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Another awesome cruise on NCL. The Bliss is a little over a year old. The staff is amazing and so friendly. Special thanks to our steward Hendra. He is a gem! There is no shortage of things to do. They have 2 water slides, go carts, laser tag, miniature golf and a casino. The Bliss also has several pools including one adult only pool and multiple hot tubs from forward to aft. NCL has a fully packed itinerary to occupy every minute of every day. The food was decent, much better in the specialty restaurants than the buffet and other complimentary restaurants. In addition to the buffet they have 4 complimentary restaurants. The Local Bar and Grill is open 24 hours and had the worst food on the ship. The buffet was better than the Local. 9 specialty restaurants give you plenty of other options. The steakhouse was the best. For those who drink there are at least 6 bars which were pretty lively every day. There's also a Starbucks, gelato shop, bake shop and specialty confectioner with milkshakes, crepes and homemade candy. Yes, we gained quite a few pounds in a week even though we worked out every day. I do have to say the fitness center is TOO SMALL! It was packed everyday. Entertainment is plentiful including Jersey Boy's which was fantastic. They have 2 other musicals (Havana and Prohibition the Musical) which were so-so. The Beatles impersonators were excellent and performed a different Beatle's album nightly at the Cavern Club. The whole crowd sang along. We did not go to the comedy club but I heard it was very good. They also have two other bands that play in the Atrium a few times a day and night. Both bands were very good. This was an Alaska cruise and NCL has many excursions available. Of course they are more expensive than booking them yourself with outside companies like Viator. We did 2 excursions through NCL and one with Viator. The thing about booking with NCL is they make sure you are back in time for "All Aboard". When you book with other's you are at their mercy and risk missing the ship if there are any unforeseen delays. Sailing was smooth the entire journey. Glacier Bay was magnificent! We spent close to 4 hours seeing all the glaciers with a park ranger on board giving us information over the ships sound system. We spent some time on deck but did most of our viewing from our balcony, Suite 9298 Deck 9 Aft. Park ranger's talk could be heard on our TV. It was like having a private tour of Glacier Bay. When we came back from our NCL Hawaii cruise we booked Alaska. When we came back from Alaska we booked a Bahamas Christmas cruise. I think we are NCL lifers.

Great time, nice ship

Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review by musclegirl68

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
Another awesome cruise on NCL. The Bliss is a little over a year old. The staff is amazing and so friendly. Special thanks to our steward Hendra. He is a gem! There is no shortage of things to do. They have 2 water slides, go carts, laser tag, miniature golf and a casino. The Bliss also has several pools including one adult only pool and multiple hot tubs from forward to aft. NCL has a fully packed itinerary to occupy every minute of every day. The food was decent, much better in the specialty restaurants than the buffet and other complimentary restaurants. In addition to the buffet they have 4 complimentary restaurants. The Local Bar and Grill is open 24 hours and had the worst food on the ship. The buffet was better than the Local. 9 specialty restaurants give you plenty of other options. The steakhouse was the best.

For those who drink there are at least 6 bars which were pretty lively every day. There's also a Starbucks, gelato shop, bake shop and specialty confectioner with milkshakes, crepes and homemade candy. Yes, we gained quite a few pounds in a week even though we worked out every day. I do have to say the fitness center is TOO SMALL! It was packed everyday.

Entertainment is plentiful including Jersey Boy's which was fantastic. They have 2 other musicals (Havana and Prohibition the Musical) which were so-so. The Beatles impersonators were excellent and performed a different Beatle's album nightly at the Cavern Club. The whole crowd sang along. We did not go to the comedy club but I heard it was very good. They also have two other bands that play in the Atrium a few times a day and night. Both bands were very good.

This was an Alaska cruise and NCL has many excursions available. Of course they are more expensive than booking them yourself with outside companies like Viator. We did 2 excursions through NCL and one with Viator. The thing about booking with NCL is they make sure you are back in time for "All Aboard". When you book with other's you are at their mercy and risk missing the ship if there are any unforeseen delays.

Sailing was smooth the entire journey. Glacier Bay was magnificent! We spent close to 4 hours seeing all the glaciers with a park ranger on board giving us information over the ships sound system. We spent some time on deck but did most of our viewing from our balcony, Suite 9298 Deck 9 Aft. Park ranger's talk could be heard on our TV. It was like having a private tour of Glacier Bay.

