610 Norwegian Pearl Cruise Reviews

Overall, I would do this ship again. My first cruise was the Dawn and it definitely brought back some memories. I think I am biased to the smaller ships! I think the food was pretty good. I've seen others complain about it and the ... Read More
Overall, I would do this ship again. My first cruise was the Dawn and it definitely brought back some memories. I think I am biased to the smaller ships! I think the food was pretty good. I've seen others complain about it and the only real complaint I have is that the food from the buffet was a bit bland which I think is to be expected. It is why they give you salt and pepper at your table. I loved, loved, loved the Great Outdoors buffet/bar area. It was awesome for late night snacks and even to sit outside when the buffet was a bit more crowded. Speaking of which, the buffet was tinier then the Dawn's, but the seating area was larger. We found seating whenever we went, even if it was busy. There are 2 pools which I think was great. Even on the busy sea days we were able to find chairs. They didn't host a single thing outside at night if you are into that. We did the Thermal package and spent an hour to 2 there every day. I loved the warm rock/ceramic chairs. I always ended up dozing off they made me so relaxed! They hosted a lot in the Spinnaker Lounge which I thought was really cool. It is in the front of the ship, so it can be a bit rockier, but there was a lot of room and the view was so neat! The shows in the Stardust were cool! The comedian was hilarious (we went to the adult show) and the Legends of Rock show was seriously so great I didn't want it to end! The acrobats/flyers were good, but not really our style. Our cruise director was Tiara. We weren't huge fans of her (we love Richard Matic, so we are spoiled lol). She didn't really host much. Left most of it to her Assistant CD and staff. The staff was so good and one of them was a phenomenal DJ! We bowled which was not easy, but a cool experience! We had an inside room near the front stairs and there was no noise at night at all. Would definitely do an inside room again, even if we did sleep a little later since it was like sleeping in a cave lol Everyone on the ship was super helpful and very nice to talk to, especially when you treated them with respect! We stopped at Harvest Caye and Costa Maya, Mexico. Harvest Caye was great and the pool was sooooo nice. You do have to pay out of pocket for stuff, but we went back to the ship and had lunch. I thought the Wildlife Experience was super cool! Costa Maya is definitely a tourist port, but it was still really neat to experience. The water is a beautiful blue!! Disembarking was a bit of a pain, but not NCLs fault. Customs seemed really slow. Took us maybe an hour to get off the ship and through customs. We did self-disembarkation as well (carried our own luggage). The ship is a bit older and not really made for kids. My husband is 30 and I'm 25. We both have a bit of older souls so I think we fit the crowd great! Would 100% do again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My BF and I were short on time but desperate to get away so the 5-day Western Caribbean itinerary to Belize and Mexico was perfect for us. We booked just prior to Christmas and got a great price. Food: We generally ate in the buffet ... Read More
My BF and I were short on time but desperate to get away so the 5-day Western Caribbean itinerary to Belize and Mexico was perfect for us. We booked just prior to Christmas and got a great price. Food: We generally ate in the buffet in the morning because we wanted to control our portions and wanted lots of choice. The aft outdoor location (Great Outdoors) was perfect and since we were up and at it early, it generally wasn't busy. This opened at 7:30 but sometimes we would grab specific items on the inside location and just take our plates outside. Overall the food would get a 3.5 - 4 out of five. We are super fussy, however I always found something to enjoy and generally was very pleased. My only complaint is watching people feel the need to carry two stacked plates at a time. We ate in Le Bistro at additional charge and it was well worth it. It ran about $100 CDN for two, gratuities included for three good courses. Cagney's was fully booked so we didn't get a chance to experience it. Indigo was very good and the atmosphere was much nicer for us than the main dining room (Summer Palace). If you do the buffet for lunch, don't miss the Indian/Indonesian food station. Some of the better butter chicken I've had, made very well and super fresh. Entertainment: For me, I would give the entertainment 5/5. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the performers and shows. Big kudos to Orly Penate and Alex Ortiz as well as the NCL person responsible for booking them. Absolutely fabulous! The final evening we took in the Legends in Concert show in the Stardust Theater. Great acoustics and lovely set up, comfortable seats. This show also wowed me in the quality. Don't miss it! Staff: Overall, the staff was very good. I think when some people think they are poor quality, they don't understand that for some, there is a bit of a language barrier and their job is incredibly hard. Eight months on, two months off is a tough gig. I wonder if NCL should consider different options or opportunities if they can find a cost-effective way to manage. Activities: If you can't find something to do that interests you on this ship... it's you, not them. I was disappointed in some of the guests and their need to do nothing but sloth by the pool, drinking too much. However, we found a great location every day and very much enjoyed the sun. We also signed up (at extra cost) to have full access to all of the classes at the fitness centre. Big shout out to Jared and Suynesh (sp?) for their attention, professionalism and knowledge. We very much enjoyed our interactions with both and it was worth the extra cost. Shore Excursions: For me, this is the chink in the armor on this trip. I found both ports to be pretty much a waste of time because I like to experience the authentic side of a country. They are overly commercial and a bit of a money grab. We did enjoy both beaches however and in Costa Maya we took a taxi to Mahahual where we found a great stand for empanadas and sopas. We ended up going back to the ship early and very much enjoyed how quiet it was on board lol. Overall a very nice experience with great people. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We sailed on the Pearl on Jan 12 to Belize and Costa Maya. The best part of the cruise for us was the private villa on Harvest Caye Belize. The overall experience of being on the private beach with a hammock, lounge chairs, air ... Read More
