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This was our first 11 Day cruise and second time on The Pearl. Every other cruise has been 7 days. We picked this cruise specifically because of the unique ports of call... Aruba, Curacao, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Thomas. The longer cruise did attract a more mature passenger which we had never encountered on NCL. My wife and I are in our early 40's and we really felt like we had found the fountain of youth. Old people are fun but be mindful they seem to eat earlier and like going to the early shows. The entertainment seemed to cater more towards the older folks too... lot's of 50's, 60's and 70's themes. The ship did experience an onboard illness that impacted about 100 passengers. Extra sanitation protocols were implemented. Aside from some extra Washie Washie and the kitchen staff serving you at the buffet the entire crew did an amazing job dealing with the extra workload. The Ultimate Beverage Package bonus we received when booking was awesome. Unlimited drinks for 11 days made this cruise a true all-inclusive experience. Julius in the Sky High Bar makes the best drinks on the ship. Try his Frozen Ultra Margarita made from scratch with no sault. He has been on The Pearl for over 6 years. Our only disappointment on this specific cruise was the entertainment. NCL has always has always delivered the best onboard entertainment experience. This cruise fell short. I suspect that the longer cruise makes it harder to secure quality entertainment. I hope this is the case as NCL has always had the best onboard entertainment. Flashback Four was the worst show I have ever experience on a cruise. People literally got up and walked out. They sang out of tune and had zero choreography. You should never hire them again. I was disappointed you did not have a Second City troop on board. I really enjoy NCL. We will be back.

Our 4th NCL Experience

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by sean.t@outlook.com

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
This was our first 11 Day cruise and second time on The Pearl. Every other cruise has been 7 days. We picked this cruise specifically because of the unique ports of call... Aruba, Curacao, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Thomas.

The longer cruise did attract a more mature passenger which we had never encountered on NCL. My wife and I are in our early 40's and we really felt like we had found the fountain of youth. Old people are fun but be mindful they seem to eat earlier and like going to the early shows. The entertainment seemed to cater more towards the older folks too... lot's of 50's, 60's and 70's themes.

The ship did experience an onboard illness that impacted about 100 passengers. Extra sanitation protocols were implemented. Aside from some extra Washie Washie and the kitchen staff serving you at the buffet the entire crew did an amazing job dealing with the extra workload.

The Ultimate Beverage Package bonus we received when booking was awesome. Unlimited drinks for 11 days made this cruise a true all-inclusive experience. Julius in the Sky High Bar makes the best drinks on the ship. Try his Frozen Ultra Margarita made from scratch with no sault. He has been on The Pearl for over 6 years.

Our only disappointment on this specific cruise was the entertainment. NCL has always has always delivered the best onboard entertainment experience. This cruise fell short. I suspect that the longer cruise makes it harder to secure quality entertainment. I hope this is the case as NCL has always had the best onboard entertainment. Flashback Four was the worst show I have ever experience on a cruise. People literally got up and walked out. They sang out of tune and had zero choreography. You should never hire them again. I was disappointed you did not have a Second City troop on board.

I really enjoy NCL. We will be back.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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