Great food on main rooms, that's it!!!
Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: December 11, 2011
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryUnless you really want to try this cruise line, try other. Stateroom was really unclean. Even left few notices to steward without any improvement. In the end, we all got sick with sore throat, fever, etc. There were noticeable carpet dirty spots on room with a lot of dust in the corners (room 8115). All calls to "front desk" were unattended or phone even not attended.
Overall this ship is average in my opinion. With the exception of main dining room, I had a better experience with the Carnival Valor on 2010 (just as a clue if you are undecided between these two ships).
Of course, they will try to sell everything from pizza (which is free on a limited time at the buffet, afterwards and in room for $5/order) to overpriced drinks. I brought a soda case from home and it was "suspiciously delayed" by security personnel and sealed as "liquor" . After various requests to steward, it was delivered to room. Bring all the water and soda if you like, because it is pretty expensive onboard and dining rooms/buffet only offer free UNSWEETENED TEA and ICED WATER. No lemonade, no more. If you buy the soda card/cup, be prepared to receive refills out of 2 liter bottles not from fountain (so it is not necessarily fresh and sparkling).
Food and Dining
I still refuse to consider Pizza and Mexican (not high end, simple common tex-mex) a specialty. THIS IS THE FIRST SHIP I SEE THAT ACTUALLY HAS A COVER CHARGE FOR PIZZA AND A BURRITO.
Service and Staff
In other hand, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME that I see a ship with a blocked front view. Most of the good views are only available from balconies/suites, so THEY EVEN SELL YOU THE BEST SEA VIEWS! Have this in mind...
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Food on Indigo Main Dining Room, Blue Lagoon
Cons: Stinky, dirty motel-like cleaning on stateroom, lack of variety on main buffet, bad/flavorless desserts