Arrived in Seattle three days prior to the cruise. Stayed at Holiday Inn on N. Dexter Street-great location to Five Points Cafe, walk to the King Tut exhibit, and cab to Lowell's at Pike Place Market.
We wore the patch behind the ear and found unfortunately, it made us both very tired for the entire trip.
The embarcation was a breeze-we arrived at 10:30AM, porters were there to take our checked luggage. We waited inside a short time until security allowed the process to begin. We were on the ship by 11:130AM.
Our cabin was ready for us to drop off carry on luggage. We explored for a short while, returned and found the cabin ready. Our shore excursion tickets were waiting in our cabin, as had been promised. Our steward was efficient, friendly, and creative--a different towell animal greeted us on our bed each night.
The balcony was great-anyone who does this cruise must have the balcony to enjoy scenery, space, sunsets, etc. Too much to mention. Otherwise, the cabin was good, comfortable bed. Bathroom, well this is a ship!
My husband has always lived in a house and while this is our second cruise, he knows what cabin fever means! Thank God for the balcony.
Mainly, we ate at the Garden Buffet, tried both Summer Palace and Indigo. The menu selection was very good. My husband had lamb, very rare prime rib, lobster, and wonderful seafood chowder. Fruit was beautiful. I enjoyed the roasted vegetables. Room service pizza was fun, too!
There is a very well-stocked library of current bestsellers. Library and Game Room were crowded every day--great for Bridge players, Monopoly, etc.
The highlight of the cruise was the day we spent in Glacier Bay National Park. Three Forest Rangers boarded the ship at 6:30AM--we watched!--and narrated the entire experience. They set up shop in the Spinnaker Lounge on the 13th deck with annotated maps. Ranger walked around inside/outside the 13th deck to answer questions. We saw and heard glaciers calve into the bay. Absolutely the entire cruise was worth this day.
We enjoyed Juneau, took the White Pass Railroad trip in Skagway, and enjoyed walking around Ketchican. In Victoria, we took the bus trip to Butchart Gardens, our second trip there, but enjoyed seeing a different flowering season. Our driver, Roland, made the excurison so interesting.
As for entertainment, we went to the Crew Variety Show, Bingo. Second City was not good, but then we grew up with the Old Timers-John Belushi, John Candy and these kids could not compare. The Variety show was wonderful-there is a ton of talent on that ship! I wish they would make a music CD--there are some very accomplished musicians and singers. NCL could sell that on board??? Something to consider.
The Pearl Crew were wonderful-Vacation Heroes all. Each person we met was both interested and interesting. Everyone did his/her best to meet our needs. Oh, and I won the Bingo Coverall the last day, the day after I won $152.00 on a scratch-off at Ketchikan!
We selected the walk-off method to leave the Pearl in Seattle-easy, effortless, just a breeze although we regretted taking so much luggage. We spent 2 days in Seattle and have returned to Savannah. This was the first time that I over-packed!
A great experience. Highly recommend Norwegian and the Pearl. We would take another Norwegian cruise.
Thank you All!