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Norwegian Pearl Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2311 reviews
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Norwegian Cruise Line --- Less than Satisfactory

Review for Norwegian Pearl to British Columbia
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2013

This was our first Norwegian experience and our last. The free style dining is reminiscent of a night out at Applebees...with long lines and pagers as you wait to be seated with a different waiter each night in the main dining room(especially problematic for someone with food allergies). The food was subpar with many desserts looking like they were taken out of a box from a store and cut up in slices. The calzone appeared to be microwaved and pre-made. The prime rib was grilled and dried out...the shrimp also appeared to be pre-cooked and microwaved. The buffet was the same food every day and overcrowded, with no trays to juggle your drinks and plates on. The chocolate night also had the same appearance of store bought brownies and store bought cakes and pies. There were no cookies or finger sandwiches offered. If you wanted a fresh berry of any kind you were out of luck. The food was so marginal we hesitated to try an upscale restaurant to see if it might be better.

The boat had old tvs that had very limited channel selections....on other ships you could rent movies or go to a movie theater...not so here. The ship has no indoor pool so if the weather is bad you have no other option. The jacuzzis were crowded and allowed children in them (something I have never seen on any other cruise line).

There was no full menu for room service and there was a definite language barrier with the cabin steward.

Cabin Review

Cabin furniture was rusty. The size of the cabin was smaller than other ships. The layout of the bathroom was nice. The cabin steward was less than personable and had a clear language issue when communicating with us.

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