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Sail Date: May 2014

Enjoyed a cruise in mid-May that left from Seattle ,Washington and went to three Alaskan ports and also a visit to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Awesome trip..... the staff of the cruise ship are VERY attentive, I don't think I ... Read More

Enjoyed a cruise in mid-May that left from Seattle ,Washington and went to three Alaskan ports and also a visit to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Awesome trip..... the staff of the cruise ship are VERY attentive, I don't think I have ever been asked so many times, how things were going? Is there anything you need? Are you enjoying your cruise? The staff were very intune to cruisers needs and did a great job making sure everything was good. The shore excursions were fun , very educational and enlightening . The disembarkation was easy every day, lines move along quickly and you were off the ship and ready to sightsee without any problems. Embarkation was just as easy in Seattle, as every day in the ports. The lines moved along and the the process was easy. I had only been on one cruise before, but it has definitely made me want to go on another cruise. The freestyle dining is okay, the food was good, nothing that special. The Japanese restaurant on board the ship was excellent and the food was delicious there. Food was certainly not a problem since there are many places on board to eat that didn't cost extra. I would definitely recommend the Norwegian Jewel for a cruise.

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Sail Date: June 2011
I cruised to Alaska on June 11, 2011 by NCL - Pearl.

My experience with NCL - Pearl specific to the food and seating was very disappointing. Food quality was not great; not tasty; did not want to go for the second serve; tables ... Read More

I cruised to Alaska on June 11, 2011 by NCL - Pearl.

My experience with NCL - Pearl specific to the food and seating was very disappointing. Food quality was not great; not tasty; did not want to go for the second serve; tables ran out; we had to walk and take food to other decks constantly; dining areas were overly crowded; tables were unclean; waiters were working quietly - as if just doing their routine job - no smile in their face as if forced to work. Long wait for getting dining tables booked inspite of freestyle dining programs. One good thing they offered pagers! The chefs were not as great as Carnival or Disney. Overall I give "D" grade to NCL when I give B+ to Carnival and A+++ to Disney.

The mini suite interior was good but dusty, I saw accumulated dust on the TV and cabinets all seven nights! The cabin steward was ok; at least attempted to talk to me once or twice. Honestly I hardly saw them in the deck for one or two occassions only!!! In comparison to Disney and carnival, I used to see the cabin steward almost all the time working very hard and greeting me all the time until the last day!!!! There were only few TV channels for the kids and it was disappointing. Diney and carnival had several channels!!!!

The pizza was not available 24 hours; had to wait for very long time; chocholate mike ran out quickly; was never replaced. Dessers ran out quickly, never rplaced. Late diners dispponted with cold, tepid food, did not stay warm.

Full A+++ grading for the embarkation process...no dobut NCL Rocks here!!!!

That was quick and well arranged!

Final note: Unless I see a dramatic improvement, I dont recommend NCL for rest and relaxation! If you have a good budget and want to enjoy your life try Diney and Celebrity. With moderate budget try Royal caribbean, Princess, Carnival.....

NCL???? A big NO NO....not worth it, dont waste your money and importantly your vacation!!!!

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