We sailed on the Pearl on Jan 12 to Belize and Costa Maya. The best part of the cruise for us was the private villa on Harvest Caye Belize. The overall experience of being on the private beach with a hammock, lounge chairs, air conditioned villa, private bathroom, and waitress service was perfect for our family, The service on the island was excellent- the waitress, concierge, and driver were attentive, friendly,and professional. I highly recommend this experience! Overall the ship is fun, not too large, not too many people, and our family of 5 (3 young 20’s) had a great time. The Norwegian app was great for keeping in contact with each other by text message, Other highlights for us were the 2 specialty dining restaurants Moderno and La Cucina.. Both had excellent food and service and we really enjoyed them. Cant remember his name, but the bartender at the whiskey bar at night was the best on the ship! Some negatives for us were the food at the buffets, main dining rooms and O’Sheehans, and overall lackluster/slow service from waiters and bartenders in the other venues. The free food was average and sadly the coffee was terrible. Leaving the ship on the last day took forever and our bus back to the airport was really late, which was disappointing. Not sure if we will cruise Norwegian again or try a different cruise line next time, Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband and I sailed on Norwegian Pearl this past week and had an amazing time. I haven't been on a cruise in 10 years and this was my husband's first cruise. We stayed in an inside cabin and it was exactly what you would ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on Norwegian Pearl this past week and had an amazing time. I haven't been on a cruise in 10 years and this was my husband's first cruise. We stayed in an inside cabin and it was exactly what you would expect from such. Our stateroom attendant was nice and our room was kept spotless during out stay. We did find the bed very uncomfortable and the giant gap in the middle bothered us a bit. We didn't realize until the last night that the zipper was broken that was supposed to hold this bed contraption together. The food on the ship was great! I'm a picky eater but everything I did put on my plate was good. My husband really liked the food as well. We didn't go to any of the specialty restaurants but we did go to formal dining at Summer Palace one night. Our server, Janice, that told us she's been with Norwegian for 10 years, was absolutely fantastic! She made the experience even better. We both got the steak and it was the best steak I've ever had. The entertainment was excellent. We thought the dancers and singers in the shows were great and went to all of the comedy shows. The comedian, Alex Ortis, was very funny and we enjoyed the adult show. The ship was kept impressively clean and the crew was very nice. We did not enjoy the spinnaker lounge. It was always crowded and hard to find seating during events and the evening. We liked Bliss much better. We had very rough seas and 50 mph winds but the ship handled it well. We were supposed to go to Key West, Great Stirrup Cay, and Freeport. However, we were notified around 6pm that we would be unable to tender into Great Stirrup Cay the next day due to high winds, and were being rerouted to Nassau. We found this really cool since they could have just given us a day at sea. We had fun everywhere we went but would probably avoid an itinerary with Freeport and Nassau in the future. However, we would love to return to Key West in the future. Overall I would definitely recommend Pearl. I would give it 4 stars. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This cruise was a birthday gift from my daughters. This was the first cruise my husband and I went on alone. I was a bit disappointed that we were not traveling with family or friends as we have done in the past. But travelers and crew ... Read More
This cruise was a birthday gift from my daughters. This was the first cruise my husband and I went on alone. I was a bit disappointed that we were not traveling with family or friends as we have done in the past. But travelers and crew were all friendly and helpful. The Good-Amazing efficiency. We did not have a single Gltch in any part of the process. Embarking and Disembarking was a piece of cake even with ling lines and many different languages to maneuver. Booking excursions was a breeze with the Norwegian App. We booked and within 5 minutes our tickets were in our door slot. The same efficient process was true for excursions that were canceled or changed. Refunds were quickly made. Our bill at the end did not have any errors. As far as rooms go, our balcony room 10544 was spacious for a ship, clean and had lots of storage. The ship as a whole was clean. Try the Whisky tastings. The Average - the hot tubs were packed and a few hot tubs had broken knobs. The water was tepid. I thought they had plenty of deck chairs too. Lines to the bar where the standard drink package applied were long and some adults were pretty rude to other guests about whose turn it was to order. Staff saw the interactions and chose to ignore. Entertainment was fair. The male dancers were fantastic. The Michael Jackson impersonator was very good and the comedian was funny. The bad- the Norwegian app only worked occasionally, the internet was not at all consistent too. Both were very frustrating. Norwegian needs to do better. The food-specilty restaurants were average and better than the complimentary but not wonderful. The buffet was horrible. Often times cold and luke warm offerings were the special of the day. Golden Corral is much much better. The Summer Palace was better than the buffet. At least we were served warm food. But over cooked eggs, over cooked protein was served consistently. Wrongly marked restaurant items were also the norm. A Chopped Ham salad sandwich was labeled crabmeat. I ordered the pork loin dinner and got two slices of ham. I think Norwegian thinks pigs are more versatile than they are. Food was a 1star most times. I also found out cruising in January doesn't mean you will get the cruise you expect. Stops were changed, excursions canceled due to the whims of mother nature. We had a good Italian Captain and he made our misadventures as comfortable for all. In short, I would certainly cruise on NCL again, but just as a preference, I like the formal dining better than freestyle so I would chose another cruise line that offers that first. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The Haven room was terrific and the access to the separate pool and hot tub, as well as the breakfast/lunch space in Moderno, were very nice. Service for the room and the concierge was very good, too. We had a cabana in Harvest Caye and ... Read More
