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Our GM of cruise, Jeff Leckey, was lucky enough to be on the inaugural sailing the Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss (4004 passengers), which has been purpose built for Alaska, but with some amazing new twist.
A few short weeks later I was heading for Long Beach California, this time to join the brand-new lady in the NCL fleet Norwegian Bliss. Another mega ship but she is so photogenic you almost don’t realise how big she is!
Check in and boarding was again super quick. These mega ships only visit ports that can handle their size and Long Beach was super-efficient, meaning we were quickly on-board and exploring this amazing new ship.
The first thing you notice on Bliss is the fit out, she is gorgeous - if that’s a term you can use for a ship! Her internal style has been based on sister brand, Regent Seven Seas, with lots of muted colours and plush furnishings. The observation lounge covers the whole front part of the ship and is divided into cosy living areas. You can see how she is totally designed for Alaska with massive panoramic windows and lots of spots to relax and enjoy the epic views.
Norwegian are world-renowned for their entertainment and dining options, so Bliss did not disappoint. The on-board show, Jersey Boys was straight out of Broadway and yes, we couldn’t not give them a standing ovation. The on-board Cavern club complete with a Beatles cover band was a night to remember, and the country style road house with an amazing Country Music band took us straight to the Southern states.
The action doesn’t stop there with fun for all the family including a dual lane go kart track and a top deck laser tag that resembles a set from a sci fi movie. I also loved the fact that Norwegian Bliss has dedicated studio cabins for singles that don’t have a single supplement and even have their own singles lounge area. Great for those travelling alone.
Once again, I was sad that my time on-board went so fast, with so much to do and so many amazing eateries to choose from, these mega ships are a destination in themselves.
You will find Norwegian Bliss in Alaska May-Sep with the remainder of the year in the Caribbean or East coast of the USA. If you would like the unique experience of travelling through the new locks of the Panama Canal then twice a year you can do this on Norwegian Bliss. Would I cruise on Norwegian Bliss again? Yes, in a heartbeat.
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