October 2014 - 3 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl
First cruise for us after a few all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and Caribbean. Was actually a theme cruise with rock bands, wine & gourmet cooking activities sponsored by Kendall-Jackson. Hence the title Wine & Dine Cruise!
The ship was easy enough to navigate, except for the rear deck being only accessible through the buffet. Our inside stateroom on deck 8 was only far from things at the very front of the ship. The room was big enough to get around, and very quiet.
Norwegian's concept of Casual Dining - no set seatings for dinners other than reservations for the premium restaurants - was fantastic. Gave us a lot of flexibility in the evenings.
The food was great. Didn't do buffets other than breakfast and lunch. Had plenty of selection, even on the small rear-deck outdoor buffet and didn't run out of food. So I don't know why it had to be a contact sport! Was funny to watch people dash in & out. From the size of them, that's the only dashing they do. Also enjoyed getting sprayed in the face by the Washy-Washy, happy-happy drones.
The premium restaurants ($15 to $30 extra each) were well worth it. The Brazilian and Cagney's steakhouse were five-star meals. Italian and Japanese had delicious food as well, I think. Too much wine before and with supper.
With one of the pools and the outdoor buffet closed to fit a stage, it limited some of the on-ship activities and space. However, lots of room to lounge in the sun on ship days. Server and cleaning staff were efficient and polite. Jovi was especially helpful.
As a five-night trip, the two shore days were limited but fun. Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island, had a beautiful beach with great snorkeling off the reef. Nassau was typical tourist shops, pushy vendors and lively bars.
Overall a fun trip on the Pearl.