The Haven room was terrific and the access to the separate pool and hot tub, as well as the breakfast/lunch space in Moderno, were very nice. Service for the room and the concierge was very good, too. We had a cabana in Harvest Caye and that was great (and, frankly, important in that it rained much of the day so it was nice to have a spot to stay all day). The rest of the ship, though, was pretty good to so-so. It didn't help that it was cloudy/rainy the entire time. Restaurants were good but not great and we felt nickel'ed-and-dime'd despite having free drinks and dinner passes. Casino was fun. We avoided the shows based on the previews they shared on the in-room channel; what we saw looked very amateurish. The kids club was a bust...our kiddos wouldn't go (and I don't blame them). We got the kiddos passes for the arcade, and they played there for hours. Ironically, while my wife and I will likely do NCL again for the Haven, we preferred our Disney experiences BUT our kids really want to go back on NCL (probably because they had their own pool and we gave them a ton more freedom because the kids club was mediocre). Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The price was great for a solo cruise. Only paid for single occupancy. Travel from Houston to Miami was also at a bargain rate. I llike the layout of the ship. Especially enjoyed the Cigar room. (No cigarettes allowed!) The cigar ... Read More
The price was great for a solo cruise. Only paid for single occupancy. Travel from Houston to Miami was also at a bargain rate. I llike the layout of the ship. Especially enjoyed the Cigar room. (No cigarettes allowed!) The cigar room Steward (Aurturo) learned my name and drink preferences the first night and did not have to ask again. Also my room steward learned my name and never failed to greet me. I gave each of them extra tips. upgrade your WIFI package to unlimited. (without streaming unless streaming is very important to you. I was disappointed in the Meal Package I was happy with the Steakhouse and the French Bistro. Disappointed with the Brazilian & Italian venues. I also had the unlimited drink package. It was part of my "Free at Sea" package and I was quite satisfied. The embarkation was a little disorganized. I wound up carrying my luggage on board. Never did find out where I could have turned it over to the ship crew. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I do not know how people say the food was not good. Ever meal we had was great especially the Italian resturant and Cagneys Steak house. The staff were very friendly and always available. Christina in the Casino was the most ... Read More
I do not know how people say the food was not good. Ever meal we had was great especially the Italian resturant and Cagneys Steak house. The staff were very friendly and always available. Christina in the Casino was the most memorable for me. Every night when my sister and I entered the Casino, she greeted us by name. When ever she heard us laughing and yelling that our slot machine paid off she would come over and congratulate us on our win. SHe said she got to recognize us by our laughter. Adonis the bartender in the Casino was slammed every night but was always able to keep up. The only disappointment was that the Casino machines seemed pretty out dated. They need to purchase some of the new interactive machines. Also they need to have at least one $5.00 roulette, poker, black jack table. On a 5 day cruise its hard to play a $10.00 hand . I would definitly cruise Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
In the opinion of this experienced cruiser (10+), it is very difficult to not have a good time on a cruise unless something unusual happens- so with the itinerary of Panama Canal and Costa Rica, along with the standard western Caribbean ... Read More
In the opinion of this experienced cruiser (10+), it is very difficult to not have a good time on a cruise unless something unusual happens- so with the itinerary of Panama Canal and Costa Rica, along with the standard western Caribbean port swing through Harvest Caye, Roatan, and Costa Maya, good times were expected- and NCL met expectations. Those who cruise a lot may note that exceeding expectations is what distinguishes different cruises from others - I will try to tailor my comments for those new to cruising and for the more seasoned. The food is often the focus of many reviews- and I side with those who find the food ranges from "good" to "great" in all venues - and my wife and I ate in them all on this 12 day itinerary (although we did find somewhat repetitive menus). Service and attitudes were also accommodating from almost all crew – they certainly are a highlight. If you want to ensure a high-end experience, the special venue for breakfast and lunch for Haven and suite guests - the Moderno restaurant on this ship - was definitely that in terms of flavors and service – especially breakfast. In fact, the best filet I have had in any venue on NCL ever, including any Cagney's, was the Steak and egg breakfast I had in that venue - several other cruisers mentioned the same thing – a perfectly cooked and seasoned filet mignon. This was a Thanksgiving cruise, and the main dining room had a standard turkey entree and a ham holiday entree on the menu that evening that met my expectations. Desserts sometimes exceeded expectations- from the macerated berries with Grand Marnier sabayon in the main dining room, to the OMG cheesecake in several specialty venues on the ship, the raspberry crème brulee, a perfectly cooked apple tart, to a cassava cake on the buffet and even a sugar-free coconut pudding on the buffet. Snack time at the back of the ship had fresh baked goods that were a highlight. O’Sheehans was good for junk food and watching football, and you can find tasty hamburgers and hot dogs on the buffet and at the outdoor grill. Obtaining drinks were never an issue, as waiters seemed ready and able to serve (thanks Gede in the Sky High Bar!). I can recall only once in the Spinnaker lounge where the bartender could not make a drink because it was unfamiliar (although it really isn't difficult to figure out the ingredients for a dirty monkey – I went somewhere else to get it). Additionally, our concierge has now set a high bar in terms of service - she was truly outstanding. We only saw a few shows, and while talent is usually a standout on NCL, the theater experience was so-so. Legends in Concert was worth attending, but some comedians were not. I must say Dennis Veator, the guitarist in the main atrium, was outstanding. The woman scheduled for the last night, as a singer, was actually pretty good – even though that slot is going to play to a less than half-empty theatre with passengers starting to pack, she did her best to fire us up. Additionally, the guitarist and singing at the entrance to the buffet, not by pros, but by food staff (also named Gede), always put a smile on my face as well. I had a great time and new cruisers should certainly consider this ship. As far as the ports, the Maya Key resort in Roatan was enjoyable, had great food, great wildlife rescue center - and luckily, not too crowded (this could alter the experience). I would describe the Costa Rica excursion exploring their rainforests and canals/rivers as enjoyable as well, but the Maya Chan resort in Costa Maya - booked privately outside of NCL - is the best value as drinks are included, massages are available for a price that is more than fair, and the food is wonderful. So, for the more seasoned, where were the areas that needed improvement? Well, the initial itinerary of this cruise had the port of Cartegena, Columbia, but was switched to Grand Cayman - announced two days AFTER final payment was due. My suspicion is that NCL may have known about the changes a bit before the deadline, but cannot