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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 28, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 10556
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

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.  

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
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.

Ship Tip

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.

5 out of 5
Arrive the night before and go to the Pike Market.
5 out of 5
Take the Pilots Choice helicopter trip. It is expensive, but worth every penny to see the Juneau Glacier....
5 out of 5
Take a ride on the White Pass and Yukon Rwy, as it has tremendous views, and is quite the engineering feat.....

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
High point of the trip. Buy a good camera and take many pictures.....
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
This stop is just too brief to fully appreciate Victoria.
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