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Took this trip (the latest of over 50 cruises) to take the Panama Canal off our "bucket list". NCL got just about everything right . . . from a great variety of food to a pleasant "right size" ship to a fantastic crew. I have a mobility issue and help was there all the time . . .without ever asking. This is the sister ship of the Jade and Gem. The Russian Palace theme works great to make the dining areas light, relaxed, and yet elegant. The cruise was well set up as to ports and NCL has gotten better at their sightseeing options and operations. The food choices include two main dining rooms with varied and tasteful choices plus a 24 hour on-board "diner" and an Asian restaurant . . . all complimentary with a long hours buffet. There are also four premium restaurants if the included variety is not enough, and NCL does things like German fests and barbeques to mix it up even more. What we like about NCL ships is that them tend to break up the public areas and stay away for the mall approach of ships like Royal Caribbean or casino approach of Carnival. It makes the locations and entertainment more varied.

NCL got just about everything right!

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by HAGA

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Took this trip (the latest of over 50 cruises) to take the Panama Canal off our "bucket list".

NCL got just about everything right . . . from a great variety of food to a pleasant "right size" ship to a fantastic crew. I have a mobility issue and help was there all the time . . .without ever asking.

This is the sister ship of the Jade and Gem. The Russian Palace theme works great to make the dining areas light, relaxed, and yet elegant. The cruise was well set up as to ports and NCL has gotten better at their sightseeing options and operations. The food choices include two main dining rooms with varied and tasteful choices plus a 24 hour on-board "diner" and an Asian restaurant . . . all complimentary with a long hours buffet. There are also four premium restaurants if the included variety is not enough, and NCL does things like German fests and barbeques to mix it up even more.

What we like about NCL ships is that them tend to break up the public areas and stay away for the mall approach of ships like Royal Caribbean or casino approach of Carnival. It makes the locations and entertainment more varied.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11096
Good size and great use of space. Plenty of storage.

Don't particularly like a bath tub instead of a shower, but that' nothing but an attempt to find something to say on the down side!
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins

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