be sure. There were no towel animals- even after telling the steward we missed them. The "sky high bar and grill" is supposed to be a complimentary eating venue, but was only open for lunch on sea days, and even then had only hot dogs and burgers (although they were tasty in other places on the ship) - this still seemed a bit like false advertising. “Problematic” is the term I would use to describe the Panama Canal shore excursion. Although I can now check off my bucket list “traversing the entire Panama Canal”, the last three locks of the canal was done on a shore excursion tour ship that held 500 passengers (approximately 200 were on our ship) – not small, but by no means large. You have to wait for other ships to join you inside the locks before they will operate them, and a Princess tour ship of the same size, and a large sailboat, and a huge tanker, all had to enter the lock before it could operate and we could move forward. At first, it is somewhat interesting, but the next two locks were the same experience, and it takes just under an hour for all of that shipping volume to arrange itself inside the lock – each time. Coupled with a lunch that I would classify as “edible” and nothing more (bland pasta, badly seasoned chicken kabobs – NOBODY went back for seconds even though there was plenty available) and then having to wait for the Princess boat to dock and let off their passengers before we could disembark and finally take the 70 minute bus ride home, made for an extremely long, sometimes boring day, and had me feeling a bit “second class.” We were off the boat at 9:15am, back on at 7:55pm – the last ones to arrive. I am glad I did it, as one small benefit was seeing the entire cityscape of Panama City lighting up at night. Nevertheless, I certainly wish I got a LOT more for my money, and got back to the boat sooner. Also concerning was some of the experiences in the specialty restaurants- most of the main courses, especially the proteins, were outstanding. For example, Cagney’s veal chop with Morel mushroom sauce is a new fave– ordered it twice – and the wife’s steak was perfectly cooked. Half of our dining experience in Moderno was spent waiting for lamb to be properly cooked, which, initially, it absolutely was not – way, way overdone – we were happy that the restaurant manager acknowledged the issue and gave us a an estimated time for the new lamb without sugarcoating. We waited for better lamb, and when we eventually got it, we were more than pleased. The show in Teppanyaki and the food combines, still, for a worthwhile experience in my opinion. However, the appetizers and sides have declined a bit in taste and quality in some venues - both Cagneys and Moderno had issues. I can remember issues with both the bisque, the Mac and Cheese and the truffle fires in Cagneys, and the beans and rice in Moderno, among other items. La Cucina, outside of pasta, is just “OK” on this ship. While some desserts are great in these venues, some others tasted as if NCL bought them at the local supermarket (once again, please update your apple pie, NCL). The chairs in Cagney's and the Summer Palace MDR definitely need improvement - some were just darn uncomfortable to sit on. In addition, why the constant "hunt for Splenda" (or their brand “Wee-Cal”)? It was not always easy to find in certain places on the ship - impossible in others. They even ran out of it in the Haven breakfast on the last day. Really, what's up with that? The bottom line is that the dining experiences at complimentary venues are quite good- and I am beginning to think that the "free at sea" benefits that come with the purchase of the cruise at certain prices may not be worth it. If I can convince my wife of of a cabin where NCL assigns the location, (usually the lowest priced or "teaser" deal - because you don't get the free at sea deals with this category) I might consider that. If things keep going this way, even though I have platinum status on NCL, I may have to start comparing costs dollar for dollar with other cruise lines for what NCL claims is “included” in the cost of my cruise. Cruising is still a great value, and this cruise in particular was as well, but this cruise has made me really think carefully. I am well on my way to “platinum plus” with NCL and I have 4 cruisenext deposits on hand, but I think I can be lured away – I guess we shall see… Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We only cruise with Norwegian, very casual friendly atmosphere. No strict schedules to go by! I cruised with my dad, stepmom, and a friend of mine. In Cartagena we took a party bus, plenty of free rum and cokes with the price of your ... Read More
We only cruise with Norwegian, very casual friendly atmosphere. No strict schedules to go by! I cruised with my dad, stepmom, and a friend of mine. In Cartagena we took a party bus, plenty of free rum and cokes with the price of your ticket, and ride around town with your own 3pc band, 3 stops, dancing and shopping as well as history all in this tour. Next was the canal, we didn’t get off but those who did were gone from 9am until we went back through the canal and around the island to pick them back up at 5:30pm, a narrator talks through the canal explaining the canal. Puerto Limon we decided to walk into town, didn’t feel safe just the 2 of us right downtown so we went back, would recommend a tour with a group here. Roatan is beautiful but the beach was full of people selling stuff and the water was full of seaweed, to the point we got out of the water. My favorite was Harvest Caye, Belize it’s a private island, new and clean and safe. Parasailing here is great, can recommend that!! People aren’t pushy at all and very friendly. Costa Maya has a long dock so be ready for a bit of a walk, lots of shops right off the pier and several places to take trips or taxis. 4 days at sea were very relaxing. Will definitely travel with Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
As a first time on a transatlantic, we chose NCL and Pearl based on the itinerary and were not disappointed. The food was good, we did not use the speciality restaurants as we found the MDR o’Sheehans, and buffet met our expectations. ... Read More
