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Embarkation - You'll see me saying time and time again, Haven is the way to go! The dedicated Haven security line and lounge to fill out forms was awesome! The parking garage being across the street from the terminal (accessible by ... Read More
Embarkation - You'll see me saying time and time again, Haven is the way to go! The dedicated Haven security line and lounge to fill out forms was awesome! The parking garage being across the street from the terminal (accessible by sky bridge) was quite nice as well. One problem was when we took the elevator to the floor that said embarkation, the door was secured so we had to get backs downstairs to floor level. Not very good signage. Once we were registered and received our key cards, we were escorted onboard the ship to the Haven area on Deck 17, and waited in the Haven observation lounge while our concierge briefed us on some items of interest. We had lunch in the dining room which was totally awesome (more about dining later) then went to our room, which was a forward penthouse suite on deck 10. So, having a priority baggage tag means nothing if you’re not on the Haven levels (17 & 18). Even though we were in Haven suites, our luggage on the 10th deck didn’t arrive till anywhere between 4pm and 7pm. We’re seeing inside cabins and others have their bags long before ours. Not quite what you purchase the Haven class for. Dining – Well there are many choices and only 7 days to do them. We took advantage of 4 specialty restaurants for dinner. Le Bistro – Was very nice. You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes. On the menu is a wide variety of very nicely prepared dishes. The foie gras appetizer was delightful. The sole was an awesome entrée. The service is wonderful and the food superb. Highly recommend this one, make your reservation long before embarkation day. Food Republic – A unique restaurant, you order via tablets on the table. The variety was quite amazing, from sushi items (rolls) to Hamachi taquitos (quite unique), crudo and a wide variety of other items. Best when going with others, order to share. We went once as a couple for dinner and I went solo for lunch. Both times were superb. Unlike most of the other specialty dining places you can usually get in without a reservation or make one same day. Teppanyaki – This is a must do! Do the steak and shrimp combo. The show is wonderful, with a table of 8 you get to meet new friends. The food is the star of the evening. I normally don’t eat fried rice, I ate this (would have had more but knew the main course was yet to come) and marveled at all the flavors in it. The steak and shrimp were superb. If you want to eat here, make reservations as soon as possible. Ocean Blue – So this is the one that is labeled as “next to impossible to get into”, but turned out to be a massive “meh”. The food was pretty good, I’ve had much better seafood stew. The meal was probably 3rd best of our specialty restaurants. Haven Restaurant – This is just another reason to book a Haven suite. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served in the exclusive Haven restaurant. The hours for lunch were a bit late (noon vice the usual 11 for most places) but the food was great. One thing, the menu never changes, but with the several choices you’ll find something good. Breakfast is quite nice with a small buffet to sample from as well as the menu. Add to that the view and it’s a wonderful option to have. Maltings Bar- An awesome whiskey bar, a great selection. The bartenders were a joy to talk with and learn about various whiskies. Sugar Cane Mojito Bar – Want to try some great rums? This is the place! Once again, great staff and an excellent time. Local – A great pub, the food was good, not exceptional but basically pub food. The fact they stay open late is a plus. A nice vibrant atmosphere. Entertainment - Footloose was a great musical. Elements (the Cirque like production) was great as well. A very nice theater with comfortable seating, especially in the reserved Haven rows. Spa – HORRIBLE!! Seriously, how do you not have the thermal suites and other good things your other ships have in their spa? Add to that the abysmal service (you wait in a restroom that has some lockers, a shower and not much else) and hope they don’t forget about you like they did me. Then, to top it off they wanted to cut my appointment time down so they could keep on schedule. That didn’t happen. Oh, and to add to that, they keep your cruise card and then had trouble locating mine after my massage. This definitely was the weakest link of the cruise. My wife and I had massages on separate days and both felt as this was the worst part of the cruise. Disembarkation – The smoothest I’ve ever seen. The new Immigration system (getting picture taken and green light to proceed) is a very efficient process. We got to our car and were gone with some very fond memories. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have been on many cruises and have sailed on just about every cruise line and found this ship to be very well planned with ample space so as not to feel crowded with a full ship. Be sure to head to the observatory- best spot on the ... Read More
We have been on many cruises and have sailed on just about every cruise line and found this ship to be very well planned with ample space so as not to feel crowded with a full ship. Be sure to head to the observatory- best spot on the ship! Embarkation was very fast and easy. Luggage was delivered to the room within 3 hours to the room. A few items missing upon check-in however any issue that arose was handled swiftly, there was never a need to ask for anything twice. If you have an issue that can wait until the second day regarding customer service I highly suggest waiting. The line during the first few hours at customer service was very long. Shows were hit or miss with Elements being the highlight during our cruise. It was worth the extra $15 per person for the go carts so much fun! With that being said, there are things that are just missing from this ship. The small things we have become accustomed to..no chocolates on pillows at night, no towel animals, no one really circulating asking if you wanted a drink from the bar, very rushed dinners, $8 convenience fee for room service, $10 to watch a movie in your room. Nickel and dime as others have said. If you are a smoker the only place to smoke cigarettes was a tiny area on the 17th floor and a glass enclosed small space in the Casino when it was open. No cigarettes in the Cigar lounge which many of us found to be ridiculous and sexist. At times there were well over 100 people crammed into a small uncovered area with no tables and limited seating. We were certainly treated like third class citizens on the Joy. We had the dining package and ate at Cagney’s Twice - beware these specialty dining restaurants are a la cartel NOT flat fee per person and our bills were $150 each night without drinks which were zerod out afterward. Best food and dining experience onboard, the crab cakes were second to none! The Bistro was very good. Many other cruisers were not happy with the BBQ restaurant and the Italian restaurant. The main dining halls were efficient and just “ok”. The buffet was also limited but still plenty to chose from. Many excursions by helicopter and airplane were cancelled due to weather. Even with a $50 per port credit the excursions were very overpriced. Do not take the Skagway excursion found in port that says “Bear sighting Guaranteed” it was the worst excursion we have ever taken (not through the ship). The Train was nice but again overpriced at 300 for 2 people in bad weather - couldn’t see much at all with window fogging up and bad weather. Disembarkation went smoothly once it opened. Plenty of options to get to the airport easily and we’ll organized. I would certainly go on another cruise on the Joy but only if we have the dining package. I would like to see this ship in a warmer climate to try the awesome water Slide! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Daughter and Son in law took this cruise in July 2019, They loved it. I found the web page and customer service via phone to be outstanding. Easily changed a return flight so as to get back the last day. Wife and I (first time) had ... Read More
