Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Dates are wrong -This Review is for TRB XVI

Sail Date: March 14, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

As stated in the title, the dates on this review are wrong but there was no option to select the cruise I actually took, which was a charted cruise for The Sixthman company. This year was The Rock Boat XVI, my first experience with a chartered cruise. Many bands and music acts were onboard including Sister Hazel, Michael Franti, and Gavin DeGraw. I enjoyed the music festival atmosphere but I appreciate that people reading this review will be interested in hearing about the ship. 

I really, really, disliked this ship. I have cruised on Carnival (which I rate as average) and Royal Caribbean (which I rate above average) so that is what I am comparing this to. The ship was in great disrepair and many aspects of the cruise were simply sub-par. The food was disgusting compared to the other cruise lines. Very disappointing. Nervous

Cabin / Stateroom
Just OK. In need of a renovation.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
No problems getting on or off the ship.
Ship Quality
UGH. Scrap this ship already. It's GROSS.
Destinations and Excursions
Normal excursions and destination types.
Onboard Activities
Absolutely nothing to do until 3pm on this type of cruise. The ship was a ghost town.
Children's Programs Not relevant. No Kids. Best part about this cruise, actually.
Obviously, the musical entertainment was awesome.
Service and Staff
Probably due to this being a chartered cruise and a music festival (tons of loud, needy, drunk people), the staff seemed hassled and stressed. No "happy happy" feeling.
Food and Dining
Really, really bad food. Even the food in the paid areas was terrible. Blech.

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