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mitakart
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We like small cruise ships, about 2500 passengers. The food at the dinning room was great and so the food in all the specialty restaurants. The buffet, indoor and on the pool deck, was ok, just ok. Best is to eat the dinning room, two ... Read more
bethash
Member Since 2017
1 review
My first cruise was Destiny with Carnival, second; Valor with Carnival, Third Freedom with Royal Caribbean and the fourth was Norwegian Pearl. I booked this cruise with my husband, some friends came from Puerto Rico. The embarkation was ... Read more
toseawego
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I'm sorry to have to report this was the worst experience on a cruise we have ever had. This is my 17th crusie and I've used several other crusie lines including a Norwegian crusie once before. From the start things we questionable. ... Read more
britain22
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We took this cruise over the Christmas holidays since it sailed into the panama canal along with three other ports. The food was above average in all the restaurants we dined in. The entertainment was above average compared to other cruise ... Read more
FloaterGirl
Member Since 2013
9 reviews
72 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have cruised on the Pearl several times and we have always enjoyed the smaller ship "feel" of it. The Pearl did not fail us this Christmas. And, as always, we attribute the success of NCL to the staff so I'll start there. ... Read more
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ToddKTT
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our third cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. We chose this itinerary because it sailed into ports we have never visited. The ports we hit were Oranjestad, Aruba, Cartagena, Columbia, the Panama Canal and Colon, Panama, and ... Read more
jmd718
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Overall, I gotta tell ya, this was a great cruise experience. The incredible crew, delicious foods and wonderful entertainment. We are both retired, in our 60s, excellent health and have many years of international travel experience. We ... Read more
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
3 helpful votes
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
36,438 forum posts
13 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
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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
Tarheel_Cruiser
Member Since 2014
1 review
333 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
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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
Peachypooh
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
243 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
8 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
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CruisingtheBays
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
4 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
38 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
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
10 reviews
96 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
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