cucina very good too. The Havana show was not really to my taste and quite a few people walked out half way through. Saying that though Jersey boys was by far one of the best theatre shows I have seen at sea. Also I spent alot of time watching the different Beatles shows performed by Beatlemania Live at the Cavern club and thought they were brilliant. The entertainment was fun and varied and had plenty to keep you ocupied. I cant wait for the day I get to sail on Bliss again. Wonderful holiday Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We decided to add the thermal suite  pass for the full cruise.  We were happy we did, especially on the cool weather days.  The suite had a pool, hottub, salt room, steam room, sauna and a snow/cold room to cool down in.  We used them ... Read More
We decided to add the thermal suite  pass for the full cruise.  We were happy we did, especially on the cool weather days.  The suite had a pool, hottub, salt room, steam room, sauna and a snow/cold room to cool down in.  We used them all. Relaxing in total comfort with wonderful views from the thermal suit aft windows made me realize how blessed we were to be on the NCL Bliss.  We also enjoyed the CC get together. Unfortunately we missed the cabin crawl.  We told Stephenie  (Dotty) about how we wanted to see the haven and she suggested we contact Jovo-the head of hotel services.  I called Jovo and asked if it would be possible to get a 5 min look/tour inside the Haven.  He said he was not sure and would ask if it would be possible to do on a port day for just 5 mins.  He then said someone on his staff would get back to me. Alas, we never heard back from his staff. No worries though since we were pleased with our ship experience overall. David loved the ship and wants to return. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We enjoyed a transatlantic Cruise on the Epic in April 2018, so decided to try the transpacific. This cruise was far better than the first. The ship was one of the medium size ones with about 2400 passengers as compared to the Epic with ... Read More
We enjoyed a transatlantic Cruise on the Epic in April 2018, so decided to try the transpacific. This cruise was far better than the first. The ship was one of the medium size ones with about 2400 passengers as compared to the Epic with about 4000. Unlike the Epic, most of the Jewel’s public areas were appropriately sized, some seats were normally, but not always, available in most bars, restaurants & entertainment without excessive waiting. Our mini suite on deck 11 was spacious & well laid out; I even had a bathtub! Food was very good, although menus did seem to start repeating toward the end of the 19 day cruise. Some passengers continued on for another 16 days. I think that might be too long on the same ship at one time. The music, shows & other activities were excellent and suited my tastes. Offering of shore excursions was varied & interesting. Cruise director, Dan the Man, was on top of everything, even the route change due to a typhoon! Staff was very friendly and service was excellent. A medical emergency which required an extra stop was handled well with good passenger communication as was the threat posed by a large typhoon. NCI made it clear that safety was their top priority. We really enjoyed the cruise, loved the Jewel & are looking forward to cruising with on her or a similar Norwegian ship again . Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a very clean, happy ship. The washy-washy staff even had a guitar and would serenade us as we entered the buffet. We ate at all of the complimentary venues except Azura. All of them had tasty choices. My favorite for embarkation ... Read More
This was a very clean, happy ship. The washy-washy staff even had a guitar and would serenade us as we entered the buffet. We ate at all of the complimentary venues except Azura. All of them had tasty choices. My favorite for embarkation day is always the Shrimp Sandwich on Pretzel Bun in the Tsars. Even though the lunch menu there does not change, I never had the same thing twice. The Chin Chin was good and the fried calamari was plentiful. We also ate at O’Sheehans and the burger was good. We ate all our dinners at Tsars. There are scones, cookies and fruit daily in the Great Outdoors at 3PM. Stephen Jacobsen was our Hotel Director and made sure that every staff member under him was a team player and he gave out his phone number freely to make sure there were no problems that went unresolved. He was out in the public areas almost all the time interacting with cruisers and staff. We didn’t have any problem finding loungers at the pool. The comedian and comedian-Magician were both very good. The Latitudes’ Party had cheese and crackers and of course drinks. We had fun doing a few trivia games. We did all NCL excursions and they turned out fine. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Repositioning cruise is a great value and a fabulous itinerary with San Francisco and Victoria stops. We only had to purchase one-way flights home since we were able to embark from our local port of Los Angeles. I don't need a bikini, ... Read More
