We love freestyle and the Haven suites are worth it.: Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Jimboruni
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We love freestyle and the Haven suites are worth it.
We do not drink a lot of alcohol, play bingo or other ship activities and thus did not pay all the extra fees some reviewers are complaining about. We bought the soda package for the kids which was a mistake as they did not drink as many sodas as we expected and there is tea and other beverages in the dining rooms. I actually won money in the casino and thus do not have any complaints. The shows were alright as Oh What a Night was pretty good and Bud Anderson is pretty funny. Our kids joined but did not participate in Enterouge (the teen club). It can be cold, windy and rainy and thus the rock climbing wall, basketball and other activities can be hit or miss.
We love freestyle crusing with laid back dress codes and eating when and where you want to without having set schedules. We only ate at the buffet after a couple of excursions when we arrive back at the ship after the other restaruants were closed. The buffet food is mediocre but OK if you stick to pizza, burger and dogs. The Summer Palace and Indigo main dining rooms are alright. The specialty restaurants are all pretty good. Yes they charge a cover charge, but we used our onboard ship credit for much of those charges.
Butlers, Steward and Concierge were all excellent (thanks Charlie, JonJon, Leha and Rolando). When ship staff see that you are in the Haven, they may give you better service and were all very pleasent with us. Less
Cabin review: 14510
The cabin is perfect for 4 people. Separate bedroom and baths for the kids and a large queen bed for the adults. Large bathroom with shower and tub and two sinks is great. Balcony was also great. Haven Courtyard is a santuary.
Port and Shore Excursions
White Pass Scenic Railway
Great scenary but boarding process at the train was chaos and we did not get to finish the tour as the train had to help a disabled train prior to going into Canada.
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