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Our embarkation in Miami was very easy and well organized. Check-in was quite smooth with minimal fuss. Once on board, we were able to visit the buffet for a light lunch while we waited for the call that staterooms were ready, which happened far sooner than expected. After a brief rest, we found that our luggage had been delivered, so were able to unpack and get organized for our 17 day cruise to Seattle. Our stateroom was excellent. The room was spotless. We understand the ship will undergo a refit this fall, but the only "wear" in our room was a small crack in the sink. The carpet was clean and showed no excessive wear (the same in the passageways). There were no odors. Closet and storage space was more than sufficient for us. There we plenty of hangers in the closet. There was a small programmable safe and small refrigerator in the room. Bedding was clean and comfortable. The TV worked well, though ship-based programming left a bit to be desired as far as timeliness, etc. Windows were clean throughout the cruise. The balcony / patio was clean and a welcome retreat on busy days. The room was very quiet. We heard no passageway noise nor any noise form adjacent rooms or overhead. Twelve elevators and adjoining stairwells were available. Elevator banks were forward, mid-ship and aft. Cars had a capacity of twenty people. The public spaces were nice though at times noisy with cruise staff activities. Movies were sometimes shown in the Crystal Atrium late in the evening or during the afternoon when shore excursions were away. The library was nice with a good selection of books that could be checked-out. The card room was somewhat small and always busy with groups paying bridge or mahjong. The pool deck, hot tubs, sports courts and running track were all quite nice. Shuffleboard was available in a number of locations. The outdoor bars and eateries were very nice -- a quick place to grab a drink or snack while outdoors. Theater seating and arrangement needs to be addressed in the refit. The seats are quite uncomfortable from overuse. Also, there is no access to seating from the sides, so often, you will have late arrivals for shows climbing over you to get to a seat at the far end of the row. Otherwise, theater lighting, sound and visibility of the stage from all seats is quite good. Professional entertainment was quite good, including Las Vegas shows, comedians, magician and a ventriloquist. A hypnotist was BORING. Cast productions were not bad. Dining options are quite good. There are two main complimentary dining rooms as well as several other options, including a generous buffet with just about any food choice you would want (even pickled herring!). The specialty restaurants (Italian, French, steakhouse, Brazilian steakhouse, Japanese Tepanyaki and Sushi) covered other bases. There was also a complimentary Asian Fusion place (not very good) and an Irish Pub (that was very good). We tend to eat simply these days so were quite happy with the buffet and pub. The Tepanyaki restaurant had very good food, but the noise drove me nuts (when one chef started clanging his tools and singing, the other three would join in). My ears rang for two hours after both dining experiences there. The service staff in the dining areas were exceptional. They were efficient, friendly and quickly in place to clean a table when vacated. Shore excursions were generally okay. We opted for the "easy" ones due to aging joints and the like and managed them okay, though our guide in Cartagena apparently kept forgetting his bus has mobility-impaired people, so would be a block ahead of most of us by the time we even got off the bus. Combined with the heat, the experience was a bit like the Bataan Death March for several of the folks on our bus! We really enjoyed on "excursion" that was on the ship: a "behind the scenes" experience that took us through the entertainment production facility, the galley, bakery, laundry and environmental (garbage) areas. It was very interesting and highly recommended if you get a chance to do it. Disembarkation was a bit of a circus in Seattle (but that's Seattle). After getting al the mobility-impaired people and those dragging their own luggage off the ship, they started letting us off by our assigned groups (with the usual later groups jumping the line). Unfortunately the people in the terminal started calling groups backwards, so those of us in early groups for airport transfers, etc., were left hanging. It all worked out okay, but was frustrating. That's a people problem, not a cruise line problem. Overall, we really enjoyed this 17 day experience. The ship is nice, the crew is wonderful and there is plenty to keep you entertained if that is your desire.

Great Overall Cruise Experience

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by jadavidson46

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Our embarkation in Miami was very easy and well organized. Check-in was quite smooth with minimal fuss. Once on board, we were able to visit the buffet for a light lunch while we waited for the call that staterooms were ready, which happened far sooner than expected.

After a brief rest, we found that our luggage had been delivered, so were able to unpack and get organized for our 17 day cruise to Seattle.

