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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We just completed a 19 day Panama canal cruise on the Gem and there was an opportunity to cruise again. Since a TA was on our bucket list, we had three choices to check this one off the list. Seems the Getaway ( 4/27 ), Pear and Jade all ... Read More
We just completed a 19 day Panama canal cruise on the Gem and there was an opportunity to cruise again. Since a TA was on our bucket list, we had three choices to check this one off the list. Seems the Getaway ( 4/27 ), Pear and Jade all had TA's scheduled to sail out of NYC. The Pearl was chosen since the first stop was in Ireland, a place we always wanted to see. Embarkation was out of Manhattan on pier 90, the Escape was docked at 88. I was expecting chaos at the terminal but it went unusually smooth, we arrived around 11 am and was aboard before noon. Since we booked the cruise under 60 days our first cabin was a GTY oceanview but working with a very good travel agent we were upgraded to a balcony along with no DSC as an added perk. Our cabin 9090 was a 4 person but I still don't know how. Everything was in working condition and clean. We did find the TV was just that a TV. We couldn't do anything else, seems strange that the ship was that backward with technology. Going down to the front desk and getting a print out of your account became a hassle since we found several items charged that shouldn't be, so going down every morning became a chore. Overall the ship appeared to be dated, Bliss lounge still had the leisure suit Larry feel to it, bowling alleys still there, no flow thru the bar central area ( had to snake around the bar stools and chairs ) and the crystal lights above the Atrium not working. Since we had this unwanted guest we avoided the MDR's for the first week and had our meals at the specialty restaurants. We found during the later half our cruise the food in the MDR's was subpar compared to the GEM. Pedro and his staff did a fantastic job, need to change up the liars club words and the newlywed show ( starting to get old ). NCL production shows above average, guest entertainers were also above average ( loved Bud and JP ). Since we had this unwanted guest, we watched the shows from the nose bleed section. Service at first seemed to be off, slow but as the cruise went along there appeared to an improvement. Because of the unwanted guest, the internet appeared to be really slow since a lot of the PAX remained in their cabins. Oh, the unwanted guest went by his nickname, Noro. Nobody ( except NCL ) really knows how many got sick, the captain and CD did mention that they were at stage #2 and they never have seen it this bad before. Stage #2 is the highest level of countermeasures ( paper menus, no salt / pepper at the tables, no self-serving at the buffet, ect. ) they use to contain the virus. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
A bit of background. We have sailed (cruised) with at least 8 different lines over the past 24 years, have taken short 3 day and two trans-Atlantic trips, and stayed in insides to suites. I only offer this because I didn't believe ... Read More
A bit of background. We have sailed (cruised) with at least 8 different lines over the past 24 years, have taken short 3 day and two trans-Atlantic trips, and stayed in insides to suites. I only offer this because I didn't believe this trans-Atlantic cruise could turn out so poorly. Pros were entertainment, cruise director and his activities, ship layout, venues for eating and/or drinking were numerous, food was usually very good, and the ports of call looked great on paper. How could this cruise be so bad? Embarkation was normal, especially from the NYC port, the usual lines that slowly move forward. For many decks the cabins were not ready when we boarded around 2pm, ours was supposed to be. We take our luggage on board as it was lost on one rock and roll cruise with Royal (but eventually turned up … it's only when that happens when you learn what the on board shops don't sell). Our key cards did not work so I went to have them fixed. When I returned I found my wife in the cabin. Turns out the steward locked himself in, who knows why as he didn't leave with anything or come back, which prevented our cards/keys from working. A plus I forgot, which I really appreciated, the shower was much larger than usual. The food was very good, but, could you get it? The main dining rooms were hit and miss for service. Either excellent, the usual on other ships, or you sat for 15 minutes until they brought you silverware or a water glass. The fine dining, I paid for 6 of those, was very good as well with excellent service. Only issue was each of us got sick after eating at Terrayaki and the Brazilian place. My wife and the woman she sat next to from the Japanese venue and me from the Brazilian venue. Cons so far, readiness of the ship for embarkation, service in the dining venues, and cleanliness of either the staff or the venues. You see the AGE, as they called it, aka the Novo Virus, was prevalent after the second or third day of the cruise. Constant reminders over the PA system to washy washy, use the hand sanitizers, etc.. Things deteriorated from here. Eventually you could not serve yourself at any dining venue (including the buffets), you pointed and the staff put food on your plate. Eventually all of the public rest room doors were blocked open to discourage use I guess. Eventually much of the spa area and the gym were closed, and no mention of reimbursement for those of us who paid extra for use of the spa facilities. The staff was typically unfriendly, if you mentioned that you were sick (like we did) the doc and an assistant would show up, give you a shot of who knows what, provide pills, and quarantine you to your cabin for 48 hours. Good timing for us as the first day of quarantine was the first day we reached land. We did miss the screw up with the tenders that took almost 5 hours to get people ashore in Dublin, many never made it as it would have taken too long to get back on board. My personal opinion is this ship was infected badly from the previous port prior to reaching NYC and NCL was well aware. They had to save a fortune on food and drink as you could not even get yourself a cup of coffee, EVERYTHING was dolled out by the staff as you waited in line. NO one seemed to care. No offers of compensation, oh wait !, they did offer some guests a free short glass of prosecco as they had to wait for their meal service on the last night … what about the breakfasts, lunches, and all the other dinners ?? 2018 we crossed the Atlantic on Viking, 2019 we crossed the Atlantic on NCL Pearl, NO COMPARISON, and I even bought the drink package, the spa package, and the dining package to attempt to make it similar with NCL. Second cruise with NCL, may be my last. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I wanted to go on a TransAtlantic crossing and thought the ports we visited were very interesting and enjoyable. The A.G.E. virus was brought on board by a passenger on this trip; I had been on the trip right before it and there were no ... Read More