Daughter and Son in law took this cruise in July 2019, They loved it. I found the web page and customer service via phone to be outstanding. Easily changed a return flight so as to get back the last day. Wife and I (first time) had a great time. The ship was great. The Staff was excellent. Daryrl was in charge of the room. Talked to a young waitress Christine and found her very Friendly. I noticed one of the Restaurant managers once in The French Bistro and in the Taste. She was an excellent manager(blond short hair) of her staff and treated all the customers with respect. This being the last cruise of the season, I expected lost stops for weather. None happened, the weather turned out great and turned warm enough to use the pool. Entertainment was great, Six, Jersey Boys, Prohibition, music in the atrium and Beatles review. Excursions were outstanding and the bus drivers were professional and friendly. I found Juneau to be very interesting even in the rain. We took the Skagway rail ride, it was great the views and guides full of information. Ketchikan took the pub crawl. the young lady who took us on the tour was a local and full of knowledge. I intend to take another cruise next year and will use NCL. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were on the last cruise of the Alaska season for the NCL Bliss. The people where excellent even for the last cruise. The food was great. The ship was beautiful with lots of activities. The race track was a lot of fun. We really ... Read More
We were on the last cruise of the Alaska season for the NCL Bliss. The people where excellent even for the last cruise. The food was great. The ship was beautiful with lots of activities. The race track was a lot of fun. We really enjoyed the comedians. Saving the best for last - the casino was non smoking. They have a glassed in Casino for the smokers. We ate dinner at 3 specialty places - Teppanyaki, Cagney steakhouse, and the Le Bistro. Teppanyaki was the best. We also ate in all three free restaurants and they was all good. The only issue that I had was the price of the shore excursion to the craft brewery and whiskey tasting. The price charged by the cruise line was $89. When we arrived they were advertising the tour for $24.95. So we paid the difference of $64 for a bus ride. Price was too much for excursion. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We left from Seattle, and arrived the day before ship departure. We stayed at Hotel Ändra, highly recommended and great location. We were pleasantly surprised and had a great time exploring Pike Market, Space Needle etc. We actually ... Read More
We left from Seattle, and arrived the day before ship departure. We stayed at Hotel Ändra, highly recommended and great location. We were pleasantly surprised and had a great time exploring Pike Market, Space Needle etc. We actually would have spent more time here! But we came for a cruise, and it sure delivered. This ship is absolutely fantastic, but what makes it even more of a spectacular experience is the multi cultural staff and the personality of the staff. ALL of the staff was amazing, smiling, pleasant, eager to help and just happy! Embarking was so smooth, came at allotted time and we were literally never waiting for more than a few minutes in a line. Very well organized. Same with disembarking, we never new they set up the paths or anything and it was smooth sailing. We used the shuttle service to the airport and had our bags shipped to our destination and that as well went without any problems. We had a stateroom with a balcony and it was roomy, clean and beautiful views at all time. I’m so happy we did this because I enjoyed sun out on that balcony more than once and enjoyed grabbing fresh air in privat. We chose 250 WIFI minutes and I have to say I checked in w my adult kids daily and never used up the minutes. We also had the beverage package and high end beer/wine and liquor was part of that so we could vacation “properly”. For us it was well worth it! We also chose to do the upgraded dining package for 4 days. We chose this because we wanted to try out some of the restaurants and wanted to be able to have reservation...we realized after you could still make reservation at the main dining room but we were blown away with the Mexican Los Lobos and Cagneys....food was to die for!!! Elizabeth at Los Lobos was the best waitress we’ve ever had!!! The food is so good everywhere though and you will never go hungry, never. For excursions we had chosen to do a whale watch in Juneau followed by a quick tour to the Mendenhall Glacier. We saw plenty of whales and the tour was awesome, they even provided binoculars! We saw the glacier right before it got dark so we were happy! The second excursion was in Skagway where we did the train ride, goldpanning and dog sledding. We learned so much this day we’re still in awe. The train ride was spectacular and our guide, Klondike Mike, was incredible at telling the history! We’ll definitely be following the Iditarod race in March! So overall, the excursions where absolutely worth the money. We did our own thing in Ketchikan, which worked out perfect for us. We travelled with another group of 3 other couples but had already decided we were doing our own thing. It was easy communicating with our company through the app so we could meet up whenever. There were always some activity going on if you were up for it. I ended up splurging and got the spa pass for the week and enjoyed the time in there immensely. If there was something I would “suggest” changing it would be the Beatles show, we never got to see that show because you had to stand in line for at least 45 min everyday, how about reservations for that? And the Observatory Lounge is such beautiful space to take in all the views,how about a child free section? There were times when groups of 10-15 people with their young children took over whole areas for a full day. We absolutely recommend this trip and are already thinking about where our next cruise will bring us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I wanted to explore a new destination Alaska and what better way than on a cruise ship especially the Norwegian Bliss which was designed for Alaska Cruises. I've been on several Norwegian Cruises over the years and to me they are very ... Read More
I wanted to explore a new destination Alaska and what better way than on a cruise ship especially the Norwegian Bliss which was designed for Alaska Cruises. I've been on several Norwegian Cruises over the years and to me they are very well organized especially with both the embarkation and disembarkation. A lot of people don't understand that the disembarkation process depends a lot on custom but once clearance has been given from customs, Norwegian has a very well organized options for getting off the ship. I always get the spa pass and on this trip it was very important for me since I had acute back pain/sciatica nerve pain throughout my trip. I also had a 3 specialty dining package which I enjoyed very much plus 2 free specialty dinning options with 1 free bottle of wine as a courtesy for being a Platinum Lattitude Member. Norwegian always has a nice line up of great entertainment consisting of music venues, shows etc. I saw a Beatles cover band which were awesome but missed the theatre shows on account of being ill with the back pain issues on some evenings but overall I made the best of it and still had a relaxing vacation. I did one excursion in Skagway which was a 6 hour bus tour of the Yukon which included a nice lunch and the option to get off the bus several time during the road trip to take some awesome pictures. It was a very well run excursion which I booked through Norwegian. As a platinum member I received a 10% discount. Overall Norwegian offers a great value on their cruises with great dinning options, entertainment, excursions and they offer generous perks to their repeat cruises through the Lattitude Program. I even had all my clothes washed and folded for free for my Platinum Lattitude status which I appreciate.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first Cruise, it was great to see Alaska. I would like to say that Jake the cruise director was lots of fun and did a great job in keeping everyone happy and laughing all the time. Being our first cruise I would like to say ... Read More
