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Norwegian Pearl Review

First sailing with Norwegian (3rd cruise overall)

Review for Bermuda Cruise on Norwegian Pearl
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2023

My husband and I wanted to try cruising out of Boston, a port local to us, and to try out Norwegian after already having sailed on Carnival (10 years ago to Canada from NYC) and Royal Caribbean (to Alaska last year). We travelled with another couple who were on their first cruise ever. We all enjoyed ourselves, aided by the mostly smooth sailing, pleasant weather, enjoyable itinerary, and great service.

The Pearl was similarly sized to our prior ships (Carnival Glory and RC Serenade of the Seas), and a size that we like. It's big enough to have plenty of venues, but not so big as to be inconvenient to walk end to end and to mostly use stairs (our rule - only use elevator if traveling more than 3 flights UP). We can't compare it to bigger ships, that have lots of extra entertainment, but I feel sure we don't miss go-carts, super-slides, etc. because we aren't traveling with kids anymore. We would probably enjoy some bigger, more spectacular production shows, but the singers and dancers on Pearl did a fine job.

We had an inside cabin on deck 10. Deck 10 seemed pretty quiet as it is sandwiched between other cabin-only floors. We did not choose our cabins, but allowed Norwegian to assign them. The inside cabin had a nice sized shower and pretty good storage space. We barely met/saw our steward, but he always did a good job cleaning the room.

Cabin Review

Inside. Quiet. Everything was clean and worked. No extra space, but room for all.

Port Reviews

King's Wharf

This port was pretty convenient. It would be nice if the wifi area was nearer the ship. There was a free shuttle, but it didn't seem to run very frequently. The mall there didn't seem to have much. The fort was very cool.

Bar Harbor

Great port but limited time there due to disembarkation issues. I suppose we would have gotten off earlier if we booked an excursion with the ship, but trying to see Acadia in such a limited timeframe didn't seem like a great idea. We live a few hours drive from here, so would prefer a longer stay. If I were to book an excursion, and the weather was good, I'd probably opt to rent bicycles or a boat tour. The shops and restaurants and ocean walk were all fun if you didn't want to cram in an organized activity.

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