Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Norwegian Pearl - Great Experience

Sail Date: September 16, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

This was our first cruise and we had a wonderful experience. The Norwegian Pearl is only one year old and everything looks new. Our mini-suite far exceeded our expectations. The bathroom was actually big enough for 2 people at the same time!!. The suite was very roomy, with desk, couch, comfortable bed and private deck. There was more than enough storage.
We have travelled a lot but never taken a cruise before because we thought it would be too formal and too regimented. Freestyle on the Norwegian Pearl was just the opposite. We did dress up several nights for dinner, but never felt like we had to. We ate whenever we wanted to and didn't have to decide ahead of time. The food was good and there were many choices of restaurants. There were also many choices of activities and entertainment each day. The best show was Sea Legs - talented singers and dancers gave us a Broadway quality review.
The Alaska itinerary was a wonderful experience, inside passage, juneau, skagway, ketchikan, and best of all Glacier Bay. The scenery was incredible and we were lucky enough to see some whales. We will cruise again with NCL.

Pros: mini-suite, freestyle, friendly crew

Cons: price of drinks, commercialism - constantly trying to sell something, limited room service menu

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? Yes!

There was one excellent review (Sea Legs). Other entertainment was just so-so.
Ship Quality
beautiful public spaces, everything kept spotless
Food and Dining
food was as good or better in the restaurants that didn't have a surcharge as in the restaurants that did.
Cabin / Stateroom
mini suite was comfortable, spacious, and kept very clean
Service and Staff
staff was friendly and anxious to please
Juneau, Alaska

Don't Miss: tram, mendenhall glacier

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