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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Pappion

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Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Pearl
Member Name: Pappion
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: OK
Cabin Number: 8054
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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Loved the Pearl
We arrived the morning of our cruise (I know, big no no coming from Michigan)and headed for the NCL rep at FLL's airport. We could not find them at our terminal and were instructed by CCL's rep to go to a terminal on the other side of the airport. We found the rep, and then waited for what seemed to be forever(really an hour)to get enough people to fill the bus.

We arrived at the pier and our luggage was whisked away. We booked thru CAS so once we got through the initial metal detector, our line had no one in it (they had a separate CAS check in). We went upstairs and sat and waited for our number to be called. We declined the photo(as we had been up since 5am and looked awful) and went onboard. We stopped in our cabin to drop off our carry on, and there was an envelope from CAS there for us. It was our player's cards. We were surprised to not see a drink card, but when we went to the casino to ask they said because we got a discount on the room we did not get a drink card. Strange, but it was too late to argue. We went up to the buffet to get a bite to eat. It was extremely crowded, but we got through and found a seat at the back of the ship.

Once our rooms were announced to be ready we went back. Our cabin was an obstruced OK room. You could see the water between the two boats, and we only saw a crew member out there in Jamaica checking the life boats one time. The bed was comfortable, the tv was tiny, and the bathroom was small. You could not close the door to the toilet if you were over 5 feet tall. My DH had to have his legs out near the sink. We had an issue with the toilet flushing (even with just urine) that had to be reported daily, but they always came to fix it promptly. Our room steward was wonderful and left us cute animals each day.

Everyone seems to complain a lot about the food but we found it to be mostly good. The Summer Palace was always good service. The service in Indigo was average, except one night a server named Arturo was fantastic. We submitted a vacation hero card about him. We dined at several of the specialty restaurants. Cagney's the first night was practically empty, and the service and food were just as good as you'd find in any steak house on land. We ate at La Cuchina one night, and the service was VERY slow, but the food was good. The blue lagoon must have been the training area because our orders were seldom correct, but the food was good and the service was ok. Our only food complaint was really room service. We never got a menu (despite asking multiple times) and the nights we ordered our orders were not fully correct.

Since we are gamblers I'll give you a review. The casino was average size for a cruise ship. It had a good selection of games both old and new. The first few nights the slots were definately looser. My husband did quite well on them, and also hit a nice 4 of a kind on the table games (so I made out with some nice jewelry when we went shopping!). I wish they had a pai gow table or carribean stud, and also a non-smoking part of the casino, as that was really the only thing we didn't find enjoyable about the casino itself. Being that we are gamblers, we knew smoking was part of the casino so we dealt with it. The staff were friendly, and the dealers had good personalities for the most part.

We did go to a few of the ship activities (BINGO, Deal or No Deal) and both were so-so. They are costly so bring a little cash if that interests you.

Neither of us are show people, so we didn't attend those. The comedian was packed so we didn't attend that either. Maybe next time.

Over all, we enjoyed this cruise so much we bought 2 rewards certificates and booked another trip on the Pearl when we got home for next December.

Publication Date: 05/24/13
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