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Norwegian Pearl Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2332 reviews
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Not what she used to be

Review for Norwegian Pearl to the Eastern Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2019
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony

Love NCL as a general rule. Did not want to go on large ship. Had sailed on Pearl previously .this cruise was not what we had hoped. Quality of food has significantly declined from previous cruises. Specialty restaurants are not up to par. Steakhouse was not equal to local chain, fillet was dry and tasteless. Took just shy of an hour to receive food with ghost of server who did not bother to appear or apologize. We tried to get change in order to tip above what was already included in our drink package. Was surprised to see small charge on tab for ordering what might have been specialty drink. They offer a Premium drink package, they must be attempting to upgrade for more bucks.

Past cruises offered big sales on cruise merchandise, everyone loves a bargain. Lattitudss with gold standing offered discounts in NCL merchandise but guess what? They have taken pains to remove Norwegian from most merchandise. Now shirts say Sea something or other. Why tout this as big deal when there is not much to buy to take advantage of this perk. Daily itinerary stated hig sale including t-shirts but there weren't any, not a single shirt. Sale in gift shop was to include tshirts but once again, nine were on sale. Prices were inflated, $28 for ordinary shirt.

Disembarking was a mess. Passengers ended up being traffic cops, telling passengers getting off elevators, go this way or that. One employee standing at dar end by door did not make for smooth exit.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin MB

Cabin great, well appointed, steward was at beck and call, fantastic job of taking care of us. Clean towels and bedding when needed. Air and heat (last day at sea pretty cool) worked perfectly. No noise from upper decks or in hallways. Cabin was close to elevators and stairs. No one took down the bow and butterfly placed on hallway wall to help us know which side of ship we were on, yes you can get turned. No scrimping on service on last day of cruise, steward just as friendly as first.

Port Reviews

Key West

Lively city, plenty to see using feet


Shopping a breeze plenty of places to spend time and money. Excursions avaikabke


Shop owners not overly friendly, one, actually kicks me out if store when I dared to question pricing

San Juan

Taxes are high, watch what you purchase at 10,5% state tax!

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