Norwegian Pearl: 9-night Western Caribbean from NOLA, Embarkation December 5, 2017
About us: DH and I traveled alone from the Houston, TX area. Happily, DH is enjoying full retirement since the beginning of 2017. Our sons, daughters-In-law, and 4 young grandchildren (so far) show almost no interest in cruising… What is wrong with them??? This was our 24th cruise with NCL (and we have cruised a few other lines along the way).
Our Stateroom: H4:14508… the Passion Flower Courtyard Suite (2 bedroom). We had originally booked a BA balcony on deck 10. Then, one day in August, I got crazy and upgraded us to an AFT Penthouse. (It was wildly more expensive than if we had just booked it originally, but like I said, I got crazy!) Happily, on September 29, I was checking NCL’s website and saw that even more OBC was included for a new booking, so I investigated, and sure enough, we were be able to upgrade to the H4 for about $200 more (but, we made up for that with an increase to our Non-refundable OBC). Woohoo, a no-brainer (additional) upgrade to provide our first time in THE HAVEN!!!
Location: Deck 14 Port-side
Bed: We both found the bed to be rather comfortable. The pillows are different than either of us are used to sleeping on, but we easily made do. (Choices were never offered, nor did we ask!)
Living/ Dining areas: Sleeper Sofa, Coffee Table and End Table. 4 chairs w/Dining Table. Floral Bouquet, Fruit Bowl, Plates, napkins, and silverware.
Master Bathroom: 8’ 10” x9’
Master Bath: 16’ 2” x 8’ 10”
Shower = 5’3” x 2’ 4”
Sink: Double sinks and a vanity area
Storage: We hung everything we wanted (but we took all the hangers from the 2nd bedroom. Everything else fit nicely in the drawers and cabinets in the room. There are two small safes in the bathroom cabinets area.
Second Bedroom: Looked to be about the size of an Inside Stateroom. Sofa sleeper could sleep two people and a Pullman is tucked along one wall. The entire area measured 6’ 9” wide x 14’
2nd Bathroom: Standard cabin sized bathroom with sliding door shower… measured 7’ x 4’
2nd BR Storage: There is a small dresser, some shelves, and limited hanging space… measured 16” deep 4’ 10 “ wide
Electrical outlets: I found 1 in each bedroom, one in 2nd bathroom, 2 in the main bathroom, 2 in the “living room”
USB Ports: 2 in each of the bedrooms (on the lights over beds).
Coffee/Tea maker: Nespresso machine did seem to brew very hot. Selection of Regular coffee, Espresso, and Decaffeinated. Tea choices: Chamomile, English Breakfast, and Jasmine Green. Three different sizes of cups and saucers.
Bar set-up: In the refrigerator there were 2 each of the following: Bacardi, Dewar’s, Grey Goose, Jim Beam, Tanqueray, Heineken, Pepsi, and Mist Twist. Also, 1 each: Red Bull, Canada Dry Tonic, Walnut Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, Frontera Chardonnay. Assorted drinking glasses in the glass-front cabinet.
Our “Suite” Champagne was Duc de Valmar and we were left one 1 Ltr bottle of Auqafina. We had to ask for our Platinum Plus waters (1 Ltr bottles) and Sparking wine, which were delivered the second day.
Balcony: Nice-size (6’ +6” x 9’ 2”), with a small table and two chairs…loved it! We enjoyed some spectacular views during our 9-day “week.”
Room Steward: Ahmed was efficient, welcoming, quick and thorough.
Concierge: Kadek Astawa
Butler: Renato Vasquez seemed to take a while to warm-up to us. After that we had good vibes throughout the cruise.
The Haven Courtyard is lovely, with multiple types of seating (some covered) around the pool and hot tub. There is an elliptical and a treadmill in the small workout room. Climb a set of stairs up to deck 15 and enjoy a fantastic deck with more lounge chairs and seating with a panoramic view. Towels and pillows are provided in each of three locations.
We took a stroll to the French Quarter and enjoyed just walking around the lovely old buildings.
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras: For Roatan we had pre-booked the MAYA KEY PRIVATE ISLAND RETREAT.
Unfortunately, the excursion was canceled due to weather. So, we briefly walked around the shops and then returned to the ship for the day.
Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala: For today, we went on our pre-booked QUIRIGUA ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPLORER. Carrying our day bag filled with bug spray, sunscreen, and bottles of water, we headed to our meeting place in the Stardust Theater. Around 8 am we were led down to Deck 4, scanned off the ship and headed to our gathering place near the pier. We had an approximately 45 minute bus ride to the site. We were guided amongst its collection of stelae, each elaborately carved. Then we climbed the walls of the pyramid, and briefly visited the Jade museum. It was a misty day and cool, so while we weren't hot. Unfortunately, it was very muddy. Recommend for those who enjoy Mayan history!
Harvest Caye, Belize: We enjoyed our pre-booked LUXURY BEACH VILLA, and also the STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDS!
Carrying our day bag filled with sunscreen and bug spray, and a couple of adult-sized inflatable rafts, we headed to deck 4 to disembark, but were held-up there for about 20 minutes waiting for clearance. The walkway to the island is covered and is no longer a walk than many, many ports! Once we walked past the front entrance, we found the information booth and checked into Beach Villa #2. Joining us for the day were MoodylL and NLH Arizona. (Thank you ladies for sharing your day with us)! The villas are lovely, well appointed with towels and 6 -1Ltr bottles of water and plates of sliced fresh fruit. There is plenty of space for more than 6 guests, but as there were 4 of us, we REALLY enjoyed our peaceful paradise!
We did not order any food, so I did not pay attention to the prices. Drinks ranged from $4.00 for juice on up, with the average adult beverage being $9.50 to $15.00.
We especially enjoyed the space, the ability to open-up (or close-up) the villa. We opened it up and let the breezes flow through (it was a particularly cool day for there, but the water felt warm). The hammock and Adirondack chairs were constantly in use by the four of us. The day seemed to keep getting cloudier and windier.
I did NOT notice any terrible odors like some have mentioned previously.
***With Platinum Plus discount, ShorEx Port credit, and our NCL Non-refundable OBC, this was a fantastic day for us!
We didn’t care for the people who kept wandering past the roped-off areas. Sadly, Security was rather relaxed that day. Still, we recommend The Luxury Beach Villa!!!