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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

1 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 12, 2009
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago

If your in the market for a vacation...please look into something other than a cruise. On the first day you could check in at 12 pm. to get on the boat, but you could not get to your room until 2pm. and your luggage was not delivered until 7pm. So if you had medication or anything that you needed... forget it unless it is packed in your carry on. This was called freestyle cruising, but the only thing free about it was when you could eat, use the pool or go to a few shows that didn't cost anything. They don't tell you that you MUST pay for your water $4.50 each unless you get it from the tap, soda $2.50 each unless you buy the $6.25 a day glass for refills, alcohol at $7 + up (and you cannot buy it by the bottle and take it to your room to save money, they confiscate it right there til you leave the ship), automatic 15% gratuity added to every bill you make, $12 per day gratuity per person added to your stateroom bill, only 2 small pools (one for kids & one for adults) and not enough chairs for everyone so there's never a place to lounge unless your there very first thing, and don't take any kind of on shore excursion that is over 3 hrs. because you will not have time to spend in the port. When you do get to go shopping in a port - it's not like going on a vacation to an island where you will fiind bargains. These people are oriented to the cruise line and prices and they are NOT cheap or reasonable for the average person on a limited budget! We did play bingo, but it ranged from $20 for 4 paper cards - one paper with 3 cards for each game - on up to $160 for an electronic bingo card. All 4 games took 40 min. and you were done. The casino was decent and you did win some depending on what you played and of course if you knew when to quit. Plenty of kids zones though. They seemed to have the best time. There is more that I could warn you about I'm sure, but at the moment I've hit the highlights. All I also know is that at the end of a week I received a bill for $756 and $113 of it was shopping at their shops and the casino took cash so that was't included. This was for 3 shore excursions, transportation to the boat, 2 games of bingo and a few drinks. So be prepared to spend lots of money if you go on one of these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Best food, but be aware of the time schedules and some have charges.


3 out of 5
Lots of activities, but be aware that you will be charged for some.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent staff and organized

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Clean ship, but sometimes you couldn't get there from here sort of thing.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Very small room and bathroom. Nice balcony. 3 times they made up the room and we got no washcloths, also dirty tissues on the floor when we checked in.
3 out of 5
Did the mayan ruins and the old belize river. Nice boat ride (boat was in poor shape). Saw some wildlife. Great guide on the way to and including the ruins. She was like a historian. Very well educated. Could climb a mayan temple
3 out of 5
Not much to do. Snorkeling was poor.
5 out of 5
Great port for shopping. Did the submarine ride. Not too good unless you just want the experience of going on a small sub.
Don't Miss: Shopping
1 out of 5
Poor area. Went snorkeling and was made to follow the guide in the water. Gumbalimba park was ok. Cool monkeys.

Pros: The food and food choices were the absolute best!

Cons: Felt like a prisoner on a schedule!

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? No.

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