Alaska Cruise (Inside Passage) Norwegian Pearl 8/12-8/19 2018

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall rating:

3.1 out of 5
Norwegian Pearl

7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 12, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8206

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Great trip to experience a taste of Alaska, felt gouged on price, service fees, gratuities, etc., not enough parent & toddler programs available. Too much time spent on ship where there is nothing to do except for paid activities, eat & drink. Don't need to do again.

Embarkation

1 out of 5
Even though we had an early assigned time, we boarded with about 2000 other people, boarded late, and had to wait in a large waiting room full of 2000 people for a while. Kind of defeated the purpose of arriving early.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Enjoyed the specialty restaurants and the buffets. Made eating with a toddler easy. Great service in restaurants - except for Steakhouse - waited a long time for food to arrive. Favorite restaurant was Teppanyaki. We had beverage package and 3 night special restaurant package.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Husband played in poker tournaments. I did Deal or No Deal and Bingo. All required entry fees. Gambling was fun. We both won $ which helped offset the fees we owed before exiting the ship.

Entertainment

2 out of 5
We saw one good show with MJ, Madonna and Elvis impersonators - great dancing and singing!

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
Not much geared towards toddlers - which is a shame! There were many traveling families on board and since the ship is a "floating hotel" the trip appeals to those with toddlers. There was a toddler playroom with a 1/2 hour allocated in the morning and night with "special music, toys & bubble machine" but it wasn't that great. Toddler playroom is small, and kiddie splash pool outside was too cold to use! Also, no diaper changing allowed in or near playroom - changing room is located on other side of ship!

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin was tight - we were thankful to have the balcony!

Ship tip

Be very careful about hidden fees, even if you purchase "all inclusive packages"

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

4 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
Weather didn't cooperate so no helicopter tour, but loved visiting Medenhall glacier and falls on our own!

Skagway, Alaska

4 out of 5
We had a planned dog sled excursion here - great with toddler. Time was 3.25 hours - booked directly through Alaska Excursions - not through cruise line! Downtown Skagway has some historical buildings which are interesting - it's a touristy town full of lame jewelry shops - had to really hunt for a drug store!

Ketchikan, Alaska

1 out of 5
It rained while we were there - not much to do - we took a van tour through town but it wasn't that great.

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Loved Butchart Gardens - other than glaciers in Alaska, biggest WOW! factor on trip. Really lovely evening - wish we had more time to spend there!

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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