897 Seattle Norwegian Pearl Cruise Reviews

I stayed in the Haven, which was decent from a cabin perspective as the upgrades are nice. The upgraded services weren’t really that useful in that the “butler” was a bit slow and difficult to understand, so we didn't engage him ... Read More
I stayed in the Haven, which was decent from a cabin perspective as the upgrades are nice. The upgraded services weren’t really that useful in that the “butler” was a bit slow and difficult to understand, so we didn't engage him often. The concierge was responsive, but I ended up using the IConcierge app for my reservations, etc. The ports of call (Ketchikan (Alaska); Juneau (Alaska); Skagway (Alaska); Victoria (British Columbia) were great as were the excursion offerings. We also spent time in each city walking around and talking to locals, which was educational in itself. As with any ports of call, local shop prices will tend to be higher and I didn’t find any unique items. So if you see something nice, pull up your amazon app or google it and save yourself some money. Overall the cruise was extremely relaxing, the cabin was excellent and everyone had a great time. The highlight for us was the glaciers and enjoying the view. There are plenty of activities and entertainment for those periods where the ship is not at port. The boat was very clean and has a little bit of an intimate feeling as we ran into and talked with a lot of people. Not many children onboard as this cruise seems to attract a more mature crowd. We dined at the buffet and some of the specialty food services such as La Cucina, Moderno (Brazilian style Churrascaria) and Cagney’s (Steakhouse) and all were extremely good with excellent service. My stewardess was absolutely incredible and extremely attentive. It’s amazing how one person could really enhance the overall experience. Generally speaking, every staff member we interacted with was very friendly and will to assist or just talk. I would recommend this cruise and I would go again, as would the people in my party. The only negative was that I kept getting charged two days after the cruise without any detailed explanation or invoice and no notations on my account on NCL. I ended up having to call to make corrections. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We haven't been on a cruise in 15 years mostly because I didn't have fond memories of the last one we went on (also a Norwegian cruise), but we wanted to see Alaska and couldn't think of a better way to see it. This has ... Read More
We haven't been on a cruise in 15 years mostly because I didn't have fond memories of the last one we went on (also a Norwegian cruise), but we wanted to see Alaska and couldn't think of a better way to see it. This has cured me of wanted to go on a cruise again. And, this was not an inexpensive vacation, so it was overall disappointing. First, I will say the staff and crew work incredibly hard to make sure you are comfortable and entertained. It's just that the entertainment was mostly designed for an older crowd and centered around selling, selling, selling you Norwegian products. I felt like I was in a 7-day time-share sales pitch. Or, an episode of Golden Corral R Us. You are stuck on the boat for 1 and a half days to start out with activities like shuffleboard, bingo (for a cost), knitting/crocheting, learning the foxtrot, a casino, and tips on booking your next cruise. Then again, at the end of the cruise, you are stuck for another day with more of the same. We had a mid-ship mini-suite with a balcony, and the room was the best part of the cruise. It was not super-spacious, but didn't make us feel claustrophobic. Plenty of storage. The bed was horrifically firm, so my back was not happy about that. But, our cabin steward was wonderful and did a great job cleaning up the room.. So, there were a lot of older people on this cruise, which is fine and expected, but most of them, it seems, had purchased the ultimate drink package, and they fully intended to get their money's worth. Seriously, some of these people started drinking the minute they boarded and proceeded to say soused the entire time - some got meaner and more aggressive the more they drank. Dining was an experience. Most people chose the Garden Café for breakfast and lunch as it had a buffet and was the easiest choice. While they had plenty of options on the buffet, it seemed to be leftovers from the previous night's dining choices. I realized they were feeding over 3000 people on the ship, but the food wasn't great in the complimentary dining venues. And the decorum of some of the passengers left a lot to be desired - people were up there in house slippers and onesies. Plus. there was never enough seating in the Garden Café for all the people who were in there at a time, so we mainly opted to carry our food back to our room to eat. We tried 3 of the specialty restaurants - Teppanyaki, La Cucina, and Moderno. They were actually quite good and much better than the main dining rooms. Moderno was probably the busiest, so I'd suggest making a reservation before you embark. We would have like to have had more time in a couple of the ports. Seems like we had the longest amount of time in Skagway, which was the least impressive as far as the actual town. Ketchican and Victoria, BC, were both more interesting, but we had half a day in Ketchican and didn't arrive in Victoria until 6:00 at night. For shore excursions, we chose the Whale Watch and Glacier tour in Juneau. The whale watch was good, but I don't think you need the glacier part since you see lots of glaciers when the ship goes into glacier bay. In Skagway, we chose the 4x4 mountain driving that was the highlight of our trip. However, keep in mind that you have to take a 45-minute ferry to a small town, then a 25-minute bus trip, to where you do this excursion. So, you are only driving the 4x4 for about an hour. They do feed you an excellent lunch, though. In Ketchican, we chose the Lumberjack Show - it was like a Disney version of lumberjacks, and you should save your money. In Victoria, we paid a taxi driver to show us the island (not cruise-sponsored), and he did an excellent job of hitting the highlights and suggesting a wonderful dinner restaurant. THat was well-worth the $180 he charged and enabled us to see lots of the island before it got dark at 8:30 or so. We were glad we got to see Alaska and Victoria, BC, and we enjoyed our short stay in Seattle prior to the cruise. However, we would not go on this cruise again, and probably not any cruise in the foreseeable future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise as we had 12 other family members that were going and my sister had arranged a group rate. I wasn't that excited about the cruise as I am definitely not a water person. I was excited to spend the quality time ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had 12 other family members that were going and my sister had arranged a group rate. I wasn't that excited about the cruise as I am definitely not a water person. I was excited to spend the quality time with family. We live north of Seattle but we had people in our group from all over the United States. Overall, the cruise experience was way better than I anticipated. We bid on an upgrade a couple of weeks before departure and we got it! It was worth every penny. I have to say that the advantages of having a balcony cannot be overstated. Getting on and off the ship went quick and was very easy. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Once we were on the ship, we received amazing service from a young man named Keith who ended up providing excellent service throughout the entire cruise. He remembered our names from the first day on. Our luggage made it to our cabin in a timely manner. Our cabin steward, Moe, was awesome. Very friendly and respectful of our time. Many of the activities we participated in were in the Spinnaker Lounger. We had a blast at the Newlywed game, Battle of the Sexes and the Perfect Couple. We also enjoyed 70's night. 