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This was our first time on NCL and we were really disappointed.

There were twelve restaurants listed. Two main dining rooms, two poolside grills and eight that were "pay additional charges". It seemed like everyone had their hand out wanting more money. They were also really pushing their bar drinks. If you are not a big drinker you will be ignored or pressured into becoming a big drinker. With your meal your choices of drinks are water, tea or an $8.00 mixed drink. Fruit punch or lemon aid that are normally available have been eliminated to force you into visiting the bar.

One of the things that we enjoy most about cruising is meeting new people. We enjoy structure. We enjoy assigned tables and getting to know you waiter. We enjoy dressing for dinner. Freestyle has taken these things away. For seven days we sat across the table from the same faces that we have for the past thirty years. You can still dress for dinner but the people at the next table are in swim suits, sandals and t-shirts. Takes some of the romance away.

The food was basic. It tasted fine but a very limited selection. The desert bar was the same for seven straight days. No variety anywhere.

Freestyle Cruising - sounds better than it is

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by bherd

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2011
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
This was our first time on NCL and we were really disappointed.

There were twelve restaurants listed. Two main dining rooms, two poolside grills and eight that were "pay additional charges". It seemed like everyone had their hand out wanting more money. They were also really pushing their bar drinks. If you are not a big drinker you will be ignored or pressured into becoming a big drinker. With your meal your choices of drinks are water, tea or an $8.00 mixed drink. Fruit punch or lemon aid that are normally available have been eliminated to force you into visiting the bar.

One of the things that we enjoy most about cruising is meeting new people. We enjoy structure. We enjoy assigned tables and getting to know you waiter. We enjoy dressing for dinner. Freestyle has taken these things away. For seven days we sat across the table from the same faces that we have for the past thirty years. You can still dress for dinner but the people at the next table are in swim suits, sandals and t-shirts. Takes some of the romance away.

The food was basic. It tasted fine but a very limited selection. The desert bar was the same for seven straight days. No variety anywhere.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OB 5546
Cabin was clean but very small. The bathroom about the size of a port-a-potty. The only thing smaller than the bathroom was the TV. The TV was about the size of an cell phone. If you are over 50 and have 50 year old vision, you will need to set on the end of the bed to watch TV.
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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