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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Norwegian Pearl

13 Night The Rivieras (Amsterdam To Rome)

Sail date: June 22, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 10599

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The cruise itinerary was one of the best. Sadly we missed three important ports due to engine issues.


5 out of 5
Fast and efficient in the Amsterdam port

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Superb, much better than any other NCL ship I have sailed on

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
I played a few of the trivia games


5 out of 5
Ge Luz guitarist was tremendous. Deck band Funky Roots was excellent too. Aerialist couple was phenomenal. Flamenco guitarist was excellent. House band was mediocre. Three divas were horrible.

Children's Programs

No children with me

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Stateroom steward was excellent. Waitstaff in the Indigo restaurant were above and beyond. Garden Cafe staff were upbeat, friendly and helpful.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything was well maintained. The decor was attractive. Halls, stairways, elevators and bathrooms were immaculate.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Comfortable, plenty of storage in drawers and closet. Nice spacious bathroom. Very quiet at all times.

Ship tip

A great place to relax and getaway.

Ports of call

Amsterdam, Netherlands

5 out of 5
So much to see and do

Tilbury (London), England

5 out of 5
I took the excursion London On Your Own. It was great. They got us quickly into the city so we had a full day to run around. Pick up point was easy to get to. Bus was super comfy.

Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium

5 out of 5
I took a bus to Bruges through Get Your Guide. I love this quaint historic city.

Le Havre (Paris), France

5 out of 5
Just took the ship’s shuttle into Le Havre and walked around. I visited two beautiful cathedrals and had some great French pastries.

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
I needed more time. I did an excursion that I don’t recommend to others. It was a walking tour and ride on funicular.

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

5 out of 5
Loved loved loved this city. I did the excursion where you visited three little villages in the countryside. We also visited an organic garden, an olive oil factory with samplings and toured a typical village home. Then we split up into small groups and went to a villager’s home for a home cooked five course meal!!

Malaga, Spain

5 out of 5
Hop On Hop Off bus tour

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands Did not visit port

Ship had engine issues

Barcelona, Spain

4 out of 5
City seemed tired and lifeless. I hired a private walking tour guide through Get Your Guide. She was nice but she was Italian not a Barcelona native.

Monte Carlo, Monaco Did not visit port

Ship had engine issues

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy Did not visit port

Ship had engine issues

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Did not visit port

Ship had engine issues


2 out of 5
We had to make our own arrangements to get to Rome or home. No assistance offered. Only 60 minutes free WiFi given to book and change flights and accommodations. Horrible experience.
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