80's night was great once the DJ took over. The live music was good but limited to what they could sing and most of the band members probably weren't even alive in the 80's. We attended the magic show and the comedian. Both were very enjoyable and very entertaining. We planned to play games and were excited to see that there was a game room. Unfortunately, the game room is a quiet room and you can't have drinks. We ended up spending our "game" time in the Maltings bar. It made do for our large group. The buffet food was pretty good but we enjoyed the offerings in the restaurants more. We took my parents to the Brazilian Steakhouse one night and it was amazing. We also did room service for one breakfast and found it less than mediocre. We didn't do any excursions but found plenty to do once in port. The tram in Juneau was ok but a bit of a rip off for $34 per person. The jewelry store gigs got boring really fast and it's very apparent that the cruise lines have some sort of interest in separating you from your money in the jewelry stores. If your time is worth anything to you, don't fall for the freebies. Besides having fun with family, our favorite part of the cruise was seeing the glaciers in Glacier Bay. The captain did an amazing job of getting us up close and personal. I am not sure we would do the Alaska cruise again but I would definitely go on a cruise if the opportunity arises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I had a free cruise opportunity, I chose Pearl over the Bliss because it had Glacier Bay on the itenery . NCL docks in Downtown Seattle so we were able to visit some shops and ride the Seattle wheel after dropping out bags before boarding ... Read More
I had a free cruise opportunity, I chose Pearl over the Bliss because it had Glacier Bay on the itenery . NCL docks in Downtown Seattle so we were able to visit some shops and ride the Seattle wheel after dropping out bags before boarding the ship. We had a forward ocean view room which was great a nice big window. We rarely saw our room steward, but he did everything we asked him to and the room was very clean. Since this was my first cruise as a Platinum with NCL we took the ship's tour the morning of our first Sea day. David the Cruise consultant led the tour and did a great job. He also helped us out answering any questions we had throughout the entire cruise. We had great weather no rain until the last day of the cruise. The seas were a little rough the first night, but smooth after about 2 pm on the first sea day until the end of the cruise. We ate dinner at Cagney's. Moderno, Lotus Garden and both of the MDR's. The food and service was good at all though the service at Moderno was exceptional (The Captain and a Coast Guard inspection team were at the table next to us). We had gotten glass drinking straws for our cruise since NCL no longer gives out plastic straws. One day at Breakfast my friend left her straw at the table. Our Waiter Eugene saved the straw and got it out to give back to us the next evening when we stopped in for dinner. My only issue with dining was that breakfast in all locations seemed pretty plain and bland. The entertainment on the ship was good for our needs. THere was a production show Variety Plus, and they dancers also performed at various cruise activites throughout the week. There was an Elvis impersonator show where the dancers also danced. There was also a magician (OK funny but nothing great), Tim Kaminski a pretty good comedian, and Nicolla Ward a very good singer who was OK at her evening show but really good in the matinee show on the last day of the cruise. The cruise director staff was very friendly and did make the routine events fun. Coming from the East Coast we were usually beat by 10 Pm (1am our time) so we had did not partake in later evening events until the last 2 days. Shore Excursions were OK. The Tram is Juneau is a must do we had no lines being that it was near the end of the season. Most stores on all Alaska ports had everything half price since the season was almost over. White Pass Railroad is another must do. It was OK If it had been half the cost I would say it was great but I am not sure if it was worth what it cost. The Rainforest Sanctuary in Ketchtican was really great we had a great guide and saw lots of need stuff. Glacier Bay was Amazing. Worth the entire trip. I can't really put it into words but it is Awesome. We stayed onboard in Victoria, It was the one rainy day on the cruise. We sat in the lounge listening to the string trio and watching the busses come and go and saw people trying to stay dry. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I had cruised Norwegian a long time ago and, having lived in Orlando for 8 years, done quite a few Carnival and Royal Caribbean trips out of Port Canaveral. My general understanding of Norwegian's quality was that it was better than ... Read More
I had cruised Norwegian a long time ago and, having lived in Orlando for 8 years, done quite a few Carnival and Royal Caribbean trips out of Port Canaveral. My general understanding of Norwegian's quality was that it was better than Carnival, but below Royal Caribbean (though their quality has not been what it once was). We picked this cruise as a backup solution. We had planned an Oregon (specifically Crater Lake) hiking trip but the smoke from the forest fires was making it a waste of time and money. About 10 days before I started looking for alternatives and found a 7 day Alaska Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl. It seemed perfect. I could get a balcony at a reasonable price and we'd get the Free at Sea package (free drink package + 3 nights of dining at their specialty restaurants and $100 to spend onboard). By the time I called, 2 days later, I was told I could no longer have the free at sea package. They would still sell me the balcony room, but there would be no drink package, dining or on board spending. I probably should've realized something was up then, but I didn't think it would be such a big deal. We're not big drinkers and you don't HAVE to pay to dine, so I booked it. Of course, it became apparent once on board that we were part of a VERY small minority without such perks and therefore started to feel like second class cruisers. The cruise mostly went smoothly. The ship itself is a nice size, not so big that you feel lost in the masses but not so small that you find yourself bored. The bowling alley is cute though it was just one more thing that cost "just a little bit" extra and all those extras add up. The itinerary was amazing. Alaska is gorgeous. The staff were ok. The room steward did his job well if without ever actually bumping into us. Our ice bucket seemed to only get filled on nights we didn't want to use it, but that's a minor thing. The bar staff varied greatly. We had a really great bar tender up in the Sugar Cane Lounge (near the fancy restaurants) but bar tenders elsewhere would refuse to make my drink of choice because they hadn't made it before, or others would oblige and then charge it as a "premium" cocktail despite using house gin. I didn't feel like we really got to know any of them which is odd for a 7 day cruise. I will say that the food was better than on a Carnival or even Royal Caribbean cruise. It was only slightly better in the free dining options (the Main dining room, O'Sheehan's and the Lotus Garden) but MUCH better in the two restaurants we tried (Cagney's and Moderno). You clearly get a discount for being on the boat (neither night cost more than $100) so I'd say they're worth it. The entertainment was good, though I felt they had one too many solo singer shows and not enough full cast broadway style numbers. As far as I can tell, it was one full production and three solo singers which seemed an odd mix. A lot of their lounge/bar entertainment was really fantastic though. Lots of truly talented people. Last, and perhaps most importantly, is the spa. We booked a couples "Bath Ritual & Swedish Massage" for the first at sea day. First, the spa staff were not at all helpful or welcoming. It was clearly an imposition on them that we wished to book something. When we arrived for our service they weren't ready. We spent 30 minutes waiting in the lobby while the staff studiously ignored us. When we finally got in to the