Our stateroom was excellent. The room was spotless. We understand the ship will undergo a refit this fall, but the only "wear" in our room was a small crack in the sink. The carpet was clean and showed no excessive wear (the same in the passageways). There were no odors.

Closet and storage space was more than sufficient for us. There we plenty of hangers in the closet. There was a small programmable safe and small refrigerator in the room.

Bedding was clean and comfortable. The TV worked well, though ship-based programming left a bit to be desired as far as timeliness, etc.

Windows were clean throughout the cruise. The balcony / patio was clean and a welcome retreat on busy days.

The room was very quiet. We heard no passageway noise nor any noise form adjacent rooms or overhead.

Twelve elevators and adjoining stairwells were available. Elevator banks were forward, mid-ship and aft. Cars had a capacity of twenty people.

The public spaces were nice though at times noisy with cruise staff activities. Movies were sometimes shown in the Crystal Atrium late in the evening or during the afternoon when shore excursions were away. The library was nice with a good selection of books that could be checked-out. The card room was somewhat small and always busy with groups paying bridge or mahjong.

The pool deck, hot tubs, sports courts and running track were all quite nice. Shuffleboard was available in a number of locations. The outdoor bars and eateries were very nice -- a quick place to grab a drink or snack while outdoors.

Theater seating and arrangement needs to be addressed in the refit. The seats are quite uncomfortable from overuse. Also, there is no access to seating from the sides, so often, you will have late arrivals for shows climbing over you to get to a seat at the far end of the row. Otherwise, theater lighting, sound and visibility of the stage from all seats is quite good.

Professional entertainment was quite good, including Las Vegas shows, comedians, magician and a ventriloquist. A hypnotist was BORING. Cast productions were not bad.

Dining options are quite good. There are two main complimentary dining rooms as well as several other options, including a generous buffet with just about any food choice you would want (even pickled herring!). The specialty restaurants (Italian, French, steakhouse, Brazilian steakhouse, Japanese Tepanyaki and Sushi) covered other bases. There was also a complimentary Asian Fusion place (not very good) and an Irish Pub (that was very good). We tend to eat simply these days so were quite happy with the buffet and pub. The Tepanyaki restaurant had very good food, but the noise drove me nuts (when one chef started clanging his tools and singing, the other three would join in). My ears rang for two hours after both dining experiences there. The service staff in the dining areas were exceptional. They were efficient, friendly and quickly in place to clean a table when vacated.

Shore excursions were generally okay. We opted for the "easy" ones due to aging joints and the like and managed them okay, though our guide in Cartagena apparently kept forgetting his bus has mobility-impaired people, so would be a block ahead of most of us by the time we even got off the bus. Combined with the heat, the experience was a bit like the Bataan Death March for several of the folks on our bus!

We really enjoyed on "excursion" that was on the ship: a "behind the scenes" experience that took us through the entertainment production facility, the galley, bakery, laundry and environmental (garbage) areas. It was very interesting and highly recommended if you get a chance to do it.

Disembarkation was a bit of a circus in Seattle (but that's Seattle). After getting al the mobility-impaired people and those dragging their own luggage off the ship, they started letting us off by our assigned groups (with the usual later groups jumping the line). Unfortunately the people in the terminal started calling groups backwards, so those of us in early groups for airport transfers, etc., were left hanging. It all worked out okay, but was frustrating. That's a people problem, not a cruise line problem.

Overall, we really enjoyed this 17 day experience. The ship is nice, the crew is wonderful and there is plenty to keep you entertained if that is your desire.
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Family Balcony
Cabin B3 9528
Our stateroom was excellent. The room was spotless. We understand the ship will undergo a refit this fall, but the only "wear" in our room was a small crack in the sink. The carpet was clean and showed no excessive wear (the same in the passageways). There were no odors.

Closet and storage space was more than sufficient for us. There we plenty of hangers in the closet. There was a small programmable safe and small refrigerator in the room.

Bedding was clean and comfortable. The TV worked well, though ship-based programming left a bit to be desired as far as timeliness, etc.

Windows were clean throughout the cruise. The balcony / patio was clean and a welcome retreat on busy days.

The room was very quiet. We heard no passageway noise nor any noise form adjacent rooms or overhead.
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