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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 11, 2007
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 years ago

The Pearl is a new ship, so we were very impressed with her. Unfortunately, that was the only good part of our trip. The food and service on the ship were less than ordinary and freestyle dining is highly overrated. We can "freestyle" on any cruiseline by eating at the buffets.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The food was less than acceptable. By the last two nights, we ate at the buffet for all of our meals just so that we could have salad and the pasta bar, which were OK. Don't pay the extra for the "specialty restaurants"; it's not worth it. Buy a filet when you get home and cook it on the grill.


3 out of 5
Comedy shows were good.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our room steward was good, but the rest of the service was not. The automatic service fee and freestyle dining may be the cause of poor service. Most of the employees seemed more afraid of getting in trouble when there was a problem and really not concerned with helping to solve it.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Smaller than some ships, but clean and new.
3 out of 5
A good place to get your shopping done and head to Senor Frogs. Not much to see here.
3 out of 5
We spent the day at the beach. It's within walking distance of the port.

Pros: New Ship

Cons: Food and Service

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? No.

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