spa itself, we both had lockers that malfunctioned. Mine wouldn't lock and my husband's wouldn't unlock (there's irony there somewhere). Next, the bath was so hot it actually burned my husband. I don't know how the two staff members could have thought it was at a reasonable temperature. As soon as we made them actually test the water, they rushed to try and drain and then cool the bath, but even they couldn't stand to put their hand in to grab the drain so it was a slow arduous process involving bowls. We spent another 20 minutes sitting around awkwardly in our swimsuits while they struggled to adjust the bath. It was a bit late at that point. I was flustered and now hot, the bath was still HOT but at least not too hot to stand and the tub itself was terribly uncomfortable. Save your money and just get the massage. I thought they might offer us some sort of discount or credit as an apology, but no compensation was offered and I wasn't going to ask. The massages themselves were great and I had almost forgotten the fiasco until the end of the cruise when I discovered the spa manager had charged us a second time for the same ritual... for no apparent reason. This brings me to the front desk/debarkation. We decided to self-assist or easy walk off. So we had all our bags with us (thank god) when we stopped at the front desk around 8am to ask about the second charge. We talk to someone at the desk, explain we went to the spa ONCE and only once and were not inclined to go again, and would like them to void/refund the second nearly $400 charge. The woman listens and then disappears to the back room. Apparently the actual decision makers are there. She's just a go-between. Fifteen minutes later she returns and says she verified that we, indeed, only have one signed receipt from the spa, she has called the spa and they will refund the money, she will print us a new statement in 10 minutes if we just wait off to the side. So we go to wait off to the side, the line balloons to huge proportions... and 35 minutes go by. Now, our flight is at 11am and SeaTac is about 25-30 minutes away so we're now within the window during which we need to leave. I make my way back into line and 10 minutes later am approached by the manager to ask about my complaint (he was clearly triaging the line). I explain that I've already had a conversation with the lady at the desk, we've already verified the charges are incorrect, and I just need my bill actually fixed.He goes to the back room again and ten minutes later comes out with a phone and has me speak to the spa manager who I have to convince AGAIN that they have charged me incorrectly and need to refund the money. NOW, seeing as I'll be lucky to make it to the airport with an hour and a half before my flight and I need to check bags (for anyone who isn't familiar, most airlines shut down checking of bags 45 minutes before the flight). So to recap, the spa bungled the service, charged me twice and then the front desk crew took THREE tries and 55 minutes to finally correct the error. At this point I'm told to wait ANOTHER five minutes and he WILL get me a corrected statement. More like 10 minutes later we're finally handed a corrected statement and allowed to at least skip PART of the debarkation line. At this point it was 9:15 and we still had to get down the gangway, through customs, find a taxi and to the airport. We rolled up to the airport at 9:50 so with less than 25 minutes to spare with respect to checking bags and only 45 minutes before boarding began. The lines were huge. If I hadn't been a United Premiere member and both of us TSA precheck approved, I'm not sure we would have made it. So, yes, the cruise was fantastic, we had a great time. But I feel like I was cheated out of the "Free at Sea" and then charged at every possible turn (in some cases twice) and it made debarkation a nightmare. I'm honestly not sure if we'll use Norwegian again. It will really depend on whether we can get the right deal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We sailed from Seattle, our home location. Embarkation went well and disembarkation was super quick as we were allowed to carry our own bags off the ship within an hour of docking, keeping them with us over night. Our car was parked in ... Read More
We sailed from Seattle, our home location. Embarkation went well and disembarkation was super quick as we were allowed to carry our own bags off the ship within an hour of docking, keeping them with us over night. Our car was parked in the Republic garage right next to the ship requiring no transfer, just a short elevator ride and walk on. We liked the itinerary. The exception was the evening stop in Victoria, 6:00pm to midnight? Not too interested in exploring after dark. The cruise ship dock was right next to a big warehouse building or museum, we couldn't really tell from our stateroom. When we opened the balcony door we were hit with the foul stench of dead seagulls and manure from the roof of the building net to the ship. The smell lingered in our stateroom until the ship sailed. Horrible. If you can, get a balcony room on the starboard side of the ship to minimize this issue maybe. The cabin steward Judy, was excellent. We never wanted for anything. The cabin was a mid-ship balcony and I would choose that again. The food was good overall. Not spectacular as we experienced years ago on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Sometimes the buffet food was not hot when we got to our table. Seating was in short supply in the Garden Cafe at busy times. Once we were escorted to another eating venue to be able to sit at a table. It was handled well by the staff, so no big deal. Entertainment was excellent. The singer/storyteller Steve Hites who boarded in Skagway to entertain during that stop was great. Don't miss him. Interesting Alaska history in song and story's told at a brisk pace. The Elvis tribute artist was the best I have heard. Wowser, what a show!! Nicole Ward is a fantastic singer and I could listen to her some more. The comedy of Tim___________ was good but you have to like that Don Rickles lite style I guess.. The magic show was ho hum. About what I expected. The vantriloquist was good. Under-appreciated on board I fear. Shore excursions were enjoyable. We took the Mendenhall Glacier Explorer in Juneau, a good value, as well as the hilarious Skagway antique bus tour with Alex. She was a hoot. NCL tries too hard to sell at every turn. I got tired of that. Most "activities" listed to attend at sea seemed to lead you to consider buying something. The wholesale promotion of all the jewelry and watches was also too much. The same companies who own every store in every port selling the same stuff ( jewelry and watches) seem to have a place on the ship as well. Way too much.... If you want to visit the gift shops in Juneau or one of the other ports, you've seen about the same things sold in Skagway and Ketchikan. There are specialty shops in every port which are different, but enough T-shirt emporia. There didn't seem to be any "quality" clothing stores in the port towns with Alaskan Native themed art in an embriodered long sleeve collared shirt as an example. Lots of high end art is available however. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I choose this cruise because we live in the desert where the temperature is well over 100 degrees for five months and we wanted to be cold! Also, because Id had surgery four months prior and have been housebound in that heat Mostly my ... Read More
