Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean

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4 out of 5

Carribean Freestyling

Sail Date: March 26, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Inside

Cabin: Cabin no.

We have cruised on NCL and this ship several times. It is not a mega ship but still offers good entertainment. We only had 2 of the nightly featured acts, that  performed twice. The comedian had two very different acts that were fabulous. There was a oldies singing group that we did not go back for the second performance.

The crowd was an older crowd (lots of wheelchairs and walkers) this might have been due to the fact that it was an 11 day cruise. I would say that over 50% of the patrons were foreigners (not U.S)

There was a gastro-intestinal virus outbreak on the ship which required  buffet and dining options to change. The captain and crew were quick to put up additional hand sanitizer stations in the elevators and at all room entry and exit points. They did a good job of limiting the patrons from touching anything. However the ship is not equipped to serve everyone at the buffet. They had limited staff behind the counters and you had to gain their attention to get served.Overall they did a very good job containing the outbreak.

My only recommendation to NCL would have been to add an additional stop at their private island on the way back. There was plenty of time to make this happen. The private islands are one of our family's favorite stops and you can't do them on the mega ships.They also need to go through their beach towels and get rid of the yellow stained ones. They were very  tired looking.

The staff was extremely personable and we love the "washy, washy singers and staff by the entrances to the buffet. There was also an associate that did a chaise check by the pools. They allowed you to save chairs for an hour (they used stickers). The attendant put stickers on the chair next to you, without saying anything, and your family member could have been in the pool etc. He could have said something (he was kinda sneaky)

Overall all it was a very good experience and we will cruise with NCl in the future.

Cruise Photos

Ship Quality
Getting a little tired looking. Could use some freshening up
Food and Dining
We like eating when we want. Loved the poolside bar b ques!
Cabin / Stateroom
Good bathroom- We were on the Epic and did not like the bathroom and shower on it.
Service and Staff
Any great crew members you want to recognize? Give them a shout out here!
Entertainment
Comedian was very good (Chris) her second performance was musical and fantastic!
Children's Programs Did not use
Onboard Activities
Poolside activites were cancelled due to lack of participation. Older crowd
Destinations and Excursions
All ports were great, just wished it also stopped at NCL private island
Oranjestad, Aruba
Palm Beach---Bring a blow up float!
Willemstad, Curacao
Porto Mari beach..one of my favorites. The floating market and caves are cool to see!
Castries, St. Lucia
The island was beautiful! Take a tour!
Miami, Florida
Add a tip. What was your favorite thing to do here?
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Baths are the best! Beware of the jellyfish!
St. John's, Antigua Add a tip. What was your favorite thing to do here?
Fort-De-France, Martinique Add a tip. What was your favorite thing to do here?
Basseterre, St. Kitts Add a tip. What was your favorite thing to do here?
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Add a tip. What was your favorite thing to do here?

Tip

There is a bowling alley and 24/7 food in O'Shenhans. The appitizers "chicken fingers and Mozerella sticks" were great. It would be great if they served the chicken fingers with fries as a main dish. Love the Ice Cream self serve machines!!!



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