When we came back from our NCL Hawaii cruise we booked Alaska. When we came back from Alaska we booked a Bahamas Christmas cruise. I think we are NCL lifers.
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Cabin Review

Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 9298
Decent size. Balcony was invaluable in Glacier Bay.
Deck 15 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Glacier Bay
    Does this need words? Magnificent! Breathtaking! Amazing! WOW! Our Alaska trip was fantastic but this was the highlight. Hearing the loud cracking and then seeing the ice break off and land in the water with a thunderous boom was incredible. Our ship spent 4 hours cruising around viewing 4 different glaciers. Margerie glacier was the most spectacular. We could have stayed for 10 hours and still not grown tired of seeing the glaciers.
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  • Mendenhall Glacier
    Nice bus ride to glacier before whale watching. Given an hour to wander around and take photos. Saw at least 10 bald eagles on the drive from port to glacier.
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  • Whale Watching
    Spectacular day whale watching with Allen Tours. The boat is large, 2 decks with covered seating (with heat) and, bathrooms a snack bar with free coffee and hot chocolate. If you want unobstructed pictures you can go out on the upper deck. That's where we spent most of our time. The crew was fantastic. They knew where the whales were, motored out to the spots and let us enjoy the show. Mama and baby whale put on quite a show for us. The captain turns the boat frequently so all passengers get to see the action. Highly recommend Allen Tours.arine Tours was excellent.
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  • City Tour
    Super cute town with lots to do, especially if you're on a cruise ship with limited time. Downtown is a 5 minute walk. Besides restaurants and shopping they have a lumberjack show, city tours and easy self guided walking tours. The people are very friendly and of course the salmon is out of this world. The visitors center is the place to start when you're looking for something to do. All tours usually start there.

    We were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day, 65 degrees. We did a tour of the entire city including Potlatch Park, Tongass National Forrest and Totem Bight State Park.
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  • Potlatch Park
    Potlatch totems and the clan houses were interesting. We learned that a potlatch totem is different that a clan totem. Potlatch totems depict how many feasts (house parties) a particular clan has hosted. Our guide was informative and we enjoyed walking around the park. It was a cultural tour without the touristy feel. They also have a collection of vintage autos that were pretty remarkable and a GIANT gift shop with free coffee.
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  • Totem Bight State Park
    Another winner tour on vacation. We selected the Ketchikan 4 in 1 and we not disappointed at all. Mike, the owner was our guide. He gave us extra stops and a very nice insight into life in Ketchikan as well as native life. His knowledge of nature, the native people and their customs was impressive. Mike is such a happy, friendly guy and was very easy to talk to. We definitely made fast friends with him.

    We recommend this tour to everyone but especially those who are on a cruise ship and have limited time in port. You'll get a terrific overview of this lovely town and you'll still have time to walk the streets and do some shopping.

    Totem Bight is a very interesting tour with a history of totems. We didn't know much about them so the detailed information was welcome. The more you learn, the more interesting they become. Good overview of Alaskan Native American culture. Authentic totems, clan house and a carving shed all located in Tongass National Forrest; a breathtaking rainforest and beach with tide pools.
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  • Seattle
    I was in Seattle 25 years ago... this trip was depressing. We are definitely not fans of this city. They have a homeless problem like I have never seen. I lived in L.A. for 16 years and go back twice a year. While I'll admit SoCal has a homeless problem, Seattle's is far worse. There are homeless on every street, corner to corner. We covered a large part of the city and it was the same everywhere. A large majority are mentally ill; they not are asking for money because they barely know where they are. It feels like the city is doing nothing except waiting for them to die. The whole thing is heartbreaking. If that wasn't bad enough there is constructions 24/7/365. Every street has some kind of construction. Sidewalk are closed so, a 1 mile walk turns into 2 miles and you cross the streets 10 times to get to your destination. Never again!
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  • White Pass Scenic Railway
    Nice 3 hour round trip train ride to the Yukon Pass without getting out or needing a passport. Train is warm, comfortable and has restrooms. 2 thumbs up for that. The scenery as you climb the steep pass is breathtaking. You are allowed to go outside in between cars to take unobstructed photos. Narrator on board give you the history of the Klondike gold rush throughout the ride and also lets you know when photo opportunities are coming up. Highly recommend.
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  • Victoria
    The city is fine it's NCL that has the problem. Port stop was 4 hours and it was at night (8pm-11:59pm). More than an hour to get off the ship with long lines, security and customs. Why bother stopping? We waited until the lines died down, got off at and ran to Fisherman's Wharf to have ice cream... basically just to say we set foot in Canada
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