We are an early 60’s couple. This was our 12th NCL cruise, and we cruise exclusively in suites. *DH has COPD so I will include some information about cruising with oxygen and/or disability.
Pre-cruise - We flew to Vancouver the day before embarkation and stayed at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, a very nice hotel on Canada Place, within walking distance of the cruise terminal (only with very light luggage).
Embarkation - Embarkation was the easiest we have had at Canada Place/Vancouver. Security was moving quickly, but that may have been because the Pearl was the only ship in port that day. After security we were shown to a seating area to wait to be called to the registration desks. At the point we were called to the desks, we then were able to identify ourselves as Platinum Latitudes/suites passengers, and we were taken to the suites registration desk. * We requested a wheelchair at the seating area which, if you’re able to get that far on your own, the ship’s crew can be called and will take you through registration in the wheelchair and then onto the ship.
The Owner’s Suite – We were in cabin 9004, which includes living room with half bath and master bedroom with full bath and dressing room/closet. There is a deck overlooking the front of the ship and a side balcony also. The owner’s suite (OS) has an older Lavazza coffee/espresso machine and a refrigerator stocked with bottled water, Pepsi products and whatever mixers you want with your 3 bottles of alcohol that come with the suite (there is a list to choose from in your cabin at embarkation). There is a heavy curtain between the living room and bedroom and another between bedroom and bathroom. *This was the first time we arranged for an oxygen concentrator with Special Needs at Sea, the sole Norwegian approved contractor for full-size oxygen concentrators. They had the concentrator in the cabin at embarkation including canula, tubing and humidifier bottle. We left it in the cabin at disembarkation, and they picked it up from there. FYI, a cruise that begins and ends in different ports has a $100 surcharge on top of the rental cost.
Butler Walter was great. It took us a day or two to warm up to him, but he definitely won us over with his tenacious search for a memory foam pillow for me and for learning our routine so well that on the last full day, the phones were down and he automatically brought DH’s usual breakfast at the usual time. Elvina, the concierge, was friendly and efficient. She helped us resolve a confusion over the promos that were included on our reservation, but not registered on board the ship, as well as booking an excursion for me.