Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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3 out of 5

Norwegian Pearl 8-12-2007

Sail Date: August 12, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Balcony

Since the ship was brand new, the quality of the accomodations and public areas were clean, neat & in excellent shape. The two negatives were that all rooms are optional smoking along with balconies - meaning that if you're not a smoker, your balcony could be surrounded by people smoking. (there is no non-smoking room section of the ship). It made it impossible for my family (3 kids) to spend any time on the balcony to view the glaciers and other areas. The second negative is the food offerings for breakfast and lunch. There is really only 1 buffet open for breakfast and lunch (the blue Lagoon will only seat around 40 people). This means that somewhere around 2,000 people are trying to get breakfast and lunch through the one area.

Pros: Wonderful timing of ports of call - great weather

Cons: Smoking is allowed in all cabins & balconies - our 2 balconies were innundated with cigarette smoke

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? No.

Ship Quality
Clean, Nice & new
Food and Dining
Options were excellent for dinner, but breakfast was like Time's Square on New Year's Eve. One main restaurant open for breakfast made for mass confusion. Order room service if you don't want to feel like dodging people just to get some toast & orange juice. Water, coffee, juice & tea are included. But NCL will charge you for soda pop.
Cabin / Stateroom
Again - smaller than others we've been on, but the smoking issue was key for us. Should've saved my money and bought inside room since smokers made the deck unusable. NCL just appologized and said all balconies & staterooms are optional smoking areas. Just ruined any time we tried to spend on our 2 stateroom's balconies
Entertainment
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Juneau, Alaska
Helicopter tour of the Glaciers was fantastic. Booked Coastal Helicopters (didn't use NCL's) and saved around $70 per person. They did an awesome job.
Skagway, Alaska
Did White Pass railroad & Yukon Ultimate experience. Would've been better if it was a few hours shorter on the bus. Great tour guide, but lots of "seat time".
Victoria, British Columbia
We've been to Victoria many times and enjoy it, but didn't find it much of a stop for our cruise. If you do go, don't book NCL's Buchart Gardens. Buy it at the GrayLine Desk by the Empress Hotel and save around $24 per person. The bus will even take you back to the ship
Ketchikan, Alaska
Ziplining through the rain forest. Just the best thing ever.


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