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Norwegian Pearl Review

4.0 / 5.0
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MEDIOCRITY OF THE SEAS

Review for Norwegian Pearl to the Panama Canal & Central America
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Wuburt
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2016
Cabin: Balcony

The itinerary included the Panama Canal and Belize on dates that fit into our schedule. Embarkation and disembarkation were the usual. In the buffet restaurants the hottest item was the plate! Most everything served was bland and lukewarm.The same offerings virtually every day. Don't get the "ULTIMATE DINING PACKAGE" as it only allows 4 meals per person on a 12 day cruise, nothing ultimate about it! The ULTIMATE BEVERAGE PACKAGE does not allow water or coffee drinks, that's not included, apparently some attorney doesn't define water or coffee as a beverage. Never give the roaming bar servers your order for a cocktail as the bartender will fill your request with the rotgut cheapest crap no name brand only college kids would choke down. Get some exercise and walk 100 feet to the closest bar and request the top shelf alcohol directly from the bartender that you're being billed for.

To get a chaise lounge at the pool just lay your towel down at 6:00am, then come back…maybe, while your fellow passengers sit in the shade with smokers. You won't find any smoked salmon in the breakfast buffet unless you ask the secret food preparer to fetch you some hidden below in the refrigerator out of view hoping you'll settle for the salmon glop on a cracker instead. I broke a tooth on a stray pieces of mussell shells that were in my pasta dish..OUCH and $1,373 dollars later, no apology or concerns by the restaurant staff. Since its a cruise apparently you can't be comped on a meal that is prepaid flying under a foreign flag!

Shows were fine, cabins clean, specialty restaurants fare a cut above. If you intend to play tennis bring your own racquets and balls, their equipment is cheap, must have been decided on by the same bean counter who redefined the word ULTIMATE when he meant MEDIOCRE. If you want to set your retirement back a few more years by all means pay for the NCL cruise excursions, they are on par with the new ULTIMATE this and that. The cruise company scares you with the threat that all the independent excursion companies are there to steal your money and get you back to the ship 10 minutes AFTER it leaves the dock. NOT TRUE. On 3 of the independent excursions we used through Costco travel, thoroughly vetted by Costco, our smaller group actually had the NCL throngs well behind us getting back to the ship a solid 30 to 45 minutes after we had arrived. The guides we had were fantastic, informative, and well organized at 50% of the NCL cost! Just a little kick in the family jewels to those same attorneys with their creative new verbiage for screwing their captive guests. If you can sneak your own headache medication on board i.e. Tylenol or similar do so as they only charge you $1.00/pill. Yes that's $10.00 for ten tablets, bean counters win again. Hell, for those of you gentlemen so inclined you can buy Viagra cheaper at any one of the ports of call. Just don't tell your wife/girlfriend as that may end up causing the onset of more headaches costing you thousands more in the long run! I could go on with more, just read the fine print, assume nothing, and keep in the back of your mind that NCL is a for profit company and will behave as such. No different than Wells Fargo opening bogus accounts. If they didn't get caught , then they must not have done anything wrong!

Cabin Review

Balcony

The cabin stewart works his you know what off and was very pleasant and cheerful from morning til night. Always clean and ship shape.

Port Reviews

Roatan

NO TOUR HERE

Puerto Limon

no excursion taken here

Colon (Cristobal)

NO EXCURSION, Dangerous and filthy area.

Miami

no excursion taken

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