This was my first cruise and my wives second. I am a 40yr old male and she is 33yrs old. Her first cruise was with Carnival. We flew from Las Vegas to Seattle and stayed one night in Seattle. Stayed at the Hyatt at Olive 8. Great hotel! A lot to see around the hotel and if you really wanted to walk to pike street it was only 8 blocks or so.
Paid $20 for a cab to get to the pier and tip the driver $5. He dropped us off right in front of pier 66. Once we got out NCL had signs and people everywhere. They took us in the direction we needed to go and was real easy to get on the ship. There was no worries at all!
Once on the ship it was beautiful! Of course they had waiters everywhere and we had our first drink, an $8 dollar bloody mary. Beers were $4.50 and if you bought 5 you got 6. You had to put a $5 deposit on the bucket that the beers came in but you got that back. The staff on the Pearl was great! Very friendly! The food on the other hand. I was expecting amazing food because that's all people were telling me about cruises. It wasn't amazing but it wasn't bad. I would give it a 3 out of 5. We only ate at one of the specialty restaurants, Cagney's Steakhouse. $25 a person and since i had a lobster tail it was another $10. Our two waiters were very good. You can eat all the food you want while you are in there.
We ported Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria Canada. We enjoyed Skagway the best out of them all. So much to do and the people who worked and lived their were very nice. Juneau the exact opposite! A bunch of kids doing the excursions. Ketchikan was nice but we did not have a lot of time their. Victoria was ok. We did not book an excursion their and that ended up in a lot of walking, to nowhere special. Getting off the ship was just like getting on, very smooth.