This was our first Cruise, it was great to see Alaska. I would like to say that Jake the cruise director was lots of fun and did a great job in keeping everyone happy and laughing all the time. Being our first cruise I would like to say that the food was fair, went to a few of the show and they were great. Some of the special dinning were fair to middle. The store were lots of fun to shop at. The service of the cabin was great. leaving the ship was nice but the trip to the towns were a little stuff in the trams. But I would like to say the over view of the total cruise was great. Great staff and Entertainment. The ports were lots of fun. Really enjoyed Skagway Alaska. I would recommend this cruise line to everyone who wants to take an cruise. The Bliss was very beautiful and very clean. Great crew and really enjoy the ships talent show and entertainment on board the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Every staff person we came across was friendly and very helpful. These people work hard to make our cruise the best possible. We got a card to pick a Hero on the cruise. I couldn't pick just one. They all were heroes. There is so ... Read More
Every staff person we came across was friendly and very helpful. These people work hard to make our cruise the best possible. We got a card to pick a Hero on the cruise. I couldn't pick just one. They all were heroes. There is so much hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly. I don't think we even saw a small portion of what all these people do for us. From our Stewart to the servers in the restaurants, they all had a smile and greeted every guest as if they were the most important person on the ship. This was my husband and I's first cruise. The experience was wonderful. The Bliss is a beautiful ship. The shows were awesome. The food was the best we have ever experienced. The verity of food, beverages, and entertainment was wonderful. So much to see do and try. We are excited to cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
High marks for Norwegian Cruise Line! The ship was wonderful, the service was very good, and the scenery was tremendous. It was a great way for my wife and I to celebrate our 25th anniversary. A few minor annoyances worth noting: 1) There ... Read More
High marks for Norwegian Cruise Line! The ship was wonderful, the service was very good, and the scenery was tremendous. It was a great way for my wife and I to celebrate our 25th anniversary. A few minor annoyances worth noting: 1) There aren't enough elevators for a ship this large, so plan on waiting several minutes before one becomes available; 2) Every time you walk onto the ship or into a dining area, a staff member with hand sanitizer will chant, "Washy, washy, happy, happy," which gets old quickly; 3) The daily menus for the main dining rooms aren't posted in the on-board app or shown on one of the ship's informational TV channels, so you won't know what's being served until you go to the restaurants; 4) Specialty restaurants are VERY expensive, with prices significantly higher than other cruise lines; 5) The ship was only in the Ketchikan and Victoria ports for about 4 hours each, which doesn't leave much time for sightseeing -- not to mention that we didn't arrive in Victoria until 8 p.m., when it was dark and places of interest were closing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This cruise was a cruise in memory of a good friend and a bucket list kind if thing. This was also my family's first cruise. We went on this cruise With a group of friends that have cruised before and told us this was the most ... Read More
This cruise was a cruise in memory of a good friend and a bucket list kind if thing. This was also my family's first cruise. We went on this cruise With a group of friends that have cruised before and told us this was the most incredible ship that they have been on. The food was amazing in every restaurant we went to: The buffet was our favorite we also went to the Manhattan for an adult dinner and it was amazing. When joyed the local and Taste and Savory. The one restaurant we didnt enjoy was Los Lobos, The service was slow and the food was not that great. Other than that the water slides were open every day the race track was open every day as was laser tag. I can't say enough about the people that they have working on the ship always very friendly got to know us and made our trip feel like we were at home. I am already getting ready to book my 2nd cruise with Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
First time cruising with Norwegian.. I would go again but I would not let them book my flights again. Getting off the airplane and to the ship was no problem for us. For our connecting flight in Atlanta we had to run so we wouldn’t miss ... Read More
First time cruising with Norwegian.. I would go again but I would not let them book my flights again. Getting off the airplane and to the ship was no problem for us. For our connecting flight in Atlanta we had to run so we wouldn’t miss our flight we literally got on board and they shut the door. My dad’s experience was not so great at 79 years old everyone at the airport for Norwegian was gone so he had to lug his own suitcase to the bus pick up area. He almost didn’t make it to the ship. He was so stressed. Going home our flights weren’t any better we had to sit in the airport for over 12 hours and having to stay awake for more than 24 hours not the best way to end the vacation. Onto food.. The buffet was good but in my opinion they could have switched up the food better and had more options. When we did get food from there it was cold. The free fancy restaurants were amazing and the food was great. While I liked the “freestyle” dining I did miss seeing everyone dressed up. They need better photographers on board most of our pictures were not taken well. While on board my card was de-activated this was due to the girl at the check in counter using my pass port to identify me which has my maiden name. This threw off all my information I had entered months ago when I booked the cruise. Then I had to prove who I was. The guest services lines were very long. My dad who is a smoker only had one place to go smoke all the way in the back of the ship on the 17th floor. Long walk for all the elderly smokers on board. Getting off the ship at each port was a breeze and each port was amazing… Our excursions was amazing as well. Getting off the ship was a nightmare a lot of mad people being told different things as to which line to be in. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Alaska was a bucket list trip for my mother and father. Unfortunately, my mother passed away and my father is starting to lose mobility. So, this was a very important trip for my sister and I to take with my father, and Alaska did not ... Read More
