Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Beautiful Ship and caring staff

Sail Date: August 18, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

The ship is in great shape and the restaurants are worth taking pictures of. The food however did not meet my expectations. Having cruised on other lines I was very disappointed. I will first comment on the Garden Cafe, a main restaurant. As a additional critic my son (12 yrs old) agreed the hamburger and hotdog buns tasted stale, the bake chicken was tasteless, the fish choices were over cooked. The dishes that were prepared to please the various ethic groups were overheard complaining too. The dessert choices were unremarkable in appearance or taste. The salad bar just had - something missing. After some bad meal choices I decided to try the Summertime restaurant. The dining hall was beautiful and the staff was somewhat attentive. I ordered the a shrimp and steak dinner and my son ordered the N.Y. strip steak. The order came quickly to the table. The shrimp were slightly warm and tasteless. The steak was not med. as ordered, instead well done, dry and lacking any grill flavor. Most of all it was the toughest steak I have ever tried to eat. My son's steak was also supposed to be med. and was instead - well done. His steak was so tough I had to cut it for him. In the middle their was a large gristle and fat. I was going to send the meals back however I didn't the other choices on the menu and was afraid a a repeat performance. I managed to return Garden Cafe for soup. My steward seemed to be around all the time and made up for the shortcomings of dining.
Ship Quality
Beautiful ship
Food and Dining
Could be greatly improved
Cabin / Stateroom
Well designed and practical
Service and Staff
Very attentive
Usual cruise ship variety
Children's Programs
My 12 year old felt there were not enough activities for him
Onboard Activities
The usual stuff to do
Destinations and Excursions
Could have done without Victoria, B.C. and spent more time in Skagway or Ketchikan
Seattle, Washington
Do as I did and take a late flight out of Seatlle and enjoy the city - it is very interesting
Juneau, Alaska
Don't miss the Salmon bake excursions
Skagway, Alaska
The place to buy GOLD
Ketchikan, Alaska
You wont get much time in port - plan accordingly
Victoria, British Columbia
Could take it or leave it. If you take it - book the Hippo


Book early, get midship, the elevators and stairs put you in the middle of everything.

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