Sail Date: 20 May - 27 May 2007
Ports of Call: Seattle, Washington; Juneau, Alaska; Skagway, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; Victoria, British Columbia; Seattle, Washington
The Norwegian Pearl was purpose-built for Freestyle Cruising. Norwegian Pearl comfortably transports 2,400 guests and over 1,000 crew. Don't forget to visit the four lanes bowling alley in the Bliss Ultra Lounge, on deck 7 aft. There is a ($5.) per person charge for bowling per game which includes bowling shoes. Combining speed, restaurant options, and family friendly accommodations, the Pearl also offers guests a wide array of public bars and lounges, casino action, extensive sports and fitness activities, and staterooms designed with rich cherry wood finishing. Our group consisted of 12 friends and family members, situated in six inside cabins. Our average cost was $743. per person.
We arrived in Seattle by air at about 11:30 AM. Four of us took a Yellow Cab from Sea - Tac Airport to Pier 66. The cost of the cab with tip was $36.00. Please note that on your return trip from the NCL Pearl to the Sea -Tac Airport, the cab fare is only $28.00 for up to four passengers. Seattle City Ordinance regulates the return fare.
Embarkation went well and we were having lunch in the Garden Cafe before 1:00 PM. The Welcome Aboard Show was a full house on the first evening on board the Pearl.
Restaurants without cover chargers:
Garden Cafe serves various foods at different food stations. Great for breakfast and lunch. The Garden Cafe also offers different dinner selections every evening.
Blue Lagoon Cafe, offers light bites and fast food dishes. (24 hours)
Summer Palace and Indigo restaurants serve the same menu, but different selections every evening. The food consists of a five-course meal and usually is very appetizing. Our first choice was the Summer Palace, although the same menu is offered in the Indigo Restaurant.
Mambo's Restaurant serves delicious Tex Mex Cuisine.
La Cucina serves wonderful Italian Cuisine.
Great Outdoors and The Grill restaurants are located on deck 12, and are open (weather-permitting).
Lotus Garden ($10.) cover charge serves a fusion of exotic Asian Flavors.
Shabu-Shabu ($15.) cover charge serves Mongolian hot pot Cuisine.
Sushi Bar ($15.) cover charge
Cagney's Steakhouse ($20.) cover charge
Le Bistro ($15.) French Cuisine
Teppanyaki ($20.) Asian Cuisine
Ports of Call:
Juneau, Alaska - Capital of Alaska This was our favorite port of call. We went shopping downtown, had a drink in the famous Red Dog Saloon, and took a bus to the Mendenhall Glacier. The Glacier is a must see! ($12.) per person roundtrip. There is also a tramway that will take visitors from downtown to the top of Mount Roberts to enjoy a breathtaking view. ($25.) per person.
Skagway, Alaska - Highlight of our cruise We took the excursion on the White Pass Scenic Railway to the White Pass Summit. This was a three and half-hour, forty mile roundtrip tour which climbs from the tidewater at Skagway to the Summit of the White Pass Mountain, a 2,865 foot elevation. The fully narrated tour features two tunnels, several sky-high trestles, cascading waterfalls, historic sites and spectacular scenery. The train actually backs right up to the dock in front of the NCL Pearl and is impossible to miss. ($109.) per person.
Glacier Bay National Park Several Park rangers board the ship and conduct a narrated tour of Glacier Bay. We had an overcast day, but the viewing of the glaciers was absolutely wonderful.
Ketchikan, Alaska - best place to purchase your souvenirs It rains all day in Ketchikan. We walked around the town and purchased all of our souvenirs. There are many stores selling all kinds of Alaska souvenirs.
Victoria, BC From the docks you have two choices to get to downtown Victoria. There is a shuttle bus offering roundtrip transportation for ($6.) per person. Also, guests can catch a taxi for less than ($8.) including tip, one way to downtown. Taxis hold up to four passengers for the same rate. Remember, guests are probably paying in US dollars, and the cab fare is in Canadian dollars.
Warning: If you do any gambling in the ship's casino, please be sure to cash in all of your chips and slot machine coupons, and collect your Seabucks before 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon before the ship enters Canadian waters sailing toward Victoria, BC.
This was our sixth cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines and we are very satisfied with their product. Don't miss the chocolate buffet in the Garden Cafe on Ketchikan night, or the delicious outdoor barbeque under the stars on the last evening, Victoria night.