Alaska was a bucket list trip for my mother and father. Unfortunately, my mother passed away and my father is starting to lose mobility. So, this was a very important trip for my sister and I to take with my father, and Alaska did not disappoint. The embarkation went smoothly, we were on the ship by 11:30 am which is a very impressive turnaround time. The ship is amazing as always. NCL ships tend to have a very similar layout, so I already knew my way around the 19 deck (20 if you include laser tag) floating luxury hotel. On the Joy they also have Galaxy Pavilion which is a virtual reality arcade. I walked around it with my sister and it seemed really interesting and an unique idea for a cruise ship. Spice H20 has a huge hot top much bigger than their other ships. Of course, I was most impressed by being able to sit in a hot top while staring at glaciers. The dinning I have mixed views on: Buffet: Convenient, easy to grab something quick, great for an easy breakfast, the omelette station is good for getting fresh eggs, but the food did not really stand out. Observation Lounge: Great place for getting a snack! The first day I had a spinach focaccia bread that was delicious, I kept going back hoping they would have more, but it was only there the first day. Surprisingly, the deserts they had there were different than the ones at the buffet and better! If you like carrot cake look for it at the observation lounge! Local: Their appetizers are great; they have a Greek watermelon feta salad that's good. Their burgers are burgers and a bit over-cooked to my taste (I was surprised that they did not ask me how I wanted it) Taste/Savor/Manhattan Room: Their main dinning is good. Their steak/beef menu options are nothing to write home about. (Granted I have to take into account that I may have been a bit spoiled by my first two nights at specialty restaurants) I was however impressed by their appetizers in fact one night I order 3 apps instead of getting an entree. Their deserts were fabulous! NCL knows how to do desserts across every restaurant that they have on board. Temppanyaki: Was spectacular! The show was good, the fried rice and vegetables were good, but most importantly the filet mignon melted in your mouth. This restaurant is a must! I love hibachi and NCL out does most if not all of the hibachi places I have been to. Cagney's: The service here was beyond compare. You can tell NCL takes pride in this restaurant! The steak was great and do not even get me started on how amazing the truffle mash potatoes were. La Cucina: This was my least favorite out of the specialty restaurants. It was good and better than main dinning (though the service was not anything special, and I had some great waiter in the main dining rooms that were more attentive) The burrata was my favorite part and the pesto gnocchi was also very good. Entertainment was pretty good. I really enjoyed elements it was different, engaging, and had amazing special effects, it is a must see! The performers were also friendly and fun! The game shows were always nice to stop and watch in the atrium, I love the shows that include guests, they are always funny, and a good time. There were some days that not much in the itinerary seemed interesting, but I grabbed some friends I met on board and started a game of cards in the observation lounge which was just as fun. Dan Dan the cruise director was great, and I really enjoyed him in late night entertainment. If you like dancing the social is the place to go however, I do have some mixed feelings there. For the most part the service was spectacular. However, I did have an unfortunate incident (which happened to be on my birthday) where a crew member yelled at me, then my sister and it caused my sister to get upset because she is shy and quiet. (Which made me more upset) The next day my sister ran the cruise critic and I met the officers. Martin Ivanov the general manager said to come with him to with any concerns, and without much detail I told him it was my Birthday and this crew member was a jerk and provided him with a picture of the crew members badge. I have to say both him and Ana Maria Malata really took care of me and helped make my birthday special, I was blown away. My cabin Steward was amazing I some how do not have a picture of his badge but I his name was Joevi (I probably misspelled that) He decorated my cabin and hand wrote a birthday card for me. I felt bad about making a compliant and was so impressed by the crew that I thought “whatever everyone has bad days.” Unfortunately, the second to last night at the 80’s party in the social. The crew member that I said was a “jerk” confronted me saying that I got him in trouble. (I am not using his name because I really do not want anyone to be in trouble) He might have meant well, but he was in no way apologizing and, even kind of threatened me, so awkward. I work in corporate management and it made me cringe to think of employee confronting a complaint/ threatening a client. It is a bit sad that I had to avoid a crew member on the ship, but at that point the cruise was almost over and I really did not want to be involved, I just wanted to enjoy my vacation. The rest of the crew was amazing, and I really hope if I go on another NCL cruise that I will not have to deal with an angry crew member, and that no other future passenger does either. Excursions: Juno: Canoeing/Glaciers Fun but there was no wildlife, they did provide rain gear which was a bonus Skagway: Kayaking Cold, but beautiful. I saw bald eagles, a bear, and tons of salmon! Ketchikan: Lumberjack Show/ Totem Park Lumberjack show was a bit cheesy but fun and learning the history of clans in Alaska through Totem stories was a cool experience. Glacier Bay: Not an excursion but still an amazing day on the boat. NCL opened the bow of the boat for close viewing, provided blankets, and even had an expert on board to talk about the glaciers. Disembarkation was well organized even though there was a line/wait to get off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
After booking a cruise with Norwegian Joy on her new itinerary to Alaska, I obsessively read the reviews on this site and others. Yes, the beginning reviews were not so great, but then got better, so I worried less. However, my husband and ... Read More
After booking a cruise with Norwegian Joy on her new itinerary to Alaska, I obsessively read the reviews on this site and others. Yes, the beginning reviews were not so great, but then got better, so I worried less. However, my husband and I personally had nothing to worry about since the incredible staff in the Haven enclave took such great care of us. If you can, book a Haven suite...post-pone your cruise, save your money and book a Haven suite! The enclave included an indoor pool, hot tub, outdoor sun deck with two additional hot tubs, two lounges, a bar, an observatory, a library, concierge, and of course the wonderful Haven restaurant. Within this peaceful place we experienced the awe of Alaska. I was simply overwhelmed by the personal service the staff gave us. They all, always greeted us by name, knew our drink preferences, went out of the way to indulge us in any way they could, think...bowlfuls of gummy bears and peanut M&M's in our room, not once but four times. The head concierge came to each specialty restaurant and searched out his Haven people to inquire about our experience and to make sure it lived up to his standards for each of us. These wonderful people smiled, laughed, conversed and even sang. They were fun, interesting and incredibly professional. They work so very hard to give each person an ideal cruise experience. Having just gushed about our experience, I will have to say that I can very much understand people's comments concerning the rest of the ship, and unfortunately the staff. When we emerged from our fantasy Haven-land the crowds were very apparent. Several times I walked the ship and looked around the shops, restaurants, bars, deck 15 Observatory, and buffet. All were very crowded and very loud. It's understandable since the approximately 3600 other passengers were left with very little inside space. The layout of the ship felt cramped and dark with the exception of the Observatory and some bars. The two "atriums" were small and felt closed in by the floors above and/or below. It was so apparent that this ship, with the exception of the Observatories, was not planned with Alaska in mind. When you have that many people crowding in an inside space because of the cold outside, you are bound to have stress and tension. That, in my humble opinion, is not the way anyone should experience the incredible awe and wonder that is Alaska. As a result of the overcrowding, many of the staff were not happy and it showed. The one time I inquired about the general library hours at guest services I got a pretty much a sneer when I asked why they were only open two hours a day. In the Brew House District bar, which we enjoyed all the great beers, we never got a smile or even eye contact when we ordered at the bar though there were only two other couples in the entire place. The service in the specialty restaurants felt rushed and very impersonal. But it was easy to see why since they were soooo busy and crowded. Many staff members I met were polite and professional, yet the ones that weren't unfortunately stand out. I know they all work so hard, get little sleep and must also be overwhelmed by the noise and crowds. I just wish that at dry dock Norwegian execs would have made the decision to have fewer cabins and thus a smaller crowd for the sake of their customers and staff. I will say that while I believe Norwegian Joy is the wrong ship for an Alaskan cruise, if you cannot afford the Haven, it is probably just fine for a warmer climate cruise. I love the thought of dining and having drinks on the Waterfront overlooking a warm sea, but this outdoor space was truly underutilized in the cold weather. Again, my true appreciation and respect to the marvelous staff that took care of us. After thirty cruises my Alaskan adventure in the Haven was absolutely the best. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