I choose this cruise because we live in the desert where the temperature is well over 100 degrees for five months and we wanted to be cold! Also, because Id had surgery four months prior and have been housebound in that heat Mostly my choice was because of my partner, he doesn’t fly. The ease of getting meals whenever you wish, and the freestyle dining was a great point for him as we have very different eating habits, but MOST of all was the greatest decision we made to purchase the Ultimate Beverage Package!!! We never missed a show, they were all fantastic, the dancers, Nicola Ward, Elvis, Tim all brilliant Loved Ferdie the cruise director The staff in all dining areas and staterooms super polite, some bartenders were a little snippy We thought the shore excursions quite expensive, although Skagway scenic railway was worth it The Gold mine and Alaskan Salmon bake, so so, the meal was cold and mediocre We spent a week in Seattle before our cruise and enjoyed it, especially Pike Place Market, Smith Tower and Space Needle We would definitely love to do it all again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was my first cruise, and also my first trip to Alaska. I was part of a group for the Kailua High School class of 73 reunion festivities. There were about 20 of us including family & friends and the trip was organized by a ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and also my first trip to Alaska. I was part of a group for the Kailua High School class of 73 reunion festivities. There were about 20 of us including family & friends and the trip was organized by a classmate with help from a travel agent. What was really great is that we could spend time together enjoying the hospitality aboard the ship, meetups in the lounge or casino or for dinner or a show, and have plenty of opportunity to go our separate ways on excursions and visiting the ports of call. Alaska was magnificent. The beauty of Glacier Bay was a religious experience. We saw whales, seals and wildlife and experienced a taste of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Overall this was the trip of a lifetime. Our cabin was super clean, we had a balcony and the weather was particularly nice to enjoy cruising on the days at sea and viewing the wild Alaska shoreline with our binoculars. We were also impressed with the variety of dining options. The buffet always had an excellent assortment of choices. I liked the noodle bar at the aft buffet, the pasta bar, as well as the sit-down restaurants. The Summer Palace has a wonderful breakfast, and the best meal was the lamb shank at indigo. A highlight of the on-board experience was dinner at the Teppanyaki-style restaurant. Our chef was a comedian with steak knives and made us sing for our supper. What fun! We went to a couple of shows, the most memorable was Elvis! The only problem we encountered was some confusion on the part of Jefferson Mayo and the Perspectives photography studio. One of our classmates had visited the photo gallery to inquire about a group shot and Jefferson had led her to believe he was part of the photo gallery service and not a separate portrait studio. Either it was a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation - what the classmates wanted was a group shot and the ability to buy prints. It was only after the photos were taken that we understood Perspectives did not offer prints, only a USB with photos that could be sold to and printed by the classmates. We came away disappointed because this was not what we expected. Except for the miscommunication about the photography, the crew and service were exceptional and amazing. Everyone was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable as well as happy and upbeat. I especially enjoyed the fact that the Pearl is relatively smaller than many cruise ships, that made it easier to get acquainted with a few of our fellow passengers from around the world. I would definitely want to go back to Alaska aboard the Pearl. Seven days was just not enough time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This cruise was a surprise anniversary gift. So I was very surprised and happy with everything. Our room was decorated when we arrived. The flowers and cake was delivered on time. The chocolate covered strawberries were delivered on the ... Read More
This cruise was a surprise anniversary gift. So I was very surprised and happy with everything. Our room was decorated when we arrived. The flowers and cake was delivered on time. The chocolate covered strawberries were delivered on the day of our anniversary. Our anniversary dinner in the Summer Palace was just like a Five star restaurant. The service was wonderful as well as the food. The entertainment was good. The shore excursions were my favorite, everything ran smoothly. We ate mostly at the buffet, garden cafe and the great outdoors. The food was amazing and the selection was wonderful. The employees in every department were always friendly. The restaurants and buffet areas were always very clean and the employees always efficient. The rooms were always stocked with clean towels and cleaned everytime we left the room. Overall I would definitly come back again, and recommend to friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We had a really bad experience on this cruise. 2 of the 3 shore excursions we had booked we're cancelled. We only got half our money back for one of those excursions. One of our shuttle drivers forgot to pick us up and we had to hitch ... Read More
We had a really bad experience on this cruise. 2 of the 3 shore excursions we had booked we're cancelled. We only got half our money back for one of those excursions. One of our shuttle drivers forgot to pick us up and we had to hitch a ride with another shuttle. The guest services agent was actually rude to me when I was trying to explain to her what happened with the first excursion. Our third excursion was downright boring and not worth the money we paid for it. We would have rather walked around Victoria, rather than take a bus tour. We weren't docked in the ports long enough to actually get to experience the towns. The actual cruise ship itself was fine, but lacking in activities for us to do during the day. The food in the non-complimentary restaurants was pretty good. The food in the complimentary dining was mostly bland. The bed in the cabin was really uncomfortable. The walls are thin and you can hear people in the hallway at all hours. During the day, all there was to do was eat, drink and play bingo or trivia all day - you can only do so much of that before it's boring. On top of our bad experiences, we both got very sick the last day. So, unless you like eating and drinking non-stop, sleeping very little, getting sick and being stuck on a boat for days at a time, don't waste your money. There are much better ways to travel Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were fortunate to be able to cruise with friends from Hawaii. It made the trip so much more fun. Loved having the added packages for alcohol and gratuities. The restaurants that were not part of the food package were reasonable and very ... Read More
We were fortunate to be able to cruise with friends from Hawaii. It made the trip so much more fun. Loved having the added packages for alcohol and gratuities. The restaurants that were not part of the food package were reasonable and very tasty. I was a little disappointed that the activities that really appealed to us weren't until much later in the evening. There's no way we could stay up for them. I also wish there had been a better way to communicate with friends on the ship. Texts didn't go through and we had to rely on running into people. We had a group photo taken, but found when it was time to pick up the photos that the photographer wanted several hundred dollars for them. Price never mentioned before the photos were taken, We opted not to buy any. If he had come down on the price all 20+ of us would have purchased one. The buffet food was good and the bartenders were amazing in the numerous bars around the ship. We would cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We went on this cruise to take our family to Alaska. My sister had sailed with NCL prior to and said it was good. This was our second cruise this year, having cruised on a different cruise line, Royal Caribbean, which was a great ... Read More
