Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Sail Date: August 31, 2008
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Review SummaryThe cruise through Glacier Bay is not to be missed. We got within what seemed like a couple of hundred feed of the face of the glacier.
That said, cruises, of course, are all about separating you from your money. This one was pretty good at that. The best food was at "specialty" restaurants that had a $10-$25 a head cover charge. Bowling cost $5. A visit to the thermal spa (sauna, steam, whirlpool), $20. At one point, the guy in the duty-free shop was out in the passageway, like a hawker on a New York City sidewalk, shouting, "$10 day! Everything on this table,$10!"
Most irritating, though, was the waitstaff constantly asking not, "May I get you anything?" Instead, it was "Can I get you a DRINK? Do you want a DOUBLE?"
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
It's a new ship--what could go wrong? I'll tell you: They said one of the propeller bearings was wearing excessively, so they could only make 21 knots. That meant cutting back on time in port. (We chose this cruise based on time in port versus time at sea!) They wouldn't even let us off the ship in Victoria, British Columbia, where they'd stopped only because they were obligated to under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Hey, Treasury Dept.! Is it still a port of call if nobody gets off?
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Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Take the tram up the mountain, then hike the short trail. Great photo ops in clear weather.
Don't Miss: Take the White Pass train/bus
Pros: Being in Alaska
Cons: Being on the ship