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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 trip: Houston to NOLA: We left home on Monday morning, December 4, at 6:100am, driving to New Orleans… a 6-hour trip with a stop for a quick breakfast and a fuel stop. Parking at Fulton Place: We reached 901 Convention Center Blvd for our parking (I had prepaid our 10 days of parking, many months ahead). It was only a brief (about 1/3 mile) walk over to the hotel (about 5 minutes). DH had to return on Tuesday to get our “Cruise Parking” receipt, since we arrived and parked a day early! Embassy Suites by Hilton (New Orleans Convention Center): We reached our hotel at 315 Julia St, New Orleans, 70130. Check-in was pleasant and quick. Room: We had a 1 King Bed 2 room on the 4th floor. Nice and quiet! We found the beds comfortable and the room well equipped. Staff were always pleasant and helpful! Amenities: We enjoyed drinks and potato chips, pretzel mix, and celery sticks at the Evening Social. Breakfast provided a somewhat limited selection of the usual standards, but it was good, and we didn’t intend to eat much anyway. Monday afternoon and evening in New Orleans, LA: We took a stroll to the French Quarter and enjoyed just waking around the lovely old buildings. On Tuesday, December 5, after breakfast, we returned to our room, packed our bags, and went to the lobby. Getting to the Cruise Terminal: We left the Embassy Suites at 9:30ish, via a taxi (flat rate $24 = tip). IF we had known where we would be dropping off our luggage, we would have simply walked the very short walk down Julia Street. We dropped the bags near the stairs/elevator area next to the Mall Parking Lot! Tipped the porter and headed into the terminal for check-in. Not a very long wait to get through security, and we were led to the Suites and Haven lounge (which is entirely too small). (Boarding was based upon; 1) Haven/Suites (separate waiting area), 2) Ambassador/Platinum Plus/Platinum, 3) guests needing assistance (Wheel chairs, etc.), 4) Gold, 5) Silver, 6) Bronze. Embarkation: Around 11:30am we were guided toward the gang-way. There was a ship’s photographer offering to take everyone’s pictures in front of a “green screen” (they use as neutral space for their chosen backdrops). We scanned onto the Pearl and made our way onto Deck 7. NCL Pearl: We had last been on the Pearl for a partial Panama cruise April 2016, and had thoroughly enjoyed it. This cruise was our fourth on the Pearl. Our first impressions onboard, this time, not much had changed! NCL employees were available upon entering deck 7. Someone said, “Garden Café is open.” Nobody escorted us to Cagney’s on deck 13, where we enjoyed a peaceful and delicious lunch. Afterwards, “Staterooms are available” announcement was made, so we made our way up to deck 14. 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. *** Meet and Greet (Meet and Mingle): DH decided he would go along, so we met quite a few people, but we spoke longest with MoodylL and NLH Arizona… greeting to Linda and Nancy! Restaurants: As part of our Haven amenities, Breakfast and Lunch were included at Moderno. This is a nice perk for those in a suit, because it offers a quieter experience overall. …I had pre-booked our evening Specialty restaurants at 100 days. Cagney’s Steakhouse Deck 13 Mid: We enjoyed an SDP meal here on our fourth evening. We returned for our Platinum meal on the eighth evening. Food was fantastic both times, we loved our prime rib! Garden Café Deck 12 Aft (Buffet): We picked up some snacks and/or ice cream here a few times during port days. Everything looked good and mostly fresh, except some of the pizza (which was still pretty good)! Great Outdoors Deck 12 Aft (Buffet): We never got food here, as it was mostly closed when we were in that area. Indigo Deck 6 Mid (Main Dining): Did not visit. Lotus Garden Asia Deck 7 Mid: We ate here on the first evening. Service was particularly slow, but our food was hot, fresh. Pot Stickers, Spring rolls, Special fried rice, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Kong Poa Pork were all quite good. We also enjoyed, the Red Bean Triangles with Macha Green Tea Ice Cream. La Cucina Deck 12 Aft: We enjoyed our 2nd Platinum meal of salads and pastas, plus Tiramisu. Le Bistro Deck 6 Mid: We enjoyed one of our SDP and our Platinum at Le Bistro. Our reservations were for 5:30 on the third and fifth evenings. The escargot and the mushroom soup are fantastic! DH had steak and I had salmon (both delicious) on our first visit. For the second visit we had Salmon and Coq au