We went on this cruise to take our family to Alaska. My sister had sailed with NCL prior to and said it was good. This was our second cruise this year, having cruised on a different cruise line, Royal Caribbean, which was a great experience. Our embarkation went smoothly enough, considering the amount of people getting on. The overall condition of the ship was ok. A few of the doors leading out to the deck weren't working correctly and had to be repaired. It appeared that the engines were also in need of repair or maintenance . While in port at Juneau, the ship was smoking out the harbor. We work for Caterpillar and could tell there was an issue with these units. The cabin accommodations were acceptable, but wasn't what we paid for. We purchased a floor to ceiling window but received a small window instead. As far as the dining, one of the restaurants we frequented, O'Sheehans Irish Pub, had good service but the food quality and menu needs attention. When we'd receive our food, it took almost half an hour to receive and was either luke warm or cold by the time we received it. One of the servers was exceptional in his work ethics. Had it not been for him, we wouldn't have continued going there. The food and service at Cagney's Steak house and Le Bistro was good. We paid for the food and beverage package; however, the food package was only for 3 days. The food and beverage package on Royal Caribbean was for the whole time of cruising and wasn't nearly as expensive. The bar lounge, Spinnacker's, was disappointing. I ordered a drink that had tea and honey in it. The bartender informed me that there would be an additional charge for the tea. When we explained we hadn't had to pay extra on the lower levels of the ship, there was no reasonable explanation as to why we were going to have to pay extra. We accepted this extra charge and then were informed we had to go downstairs and get our own honey. This should have been explained prior to making the drink. By the time I got the honey, my drink was cold. Not very convenient. At the first port, Juneau, we had booked ahead the shore excursion for Mendenhall glacier and whale quest. Fortunately we planned ahead and were able to disembark early so we could get some shopping done. When we informed the excursion desk regarding our plans and that we would meet the group at the dock, the employee freaked out and told us we would be taking our own chances and that we wouldn't have enough time. We took our chances and we had plenty of time since the Pearl was late docking. They were waiting for the Bliss to get out of the way so we could dock. The excursions at Juneau were enjoyable. Unfortunately we had to rush to get back to port to board the ship. We had no time to eat anything all day. Due to the lateness of getting back on board, a few of the restaurants had already closed. A lot of the passengers were upset and were scrambling to find a place to eat on the ship. Fortunately were were able to get into Indigo's before it closed. The service and food was acceptable. At Skagway, we did the White Pass Scenic Railway. Fortunately we only signed up for the tour that was 3 1/2 hours long. We were able to do some shopping while on shore and for the first time on our Alaskan cruise, were able to eat Alaskan crab. Several of the passengers we spoke with throughout the cruise were shocked and disappointed that on the Alaskan cruise there was no Alaskan crab or salmon, which Alaska is known for. Other cruise lines offer this kind of food normally. One of our friends who was also on a cruise in the Caribbean at the same time as us, said they had crab, lobster, and salmon on their cruise ship. At Ketchikan, we did the Totem Bight Park and Lumberjack show. Both of these excursions were interesting and entertaining; however, once again, there wasn't enough time to do much shopping and we barely had enough time to eat while ashore. We had to rush again back to the ship, only to stand in line for almost an hour to get back on. Had we known it was going to take that long to get back on, we wouldn't have chocked our food down but taken our time and enjoyed it. Many of the passengers were complaining about how long it took not only to get onshore but then getting back onto the ship. We felt like cattle being herded on and off the ship. At Victoria, B.C. we didn't take do any excursions since we'd already been rushed throughout our cruise. We were able to have a decent seafood dinner for once on the whole cruise. Before getting back to Seattle, we double checked our bill and found out we had been double charged for some cologne. We had to stand inline with several others to get this double charge removed. My sister had paid the service charges ahead of time. She was charged for this again, which she had to have rectified. While waiting inline to disembark in Seattle, my sister was called out of line to go back down to services. Our whole family waited for at least 45 minutes. We ended up leaving before our whole family could get off since our plans were different. After my sister waited for over an hour, she was informed they didn't need to talk to her, it was a mistake, and they were sorry. Once we got back to Seattle, we met up with some friends and went to dinner at a local seafood restaurant, Ivar's Salmon House on Lake Union, where we had Alaskan salmon and clams for dinner. Funny that we had to go to a restaurant onshore to get good seafood and Alaskan salmon, which the ship didn't offer. The entertainment on board was decent, nothing special. Looking back on the whole experience with NCL, if we were to go back to Alaska, we wouldn't use NCL again for the price that we paid. It was very disappointing. If you would like a more detailed review of this cruise, we will be more than happy to provide one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Went as a group with our senior center....can't say enough about it....the staff was so good, kind, and friendly....especially Queenie in Summer Palace, Leo from China...our steward for room 9586...was always helpful but never in the ... Read More
Went as a group with our senior center....can't say enough about it....the staff was so good, kind, and friendly....especially Queenie in Summer Palace, Leo from China...our steward for room 9586...was always helpful but never in the way. the washy washy team.was so fun and provided a great service.... Vincent....what a hoot...I loved him....funny and kind and ready to get everyone to join in the fun. The.entertainment was great....a great variety was offered....I wish I would have been able to stay awake for all of it. We loved the thermal spa....it was so relaxing..I could go on and on....thank you all for a grand "first cruise" experience! We met some wonderful quests on board. Getting on and off the ship went like clockwork... The excursions were very interesting and fun......everything about our cruise was so well organized. There was so much more that was offered but we will have to take advantage of them NEXT time! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I had cruised to Alaska on the Jewel in the past, and had such a fabulous vacation. So I wanted to do it again. It was great! I wish we had seen a whale, but no one can control that. The food was very good - we had 3 upgraded ... Read More
I had cruised to Alaska on the Jewel in the past, and had such a fabulous vacation. So I wanted to do it again. It was great! I wish we had seen a whale, but no one can control that. The food was very good - we had 3 upgraded restaurants. My fav is LaBistro. The casino took my money, as usual! The entertainment was not as good as on other cruises, but I expect that on an Alaskan cruise. Usually there are combo/musical groups that are around the small bars, but live music seemed to be lacking for the most part. We took 2 excurions, the crab wilderness feast, and the White Mount Pass train. I recomment them both. I really don't have much else to say, because everything was good except the slot machines are very, very stingy. I tried all of them, believe me! My fault, for thinking that would be different! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We traveled with extended family (children, mother, sister) on Alaska Cruise from Seattle. This was our first cruise ever and I found the reviews helpful as well as Cruise Critic. We booked 2 mini suites (with balcony) with an ... Read More
