The Norwegian Pearl is a beautiful ship, however; the service and activities were the worst that I have ever experienced. This was my 7th cruise. I have been on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess. Norwegian was definitely the most boring onboard and the worst service I have ever received. The room atttendent never even introduced themselves. We don't know if it was a male or female. They left dirty dishes, linens and never had our cabin fully supplied with towels, glasses etc. This was the first cruise in which I was actually looking for something to do. There were no activities. If they did have any activities, they were poorly advertised and were not fun and exciting like other ships I have been on. Parents will want to know that my children did not like the kid's club at all. My girls are 10 and 12. The staff was constantly telling the kids to be quiet. If they got loud at all, they had to play the quiet game. There was a video arcade next door to their play area, so I don't know why they wanted the kids to be quiet all the time. My girls went two times and never went back. All the other cruises I have been on have been fun and exciting for the kids. They never wanted to miss a session. I only chose this ship because of it's itinerary. We stopped at Samana, Tortola, St. Thomas and their private island Stirrup Cay. The islands and ports were beautiful except for Stirrup Cay. It looked very trashy and the beaches were all rocky. The lounge chairs were only chairs. You could not lie down. They really need to put a lot of time into refurbishing their private island. I would only recommend this cruise to people who don't have children and just want to lie around and relax for a week with no activities. Also, plan on eating at the buffet for every meal unless you make reservations a month before your departure. They have around 12 restaurants, but they are booked for the week when you step on the boat.
Beautiful ship--Boring onboard!!!
Sail Date: December 01, 2006
Traveled As: Family w/young children
Pros: the itinerary
Cons: The service; it was poor in all areas.
Recommends Norwegian Pearl? No.