Repositioning cruise is a great value and a fabulous itinerary with San Francisco and Victoria stops. We only had to purchase one-way flights home since we were able to embark from our local port of Los Angeles. I don't need a bikini, binge-drinking cruise at my age so I enjoyed the cool, northwest climates. Although, we had very nice, warm weather on our excursion days. We could not believe the menus and the food offerings. They were tremendous. We chose the Unlimited Dining Package to take advantage of the discount on three specialty dining restaurants: Moderno, Le Bistro, and Cagney's. Each one was fabulous with unbelievably delicious choices and the best service possible. We have been boasting ever since we disembarked. We felt a little like royalty in Tsar's Palace with the Salmon Benedict! We truly enjoyed the musical entertainers, especially Lisa Volk on piano and R. R. on guitar. The Cirque de Bijoux was particularly impressive with the singers, dancers and acrobatics. We were touched by the staff filling the stage and theater, and then lining the hallway afterward. I know they must do this every week, but man, I'm a softie. The ship was a beauty, and always so clean! Our cabin steward, Charlton, was perfect and very stealthy. He always managed to monitor when we would be out to tidy up and provide new sheets and towels. He always had a joke for us when we saw him, too. I'm sure there could be a few more modern touches to the Jewel relating to technology, but we enjoyed un-plugging during the cruise since the WiFi is WAY too expensive. We spent time in the Thermal Spa Suite with two passes. I can't tell you how wonderful the steam room and heated mosaic lounge chairs and jacuzzi pool were. I also took advantage of the Med Spa services. Anyone who needs a happy place should steam and dunk and lay on a heated lounge chair. Brink your shades because on a sunny day, the light reflecting from the ocean is very bright and beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I are Gold card holders with Carnival having been on 15+ cruises with them over the last 7 years so when we decided to try something different we went with NCL because the port in Long Beach California is so close by. As a ... Read More
My wife and I are Gold card holders with Carnival having been on 15+ cruises with them over the last 7 years so when we decided to try something different we went with NCL because the port in Long Beach California is so close by. As a note to understand some of my perspectives we are both in our early 50’s. My goal with this is to try and relate many of the questions that I had about the differences between the cruise lines and the overall ship experience. Frankly this is something that I looked all over the internet for and couldn’t find much about. First and foremost, here is what I believe is the main difference between the two; Carnival is setup as a weeklong party and NCL is set up as a weeklong vacation. I know that doesn’t completely make sense but try to think about it. NCL was all about relaxation and Carnival is all about partying. For myself, I don’t believe this changes the overall ratings of the cruises it just made things feel a little different. It is hard to walk around on a Carnival ship without being asked if you want a drink, on NCL… I had to wait multiple times in line at a bar because they didn’t have the bar staff approaching people that were sitting down. I sat 18 feet from the bar (yes I know I could get off my butt and go to the bar but there was a line) for over 20 minutes and then finally got up since no bar staff came around. (as a side note, on day one this wasn’t the case….. I just don’t know where all the staff that was there on day one disappeared to the rest of the cruise.) This wasn’t the case in the Casino where they always had plenty of staff to get you a drink. My wife and I also joked that on Carnival you dodged strollers and on NCL you dodged walkers…… again this is not a bad thing. On day one the ship was filled with the sounds of James Taylor, ACDC, Kansas, Zeplin,….. I could go on and on but the point is I knew 90% of the music that was played on this ship. ( you could really feel that they are going after my generation) On Carnival the music is party music, calypso by the pool to give the Jamaican vibe and more modern music in the other areas. Again, this doesn’t make things better, just different. My final comparison before I actually just focus on this specific cruise and ship. The atmosphere… the visuals, the overall appearance of the ships interior. Carnival is again a party... crazy colors and bright lights and odd décor that just makes your eyes bobble a bit when you are really drunk. NCL was much more elegant, relaxing, sit a spell……. Overall I love being on a cruise ship and getting away from the world. No phone, no email, no noise of the world bugging you. I hate that they are now starting to offer internet packages on the ship…. I go to these things to get away from it all….. 15 minutes away from port your phone stops working and just let the peace of life flow over you. Now this specific cruise and ship: We had an interior cabin. I like this since I can have a few drinks in the early afternoon and go to the cabin and take a nap in darkness. Awesome. It is also so much cheaper and what the hell do people spend huge dollars for a fancy room when there is so much to do on board? Maybe I am just a cheap skate…….. I would rather spend the money on the extra dining and drinking. Dining 1. It’s a cruise ship guys…. I read some reviews and they complain the buffet wasn’t exceptional, etc… It is a buffet. That’s all. And guess what, it’s basically the same buffet on day one as day 5 and day 7. I say that to let you know you are going to get sick of it. It is good but pace yourself so you don’t eat everything on day one thinking it will be different tomorrow, it’s not. So, try one thing today, one thing tomorrow, etc... this will keep the overall feel of it fresh. Dining 2. NCL has an interesting concept where you can go to various restaurants that are included in the price and a few that you pay extra for. We went to the Chinese restaurant and were surprised that it was pretty good. I suggest this to everyone…. and its free… (remember I can be a cheap skate) We also paid for