20 cruises over 25 years and it certainly isn’t getting better. Every other activity on the daily schedule was either pay for it or they’re trying to sell something. Food quality is way down activities are almost nil unless you pay ... Read More
20 cruises over 25 years and it certainly isn’t getting better. Every other activity on the daily schedule was either pay for it or they’re trying to sell something. Food quality is way down activities are almost nil unless you pay for them. Norwegian joy to Alaska is booked as a one day at sea when it was actually three days. So much for truth in advertising. One stop in Victoria BC is from 8 PM to 12 midnight that’s one of the days at sea in my opinion. I would suggest buying the dining package because the food on deck is fair at best. No more 24 hour pizza at one end and burgers at the other no more midnight chocolate buffets. The ship was built in 2017 and was quite elegant but lacked in any sports activities. Race track for kids and adults but quite expensive huge arcade also very expensive. Service overall was very good especially in the dining room and cabin. Shore excursions when booked through the cruise line are outrageously priced although Alaska tends to be more expensive. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were a party of four (my wife and I and my brother and his wife, all late 60’s early 70’s) and we booked Neptune suites on either side (port and starboard) of the Neptune Lounge entrance. That way you don’t miss any views and one ... Read More
We were a party of four (my wife and I and my brother and his wife, all late 60’s early 70’s) and we booked Neptune suites on either side (port and starboard) of the Neptune Lounge entrance. That way you don’t miss any views and one side always gets the sun. However, if you have to pick one side starboard is better as you spend more time on the veranda coming back. The weather was mostly very good, some rain but sun when it was important. We booked 6 months early got a free beverage and no gratuities perk, and the price was less than brochure. The cruise – If you enjoy cruising then you must do this one at least once. Ours was the end of season seven-day Alaskan cruise. Average age 65+; few children (who seemed to have a good time.) I suspect the ship was not sold out and other than the Lido buffet things were pretty quiet. Smoking section is outside aft of the lido and was a sensible solution – heard no complaints and there were quite a few older smokers. Clothing – For excursions and on the boat deck during Glacier Bay - I read everything in Cruise Critic (advice varied) and planned accordingly and was very cold the first day as I did not have any fleece or wool layers. Bought a sweater in Juneau for the rest of the trip. My recommendation – • thin long sleeve thermal undershirt(UNIQLO heatex), • light to medium wool sweater with high neck – zip up was best, • cotton hoodie • unlined rain jacket (NorthFace), • light scarf • light wool gloves These layers were pared down according to condition. Fully dressed in the 45° rain on one of the whale boats on their outside decks. Extras – You don’t need: • Binoculars – the ship has them (in the suite) and all the tours have good ones as well. • Bug spray – never saw a mosquito • Sun block – you welcome any sun There were two ‘formal’ nights and most folks dressed up – some in suits and a few in tuxes – for the main dining rooms. I brought a jacket and tie and black slacks. Embarkation – we arrived at 11:15 and they opened the gate at 11:45 and we were in our room shortly after. We snacked in the Neptune Lounge and had salads in the Lido. The stateroom – Neptune suites are really gorgeous – this was our 4th time and they have only gotten better appointed. Very spacious and a large balcony, although this was only used on sunny days when we had them. Free laundry and binoculars. We have gotten used to booking suites which means we cruise less but cruise better. Our favorite is the Haven suites on Norwegian but Holland is our favorite after that. Both offer some dining advantages especially breakfast and sometimes lunch. Entertainment – we did not partake except to listen to the classical ensemble. Typically we retire after a late dinner Neptune Lounge – This lounge area is a really nice respite from the rest of the ship, offering a quiet escape and great snacks and beverages throughout the day. Plus there is a concierge on duty to assist with any kind of planning. Having it across the hall made it real easy to grab coffee (one of those wonderful cappuccino machines) and get back to the room. Wifi – standard package (day and capacity based) was fine for email and news – 89$ for the week. What we did – • Juneau – 50° - mixed rain and cloudy - we took the whale watch catamaran and Mendenhall Glacier package - about 5 hours. Saw 10 whales, some see lions and a few eagles – and then a bus ride to the glacier. Good guides throughout. I would recommend just doing the whales and skipping the glacier – not much of it left and you miss Juneau. Or if you can afford it – do the float plan tour of the glacier. Saw a little of Juneau at beginning and end of trip. • Sitka – 47° - Mixed rain and sun - we took the another catamaran and saw plenty of otters. Then a bus ride to a raptor sanctuary and bear sanctuary. Missed seeing Sitka. • Glacier Bay – 45-50° - Mostly sunny – This is why you do this cruise – Seeing whales and sea otters is fun, but this part of the trip makes the whole trip worth it. It consumes most of the day and the scenery is visible from many venues on deck, even from your staterooms. Really spectacular landscape and great narration by park rangers. We saw bears, mountain goats, eagles, a whale or two and many glaciers – even caught a double ‘calving’ at one. • Katchican – 42° heavy Rain and then sun - we took the another catamaran. Aside from a 45-minute tour of the beautiful Misty Fjords, most of this 4.5 hour trip is getting there and back. And you have zero time in Katchican, the best ‘town experience’ on this trip. If I did it again I would do the float plane tour of the fjords, otherwise skip it. • At sea to Vancouver – 50° sunny – we arrived at 6 so we never left the ship. Dining – • Lido – better than I remember – really good curries. • Main dining room – Ate there four times –always good - the gala night was the best menu. • Pinnacle – Beautiful space. The rib eye and NY strips were tough and either under or over cooked. The 7 oz filets were perfect, as where all the sides and the service was just great. • Rudi’s Seafood dinner night at the Pinnacle was well worth it – best meal of the trip - we had the dover sole on the frame (skillfully filleted in front of you). My wife had perfect rack of lamb. Big portions. Sides and desserts were really good. • Tamarind – had a really good experience there – We felt that the food and venue (and service) are underrated. I had excellent sashimi and the others had a combo of Asian appetizers and a filet. Great appetizers and sides as well. • Room service – didn’t have any – My sister in law loved it. Overall – I give this cruise B+ that with a few tweaks (regarding excursions) it would have been an A. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This is my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it too but we had and amazing room, the ship was beautiful and there was a ton to do and see. Getting on the ship was painless, we were in a concierge suite so had priority ... Read More
