North To Alaska – Cruise on Norwegian Bliss

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What a week on the newest of Norwegians Cruise Ships, The Bliss.

This ship has been built specifically for cruising in Alaska, with an inside observation deck to view the fjords and glaciers along the way.

The ship had that new car (or Ship) smell when you walked on, which was quite refreshing.

The staff were friendly and attentive, which they always are on Norwegian.

The rooms were nicely appointed, I actually travelled in a solo studio cabin, an internal cabin built for one person, with a king single bed, a toilet, shower, some cabinets, a T.V. And a picture window that has a live feed camera showing you what’s going on outside (better than a porthole in my opinion).

On board the ship, there are numerous dining options, lots of bars, a pool, hottubs galore, and other entertainment, such as the casino (with an enclosed smoking room, so the whole casino doesn’t smell of ciggarettes) a theatre with entertainment like Havana nights, the Beatles tribute band Beatlemania live, and Jersey Boys, a go cart track, laser tag, a video game arcade, plus probably loads more I’ve forgotten.

The offering of entertainment was amazing, and diverse like the travellers themselves.

Gone are the days of cruises being in an age bracket of 65+ I would say the average age would have been around 45(ish), and I met people from England, India, Hawaii, Continental U.S.A from almost every state, Canada, Spain, Italy, Australia, and I think I was the only New Zealander on board.

A few pics of around the Ship.

The Ports:

We left Seattle on the Saturday, and headed to Alaska with a sea day first up, a good opportunity to explore the Ship, and relax after a busy week in Los Angeles after a conference.

On the Sunday night we had dinner together with a few of the other solo cruisers, and went to see the Beatlemania play Sgt Peppers, one of my favourite Beatles albums, it was really good in a mock up of the original Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Arriving early on the Monday in Ketchikan Alaska, there were many options to choose from for activities, but I choose a cruise on the ocean to learn about the area, see some wildlife and do some crabbing, think deadliest catch, but no waves, someone else pulling up the crab pots, and a really relaxing cruise.

After crabbing we went to the George inlet lodge where we were feed Alaskan King Crab, and told some stories of the area, it was really nice, and may have had seconds of the crab.

Later on we returned to town, and walked around Ketchikan for an hour or so before boarding the ship, catching up with some people for dinner and grabbing an early night as the next day we were heading to Juneau the next day, where I had another excursion planned.

Ill continue this blog in Part 2 in a few days, but first a few pics from our crab feast and around Ketchikan.

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