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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by dispachcops: Pearl Dec 8th 2013 - Awesome cruise with awesome people


dispachcops
2 Reviews
Member Since 2007
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Cabin Not Rated
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.5
Value for Money 5.5

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Pearl Dec 8th 2013 - Awesome cruise with awesome people

Sail Date: December 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami

Our good fortune started before we even got to Florida... we were flying into Ft. Lauderdale and renting a car down to Miami (cheaper than flying into Miami). We were on layover in Houston, they asked for volunteers to give up their flight as they were overbooked. I went up and asked about it, they said they had a flight into Miami (which would get us into Miami 2 hours earlier than we would have gotten their on our usual plans...) and we would get a credit for a future flight for $300... DUH... no brainer... I cancelled my rental car (saving myself an additional $50). So, our party of 4 got 4 vouchers for $300 for future flights. So, our trip started out on an exceptionally high note. We took the shuttle from the rental car place (still had my confirmation printed out and used it to get on the shuttle to the port. Got off the shuttle, passed bags to porter and went and stood in line for about 30 min. Got through security and got our keycards and walked the gangway being greeted by More smiling faces and music. Went right to the Summer Palace main dining room and started off with a wonderful meal, went to our cabin, then we had our "muster drill" we went to the Stardust theater and sat for 5 min then the drill was over. We then went down to the Crystal Atrium and watched the Seahawks game on the big screen. At 6:00 we went to the Bacardi Liquor testing in the Duty free shop. Went to the 7:00 show in the Stardust Theater "Experience Stardust" which was a taste of things to come entertainment wise. "Oh, What a Night" was the highlight of the week. Do not miss ANY of their shows. We went to both shows the night that they were headliners (Day 3). Rod Long was a comedian who kept us in stitches with good clean humor on the first night and on his PG-13 show. We walked out of his adult show. He was much better when he kept it clean. The other highlights entertainment wise were the juggler Barry Long and in the piano bar Jim Badger was entertaining all week long.

Main dining room food was awesome all week long. Did not eat at any specialty restaurants. Our favorite server in the Summer Palace was Redelick Mira he goes by "Red". He made our dining an event. The buffet was awesome every day, excellent selection, the "Washy Washy" lady always brought a smile to our faces. Only suggestions we could make to make life easier would be to have a hot water/coffee station several places around the ship so you dont have to always go up to the buffet area. They also need to have a 9pm to midnight snack bar (i know they have the Blue Lagoon, but it is nice to grab and go with some items...)

Our cabin steward was top notch and was really personable, her name was Anthea from St. Lucia. If you happen to get her for your steward, you are in luck. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


Xrails

Had a blast.... wore white on purpose and the before / after pix were funny. Wear water shoes, crocks, or shoes you can throw away... make sure your bladder is empty!!!


Hell

For only $75 bucks per person we did Hell, Turtle farm, Rum Cake Factory, Stingray City, and snorkeling. The Stingrays were awesome and so was the turtles. Hell and Rum Cake Factory could be missed if needed...

Hell was a 20 min tourist trap stop.

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Rum Cake Factory

For only $75 bucks per person we did Hell, Turtle farm, Rum Cake Factory, Stingray City, and snorkeling. The Stingrays were awesome and so was the turtles. Hell and Rum Cake Factory could be missed if needed...

Would have loved to have had an actual tour of the factory rather than their store only. If you want to skip this, you will not miss a thing.

Snorkeling

For only $75 bucks per person we did Hell, Turtle farm, Rum Cake Factory, Stingray City, and snorkeling. The Stingrays were awesome and so was the turtles. Hell and Rum Cake Factory could be missed if needed...

Stingray Swim

For only $75 bucks per person we did Hell, Turtle farm, Rum Cake Factory, Stingray City, and snorkeling. The Stingrays were awesome and so was the turtles. Hell and Rum Cake Factory could be missed if needed...

Captain Chris was awesome.

Turtle Farm

For only $75 bucks per person we did Hell, Turtle farm, Rum Cake Factory, Stingray City, and snorkeling. The Stingrays were awesome and so was the turtles. Hell and Rum Cake Factory could be missed if needed...

The turtles were awesome.


Irie Blue Hole

Irie Blue Hole is the best of Jamaica. Imagine Dunns River Falls without 2000 people combined with cliff diving... Our guides (Mike and Taj) were the best, personable and very helpful, knew the river and falls like the back of their hands and were well deserving of their tips. Our taxi driver was ours for the day at $25/per person and was the best. Google search "Rusty Irie blue hole" to find his info. Icebread at yahoo if you cant find it yourself. Had a blast.

River Tubing

Rusty took us to the tubing on the White river (I think it was called Chakka River tours) which was $25/per person. Well worth it for an hour of tubing down the river. Had a blast.

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