Vin… excellent! O’Sheehan’s Deck 8 Mid: We enjoyed the Old Fisherman’s Seafood Basket on the second night, which was very good. We also had lunches of great sandwiches during a few port days. Summer Palace Deck 6 Aft: We did not visit during the cruise. Food: Occasionally, some of the food looked “dried-out” at buffet tables. Yet, overall, we found the Garden Café and Great Outdoors to serve sufficient variety for the main-stream palate. We appreciate the wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh and varied breads, and multiple varieties of meats, pastas, rice dishes, etc. Bars: I had a plan to follow regarding the UBP. That meant that I would try most of the “Drink of the Day” and also try drinks I ordinarily would not think of ordering! With that in mind, on Tuesday = The Painkiller. Wednesday = Bahama Mama. Thursday = Moscow Mule. Friday = Signature Mai Tai. Sunday = Long Island Iced Tea. Monday = Rebellious Fish. Tuesday =The Painkiller. Wednesday = Bahama Mama… Other drinks (included in UBP, that I also enjoyed): Bacardi Mojito (yum), Basil Cucumber Twist (Yum!), Bushwhacker, Mudslide, Miami Vice, Peach Colada, Mango Colada, Emperor’s Nectar (YUM!), Mango Meltdown (A favorite!), Matador. DH mostly stuck to Gin and tonic, Negroni, Perfect Margarita, red wines, Bloody Mary, and a Johnny Walker Black on the Rocks. Magnum’s Champagne and Wine Bar Deck 6 Mid: Great place to listen to the musical group (or single) performances. Maltings Beer and Whiskey Bar Deck 6 Mid: (same as above) Shakers Martini and Cocktails Bar Deck 6 Mid: (same as above) Pearl Club Casino Bar is on Deck 6 Forward (sort of): Never ordered a drink here, but did walk through on a few occasions. Crystal Atrium Bar and Java Café are on Deck 7 Mid: DH found some of his best Negroni here. Saki Bar Deck 7 Mid (near to Teppanyaki): Did not order here. Bliss Ultra Lounge is Deck 7 Aft: Did not order here. O’Sheehan’s and Bar Deck 8 Mid: A good place to sit and watch activities in the atrium. Topsiders Bar and Grill are on Deck 12 Mid: Unfortunately for us, the bar area is also a SMOKING section on one side. Each time we visited, it was either closed or packed! Great Outdoors bar is Deck 12 Aft: Each afternoon we tried, it was packed. Sugarcanes Mojito Bar is Deck 13 Aft: Was not open when we were wanting a drink. Sky High Bar Deck 13 Mid (overlooking pools): Popular place, difficult to find a seat when we visited. Spinnaker Lounge is Deck 13 Forward: Nice bar for drinks during shows and other activities. Lounge is good for finding some quiet space when not in use otherwise! Shows: – I loved the costumes, the sets, and the performers, as well as the bands. Everything was well-done and done remarkably well! Other entertainment: The comedians … quite funny and enjoyable. The music and entertainment on the pool deck was nice, although, we did not hang-out there much. We played BINGO on the first and the final afternoons. Although pricey, BINGO provides a fun diversion for us, occasionally. We watched parts of other activities, but didn’t hang around long. The more crowded and noisy those events were, the less I enjoyed them. Especially when I got shoved, bumped, and/or had my feet stepped on. The pool was almost always crowded! Noteworthy on the Pearl: The fitness center offers a wide variety of equipment. Finding the best timing to use them is everything! The Casino was okay, smoky to me, but tolerable when I used “quick-pace” to make my way through to the other side. Overall, we had a wonderful vacation, consumed some fabulous food and drinks, met some great people (special greetings), saw some fantastic shows and performers, and enjoyed the lovely islands. Final evening on Pearl: We were saddened as we packed on Wednesday afternoon and then enjoyed a quiet dinner at La Cucina. We realized that we never did go to either Main Dining room. We walked around a bit, and then decided to just go back to the room early. Disembarkation: We were in the Port of New Orleans around 5:30am or so, and at the Cruise Terminal by 6:30am. Easy Walk Off started around 8 am. We met in the Stardust Theater for Priority Disembarkation. We were off the ship, gathered our 2 suitcases, and had cleared Customs by 8:30! We walked to the parking garage, because we didn’t want to wait for the shuttle to fill-up with other passengers. We picked-up our car and headed out for our drive home. Drive to Houston: Our Westbound drive on I-10 took about 6 and 3/4 hours, with two stops to stretch along the way. Conclusion: Safely back home, we found our house is just as we had left it December 4!

