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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall rating:

2.6 out of 5
Norwegian Pearl

5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 12, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9567

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I chose this cruise because it was a good deal on a 5 night western Caribbean cruise. I had only sailed on Royal Caribbean and Carnival prior to this cruise and was very excited for this new trip. Food was a major disappointment. Buffet food was lack luster and the sit down dining was not good. Appetizers were ranked highest at a 5/10 and main entrees probably 3/10. Entrees seemed to mainly consist of chicken or beef for every dish. Fish i ordered twice was mushy. Chicken was ALWAYS dry and beef lacked flavor. I was amazed when I found out there would be no lobster, shrimp, scallops, or other seafood that I always looked forward to on a cruise. Bottom line, food was a big disappointment. Room was fine. We had an interior room and it was enough room for both of us. Bathroom was nice and shower was spacious. Entertainment was another negative. I was not very impressed. The comedian, Alex, however was very funny. The staff was very friendly and helpful in every aspect. Our stateroom housekeeper was awesome and so was our waitress in the Indigo. While the food was not good she made our night and we kept making sure we got her each night for dinner. Pool space was too small. 2 small pools and 4 small hot tubs. No interior pools or hot tubs unless you want to pay an up charge. This was another negative of the cruise. It seems as if you have to pay extra for everything that normal cruise lines include. Destinations were great. No complaints. Almost the entire cruise the ship was rocking heavily. Not sure if this is normal but the ship is older so maybe it is. Unfortunately this cruise did not live up to my expectations. I will not be sailing on NCL again after this experience.


2 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


1 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5

Ship Quality

2 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship tip

Get out to the pool deck early on days at sea to save your pool chair. They go fast and the space is small

Ports of call

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

3 out of 5

Harvest Caye, Belize

4 out of 5

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

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