Go Astro Travel, LLC is offering our fifth Joe Sixpack beer themed trip. This time we sail round trip from Seattle. Along the way, we’ll see glaciers, Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway Alaska. A cruise to Alaska is all about the destinations – alive with wildlife and natural beauty.
And we’ve picked this itinerary to make sure you have plenty of time to explore the ship itself since there’s a couple of days at sea. The Norwegian Bliss truly is a destination unto itself. It even features an onsite brewpub with over 20 beers on tap and scores of others in bottles. And the beverage package is included in the price!
7 Day Alaska Highlights
The cruise starts and ends in Seattle, a city with a big craft beer presence. We stop in Ketchikan and Juneau before cruising the Glacier Bay. Next we visit Skagway and finally an evening stop in beautiful Victoria British Columbia.
Here’s a nice list of the breweries in each of our stops.
Plan on flying round trip to Seattle. The airport is about 14 miles or 30 minutes from the pier.
DAY 1 – Seattle
Embark your cruise in Seattle. Get to know this fabulous ship and explore. The ship departs at 3:30 pm.
DAY 2 – At Sea
One of the best things about the Bliss is that it’s filled with so much to do. You’ll want to check out the Race Track, play Laser Tag, plunge in the Aqua Park, try out the casino, or stay in shape at the fitness center.
If you prefer something more soothing, you can relax at the spa, hang out on the pool deck in a whirlpool, curl up with a good book almost anywhere or just marvel at the scenery from your room or the Observation Lounge. And that spa is nothing but spectacular featuring steam rooms, salt room and snow room, a thermal suite (dry sauna) and of course plenty of treatment rooms. Our advice is to schedule your spa treatments on the very first day so you don’t miss out (it’s very popular on days at sea).
DAY 3 – Juneau, Alaska
We arrive in Juneau mid afternoon but don’t leave till 11 pm. So there’s plenty of time for activities. Here’s a few ideas:
DAY 4 – Skagway
We have most of the day to enjoy Skagway. Here you can enjoy
DAY 5- Glacier Bay
All day sightseeing by ship. For many, this will be the highlight of the cruise.
Glaciers in Alaska
DAY 6 – Ketchikan
We arrive nice and early so you’ll have lots of time to explore this fantastic port. This is one of the rainiest places in the US which results in lush green and plentiful wildlife everywhere you look. Here’s some of the great things you can do:
DAY 7 – Victoria BC
We arrive in Victoria in the evening but don’t leave till midnight. Some things to do:
DAY 8 – Seattle
Back to reality.
Here’s some idea of what the Norwegian Bliss offers. The photos were from our Inaugural trip in May 2018. We felt this would be perfect venue for our Alask Bliss and Beer cruise.
The Go Karts are on the very top deck. They charge extra for this, but as long you know ahead of time, it’s well worth budgeting. You wear a liner to put under the helmet to keep things sanitary. Getting in the Go Kart requires a little manipulation if you’re larger but once in, its comfortable. Your right foot controls the accelerator, your left foot the brake (I never used this until the very end). The Norwegian attendant can control all the cars; if there’s a crash (bump from behind for example), the attendant slows down or stops the cars remotely. Then the attendant comes out on the track to assist if necessary.
Even with small crowds, there’s a bit of a process to get to the race track. 10 people race at any given time while 10 more are waiting in the cars and putting on their helmets (as shown below). 10 more are getting fitted with the liners and listening to operating instructions. And 10 others are queued up behind them. Finally 10 others are back listening to the safety instructions. It all runs smoothly and quickly.
We really enjoyed the food aboard the Norwegian Bliss. There’s plenty of food venues to choose from (see the tab called “what’s included” for a full list). But we were even impressed by the buffet. Here’s some shots of their seafood buffet. And yes, lots of crab for the grabbing. And this is only small sampling of what was offered. Plenty of salads, meats and deserts too.
Unusual for a cruise ship – there’s a BBQ place. And it was excellent!
