It was supposed to be the honeymoon we never got and finally on our 15th wedding anniversary we got a deal from NCL claiming The Pearl (a step up from our last cruise on The Spirit which we loved) so we jumped at the opportunity.
We booked 3 months in advance and were so excited we made sure everything was done; webought the Ultimate Beverage Package and booked 3 shore excursions. We even brought enough cash to back our room purchases as to not fall into NCL 's double billing practices on ship. When we gave our money to guest services we were told to put down less than what the information said given to us by NCL. Guess what somehow we fell into the trap and our account including the UBP cards. With a lack of 24hr locations to eat or get a complimentary drink were impossible til my husband spoke to the financial officer which caused us to miss our shore excursion for that day. With no place to sit at the pool (half of the deck was closed down and only one walkway was set up More
for 2, 400 people by the way not condusive to a person who uses a cane/crutches to walk) and no interesting activities scheduled we ended up in the room with very limited room service and 2 tv channels with the same movies over and over. Good thing we had a balcony too bad it was on the back of the boat we kept getting choked out by the over tasked smoke stacks above our room and the smell of raw sewage when the boat dumped it with Magnesium in the ocean it would turn bright blue in the wee hours of the morning. That was just in the first 3 days on board The Pearl. Nevermind the feeding frenzy caused by dumping all unused food & perishables from that day before they drove them off with the sewage & Magnesium dumping. I found the green message in the NCL lectures quite arrogant.
Jamaica was the best part of the whole trip we should have spent more time thier than in the Caymans getting the boat fixed, I am not sure what they were fixing but while at the pool I saw a bunch of engineers & mechanics with tool bags & white jumpsuits moving around rather quickly & measuring all kinds of things on floors 13 and above.
When I did get a chance to go out & eat (because the ride was rough I was getting thrown around so bad my legs & arms were bruised so bad I couldn't wear any of my vacation bathing suits. My husband aslo disabled was bruised up from being thrown around or trying to catch me so I didn't fall down) the food was so subpar to what was to be expected by this fabulous boat. It tasted like cafeteria food. The tuna sandwich from room service was better and I didn't have to worry about what fellow cruiser might knock me or my husband over next. People were so rude and self absorbed I dont think ill b cruising any time soon. We expected so much more from our previous NCL experience on The Spirit supposedly lower class of boat its no wonder I couldn't find a good place to get our picture taken. Less
Having a tub was great but the night lights that had a hotels name on them was pretty horrible.The uncomfortable overly soft bed took up so much room that two people cannot pass at the end of it at the same time.Having a balcony was great but dont expect any privacy.Their is no radio & only 2 channels with something on other than the news and those kept repeating the same movies over and over. Or you can just listen to what your neighbor is doing. Who the hell puts opposing mirrors over the bed???????The stateroom staff was kind, polite and did a good job of cleaning our room but we found womens hosiery & a hair band that was not mine.