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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Bliss

7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 15, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Bliss

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 12505

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Disappointed not to see Ketchikan, very few shows and entertainment, too many Specialty restaurants, slow service; not enough variety in food and entertainment. terrible casino; expensive amenities and shopping. I have been on several NCL cruises and this was the first negative one. I have taken over 35 cruises on various Cruise lines and have lost count.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
efficient and painless

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main dining room food was very good; service not so good; quite slow; I don't care for specialty restaurants at all as they have taken away from the pleasure of an old fashioned cruise experience; Never care for the buffets, only under duress.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
As a senior I look forward to great Shows every night; good lounges with good music; afternoon tea; Bingo; Casino. You had practically no shows on this cruise. Beatles and Jersey Boys were great, but not so the Six. Other nights there was nothing going on in the Bliss theatre, a great disappointment. The Bingo was too expensive so did not participate; the Casino had terrible machines and too expensive. Roulette's minimum was $10, over my budget. No afternoon teas, a great disappointment. All activities were held in the Atrium, too crowded and not big enough to accommodate all the guests that wanted to participate. In other words, not good planning. No 24 hour pizza, did not care for the Local café food, etc. And you practically have to pay outrageous prices for everything, al specialties.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Not good

Children's Programs

Senior traveller

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The servers did their job as required but they no longer go out of their way to please guests because the gratuity is automatically added and they know they are getting paid, regardless. I realize some guests are inconsiderate and do not leave tips, but for the most part, they do.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Good design and roomy, however, the Theatre did not get enough use and all activities were on the Atrium creating chaos with guest services, internet desk, tour desk, etc. Bad planning. Then right above was the Local café, bars, etc. creating more noise. Adding the Bar in the same spot created lots of noise. When one had to go to the Guest services or the other services, there was too much noise/disruption. Terrible.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
For myself it was very good. The Toilet area a little too small but adequate. The service was very good.

Ship tip

If you want entertainment, peace and quiet and like shows, don't go.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

3 out of 5
Our excursion was fine. Allow more time at the market for people who had never been (I had)

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
No excursion and did not go ashore. Had been before.

Skagway, Alaska

3 out of 5
Not much to see. Short excursion, but good. Long walk back to ship.

Cruise Glacier Bay

2 out of 5
I had been before when there was snow and actual glaciers, very cold and beautiful scenery. This time for first timers, there was nothing.

Ketchikan, Alaska

2 out of 5
Unfortunately, the last time I was in Alaska I missed Ketchikan because I made the mistake of notifying Medical that I was sick. But it was due to my history of Colitis and I was food poisoned by the lunch I had at the hotel prior to my boarding the ship. Without even checking me out by the Medical staff (it wasn't NCL) they decided to quarantine me for 24 hrs. I missed my excursion. This time we looked forward to seeing it but it was cancelled due to weather and the schedule was messed up. Very disappointed. So I will not go to Alaska again.

Victoria, British Columbia

2 out of 5
Our tour was conducted at night, saw nothing but some lights, did not see any gardens, buildings as described in the tour description, were given 1 hour for shopping (for what???everything was closed). Very upset

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
As expected
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