Norwegian Pearl: 9-night Western Caribbean from NOLA, Embarkation Dec 5, 2017

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by ggTexasGal

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Courtyard Villa with Balcony
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 trip:

Houston to NOLA: We left home on Monday morning, December 4, at 6:100am, driving to New Orleans… a 6-hour trip with a stop for a quick breakfast and a fuel stop.

Parking at Fulton Place: We reached 901 Convention Center Blvd for our parking (I had prepaid our 10 days of parking, many months ahead). It was only a brief (about 1/3 mile) walk over to the hotel (about 5 minutes). DH had to return on Tuesday to get our “Cruise Parking” receipt, since we arrived and parked a day early!

Embassy Suites by Hilton (New Orleans Convention Center): We reached our hotel at 315 Julia St, New Orleans, 70130. Check-in was pleasant and quick.

Room: We had a 1 King Bed 2 room on the 4th floor. Nice and quiet! We found the beds comfortable and the room well equipped. Staff were always pleasant and helpful!

Amenities: We enjoyed drinks and potato chips, pretzel mix, and celery sticks at the Evening Social. Breakfast provided a somewhat limited selection of the usual standards, but it was good, and we didn’t intend to eat much anyway.

Monday afternoon and evening in New Orleans, LA: We took a stroll to the French Quarter and enjoyed just waking around the lovely old buildings.

On Tuesday, December 5, after breakfast, we returned to our room, packed our bags, and went to the lobby.

Getting to the Cruise Terminal:

We left the Embassy Suites at 9:30ish, via a taxi (flat rate $24 = tip). IF we had known where we would be dropping off our luggage, we would have simply walked the very short walk down Julia Street. We dropped the bags near the stairs/elevator area next to the Mall Parking Lot! Tipped the porter and headed into the terminal for check-in. Not a very long wait to get through security, and we were led to the Suites and Haven lounge (which is entirely too small).

(Boarding was based upon; 1) Haven/Suites (separate waiting area), 2) Ambassador/Platinum Plus/Platinum, 3) guests needing assistance (Wheel chairs, etc.), 4) Gold, 5) Silver, 6) Bronze.

Embarkation: Around 11:30am we were guided toward the gang-way. There was a ship’s photographer offering to take everyone’s pictures in front of a “green screen” (they use as neutral space for their chosen backdrops). We scanned onto the Pearl and made our way onto Deck 7.

NCL Pearl: We had last been on the Pearl for a partial Panama cruise April 2016, and had thoroughly enjoyed it. This cruise was our fourth on the Pearl. Our first impressions onboard, this time, not much had changed! NCL employees were available upon entering deck 7. Someone said, “Garden Café is open.” Nobody escorted us to Cagney’s on deck 13, where we enjoyed a peaceful and delicious lunch. Afterwards, “Staterooms are available” announcement was made, so we made our way up to deck 14.

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.

*** Meet and Greet (Meet and Mingle):

DH decided he would go along, so we met quite a few people, but we spoke longest with MoodylL and NLH Arizona… greeting to Linda and Nancy!

Restaurants:

As part of our Haven amenities, Breakfast and Lunch were included at Moderno. This is a nice perk for those in a suit, because it offers a quieter experience overall.

…I had pre-booked our evening Specialty restaurants at 100 days.

Cagney’s Steakhouse Deck 13 Mid: We enjoyed an SDP meal here on our fourth evening. We returned for our Platinum meal on the eighth evening. Food was fantastic both times, we loved our prime rib!

Garden Café Deck 12 Aft (Buffet): We picked up some snacks and/or ice cream here a few times during port days. Everything looked good and mostly fresh, except some of the pizza (which was still pretty good)!

Great Outdoors Deck 12 Aft (Buffet): We never got food here, as it was mostly closed when we were in that area.

Indigo Deck 6 Mid (Main Dining): Did not visit.

Lotus Garden Asia Deck 7 Mid: We ate here on the first evening. Service was particularly slow, but our food was hot, fresh. Pot Stickers, Spring rolls, Special fried rice, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Kong Poa Pork were all quite good. We also enjoyed, the Red Bean Triangles with Macha Green Tea Ice Cream.

La Cucina Deck 12 Aft: We enjoyed our 2nd Platinum meal of salads and pastas, plus Tiramisu.

Le Bistro Deck 6 Mid: We enjoyed one of our SDP and our Platinum at Le Bistro. Our reservations were for 5:30 on the third and fifth evenings. The escargot and the mushroom soup are fantastic! DH had steak and I had salmon (both delicious) on our first visit. For the second visit we had Salmon and Coq au Vin… excellent!

O’Sheehan’s Deck 8 Mid: We enjoyed the Old Fisherman’s Seafood Basket on the second night, which was very good. We also had lunches of great sandwiches during a few port days.

