Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska
Review SummaryReturned July 15 from a Norwegian cruise to Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl. The ship is beautifully appointed and our stateroom with a balcony was very nice. This ship, however, with freestyle cruising is not a good choice for Alaska. The speciality restaurants are only open in the evening from 5-5:30 to 10:00 and can accomodate a very limited number of people (35 to 40). The ship dining facility accomodates approximately 400. After waiting 30 minutes for a table the first night we realized you had to have reservations in order to eat at any of the sit down-serve you dining areas. Reservations are taken only 24 hours in advance - and we were unable to book reservations at any of the speciality restaurants except one. We even set our alarm to wake up to start trying to make reservations at 7:00 a.m. - and were still told all reservations were full. The cafeteria and main dining are the only places in Alaska to eat - outside dining was not available due to the cold. They do not have heat lamps outside. We saw people standing up to eat, seniors walking around with their food on the seat of their walkers trying to find a place to sit down. Trying to feed 2,500 people breakfast between the hours of 7-9 just doesn't work when there is no outside place to sit - and no outside restaurants. The staff were as accomodating as they could possibly be.
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Pros: View from our deck
Cons: eating arrangements - not good in Alaska. Speciality restaurants do not open until 5:00-5:30 p.m. and sit a very limited amount of people. Shis is not prepared to accomodate 2,500 people eating inside in Alaska.