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ejb cruiser
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I love Norwegian! I traveled with my aunt who is disabled and I was also on crutches. I love the ship, the people, the ports, the length of cruise! We were given a free upgrade to balcony, but this moved us from mid-ship to all the way ... Read more
frenchlovers
Member Since 2008
1 review
1 helpful vote
Looking for new destinations and got a good deal on this cruise......we thought. Mini-suite is roomy enough for 3 people, the food is pretty good and we enjoyed our wait staff in the Summer Palace. Norwegian Pearl has a very poorly ... Read more
Cuizer2
Member Since 2005
22 reviews
35,749 forum posts
9 helpful votes
NCL Pearl - Partial Transit of the Panama Canal - December 8 -> 19, 2016 Wednesday, December 7 - Travel Day Before I start reviewing the cruise, I thought you would like to know a little about the person writing this. This is my ... Read more
tmcgillivary
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Excellent value for money cruise that started with a smooth embarkation process in Miami. Great mixture of ports of call the highlight being the Panama Canal transit & on-board ship narration plus cultural Cartagena, Costa Rica for ... Read more
Zuletzt
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Their cruises are usually pretty standard. Depending on the ship there are more or less activities but the staff and 'to do's" are about the same. Food was good on this ship. Buffet was better than average and the choices are ... Read more
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Tarheel_Cruiser
Member Since 2014
1 review
291 forum posts
7 helpful votes
First of all, I cannot overemphasize how fantastic the crew of the Pearl was. I wish I could have given a “Hero Card” to every one of them. Special praise goes to our cabin attendant "Elme" … she was a joy ... Read more
squaredancer44
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
24 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife and I have had a trip to the Panama Canal on our 'bucket list' for a number of years. When a low cost ten day cruise showed up at Costco we jumped on it. We like Norwegian but they no longer leave from a Texas port and we weren't ... Read more
judyt57
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We initially chose this cruise so that we could leave some of my mom's ashes in Costa Rica, as per her request. But the entire experience was so much fun! The ship is very clean and pretty. Our room was an interior cabin, and pretty ... Read more
Sail Away Annie
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Choose to cruise this line again after a very enjoyable cruise to Alaska. Sailed out of Miami and the ship left on time. Two days at sea with less than stellar entertainment (going and coming). For someone who does not sit in the sun all ... Read more
mninem
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
Week after Thanksgiving - few kids and they were well behaved (but some parents were not). Mostly middle-aged and seniors. Lots of canes, walkers and scooters. However, late night bars and lounges were active. Pier side before ... Read more
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Peachypooh
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
161 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We are a married couple in our 60's. We had sailed on the Pearl to Alaska a few years ago and had such a fantastic experience that we were thrilled that we could take her again this time to the Panama Canal. This cruise was perfect and ... Read more
fltam
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
7 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Overall, we had a very nice cruise to the Panama Canal on the NCL Pearl.. This was our first time on NCL- normally we choose Holland or Princess. NCL Pearl is a very casual ship, including the décor. It all looks a lot nicer in ... Read more
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patbrogan
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We wanted to go again tot he Panama canal and visit ports we had not visited before (Belize, Honduras, Columbia). We did this over Thanksgiving and had a great time with the exception that we ran into hurricane Otto which cancelled our ... Read more
CruisingtheBays
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We are loyal cruisers with NCL and this was our 7th cruise, 2nd on the Pearl. We choose this itinerary because we wanted to see the Panama Canal and the other Central America Ports (Cartagena, Puerto Limon) that we had not been too. ... Read more
djiles52
Member Since 2016
1 review
34 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
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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
3 helpful votes
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
9 reviews
95 forum posts
6 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
6 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
chatuga
Member Since 2004
1 review
4 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
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Wuburt
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 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
7 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
17 forum posts
4 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
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
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