the teppanyaki. We had a great time and the food was great, not amazing, great. I suggest this also. We never went to the “dining room” so I can’t say anything about that. Embark and debark… it’s a ship. Most of the waiting is due to security. There was a line but who cares, you’re on vacation. Getting off the ship was fast and simple. We always carry our own bags. Entertainment. The magician comic was the best on board. The other shows were okay. We did fall asleep with these two acrobats that just bored the crap out of us. I WILL STATE THIS AGAIN THOUGH… THE MUSIC WAS AWESOME! It was just nice walking around the ship and finding so many great live singers playing music that I grew up with. 70’s and 80’s tunes 90 % of the time. I was happy. Fitness and Recreation. I think this is the sports category……. The only exercise I got was lifting a drink up….. have to read someone else’s review to find out about this. Overall I had an absolute blast…. I always do. If you come to relax and just enjoy life, you will be doing well. If you come to be treated to 5 star service and the most amazing food on the planet…. You better start spending some serious cash and not bother with either Carnival or NCL. It is a good time. Good food. Good Drink. Peace and quiet. One last thought… not trying to be a jerk or anything…. If you have little ones that have to be in a stroller, take them to Disneyland. I know these cruises have a kids area, I have never been inclined to visit that part of the ship, but do you really go on a cruise to push a stroller around? How about if you go on a Disney cruise, twice the price, but the kids will probably have a great deal more fun. Just a thought. Enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
we came with a party of 38 people the service on board was excellent, the food at the buffet had a lot to offer and was very good, and the fine dinning was excellent but some of the servers could have been a little more friendly, the on ... Read More
we came with a party of 38 people the service on board was excellent, the food at the buffet had a lot to offer and was very good, and the fine dinning was excellent but some of the servers could have been a little more friendly, the on board activities had a lot to offer or you could sit back and enjoy the cruise. This was my 3rd cruise and my first with Norwegian and was by far the best. Our Cabin was always clean as was the bath room the stewards could have not done any more to make us feel welcome. Being a smoker there were a few places one could go with out being a social out cast. My partner and I were very happy with the service so much so we will be going with Norwegian on our next cruise to Alaska next year. Would like to thank all the crew for a wonderful break Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it went where we wanted to go. We loved it. Our first time with Norwegian. Why had no one told us before? We have only ever cruised with Princess. We will definitely go Norwegian again. The rooms are a little ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went where we wanted to go. We loved it. Our first time with Norwegian. Why had no one told us before? We have only ever cruised with Princess. We will definitely go Norwegian again. The rooms are a little smaller, but who cares? The bathrooms are MUCH larger. Actually spent time lounging in the shower. So many food options too. Staff was friendly attentive. Cirque shows and musicals were outstanding. We never felt crowded and never waited in a line-up. I hate buffets and yet these had beautiful and delicious ethnic foods. And (OMG!!) an espresso machine for your morning coffee included. Help yourself. We also loved being able to get on and off the ship with such ease. No hassles. It seems they just assume you know what you are doing so no one is directing you at every corner. Thank you, Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My husband and I cruised on the 10 day Alaskan cruise on the jewel last year. This year we chose to fly into Seattle and spend some time then take the Amtrak to Vancouver where we spent 4 days then board the Jewel to cruise back home to ... Read More
My husband and I cruised on the 10 day Alaskan cruise on the jewel last year. This year we chose to fly into Seattle and spend some time then take the Amtrak to Vancouver where we spent 4 days then board the Jewel to cruise back home to LA. We love the Jewel which is why we chose to cruise on it again. First of all I'd like to say that I think many people have super high expectations from their cruises instead of just trying to enjoy their cruise. I broke down the cost and this cruise cost 130 dollars per person per day. That price includes a room with a view-we had been given a free upgrade to a balcony a few weeks prior and we are only bronze members, transportation back to LA, food, 3 specialty meals, entertainment and unlimited beverages. It also includes all the taxes as well including service charges for the meals and beverages. When I hear people complain that they didn't get lobster or bottled water I am always sort of frustrated. It's a great deal-you are waited on and entertained and your room is cleaned twice a day, If you don't take advantage of all the cruise does offer it's on you, not the cruiseline. And one more thing-If you do your research you would know all costs including gratuities, This is not specific to NCL-all cruiselines charge prepaid gratuities now. Now about the cruise-We took the earliest check in time. Embarkation in Vancouver went pretty smoothly, We had to wait an hour or so but boarded the ship at about 11:45. We went and checked out the buffet and it was crazy so we headed to O'Sheehans and were seated with a