As a first time on a transatlantic, we chose NCL and Pearl based on the itinerary and were not disappointed. The food was good, we did not use the speciality restaurants as we found the MDR o’Sheehans, and buffet met our expectations. We were disappointed in the small number of production shows but found enough on the ship to be entertained. The crew are exceptional, a special thank you to Arturo Samanez and Nikola Bogdanovic in Magnums and John Patrick Layacan in Spinnaker. The one negative was the lack of communication regarding the Kiss charter. The itinerary was changed to call at Port Canaveral, we discovered on social media this was due to the charter. The final day was totally disrupted on the pool deck with no advance notice. We were aware as we had been informed by a crew member. Notification in the daily Freestyle on the upcoming days would have allowed passengers to make an informed decision on how to spend their last day. Would we choose NCL again, YES. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise on the ship,Norwegian Pearl, because of the itinerary/ports. Felt the cruise price was fair, although all the shore excursions did add up because there was so many ports. Loved the casual atmosphere and all of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the ship,Norwegian Pearl, because of the itinerary/ports. Felt the cruise price was fair, although all the shore excursions did add up because there was so many ports. Loved the casual atmosphere and all of the complementary restaurants that were included. We had the most wonderful time. Our favorite restaurant were the Summer Palace and Indigo. Excellent choices of food and delicious. The 12th floor buffet was our least favorite but it was quick. The nightly entertainment was super and the host, (also aka Pedro-the voice from the ceiling) was great. We thoroughly enjoyed every show but our favorite were the two shows of the Mo-town group. The showcase of the talented crew was great to see their other abilities. Promote them! We did the Rome tour upon leaving the ship and stayed in Rome an additional four days. All the staff was very attentive and helpful when we needed guidance in getting to a destination on the ship. The "fish" carpet in the stateroom hallways was extremely helpful to determine the front and rear of the ship. But where are these "fish" on the rest of the ship? It would be helpful if there were some painted on the walls in a few strategic locations. We really would have appreciated that. You must have some talented crew who can paint or just some decals. Not sure when our next cruise will be but we will definitely be checking out Norwegian Cruise Lines. Thank you to all for a memorable vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My husband and I sailed on the Pearl in early October. The check-in process was fine. We were glad to get on board after the long flight from Dallas/Newark. Our OV room had quite a bit storage space with 2 sets of 3 drawers a nice ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Pearl in early October. The check-in process was fine. We were glad to get on board after the long flight from Dallas/Newark. Our OV room had quite a bit storage space with 2 sets of 3 drawers a nice sized closet and shelves adjacent and above. This was important as we were doing back to back cruises. The second being a Transatlantic. It had been many years since we'd sailed on NCL as they moved out of Houston and it was easier to go to the port of Galveston and board a Royal Caribbean vessel when we wanted a getaway. Previously I remembered the food being excellent. Not so now. Pretty bland. And a lot of repeats. The service is great except a little slow in the dining rooms. Plan on 2 hours for dinner. Activity staff is exceptional. Very personable. Especially Katarina. She was very good at remembering names which always makes people feel special. The entertainment had repeats of visiting artists which I hadn't seen before. That was fine except one night of juggling is plenty. They had 3! We didn't spend much time around the pool as the music was painfully loud. Even my husband who is a musician couldn't take more that a few minutes. We didn't use the ship's excursions as the were quite expensive. Overall we really liked the ship as where our cabin was, mid-ship deck 5, it was easy to get anywhere without getting lost. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We have sailed on all of NCL's Jewel class ships and love them all. They are large enough that there is plenty to do, yet small enough that it has a "neighborhood" feel. We are Platinum Plus as well as Ruby in the casino, ... Read More
We have sailed on all of NCL's Jewel class ships and love them all. They are large enough that there is plenty to do, yet small enough that it has a "neighborhood" feel. We are Platinum Plus as well as Ruby in the casino, so embarkation was a breeze for us. We always get a 2 bedroom suite (non-haven) since most of our cruises are longer (this was 29 days) and we need that extra room for our sanity and sleep ! The cabins are very comfortable and if I could take the bed home, I would, it's better than mine at home. The specialty restaurants (with the exception of LaCucina) were great and generally exceeded our expectations. The main dining rooms were just average both food and service wise. The casino staff was amazing and they actually made you feel good about losing your money....lol. They also have a few smoking areas that are comfortable for the smokers, yet far enough away from the non-smokers that everyone was happy. If you are a smoker, stick with the Jewel Class ships. The larger ships have very few, uncomfortable smoking areas that it takes away from the entire social atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This cruise had all the sites we wanted to visit However, some ship personnel don't know were the rest is and ask Bar Tenders where it is. When I ask the stateroom attendant to please change the towels, he foes into this big ... Read More
This cruise had all the sites we wanted to visit However, some ship personnel don't know were the rest is and ask Bar Tenders where it is. When I ask the stateroom attendant to please change the towels, he foes into this big lecture about leaving towels on floor to change, I don't need this idiot. I purchase the drink package and was being charged for water, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. I don't like being penny pinched by Norwegian, other cruise lines don't do this. The food in the main dinning room and indigo could be a lot better. When making my reservations , I spoke to two Norwegian agents about the Bogo Gratuity offer and I agreed to take it. When I got on board, I found it wasn't done and was forced to pay the higher 15 dollar a day amount. Outrageous. Unless Norwegian sizable compensation, I will be looking else ware for my cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Itinerary went to several ports we had visited before and would enjoy again and three that we had never visited and wished to. Everything about the ship is "first class." Clean everywhere; good food in all public restaurants; ... Read More
