Norwegian Pearl, Dec 07: Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Karen Benckini
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Norwegian Pearl, Dec 07
Destination: Western Caribbean
NCL's pool is quite scary for young ones--at its most shallow part, it's 5 feet, and when the ship was moving, the water was well over that. No life guard on duty. I suggest a lifeguard and another pool. One is not enough to serve the whole ship. Guests would "hog" the chairs by putting towels and books down early every morning and you'd see them vacant for quite some time. The bowling alley charged you to play and the Nintendo WII was only open a few hours a day with long wait lists. My massage was fair, but for 50 mins it was $150 with gratuity--pricey for mediocre service. We did 1 excursion, the 7 mile beach break in Grand Cayman. It was disorganized, with not enough busses to transport guests, so we waited about 35 mins for a bus in poor condition to get us there. It cut into our beach time, and those who took taxi's on their own did much better. The resort they took us to was very crowded and offered poor food.
The help on the ship was very pleasant and accommodating. Overall the food was good. The gym was nice, but had a very limited class schedule--7:30A and 8:30A--one of which you had to pay extra for, a Yoga class! Those are the positive aspects. I am a seasoned cruiser (7 cruises) and I would not choose "freestyle" again until a better system is in place for the restaurant reservations! Less
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