We embarked on the Pearl around 12:30 and the process was very quick and easy. Once on-board, we were served lunch and before we finished the meal, the announcement was made that the cabins were ready. Therefore, we were able to deposit our carry-on luggage in our cabin before heading out to explore the ship. Since we sailed on the Jade last year, we were fairly familiar with the layout of the ship. Some areas are different, but in general the layout is very similar.
Our experience with the staff on the Pearl was the best of any cruise we have taken. Since I helped with setting up the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet, I had the pleasure of working with Charlin Zaldivar (Group Services Coordinator), Steven Jacobsen (Hotel Director) and Carlos Zarate (Concierge). All three were wonderful to work with and it was our pleasure to get to know them. At the meet and greet, we had close to 50 Cruise Critic members in attendance. It was great to have the opportunity to meet everyone. We More
had at least 6 officers to attend the meeting and speak to us about their duties on-board. Most of them shared their phone numbers and said to contact them if we needed anything at all. In addition to the previously mentioned staff members, our cabin steward, Arnold Bugabuga, and his assistant were wonderful. Also, the staff of Cagney's was the best wait staff on-board. I also want to mention that Captain Lars Bengtsson was very humorous and made the daily announcements quite enjoyable. We also had the opportunity to meet Rolf Isaksson, the Chief Engineer, who we had a very enjoyable conversation with during the cruise.
We watched most of the shows. Our favorites were "Oh, What a Night", Sharkbait and The Second City. The two shows by the Pearl production cast were our least favorite. As a matter of fact, we did not stay for one of their shows. After about 10 minutes, we had heard enough. We did stay for the one called "South Beach Rave" mostly because the farewell performance featuring the Officers, Staff & Crew was taking place at the end of the show.
As for the ports of call, we will probably visit Key West again sometime. However, I don't imagine that we will visit Roatan, Belize or Costa Maya again. It was interesting to visit them for the first time, but they are definitely not on my list of places that I have to re-visit.
We did one NCL shore excursion during this cruise. In Belize, we took the Airboat Adventure & Belize City Tour. Although we enjoyed the airboat tour and are not sorry that we did it, we have had other airboat tours that provided better sightseeing and scenery.
We chose the "Easy Walk Off Disembarkation" and were able to exit the ship around 7:45am so we could make it to the airport for an early flight. It was very simple and easy. There were no lines and there were plenty of taxis available as soon as we exited the building.
Overall, this was a wonderful cruise and we truly enjoyed every minute of it! We hated to see it come to an end. I feel certain that we will consider sailing on the Pearl again. We might consider the Eastern Caribbean or maybe Alaska! Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to meet some of the Cruise Critic members that we met as well as some of the ship's officers and staff members again. Less