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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Sail Date: September 09, 2007
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 years ago
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.
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Don't Miss: Rainforest canoe trip
Don't Miss: Butchart Gardens and strolls through downtown.
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.