LA to Miami on the Norwegian Pearl: Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by Panhandle Cruiser

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LA to Miami on the Norwegian Pearl

Sail Date: September 2010
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Does sailing through the Panama Canal on a repositioning cruise interest you? If so you might want to consider cruising on the Norwegian Pearl from LA to Miami. The trip is 14 days in length and stops in six (6) ports. They are Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, and Huatalco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Gutamala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Cartagena, Colombia. There is also a West to East passage through the Canal and a number of sea days.

Due to the time of the year (early fall) and the length of the cruise there are relatively few school aged children. This is nice for those who have reached the point in their life when they enjoy a less boisterous atmosphere. We also enjoyed the variety of ports and activities at each, the relaxing days at sea, as well as the passage through the canal.

The biggest pluses for us were the Panama Canal, Cartagena, our cabin stewards, and the relaxing entertainment at the Magnum Champagne and Wine Bar on Deck 6. We particularly enjoyed the More piano music of Richard Rogers. He is an entertainer of the first degree.

The biggest downside for us was the amount of noise. The area that was the noisiest for us was in the restaurants (especially that created by the wait staff -- it seemed that they did not know how to put a plate, bowl, piece of silverware, or glass down without clunking it). We also did not like the bar staff "hawking" their wares on the Pool Deck. Additionally it seemed that some of the entertainment attempted to make up for their lack of talent by raising the volume level.

While it did not bother us, others on the cruise commented on the weather. This is the rainy season for Central America and there were a number of days when it rained. We loved it. The temperature was still very pleasant and the rain did not disrupt any of our plans. Additionally, the waves never got very high, which made for smooth sailing.

All in all we enjoyed the cruise very much and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. You will have a great time. Less

Published 10/10/10

Cabin review: MA11558 Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

We chose to have a mini-suite for this cruise. It was a great choice. The size of the room, the balcony, as well as the bathroom were all pluses. Additionally, we liked the fact that it was on the port side of the ship and we were able to see land much of the trip. There were two down sides. The first is the location of the closet, which was somewhat difficult to access. The second is the fact that we were on Deck 11, which meant we got noise from Deck 12 (the pool deck) when they moved the furniture.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Our tour in Acapulco was entitled "Romantic, Historic and Picturesque." The tour was enjoyable and stopped at a number of interesting places, including the famous Cliff Divers. Acapulco itself did not impress us. It could be that we did not spend enough time there to experience the charm of the city. It may have been something else. Whatever it was, we do not plan to return to it.

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Cabo is a very good port of call. We went on a snorkeling trip to Los Chilenos Bay. The snorkeling was enjoyable, but not spectacular. The problem we had with the stop was the short duration. When we got back from our excursion we had less than 1 hour to shop before we had to be back on the ship. We would have liked a longer period of time.

In Cartagena we took a private tour arranged through Leland (Lee) Miles, who is also known as Mr. Emerald. The tour was great. Our tour guide, Claudia, was very knowledgeable, very personable and very thorough. Other than the Panama Canal, this was the high point of the cruise.

We strongly recommend that if you stop in Cartagena, that you contact Lee Miles and arrange a tour through him. You will definitely enjoy it.

Our brief stop in Punta Arenas was enjoyable. We took a River Rafting tour of the Coribici River, which was very fun. The rains held off until we were eating lunch. We did not get to shop because of the length of the tour, which was bit disappointing

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