I wanted to go on a TransAtlantic crossing and thought the ports we visited were very interesting and enjoyable. The A.G.E. virus was brought on board by a passenger on this trip; I had been on the trip right before it and there were no problems of this sort. The General Manager announced that there was a problem at the end of the Q&A by the Hotel Department and then they spent the rest of the trip trying to get the situation under control by increasing measures and restrictions. If it is true that this virus takes a day or two to show up, I can see why this was so difficult. Personally I didn't get sick and spent part of every day in my favorite area, the Bridge Viewing Room. In addition, I ate dinner most nights with the Solo Travelers Group in the main dining room and only one of them had gotten sick. I talked to a person from the cruise at the airport in Toronto after the cruise and she said that she was exposed to someone who was sick in her transportation from the airport before the trip and she was one of the folks who got sick early in the trip. Even if the original sick person had not been allowed to come on board, the others would have brought the illness on board. As a school teacher, we have similar problems with sick people exposing others and this is a tough problem to deal with any where. Another reviewer from this trip (someone who did get sick) had a very negative view of the measures that were taken to try to prevent the problem from spreading and also complained about the use of the ship's tenders in one of the ports. I think that it is good that the ships have to practice using their own tenders in case we actually need to use them in an emergency and didn't find the process tedious as was described by the person who didn't get the opportunity to see the historic port where we landed through the eyes of persons who were able to enter and land at this very interesting location. I feel bad for people who go on a TranAtlantic, North Atlantic cruise in the spring who didn't assume that they would encounter colder weather but had been sold on the trip as being a nice cheap two week cruise. My main reason for going on the TranAtlantic cruise was that I wanted to experience the crossing and am looking forward to going to Rome in October to take the Pearl's trip back to Miami, Florida. I really enjoy being on the Ocean and watching the weather and how the ship reacts to it as well as watching coming in and out of ports. I'm not one who enjoys "regular cruise ship activities" like hanging out at the pool or spas or going to the gym or shows but I really enjoy walking the outside decks and just being on the water and visiting the ports. I think that it is great that so many people can be on the same ship, taking the same cruise and all having very different and personalized experiences and think that is a great benefit of a cruise ship. The reason I only gave the trip a 4 is that there was a notable problem with passenger complaining and non compliance with reasonable requests made by the crew that then made it harder for the crew to not absorb some of their negativity and because some of the activities I had planned to do were cancelled due to the above listed illness problems. If I had known when I signed up to go what I know now, I definitely would have gone of this trip and am looking forward to a Rome to Rome trip on the NCL Pearl that I am doing this July as well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise so that my veteran husband could visit Normandy and the American Cemetary. Flew into NYC day before cruise. Embarkation was exhausting. Long lines. Ditto didembarkation. We loved our balcony cabin! Comfy bed and fresh ... Read More
We chose this cruise so that my veteran husband could visit Normandy and the American Cemetary. Flew into NYC day before cruise. Embarkation was exhausting. Long lines. Ditto didembarkation. We loved our balcony cabin! Comfy bed and fresh bedding everyday. Kudos to Yu!!! Def didnt pack the right clothes! We needed warmer things incl jackets and sweaters. Even gloves! Cold and rainy and stormy across Atlantic and in most all ports except Cobh.Dining was ok. Love the Freestyle idea. Buffet was too crowded. By the time we found seating food was cold. Ate breakfast at OSheehans every day. Thank you to Steven- a customer service oriented server! Shows were soso. We enjoyed the shows on ship tv. Liars Club etc. The Pearl needs to work on excursion organization and esp tendering. We missed Dublin because of the tender ops. We had a fun time and will go again! Maybe on another NCL ship! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was an itinerary that I really wanted o do. The price seemed right, but that was the last thing that went well. I had a little stomach upset on the first day, Went to the medical office to buy some Imodium. (they do not sell it ... Read More
This was an itinerary that I really wanted o do. The price seemed right, but that was the last thing that went well. I had a little stomach upset on the first day, Went to the medical office to buy some Imodium. (they do not sell it in the gift shop) They refused to sell it to me unless I had an 'exam' from the ship's doctor. I was charged $216 for a 10 pack. The false medical report that stated I received an complete exam when the doctor never touched me although his report says differently. (ps...no fever and a BP of 110/72, I was fine and they knew it. This was just another way to make extra money.) Then there was the extras $268.00 cost for the Spa's Thermal room. It was only completely open for four days. We were offered a $36.00 credit which barely covered the lost days...but it didn't really matter, because we never got the credit anyway. The food choices were repeated every couple of days...poor choices and very little flavor. The captain steered us into a major storm, which he said was "unexpected" My phone shows the weather 10 days in advance; maybe I should have offered it to him. Then the virus hit. Half the ship was sick and confined to their staterooms, The crew had over 200 people down with the illness. We had six days at sea and very few activities to help fill the time. Bingo was $39.00 for three cards, each day. Deal or No Deal was 25.00 and lasted about 20 minutes. The afternoon movies were the same four movies repeated again and again. They were shown in the center of the ship right next to guest services. Even if you wanted to watch them, you couldn't hear them. I am a true believe that you make your own fun; but there was NOTHING that could have saved this trip. I have cruised NCL a few times before and was expecting much better. I cannot recommend this line anymore. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
