The staff were great, the ship was too small.

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 24, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9576
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The ship seemed to have been designed to fit the most people in the smallest space possible. The buffet was a madhouse with passengers trying to weave thru the chairs to find an open table. We chose the main dining room whenever possible and it was nice.  The Stardust Theater could not seat all the passengers assigned to that seating time. Some sat on the stairs and were a safety hazard.

The ports of call in Alaska and Canada were great. Glacier bay was beautiful and the  National Park Ranger did a good job explaining how and why the glaciers were retreating.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main dining rooms were very nice, Skip the buffet.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
They had several Origami classes which were very nice, and a little different.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The stage performances were very good, but the theater was cramped and detracted from the performance.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Stewards and waiters were very nice and helpful. The crew member who sang"Washy, Washy, Happy Happy at each meal was a delight.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Difficult to pass other guests in the hallways

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The balcony was great - we did some whale watching and also enjoyed viewing the Alaskan mountains

Ship Tip

If you are over 6 feet tall, avoid this ship.

5 out of 5
Light Rail to Pike's Market
5 out of 5
Mendenhall glacier was very nice,
5 out of 5
Go out on deck, so you can see the glaciers. The ship does turn around in a circle so you can see the whole thing , but it is better outside.
5 out of 5
The lumberjack show divided the audience into 2 camps so we could cheer our camp.
5 out of 5
Butchard Gardens are fantastic, even if you do not enter the gardens until almost 7pm.
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