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djiles52
Member Since 2016
1 review
34 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First let me say it did take awhile to embark. Seems everyone comes around noon. If we had waited until 1-2PM it would have been faster. BUT the embark team is employed by the port and has nothing at all to do with NCL. The line always ... Read more
MeeMawR
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was our first cruise but certainly won't be the last! We were so impressed with the whole experience. It's all we hoped for and that was accomplished because of the attention to detail by NCL and it's staff and standards of ... Read more
cds1146
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I chose this cruise mostly for the price. I wanted to celebrate my birthday on a cruise with my daughter. I had a fantastic steak dinner at the Cagney Steakhouse for my birthday. I enjoyed the spa each day and the excursion in Jamaica. ... Read more
MrChocoholic
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
78 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The sales rep from NCL, assured me when I booked this cruise that no passport was necessary. Trusting him and his training, I plunked my money down and started planning shore excursions--two weeks before departure. As I started my online ... Read more
Mdurso
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
From the beginning we did not have a great experience at embarkation in Miami. It took at least 30 minutes waiting in line just to check our passports. Then we went through security which took another 25 minutes. But wait the fun was just ... Read more
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chatuga
Member Since 2004
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I was a solo traveler on the Norwegian Pearl and really impressed with the entire staff on this ship. In particular there was an activities person assigned to us who planned daily activities that we could join in on if we desired. I ... Read more
Wuburt
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The itinerary included the Panama Canal and Belize on dates that fit into our schedule. Embarkation and disembarkation were the usual. In the buffet restaurants the hottest item was the plate! Most everything served was bland and ... Read more
bondoobie
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Norwegian Pearl is a pearl of a ship, she is clean, friendly and full of really good vibes. We went on a 12 day cruise and just returned today. I have learned that having a good cruise is having a great ship not just the port of calls. ... Read more
north112
Member Since 2011
1 review
14 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Overall impressions – Generally, the ship was clean and well maintained and the staff were generally upbeat and friendly. The special 15-day dining room menu had good variety but the buffet offerings were average. There were only ... Read more
Melscocoa
Member Since 2011
1 review
15 forum posts
Panama Canal cruise... Cruise was great. The Pearl is due for an update this February which it needs. But overall the shows were great, with exception of the Elvis, Madonna, and Tina Turner look alikes. WE LOVE TIM KOMINSKY and have ... Read more
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Breezy53
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our 19th cruise, 8 with NCL. Not good from the start. We had priority check in, but so did everybody else. Waited over 30 minutes to do so. Sailed 2 hours late because NCL couldn't get bags loaded efficiently. They were obviously ... Read more
Cobbydale
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We had cruised Norwegian before & loved it, this one not so. We thought the crew were not so friendly (excepting cabin stewards), particularly bar staff! Stardust theatre shows were mostly average.....except for Duo Balskatt ... Read more
ganlem
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The Panama Canal was the highlight of the tour. Other than that, everything was average. The food was the same every day....boring and mundane. The onshore excursions offered by NCL were pricey and not interesting. The worst part is ... Read more
rpiwonka
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We had gone through the Canal in 2014 and we wanted to do it again. Last time we had an Aft facing cabin and this time we did a forward facing. Two entirely different perspectives of the Canal. We had been on the Pearl before for an ... Read more
Starflyr3
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
615 forum posts
Sailed September 2016
My husband and I decided that for our yearly "Mom and Dad need alone time" trip, we would go on a short cruise WITHOUT the kids (for once). We flew into Vancouver, and stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel, which was right on top of ... Read more
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OneLoveAdventure
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our second cruise with NCL, the first being on the Breakaway. The Pearl is smaller yet still has much to offer, and allows a more personable atmosphere. The decor of the Pearl was more visually appealing than the Breakaway with a ... Read more
jumping person
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Alaska, had sailed on NCL previously and was when I was able to use my vacation time. Both the embarkations and disembarkation went smoothly and quickly. The service we received from ALL ... Read more
rexmt2
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Very pleased overall, I would much preferred a total non-smoking cruise. We had to pass thru the casino to get to the showroom or go up or down a level to avoid it. The activities were enjoyable other than having so many that we wanted ... Read more
gvelasco
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I had an absolutely amazing time on the Norwegian Pearl! There was 11 in our group for a family vacation including my 18 month daughter who we added at the last minute with no issues. We disembarked out of Seattle and the process of ... Read more
dixiecrockford
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We've been on this itinerary on another cruise line (10 years ago), so we knew we'd love the scenery. Plus, because we live in Seattle, it was super convenient to just walk on & off the ship (no hassle of travel, extra nights at ... Read more
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Sacha10
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Wanted to go to Alaska and this seemed an ideal way to do it. The Pearl is a very nice ship, well run with friendly crew. I enjoyed the main dining rooms and that fact that we could eat at any time as a party of two. The quality of ... Read more
BryanHS
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We have sailed with NCL several times before and so were used to their standards. We did our research beforehand starting with speaking to crew who had previously done the cruise and then we searched the online forums and critics ... Read more
florenceo
Member Since 2013
1 review
21 forum posts
The dining package was great! We really enjoyed Cagney's Steakhouse and the Brazillian one. The itinerary was a really good one. I like the Alaska cruises to include Glacier Bay. I like that NCL has added hand dipped ice cream to ... Read more
Darita
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
From my 1st cruise in 2005 until 2010, I only cruised on Norwegian. After being on the horrible Norwegian ship, The Spirit, I swore I would never cruise with NCL again, and Princess has been my cruise line of choice since then. However, my ... Read more
Nancy 03894
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
I hadn't been on a cruise in 30 years. Everything has changed. We went to Alaska with another couple that has cruised on Norwegian many times. We sailed on the Pearl. We had an inside cabin that I thought was a bad idea. The cabin ... Read more
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