This is my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it too but we had and amazing room, the ship was beautiful and there was a ton to do and see. Getting on the ship was painless, we were in a concierge suite so had priority embarkment and got on the ship quickly. We were able to schedule meals and entertainment quickly so we were able to relax and start enjoying our trip right away. Our cabin was great, we were in a Concierge Family Suite with balcony and it was a great room - lots of space, comfortable bed and big balcony. Our room steward was friendly and did a great job keeping our room clean and tidy. We ate at both the complimentary and specialty dinning. We also had the option to eat at La Cucina for breakfast and lunch as perk of out concierge suite. Overall the food was anywhere from good to great. Most of what we ate at the complimentary restaurants was pretty tasty and the service was always good, although felt a little rushed (understandable as there are lots of people who need to eat). La Cucina for our breakfasts and lunch was great the food was very good and service was wonderful. For out specialty dinners we ate at Cagney's, Food Republic, Le Bistro and Q. Cagney's and Le Bistro were very good - Cagney's had the best service and ambiance but Le Bistro had the best food. Q was pretty good and kind of a nice change of pace from the other food on the ship; the service was fine but perhaps the least consistent. The service and food republic was great and the food was ok but if you regularly eat asian/Japanese food will probably find it underwhelming flavor wise. There are lots of great bars and lounges on the boat. I personally liked the A-list the best and trying the mojito's at the mojito bar the most fun to drinks to try. There is a ton to do on the ship but we didn't take part in a lot of it. I enjoyed doing morning trivia, getting a chai latte and hanging out in the observation lounge, we did a painting class that was fun, I tried out the water slide it was cold so no lines, I got a pedicure with the most amazing view of glacier bay, we saw a comedy show that was quite funny and did two wine tastings. The sommelier was fantastic and learned a lot about wine and champagne. We didn't plan and excursions and they only one we were interested in was sold out (we waited until the last min so our bad) so just wondered around the ports. Juneau and Skagway were beautiful but nothing really to do but shop without going on an excursion. Ketchikan seemed the most interesting to wonder through and I really enjoyed walking around the Salmon Run. Glacier Bay was extraordinary. Elevators can get pretty jammed up if you want to take an elevator at the front of the boat but the ones at the back were almost always easy to get on. Out cabin was as far as you could go forward on our floor so it was a bit of a trek but generally easier. It was a great vacation and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I'm so glad we went despite some of the negative reviews. I have not one complaint! Although every trip has a snag or two, I just don't sweat the small stuff. We loved our mini suite. Yes, it may be as big as other ships suites, ... Read More
I'm so glad we went despite some of the negative reviews. I have not one complaint! Although every trip has a snag or two, I just don't sweat the small stuff. We loved our mini suite. Yes, it may be as big as other ships suites, but it was certainly big enough The larger bathroom with the nice shower was great! The room steward was nice and friendly and we were obliged in every request I read lots of complaints about food before we left but I thought it was excellent. So many choices we didn't hit them all. We could find something 24 hours a day. The bars were great! We had the drink package and felt it was well worth the money. I'm not even a big drinker but 7 days I sure put some away and it was worry free. Some people I met did not have the package and regretted that in about day 5. The excursions were well organized and we had a great time on each one. We had the sea plane excursion and it was canceled due to weather. Once again, although disappointing i just didn't sweat it. We just picked something else and I was happy I could go on and on but I just feel if everyone could just relax and remember the staff are trying to please about 4000 people at once it brings things into perspective. You may encounter that one crew member that isn't as friendly or helpful as they should be but that is just a one off. Don't sweat it, find someone else to ask Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was one of our all-time favourite cruises! The Norwegian Bliss is one of the most beautiful ships we've been on (modern, tasteful, understated elegance rather than in your face opulence). The staff were amazing - all were ... Read More
This was one of our all-time favourite cruises! The Norwegian Bliss is one of the most beautiful ships we've been on (modern, tasteful, understated elegance rather than in your face opulence). The staff were amazing - all were genuinely friendly and helpful. The port stops in Juneau and Skagway were awesome - as were the shore excursions (visit to glacier, whale watching, kayaking and White Pass train). We were disappointed that we had to skip Ketchikan b/c of high winds, but oh well.... We normally cruise Royal Carribbean, and many warned us to lower our expectations on the dining - no way! The food was great, with many options to choose from. If you can get the specialty dining as part of a FREE AT SEA promotion - do it - its definitely worth it! (So is the open bar :)). Because we went in mid September, there were very few kids aboard - so that might be of note to some. We did the spa package (thermal suite) which was expensive but well worth it (it was chilly most days, so the pool deck and waterslides were not in the cards for us - but a daring few did take advantage). Would definitely recommend it on a late season Alaska itinerary! In terms of entertainment, Jersey Boys was simply breathtaking - and from someone who goes to musical theatre regularly, that says a lot. The musical SIX was really not enjoyable to us (I really don't know why they'd sub that in - again, comes from someone who goes to shows regularly) - but the performers were all very talented with excellent pipes. The Beatles shows in the Cavern Club were outstanding (the guy who played Paul had him down pat - mannerisms and everything!!). Would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone young or old! Go see the glaciers before they're gone!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Disappointed in the lack of service in our stateroom, had to deep reminding the steward to empty trash, provide toilet paper, tissues and towels. Very disappointed in lack of space (seating) in the public areas like the Atrium and ... Read More
