March 2014 - Norwegian Pearl to Caribbean - Western
We booked this cruise ship because it was advertised as having a water slide. My kids were excited about having a waterslide to play on for 5 days. When we boarded the ship we found no water slide! You can imagine the disappointment for all of us! We went to guest relations to inquire and this was their answer: "The water slide was 5 years old and was having some maintenance issues. Also, it was in the way of the poolside band." Sounds to me it took up room for the drunks that were shelling out $5 per beer and $10 per cocktail. There were 2 pools, 1 of them was labeled adult only however there was no child or family only pool. There was a small kiddie pool area for ages 1-3. There was also a small splash area but the entire pool area, sun decks, and splash area were overun by springbreakers. Nothing wrong w/ that, but when your family has no escape from that and your kids are playing in a splash area w/ cigarette butts and glass beer bottles everywhere it's not fun. The only saving grace was the ship had an excellent kids club w/ awesome counsellors. In addition to the above, the buffet was the best choice. The sit down meals were aweful and the wait staff appeared to dislike their jobs as nobody ever cracked a smile. We have cruised w/ Norwegian in the past and had a great experience, however, after this last cruise we will not sail w/ Norwegian again.