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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall rating:

3.2 out of 5
Norwegian Pearl

5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 18, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9572

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This was our first NCL cruise. Overall it was a good cruise minus the weather being not good. The ship was nice and the shows were really good. The food was just ok, but not awful as some people have said. We enjoyed the buffet food more than the food in the main dining rooms. Maybe the specialty dining is that much better, but we did not do that.


3 out of 5
It was slow loading, but not horrible. You can’t get on as early as you would Carnival or Royal.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The main dining room was ok. Service was slow. There wasn’t anything really great that stood out. The restaurants were nice though. We did not do any of the specialty dining.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Due to bad weather and rough seas, most of the outdoor activities were closed a majority of the time. There was not a lot of indoor activities other than gambling or drinking along with some bingo/deal or no deal gambling games.


4 out of 5
The stage shows were excellent. They were definitely better than the shows on Carnival and better than Royal’s shows as well other than Royal’s Amphitheater shows.

Children's Programs

4 out of 5
My son enjoyed the teen program.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The room steward did an excellent job. The waiters were friendly and got our orders right, but the service was very slow.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
We enjoyed the ship and it’s layout. It is a very nice ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The room was comfortable, a normal sized cabin, and was well kept. The shower was bigger than the ones on Carnival and Royal.

Ship tip

A good deal for a good cruise but nothing great

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

2 out of 5
Took 20 minutes just to get out of the garage to go back home. Only had one booth running.

Harvest Caye, Belize

4 out of 5
The private island was nice. Wish the weather had been better. Two of our boys did the zipline and really enjoyed it. Would like to go back when the weather is nicer.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

2 out of 5
Not much to do unless you did an excursion. We took a trolley to the nearest beach which was sketchy and we didn’t stay long.


2 out of 5
Slow slow slow.. never have we waited so long to get through the building to customs. Getting off the ship wasn’t awful.

Traveler Photos

View from our balcony Summer Palace view Window room looking at the bridge
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