Disappointed in the lack of service in our stateroom, had to deep reminding the steward to empty trash, provide toilet paper, tissues and towels. Very disappointed in lack of space (seating) in the public areas like the Atrium and Observation deck. Also found that much of what we wanted to do was already booked on our first day. The cruise skipped going to Ketchikan due to weather, but no additional activities or entertainment was provided. Very bored at that point. Comedy club booked, specialty restaurants booked, Disembarking at stops was chaotic and long, should have been better managed. On a positive note, the food was very good, no matter which dining room we ate in, although finding a seat at the Garden Buffet was so difficult, if we already had food, it was cold by the time we were able to sit down. Everything on board was so expensive. Would not recommend Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because we were going to be in the Seattle area the week before and it was our 50th wedding anniversary. Our second cruise in 2019. The other cruise being on another cruise line, OCEANIA Over all I would give the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were going to be in the Seattle area the week before and it was our 50th wedding anniversary. Our second cruise in 2019. The other cruise being on another cruise line, OCEANIA Over all I would give the Norwegian bliss a C+ We had arranged a excursion in the port of Ketchikan and due to high and rough seas we were not able to get into port. I know that the cruse line can not be accountable for the weather, but the same ship (Bliss) didn't make it into the same port the week before for the same reason, but they were willing to take our money when they knew the same thing might happen again. They also offered a NIGHT Bus excursion in the city of Victoria BC, what were we thinking?? at night in a dark bus you could hardly see the totem polls that the driver was pointing out. I guess that one is on us, but why would you offer such a excursion? The food was ok, but not great, no laundry available for passengers unless you were willing to shell out, I believe it was $15.00 per bag. I did enjoy the race track on deck 16 and wish I had gone more than once. I was told that you needed to book early as it fills up fast, didn't find that a problem. We enjoyed the musical Six on the ships stage, However we missed the musical Jersey Boys as we missed the 10:30 performance. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Picked this cruise for our 30 year wedding anniversary. The cruise itself was nice but we had a great time early on but later not so much. The first stop in Juneau was nice. We wanted to do the Whale watch with Mendnehall glacer but it ... Read More
Picked this cruise for our 30 year wedding anniversary. The cruise itself was nice but we had a great time early on but later not so much. The first stop in Juneau was nice. We wanted to do the Whale watch with Mendnehall glacer but it sold out quickly. We were able to pick up the same thing off ship with a private company. The disembarkation was slow so we had little time to see much at Mendenhall. We had a great time on the whale watching boat. Saw lots of whales. Second stop was Skagway. We booked the UTV excusion that was in Haines and had a great time. Even saw a pair of juvenile eaglets playing overhead before taking off. Made me smile watching them play. At the end it started to rain (with wind) and get cool and made the boat ride back to Scagway pretty bumpy. I didn't get sea sick, but it might have made others (as a warning). Next stop was Glacier Bay...all I can say is Wow! So beautiful. Lots of blue skies and puffy clouds as a the beautiful back drop to all the mountains and glaciers. Great part of the whole trip to be able to sit out on the balcony and watch all the scenery go by. This is a must for an Alaskan itinerary! Now the bad...That evening a storm moved in and the Captain (with home office) called for us to not go to port. (found out later that Holland America made it into port) Grrr! I was looking forward to going to an eagle viewing excursion. From there on it was no fun. It was a lot of sitting around eating and drinking. Or you could pay to play bingo, deal or no deal, or the casino. You would think they would have tried to pull into Victoria early so we could see the place in the day light on our own...but nope they said we couldn't pull in early. So we had a day and a half at sea. Victoria was pretty much a bust. Can't do much in the dark within only 4 hrs. The bus ride to and back from town was $15 per or a 45 minute walk seemed a little pricey for a one and a half mile ride. We walked a bit and then just got frustrated because it was dark and had no directions on how to get anywhere so we just went back to the ship. What a waste of 4 hrs in port. They should find a different port to stop in so you can have maybe 6 hrs to do something or just scrap it all together and stay in another port longer. Don't get me wrong I loved the cruise it's just that things could be better in some cases. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had a wonderful time on our Alaska cruise on the Bliss from Seattle. First, I would like to praise the captain who made a couple of difficult decisions regarding when to leave a port and to skip a port. When we were in Skagway there ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on our Alaska cruise on the Bliss from Seattle. First, I would like to praise the captain who made a couple of difficult decisions regarding when to leave a port and to skip a port. When we were in Skagway there were extremely high winds (50+ mph) and delayed our leaving the port for 6 hours but hardly affected our itinerary in Glacier Bay. The other decision was to not stop in Ketchican due gale force winds, which in my opinion was a smart move. Now on to the ship, they definitely made changes from the Breakaway and Encore that were more appealing such as; adding the racetrack and laser tag (replaces ropes course), enclosing an area in the casino for smokers so the smoke doesn't permeate the rest of the casino and surrounding areas, reconfiguring the comedy club with the stage in the center, switching the blues club to the Cavern Club, adding the observation lounge (especially the one in the Haven), having the Haven sun deck span the entire front of the ship with two hot tubs, the addition of the Food Republic and Q (both excellent food). The shows; Jersey Boys is fantastic, I didn't think Six was good, comedy shows were excellent, Beatles shows were excellent but unfortunately got overcrowded when in the Cavern Club. Ate most of our meals in Haven (outstanding)but on specialty nights had good meals in Q and Tepanyaki, however Cagney's but was a bit subpar and did miss not having a Moderno on board. One night tried meal in Manhattan room which was a disaster and was given a free lunch at Food Republic because of it (which we loved and wish we knew about it before). Local was good for snacks. Lastly, entertainment staff was terrific as was our Concierge David and the entire Haven staff were first rate. Port Valet is a terrific feature of the Seattle cruise port where they send your luggage directly to your airline and check it in. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose to cruise Alaska on this ship to experience a 'big' ship with all it had to offer: go carts, laser tag, water slides, broadway style shows. We are all experienced cruisers but had never sailed on a ship this size. ... Read More
We chose to cruise Alaska on this ship to experience a 'big' ship with all it had to offer: go carts, laser tag, water slides, broadway style shows. We are all experienced cruisers but had never sailed on a ship this size. There are positives about this ship but more negatives. First and foremost, there are not enough public spaces. As there were six of us, we were always looking for a place to have drinks before dinner or, just to get together somewhere during the day for a a visit. This was a most difficult task on this ship. All the lounges were full before dinner and often during the day as well. The Observation Deck is spectacular but you have to get there early in the day to secure a spot as so many people stake their spot for the entire day! This becomes very obvious when you see staff bringing in hundreds of folding chairs into the Observation Deck. The lounges are mostly full. And, even if you do find a lounge with seating for six, it's nothing to write home about. The lounges on this ship rarely offer an outside view and are mostly very noisy. Nothing like the quiet spacious lounges with views that we're used to. Additionally, the Maltings Whiskey Bar on Deck 8 has a cigar smoking lounge beside it but because of inadequate ventilation you can often smell the smoke from this lounge. The same with the Casino on Deck 7. Smoke smells from their smoke room permeate throughout most of the public areas of Deck 7. We weren't always looking for room for six as often there were just two or four of us looking for a lounge. There was space in the outside lounges like Margaritaville, and the Pool bars and the Waterfront (which is lovely when the weather is nice) but it's cold up there in Alaska and, like the Waterfront spaces, these are weather dependent. In a nutshell, there just aren't enough nice quiet lounges or public spaces. Now for the food. We did not like the