The itinerary was exactly what I was looking for. However, as soon as we were on board, the upsell was relentless. I began to feel very very pressured and uncomfortable. The cruise across the Atlantic was wild. However, it was ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what I was looking for. However, as soon as we were on board, the upsell was relentless. I began to feel very very pressured and uncomfortable. The cruise across the Atlantic was wild. However, it was unnerving when the captain came on and said he didn't anticipate the weather. We were rocking bad ... 12 to 15 ft waves. I thought they could avoid those issues. Then the noro virus hit. We heard over half the passengers were quarantined ... and 200 crew. The captain came on and said anyone trying to leave their cabin would be removed from the ship!!!! Many of the staff were saying they had never seen it this bad. The food was less than appetizing and we spoke with one family who got food poisoning. The food was consistently repeated (tasteless and some seemed rotten). There was nothing high end other than the specialty restaurants. The entertainment tried, but it appears they just couldn't afford or didn't attempt to gather decent entertainment. There was nothing much to do all day with 6 days at sea. I was expecting activities all day. We ended up watching the same 4 movies the entire trip. They just kept repeating themselves. Even airlines have a better choice of movies. My friend (who was not sick) ... went to medical to purchase some Imodium (accidentally forgot it) and they charged her $219 for 10 pills. He never examined her, just sold her the pills. It appeared the crew was instructed not to discuss anything with passengers after a few days, and they began to get irritable (probably double and triple shifts). Dublin (beautiful city) was a horror trying to get off the ship. Six shuttles for over 1000 people. Nightmare!!! I would not recommend this cruise line. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
FIrst it’s interesting not to see a lot more comments since there were Cruise Critic Members on board. Unless you had Specialty dining the food was fair to poor. A comment by a staff member in one specialty restaurant even said, ... Read More
FIrst it’s interesting not to see a lot more comments since there were Cruise Critic Members on board. Unless you had Specialty dining the food was fair to poor. A comment by a staff member in one specialty restaurant even said, “yes, we should teach them how to cook”! Even one of the specialty restaurants was so bad that our friends cancelled a dinner. The restaurant service was poor, very inconsistent. Bar service was always good, consistent. My opinion they saved the day. The virus reeked havoc everywhere. Closing facilities like the gym, library and game room leaving passengers with limited places to hang out. The weather was not good so there was no escape outside. Excursions were the biggest disappointment with staffing not communicating causing our excursions to be late our cut short. Dublin was a disaster, I hope they fix it or drop it. London was terrible due to late start, Little communication, tour company not communicating while being transferred on their bus. France equally had issues getting us out at our scheduled time. Finally in Belgium they got it going, though I suspect some passengers missed their excursions because they assumed it’d be another delayed day. Our Brugge On Your Own tour was great, that tour company gets an A+. All and all I won’t be rushing to book myself on NCL anytime soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
First Europe cruise with what we were told would be one of the best cruise companies out there. What we ended up with is one of the worse cruises I have ever been on. To be fair most of the passengers that we spoke with commented that they ... Read More
First Europe cruise with what we were told would be one of the best cruise companies out there. What we ended up with is one of the worse cruises I have ever been on. To be fair most of the passengers that we spoke with commented that they have always had good cruises with Norwegian and they could not figure out why this cruise was so bad, sorry to say this was my fist with this company. First the good, room was good, clean and well maintained. Bars and cocktails were fine. Approximately 60% of the staff went out of their way to make it a enjoyable cruise. The bad, top on the list was the food. I have never been on a cruise that had such poor quality food and lack of changing the menu from day to day. The exception was with 3 out of 4 dinner houses (specialty dining). Some of the rudest staff was found at the dining halls/restraint (not the Specialty dining), customer service area and the casino.It was so bad we tried to avoid these areas which is a shame because I actually like to go to the casino, but the machines was so tight and staff was so rude I just didn't go. Saved some money at least. Worst of all we took the cruise to see other countries and every excursion was screwed up. Staging all excursions from one location is stupid specially sense we were always late leaving the boat. They also did not keep to the advertised time table resulting in my wife and I missing 2 of our paid excursions (not Norwegian Excursions which was screwed up also). One excursion they anchored a mile off and took us in using their life boats, what a messed up operation. They boarded us on the seaward side in swells with old people falling everywhere and being beat-up until they realized there may be a safety issue ( I have video of this disaster). Overall the cruise left me thinking that Norwegian may not be as good as everyone told me, they differently ruined my first European cruise. But my wife and many other of the passengers swear this was not a typical Norwegian vacation. I can not say I will not try another Norwegian cruise, but I can diffidently say I will not ever book a trip on the Pearl again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
35th anniversary, wanted to get to some highlights in northern Europe - first cruise (and most likely last ever) My wife rolled her ankle the day of the cruise and was experiencing some discomfort so we went to the medical services on ... Read More
35th anniversary, wanted to get to some highlights in northern Europe - first cruise (and most likely last ever) My wife rolled her ankle the day of the cruise and was experiencing some discomfort so we went to the medical services on the ship. There was a couple there before us, the wife looked like death warmed over and we listened to them fill out a form of where they ate over the last 3 days. They went into the doctor's office first, when they came out the doctor gave the woman some pills and told them they were quarantined in their cabin. Then the doctor asked us in the office and placed my wife on the examination table, checked her out and then talked to us while we sat in the chairs in his office. The seas were pretty rough on the Atlantic... first time on the ocean... already got charged $180 from the doctor for the ankle... so when my wife got sick we presumed it was motion sickness - at least at the start. They forced us all to go through customs on the boat, called us large numbers forcing us to stand outside in the cold and waves - my wife threw up standing in line - good times. She got