Summer Palace Deck 6 Aft: We did not visit during the cruise.

Food: Occasionally, some of the food looked “dried-out” at buffet tables. Yet, overall, we found the Garden Café and Great Outdoors to serve sufficient variety for the main-stream palate. We appreciate the wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh and varied breads, and multiple varieties of meats, pastas, rice dishes, etc.

Bars:

I had a plan to follow regarding the UBP. That meant that I would try most of the “Drink of the Day” and also try drinks I ordinarily would not think of ordering! With that in mind, on Tuesday = The Painkiller. Wednesday = Bahama Mama. Thursday = Moscow Mule. Friday = Signature Mai Tai. Sunday = Long Island Iced Tea. Monday = Rebellious Fish. Tuesday =The Painkiller. Wednesday = Bahama Mama…

Other drinks (included in UBP, that I also enjoyed): Bacardi Mojito (yum), Basil Cucumber Twist (Yum!), Bushwhacker, Mudslide, Miami Vice, Peach Colada, Mango Colada, Emperor’s Nectar (YUM!), Mango Meltdown (A favorite!), Matador. DH mostly stuck to Gin and tonic, Negroni, Perfect Margarita, red wines, Bloody Mary, and a Johnny Walker Black on the Rocks.

Magnum’s Champagne and Wine Bar Deck 6 Mid: Great place to listen to the musical group (or single) performances.

Maltings Beer and Whiskey Bar Deck 6 Mid: (same as above)

Shakers Martini and Cocktails Bar Deck 6 Mid: (same as above)

Pearl Club Casino Bar is on Deck 6 Forward (sort of): Never ordered a drink here, but did walk through on a few occasions.

Crystal Atrium Bar and Java Café are on Deck 7 Mid: DH found some of his best Negroni here.

Saki Bar Deck 7 Mid (near to Teppanyaki): Did not order here.

Bliss Ultra Lounge is Deck 7 Aft: Did not order here.

O’Sheehan’s and Bar Deck 8 Mid: A good place to sit and watch activities in the atrium.

Topsiders Bar and Grill are on Deck 12 Mid: Unfortunately for us, the bar area is also a SMOKING section on one side. Each time we visited, it was either closed or packed!

Great Outdoors bar is Deck 12 Aft: Each afternoon we tried, it was packed.

Sugarcanes Mojito Bar is Deck 13 Aft: Was not open when we were wanting a drink.

Sky High Bar Deck 13 Mid (overlooking pools): Popular place, difficult to find a seat when we visited.

Spinnaker Lounge is Deck 13 Forward: Nice bar for drinks during shows and other activities. Lounge is good for finding some quiet space when not in use otherwise!

Shows:

– I loved the costumes, the sets, and the performers, as well as the bands. Everything was well-done and done remarkably well!

Other entertainment: The comedians … quite funny and enjoyable. The music and entertainment on the pool deck was nice, although, we did not hang-out there much.

We played BINGO on the first and the final afternoons. Although pricey, BINGO provides a fun diversion for us, occasionally.

We watched parts of other activities, but didn’t hang around long. The more crowded and noisy those events were, the less I enjoyed them. Especially when I got shoved, bumped, and/or had my feet stepped on. The pool was almost always crowded!

Noteworthy on the Pearl: The fitness center offers a wide variety of equipment. Finding the best timing to use them is everything!

The Casino was okay, smoky to me, but tolerable when I used “quick-pace” to make my way through to the other side.

Overall, we had a wonderful vacation, consumed some fabulous food and drinks, met some great people (special greetings), saw some fantastic shows and performers, and enjoyed the lovely islands.

Final evening on Pearl: We were saddened as we packed on Wednesday afternoon and then enjoyed a quiet dinner at La Cucina. We realized that we never did go to either Main Dining room. We walked around a bit, and then decided to just go back to the room early.

Disembarkation: We were in the Port of New Orleans around 5:30am or so, and at the

Cruise Terminal by 6:30am. Easy Walk Off started around 8 am. We met in the Stardust Theater for Priority Disembarkation. We were off the ship, gathered our 2 suitcases, and had cleared Customs by 8:30! We walked to the parking garage, because we didn’t want to wait for the shuttle to fill-up with other passengers. We picked-up our car and headed out for our drive home.

Drive to Houston: Our Westbound drive on I-10 took about 6 and 3/4 hours, with two stops to stretch along the way.

Conclusion: Safely back home, we found our house is just as we had left it December 4!
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Cabin Review

Courtyard Villa with Balcony
Cabin H4 14508
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.
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