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This was our 7th cruise (DIsney, Celebrity, Holland, Royal Caribbean), but our first time with NCL. We are a married couple in our late 50s. We enjoyed the more casual, laid - back, freestyle experience. The Pearl, although not as "elegant" as some other ships, still is in good shape, clean and modern. The Pearl staff was very friendly and attentive, especially our cabin attendant, Daniella. The restaurants and food variety was good, but not as good as Celebrity or Disney. We ate at 2 specialty restaurants, Cagneys and Moderno. Cagneys was excellent, Modernos not as much (although a great salad bar). We loved the musical entertainment (Avalon, Roxie the guitarist, sing-a-long with Peter, DJ Tazz) and pool entertainment more than other cruise ships. The pool water was a nice temperature, not too cold. We could not go to the only scheduled port, Great Stirrup Cay, due to high winds/weather, but went to Freeport, Bahamas instead. Our time in port was much shorter due to the diversion to Freeport. We had a very negative experience with the excursion desk staff and lack of announcements regarding the port of call change. This cruise had many spring breakers and cruisers that were part of the "Trailer Park Boys" theme cruise, so the atmosphere was younger and more energetic which we enjoyed, but some cruisers could not handle their alcohol. We smelled the strong, persistent odor of marijuana emanating from some of the rooms, hallways and common areas, although we did actually witness any cruisers smoking marijuana. For people with sensitivity to smoke or asthma, it may have presented a problem. We took advantage of the free perk unlimited beverage package (alcohol, soda and juices) although it is not totally free since you are charged a service fee (approximately $160 for 2 adults). The service fee, though, was well worth the package. The theater entertainment was very average (husband and wife magician and a solo singer). There were no big production shows, maybe because the shorter length of the cruise and the "Trailer Park Boys" theme cruise using the theater for special events. If you are looking for a casual, lively and energetic cruise, please consider NCL.

Great Time on the NCL Pearl

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Samfrodo

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
This was our 7th cruise (DIsney, Celebrity, Holland, Royal Caribbean), but our first time with NCL. We are a married couple in our late 50s. We enjoyed the more casual, laid - back, freestyle experience. The Pearl, although not as "elegant" as some other ships, still is in good shape, clean and modern. The Pearl staff was very friendly and attentive, especially our cabin attendant, Daniella. The restaurants and food variety was good, but not as good as Celebrity or Disney. We ate at 2 specialty restaurants, Cagneys and Moderno. Cagneys was excellent, Modernos not as much (although a great salad bar). We loved the musical entertainment (Avalon, Roxie the guitarist, sing-a-long with Peter, DJ Tazz) and pool entertainment more than other cruise ships. The pool water was a nice temperature, not too cold. We could not go to the only scheduled port, Great Stirrup Cay, due to high winds/weather, but went to Freeport, Bahamas instead. Our time in port was much shorter due to the diversion to Freeport. We had a very negative experience with the excursion desk staff and lack of announcements regarding the port of call change. This cruise had many spring breakers and cruisers that were part of the "Trailer Park Boys" theme cruise, so the atmosphere was younger and more energetic which we enjoyed, but some cruisers could not handle their alcohol. We smelled the strong, persistent odor of marijuana emanating from some of the rooms, hallways and common areas, although we did actually witness any cruisers smoking marijuana. For people with sensitivity to smoke or asthma, it may have presented a problem. We took advantage of the free perk unlimited beverage package (alcohol, soda and juices) although it is not totally free since you are charged a service fee (approximately $160 for 2 adults). The service fee, though, was well worth the package. The theater entertainment was very average (husband and wife magician and a solo singer). There were no big production shows, maybe because the shorter length of the cruise and the "Trailer Park Boys" theme cruise using the theater for special events. If you are looking for a casual, lively and energetic cruise, please consider NCL.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IB 9073
Nice inside cabin, comfortable bed and pillows, great storage, nice bathroom, although the toilet is positioned at a very strange angle making it more difficult for taller people to use. Nice size shower with great water pressure.
Deck 9 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Beach
    We were unable to go to Great Stirrup Cay, NCL's private island, due to weather and high winds (saw prior reviews indicating that this happens about 30% of the time due to no permanent cruise port, thus requiring tender boats to and from the island) and were diverted to Freeport instead. We docked in Freeport in the late afternoon and took a double decker bus to a Freeport beach 1/2 hour ride each way. The excursion included a small buffet lunch, covered bar/eating pavilion with picnic tables and chairs, unlimited soda and alcohol open bar, beach chairs (no loungers), nice sand beach, large floating beach mats positioned in the ocean, hammocks, bathrooms and small shopping area to purchase souvenirs and T-shirts. Although the food and drinks were good, and the beach was nice, I gave this an average rating because we did not arrive until after 3 p.m. and had to board the bus to go back to the ship at 6:30 p.m. The actual time on the beach and in the ocean was limited after waiting in line to get lunch, drinks and eat and purchase souvenirs. If we could have spent the full day, or even a few more hours on the beach, I would rate this excursion very good. It just seemed very rushed for the price and was not as advertised by NCL since the total excursion time was less than advertised on NCL's printed materials. Although some cruisers complained to the excursion desk personnel about the shorter excursion time, the NCL excursion staff was not receptive, rude and even argumentative with cruisers. NCL excursion personnel did not seem to care about the cruisers' complaints and handled this, and other complaints (i.e., when the excursion bus driver ran over and destroyed one cruiser's baby stroller on the return trip) in an argumentative and unprofessional manner, even though the cruiser was a loyal, Latitude member. In another instance, an excursion staff member accused a complaining cruiser as being under the influence of alcohol, although the cruiser did not seem or act impaired.
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