We chose to cruise out of Boston because we live in Maine saving us on airfare. We were so excited and the boarding process was flawless. We literally walked right on at 1:30pm. We started our time at the Garden Cafe and there appeared to be a lot of selections for my three teens and my parents. Salads, soups, sandwiches, grilled items, and plenty of desserts. By the end of the cruise the offerings seemed much less exciting with the sweets getting blander by the day.
We enjoyed the pool as it was leaving Boston but all four hot tubs were full. Many were crammed with small children. In my experience kids are typically not allowed in hot tubs. We had an inside cabin midship on deck 9 which was an excellent location. The first day at sea was sheer hell with waves and storms. Obviously this was not the ship’s fault. The best restaurant was Indigo. We did not try the other places which required extra money. My biggest frustration on the cruise was lack of internet. Despite having a small internet package we literally could not use the NCL app, nor could we text with our own party. This caused tons of frustration because I couldn’t communicate with my teenagers or my elderly parents. It would seem to me that being able to communicate with others onboard with their app should be included. The rest of the cruise the hot tubs were roped off. Some days the pools were closed and we were unable to swim or use the tubs for the remainder of the cruise. Kind of ridiculous since that’s one of the major attractions onboard. The staff was lovely and extremely friendly save for a couple who were exhausted. However, the entertainment was sporadic and I constantly felt like I was listening to QVC with all the pitches to buy jewelry and Bingo cards and extra items. I was there to relax not to be bombarded with sales pitches! Bermuda was beautiful yet so expensive. I’m glad we went but I think I’d look for a more luxurious and newer ship next time around. The Pearl is starting to show her age. Convenient from Boston so that was a huge plus! My. Holstein never bowled, played the arcade, or went to the teen because every single thing cost extra. Unless you are a big drinker skip the drink package. There are plenty of things to drink besides soda or booze. Try to book your excursions apart from the cruise ship. Save money and make your own schedule. Bon Voyage!
Small inside cabin yet plenty of space to store things. Single beds were atrocious and like sleeping on a board. I left with way more aches and pains that I arrived with. The pull out couch for my son was horrible. I’m t was a literal board.
There was not a lot of time in port especially if your group is one of the last to depart. You need to take a short ride from the ship to town. Maine is gorgeous, it was funny to come here since I live in Maine Plenty of cute stores and restaurants but I would not book an excursion since there didn’t seem like a lot of time. Only in port from 11:30 to 6:30.