Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

Freestyle cruising is the way to go

Sail Date: June 07, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

The ship is well maintained and staff very friendly. The atmosphere was casual but you felt very pampered. Not stuffy at all.

Pros: Activities

Cons: infomercials

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? Yes!

Ship Quality
It is very easy to get around on the ship. There are 3 main elevator banks and most of the activities are on decks 7 & 8 and 12 & 13. The elevators can take awhile because of crowding, so we often took the stairs (being on deck 10 made this ideal for us!). All of the areas are kept clean. The decor is a bit dated, but it added to the ambiance.
Food and Dining
The food in the main dining rooms is outstanding. We prefered the atmosphere of the Indigo, but Summer Palace was a lot of fun. They do offer 2 for 1 days at some of the cover charge restaurants but we didn't know what days they would be so it was harder to plan. The buffet was good, but it is hard to get a table during peak times and there is no one to seat you. The dress code was up to you. In the free places anything but shorts goes after 5 pm.
We had a blast doing all the of the dance classes and theme nights. The art auctions I really enjoyed but the rest of the family passed after the first time. You don't have to buy and you get a nice little art history lesson and champagne. Most of the art was priced over $400, but they had several items for around $100. They also have versions of the Newlywed Game and Family Feud that were fun. The professional entertainment was not as good as the activities. The dancers in particular were of varying levels of skill so that was a bummer. The comedians and Shark Bait were a lot of fun. When you go to the Stardust it is best to access it on Deck 6 for the best seats. There are a lot of activities geared to having you buy something, so be warned of the ones that offer you anything free for attending.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a just forward of midship balcony on deck 10. The balconies are flush with the side of the ship so you can see to the front and back of the ship without being obstructed by another balcony jutting out in front of you. The room was bigger than we expected compared with the photos. The bathroom was lovely.
Service and Staff
We only had one time where the service at the Blue Lagoon was terrible, but I think that since everywhere else the service and staff were excellent it just made that one time really stand out. The more you participate in activites the better you get to know your staff and they you. They were all so wonderful and approachable and friendly and omg so hard working!
Skagway, Alaska
This is best port for us. We did the dogsled excursion and it was so much fun and so informative. We also did the breakfast bordello, which was ok but I would probably just go to the Red Onion on my own and skip the breakfast and tour. My husband and two of our daughters did the White Pass train excursion. They said it was just beautiful but when taking pictures, don't take them on the way up, take them on the way back for the best and most stable shots.
Don't Miss: the dogsled excursion and downtown
Ketchikan, Alaska
This is more of your standard fishing town. It was the most easy to navigate straight off the ship as you are right there in the main section of the town when you dock. We did the Bear Creek Zipline and it was great. The scariest part was the slide at the end!
Don't Miss: zipline
Juneau, Alaska
We did the Mendenahall Glacier and salmon bake. Visiting the glacier park was wonderful and provided many spectacular photos for us. The salmon bake was ok. My husband and one of our daughters took the Sky to Sea bike tour. They said it was lovely, although there were few people on the excursion. It was not very strenuous.
Victoria, British Columbia
There is not a whole lot to do around the dock. We went to the Butchart gardens and they are beautiful, but it was so crowded it took away a bit of the fun.

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