The Norwegian Pearl is a beautiful ship. It is well maintained, functional and confortable. Seas were high during our cruise and you could certainly feel it. Food was above average, service was stellar, port choices were fantastic (Great Stirrup Cay, Jamaica, Caymans, Cozumel).
Did one shore excursion which was half awesome and half not so awesome - Dunns River Falls is beautiful but not well managed, very crowded and full of very pushy vendors. The bobsled/waterslide part of the shore excursion was fun, beautiful and very relaxing. Shopping in Georgetown and Cozumel always great - my third visit to Cozumel and I love it!
This was my fifth cruise with NCL - I love freestyle cruising! We went to the Japanese Steakhouse one night (awesome food - probably not worth $25 extra $$$ though). Never a dull moment on the Pearl.
The staff is amazing - considering the grief they take from many travelers i was impressed and I don't impress easily. Our steward More
was awesome - our wait staff was great - all were polite, helpful and eager to please.
Disembarkation was a mess - customs took forever, NCL did a good job trying to manuever the process.
Very tight fit for two adults and two teenagers. Well positioned on the boat. The beds are three twins pushed together and one bunk that folds down - not a whole lot of leftover space. Best way to increase space ask to have the small end tables removed - and I always have the mini bar removed.
Bobsled was great - waterslide in a very picturesque locale and simply fun. Dunns River Falls was poorly managed and tooooo crowded. The Falls are gorgeous and the climb great but the constant hand out for tips was annoying. One of the guides was visibly annoyed when we didn't purchase the dvd that the cruise line had warned us about in terms of quality. The driver, the first two guides, the falls guide, and so many others expected tips which lessened our enjoyment. The biggest complaint about the Falls is the overeager vendors who don't want to take no for an answer - the aggressive selling and constant begging for donations was not just overwhelming but sad.