Not a spectacular cruise

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2008
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago

We recently sailed on the Norweigen Pearl to the Cozumel,Belize, Honduras and Bahamas. We were traveling with our two year old son. The ship had a central buffet restaurant, two outside buffets that were ok. The food didn't change much everyday. After a while it becomes routine like a cafeteria. You have burgers, pizza, pasta, the same fruits and hardly any seafood.

They also have two more formal restaurants that are free. Those were nice and had a little bit more variety. There are also some nice restaurants you can choos to eat at like a sushi bar. french restaurant and bistro. Those are really nice but you have to pay a $10 to $15 cover charge to get in plus a automatic gratuity.

This holiday cruise was overpriced for what we got.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5


1 out of 5
The ships entertainment consisted of one main theater, and ship activities like bingo and swimming, rockclimbing etc. Don't try the bowling alleys. Just think about the constant moving and bowling. They have bumpers so at least the ball will hit some pins. Also the poll is not heated.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
The only area for toddlers to play is an upstairs toddler pool and also day care. Unfortunately, if your child doesnt get along with some kids or just don't want to be left by their parents there is no other playground. Adults are not allowed to stay at the daycare and watch the activities. Children are also placed in group according to their age. Sometimes seemed big for some age groups. For example try sticking 12 kids 2-3 years together and see if they get along.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff were very nice

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship is smaller than other cruise lines so you can feel the constant movement. Be also prepared to pay for ship excursions from $35 to $150 per person. Overall if you like a casual ship this would be perfect. There is no formal night and dont look for luxury. They were very clean n public areas and you get yours hand sanitized whereever you go.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The stateroom was really comfortable and room for plenty of storage. But if you are going to book a stateroom without a window please keep in mind you will get confused if it is day or night. The rooms are pitch black.
3 out of 5
Taste the local tequila
Don't Miss: Taste the local tequila
3 out of 5
There was alot of poverty the only thing to see is the ruins or swimming. It wil cost from $45 or more per person to take a tour. Also shop right outside the gate of the terminal its cheaper.
Don't Miss: ruins
3 out of 5
all there is to do is watersports
5 out of 5
take a tour of the island I got one of the local tour guides. It was a small van and I got to see more and got a local perspective.
Don't Miss: city tour

Pros: very nice staff

Cons: not enough activities and food

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? No.

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