Itinerary went to several ports we had visited before and would enjoy again and three that we had never visited and wished to. Everything about the ship is "first class." Clean everywhere; good food in all public restaurants; good entertainment; very friendly and helpful personnel. I got it in my mind that NCL does a superb job of hiring the perfect personality types to be constantly engaged with the public and trains them well. Our second trip on the Pearl and same experience both times. What I did not like and found to be negative was ten dollars (with mandatory 20% gratuity) for a glass of good but ordinary wine and eight bucks for a bottle of BUD or similar. They've got you captive and use the advantage. Prices in shops not so hot. My wife bought a bottle of Dolce &Gabana cologne for 85 euros. Found the same in Rome Airport "duty free" (notorious for hyping "duty free" and "tax free" in order to imply low prices, for 77 euros. Again, when one is captive, the benefits of competition go out the window (or porthole, if you will). This is our second cruise on the Pearl and both times we selected a "window stateroom" and would up with a fifteen inch diameter porthole. The room was roomy enough with the beds separated and each against opposing walls. Ship renovated since our first cruise in 2015. TV had been upgraded to a 32 inch Samsung and we had several watchable channels including Fox News US version. Big improvement from our SF-Miami cruise in fall of 2015. Excursions were problematic. We purchased five through NCL. In general the destinations were heavily overcrowded and the various tours did not allow for enough time at destinations to really shop and sightsee. Overcrowding was a surprise because this was an end of season Med cruise for the Pearl which went on to the Caribbean after we got off in Rome. Choice of slot machines in casino was unimaginative and we found very few that we found familiar based on our experiences in several California "Indian casinos." Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My husband and I have cruised on RCL and HAL many times, first time picking NCL which we did because of the itinerary! (We wanted to start in Venice !) This was our 3rd time cruising to the Mediterranean, first time on NCL. Went with ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised on RCL and HAL many times, first time picking NCL which we did because of the itinerary! (We wanted to start in Venice !) This was our 3rd time cruising to the Mediterranean, first time on NCL. Went with friends who were first time cruisers to celebrate our 60th birthdays. I was a bit worried after reading the terrible reviews, and hearing about the ships mechanical difficulties, however I am very happy to report that the Pearl surpassed my expectations, and we had a very enjoyable holiday. We had a midship 9th floor balcony stateroom with adjoining rooms that was very clean, roomy and comfortable for the time we spent in it. A balcony is a must have on this type of cruise as it was a perfect place to have before dinner drinks as we watched the ship sail away from our beautiful ports and to have quiet time to relax and read when needed! We made 7:30 pm reservations before we sailed in the Summer Palace Dining Room and really enjoyed the food, service and venue. Having made the reservation prior to departure was a good decision for us, with no wait lines as well as a nice routine that we enjoyed. Even though I enjoyed the food, I would have to agree that the food on HAL offered more seafood and soup options. On two evenings we cancelled the Summer Palace (the guys wanted to wear more casual clothes for dinner) and ate instead at the Lotus Garden and O'Sheenans, which were both good choices. We were very pleased with all of the choices at the breakfast and lunch buffet, and had no problems finding tables for the 4 of us. This was a very busy itinerary, with only 1 sea day. We never had a problem getting the loungers that we wanted around the pool deck, and on the sea day we weren't able to sit together, but that was ok. The pool area was never busy, and I was able to sit around the pool and enjoy a refreshing swim almost every day upon return from our port adventures. At first it was annoying that we couldn't have our drinks with us sitting at the pool, but the guard on duty was accommodating and we able to work it out without difficulty. We went with the drink plan option and even though there was an upfront cost, we think it worked out to our advantage and made ordering wine for dinner, and all other drinks worry free. I especially enjoyed the mango meltdown! I can't believe that previous reviews were critical of the ports and tenders. All of the ports were amazing (even though this was my 3rd time at most of them I was awe struck by their beauty). Thorough research ahead is the key to enjoying these busy places! We booked 3 cruise line tours (Cabrio Dubrovnik, Kayaking in Kotor, Transportation to Pompeii) and were very happy with them all. On my own, I booked ahead, skip the line tickets at the Acropolis, Pompeii and the Colesseum and planned the best transportation way to get to each of them. We took city buses, trains, taxis and metros when available and made sure to check out prices and directions to get them before I left home. I also prebooked a taxi to pick us up at disembarkation in Civiteveccia, and at our Airbnb in Rome to the airport. We did attend the cruise port talk and I was disappointed as the focus was mainly on cruise tours, where on HAL you are given information of each port plus a map on doing it on your own. Luckily I was more than prepared but many other cruisers found the ports challenging if they hoped to wing it!! I was also very pleased that the Pearl made every port, while other ships cancelled due to windy conditions. This certainly helped reduce the number of people in port and we got to see all that we hoped. I would have liked more time in Santorini, and am not sure why this port of call was so short, especially since the tenders and cable car lineups take away from your time touring. We found the ship to be in excellent condition, enjoyed the variety of bars and lounges, had fun at the 10:30 dance parties, and attended a few of the shows that were good. Overall, this 3rd sailing for us in the Mediterranean was just as special and amazing as the first 2 which were on the HAL ships. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise for the great itinerary and I would highly recommend most of these ports to anybody. Second time cruising but the first was only a 3 day cruise and that was long ago. GOOD: 1. We loved most of these ports as ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the great itinerary and I would highly recommend most of these ports to anybody. Second time cruising but the first was only a 3 day cruise and that was long ago. GOOD: 1. We loved most of these ports as they offered a little bit something different in each one, they all had incredible beauty and history. 2. We had an ocean view cabin which was a decent size, very comfortable bed, excellent service in the twice daily room cleaning. Much better than I thought a cruise cabin would be. 3. We really loved the starting port of Barcelona and would highly recommend that people get there a few days prior to the cruise to fully enjoy this lovely city. I wish we had a few more days here. 4. Most of our excursions were very good. We booked a couple with Norwegian and a couple with Costco. We booked: Florence & Wine tasting at a castle, Historic Kotor & Budva, Game Of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik, Oia wine tasting tour in Santorini port. The Oia tour was OK but really loved the other 3 tours. 5. Embarking and disembarking went fairly smooth at the start and finish. NOT SO GOOD: 1. There seemed to some issues with the Tendering type of ports. Not sure if this a problem with all cruises or just this particular cruise. It seemed to take a long time to get off and back in some of the ports. 2. The food and service seemed to be hit or miss on the Pearl. The people we were with were experienced in cruising and thought the dinner offerings were not as good as other cruises they had been on. 3. The entertainment was a bit hit or miss as well. We enjoyed most of the acts. 4. As a few people have mentioned, the pool seems to run like some Mexican resorts in that some people come very early and place items on chairs and then leave for several hours. Mostly stayed away from the pools due to empty seats being used this way. RESULT: We loved the itinerary and picked this cruise mainly for that reason so I enjoyed this cruise but am not sure that I would pick NCL again or even opt for cruising again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise as our honeymoon cruise because of the itinerary mainly that it started in Barcelona with a wide variety of stops from Monaco to Mykonos. Embarkation had a slight glitch as the ship's systems went down ... Read More
