Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Great cruise......

Sail Date: August 28, 2016

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This is a wonderful cruise.  I was not that crazy about making this trip, expecting it to cold and stormy.   However, I was wrong, and we only had 2 days of foul weather, just as we departed Seattle, then the weather turned sunny and warm, with postcard views of glaciers, mountains, whales, and wildlife.  I especially enjoyed Glacier Bay, and the majestic views.  Norwegian manages the cruise well, and the best part is that the staff is very accomidating, and the crowd is very civilized.  Only nits to pick is that food quality could be better, and the casino is very smoky.  Overall, their are too many smokers in the public areas, and mar the fresh Alaskan air.  I wish the ship was totally non-smoking.  

Cabin / Stateroom
We had the perfect mid-ship cabin, with a balcony. Room is rather small, but makes effiecient use of space with adequate drawers, cabinets, and closet. Carpet was worn and ready for replacement, and the outside deck railing needs refinishing. But, our cabin attendent, Anil, did a fine job of keeping the room clean and towels restocked. We both found the king bed very comfortable and pillows great. Bathroom is very cramped, and although the wife and I are small people, we found it and the shower very challenging to use.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Seattle, Washington
Arrive the night before and go to the Pike Market.
Juneau, Alaska
Take the Pilots Choice helicopter trip. It is expensive, but worth every penny to see the Juneau Glacier....
Skagway, Alaska
Take a ride on the White Pass and Yukon Rwy, as it has tremendous views, and is quite the engineering feat.....
Cruise Glacier Bay
High point of the trip. Buy a good camera and take many pictures.....
Ketchikan, Alaska
Victoria, British Columbia
This stop is just too brief to fully appreciate Victoria.


The Garden Cafe is the best place to dine. Beef dishes in the fine restaurants are disappointing, as the beef is not prime or choice cuts. The 6th deck wine bar is the best place for an adult beverage. The Spinaker Lounge on the 12th deck is the best place just to read, relax, or hang out.

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