Cruise great--food needs a little help

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Pearl

7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 22, 2014

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: GTY

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

We enjoyed our last-minute cruise and on-shore trips. The entertainment in the large theater was good. Our steward was great and had a fun personality. The captain did a great job in getting the ship into the ports and up around Glacier Bay. The food was okay, but not excellent. A previous trip on the Diamond Princess spoiled us--the food and restaurants (didn't have to pay extra, as well) were excellent. We tried the restaurants on the Pearl, but waiting 1 1/2 hours both at breakfast and dinner was a little much.

Overall, we enjoyed our trip on the Norwegian Pearl.  It was relaxing and the ship was clean and well taken care of.  More shopping for normal everyday items would be appreciated.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Generally, it had plenty of room.

Ship tip

Tables indoors filled up fast. Head outdoors to find empty tables if it's not too cold.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
Able to get onboard quickly and to our room. Food was available immediately

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
Took the gondola to a "Salmon Bake"? Turned out it was at a restaurant, and the waitresses didn't know anything about it. Food was great. Dessert was not included with the price.

Skagway, Alaska

3 out of 5
Thought train ride would go up to a town, but it stopped part way up the tracks and went back down. Beautiful views--got great pictures.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Fantastic! Got close to the glaciers and got great pictures.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
Plane ride and 'crab fest'. However, we were not informed that they had turned our trip around. If we had known we would have the crab fest first, we wouldn't have hurried and eaten breakfast on the ship. The staff at the crab shack and the pilot were fun and the food was great.

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Easy to get off the ship. Hired a fun couple with a car who showed up around town and got us in the castle. Several for hire were waiting at the dock. Beautiful gardens and peacocks.
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