We chose this cruise as our honeymoon cruise because of the itinerary mainly that it started in Barcelona with a wide variety of stops from Monaco to Mykonos. Embarkation had a slight glitch as the ship's systems went down temporarily, but it didn't take long for us to get into the ship. The ship is not very big and it was easy to figure out where we were going. The ship's newsletter was very helpful in telling us of the day's activities, although I felt like I was the only one carrying it. May be most everybody else was using the app. The entertainment was decent with some good singers and the acrobats were amazing. The magician was just Ok. I say the ship's crew show gave the paid entertainer pros a run for the money. The Funky Roots were the resident band and they were ok at best. The comedy shows and games were good. Most days we were on port so we didn't see most of the ship activities during the day, but on sea days getting a chair by the pool was horrendous, and the art auction was a total disappointment. Don't go to that. We passed by the casino. I say totally rigged including a machine where you could win a whole bunch of dollars. The spa was decent though overpriced. My husband and I got good facials and the massages were good and of course they tried to up sell us with product. I wished they had more basic language classes. They had one for Italian but it was very cursory. The internet packages are not good so I tried using my cellphone on land to check email. The buffet food for breakfast always had the same choices. I tried different things to have a variety. One morning we had the continental breakfast sent to our room. Not bad though you have to pay a surcharge. The complementary lunches and dinners were good for the most part, The Lotus Garden been the best both with its menu and level of service. O'Sheehan's was a disappointment. There was a rude server, though we complained and the ship gave us a complementary dinner. Moderno Brazilian and Cagney's Steak specialty restaurants are excellent, but of course you pay extra. We used the ship's shore excursions 3 times: in Monaco, Rome and Dubrovnik and all three were good. We joined with an independent small group cruise in Florence/Pisa and in Montenegro and that was good too. We went to a beach in Mykonos and a volcano in Santorini. Tendered in three ports and we had to get up at the crack of dawn to get the tender tickets not good when you are not in your time zone. Disembarkation was a total mess. Nobody seemed to have a clue as to where the lines were and when to get off the ship. No guidance from the ship as to what water bus to take to get to Venice. Overall, we would definitely go again. We joined with a Cruise Roll Call group and met some very nice people. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary.First time to Europe and enjoyed every minute! The ship was very nice and clean. the food on the buffet was pretty good depending on what you ate. The restaurants were very good especially ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary.First time to Europe and enjoyed every minute! The ship was very nice and clean. the food on the buffet was pretty good depending on what you ate. The restaurants were very good especially the Japanese. What a great time! the entertainment was very good. We had a balcony stateroom which was nice. I would recommend this cruise. All the crew were very cheerful!! We didn't take a tour at all the ports but chose 3 we really wanted and the rest did on our own. It worked out quite well. We had to take tenders from the ship to shore for most ports. They went smoothly and would run all day until just before departure. The days we were at sea it was difficult to get a lounge out by the pool ( unless you were out there early in the morning).Even on the upper deck most lounges were taken. I would recommend claiming your lounge early! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We choose this ship strictly for the ports of call. We had read several bad reviews but decided to take a chance and go with this ship anyway because no other cruise line was going to all of these ports. I have to say we were pleasantly ... Read More
We choose this ship strictly for the ports of call. We had read several bad reviews but decided to take a chance and go with this ship anyway because no other cruise line was going to all of these ports. I have to say we were pleasantly surprised. The ship was very nice. It was very pretty and in great shape. The crew were very friendly and accommodating. They were always cheerful and asking us about our day. Our room was a MX mini suite and it was roomy, clean and very comfortable. The food in the buffet was just okay. Some of it was very good but would have been better if it was kept warmer. I also think they could have handled the disembark better as the line was almost the length of the ship and took us over an hour to get off. Having said all of that I would definitely go on Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have always wanted to travel the Mediterranean. It was nice to get island to island. We got off the boat at every stop and had great tour guides on the excursions we went on. Brittany, a beautiful red haired dancer we ran into several ... Read More
