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Being the first time on Norwegian we weren’t sure what to expect but we were quite underwhelmed overall. The ship was clean and easy to get around but there was no grandeur when you first step into the atrium as we had with any and all of the seven Carnival ships we’ve cruised on. We ate in the both of the main dining rooms (same menu in both - disappointing as you had to dress a little more formal for summer palace) and we kept waiting for some real seafood which didn’t happen until the third or fourth night and then it was coconut fried shrimp... no Lobster EVER. On a 7+ day cruise Carnival still serves lobster! The Asian fusion restaurant did have a garlic lemon shrimp that was amazing this was our go to restaurant the remainder of the cruise although the menu is the exact same every night. The rooms were fine small but we always choose an interior for cost as we are rarely in the cabin. The shower however is wonderful and goes to Norwegian! Carnivals have a small corner shower with a curtain that tends to get stuck to you where Norwegian has a large sliding door! We did not participate in the drink package however this too goes to Norwegian as they are unlimited and you can get two at a time unlike Carnival where you get 1 every fifteen minutes and max out at 15. The entertainment was blah and the same old same old! Carnival has the comedy club which we love with different comedians and both family and adult shows nightly. Ports of call were amazing, my favorite itinerary to date! Grand Cayman - tender port and a little pricey. Aruba beautiful, friendly and welcoming. Bonaire - snorkeled here on Kline island and wow is all I can say. St. Lucia - toured the island and then to beach! All was great with exception of volcano...a little misleading as they say you go into the volcano but still interesting. St Kitts gorgeous beaches and island. St. Thomas Meghan’s bay is a must do! Embarking and disembarking was easy with no huge waits! Overall a great cruise with sunny weather but we will stick with Carnival!

First time Norwegian cruiser - we will stay with Carnival...

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Robbinskr

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
Being the first time on Norwegian we weren’t sure what to expect but we were quite underwhelmed overall.

The ship was clean and easy to get around but there was no grandeur when you first step into the atrium as we had with any and all of the seven Carnival ships we’ve cruised on.

We ate in the both of the main dining rooms (same menu in both - disappointing as you had to dress a little more formal for summer palace) and we kept waiting for some real seafood which didn’t happen until the third or fourth night and then it was coconut fried shrimp... no Lobster EVER. On a 7+ day cruise Carnival still serves lobster! The Asian fusion restaurant did have a garlic lemon shrimp that was amazing this was our go to restaurant the remainder of the cruise although the menu is the exact same every night.

The rooms were fine small but we always choose an interior for cost as we are rarely in the cabin. The shower however is wonderful and goes to Norwegian! Carnivals have a small corner shower with a curtain that tends to get stuck to you where Norwegian has a large sliding door!

We did not participate in the drink package however this too goes to Norwegian as they are unlimited and you can get two at a time unlike Carnival where you get 1 every fifteen minutes and max out at 15.

The entertainment was blah and the same old same old! Carnival has the comedy club which we love with different comedians and both family and adult shows nightly.

Ports of call were amazing, my favorite itinerary to date! Grand Cayman - tender port and a little pricey. Aruba beautiful, friendly and welcoming. Bonaire - snorkeled here on Kline island and wow is all I can say. St. Lucia - toured the island and then to beach! All was great with exception of volcano...a little misleading as they say you go into the volcano but still interesting. St Kitts gorgeous beaches and island. St. Thomas Meghan’s bay is a must do!

Embarking and disembarking was easy with no huge waits!

Overall a great cruise with sunny weather but we will stick with Carnival!
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IA 10119
Small but fine room steward was great and attentive- I mentioned ice the first day and it was filled two times a day every day there after. Shower was great sized.
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