Norwegian Pearl Review

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A good cruise on the Pearl, if not quite great

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agilebeast
6-10 Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Apr 2024

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We flew into JFK late on the 21st, stayed in a hotel nearby for some sleep before arriving at the Marriott Marquis on the 22nd, which we booked through our NCL agent at a good rate, taxes included. The hotel itself was great, nicely updated and the Times Square location is fantastic for travelling around NYC for the three nights we stayed. We stayed on the 41st floor facing Times Square and the views were sensational. There was well over a hundred NCL cruisers staying at the same time as us, and on the morning of the cruise we jumped on the NCL shuttle bus and made our way to the boat.

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Belfast

Better than we expected! Titanic Belfast is a must if you haven't done it, and through booking online its far cheaper doing it yourself.

Cobh (Cork)

Cove (pronounced Cove) was beautiful! If you want to visit Cork then there's a train platform directly infront of you when disembarking and trains run relatively frequently. When we went there was a family festival of some kid which was grand, and there are plenty of traditional Irish pubs if you want to try a Guinness. Cove is quite hilly and it gets residential very quickly, so its quite a quick trip out if you don't visit Cork. It's worth looking out for the Titanic lore though, as it was the ships final stop.

Halifax

We liked Halifax too, it was very clean and modern. We thought there were an absolute tonne of bars around and it turns out its well known for that; it has the most per capita in Canada. There's also some further Titanic memorials around the port if that thing interests you too.

Isle of Portland (England)

Portland offered a free shuttle bus which will take you into Weymouth, which was very pretty. There's a tonne of museums around the port on a range of maritime topics which looked very interesting. I did the Stonehenge tour which was great, although its worth noting its a 90 minute bus journey from the port to the site each way so you won't spend a full day up there. It's plenty of time to see the Stones though!

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a standard looking Scandinavian port which happens to be the capital. Iceland is a country of less than 400k people though so you should expect that. The Hallgrimskirkja church is an amazing sight however and well worth seeing, otherwise expect lots of places selling fish and chips and a lot of cloud and rain! If you have an excursion credit I recommend using it here; we stopped overnight so there's plenty of time to see the city and go on an excursion, and much of what Iceland is famous for (like its hot springs, pools and volcanoes) are well outside of Reykjavik.

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