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Norwegian Pearl Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2311 reviews
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Great Itinerary, mediocre ship, Latitudes reward platinum level nothing special

Review for Norwegian Pearl to the Baltic Sea
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golfergal2895
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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

Chose this cruise because of the itinerary and all the stops it had to offer. The experiences in these wonderful ports were almost ruined because of the poor customer service provided by this ship. A special mention however goes to our cabin steward, Victor, who took great care of us and Reuben's staff at the Java Café who tended exceptionally well to our every drinking need! The embarkation process in Amsterdam was the worst we've encountered in over 12 cruises, making everyone wait in a large room like a bunch of cattle. There were 5 couples in total traveling in our group; the Pearl staff offered nothing to accommodate our group especially on sea days and seemed put-out that we would ask for somewhere to hang out as a group. Food was subpar, even in the specialty restaurants. Getting off the ship at ports was poorly organized as was the process for shore excursions resulting in a chaotic mess at most stops. The worst stop by far was the Tilbury port. If not booked on a ship shore excursion there was no offer of advice or help maneuvering the area - the long lines at the shuttle bus to the train stations could have been averted if the ship offered tickets for sale as they did for other ports; the train tickets to London likewise could have been offered for presale as a service to their passengers. The Pearl did NOTHING despite, we were told, a request from the locals to provide this presale service. It took over 3 hours to get off the ship and to the train station, so any plans we had for London were abandoned. We were fortunate to grab one of London's black cabs - our driver Steve saved the day with a 2 hour tour of London and his entertaining commentary. As Platinum level rewards members, my husband and I experienced no special acknowledgement. Despite what NCL advertises, there is no concierge service and, once again, the desk services team seemed surprised/put out that we expected it. We most likely will be taking our business elsewhere for our next cruise

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin MB

Nice cabin, terrifice service from our room steward and his staff

Port Reviews

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a lovely city with much to do. Take the opportunity to get outside the city if you can to see Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam

Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

Lovely city although old town is packed with tourists.

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