better, then I came down with it - I have never had sweat drip off my nose like that. The doctors quarantined me, we missed the first excursion (one of the few days without rain). While we were quarantined, the captain came on and told everyone if the were caught outside their room we would be kicked of the ship at the next port - then he repeated it in the same announcement. My first response was - this is our out!!! My second response was - sick people probably won't report themselves as being sick now. My biggest complaint is that they waited too long to get serious about the sickness (shutting down the gym, controlling the dining areas). For days after the quarantine you still won't enjoy food again - especially when you have to see someone else's puke on the floor in the dining room. The excursion disembarkation needed some help with planning - at the end of the day I wouldn't mind a 3 hour delay if I could have stayed in my room or grabbed some breakfast - imagine several hundred people waiting in a room, booing the cruise activity director as she asked them to please be patient (for the 40th time). The longest delay involved tethered boats. My wife and I finally got on the tethered boat and it was pretty frightening - big gaps as the boat separated away from the boat, raised higher than the step off landing, and dropped away from the step off landing. They helped us on the lifeboat then we were on our own - there was an older woman screaming in horror, I lost my footing and hit a corner with my shoulder (glad it wasn't my wife's head). A young Norwegian employee performed the sign of the cross and later put on a life vest (I got that on video). They ended up disconnecting the boat before it was full (separating one of the families) - they re-positioned the lifeboat on the other side of the ship to finish loading. There was a lot of pressure to get folks off that ship - but that was dangerous. The dude who cleaned our rooms was awesome - the folks who served us in the dining areas were great - customer service... not so much (they should plant some secret cruise testers to try to call the front desk from their rooms) Its not how low you go, its how far you fall - we were both so excited about our first cruise Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. I thought this cruise line was suppose to be good. I have traveled on cruises many, many times. I have never been on such a horrible trip. This trip had Nora virus on board. 3 days out all ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. I thought this cruise line was suppose to be good. I have traveled on cruises many, many times. I have never been on such a horrible trip. This trip had Nora virus on board. 3 days out all passengers had to go to the sun deck and walk around in front of Irish immigration people. Imagine over 2000 people doing that. One person threw up in front of the immigration people. No body cleaned it up or even put chairs over it so no one would walk threw it. As a result the disease rapidly spread. Many parts of the ship were closed due to the Nora virus. So no one was able to enjoy the facilities that they had paid for. The cruise was a second class cruise and not worth the money spent. The attitude of the crew kept going down and down as the trip went on. They were working all hours trying to stop the spread of the virus. They washed the walls down with a bleach solution. But the virus was in the carpet from people walking threw the vomit earlier. The ship was out of control. 3 days out on our cruise there were 27 sick people. At the end there were over a 1000. That was just passagers many of the crew were sick too. I got this information from the front desk. As for food, I ordered a steak in the main dining room. It was so tough and tasteless I could only eat a few bits. The service in the dining rooms was sparse and poor. The food overall was poor. We went to specialty restaurants. Their food was marginally better. At the end we had one specialty restaurant to go to which we had paid for. We did not bother, knowing the food would be poor. I was looking forward to good food but got marginal food. Our next door neighbor was thrown off the ship one port before Amsterdam. He had said he was going to the media about the ship. They came for him at 7:30 in the morning, an officer, photographer and a security guard. They said he was immediately to get off the ship. He told him he needed time to pack. They packed and then were told as he was escorted off the ship threw the crew passages "if they made a fuss they would get the Chinese to escort them off and they would hurt them." They had to pay themselves to get to the next port. The captain was out of line to do this. All they said was they would go the media about the cruise. In our country we have freedom of speech, I hope he does go to the media. You do not pay money to be abused and this was abuse of power. I cannot imagine going on another Norwegian cruise. It was unbelievably stressful to experience this. I truly was scared as to what would happen next and worried about my daughter's and my own safety as I had seen and heard to much. EJW Cabin 18008 Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Have cruised with NLC in the past. Never again- Ship was shabby Food average Entertainment was not good Service was lacking But most of all the virus going through the shop was gross- Dirty dishes in hall that sick people ... Read More
Have cruised with NLC in the past. Never again- Ship was shabby Food average Entertainment was not good Service was lacking But most of all the virus going through the shop was gross- Dirty dishes in hall that sick people put outside their rooms- Never getting a straight answer of what was going on- Couldn't wait to leave (Did not stay for the whole cruise) Both my Husband and Myself got sick. What a awful waste of money But the best part no one cared. Embarkation to Dublin was dangerous and not planned out at all This was nerve racking not a bit of pleasure on this cruise No one is looking for something for free but something should of been done this was a crime People work to hard for their money to be treated like this. This was supposed to be a trip of a life time What a joke. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
It had the itinerary we were looking for. This would be our 8th cruise with NCL. It was transatlantic and we find the six days at sea very relaxing. Unfortunately on the second day out a virus out break hit and many of the facilitys were ... Read More
