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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Fun time, great service.

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by packercruising

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2020
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Balcony

This is going to be a fairly short review. We have been to all the ports and the only excursion we booked, got cancelled.


• EMBARKATION- 3 Stars; Considering we are Platinum members, this took longer than it should have. We came off the Encore, so we were in the terminal by 10:00. We didn’t get on the ship until 11:00.

• CABIN- 4 Stars; the bed in our cabin is really comfortable. We have an aft facing balcony and that helps too. It is bigger than a normal Stateroom. We had really choppy sea one day that were so bad the door to the balcony would not stay shut when we were out there.

• CABIN STEWARD- 4 Stars; He did his job, or most of it, but seemed very late each day. Friendly enough to talk to.


A. O’Sheehan’s- 3 Stars; another disappointment. Mostly it is their lack of beer choices, so don’t read too much into that. Bud, Bud Light and Coors Light? Seriously? I had Chicken wings and pretzel bites and they were good. Lynette had Irish American Stew, which was actually a soup. Not recommended. We didn’t go back the rest of the cruise.

B. Garden Café; 5 Stars for breakfast and 4 stars for supper. They don’t seem to have the variety they used to at dinner.

C. Le Bistro- 5 Stars; The most fun we have had in a Specialty restaurant, and our server, Ayu, was terrific!

D. Cagney’s- Huge disappointment the first time. We were among the 1st 10 people there and everything started out fine Then our entrée’ didn’t come. People that came in well after us had theirs, People that came when we did were on dessert. We had steaks, in a steak house. Go figure. Lynette’s was almost raw and mine was very tough. We had to skip dessert to make the show. The second time we went was much better. If we didn’t have the Dining Package (one of the free perks) the meal would have been complimentary anyway.

E. La Cucina- Excellent service at this Italian restaurant and the food was very good. The best bread on the ship and it was fresh baked!


A. Show Band. We went to see them in the atrium and they were good.

B. Aldo Canta; Guitarist, he was in the atrium most evenings. So were we, because he was very good.

C. Jon Stringer- Main stage comedian. Jokes were clean and he was very funny

D. Duo Quintesant- A married acrobatic couple that were amazing!

E. Sea Hashtag- I think they were the ship band and they were very entertaining. They played a variety of music, but looking at the age of the crowd, they kept it to our generation.

F. Avalon- This was a Latin band and drew the largest atrium crowd we have seen. People seemed to really like dancing to it.

• FOOD SERVICE- 5 Stars; In spite of the few problems we had

• BAR SERVICE- 5 Stars; Once the bartenders and servers get to know you, the service was great. Except for the theater. There, the server brought us the wrong drink. Instead of going back to correct it, she collected orders from a lot of people who had come in. When she finally came back, she walked right by us.

• BARS- 5 Stars;

A. Atrium Bar. This is where we spent most of our evenings.

B. Malting’s Beer&Whiskey Bar. We only went there once, but the service was really good and the seat comfortable. Great place to spend some time waiting for dinner.

C. The Great Outdoors Bar. The great thing about this bar, is that it is really close to our cabin and you can sit outside.

• Disembarking. Our flight was out of Ft. Lauderdale and not until 6 pm, so we signed up for the Everglades tour. From our meeting spot in the theater, to out of the terminal was an hour an only a couple of minutes of that was Customs. It was an 8 am disembark, the second color tag called..

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Everglades Tour

Booked it because we had a lot of time before our flight. We had been on this tour before.

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