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Did a last minute booking on NCL Pearl to Alaska. This was my first time cruising and enjoyed most parts of the experience. -- I had booked a balcony cabin, which was fairly good size. Even though they claim it can accommodate 4 people, I found it appropriate for 2 adults and 2 kids (definitely not 4 adults). Room amenities were standard and nothing is included the prepaid packages, Enough luggage and drawer space. -- Dining was bit of a challenge for me (believe it or not!). I did not try any speciality restaurants. They have two dining halls which serve exactly same dinner menu, so doesn't matter where you eat. Food options were rather limited if you have special dietary requirements. The buffet got old real soon, as only one or two counters had meatless options. -- Entertainment shows were DEFINITELY dated !! They had some singer going ga-ga over 50s and 60s songs, the angels provided mellow / calm performance instead of high energy performance they had shown during opening night. All in all, you may not enjoy these shows if you are under 50 -- Plenty of options for Shore Excursions, though admittedly pricy. I decided to take one at each port of call and only one was bust. The shore excursion staff was always helpful, and mostly smiling (depending on who you talk to). Missed behind the scenes tour, but at $80 I heard it wasn't that good Overall, I may consider going on Pearl again ... but definitely want to explore more options with other cruise lines.

First cruise ever, (mostly) enjoyed it

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by mpatel101

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
Did a last minute booking on NCL Pearl to Alaska. This was my first time cruising and enjoyed most parts of the experience.

-- I had booked a balcony cabin, which was fairly good size. Even though they claim it can accommodate 4 people, I found it appropriate for 2 adults and 2 kids (definitely not 4 adults). Room amenities were standard and nothing is included the prepaid packages, Enough luggage and drawer space.

-- Dining was bit of a challenge for me (believe it or not!). I did not try any speciality restaurants. They have two dining halls which serve exactly same dinner menu, so doesn't matter where you eat. Food options were rather limited if you have special dietary requirements. The buffet got old real soon, as only one or two counters had meatless options.

-- Entertainment shows were DEFINITELY dated !! They had some singer going ga-ga over 50s and 60s songs, the angels provided mellow / calm performance instead of high energy performance they had shown during opening night. All in all, you may not enjoy these shows if you are under 50

-- Plenty of options for Shore Excursions, though admittedly pricy. I decided to take one at each port of call and only one was bust. The shore excursion staff was always helpful, and mostly smiling (depending on who you talk to). Missed behind the scenes tour, but at $80 I heard it wasn't that good

Overall, I may consider going on Pearl again ... but definitely want to explore more options with other cruise lines.
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