"Pearl Review"

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska & Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 12, 2011
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago

The ports were better than expected--very enjoyable. The Kids Club made all of our 4 eligible children in our party happy.

The food and the entertainment were the worst of any of the 8 cruises that I have been on. Specifically, the grade of meat and fish were inferior to anything I could ever expect. The fish was inedible--except for a specialty restaurant salmon. Most cruises have superior grades of meat--not so this cruise. Everyone in our party of 13 was grossly dissatisfied with the meat. The exception was breakfast--that was consistently good. Having no changes in the lunch menu was boring--as evidenced by the dining room being 1/8 full at any time at lunch.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Food was horrible. I would suggest better dining room food, less extra restaurants. Dining times were fine. Ambiance of Summer Palace was unparalleled. Specialty options were never near capacity, so I fear that other passengers felt as I did--have better dining room food, less specialty options.


1 out of 5
The "Pearl" dancers and singers were the worst entertainment I have ever seen on a cruise. The lead singer was obnoxious and the dancers were not good. Other entertainment was not good as well. The only outstanding entertainment were the classical group that played in a bar. The first sea-day's activities were good. Subsequent sea days' activities were not as good.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Pirate party was excellent.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The steward and the maitre d were the ones who went above and beyond in cleaning the room and accommodating our party of 13.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The size was quite small for a balcony room. The carpet was not well-vacuumed--especially at the edges and corners, but, after being asked, the steward obliged in this matter. The amenities were fine, except that the bathroom needed about 1' more depth.
3 out of 5
Hard to rate, as it was raining so much. I enjoyed the Mendenhall Glacier. We really enjoyed Tracy's Crab Shack.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier
3 out of 5
Spent our time at Butchart Gardens. Was a very expensive trip, even though it was enjoyable.
Don't Miss: Butchart Gardens
5 out of 5
Most quaint town. Enjoyed shopping, Ate at Angela's--good. Saw Lumerjack Show because we had 7 children with us. That was enjoyable, but wouldn't have seen it if the children had not been with us.
Don't Miss: The town itself
5 out of 5
Cute town, nice excursion to White Pass/Yukon Railroad

Pros: Kids Club, ports

Cons: Food and entertainment

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? No.

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