Great Relocation Cruise from Vancouver
Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to U.S. - Pacific, Northwest
Sail Date: September 24, 2007
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 years ago
Review SummaryWe took a 4 day cruise from Vancouver to LA, stopping in San Francisco on Sept 24th.
We have gone on a RCL 7 day cruise about 7 years ago on the "Mexican Riviera". We are in our late 40's and most of our winter vacations are in Mexico staying in 4 star-ish properties.
We have never taken a repo cruise since it seemed like sailing down the coast would be boring, cold and likely rough water. This was a nice surprise since the weather was great and even when the wind was blowing the boat is designed so you can be out of the wind on the deck most of the time. The outside restaurant on the back of the ship is really nice and peaceful most of the time. Overall, the cruise was incredible value and exceeded our expectaitons. The ship seemed very smooth, even when the waves got fairly big one afternoon.
The ship is very new, so everything is in new condtion. We booked a balcony, but got upgraded to a mini-suite on deck 11. The room was well designed and lots of space for 2 of us. If you had small kids it would also work very well.
Meals - we ate most dinners in Indigo and they were quite good (other than the steak). Our best meal was at the French restaurant Le Bistro. I had the duck which was excellent. Lunch was best from the buffet - if it is too busy take it back to your room (you can also take it to the La Cucina next door since it is not open for lunch or dinner, so acts as extra seating...most people did not know that so much quieter). as mentioned we really enjoyed sitting out on the back deck to eat lunch/breakfast.
The have the ususal things like art auctions, pictures, casino, bingo etc etc that we avoided. They don't push it so easy to ignore.
The pool area was well designed and works really well if you are travelling with kids.
We would go on this ship again....it would work very well in the Carribean in my opinion.
Food and Dining
Wine list is not too bad starting at about $24 bottle (Columbia Crest Merlot)...which is nice wine. On the 7 day cruise you can order a package of 6 bottles and get one free. If you don't finish a bottle they will hold onto it and you can get it delivered to any other bar/restaurant. You can also just walk around with it....we did that a couple of times (ordered in a bar and when dinner came around just walked in with it). This is a very casual boat!
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Ports of Call
Pros: Beautiful ship, very relaxing
Cons: Some meals were not great