drink in our hands and lunch ordered by noon. We love O'Sheehans. The meatloaf, pot pie, fish and chips and tuna sandwich are great and the brownie cheesecake with caramel sauce and marshmallows is to die for! As far as food last year we only ate in the main dining room once and we were with a large group which was fine. This time we ate twice in Azura-we loved it. The food was great-here's my take on it. I cook dinner every night. I don't need a fancy meal-if I am being waited on and served food that is hot and tastes good-that's a vacation. We ate lunches in the buffet or O'Sheehans, As far as the buffet goes we always found something we liked-Tip-take a jacket with you and find a table first. Leave your jacket at the table then get your food. If you try to find a table after getting your food you will be eating cold food. We ate in Modeno the first night. The meats are so good. We love the pineapple too-wonderful meal! Our next specialty restaurant was Teppanyaki-Amazing. The show was great and my husband who isn't much of a steak man said the filet mignon was the best meat he had ever tasted! The garlic rice is yummy! On the last night we ate at Cagney's. Delicious! Great service and wonderful food! As I stated we had a balcony room-you can look online and find the best rooms on the ship-there's info as to what rooms are under bars and restaurants etc. Just do your homework. We loved the shows-we went to each one. That's part of the experience. The lounge acts were fine. We enjoyed spending some time outside-it had been too cold last year! The band Prism was lots of fun-we went to see them every night and the Beatles Tribute was awesome. There was plenty of fun to be had. The cruise director Archie was around often and very friendly. We saw a few people we recognized from last year. A waiter in the Spinnaker lounge and the Hotel Director Steven. We had a word with him one day, telling him that we enjoyed our trip so much the year before and decided to cruise again on the jewel. The next day we found chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of wine in our room along with a note from Steven. That was so nice! A special shout out to our amazing room steward Jason. These guys work really hard! I brought him a chocolate from Victoria and he was so appreciative. We probably saw him at least 3 times a day. Great great service. We love the freestyle cruising-being able to go eat whenever we feel like it is great. Sure some people dress pretty casually but that certainly doesn't ruin anything for me, As for the condition of the ship-of course things are going to get a bit run down. Do the math-there are 2300 people on the ship each week. But you will also see people polishing and cleaning areas of the ship constantly! Overall I think the condition of the ship is above average. We went to Victoria again on this cruise. On our first visit we only had the afternoon so we just walked around. This time we were there most of the day so we walked to Fisherman's Wharf then took a water taxi into Victoria. I had a groupon for the big bus hop on hop off. We took the full loop around then got off and had a wonderful lunch at Sams Deli. The coast of Victoria is so pretty! We walked around and did some shopping. Make sure to stop in at Beavertails when you're in Victoria-they are these flat paatries with your choice of toppings-you can even get half and half and they have yummy gelato too! Our second port was Astoria. We had been there and to the column so we just walked along the river walk a bit and took some pictures. There were some vendors selling some great artisan items. Astoria is pretty. We enjoyed our 2 days at sea. Very relaxing. I highly recommend a cruise on the Jewel-we are getting ready to make our reservation for the 10 day alaskan cruise for next September-the Jewel is heading to Australia after that! Of course there are always a few things that could be improved. The lounge acts could be better, the bar city bartenders could be friendlier and they could have diet coke instead of diet pepsi!! But Norwegian is great for people that like to have fun and appreciate the free drinks and meals offered! 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Sail Date September 2016
My husband and I decided that for our yearly "Mom and Dad need alone time" trip, we would go on a short cruise WITHOUT the kids (for once). We flew into Vancouver, and stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel, which was right on top of ... Read More
My husband and I decided that for our yearly "Mom and Dad need alone time" trip, we would go on a short cruise WITHOUT the kids (for once). We flew into Vancouver, and stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel, which was right on top of the pier. We stayed on the club floor, and it was lovely. Boarding the Pearl was a little bit rough, as there were 3 ships leaving that day, and ours was the only one that didnt have to go through customs, since we were going to Victoria the next day (instead of Seattle). This meant that we were in a "holding room" with no bathrooms for over an hour. Thank goodness for priority embarkation! We stayed in the H3 Owner's Suite 9004. It was an AMAZING room. 2 balconies, one forward, and one hull balcony on the side. The room itself was gorgeous. We really didnt even need or go to the Haven except for once, just to be on the deck (it was freezing, so we didnt stay long). Our Butler and room Steward were fantastic, while I was less impressed by the concierge this time around. In terms of dining, we ate in the Haven restaurant (Moderno) for breakfast and lunch. then for dinner, we went somewhere. Once, I went to O'Sheehans, as DH was seasick, once we went to Indigo, and once to