It had the itinerary we were looking for. This would be our 8th cruise with NCL. It was transatlantic and we find the six days at sea very relaxing. Unfortunately on the second day out a virus out break hit and many of the facilitys were closed or restricted. It was kind of a disaster. My wife and I didn't get sick and that was a good thing. Now the two excursions we were looking forward to Dublin Ireland and London England turned out to be a disaster too. In Dublin you tender from the port of Dun Laoghaire, if you see that don't book. Tendering process was terrible. We lost so much time in the process we didn't get what I paid for. In London we were at the port of Tilbury . Same thing terrible process to get off the ship. Wound up with maybe 3hrs. in London but was dropped off far from the main tourist areas. Didn't get what I paid for there. It was a mess ship times changed from what was listed. Now to be fair the excursions at Cork, Ireland Le Havre, France and Bruges,Belgium were great. The dining rooms and specialty restaurants were fine. The cabin was ok and the crew we came across were friendly and helpful and restaurant service was great. For my part this is the second NCL cruise in row were I have left a little disappointed. Maybe river cruising would be better. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review April 28th - May 25th, 2019 If you’ve found this review to be helpful please remember to leave me a helpful thumbs up. Voyage 01: Transatlantic Eastbound (13 Day) April 28th - May 11th, 2019 NYC ... Read More
Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review April 28th - May 25th, 2019 If you’ve found this review to be helpful please remember to leave me a helpful thumbs up. Voyage 01: Transatlantic Eastbound (13 Day) April 28th - May 11th, 2019 NYC -> Cobh, Ireland -> Dun Laoghaire, Ireland -> Paris (Le Havre), France -> London (Tilbury), England -> Ghent (Zeebrugge), Belgium -> Amsterdam, Netherlands Voyage 02: Northern Europe (14 Day) May 11th - May 25th, 2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands -> Newhaven, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom -> Invergordon, Scotland, United Kingdom -> Bergen, Norway -> Flam, Norway -> Hellesylt/Geiranger, Norway -> Giant’s Causeway Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom -> Dublin, Ireland -> Rouen (Le Havre), France -> London (Tilbury), England -> Brugge (Zeebrugge), Belgium -> Amsterdam, Netherlands My words of wisdom for cruising with NCL: Don’t treat the crew like crap. The crew are people too. Check your onboard account daily. Listen to announcements and read the freestyle daily for information. History: I’m Platinum latitudes and this would be voyages 08 & 09 with NCL. I originally reserved this B2B voyage while I was on the Gem sailing (NY - Quebec, Sept 2018). Although I had this B2B under 1 reservation number, the Cruise Consulate was actually able to use 2 Cruise Next certificates to secure this booking. We had a previous good relationship as he also remembered me from previous voyages on the Breakaway. Originally I reserved an IB (Inside) category cabin for the 27 day voyage but I used 30,000 BoA NCL MC WorldPoints to upgrade to an OC Category cabin. Also at the time, since I booked an inside cabin I selected the 1 free offer of 4 speciality dining. I would complete the upgrade from IB to to OC as well as payments with my USAA TA. Once my upgrade was completed and I got my cabin assignment a bunch of things showed up in my account. That I didn’t expect, and I didn’t know what to make of it. What showed up is available in my (AMENITY INVOICE) An onboard spending credit of $200. Free $50 USD On-Board Credit Certificate Non -Refundable, QTY 2
Specialty Dining Package, QTY 2
Internet Package (250 Minutes or 1GB), QTY 1
Shore Excursions Promotional Credit, QTY 1
Latitude Reward program 30 min internet, QTY 2
120 Min Ship to Shore Phone Calls, QTY 1 In addition, I’m also an NCL Stockholder and I submitted my shareholder benefit application. $250 Onboard Credit per Stateroom on Sailings of 15 Days or More. $100 Onboard Credit per Stateroom on Sailings of 7 to 14 Days. However, on paper I received 2 ($100) on board credits instead of the $250 for a 27 day voyage. I called NCL to see if I could get the $250 credit but the person I spoke with said that their computer saw my reservation as 2 voyages although it was under the same reservation. He did also say that he would see what he could do when I ended the conversation. Built in 2006 and refurbished in 2017, this would be my 1st time on the Pearl, 3rd TA crossing and my 2nd east bound voyage and the last of all 4 of the Jewel class vessels in the NCL fleet (Jewel, Jade, Gem, Pearl). I would also be bringing along my Citizen Miami folding bike which I had done on previous voyages. Cabin review below. I found the food overall on this voyage to be very good. From the behind the scenes tour I found that they are on a 14 day rotating dinner menu. Typically I would start my day with breakfast in the Summer Palace MDR (4 juices (2 grapefruit, 1 orange, 1 cranberry), oatmeal, then a rotating entree choice). For lunch I would vary having lunch in a different restaurant location. For Dinner I alternated every other day in a speciality restaurant or the MDR Indigo and dining only once in the Lotus Garden. The food wasn’t bad in Lotus Garden but it wasn’t Chinese either. I was telling my cousin who joined us for the 2nd voyage that I think most of the food is 10% authentic and 90% cruise ship, meaning that don’t really expect german food when they say it’s a german buffet or when it’s a specific theme night with the exception of the Indian food in the buffet which was really surprisingly really good. I found all the shows to be entertaining. The aerialists on board were my favorite. I did get to see the NCL Pearl’s main production cast of singers and dancers perform their main acts 3 or 4 times. If you are going to see the same show, for a different perspective I suggest sitting in a different location then you sat in from the previous show. I also brought this up with the Production manager during the ship tour on ships entertainment outside of the production cast seems to be broken down to: magician, juggler, comedian, musician or hypnotist. She agreed that seems to be the entertainment spectrum. The lecturer they had on board during the TA was to talk about Ireland but was not really that interesting but good try. This ship in general I found to be in good condition. There were no major areas of the ship that needed to be worked on and I did all kinds of wandering around the ship. For a quite space to watch over the water head up to the Sun Deck, Deck 14, starboard side of the ship, and can be access only by 1 staircase. To get to the Sun Deck start yourself at the rock wall on Deck 13 and follow along the starboard side while walking towards the front of the ship then go up the stairs at mid ship. This area doesn’t get used a lot. The other quite place on board the ship is Deck 11 Port side and forward which is the “Bridge Viewing Area”. The “Bridge Viewing Area” is the same location on all Jewel class ships in NCL’s fleet. April 28th, 2019 - Boarding in NYC There were also 2 other NCL ships in NYC that day (NCL Jade & Escape). I remember I was walking with my bike in the ship terminal when I got to the checkin desk and handed my documents over. I’ve previously gotten questions about the bike, but the person behind the desk asked me if he had rented me a car from Avis a week ago, which in fact he had done. This was his 2nd job. I thought that encounter remarkable. Boarding in NY (April 28th) went pretty smoothly and we ended up