Get What You Pay For.: Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Stepjarsteve

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Get What You Pay For.

Sail Date: November 2008
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
First let me start out by saying a cruise, no matter how bad, it is still a vacation away from home, with your family. So how bad could it really be. Now the reason though we booked the cruise was because the price was unbeatable but we quickly realized that you indeed pay for that cheaper price. Our first clue was when our alcohol was taken from the luggage. They explained if it was wine then you had to pay 15$ charge and keep it. but because it was rum they had to confiscate it till the end of the trip, so alcohol is fine as long as they choose to allow it. Guess we had to pay for their 9$ margarita which included their gratuity regardless of how good they were(Cha Ching). Next was the food, the food was definitely below par. For instance, the shrimp cocktail was baby shrimp on a leaf. Also the scallops were little bay scallops. Not only that but with the "Free Style Dining" the waiters were more interested in quantity than quality. Again for instance, When the two entrees were More ordered they would bring both at the same time even if they didn't fit on the table. Also not one waiter(I kid you not) asked us how our dinner was. Which leads me into their pay restaurants. Why have 8 pay restaurants unless your normal food is sub par. After the third day of the diner we were more than happy to pay for better food(once again they got me, Cha Ching) But don't expect the service to care much more, Get them in and get them out. Also don't expect the smaller activities that are the normal on other ships. For instance their was no belly flop contest, no ice sculpting or fruit carving. Things like that fill the day with interesting things to do. Where was the Captains Party? I know, I know, the free booze again but this was something looked forward to meeting the captain and just enjoying ourselves.

Ok ok, enough bad stuff, now the good. Our room steward was absolutely the best we have had. We hardly saw him but every time we got back into our room, it was made up and cleaned. Good Job!!! The Free ice cream was a real bonus. It was nice to get ice cream anytime of the day. We had an interior room because we don't care about a big room for we are never in it. With that said, it seems they made the room a little smaller in exchange for a bigger shower. And what a plus that was. It was so nice to have room while taking a shower(not one of those corner showers but it actually had sliding doors). Good Job designers. The entertainment was fine. Some hit, some miss. Everyones different in their taste. For instance, We loved the Second City. Absolutely hilarious. Now the ports of call. In Roatan we did the Gumbalimba excursion and loved it. We felt safe and had fun. The trail that you walk include a swinging bridge, Macaws that are loose and monkeys swinging around loose that jump on you to get food. And once the guide was done you could backtrack on your own. After that they had a pool and beach that you could chill out at. definitely was fun and worth it. In Belize we did the Wildlife River Raft which was unique in that it was truly wild. It was a 45 min. bus trip to the Old Belize river and then a 2 hr trip down the river. It felt like the amazon. Really was wild. We seen wild monkeys, crocodiles, birds and many Iguanas. There were times that it got boring but there was always something new around the river bend. Then Cozumel, which we decide to get a taxi and go to one of their suggested beaches(13$ one way). That beach was a resort called Paradise beach which had wave runners(55 for half hour). Then for 10 a person you could use their beach mats, snorkels, water trampolines. Good times once again. The last was their own island, Stirrup Cay. After Getting off the tender, immediately we felt crowded, not enough chairs, so after a half hour we hopped on the tender back and enjoyed the whole day practically by ourselves on the ship. I must have gone on the slide 10 times. Weeee...

All in all we did have a good time but couldn't help but realize that it could have been better(there is so much more I could write). We made the best of it but the crew could have made it so much better. We don't regret going(the islands were fun) but next time I thing we will wait a few more months and pay for a more expensive cruise, because in the end, you will pay. Less

Published 11/30/08

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