Here’s some scenes from the ship:
There’s so much to see and do on the ship. Check out this live show:
The Bliss started in service in June 2018, has a capacity of 4,004 passengers with 168,000 gross tonnage. It’s a very modern ship, designed with the latest features available.
We have reserved certain cabin types for our Alsaka Bliss and Beer Joe Sixpack cruise. Other categories may be available depending on availability at time of booking.
These are between 207 and 213 sq ft including balcony and sitting area.
Category BD is mid ship and can be on decks 11 – 15 as well as 8 – 10.
Category BC is located forward or aft on decks 11 – 14 and 9 – 10.
The inside cabins measure 135 Sq Ft and accommodates a queen sized bed
Located on decks 5,8,9,10,12,13, and 14
These mid ship mini suites have 249 sq ft including balcony and sitting area
Alaska Bliss and Beer Joe Sixpack Cruise – Please call for current pricing 610-398-2444
Final payment will be due April 2019.
Norwegian’s Ultimate Beverage Package includes a variety of spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to and including $15 USD and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars, lounges, restaurants. A 20% discount will be applied to all bottles of wine purchased on board. The Ultimate Beverage Package does not include room service, package sales, ship specific promotions or beer buckets, designated Super Premium brands (subject to change), bottled wine, mini bar purchases, bottled water, fresh squeezed juices, select Lavazza coffee beverages, energy drinks, vending machines, wine stations or spirits, cocktails, draft or bottled beer and glasses of wine over $15 USD. Two (2) beverages per transaction. Package can be used in all restaurants, lounges and bars. Any items over $15 USD will receive a $15 USD discount and the guest will be charged the difference to their account. Packages may not be shared and are non-transferable and non-refundable. You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase any alcoholic package and to consume alcohol. See the terms of our guest alcohol policy. Other terms and conditions may apply.
3 Nights of Specialty dining. Specialty Dining Packages are based on a per meal basis and include NCL’s steakhouses, churrascarias, French, Italian, Los Lobos, Q Texas Smokehouse, Margaritaville At Sea and Teppanyaki restaurants. You may choose to dine in entertainment-based and certain a la carte priced restaurants for an additional charge. Guests who have purchased a Specialty Dining Package and wish to dine at one of the following venues will be charged an Upcharge instead of the full cover charge or a la carte price: Ocean Blue – $15 (does not include Seafood Extravaganza. If ordered, the upcharge is to be waived); If the Upcharge option is selected, that visit will be counted towards one of the meals in the package. Room Service, Mini Bar, Food Republic and District Brewhouse, Specialty Items in the Asian restaurant, a la carte items in the Main Dining Rooms, The Bake Shop, COCOS, The Local & O’ Sheehan’s Ice Cream Bar, Gelato, Chef’s Table, and beverages are not included as part of the Specialty Dining Package.
The following 18 food venues are available. The 5 marked Complimentary are included for all guest. All others require some additional charge or can be part of your dining package.
|Coco’s (chocolate desserts)||Specialty|
|Doce Gelato (dessert)||Specialty|
|Margaritaville at Sea||Specialty|
|La Cucina (Italian)||Specialty|
|Le Bistro (French)||Specialty|
|Los Lobos (Mexican)||Specialty|
|Ocean Blue (Seafood)||Specialty|
|Savor Main Dining Room||Complimentary|
|The Bake shop||Specialty|
|The Manhattan Room||Complimentary|
Each of these can be used with your beverage package
|Atrium Bar||Serves AM and late night snacks|
|Humidor Cigar Lounge||Cigar lounge|
|Maltings Whisky Bar||Whisky tastings|
|Mixx Bar||General bar|
|Skyline Bar||General bar|
|Spice H20||Adult only summer beach area during the day. Outdoor bar and dance club at night|
|Sugarcane Bar||Mojito Bar|
|A list bar||General bar|
|Cavern Club||Watch Beatlemania most evenings|
|Cellars Wine Bar||Wine Tastings|
|The District Brewpub||24 beers on tap, 50 bottles|
|The Local||24 hr/day sports bar|
|Observation lounge||General bar|