having lunch in the O’Sheehan’s. They also turned Lotus Garden in to a baggage storage area so I was able park my bike there until our rooms were ready. Boarding in Amsterdam (May 11th) was a huge mess for everyone but me and perhaps those others doing the back to back (B2B). The crew did this huge cleaning and sanitizing when the ship arrived to Amsterdam. But since I was on a B2B voyage and in the same room they gave me a B2B sticker so I didn’t have to do anything and just skipped the boarding process in the terminal. I didn’t even wait for the all clear for rooms to be ready as my room was the same room and it was already ready. My cabin steward as well as the cabin steward next to him knew what was up when they saw me. While my Aunt and cousin who were boarding the Pearl in Amsterdam did have to wait in line to check-in, after biking around Amsterdam and returning to the ship I went back to my room and took a shower and a nap. I did take anything they didn’t want to hold while waiting in line back to my cabin. I believe the crew took extra time cleaning the ship so there was a long delay in having all the rooms ready which was unfortunate but necessary. April 29th - May 04th, 2019 - Sea Days We had our CC M&G in the Bliss Lounge and it was a pretty good turn out. I also did the behind the scenes ship tour which included trips to the MDR, ship laundry and theater which was very entertaining and I also assisted with the slot pull. There was an outbreak of either AGE or Noro Virus on this 1st voyage but I didn’t catch it. I always used the hand sanitizers when ever possible or appropriate but from previous voyages I knew to do that before, hence why I don’t thin I got sick. By day 4, the ship did implement their upgraded containment procedures to keep passengers safer as people didn’t seem to either listen or take it seriously. As a result in the MDR, silverware, napkins and menus were brought to the tables only after you sat down. In the buffet you could no longer server yourself, instead a crew member had to serve you the item, this included the beverage areas too. I didn’t have a problem with this. They were also able to do the immigration inspection for Ireland on day 5 in the Spinnaker lounge however on my previous TA crossing they did that too. Over the course of the voyage I also did as many activities as possible and like to think I came to know the CD staff on this voyage pretty well. CD Pedro & Assistant CD Tiara CD Staff: Paul (Transferred from the Jade on April 28th), Cathryn, William, Gabby, Firat, Monica, MariAnna, Taz, Tracy, MariAnna, Katerina (on 2nd voyage which was her very 1st voyage), Facia (on 1st voyage but not 2nd) and Yasmine By random chance, I kept on running in to Captain Paul at dinner in the speciality restaurants, he and his party kept being seated at the table next to mine. Captain Paul von Knorring now calls Florida home but is originally from Helsinki, Finland. On the 2nd to last day of the 2nd voyage in Zeebrugge (May 24th) I ran in to Captain Paul on land. Captain Paul was with his wife and they were dressed like any other tourist from the ship but we recognized each other right away. Captain Paul remarked that he was impressed to just find out that I had brought my bicycle with me all this time. On May 05th, upon arrival to our first destination Cork, Ireland, I had booked a NCL ships excursion to visit Blarney Castle. It was a good excursion and yes I did kiss the Blarney stone. That all being said the next day, I was going over my onboard account and noticed that I got double the Shore Excursion Credit ($50 * 2) for the excursion. I couldn’t figure out why that happened. But then it happened again in Lehavre, France (May 08th) and again in Zeebrugge, Belgium (May 10th) for the NCL excursion. So even if the excursion was less then $100, NCL still gave me $100 per excursion. Unfortunately that was only on the 1st voyage. On the 2nd voyage I think the Shore Excursion people caught on to that mistake and only gave me the regular single $50 credit for each NCL excursion. Towards the end of the 2nd voyage, I stopped by and asked the shore excursion people why I was getting double shore excursion credit on the previous voyage and they also couldn’t figure out why but left the double credit in place. My ending balance on the 1st voyage was around -$223.40 and I was worried that negative balance wouldn't transfer to the next cruise so I went to the casino and charged $195 to my onboard account. The casino charges 3% for the transaction but I ended up winning an additional $130 playing ultimate texas holdem so that worked out. On May 06th we were in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, which is a suburb of Dublin. This was a tender port and May 06th happened to also be a holiday (Mayday). I had nothing planned that day but I did have my bike. I had been to Dublin in May 2017 and also planned to visit Dublin on our next voyage (May 20th). But I’d never been to Dun Laoghaire before, so my plan was to ride around Dun Laoghaire on my bike. Apparently, while the ship was scheduled to arrive @ 8:00AM, people thought that they could get off at 8:00AM and as such began queuing up in the stairwell before 8:00AM. There were numerous, NUMEROUS announcements to not queue in the main stairwell and that they were also passing out tender tickets. I had gone to get one but being platinum I knew that I didn’t need one, but I also knew that I should try to be the 1st one off of the ship. No one that was standing in the main stairwell paid any attention to any of the announcements from CD Pedro nor did they follow any of the instructions from NCL staff present. Around 10:00AM I went to have a look at the main stairwell, walking up from deck 5 to deck 7 and found the queue which began on deck 4 and went all the way up to deck 7 and then extending towards the Lotus Garden both impressive and disturbing. While I didn’t count, it was literally wall to wall people compressed together trying to be the first off. I think each tender will hold 100 people and each tender takes 1 hour to complete it’s journey. You can do the math. What I realized was that for tendering operations NCL will give priority disembarkation in the following manner: 01) NCL Ships excursions
02) Haven guests
