Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Deck Hand

7+ cruises


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1 out of 5

To all cruise lovers:

Sail Date: March 15, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

I would like to take this opportunity to offer feedback on a (Norwegian
Cruise Line) NCL vacation from, which my husband and I just returned. We
consider ourselves experience "cruisers". This vacation was our 10th cruise.
We have cruise on a variety of cruise lines i.e. 3 on Carnival, 2 on
Princess and 4 on Celebrity. We have a level of expectation for quality and
service based upon our past experiences. ( This is why we love to cruise.)

Because my husband and I were vacationing alone, we decided to try the less
formal type of experience that NCL so highly advertises. Unfortunately the
NCL "free-style" cruising translated to "NO STYLE" cruising. We gave up all
the personalized pampering and service that you automatically receive on all
the other cruise lines. The food selection and quality in the main dining
rooms was inferior and tasteless. If you wanted anything approaching quality
food, you were forced to pay a cover-charge of $15 to $25 per person for the
"Specialty" restaurants. (Is this NCL's way of increasing their profits?)
Cabin service was totally lacking also. We repeatedly had to call reception
for service.

Unfortunately our experience with NCL was disappointing, to say the least,
and will NEVER be repeated. NCL's marketing for "free-style" is deceiving
and definitely not what is advertised.

Pros: none

Cons: free-style dining

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? No.

Food and Dining
Service and Staff

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