March 2015 - 21 Night Eastern & Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl
We have cruised on NCL and this ship several times. It is not a mega ship but still offers good entertainment. We only had 2 of the nightly featured acts, that performed twice. The comedian had two very different acts that were fabulous. There was a oldies singing group that we did not go back for the second performance.
The crowd was an older crowd (lots of wheelchairs and walkers) this might have been due to the fact that it was an 11 day cruise. I would say that over 50% of the patrons were foreigners (not U.S)
There was a gastro-intestinal virus outbreak on the ship which required buffet and dining options to change. The captain and crew were quick to put up additional hand sanitizer stations in the elevators and at all room entry and exit points. They did a good job of limiting the patrons from touching anything. However the ship is not equipped to serve everyone at the buffet. They had limited staff behind the counters and you had to gain their attention to get served.Overall they did a very good job containing the outbreak.
My only recommendation to NCL would have been to add an additional stop at their private island on the way back. There was plenty of time to make this happen. The private islands are one of our family's favorite stops and you can't do them on the mega ships.They also need to go through their beach towels and get rid of the yellow stained ones. They were very tired looking.
The staff was extremely personable and we love the "washy, washy singers and staff by the entrances to the buffet. There was also an associate that did a chaise check by the pools. They allowed you to save chairs for an hour (they used stickers). The attendant put stickers on the chair next to you, without saying anything, and your family member could have been in the pool etc. He could have said something (he was kinda sneaky)
Overall all it was a very good experience and we will cruise with NCl in the future.