Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

First cruise - not our last!

Sail Date: October 17, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

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.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Our steward Jovi was great. Some disorganization with bookings for meals, but was minor.
But was part of charter, not organized by Norwegian
Children's Programs
Non-existent - almost no kids!
Onboard Activities
Limited due to the charter program
Destinations and Excursions
Stay on Nassau too short to do much
Miami, Florida
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?
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
Sun, sand, surf, snorkeling and suds. Superb!
Nassau, Bahamas
Nothin special


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.

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