03) Gold and above latitude members 04) General Tender ticket holders (01 - 50) 05) Anyone Rather then wait in a queue on the stairs I just did normal stuff (breakfast and then trivia @ 9:15AM) until I heard the announcement that (Anyone) could get off which was around 11:00AM. I believe and understand that for the majority of the people on this voyage that: - they were unaware this would be a tender port, - they were unaware this would not be in Dublin city, - this was there only chance to visit Dublin, - they had booked their own shore excursion and were planning on meeting their guid/group at a certain time, - it was a 30 minute tender trip from the Pearl to land and then 30 minutes to get from land back to the Pearl I too was also unaware that May 06th was a holiday (Mayday), or that every tender from the Pearl was required to also have a local escort for each tender from the Pearl to the harbor and then escort the tender back out of the harbor. At 11:00AM I heard the announcement from CD Pedro that I could get off so I went back to my cabin, got my bike and changed to my riding gear. By 11:15 I was on a tender with my bike and by 12:00PM I was on land and riding around Dun Laoghaire. I had a great time in Dun Laoghaire. I followed the heritage trail to the James Joyce Tower and Museum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joyce_Tower_and_Museum which also happened to be free admission that day so I went in and up. I then rode on to the Obelisk on top of, Killiney Hall Park http://archiseek.com/2014/1742-obelisk-killiney-hill-co-dublin/ On my way back to the harbor from the Obelisk, I stopped at a red light when a huge group of hundreds of cyclists passed by me. They were all on a family fun ride so I just joined them and they ended up showing me the bike paths of Dun Laoghaire which happen to run parallel to the train tracks. 4 hours later I was back at the tender pickup point. I had a great time in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. I had a very good time on this 1st voyage but a great time on the 2nd voyage. There was a lot of negative energy on the 1st voyage. There were many also many sea days. On the 2nd voyage that included a similar itinerary but aded 4 stops in Norway the negative energy that was present on the 1st voyage seemed to have gotten off in Amsterdam and we had really perfect weather for every stop on the 2nd voyage. There were also very few sea days. Our only tender port on the 2nd voyage was in Edinborough, Scotland (May 13th) but that went smoothly as they were using tenders from the port and it also wasn’t a holiday. I got a lot of use out of my bicycle on both voyages and highly recommended you giving bringing a helmet and bicycle on your next voyage. Holland America is the only line that has a ban on all bicycles. Our one bad NCL ships excursion was in Rouen (Le Havre), France where it would have been much better if the guide had provided or used a microphone and wireless headset system as they had been used in the other ports. Lastly, since I’m platinum I’m entitled to a free bag of laundry, per voyage. However on my 2nd voyage I needed to go down to the front desk to have them correct the laundry charge for that voyage. In general I had a great time. The 2nd voyage was better then the 1st and I really enjoyed most of the destinations we went to and would do it again. The crew did a fantastic job and it’s always good to see relatives that I don’t get to see often. If you have any questions, please feel free to look up my account and see in which topic I’ve posted to recently and write me a msg there. Remember if you’ve found this review to be helpful please remember to leave me a helpful thumbs up. Safe travels! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
From the min. We boarded to the time we departed all we did was try and not get sick . We did not want to miss the different ports of call , We ended up mostly staying in our cabin except to go on the excursions and eat. What a waste ... Read More
From the min. We boarded to the time we departed all we did was try and not get sick . We did not want to miss the different ports of call , We ended up mostly staying in our cabin except to go on the excursions and eat. What a waste of getting to know and see the ship . Generally we ate only in the Resturant’s for our meals . We stayed away from buffet in fear of catching the virus that was spreading rapidly around the ship . The captain threatened to kick anyone who was sick and caught roaming the ship off at the next port . If I hear Washy Washy one more time !¥£€$#@##$ . When I asked the crew if more were getting sick they just looked at me and shook their heads . Our excursions were either delayed or cut short . We had little time if any to eat or shop , We waited 20 mins on three excursions for people to come back to the bus only to leave them . I would give a “ 3 “ to most of our excursions. (Except for when we had to tender 20mins coming and going and they only had 2 tenders to start ) we lost an hour and half on this one .this would receive a “ 0 “ I did however feel sorry for all the shore excursion crew , they did try very hard to help the passengers . We did have many people on our 11th floor ILL .Saw the medical crew many times in our hallways . Got to know them in passing . Our idea of a fun cruise was not sitting in our room day and night . Who ever brought this on the ship thanks . Or was it on the ship before we boarded .????? Again thanks !!!! Being that people were getting sick from day one I might believe it was there when we boarded .... We never did see any entertainment . This was not what you would call a fun cruise experience. We did get to see Ireland ,France.London, and Brussels . Mainly because we stayed in our room and avoided contact with people . We have been on NCL Many times . Alaska . Panama Canal , west Coast . Hawaii 3 times Caribbean . Plus many more . NCL was our favorite line to cruise until now ..... Note : We were celebrating our 41 st anniversary Only one last thing to say. .............. WASHY. WASHY ...... Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I chose the cruise for the itinerary. I was traveling with my 80 year old mother and we really liked the ports. Both of us are well traveled but never could we have expected such a disaster of a cruise. I can let the terrible weather ... Read More
I chose the cruise for the itinerary. I was traveling with my 80 year old mother and we really liked the ports. Both of us are well traveled but never could we have expected such a disaster of a cruise. I can let the terrible weather not bother me. Or even find fun in the 50 mPH winds with 30degree F wind chill. That’s Mother Nature and what can you do. Since we didn’t get sea sick it was almost calming feeling the sway. But unfortunately that was not the case for many. I feel we had an experienced captain who thinks it’s ok to threaten everyone that he will throw you off the ship if you don’t do what he says. I also feel that based on the fact that I heard the number of sick people by day 3 was 27 and by day 10 was over 1000 of the 2500 passengers. Even if it was your traveling companion sick you too were quarantined to your cabin. They ACTUALLY sent in these poor crew members dressed in hazmat type gear to clean up after these sick people. I’m very sure the cruise company made a lot of money by forcing people to see the ship doctor at $200 minimum a visit. Even room service is an extra charge at $7.95 per person if you use it and that is per time you use it. I was told Norwegian doesn’t like seeing dirty dishes in the hallways, so this stops people from ordering in the middle of night. So no dishes in hallways, but there were ALWAYS cleaning carts blocking halls. You are also not allowed to bring even a water bottle on board. The crew will happily make you pour it out. They lie and say it’s security like at the airport. But that is a