Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

The Norwegian Pearl has gotten it down and gotten it right!

Sail Date: August 02, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

There are two standout areas that made our cruise a most enjoyable one.  The first is the logistics of the cruise.  From initial boarding through printed communication schedules about on-board and onshore activities, dining hours, etc, delivered to your cabin daily, and on through to disembarking, the organizational efficiency of the Pearl is very impressive.  Attention to detail by the Pearl made this cruise truly a hassle free experience. 

The second area is the service ethic of the employees on the pearl.  With no exceptions we found all we encountered to be friendly, engaging and sincerely devoted to assuring that our needs were being met.  Crew members originated from over 60 nationalities and we spent many minutes learning fascinating information about the homelands and the paths that led some to the Pearl.  Interacting with the crew was an unanticipated but thoroughly enjoyable experience for us that enriched our cruise.

The cruise ventures through incredibly beautiful country, the onshore activities at the multiple stops were diverse and plentiful.  Whether we went ashore or stayed on board we never experienced a dull moment.  Did I mention the quality of the food?  Egads!



Cabin / Stateroom
Our quarters were larger than anticipated with a comfortable bed, lots of storage accessibility and a roomier shower than we expected. Our stateroom, and indeed the entire ship are kept very clean.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Seattle, Washington
Hey, we live but a half-hour from Seattle so what's not to like? And, no, it didn't rain on our day of departure or arrival! Blue skies and sunshine for both!
Juneau, Alaska
The Mendenhall Glacier was most impressive. While there we walked a boardwalk to stand above colorful spawning sockeye salmon and enjoyed spotting a porcupine in lazy slumber in a tree above us
Skagway, Alaska
The White Pass railroad trip to the Canadian border traversed through beautiful country. This shorter version trip allowed us to stroll about the commercial maw of shops in Skagway.
Cruise Glacier Bay
Impressive spectacle, just wish the weather on this day had been more accommodating.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Salmon fishing capitol of the world, or so Juneau bills itself. We did not fish, but after hearing a table next to us we wish we had booked a charter to fish-they caught 8 fish, including 5 King salmon. Creek Street in Ketchikan was interesting.
Victoria, British Columbia
We chose to stay aboard and did so with no regret.


We discovered and then chose to breakfast and lunch at The Great Outdoors on Deck 12 aft. Doing so put us out in the open and able to better experience the beautiful scenery as we cruised steadily on.

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