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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


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Experience: 1 cruise (first)
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Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska & Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 07, 2008
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 9 years ago
Fresh and clean. Didn't feel crowded. Lots of different areas to lounge in. Staff was overly solicitous, got annoying over time. Too many sales presentations, pushing product. Would have preferred more informational seminars on the lands that we were traveling through. Comedy shows were un-funny and often tasteless. Constant pushing of alcohol. Music in the lounges was good.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Free-style dining (whenever, no assigned seating) was perfect. But food in the restaurants (other than the buffet) was often cold and had to go back for reheating.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Too many sales pitches promoted as activities.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Too much of a good thing. Overly solicitous. International staff (mostly Asian) were sometimes hard to understand because of accent.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Creek Street is billed as a 'must see' but is nothing but souvenier shops along a raised wooden walkway.
3 out of 5
A significant amount of time in port was after sunset.
3 out of 5
The White Pass railway is billed as a 'must-see' but is not worth the $112 for a three hour train ride. The views are wonderful, but there is no opportunity to get out and walk about. Just sitting while the train goes up, then back down to the town.
1 out of 5
Poor only because NCL cancelled the port stop - just 10 days before the cruise - due to some mechanical problem with the ship. Offered to allow for cancellation without penalty but it was too late for that. NCL refused to provide any compensation for cutting the cruise from four port stops to three.

Pros: Clean and new

Cons: Food was often cold

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? Yes!

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