4 San Francisco Norwegian Pearl Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise on NCL and we were totally delighted. The cabin steward spoke with us by name from our first meeting, always smiling & happy, our room was kept discreetly tidy, and the towel animals were always fun to see ... Read More
This was our first cruise on NCL and we were totally delighted. The cabin steward spoke with us by name from our first meeting, always smiling & happy, our room was kept discreetly tidy, and the towel animals were always fun to see each evening. The food selection was more than we could have anticipated, extremely pleased with the choices. The entertainment was the best; Tim the comedian, Jim the piano playing comedian (including the "CATS" references), and Dennis the guitar playing singer. The multi talented crew members also kept us entertained with their top notch talent. And speaking of the crew, there were several that went beyond the call of duty, always pleasant, helpful, and gracious. Disembarkation could not have been easier! I would definitely recommend NCL, cleanliness is paramount in preventing infection and they definitely stepped up to the plate. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our 4th cruise with NCL. We boarded in Vancouver and spent a wonderful 21 days with the Pearl and her staff. The ship was clean. The public areas were well tended and the public bathrooms were always clean and in good working ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise with NCL. We boarded in Vancouver and spent a wonderful 21 days with the Pearl and her staff. The ship was clean. The public areas were well tended and the public bathrooms were always clean and in good working order. The staff, from kitchen to housekeeping to fitness center could not have been more welcoming, kind, enthusiastic and helpful. Our cabin was adequate but there were times when it was a bit noisy because of the music drifting up from one of the venues. There was one problem with our shower door and I let our steward know. The door was repaired within a few hours. Food choices were overwhelming.If you could not find something to please your appetite you didn't look hard enough. Entertainment was varied and wonderful. The Pearl dance troop, singers and band were top notch. They left us singing and dancing on the way back to our cabin. Ports of call were interesting and the staff did a great job at the Panama Canal with a documentary film and an on board commentator throughout the journey through the canal. On the con side, I wish there were more enrichment opportunities, not sales pitches. Those became so annoying that I refused to purchase anything from any of the onboard vendors. There should have been more complementary gym classes. The fees for the classes were outrageous. In summary, this was a great cruise and we will be sailing with NCL again. The cost of the trip was significantly less than it would have been with any other carrier I researched. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We have cruised Norwegian Sun, Pearl and Getaway. On the Pearl, we started our cruise in Vancouver. Embarking went very quickly and efficiently. The Pearl was a great ship with friendly, helpful people. The food was tasty and hot. ... Read More
We have cruised Norwegian Sun, Pearl and Getaway. On the Pearl, we started our cruise in Vancouver. Embarking went very quickly and efficiently. The Pearl was a great ship with friendly, helpful people. The food was tasty and hot. We ate at both the dining rooms and the buffets as some of the menus were repeating and towards the end, we ate so much and drank so much that we just did not want a full meal. The staff we would give cudos to are: Dierga, Irna and Lady were just great in the Indigo. Along with this would go a special thank you to Whitney who made sure we always were in their corner. Lincoln was our cabin stewart and he was great. Always smiling, always helpful. Our excursions were better than expected. Tendering was very slow. There was a lot of entertainment, but not excessively noisy or intrusive. There were quiet zones for us who like quiet. Some things I noted on the note to the Hotel Manager of the ship were: The 'hub' area that held the guest services, credit service, tour excursions was extremely noisy when a movie or entertainer was in progress making conversation less than great. We liked the internet station was in a reasonable quiet zone. Of course the price of wifi will always be a sore point. Cars using satellite wifi are cheaper but obviously we don't know the whole story. When summoned to the Theatre for excursions, I suggested an overhead of the actual excursion ticket with the number circled be shown for guests who do not speak English or have never cruised before. Showing them where to look would cause less concern. Then while calling the number and name of excursion, list all that have been called in the past, again for those who can not understand and have never gone through the process. Also, keep the dialogue between announcements to a minimum. The Pearl was our best ship. Sun came next and last was the Getaway. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Overall this was a great cruise. This was our second cruise on the Pearl and our 8th cruise with NCL. The itinerary was great with the canal being the highlight and Columbia being a close second. All the crew were outstanding. The ... Read More
Overall this was a great cruise. This was our second cruise on the Pearl and our 8th cruise with NCL. The itinerary was great with the canal being the highlight and Columbia being a close second. All the crew were outstanding. The ship was always very clean and well maintained. The food is mostly very blan with not enough spicing (we forgot to bring our spices with us this time and we knew what to expect). The flounder is the best choice in the dining rooms (it is spiced very nicely). The fish is very good every where. The burgers were always excellent. The LeBistro serves excellent food, wish we could have eaten there every day. The food presentation and temperature was almost always perfect in the dining rooms. Great entertainment, totally loved the hypnotist shows, Nadeen was outstanding. The 3 Diva's and Legends shows were excellent. The drinks were very good. The embarkation in San Francisco was very good, much better than Miami. We did not play in the casino but walking through the casino did show they did a great job of reducing second hand smoke. We went on shore excursions in most ports and had fun in every port Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Norwegian Pearl Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 3.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 1.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.1
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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