We traveled with extended family (children, mother, sister) on Alaska Cruise from Seattle. This was our first cruise ever and I found the reviews helpful as well as Cruise Critic. We booked 2 mini suites (with balcony) with an adjoining door. My sister was across the hall in an inside room. We were pleasantly surprised by the size of the rooms and bathroom. Location was perfect- mid ship and 1 floor down from the buffet and Splash Academy (kids club). Overall, we were impressed with the food and activities onboard. The main dining room was too slow for the kids so we mostly ate at the buffet. The variety and quality of the food was excellent, especially he desserts. We ate at 3 of the specialty restaurants as it was included as an extra perk when we booked While they were good, I am not sure I would have paid extra for them as the complimentary food was excellent. The Splash Academy staff and activities were fantastic! My kids begged to go every day. So this made for a relaxing trip for us. Main downside was the amount of time on the ship. Not sure I will cruise again- I didn't like being limited in the time spent at port or having so many people in one place. But this was the case for all the itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This review will focus on traveling with a mixed-age group including four children (ages 6-13), two parents (including me, age 41), and two grandparents. This cruise felt to me a bit nostalgic, like cruises I took with my parents when ... Read More
This review will focus on traveling with a mixed-age group including four children (ages 6-13), two parents (including me, age 41), and two grandparents. This cruise felt to me a bit nostalgic, like cruises I took with my parents when I was a child. The activities and entertainment seem to be trapped in the 1980s, with somewhat geriatric tribute-type musical shows (nothing with a plot, just songs) and onboard activities like napkin-folding, trivia and Bingo. For cruises to warm destinations this might not matter much, since most people spend their time by the pool. (Note that there is no indoor or enclosed pool on the Pearl. There are about four small outdoor hot tubs which are nearly always full.) For an Alaska cruise, the lack of better entertainment is more of an issue. Even so, it might not have mattered, since I expected to check my kids into a kids' program and then be able to relax with a book or adult conversation. However, my children found the kids' program as unengaging as I found the entertainment for adults... and even if they had enjoyed it, THE CHILDREN'S PROGRAM CLOSES FROM 12-2PM AND FROM 5-7PM. I suppose if you want to spend four hours dining elegantly with your young children on a cold sea day, this works wonderfully. But dining with most children lasts about seven seconds, and with children who didn't want to go to the kids' program to begin with, having to take them in and out and constantly having to convince them to go back in was a real pain. Also, don't you dare be late for the pick-up at these closing hours, because they charge you by the minute for lateness... which incidentally means you need to get there at least ten minutes BEFORE the pickup since the line of parents will have already formed by then. Oh and by the way, they're closed other times too that they barely advertise (like when they do their show at the end of the cruise... I guess it is assumed that your kid is in the show). We tried to put our children in the Junior Ranger program on the day in Glacier Bay, but on that day you had to check your children in by 9:55 because they were walking with the ranger by 10am. We knew this (it was, after all, explained on page 3 of the cruise newsletter.... yes you better read that newsletter cover to cover, because important information is buried in there, but you need to make it past the nine pages of upsells and port store kickbacks to find it!) and left the amazing views on deck with plenty of time to get there despite our children's objections. I wish I were exaggerating when I say that we arrived to check our children in at 9:56 and they refused to admit them. The group had not yet left (we saw all the kids in the room!) and all the staffers were standing right there at the door, but "our system won't allow check-ins after 9:55." This was pathetic. Also, if you have older kids (10-12) who can theoretically come and go on their own, good luck with that, since the kid has to stay in the program for "at least" two hours before they can leave on their own (two hours that same day, not cumulatively)... which would be no big deal except that it's hard to get in two hours in a row due to frequent closings. So the kids' program was a big bust for us, which really changed the experience of the cruise from what we'd expected. Our children are very active and the grandparents can't quite keep up with them, which meant a lot of parents running in circles around the deck after children on cold sea days, instead of spending that time with the inlaws as we'd planned. We were also surprised that even the TV in the room did not have any children's channels. We did enjoy bowling, the stupidest possible game to play on a cruise ship (which required an extra charge), but it was indeed a fun family activity. We also enjoyed climbing the rock wall, which is just about the only activity onboard that doesn't involve an extra charge. (But get in line early! And in Alaska we only had two days where the weather was good enough that they didn't close it altogether.) And the outdoor giant chess and checkers were fun. Dining was also difficult with a large group, since the buffet is rather mobbed and finding a table that could fit the 8 of us always required multiple scouts and waiting for people to leave. When the main buffet area fills, they redirect you to another restaurant for extra buffet seating, but there is a big sign in front of it that says "Quiet Dining Zone!", which is another way of saying "No Children Zone!" So we were always fighting for seats. The sit-down restaurants had more seating, but they also had rather slow service, which made them less appealing for a mixed-age group like ours. In general, while the ship was physically refurbished last year and quite pretty, the entertainment onboard was sorely dated and uncreative for a cruise in a cold climate with a significant amount of time at sea, and there was far too much emphasis on upcharged activities and outside contractors looking to sell their own products. I'm no cruise newbie (I think I've been on about 15) so I am familiar with the constant upselling. But it was just a bit aggressive when they stick a flier on every person's door to make sure you know where to buy tanzanite in their cruise-owned temporary port-store, but then they DON'T TELL YOU WHEN THE SHIP IS ARRIVING IN GLACIER BAY. Yes, that's right. They tell you what day you're in Glacier Bay, but not what time you'll arrive or when you'll leave! It's not like this information is a secret, since the park service only allows two ships into the park a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so there was no reason to hide which hours we'd be there. We'd had a long day exploring the Yukon the day before and simply saw on the itinerary that we were in Glacier bay "for the day", and we were quite exhausted and figured we'd use the opportunity to sleep past 7:30am. Well, at 8am the park rangers came on over the loudspeakers to narrate the splendor. The main reason I booked this cruise was for the Glacier Bay stop, so we jumped into our clothes and ran out of our windowless cabin to see it all! THERE WAS NO REASON NOT TO TELL PEOPLE WHEN WE WERE ARRIVING IN GLACIER BAY, OR WHEN WE WERE LEAVING. Luckily we didn't miss anything, and maybe to most people this is a minor point, since you are in the Bay for several hours and are unlikely to sleep through it all. I was only bothered by this because of the ridiculous amount of information provided on all of their upcharge activities and port stores-- literally to the point of sticking fliers in everyone's doors. ("We're only in Ketchikan for a short time, so we want to make sure you have this important information...about where to shop in our company stores.") This cruise basically won't tell you anything unless it involves giving them money. Nor was the Glacier Bay snafu the only case like that. Another