Wonderful Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: March 04, 2012
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9118
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago
Joined the ship in Ocho Rios which was half way round its round trip from Miami. Easy boarding as there was only about 100 English people who had been staying in Jamaica on a Virgin holiday.
Invited to try the buffet which we did, and that is where we spent a lot of our time on board the Pearl, as we felt we could choose exactly what we wanted at virtually any time of day and night.
After lunch, we went to the cabin which was ready and was very pleased with what we saw. Plenty of room for 2 and a nice sized balcony.
Spent most of the afternoon in getting to know our way around the ship until we left Jamaica. The only “problem” in joining a ship half way through its itinerary was that the Freestyle daily showed day 4 when we had just started our cruise.
Our second day was George Town in Grand Cayman and our first experience of tendering. Took a little time to queue up for the tender tickets and there was a bit of a wait to get onto the correctly numbered tender due to everybody crowding the stairwells.
Little disappointed with George Town and after a stroll round the shops and a purchase of Pandora for my wife, we went back to the ship which by then was nice and quiet. Went to the Broadway Showtime in the evening which was good.
Dined in the Summer Palace which we found to be excellent and tried out a lovely bottle of wine.
Next day, we were in Mexico which was a new country for us and docked in Cozumel. Loved this small place and just strolled around the shops, politely saying no to the many shopkeepers who were all trying to get you in to there stores. Found a nice little bar and spent a bit of time just people watching.
Day 3 (or day 7 on the Dailys) was a sea day and we just lazed around on the sun deck and sampled a few drinks, but being wary of the prices did not go overboard (No pun intended)
Into Miami next day and one of the best sights was to see Miami at around 4.00am sailing into the port. Went onto our first shore excursion and met in the theatre at 7.45am to visit the Everglades. This was a wonderful day out and well organised by NCL. Seeing the wild alligators in their own environment was very interesting. Even got to see Miami airport on the way back as some passengers were going home.
Next day was at Great Stirrup Cay, the private island of NCL, which was a tender port. Did not really matter about being first off as there was only one place to go. Pleasant beach day but not a lot of shade as it was quite hot when the sun got up. NCL put on a lovely buffet on the island which was very well organised.
That was the last of the shore excursions as the last day was a sea day. Tried the Indigo main restaurant which to us was nicer than the Summer Palace as we found it more intimate. Finished the cruise with a tribute show to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons which was excellent.
Back into Ocho Rios next day and it was quite sad to watch the Pearl sail away again with us on the beach as we were staying one more night in Jamaica.
All in all, a wonderful cruise on a very nice ship with excellent service from very attentive staff.