An Enjoyable Vacation despite several issues.

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Norwegian Pearl

14 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To Tampa)

Sail date: October 21, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 11650

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

An enjoyable cruise by and large but some terrible management issues. Why have over 1000 passengers assemble in the theatre to disembark - would it not be more sensible to have us wait in our cabins? Wrong venues for large audiences is another example. Could have been so much better but think more training required in certain areas. Still object to not having free unlimited internet. Shorts and casual gear should be banned in most public area and all restaurants except buffet. Never seen so many tramps.

Embarkation

1 out of 5
Shocking- lack of organization

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food generally good. Speciality restaurants average other than Japanese

Blue Lagoon Cafe

1 out of 5

Not aware there was one on board

Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar

5 out of 5

Excellent service - great service by Julius

Cagney's Steakhouse

2 out of 5

Very average - nothing specialBit cheeky to ask for a gratuity

Garden Cafe / Kid's Cafe

5 out of 5

Excellent - good choice of buffet. Friendly staffTable quickly cleared and cleaned

Great Outdoors Bar

5 out of 5

Excellent service

Indigo Main Dining Room

1 out of 5

Only went on the first night.Rough and ready - too casualban the shorts

Mambos Tapas Restaurant

1 out of 5

Where was this

Topsiders Bar and Grill

5 out of 5

Good service

Teppanyaki

5 out of 5

Excellent. Most enjoyable. Good fun and witty chefs

Star Bar

1 out of 5

Where was this bar?

Sky High Bar and Grill

5 out of 5

Great service

Lotus Garden Asian Restaurant

1 out of 5

Poor choice of menuService poorDetest vacuum cleaners being used when I am dining

Le Bistro

3 out of 5

Pretty average and overpriced

Java Cafe

5 out of 5

Good service

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Body Waves Fitness Center

3 out of 5

Not particularly helpful unless you were going to sign upTo a detox scene or whatever

The Shopping Galleria

1 out of 5

Average Young man in shop not at all interested in my 19.95 dollar watch purchase. Almost rude and unhelpful

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Very mixed. Could have done with more interesting lectures.

Bliss Ultra Lounge

5 out of 5

Very good - good effort for Halloween

Stardust Theater

4 out of 5

Good layout - no issues

Spinnaker Lounge

5 out of 5

Again great servicev

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Anisha in dining room excellent Too many problems with cabin breakfast - items missing

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Try and obtain an aft cabin right at the stern. Great if going through canal et

Ports of call

San Diego, California

5 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Did not visit port

Cancelled due to hurricane

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

4 out of 5

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

4 out of 5

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

4 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5

Tampa, Florida

2 out of 5

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
Very badly organised for a number of reasons
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