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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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Norwegian Pearl

5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 13, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 11016

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

NCL is an older and more experienced line, and this history pays off in a great overall cruise! This trip, the Cruise Director (Tiara, an American) was the best ever -- struck an excellent balance of information and humor without crossing the "too stupid" line that many others have.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Early schedule time paid off - great boarding process.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Not quite up to earlier experience on this ship, but specialty restaurants are top notch.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Spa membership is still a good idea for sea days.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Entertainment in the main theatre was very good - but the last night "featured" what had to be the worst Elvis ever... not played for laughs, though he tried, just not good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very good overall service experience, from stewards through dining room staff.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Not one of the newer ships, but very well maintained with great attention to cleanliness and safety.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The biggest surprise was presence of a bath tub. Much harder to enter/exit than a shower, definitely not, in our opinion, a plus. Otherwise, great space and lots of storage cabinets/drawers.

Ship tip

Book a spa membership!

Ports of call

Harvest Caye, Belize

3 out of 5
NCL island was better than some. Greatly disappointed that the "Medicine Trail" tour was cancelled (our main reason for booking the cruise).

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
Having seen Chaccoban (sp?), we opted for Kahoonlich Mayan ruins - EXCELLENT, earlier site (though a long bus ride), VERY interesting and less commercialized.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Walk-off early was perfect - found our shuttle (National/Alamo, free with proof of rental) to the airport and were in our rental car by 8:15
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