Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

What a ship!

Sail Date: January 11, 2008

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

After cruising last on the Pride of Aloha from Honolulu, we were terribly disappointed with NCL. But the Pride of Aloha proved to be a fluke, as most of our NCL cruises have been great.

The Pearl is a beautiful, almost new ship that makes you feel at home immediately. It's very large but easy to find your way around. The rock climbing wall was amazing, and though we didn't use it, the bowling alley looked like fun.

Our inside stateroom was meticulously maintained by our room stewards, who went out of their way for us. The public rooms were lovely.

Service was amazing everywhere we went. The only problem we had was getting a reservation for LaCucina. Even when we got up early and were third in line at 8am, a terse and unfriendly woman told us that they were already out of early reservations for the following day (how could that happen?) But, on our last day we finally got in through a wonderfully helpful Maitre de named Carlos. So we made it and were happy.

Nine days was not too long for us. However, the port of Samana was so poor and depressing. We were approached by begging hungry children just after walking off the dock.

We also heard of two separate groups that were held up at gunpoint and knifepoint on excursions - scary!

The food was not as good as NCL has been in the past. But, all in all, a great experience.

Pros: Overall ship experience

Cons: getting reservations at LaCucina

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? Yes!

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