Murphy125

Murphy125
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Joined: 01/18/2014
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Norwegian Pearl

December 2016 - Norwegian Pearl to Panama Canal, Central America

NCL Pearl. Dec. 8-19 2016

Cruise was chosen for intinerary not for the ship.  We were on the Pearl 2 yrs ago and it was showing its age.  Going in for rehab in 2017 so I'm sure things will improve.  I felt there was a lack of interesting things to do on sea days.  Felt it was boring.  Had some rough seas and wind so pools were closed but there was no plan "B" to keep people busy.   Would like to see new ideas for activities.  Nightly entertainment had a few good shows and others just so so.  Some were the same as 2 yrs ago.

 

Cagneys was very good....ate there twice.  Buffet was good for breakfast and lunch but was never thrilled with evening choices.  Lots of ethnic foods that were not appealing to us.  

 

Would i sail the Pearl again....yes but only after refurbishing.

 

 

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Norwegian Getaway

December 2015 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western

Getaway Dec 2015

The ship was new, clean and modern.  Cabin very nice with plenty of storage.  Food was good and specialty restaurants were really nice.  We had unlimited dining package so we were able to eat there but if we didn't have the package we would not of eaten at speciality restaurants due to extra cost.  Thought there were too many children on board for our taste.  Thought the Atrium was used for many activities but felt it was way too crowded.  Chairs also very uncomfortable.  Ship lacked interesting activities for older adults.

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Independence of the Seas

January 2014 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Independence of the Seas 8 night Jan4-12-2014

Enjoyed the cruise very much.  Ship was very clean and seemed to be very organized.  My only negative comments would be for the entertainment.  The ships singers and dancers were good but after a few nights of them preforming we were bored.  Seemed a lot of the same...got bored.  Liked the singing group that was a guest "Home Free".  Really the highlight of the entertainment.  I think the ship should of had more variety.  The parades on the promenade I thought were a little cheesy.  I really saw no purpose of the crew walking back and forth holding pompoms and strange costumes.

 

Our balcony stateroom on the 8th deck was spacious and well laid out.  Our room steward did a great job.

We enjoyed eating in the MRD but we did do My Time Dining and that was the best decision as we did not like being on a schedule.  Enjoyed meeting new people at the table each night.  Service was good and food was good.  In the Windjammer for buffet was good in general.  We always found something that we liked.  Stay away from the pasta.....very tough and impossible to eat. 

 

Would I go on the IOS again.....in a heart beat.  Would I eat less next time.....sure would try but hard to do with all the temptations.

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Murphy125's Tips

Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Pearl - Eat at Cagneys at least once. Be careful walking in Garden Cafe buffet as floor can become very slippery from spilled drinks.
Independence of the Seas Independence of the Seas - Find a quiet place to sit to watch sail away from the islands. You can appreciate the beauty so much more than fighting a crowd.

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reviewed their Panama Canal, Central America cruise on Norwegian Pearl and gave it 3 stars!

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Pearl"Eat at Cagneys at least once. Be careful walking in Garden Cafe buffet as floor can become very slippery from spilled drinks."

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