choice item that was buried deep within the cruise newsletter was on the day in Juneau, where we learned by making it to page 12 that people who were NOT on cruise-ship shore excursions could disembark two hours early via tender. That was us, and that was a nice surprise to have two extra hours in port. But why was it a surprise??? Answer: it didn't involve giving them money, so why should they tell you? For Alaska cruises, we were told to focus more on the itinerary and less on the ship itself, which for the most part is good advice. However, check your itinerary very carefully, no matter where you're going!! I saw that we were in port pretty much every day except the first sea day (and the day in Glacier Bay, which is a destination in itself), and thought, great, we're mostly in port. I hadn't appreciated that you need to look at HOW LONG you are in each port. We were in Juneau 2-10pm, Ketchikan 6am-1pm, Victoria 6pm-11pm (yes that means the Victoria day is basically a sea day), and only in Skagway for a full day. (And in Glacier for half a day... not that you would have learned that through their website or the itinerary you received!) This added up to a lot more time on board than I'd anticipated. I chose this particular Alaska cruise for the roundtrip itinerary from Seattle (we were using miles for the six of us to get there, so a three-way or non-domestic ticket wasn't a real option, and we only had a week), for the price, and for the stop in Glacier Bay, which during the weeks we were looking at narrowed our choices to Princess, Norwegian and Holland America (the smaller expedition-type ships were way beyond our budget). Holland America was significantly more expensive than Princess or Norwegian when multiplied by six, and I chose Norwegian because it had a newer fleet than Princess. In retrospect I would have made my decision based more on how many hours were spent in each port, though it's possible that they're all the same in that regard (hard to fit all those billion cruise ships into these tiny towns!). If the hours in port were the same, then I would have looked for a cruise with a children's program with more flexibility, because this one was ridiculous. All that said, I have zero regrets about taking this cruise. Glacier Bay was beyond amazing, we had a blast in Juneau hiking on Mt Roberts and on a canoeing trip to the Mendenhall glacier (Alaska Travel Adventures was the company we used for the canoe), enjoyed a wildlife tour (we saw bears, right in town!) and a Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan (we had booked a kayaking trip through Southeast Sea Kayaks that was canceled due to storms), and we had the best day ever by renting a van in Skagway (book way early!) and driving up into the spectacular Yukon using Murrays Klondike Guide (it's a paid download that takes you on an amazing daylong journey). We also had a ball in Seattle touring the Boeing Plant (get tickets early!!), Pike's Place market, the Space Needle and the Chihuly galleries and gardens. The grandparents appreciated the ship's programming that was more up their alley, and the destinations truly can't be beat. We squeezed everything we could out of every minute in port, enjoyed time together onboard as a family, and made some priceless memories. But if I were doing it again, I'd look a lot more carefully at the itinerary's hours in port, and also the nitty-gritty of what the children's program offers. This children's program was inadequate, and the ship's information on what you actually need to know in ports was sorely lacking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Staff is excellent always willing to help with a smile.They have a hand wash /cleanser program that helps keep the cruisers healthy They have staff that stand with a smile and a song all meals to spray your hands. You are greeted back ... Read More
Staff is excellent always willing to help with a smile.They have a hand wash /cleanser program that helps keep the cruisers healthy They have staff that stand with a smile and a song all meals to spray your hands. You are greeted back after an excursion with hot chocolate, a warm face cloth and hand wash .Disembarkation and embarkation went smoothly with having hundreds of people wanting to leave at the same time. The rooms are tight but have you organized to joy the space. The towel animals are so FUN place a smile on your face after a long busy day. Did I say just how great the staff are ? The food is wonderful either at Buffet or Main Dining .The staff are great at all options with a open dining plan ,eat when you want. The entertainment makes you sing .Oh and the staff are EXCELLENT . LOVED the cruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My girlfriend took me and who wouldn’t go! Alaska wow! We enjoyed the spa area for relaxing but pretty noisy in large room The weather couldn’t have been better my friend had been on the same trip last year and commented on how ... Read More
My girlfriend took me and who wouldn’t go! Alaska wow! We enjoyed the spa area for relaxing but pretty noisy in large room The weather couldn’t have been better my friend had been on the same trip last year and commented on how she could see the top of the mountains. The Glaziers were spectacular with the glow of blue ice! The Dining room food and entertainment was not up to expectation. The staff were the best always on top with service, cleanliness and very knowledgeable! Would love to take my man next time! The Bliss lounge could be eliminated! Totally ! My favorite spot was the outdoor area behind the buffet early morning. That is where I got to see the whale I also saw a bear on the way to the crab feast. Saw sea otters and eagles on that tour also. This was a great excursion. The train also a nice chance to see more scenery Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have always taken our cruises on NCL because they are the best! We had a midship balcony cabin which gave us the option of 2 promotions (we chose drink & dinner package) As usual the food was delicious.....especially Cagney’s.They ... Read More
We have always taken our cruises on NCL because they are the best! We had a midship balcony cabin which gave us the option of 2 promotions (we chose drink & dinner package) As usual the food was delicious.....especially Cagney’s.They go above & beyond to fullfil your every need. The variety of food onboard is never ending. The service was outstanding, from our room steward to the wait staff, everyone is professional yet friendly & helpful. The entertainment is just so-so (although Laura Wright was fantastic) as it’s a smaller ship so no big flashy productions like on the Mega ships. The ports are quaint little towns, with alot of shopping....especially jewelery stores. Excursions are plentiful & a little pricey but worth it. We did musher camp (lots of fun with the puppies) train ride (which was beautiful) & the duck ride (not worth it). I would recommend this trip to everyone as the scenery is breathtaking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Why choose an Alaskan cruise where seafood isn't a star on the menu and the entertainment is close to nil despite needing to be indoors most of the time. Ship was clean and fine. The cabin only had three small drawers for luggage ... Read More
Why choose an Alaskan cruise where seafood isn't a star on the menu and the entertainment is close to nil despite needing to be indoors most of the time. Ship was clean and fine. The cabin only had three small drawers for luggage for two, but the balcony was great. If you have food allergies, do not plan to eat. Even with giving them the required 24 hours notice at each restaurant (6 months since I told them when I booked) they could not come up with interesting food for a dairy allergy except dry, unseasoned meat and a plain baked potato. The staff always works so hard, I will not find fault with them. The dining staff is not educated to deal with just the basic menu. If all you want to do is spend time in the spa, this is the place for you. Definitely would not take a cruise with Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We wanted to do an Alaskan cruise and have cruised with Norwegian before and love it. Everything we needed was taken care of immediately. We took 3 excursions and enjoyed each of them. The sights in Alaska are breath taking. It is a ... Read More
