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Announcing our next Joe Sixpack Beer Themed Cruise

Alaska, Bliss and Beer:  Cruise Alaska on the new Norwegian Bliss

Sept 1 – Sept 8, 2019

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The Norwegian Bliss

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Glacial Lake from sea plane, Ketchikan

Explore Alaska with fellow beer enthusiasts and Don Russell, aka Joe Sixpack our host and beer expert.  Click on the tabs below to learn more or call Susan Wolfson at 610-398-2444 to reserve your spot.  Check out this  video of the NCL Bliss.

 

 

  • Alaska Highlights

    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!


     Features:

    • – Each day you will have the opportunity to meet with Don Russell in the brewpub to sample and discuss beers
    • – At certain  ports, Don will lead the group to a bar or brew pub to explore local offerings
    • – Norwegian Bliss is a brand new ship custom made for Alaska
    • – Nightly and Daily entertainment featuring Broadway quality plays,  a Go Kart racing track and Laser tag
    • – Over 30 food and beverage venues on the ship.  Great quality and variety.
    • – All meals are included – from all you can eat buffets to fine table service
    • – Beverage and Specialty dining package included in the price.
    • – Stunning scenery and wildlife:  whales, dolphins, eagles, otters
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    NCL Bliss in Seattle, courtsey of the Port of Seattle


     

     

     

  • 7 Day Alaska Highlights

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    NCL Bliss itinerary

    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.

    Flights:

    Plan on flying round trip to Seattle.  The airport is about 14 miles or 30 minutes from the pier.

    Detailed Itinerary:

    DAY 1 – Seattle 
    EMBARKATION
    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:

    • Whale and/or Orca watching
    • Visit Mendenhall Glacier (nature hikes, treking on ice or dogsled)
    • Visit a historic gold mine
    • Sea kayak adventure
    • Sled Dog discovery
    • Sea plane exporation
    • Helicopter rides to Mendenhall Glacier
    • White water rafting
    • Bike and Brew tour
    • Fly fishing
    • Wildlife adventure

     

    DAY 4 – Skagway

    We have most of the day to enjoy Skagway.  Here you can enjoy

    • A ride on the railway – Klondike gold rush
    • Catamaran ride into a fjord
    • Sled Dog experiences
    • Wildlife refuge exploration
    • Gold panning
    • Scenic tours
    • Crab feasts and Salmon bakes
    • Wilderness safaris
    • ATV and 4 x4 adventures
    • Hiking
    • Kayaking or canoeing
    • Horseback riding adventure
    • Rock Climbing and rappelling
    • Glass blowing

     

    DAY 5- Glacier Bay
    All day sightseeing by ship. For many, this will be the highlight of the cruise.

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    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:

    • Explore Misty Fjords: by boat, canoe, Jeep or (our favorite) by seaplane
    • Check out a lumberjack show
    • Check out the rainforest canopy and ocean from zipline vantage point
    • Go fishing in world class waters – in the Salmon capital of the world.  Not bad crabbing too.
    • Explore the rainforest (inflatable and hiking)
    • Enjoy Crab feasts
    • Go on a wildlife cruise or safari
    • Explore totem poles and paddle a canoe in a pristine mountain lake
    • Nature sanctuary guided hike
    • Zodiac expeditions
    • Explore the fun town of Ketchikan
    • Alaska Bear watch by plane or drive
    • Kayak

     

    DAY 7 – Victoria BC
    We arrive in Victoria  in the evening but don’t leave till midnight. Some things to do:

    • Butchart Gardens is world famous
    • Victoria city tours and highlights
    • Ocean wildlife and orca exploration
    • Victoria by Bike
    • Hang out  in town and enjoy the harbor walk and numerous bars and restaurants

     

    DAY 8 – Seattle
    DISEMBARKATION
    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 Kart Racetrack.

    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.

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    You can see the two levels of the race track here as well as the some of the tight turns

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    Go Kart Racing on the Norwegian Bliss

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    Helmets on for racing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Food

    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!

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    Menu from Q

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    Ribs from the Q; rare to find BBQ on a cruise ship

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Ship

    Here’s some scenes from the ship:

     

     

    There’s so much to see and do on the ship.  Check out this live show:

  • Cabin categories – The Norwegian Bliss

     

    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.

    Balcony category BC and Category BD

    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.

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    Balcony cabin

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    Balcony

     

     

     

    Inside cabin ID

    The inside cabins measure 135 Sq Ft and accommodates a queen sized bed

    Located on decks 5,8,9,10,12,13, and 14

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    Inside cabin is 135 sq ft, Queen Size bed

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    Floor plan

     

    Mini-suite MC

    These mid ship mini suites have 249 sq ft including balcony and sitting area

     

     

     

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    Mini suite floor plan

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    Mini Suite

     

  •  Pricing

    Alaska Bliss and Beer Joe Sixpack Cruise  – exclusive group pricing.

    Costs shown below include taxes and port charges are are per person, double occupancy.   (see what’s included below)

    Cabin Category Cost per person
    Inside ID $1,321,79
    Balcony BD $2,341.79
    Balcony BC $2,361.79
    Mini-Suite MC $2,571.79

    Final payment will be due April 2019.


    What’s Included?

    • Ultimate beverage package

      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.

     

    • Specialty Dining Package

      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.

    Meal and Drink venue options

    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.

    • Cagney’s Stakehouse Specialty
      Coco’s (chocolate desserts) Specialty
      Doce Gelato (dessert) Specialty
      Food Republic Specialty
      Garden Café Complimentary
      Margaritaville at Sea Specialty
      La Cucina (Italian) Specialty
      Le Bistro (French) Specialty
      Los Lobos (Mexican) Specialty
      Ocean Blue (Seafood) Specialty
      Q (BBQ) Specialty
      Savor Main Dining Room Complimentary
      Starbucks Specialty
      Taste Complimentary
      Teppanyaki (Japanese) Specialty
      The Bake shop Specialty
      The Local Complimentary
      The Manhattan Room Complimentary

    There are 14 bars and lounges on the ship.

    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