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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Wonderful Baltic Cruise Itinerary!

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by SDI Travels

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony

This cruise was round trip from Amsterdam and one of our favorite itineraries. It was easy to get to pier on your own and in the city center which allowed easy access to pre and post cruise time exploring the city. We stayed at the Airport Sheraton which had convenient train access to the city for around 5.5 euros. Nice hotel - great accommodations and very quiet. We checked in and headed to explore the city as soon as we arrived. Also took the train to Central station which was within walking distance (even with luggage) to the passenger cruise terminal.

The ship was great and size was ideal! The staff was very friendly and willing to go the extra mile. Bartenders were fantastic! Remembering your orders from day to day and making you feel special! Hostesses at the complimentary and specialty dining rooms were very pleasant and always tried to accommodate your request of seating locations, etc. Buffet was a bit crowded in the mornings, but typical of port days.

Ports of call were the best part of this trip. Every port was interesting, the tour guides were exceptional. We booked our excursions through the ship as we had a package with the excursion credit. Best tours were in Poland and St. Petersburg, Russia. "Hermitage in the Evening" excursion was our favorite tour - the museum was closed for part of our tour, so the crowds were gone. However, all ports had wonderful museums! We did Hop on/Hop off in several of the cities and with our previous research were able to maximize the places to explore with the red bus.

Specialty restaurants were very good and the service was wonderful. We enjoyed all of the venues offered and enjoyed the variety.

Used the spa and as usual, they have the strong sales pitch at the end of any treatment. Very much dislike this as it detracts from the expensive services they provide.

Entertainment variety was great. Always enjoy the different artists they bring on the ship on the longer cruises...as the productions shows are repeated throughout the fleet.

We have traveled with NCL before, but this ship, passengers and the crew seemed to be in sync with us. Crew seems to be a cut above! We met so many interesting and wonderful people on this trip.

NCL does a wonderful job at embarkation & disembarkation - they seem to have a system that reduces the chaos of busiest days.

Would highly recommend this ship & this itinerary!


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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 10110

Always enjoy the balcony view, especially on cruises that dock in the city centers in most of the ports.

Cabin was clean and maintained well. Towel animals were there every evening with turn down service...always fun to walk back into cabin with a new creation by the room steward.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Helsinki

Saw much of the city and enjoyed free time at our own pace.

Wonder tour - interesting & sobering! Gdansk was a wonderful city!

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Stopped at the Maritime Museum - wonderful museum and worth the visit.

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