We wanted to do an Alaskan cruise and have cruised with Norwegian before and love it. Everything we needed was taken care of immediately. We took 3 excursions and enjoyed each of them. The sights in Alaska are breath taking. It is a cruise I would highly recommend. It is also the most relaxing way to vacation. The restaurants are first class and love the buffet. It has such a variety that you always eat too much. Always had to have a little ice cream later in the eveing too. I recommend a balcony, especially for the Alaska cruise, to not miss any of the beautiful sights of Alaska. We also saw sea otters and whales from our balcony. The shows each evening were exceptional. And we also enjoyed just sitting in a lounge and listening to live music. There was piano, strings and ensembles. Very relaxing. We also looked forward every evening to the towel animals left on our bed when they turned the bed down. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our 4th NCL cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed tempo of the holiday. I required assistance boarding and the staff were excellent both embarking and disembarking. Our cabin steward Raeoul was so helpful as was each and every ... Read More
This was our 4th NCL cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed tempo of the holiday. I required assistance boarding and the staff were excellent both embarking and disembarking. Our cabin steward Raeoul was so helpful as was each and every member of staff. A big Thank you to Rachel and her teaml at the Indigo and Summer Palace . Treated like a queen. Manish at the Magnum Champagne bar for incredible service. Always with his dashing smile. Cagneys as awesome as ever. We didn't have a bad meal wherever we are. Summer Palace for breakfast is a must. Sets you up for the day. Dissapointed at the arrival time at Victoria as was evening. So didn't get to visit as didn't fancy driving about on my mobility scooter in the dark.Whale watching at Juneau was a great experience as was the White Pass Railway. 2 trips I would definitely recommend. Most evenings were spent in the Champagne bar being entertained by Mr Piano Man Robert from Budapest. Met the lovely Stacey and Gregg and crew on our whaling trip and we all ended our evenings being entertained by Robert. We didn't do the Stardust Theatre this time as The Variety Show wasn't up to the usual standard of previous cruises. All in all was a fantastic trip. Well worth the long journey from Scotland. Would also recommend Dani from Scottish Cruise Centre for arranging such a smooth journey for us. Melinda from Seattle Shuttle for a fantastic service and Elvis aka Dave from Seattle tours for a very informative enjoyable excursion of Seattle. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We were beyond excited to take the adventure of a life time to Alaska and travel for the first time with Norwegian family. The employees were rude, the tables stayed dirty, they charged for water, the entertainment was Horrible the ... Read More
We were beyond excited to take the adventure of a life time to Alaska and travel for the first time with Norwegian family. The employees were rude, the tables stayed dirty, they charged for water, the entertainment was Horrible the singers did not even sing in tune. It was like fingernails on a chalk board. Our excursion was cancelled but that is understandable (weather permitted) but what is Not acceptable is the fact the cruise director told us to depart the ship because our excursion was ready only to find out it was cancelled and we were stuck overdressed and it was too late to change our clothes. The tour guide informed us the excursion were cancelled "ALL DAY" which means they knew prior to our departure. There was absolutely nothing to do on the ship. People were sitting around playing cards. Then, 40 hour before the end of the cruise the "Norwegian staff" shut everything down, and started to prepare for the next cruise. Nothing was open on the ship. I will never sail with them again and we were a party of 8.... Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I went on this cruise with a group who enjoy Irish music and dance. That was great. The worst part of the cruise was the air quality. We were going to get a balcony cabin but decided to get a cabin with a window. Big mistake. The air ... Read More
I went on this cruise with a group who enjoy Irish music and dance. That was great. The worst part of the cruise was the air quality. We were going to get a balcony cabin but decided to get a cabin with a window. Big mistake. The air quality was poor. There are double doors going from a corridor to the theatre or the salon; if they are closed the air is bad. I came home with a cold despite washing and sanitising my hands many times as requested. Staff were helpful for the most part. Because we were on the fifth deck, we were prevented from going to our cabin when disembarking. Because of the staff's language difficulties, my friend who is handicapped and must use the elevators, was sent up in the elevator instead of down a couple of times. I don't like music played at top volume. The atrium is particularly uncomfortable because of noise from talking and loud music. The spa experience was excellent. I had appointments for hair and skin in the spa and the staff were experts and did an excellent job. Food and staff in the Moderna Restaurant were wonderful and the view was lovely. The Teppanyang was very good. Food in the Lotus Garden was average. Food in the Garden Cafe was good but often cold. Same in the Summer Palace, although it had lovely views as well. However, I was somewhat uncomfortable staring at paintings of the executed Tsar Nicholas II and his family. I would only take another NCL cruise for the Irish music or similar. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I've been on the NCL Pearl 3 times before and like the ship so thought I would go on a cruise that has been a major part of its itinerary. I didn't really know what to expect with an Alaskan trip in general but everyone told me ... Read More
I've been on the NCL Pearl 3 times before and like the ship so thought I would go on a cruise that has been a major part of its itinerary. I didn't really know what to expect with an Alaskan trip in general but everyone told me that I would really like it. They were correct. I travel by myself and on this size ship it is very easy to meet people and then run into them a couple more times during the trip. Only two cruise ships a day can go into Glacier Bay and the Pearl was one of the two allowed in the day we were there. The larger ships are not able to go in to these same location. I like going into port in this medium sized ship. My interests on the ship are related to enjoying the ship operations like docking and undocking and watching sun rises and sun sets as well as walking the decks. I am not as interested in attending the entertainment venues that most people do attend and find that there is such a variety of things to do on a cruise that there is room for all types of interests. On most of the excursions that I participated in there were less than a dozen others from the ship who chose the same venues. I like that we have these choices and I enjoy the folks I meet on these excursions and enjoy running into them later during our trip. My two favorite areas on the ship for me to "hang out" are the out door dining area at the back of the ship and the bridge viewing lounge where passengers can view the navigation stats on the passenger viewing console and watch what the bridge staff including the captain are doing to run the ship. I have already booked future trips on this same ship. I don't want to go on a larger ship and am very happy with this medium sized ship. I also like the flexibility of the NCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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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