Teppanyaki. One night, we did have our butler bring us specialty food from both Cagneys and Le Bistro in the cabin. We spent a bit of time in the casino, and walked out having broken even. We just arent big gamblers. We attended the Captain's party, the Latitudes party and the Cruise Critic party. They were all fine, though the best was the CC party in Bliss. I hope they dont change that place too much when she is refurbished! We also attended a couple of the shows - acrobats and a magician. They were fairly typical for the smaller NCL ship entertainment. I also had a couple of sessions with a personal trainer (who looked eerily like my brother), and he was able to help me with a couple of workout related things. I also spent a decent amount of time in the thermal suite - I LOVE those tile loungers!!! Victoria was a very nice stop - we went via ship tour to the Abukazi Gardens and Tearoom, which is quite the experience. It was cultivated by a Russian Prince and Princess in exile, who ended up settling in BC. Absolutely gorgeous. My husband even liked it, though he was (laughingly) put out by my making him go to a "tea party". San Francisco was our second stop, and we headed out to Alcatraz (ship tour), where we walked around for hours. First they took us to a little craft village and over the Golden Gate Bridge, then to Alcatraz, where they dropped us off and we were to make our own way back to the ship (1 pier down). We thought we were going to be pier runners on the way back to the ship, only to make it there to find out they had extended our time in port by 3 hours due to customs taking too long! We disembarked in LA, and didnt do much but head straight for the airport. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Sailed up the coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver on the Norwegian Jewel. The 6 of us splurged and stayed in one of the 3 Bedroom Garden Villas. We were in Suite 14000. The color scheme was in blues and was simply fabulous. They say the ... Read More
Sailed up the coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver on the Norwegian Jewel. The 6 of us splurged and stayed in one of the 3 Bedroom Garden Villas. We were in Suite 14000. The color scheme was in blues and was simply fabulous. They say the interior space is about 4,200 square feet but looks and feels like around 3,000 when we compare it to our home. Whatever, it was sensational AND we are already booked in another Garden Villa for next year doing the Panama Canal. You can't beat the service and attention you get when you stay in the Villa. Everything is First Class. Our Butler was Jennifer and just the best. Wish we could have her on all of our cruises. We enjoyed eating from the specialty restaurants in our suite at the table that sat 8 people. We actually ate every breakfast there and some lunches along with a few dinners. Having your own private sundeck, Jacuzzi and sauna was another plus. The suite can sleep up to 8 people but that is with one roll away twin bed so if you spread the cost it becomes affordable. I highly recommend staying in one of the villas at least once just to sample it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We were on that same cruise that the person reviewed under the title "The Haven Needs Updating" as that is the only cruise up the west coast on the Jewel as it transitions to the Alaskan run and that also stopped in in Astoria ... Read More
We were on that same cruise that the person reviewed under the title "The Haven Needs Updating" as that is the only cruise up the west coast on the Jewel as it transitions to the Alaskan run and that also stopped in in Astoria We were in Suite 14510 which would have been the suite next to theirs. We had just a complete opposite experience from what they had. Since there was only one male butler in the haven, we would have had the same butler. Roland was an outstanding butler. He always responded promptly, efficiently and friendly to every request and need that wee had. We mentioned to him on the first day that we would like a pitcher of ice water in our refrigerator. That pitcher was kept filled through out our trip. He always brought wine, or cocktails to our suite when ever we requested them. He also anticipated our needs. When we went ashore the first time, we said we would like to have some sandwiches in our room when we returned The next time when we went ashore, sandwiches were in our room upon return. If you did not see him in the hall, a phone call would get your request fulfilled. We ate dinner in our room one evening and he made it a very enjoyable experience. The Haven valet, Jon, was also outstanding. If you chose to eat breakfast or lunch in the Haven, He got your order in a fast friendly manner and always made sure everything was to your satisfaction. He kept coffee,water and juice out in the morning along with pastries. After that there was cookies, and candies available. In the afternoon there was popcorn. This was our 16th cruise with NCL. Roland and Jon were an essential part of making this a great cruise. They rank among the best we have ever had. Bruno, The concierge, was also great, Readily available to meet all of our needs. He was always available in Moderno every morning to take any requests that you might have. If you missed him there, he was always available by phone. Even in light of a recent family tragedy, he was always available to satisfy our needs with a smile on his face. I don't often write reviews but our experience was so completely different from the previous reviewer, that I wanted to present our thoughts concerning this excellent staff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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