First Time Cruiser - Mixed Emotions: Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by bclinton
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First Time Cruiser - Mixed Emotions
Now for the cruise. The ship was nice. Our room steward was great. We tipped him 100 bucks. He was grateful. I assume the ship does not pay these guys much and he was really good. After a day or 2 it became obvious the cruise ship was on a money grab. Bingo was a ripoff, Deal or no Deal was a More ripoff....the casino was a ripoff......the shops were a ripoff....for instance....with bingo the cheapest pack was $39 for 3 games and 3 cards (you could buy more expensive packs also) the total price pool for the 3 games we played was about $500 for all 3 games. I looked around and there were a couple of hundred of people in the room. Lets just say 100 have bought cards. That's an insane take by the house. The slots payed about 2/3 was a normal slot machine payed. In other words if you were used to seeing 15 quarters returned on a 3 quarter machine like me you would only see 10. I felt stupid wasting my money but after 4-5 days there is not much else to do with your time. The food was ok....nothing to write home about......We had a mini suite which was fine for the 3 adults in the room. The balcony was nice. Here's a tip for the shops. Do not buy anything on the ship. The same jacket we paid $59 for on Monday was found at Ketchikan on Friday for $19. The Glacier in Juneau was very pretty. Take time to go to the waterfall. We rented a car in town for $57 so we could make our own excursion and save a few bucks. Less
Cabin review: 11124
Great cabin. We had 3 adults and had plenty of room and privacy.
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