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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Ill fated Pearl Cruise

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by sanibelguy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

We chose this cruise for just one reason, the itinerary. The ship in general is very mediocre. The food in the main dining room, and buffet were on par with my company's cafeteria. The only difference was that this buffet had a few more choices. The hamburgers were precooked, tasteless and dry. You could get a better one at Burger King. On other ships we have cruised on we were tired of lobster by about the third day. We were on this ship for 11 days and could not buy a lobster in even the specialty restaurants.

The cabin was nice, but we had to pay a substantial upgrade to get a room similar to what was standard on other ships we have sailed on.

On a positive note the entertainment was good, and the entire staff was polite at all times.

Under normal circumstances I would give this ship a C rating. Due to the mechanical problems that left us stranded in Barcelona, and forced us to miss three of the scheduled ports I will give it and F. I will be very surprised if NCL will make me whole on the 36,000 extra Frequent Flier miles I had to use in order to change my flight departing from Barcelona instead of Rome because the ship could not make it there.


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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11106

This is the standard offering on other ships. We paid quite an upcharge to get it.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Tower of London

OK not great

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Belfry of Brugge

Tour was OK, but it was unusually hot. The guide did not stop so we could buy water in a shop along the way. Others need to use the restroom. He did not stop for bathroom breaks. Very poor planning

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Paris

Best tour of the itinerary. We did hear of one bus (not hours) that had no air conditioning because of a failure. It is hard to believe that they could not finding another working bus.

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Arcos de la Frontera

Sherry tour was very interesting. The long walk up a hill to cathedral made no sense since we could not even go inside. Wish we could have visited two wineries instead

View All 3 Arcos de la Frontera Reviews
Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Stop cancelled because of ship's mechanical problems

City Tour

Beautiful City Sagrada Familia Cathedral was amazing

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Monaco (Monte Carlo)

Stop cancelled because of ship's mechanical problems

Florence (Livorno)

Stop cancelled because of ship's mechanical problems

Canal Tour

Had a private Art Instructor take us on a private tour of the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. Fantastic

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Amsterdam

Had a private Art Instructor take us on a private tour of the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. Fantastic

Windmills Driving Tour

Had a driver take us there.

View All 36 Windmills Driving Tour Reviews
Zaanse Schans Windmills

Had a driver take us there for $100 Euros. Great

View All 61 Zaanse Schans Windmills Reviews

Really freaky, but interesting to see

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