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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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A Bit Disappointed to be honest

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by LizNeil

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Balcony

We are new to cruising this was our second and booked it through an agent SCC, it was good to have everything organised for us, I done it myself first time.

We booked all inclusive with an balcony, the room was ok albeit a bit on the small size, never met the steward until we sought him out for more coffee, I had to bring my tea down from the buffet not provided in the room. The ship itself was fine although very noisy and busy, felt like I was in a zoo at meal times. Restaurant not much better, service leaned towards> OMG we are so busy lets get this over with!!! Food was fine nothing special. We were overcharged by the Spa only found out because our door key wouldn't work customer services said our payment was refused by our bank, showed us our bill to date and we found the over charge 245euros. We changed our payment method to another card, only to find out that the money was taken from the original account!! What's that all about??? Bank knows nothing about this supposed refusal as funds were always available. I personally found the hard sell to purchase other various things during the cruise very invasive and the shore excursions were expensive for the content, even with the 50euros off per excursion. If you like queueing/or lines as they refer to, then this is the cruise for you on and off shore. All inclusive is not quite accurate as you have taxes to pay for drinks when docked, never knew that one until we saw it on the bill, couldn't use the free spend to cover that, unsure why not!! Cruising is a learning experience as we are finding out. The really excellent parts of the cruise, was the weather Brilliant and seeing a volcano erupting Stromboli at night and guess what those were free LOL

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Cabin Review

Aft-Facing Balcony

It was ok clean and bed abd pillows comfy, looking under the quilt cover the duvet was old and very used looking. No Tea only coffee provided, I dont drink coffee.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Montenegro Highlights

Had to cut it short in Kotor as it was so hot. Perast was a lovely place nothing spectacular visited a museum there.

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City Tour

It was so busy you could hardly move

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Taormina (Messina)

We took a local tour bus it was ok much cheaper and just as informative


A snapshot of the city to hot to walk about very much

Florence (Livorno)

We've been before so happy to do our own thing, just remeber everything/shops shut down between 1pm & reopens at 5pm


Beach was ok, then queued for over an hour in 32c to get on the chair lift back to the dock passing shope and vendors badgering you to buy in the open heat very unpleasant, kids crying poor things were so overheated. Then Q'd agin to get the tender. NCL did put on cold towels and water, just as well or they would have quite a few heat stroke victims

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In summing up not the cruise for us, having said that for families with young or older children probably fits the bill. :-D

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