lie. It’s to force passengers to do it one way only and that's to spend on Norwegian. This company is a bunch of people acting like Natzi’s and risking our lives from poor cleaning, poor security and a crew that liked to bully passengers. Even if an announcement was very very important they weren’t smart enough to have it in every room instead only in some. It’s their way of keeping the passengers in the dark. The excursion company that Norwegian used is more than awful. Plus in Dublin since my excursion was in the afternoon and you had to use your excursion tickets as your tender ticket, the Pearl crew would not let me off early to go into Dublin. Since my excursion was in the countryside, I didn’t get to see ANY of Dublin. They wouldn’t let us off the ship. People also got hurt on tenders due to not having caring staff helping people get on and off. If I hadn’t. Even there for my 80 year old mother I’m sure she would have fallen. I’m Le Havre the Security was a joke. The terminal staff left promptly at their end of shift regardless of people standing in line to get packages, purses and bags scanned, and for people to walk through scanners. Norwegian let more than 50 people just walk on like it didn’t matter. In FRANCE!! Are they kidding me. Even things like broken locks on doors to balcony’s didn’t matter. I reported my two locks broken 8 times. Nothing in mini fridge and was accused if asking for an empty mini bar. It took 5 days to get mini bar partially filled. Was told by cabin steward that no Diet Pepsi was available for mini bars but bar manager said it would be filled. I got used to three things being a constant comment from the guest relations staff. One-just lie, two, say you don’t know, and three just say no. Not one map of one town or any info was included in nightly program like on every other cruise line. This cruise line is cheap and even if you have a mini suite you get the same amenities as a inside cheaper room. Sure there are free packages for drinks but the tipping for two people on this so called free drink package was in excess of $550 total for 2. Then there is extra tipping on the so called free specialty restaurants. They just keep asking for more money and gave less quality, less everything! I probably would have saved by going on a more expensive cruise line then with all the nickel and diming Norwegian does. We were given one of those really small bars of soap for two people to share for 13nights. Even when it fell into pieces we weren’t given a new one. Many days we couldn’t even get a bath mat for the tub/shower. And forget getting more than one body, one hand and one wash cloth for towels per person. No way no how. Do not go on this line for any reason. Even though we were treated like crap and it was our first cruise with Norwegian, they treated people who had spent more than 150 nights traveling with them worse. What a horrible company!! Read Less
41 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My 60th present too myself. A week on QM2. So excited. Room lovely and cabin crew and waitress in dining room lovely. Loved the fact that they had gentlemen dancers for the ladies to dance with in the Queens ballroom. However I felt so ... Read More
My 60th present too myself. A week on QM2. So excited. Room lovely and cabin crew and waitress in dining room lovely. Loved the fact that they had gentlemen dancers for the ladies to dance with in the Queens ballroom. However I felt so let down. It was mediocre. The food was O.K but not special,I've eaten better on P&O cruise ships. The entertainment was dismal. Pub quiz,talks about boring topics, quartets or harpist. No fun. No shows in the evening. No dancers, singers etc. Just 2 nights with Mark Preston, a guy from the 60's Lettermans, never heard of him but he was a good singer for an hour. This is not what I expected from CUNARD. Drink prices are supposed to be on par with bar prices. £9.00 for a g&t, £35.00 for a bottle of cheapest wine. EXPENSIVE from start to finish.I was so disappointed with my time on QM2. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I always wanted to sail from New York to Southampton. What better the the only liner.. the QM2. I was given a chance to upgrade to queens grill. Wonderful. This made the experience far better. Great dining in the queens grill ... Read More
I always wanted to sail from New York to Southampton. What better the the only liner.. the QM2. I was given a chance to upgrade to queens grill. Wonderful. This made the experience far better. Great dining in the queens grill restaurant..beautiful suite....but not 5 star.... in the restaurant at breakfast a waiter brought a platter of pastries and never came back to offer more, same at lunch and dinner with rolls. If you wanted more coffee you had to ask. The gym was well appointed but many machines were out of order. At night mats were placed by the bed but last night it was missed. On departure day the bathroom was stripped of soap even though we had not finished with the room. Very inconsistent service. Cunard have a strict dress code and tell people not to use the facilities below deck 7 when not properly attired. Many people who did not dress for dinner were seen wandering around. Not 5 star. Overall we enjoyed ourselves but once is enough Disembarked which was a shambles and there were no porters to help with luggage. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
This review is for the last leg of the world cruise, New York to Southampton, 8 nights. I have sailed twice on Queen Mary 2 doing westbound transatlantics, this time the timing on QV fit my schedule better. Overall summary I loved the ... Read More
This review is for the last leg of the world cruise, New York to Southampton, 8 nights. I have sailed twice on Queen Mary 2 doing westbound transatlantics, this time the timing on QV fit my schedule better. Overall summary I loved the ship and the experience on QV. My balcony stateroom was perfect, and as described on the Cunard website. thanks to new matresses during the refit, the bed was extremely comfortable...tough to get going in the morning! I love QM2 but I have to say that there are parts of Queen Victoria that I like more. For example, the Commodore Club is a really fantastic room, much better views than QM2. The music provided by pianist Carl Nuschi just pushed it over the top for me. I was there for pre and post dinner drinks every night. Got to know the staff too, who were great. And the wait staff at all the bars do it right: attentive but no pushy like so many cruise lines. Also love the lido deck, with the open feel of the Pavillion pool, the very easy to get around buffet, the winter garden and finally the aft pool. So many comfortable spots. Food was very good in the Lido and Brittania dining room. I dined in the Verandah one night did find it to be another notch up. Enrichment is another thing that Cunard excels at. We had several really interesting speakers including Terry Waite. Fantastic. I loved every day on board and was very sad to have to get off! Read Less

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