food on this ship. It's not a bad thing, but it's probably the only cruise we have ever been on that we either didn't gain and probably lost weight on! The food was plentiful, but not tasty. We ate in the specialty restaurants and were disappointed. We were also disappointed with the Garden Cafe buffet. To be fair to the ship, we never experienced breakfast and maybe that was their best offering! Overall, however, we would have to say it was the worst tasting food we have ever had on a cruise ship. By the end of our week we were looking forward to Q Smokehouse thinking that they couldn't really mess up ribs! Right? Wrong! The ribs themselves were OK (if you put enough sauce on them) but the sides were actually inedible. Why would any restaurant present you with four ribs on a huge platter and then place four tiny little sides in tiny little metal dishes on this huge platter? The platter looked absolutely bare! But worse, the sides were so bad! The coleslaw was flavourless, the beans so bland, the pickles awful and I can't remember the last side because I couldn't bear to try it! It seems the Executive Chef does not oversee the food or taste it. There is absolutely no food quality control on this ship! And if there is, they need a new taster! The best meal we had on this trip was at the Seattle airport! The internet. We took the internet package but should have received a refund. It didn't work for a day or two because of bad weather (we think) and when it did work it was soooooooo slow! It took an hour to download our (small) local newspaper. We had to buy more internet time just to have a paper to read. No game playing, no responding to emails (just reading them) and still we were out of time on our package. The ship did offer a Superior Package with a quicker download speed but having spent what we had already, we felt it should be more than enough for just simple email and newspaper downloads. We've never run out of Internet minutes before, even on much longer cruises from just as remote places. This ship stands alone! Guest Services was not really a service, and NCL should be well aware of this given the lines in front of Guest Services snaked down the corridor! Once you got to Guest Services, you were lucky if you got someone who actually understood what you were saying or cared about what you were there to discuss. We didn't get lucky! The Spa area floor is extremely slippery in spite of the fact that a staff member is constantly 'squeeging' it! This is around the Thermal Pool and Sauna area so beware. Also the Sauna is coed, you may prefer it, but we didn't. We did like our cabin, which surprised us as it was the smallest cabin we have ever cruised in but it was so well planned that there was room for everything, plenty of storage, nice vanity/desk layout, great washroom, and the TV was well situated and one was able to swivel it. Also, the ventilation was good and the bed was comfortable. We had a Mini Suite on Deck 8 and it was nice. The Lectures by the Park Rangers while cruising Glacier Bay were excellent. We appreciated the decisions the Captain had to make in regards to missing a port because of bad weather however, when we missed our port stop in Ketchikan, we fully expected to either sail into Victoria early (as there was a berth open at 2PM) or at the every least, be right on time. As it was, we were allowed off the ship at 8:30 PM and asked to be back on the ship by 11:30! Three hours in the nicest port of the cruise! All the other ships that we saw were there for at least 5 hours and often more. This ship spends far too little time in Victoria! Even their original schedule of arriving at 7:30 (which was adjusted to 8:00 PM prior to sailing) is too little time in this port. One should look closely at their port stop schedule, particularly in Victoria before choosing this ship. We were very disappointed. As a group, we enjoyed our time together and it was interesting to discover what a mega ship offers as we have always sailed on smaller ships but, having tried it once, we will not be trying it again as there was nothing that would entice us back such as good food or nice public spaces or an Observation Deck we could actually find a seat in. Having said this, if the weather is good so that you can enjoy the pool areas, waterslides, go carts and other outdoor areas and you have young children, it's probably a good ship for you! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because an "expert" told us this was the best way to see Alaska. We disagree completely after this experience. The actual ship itself was beautiful as we know it was just about a year old. Booking was not ... Read More
We chose this cruise because an "expert" told us this was the best way to see Alaska. We disagree completely after this experience. The actual ship itself was beautiful as we know it was just about a year old. Booking was not clear and seamed like everything was "extra" which is odd for a typical cruise. Once booked at not the best price by any means, the process from there of checking in etc was not as clear as it should be. Embarkation was smooth as possible. Disembarkation for each port was awful. No clear communication of what the plan was, they called everyone at once vs floor by floor so it was long lines, slow moving and a complete fire hazard. If we actually had to get off the boat for an emergency, thank goodness we didn't, it would be a disaster. The fact they only had one door open for thousands of people to exit was mismanagement. The staff had contradicting directions and operated like they've never done this before. Final disembarkation was a cluster as people didn't understand the tag system, when they needed to get off, where the luggage was going to be etc. I honestly felt bad for 1/2 the travelers because they were foreign or elderly and purely lost. Dining was fine as we didn't get the upgraded dining packages. Probably the one area of our experience that was on par with expectations. Entertainment and activities were interesting. The shows were the best experiences on the ship. Pure talent but again lack of organization having to reserve or not, letting people in or making them stand in lines etc. Activities were odd but overall not thought out. Everything on the deck didn't have the space for people to participate. Everything in the atrium seemed like again it was their first time doing it. The music acts were fabulous. Anything without the actual cruise staff was great! Service was spotty as there was no consistency in messaging. We ended up paying $300 each to have entry to the spa and while that is a ridiculous price for what we got, it made the trip bearable. I book groups into hotels and cruises for a living. I would never recommend this cruise to a client. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
On board: the room, balcony, was adequate; food also adequate, however, if pastry is your thing you will not find a decent croissant on Princess; flour to fat ratio all wrong. The room attendant was very friendly and helpful. In fact the ... Read More
On board: the room, balcony, was adequate; food also adequate, however, if pastry is your thing you will not find a decent croissant on Princess; flour to fat ratio all wrong. The room attendant was very friendly and helpful. In fact the entire staff was very well trained, helpful and friendly, with the exclusion of one surly female at the spa reception desk. On board lectures limited. Entertainment was enjoyable. Cruise entertainment director energetic, personable, funny and enthusiastic. Ports of Call: time spent in each port was sufficient. However, the ports of call were all geared towards retail sales with tee shirt shops and jewelry stores three to a block. Excursions offered were what one would expect. We choose a rafting trip. However, the waterproof gear given to us was wet and dirty on the INSIDE, even the boots were wet with sand and pebbles inside Not a pleasant experience. This was our second Princess cruise and probably our last. Not because of one bad excursion experience, rather a culmination of the entire Princess Cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019

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