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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
3 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 17, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

First cruise for us after a few all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and Caribbean. Was actually a theme cruise with rock bands, wine & gourmet cooking activities sponsored by Kendall-Jackson. Hence the title Wine & Dine Cruise!

The ship was easy enough to navigate, except for the rear deck being only accessible through the buffet. Our inside stateroom on deck 8 was only far from things at the very front of the ship. The room was big enough to get around, and very quiet.

Norwegian's concept of Casual Dining - no set seatings for dinners other than reservations for the premium restaurants - was fantastic. Gave us a lot of flexibility in the evenings.

The food was great. Didn't do buffets other than breakfast and lunch. Had plenty of selection, even on the small rear-deck outdoor buffet and didn't run out of food. So I don't know why it had to be a contact sport! Was funny to watch people dash in & out. From the size of them, that's the only dashing they do. Also enjoyed getting sprayed in the face by the Washy-Washy, happy-happy drones.

The premium restaurants ($15 to $30 extra each) were well worth it. The Brazilian and Cagney's steakhouse were five-star meals. Italian and Japanese had delicious food as well, I think. Too much wine before and with supper.

With one of the pools and the outdoor buffet closed to fit a stage, it limited some of the on-ship activities and space. However, lots of room to lounge in the sun on ship days. Server and cleaning staff were efficient and polite. Jovi was especially helpful.

As a five-night trip, the two shore days were limited but fun. Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island, had a beautiful beach with great snorkeling off the reef. Nassau was typical tourist shops, pushy vendors and lively bars.

Overall a fun trip on the Pearl.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Limited due to the charter program

Entertainment

5 out of 5
But was part of charter, not organized by Norwegian

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
Non-existent - almost no kids!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our steward Jovi was great. Some disorganization with bookings for meals, but was minor.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Highly recommend trying Norwegian's casual dining concept. No need to stuff bunch of sunburnt, shorts & t-shirt people into outdated dress clothes, but dress up if you prefer to show a little class.

1 out of 5
Terrible organization and communication. Never knew there was 2 hour delay. Whether the cruise line or port at fault, WAY TOO FEW check-in counters open. Seriously, 6 people serving 2 thousand?
5 out of 5
Sun, sand, surf, snorkeling and suds. Superb!
3 out of 5
Nothin special
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