Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

Alaska in Late May on Norwegian Pearl

Sail Date: May 27, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Very well maintained ship with a very helpful crew. Loved the freestyle dining without having to dress up. Lines at the Garden Cafe buffet were a bit overwhelming the first day and breakfast buffet seating at peak times was almost impossible without a scout to find a table and hold it while the others in our party foraged.

Our cabin steward, Ricardo, was always attentive and helpful, as was everyone on the Pearl.

Pros: food, scenery, entertainment, staff

Cons: crowded buffet, shore disembarking

Recommends Norwegian Pearl? Yes!

Food and Dining
Food was good and plentiful but with the buffet in the Garden Cafe, peak times were annoying. We ate at the sit down restaurants for most evening meals and those were pleasant, relaxed experiences.
Ship Quality
The art in the stairwells was always interesting when we'd explore a new part of the ship. Someone was always cleaning to keep it nice, even the outside was washed daily. Three stairwells equally spaced and placards with locations throughout the ship helped us find our way that first few days.
Cabin / Stateroom
On a ship, space is at a premium and if you are in your stateroom too much, you are wasting your time. We had a balcony stateroom between mid and aft stairwells on the starboard side, deck 11. For 2 people it was spacious, for 3 it was a little tight, especially with a young adult that spreads out a lot more. I liked the layout and enjoyed the balcony. Nothing like having your own viewing deck for watching for whales and glaciers.
Service and Staff
Everyone was immensely helpful. The washy-washy girls were always very chipper. Our cabin steward, Ricardo, always had a cute folded towel animal for us to enjoy when we returned from a shore excursion.

Getting off at port upon docking was about the only downside. If your shore excursion was any time close to the docking time, you had lots of company for the cattle crowded lines to disembark.
Entertainment
We didn't see the broadway type shows but did see the comedian, magician and the second city troupe. We also watched the ranger presentation on the park and glaciers. The game shows were funny and killed some time while at sea.


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