Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Review SummaryThe ship itself was very large and clean. It was not easy to figure out the layout as there was no main promenade or thoroughfare. All roads lead to sales. To get to the theater, you need to walk through the shops, To get to the lounges, you need to walk more through the duty-free areas or the photographer station.
The rooms were nice. We stayed in a balcony room on the 10th deck and we enjoyed the room. The bathroom was nicely sized and the doors for privacy made it easy to have more than one person in the bathroom at a time.
Together, we paid $2400 to go on the cruise and we had drink choices of water or ice tea for lunch and orange juice or apple juice for breakfast. To get soda, you had to buy a package for $8.63 per person, per day - this includes an automatic 15% gratuity. This only gets you a soft drink at the bars... in the dining rooms and buffet, you are charged additionally for soft drinks. In addition, you have to buy the soda package for the entire cruise, even if you only wanted it for the day. We ended up paying for 5 days worth of soda at a charge of $85 dollars.
Alcohol was extremely expensive and the drinks tasted a little like they were lacking the liquor. Also, they gave us souvenir cups at an extra charge even though we only asked for regular drinks.
The days at sea were a bit chaotic, especially when looking to relax on one of the decks by the pool. By 10 am, there were no chairs available. There were no separations between the kids and adult areas, which made it difficult to find peace and quiet. There was one pool for kids and one for adults, though they were directly next to each other and the "no kids in the adult pool" rule was not enforced. The deck was always wet and slippery and the "no saving deck chairs" rule was NEVER enforced. There were signs everywhere saying that after 30 minutes, chairs would be cleaned off and this never happened. We walked around for an hour one morning to find chairs, and we ended up having to untie a stack of bundled chairs ourselves and carry them to a corner of the ship. Again, the service was lacking... though if you wanted a drink from the bar, there was always someone to help you (aka take your money).
We did have a great experience on a shore excursion in Cozumel. We chose the "mini jeep and snorkeling" trip and had a great time. The tour guide was friendly and worked hard to make sure we had fun.
Overall, we would not choose to go on another NCL cruise.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: The balcony in the stateroom was well worth the extra money.
Cons: Food. Constant Salesmanship. Shows. Automatic gratuity.