Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

A new experience

Sail Date: September 09, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This being our first cruise, we didn't quite know what to expect. The Pearl, however, lived up to it's name; it is certainly a gem. The shipboard service was phenominal, the food delightful and wonderfully varied. The miles of walking fore to aft, prevented any weight gain and allowed for that elusive excercise despite not using the ships gym. On the last day of the cuise, we finally located the bridge viewing room and wished it had been better publicized. Our only disappointment was the length of stay at the various ports of call, which in some instances was so short as to allow you only a choice of one activity while there without time to see the town. The stops in Juneau and Ketchican barely allowed enough time to take a tour and squeeze in a 1/2 hour shopping. The Skagway stop was a good length for both the excursion and to see the town/shop. The canoe rainforest excursion in Juneau was amazing, and don't worry if you've never canoed before; you don't need to know a thing (we hope Todd is your guide). The best part of this trip was, of course, the glaciers in Glacier Bay. Why would anyone go to Alaska if not to see that? Amazing.

Pros: The service onboard was phenomenal. The restaurant chefs provided culinary delights worthy of 4 or 5 star restaurants. Playing Wii on the big screen was also a blast.

Cons: The annoying part was the multiple and seemingly endless seminars on gemstones. I thought this was a cruise, not a gem show. The music during the magic show was deafeningly loud.

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? Yes!

Too many gem seminars. Nothing about native art, natural history or local peoples of the land.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
We opted for a balcony room and were not disappointed one bit.
Service and Staff
Skagway, Alaska
This is a lovely town. Took the White Pass RR tour, which was a little disappointing in that there was no stop during the tour we took. We still had time afterward to browse the town and be entertained by the residents.
Victoria, British Columbia
Having been to Butchart Gardens other times, we know this site is worthy of a visit any time. The Sticky Wicket always serves excellent food and this stop was no exception.
Don't Miss: Butchart Gardens and strolls through downtown.
Juneau, Alaska
Not enough time to go on the Mendenhall Glacier tour and see the town.
Ketchikan, Alaska
This town is definitely a working town and somewhat uninviting. The history of the "streets" which are actually stairways/footpaths, was very interesting. If not for that quick tour provided impromtu by our bus driver on the way to the canoeing (because we were early) and the canoe excursion itself, we would not have had much interest in this town.
Don't Miss: Rainforest canoe trip

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