Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Great cruise!

Sail Date: May 22, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Suite

Took a cruise to Alaska on the Pearl in late May. Nice clean ship. Ports were all easily accessible and we thoroughly enjoyed all the excursions.
Overall the cruise itinerary was great and enjoyed the varied ports of Juneau, Skagway, Ketchican and Victoria. Would like to have had more time in Glaicer Bay (was only about 2-3 hours really up close to the glaciers. Short stop in Victoria from 6-11pm. Would have been nice to be able to see for longer.

Also was highly annoyed by the Conservationalist or Park ranger talking for large parts of the time in Glacier Bay. Her voice was blaring throughout the ship and I thought it really detracted for the ambiance and attempt to enjoy the scenery.

Pros: Clean ship. Great selection of food. Wait staff not too pushy with selling drinks, as on other cruise lines. FANTASTIC kids club. Our child loved it and the staff was great with kids!

Cons: Narrative over entire ship PA during few hours in Glacier Bay. May have been informative for some but made it difficult to just relax and enoy the scenery and solitude of the day. (Not sure if this is the case on all cruises?)

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? Yes!

Ship Quality
Very clean. Impressed.
Food and Dining
Nice varied selection of food. Ate in the cafe, other free venues and 2 of the specialty dining. All were great!.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our mini suite was spacious and especially nice to share with our child as it had a nice divider curtain that enabled us to put her to sleep and close that part off. Unfortunately the TV was on that same side and small so couldn't enjoy TV when child sleeping. Nice spacious bathroom with separate sliding door for toilet. Great dark curtains kept out the early Alaska sunrise.
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
The Aqua kids club had a great staff and our child loved going. They had many activites both for the kids only and for families that made it fun to share with kids and also allowed for quality time away from kids as well. Cant say enough good things about the program. Chose Norwegian because it was one of the few cruise lines that allowed 2 year olds in the kid program and and so happy with the experience.
Victoria, British Columbia
Short stay but beautiful city a short walk (20-30 min from pier).
Skagway, Alaska

Don't Miss: White Pass train ride was great! A little long for little kids (approx 3 hours, luckily ours crashed for a nap).
Juneau, Alaska
Evening whale watching. Great food and saw many whales up close. Nice comfortable boat with open deck up top to enjoy the air and take photos.
Ketchikan, Alaska

Don't Miss: Zipline course was fantastic. Beautiful rainforest in Alaska? Totally surprised.

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