Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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3 out of 5

Alaska in June

Sail Date: June 09, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, a nice vacation, as we had spectacular weather. The ship was clean and our room steward very friendly and helpful. I loved my pass to the spa, it is a very relaxing space with wonderful views from the bow of the ship.
Two main criticisms though. The food was very unimpressive. None of us ever got a steak or fish dish that wasn't cooked to death, and the Garden Café was just madness no matter what time we went. Other guests would take window tables to sight see, leaving us balancing plates of food, cups of hot coffee etc. looking for somwhere to sit and eat. We even saw a sleeping toddler taking up an entire booth. The ship's crew should be monitoring this rudeness and moving people who are clearly not eating to an appropriate viewing area.
Second disappointment was entertainment. We watched several nature documentaries in the theater that had to have been made in the 1980's and were poorly projected, probably off a VCR tape... there was an overall lack of interesting things for our older teenagers to do onboard as well. The climbing wall was only open a couple of hours at a time, often when it was too cold or windy to enjoy. We tried the game room, but there was never space open. Glad we took our Kindles...
In summary, we very much enjoyed Alaska and our shore excursions, but would have enjoyed less mass-prepared food and some social activities for older teens.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Can't say I enjoyed anything I ate
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Seattle, Washington
Plenty of help with the check-in and boarding process
Juneau, Alaska
Would have liked a longer stay in port
Skagway, Alaska
We took the ferry to Haines for our kayaking excursion
Ketchikan, Alaska
Get a block or two off the main souvenir shopping street for better shopping
Victoria, British Columbia
Only got off so the kids could say they went to Canada. Might as well have been in Cincinnati...


Spring for the spa pass, but do it as soon as you get on board, they only sell a limited number of them.

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