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Blond60
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
The food and the entertainment were the best! The Norwegian in house band was the best we have seen. Even the lunch BBQ around the pool was very good. On the negative, people were saving chairs and sun beds with towels, so there was no ... Read more
Luckyswife
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our first time cruising with NCL. Sadly it was a cold day in Tampa when we were departing and due to the norovirus being found on the ship, we had to stand outside for 2.5 hours while they cleaned. We were so cold and hungry ... Read more
sandiditto@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We have used NCL so many times we are platimum members. This cruise was not so up to par so to speak. We were to receive choclate and strawberries in our rooms upon checkin. Four days later I had to call and ask for them. I was told I ... Read more
brothermac1
Member Since 2013
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We had read numerous reviews about this ship, and were frankly a bit apprehensive before boarding. The embarkation process was painfully slow, but once we finally got on board, here's what we have heard, and our response to it: The food ... Read more
Steven1971
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
My wife and I were looking forward to this trip and were very disappointed in the quality of experience on the NCL pearl. We have taken 5 cruises in the last 9 years, the last three with Norwegian. I expect to continue to cruise ... Read more

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kellenz
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I have cruised with Norwegion before, and several other cruise lines, but probably will look for another cruise line next time. When I first got on the boat I had high hopes for a wonderful cruise. My first experience with ... Read more
alobrasil.info
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
After hearing many good comments about a cruise, me and my husband decide to go for the first on a cruise, the Norwegian Pearl. The ship is beautiful, outside and inside, big enough for the amount of people travelling on it. The ... Read more
krbeau00
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Food; Lotus Garden restaurant food and service great, summer palace, chairs uncomfortable and service got slower with each day. Choices were eh. Indigo same as summer palace, smaller, less crowded, but slow service. Tepanyaki, was good, ... Read more
Shazzer4400
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I booked this cruise somewhat at the last minute and were really looking forward to an easy getaway (we live close to the port in Miami). We had sailed on the Pearl before (to Alaska) and loved the ship, so we were very ... Read more
sodennis
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
25 forum posts
Sailed December 2015
I had been through the canal six times on the USS Boston (three tours of duty in VN) and wanted my wife to see the canal. We watched from the lounge and it proved to be a wonder for all the folks that were in with us. We ate most of ... Read more

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leaclingman
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Room 14510 Dec, 2015 Room: The Haven, as always, is an awesome part of the ship, pricey yes, but worth it if you want to splurge. We did the two bedroom villa, which is configured with a small “child’s bedroom” ... Read more
bettebookblue
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We recently went on the NCL Pearl.....I was disappointed w/my expectations. After saving to go on a pre-Xmas cruise, I was really looking forward to it. All I can say is at least the shore excursions I'd booked was good & the days we ... Read more
Happy NCL Cruiser
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed December 2015
NCL continues to provide top-notch service, great itineraries and a well-run ship.. Our 3rd trip on Pearl in 2015 was the best yet based on a great group of "Cruise Critic'rs" on top of 3 educational and well run shore ... Read more
VRC-50
Member Since 2010
1 review
29 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
The Good - Buffet, Jim the Piano Man, Tim the Comedian, "Oh, What a Night!", Fitness Center Teppenyaki, Friendly Staff. The mediocre - Half of the shows, Menus in the main dining room. The Bad - The food in the main dining ... Read more
khavens
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
This was our 7th cruise with Norwegian, and 2nd on the Pearl. By far this was our favorite. The crew and entertainment were OUTSTANDING. We were thrilled with the "oh what a night" show featuring the music of the 4 Seasons. ... Read more

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jbrazel1
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We are seasoned cruisers. On NCL alone we have been on 29 cruises. We love freestyle cruising but we liked NCL way before they began freestyle. We flew into Miami one day prior to our cruise. This I do highly recommend as it makes ... Read more
reneemurphy
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Overall, i really enjoyed this cruise. This was my third cruise and my first time with Norwegian. I like the "freestyle cruising" casualness to the whole cruise. I feel like I got a good combination of relaxation and fun ... Read more
Julie G.
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
I thoroughly enjoyed my first cruise on the Norwegian Pearl in November 2015. The variety and amount of food was never ending and very good. My favorite dessert was their vanilla bread pudding with the caramel sauce. It was to die for! ... Read more
GWSUBARU
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was our sixth and longest cruise. We had used NCL twice b/4 and have been pleased with the results. We did not partake in any of the on board activities accept a couple of lectures on the excursions (we had already booked our ... Read more
TrishtheTraveler
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise on the Pearl. We visited Cartagena, Panama Canal, Colon, Porta Limon, Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya. It is a beautiful, perfect sized ship, not too big or too small. The crew were mostly Filipino and all crew ... Read more

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susanstar88
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
61 forum posts
1 helpful vote
All we have to say is a huge OMG for our Thanksgiving cruise! This is the second time on the Pearl, and yes, she's in need of a few touch-ups here & there but ... we love her & the crew! Although we've traveled extensively thru ... Read more
japer
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
Sailed October 2015
The itinerary was unique. A combination of seeing the canal at work without having to do the entire transit, and without having to spend extra on excursion(s). The passage into the lake provided all the detail (narrated on board) for the ... Read more
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fredbird
Member Since 2011
1 review
Sailed October 2015
We went on this cruise because it was a Panama Canal cruise. We could have lived without the rest of the ports we visited. Nothing but tourist traps. Pearl is a nice ship, friendly personnel. Food is not bad, but not ... Read more
phinu
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
111 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Overall this was one of our most favorite cruises (44). The ship was in good shape, the crew was in great shape. Embarkation: Cruise started 10/1 in San Fransisco, we got on in LA and there were not a lot of people getting on. Time ... Read more
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HAGA
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
2 helpful votes
Took this trip (the latest of over 50 cruises) to take the Panama Canal off our "bucket list". NCL got just about everything right . . . from a great variety of food to a pleasant "right size" ship to a fantastic ... Read more
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