1st time cruiser-NCL Pearl: Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by 1stsocalcruiser
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1st time cruiser-NCL Pearl
Paid $20 for a cab to get to the pier and tip the driver $5. He dropped us off right in front of pier 66. Once we got out NCL had signs and people everywhere. They took us in the direction we needed to go and was real easy to get on the ship. There was no worries at all!
Once on the ship it was beautiful! Of course they had waiters everywhere and we had our first drink, an $8 dollar bloody mary. Beers were $4.50 and if you bought 5 you got 6. You had to put a $5 deposit on the bucket that the beers came in but you got that back. The staff on the Pearl was great! Very friendly! The food on the other hand. I was expecting amazing food More because that's all people were telling me about cruises. It wasn't amazing but it wasn't bad. I would give it a 3 out of 5. We only ate at one of the specialty restaurants, Cagney's Steakhouse. $25 a person and since i had a lobster tail it was another $10. Our two waiters were very good. You can eat all the food you want while you are in there.
We ported Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria Canada. We enjoyed Skagway the best out of them all. So much to do and the people who worked and lived their were very nice. Juneau the exact opposite! A bunch of kids doing the excursions. Ketchikan was nice but we did not have a lot of time their. Victoria was ok. We did not book an excursion their and that ended up in a lot of walking, to nowhere special. Getting off the ship was just like getting on, very smooth. Less
Cabin review: BA10574 Mid-Ship Balcony
We stayed in a BA room. # 10574. It had a balcony and i would say that was the best part of that room. I thought for the money that room was kinda of small. I am 6'5 230 lbs and my feet hung over the bed. Trying to sit down and use the toilet was a joke!!! Go to one of the public restrooms, much more room to do your business. The shower had plenty of room for me and the sink area was ok. Was kinda hard for two of us to get ready at the same time. I would say it had plenty of room for your clothes to be put in drawers or the closet. If you want to get 3 in that room good luck!Read All Mid-Ship Balcony (BA) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Everywhere else in Juneau was ok. I was really excited about going to the Red Dog Saloon. The service was horrible and it was very hot inside. I couldn't enjoy my beer and they were very, very expensive!!! Wanted to buy a shirt from them but again very pricey and not a good quality shirt. That is all we did there besides walking around the town. It is a very long walk to get back to the NCL Pearl from town. I noticed other ships were a lot closer.
Must have your passport if you are going on the train ride.
You will need a passport here also.