Great Alaskan Cruise

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 29, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 5030
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 3 years ago

The 17 people of my family that went on this cruise had a wonderful time.  We were 6 to 67 years of age and all had a great time.  Most of the staff were nice with a few that were rather rude, but that is expected when there are so many employees.  As a whole, most were very pleasant and helpful if asked a question or someone needed help.  Our stateroom steward was very nice and made sure we had anything we needed, even though we did have to ask for extra towels and wash cloths a few times.  He made towel animals for my 2 grandchildren that were in my cabin everyday which they saved until we left the NCL Pearl.  The food was good and a person could find something to eat wherever you would go.  We basically used the Garden Cafe because it was quick and everyone could find the type of foods they liked.  The only problem with the Garden Cafe is that there is just not enough seating, at least on the cruise we took, to seat everyone.  Our 17 people went at different times to eat, but we all had a hard time finding a place to eat when the time came.  3 of us went by ourselves at different times and still had a hard time finding a seat that was available.  The speciality cafe that 6 of us used once was La Cacina.  The food and service was excellent but we felt was rather pricey for what was received.  All shows and presentations that we went to were very good and informative, respectively.  The games and instructions that were given were fun, even if a person only watched.  The duty free store was very nice, but rather pricey.  As for the Ocean View state rooms we had, they were okay but had been lead to believe that there were 4 twin sized beds (2 of them could be put together) with 2 beds on the floor and 2 beds that could be pulled down from the walls.  This was not true.  There was only 1 bed that would come down from the wall with the 4th bed being pushed up under one of the beds on the floor, like a trundle bed.  This made it very hard to walk around in the cabin when all 4 beds were made up.  Next time, if I should decide to cruise again, there will be no more than 3 people in a room even though we, my daughter and 2 grandchildren and myself, were in a room together.  We made the trip fine, but was rather inconvienent and very crowded for us.  As a whole, this was a very great cruise!

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
A decent food and dining experience. Expected more seafood dishes, but as a whole exjoyed the things that were cooked for us.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean, but confusing as to where a person was supposed to go to find things on the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Except for the bed issue that I already stated, the cabin was adequate.

Ship Tip

Have nothing really to add over what I have already stated.

5 out of 5
Spent 3 extra days in Seattle and had a wonderful time. Really enjoyed the Pike Market and the area around there. Took a cruise around the Sound area which was very informative. Would recommend to all to enjoy Seattle.
5 out of 5
Wonderful little town to see. Took a whale watching cruise and saw 7 whales as well as sea lions. Great little town.

Skagway, Alaska Did not visit port

This town is a little larger. Went to the mushers camp and completely enjoyed this. The Old town tour was a farce even though the meal that was served was good. I would not recommend this but would 100% recommend the mushers tour.

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Was a great day to relax on board and watch for the glaciers. Rather windy and rough sea, but the ship was not really bad at all. None of us got sea sick.
5 out of 5
Went on the Rain Forest tour and toteum tour which both were great. We saw some plants that we had never seen and saw numerous black bear, 1 with 2 cubs. The eagles were awesome. To large of a town with a lot of tourist shops which all of the towns we visited had.
5 out of 5
Was a beautiful town to visit. Got some great pictures.
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