We have always wanted to travel the Mediterranean. It was nice to get island to island. We got off the boat at every stop and had great tour guides on the excursions we went on. Brittany, a beautiful red haired dancer we ran into several times. She always looked out for us and was so nice. Even made sure we were ok on a very vertical hike. We could have had more time in each location to get some good shopping and local food. We had one bad experience with Santorini. We all got backed up at the tram down the mountain. Many people panicked afraid they would be left behind. There was no clear instructions or anyone reassuring anyone we were going to be ok. Many went for the steps to beat the line. After we heard one lady slipped and broke her ankle. There were kids begging for money as we all were standing in line. It was rushed and unpleasant. The boat staff was sweet and thoughtful. Ludmilla Pagliari greeted us in the morning always smiling. We ran into her at night when we would get coffee and cookies after dinner. Still sweet and still smiling. She would chat with us. A very nice young lady from Argentina. A couple waiters Willy at Crystal Palace and Jerry at O'sheans were great guys. Friendly and attentive. Jerry had great banter. He made us smile. The food was good and we appreciated the fresh fruit in the buffet. My husband really enjoyed the Indian food. I will say the flat bread was delicious. From breakfast to dinner it was good food. One suggestion is to put clocks in the rooms. I know why they are not there but when you have excursions and the time changes you can feel a little out of sorts. Especially when your phone is not working like it should. I learned how to dance about a quarter of the Michael Jackson Thriller dance. We got to see the whole dance at the impersonation show later. It was fun to see Elton John, Tina Turner and Michael Jackson. Every where we went there were steps to get where you were going. The views were spectacular. And after you had steps to go back down. We refused to use the elevators on board and always used the stairs. It was a healthy trip. Always got our steps in and then some. Got home fitter and slimmer. If not just a little. We stayed at Best Western in Rome and Barcelona. Both were excellent. Clean and air-conditioned. The staff were friendly and helpful. Except for the Santorini experience the whole trip was a fun. I would recommend it. Don't get to tied up with always booking something. The islands are navigable. With better time you can really experience the food. It's good and deserves to be appreciated. The coffee is amazing. Not once did we make it to the beach. Just not enough time. My biggest regret. I guess I will have to go back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Although the Pearl is not one of the larger NCL ships, we chose this cruise for the Itinerary it offered to Scotland, Norway, Ireland, France, London, Belgium and Amsterdam. Embarkation went smoothly in Amsterdam as well as the day we ... Read More
Although the Pearl is not one of the larger NCL ships, we chose this cruise for the Itinerary it offered to Scotland, Norway, Ireland, France, London, Belgium and Amsterdam. Embarkation went smoothly in Amsterdam as well as the day we ended our cruise in Amsterdam. Our ship was very clean, having been refurbished in 2017. We had a Mini Suite on Deck 11 and was pretty nice and roomy for us, considering we usually get Balcony cabins. Our cabin steward was from Indonesia. Dedy was very friendly and helpful to us the whole cruise. The entertainment was outstanding, with at least 11 different shows in the theatre of our 14 day trip. The lounges were great, and we enjoyed the Spinnaker Lounge allot. There were plenty of activities offered during the cruise. Dining and services were pretty good, although some food was not as good as others, we found plenty of venues to eat at, and we mixed it up, having eaten in 5 Specialty Restaurants and the rest in the Main Dining and O'Sheihans and Garden Buffett. Takes at least 90 minutes though. We found the whole staff of the ship very friendly and helpful. The only rudeness we noticed came from ship passengers. I think their expectations are too much and they should research a ship well before choosing a cruise and ship. All of our shore excursions were great! We especially loved our Flam and Geiranger, Norway Fjords scenery. Totally beautiful! We have sailed on the larger NCL ships, Epic and Breakaway before, and enjoyed them. But in our opinion, the Pearl was outstanding for us and we enjoyed our 14 day cruise of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Ports and value were good. Only Klaipeda was not worth a stop. Ship was old but well kept. Most outstanding was the staff: friendly yet professional. Made for a family atmosphere. Our cabin steward was helpful and went out of his ... Read More
Ports and value were good. Only Klaipeda was not worth a stop. Ship was old but well kept. Most outstanding was the staff: friendly yet professional. Made for a family atmosphere. Our cabin steward was helpful and went out of his way to bring me ice every night for my twisted He kept the cabin clean and orderly at all times. The food court was not of our liking as everything was súper spicy. Most of all, there was never free tables which resulted in us looking around for a place to sit while our food wad getting Cold. Lots of people complained and were upset about this. Indigo was our favorite venue: good food, excellent service, friendly staff. Two outstanding performances were the Classical Musicians and the couple of aerobatic act. The band was very good Staff at bar on deck 6 was terrific and space was very relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We took this cruise to see a number of interesting ports/countries that we likely would never have seen any other way. Our mini-suite was spacious, with good layout and ample storage for 3-4 for the 2 week cruise. Our steward kept the ... Read More
We took this cruise to see a number of interesting ports/countries that we likely would never have seen any other way. Our mini-suite was spacious, with good layout and ample storage for 3-4 for the 2 week cruise. Our steward kept the cabin clean, we saw him daily, and he was responsive to our requests. We dined at all of the restaurants on board, except for La Cucina. Outside of certain specialty restaurants(Cagney's and Le Bistro), the food quality was merely adequate. Outside of the buffet and O'Sheehan's, all of our meals took between 1 1/2 and 2 hours to complete. Service tended to be cheerful, but slow. This made us gravitate toward the buffet more as the cruise progressed. (Also, when you taste something disappointing at the buffet, it's easy to set it aside and try something else.) We found the afternoon snacks at the Great Outdoors on the back deck to be fresher and more flavorful than the regular buffet.(Don't know if the chef staff was different, but the quality seemed better.) We found the performers in the shows to be skilled, but not particularly exciting. (The Elvis impersonator was very entertaining.) Despite the relative lack of youngsters on this trip, the cruise staff did a good job of keeping our teens occupied till late at night. The adults(late 40's) found enough diversions on board to fill out our sea days.(trivia, games, etc.) As we expected, this cruise wasn't much of a "party". We were glad. We only participated in one NCL excursion. For most of the ports,we used private tour guides, and I think we had better experiences for doing so. One of the best things about this trip-NO Tenders!!! Overall, the cruise/ship were what we expected. We encountered no issues that would prevent us from scheduling another cruise on the Pearl. If you require great food all the time to be happy, this ship may not be for you. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Norwegian Pearl Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.0

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