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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Norwegian Pearl

8 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 30, 2017

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Norwegian didn’t have enough extra to make me want to have loyalty to this line. Staff were great, ship was okay, and this cruise was right value for this trip.

Embarkation

4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Good specialty dining. Teppanyaki and Lotus Garden we’re favorites and best food. La Cuchina should be an included, not surcharge restaurant—not that unique.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Spa was fabulous.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Especially enjoyed Legends show.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Clean but some simple age evidence could be addressed

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Other reviews made me think bathrooms would be too small but they were fine.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

Our ship got bumped out to a pier a distance from town at the last minute. Meant tendering, shuttle’s, taxis. Too much trouble plus all snorkel and underwater excursions were cancelled. So I stayed on ship.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

4 out of 5
I think I prefer Mahoghany Bay at this destination.

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
Harvest Caye was GORGEOUS! I took the Mayan Culture and Medicine Trail excursion. While you spend a lot of time getting there (boat to mainland, ride to rainforest) the lessons were incredible plus we had a Mayan guide who was so well-informed and very patient and frank with our questions.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
Again snorkeling excursion canceled this time due to boat’s mechanical difficulties. Took an alternate last minute trip to Playa mahahual—a private resort for beach snorkeling.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Captain closed the evening before with announcement that we were not going to be allowed to be at preferred pier so there would be one less bay for unloading luggage. Ergo he wanted us all to know self-assist exit would be best. “It is what it is. There are things in our lives we cannot control.” This was the Captain’s near daily announcement on weather, tendering, the “ride.”
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