Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Karen Benckini

Home > Reviews > Member Reviews > Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Karen Benckini
Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Pearl
Member Name: Karen Benckini
Email: kbenckini@comcast.net
Cruise Date: December 2007
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
See More About: Norwegian Pearl Cruise Reviews | Western Caribbean Cruise Reviews | NCL Cruise Deals
Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 2.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        3-6 3.0
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates Not Rated
Write a cruise review!

Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.
Avoya Travel
Expedia
Travelocity.com
American Discount Cruises
Onboard.com
LuxuryCruiseConnections
Direct Line Cruises
iCruise.com
CheapCruises.com
Cruise.com
Priceline.com
Sponsored Links:

red arrow


Ship Facts: Norwegian Pearl Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Norwegian Pearl Deck Plans
Norwegian Pearl, Dec 07
Our extended family, a party of 12, took the Christmas week cruise on the Pearl. The ship is awesome to look at and has many fine features. Some are difficult to take advantage of, however. Some highlights and lowlights: We booked an outside cabin and it was quite small. I don't think it was thoroughly cleaned before our occupancy, as we found previous guests' paperwork on the dresser/desk, cigarette lighters, and old candy under the beds. We nicely asked them to re-vacuum, which they did. The cabin smelled like it had smokers in it, so if allowing smokers, they should designate non-smoking cabins. We had the option of booking a balcony room for more money from our travel agent but declined due to having 2 young children with us. The Garden Cafe every morning for breakfast was quite a zoo. My suggestion for NCL would be to have a host/hostess seat your party, and for them to offer beverage service at your table. The lines for water, coffee, milk were really bad! Finding tables was tough. The biggest pet peeve is the "Freestyle Dining" needs work--not once did our family get a reservation in the restaurant we wanted at our desired time! I think NCL favors their frequent cruisers and those booking staterooms. We would start calling at 7:30AM 24 hours in advance and they were always booked.

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!








Publication Date: 01/02/08
More Norwegian Pearl Cruise Reviews

Read the previous Norwegian Pearl review Read the next Norwegian Pearl review

Like This Review?



Register for a Meet & Mingle!
More Western Caribbean Cruise Reviews
Cruise Critic's Norwegian Pearl Review
NCL Cruise Deals
NCL Message Board
Write a cruise review!
About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe
X

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.