Overall it was an enjoyable vacation.
No regrets. One lesson learned is that 7 days is a long time to spend on a floating resort with other travelers and their children. Willing to cruise NCL again. Also want to try other cruise lines to see how they compare. Read Less. Sail Date July Radar Roz 1 Review Written. A Spa Norwegian Pearl Caribbean - Eastern. This was our second cruise on the Pearl We prefer the smaller ship although it's easy to get lost on this one too. The entertainment was fantastic as The entertainment was fantastic as usual Our Steward Arlan Cabin was amazing My husband and I usually eat in the Palace Garden because it is beautiful, relaxed and served beautifully.
We both love to lounge and read on the Spinnaker loungers as well as exploring to find other little spots to sun, or read without facing hoards of people. The theatre is welcoming and comfortable,except the front row seats which probably should be replaced. We enjoy the casino when it is quiet because I am allergic to smoke and cannot be there when it is busy.
The best part of this cruise for me was finding out about the spa pass to the thermal suite! It has spoiled me now I will not be able to enjoy a cruise ever as much without it. The pass allows access to the spa for the full week to enjoy the thermal jacuzzi pools, hot tubs, aromatherapy room. Towels and robes and water, tea and fruit juice is always available in the lounging area.
The passes are limited to about 84 passengers and thus it is seldom "busy" and almost always zen like. I didn't know about it our first time on the Pearl, so I dropped the ball on that one. Sail Date December Cruisenmike 6 Reviews Written. Trip of a Lifetime on the Pearl. I booked this cruise about a year ago as a way to celebrate my wife's 35th birthday this September. She had always said that she "wanted to see the ice before it melts", so a trip to Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl seemed like She had always said that she "wanted to see the ice before it melts", so a trip to Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl seemed like a great idea at the time.
Flash forward to this year, and I'm sitting here a week and a couple days after returning from this cruise, wishing we were still on it. Sure, there were unbelievably rough seas on day 6 causing us to miss our Port of Call in Ketchikan, but this truly was the trip of a lifetime! The suite itself was amazing: large bedroom with the forward balcony; one full double-vanity bathroom; a half-bathroom; living area; mini-bar area with a espresso machine and 3 bottles of liquor; dining area; and large side balcony. We had the usual suite perks with a butler, concierge, etc.
The suite perfectly suited this trip. Half the awesomeness of cruising Alaska is seeing the views from the ship, and this suite gave us the best vantage points as we pulled into each port and particularly on the day we cruised Glacier Bay. The Itinerary: As we had never been to Alaska before, we were very pleased with the itinerary - although, I suspect, we would've been pleased with any Alaskan itinerary. The key was in the excursions we booked in each port. Missing Ketchikan gives us another reason to go back sooner rather than later; but, with the dangerous weather conditions we encountered, I think NCL made the right call skipping the port.
We hiked onto a glacier, and it was awesome. Can't recommend these two excursions enough! We skipped the Chef's table yet again because silly NCL has the same menu on each ship for Chef's table. We ate at Cagney's for breakfast most days a suite perk and ate their for dinner, which was quite good. We really enjoyed our dinners at Le Bistro and La Cucina. The meals in the regular dining rooms and buffet were certainly reasonable.
But, with the buffets and main dining rooms being so overly crowded, it was worth it to us to spend the extra dollars on the specialty restaurants just to have a more intimate setting. The Service: Overall, the service was excellent. We were fortunate enough to have Monica as our concierge again. She is fantastic, always checking on us and seeing how we were doing. I wish we had been able to see her on our last day to thank her again; but for some reason, we did not.
As a treat, we did the Presumed Murdered Luncheon Theater and had a great time. The meal was so-so, but the entertainment made it worth it. The rest of the entertainment was high-quality but just didn't appeal to us. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? While the ship was fantastic, the reason you go to Alaska ''" and what makes this trip ''" is Alaska!
What an overwhelmingly gorgeous state!
The air quality; the landscapes; the glaciers; it was all unbelievable. My wife and I made so many new and wonderful memories in Alaska. I can't recommend the Norwegian Pearl enough to get you to this beautiful state.
This is a trip everyone should do : Read Less. Sail Date September Helpful 1. My Precious Pearl. Norwegian Pearl Caribbean - Western. Our Stateroom: We stayed in the Forward penthouse with extra large balcony The view was incredible and our balcony was used even on sea days. It was quite breezy on days when we were underway, but still quite doable. There is a There is a very thick, sturdy metal door that seems to airlock when closed.
There is a sign that said for safety purposes to keep it locked when underway. For the record we did not, and neither did our neighbors. Also important to note is that after sunset, your curtains have to be closed to the window to block any light going out on the front of the ship. We did not mind. Our stateroom was well equipped with a sitting area, a table and 4 chairs, king-size bed and full bathroom with tub and shower.
A separate vanity for putting on make-up, doing hair etc was also included. The drawer space was more than adequate and the closet was very roomy. There were two safes in the room.
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We had a fancy coffee maker and nice bar set up. The balcony held two full lounge chairs, two regular chairs and a small table. There was plenty of room on top of that. We also had a refrigerator and a DVD player. A doorbell to the suite is a nice touch. The bed was very comfortable. We had pre-ordered three different types of pillows and they were brought to the stateroom the first night. We also had two bottles of champagne waiting for us with chocolate covered strawberries.
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Also a box of Godiva chocolates which was a very nice touch. I had also ordered a bon voyage basket including wine and fruit. That was not delivered to the stateroom until late, well after sail away.
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We had two Latitudes pins and received chocolates at turn down. We also had snacks brought to our room daily.
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We also requested a pitcher of water be put in our suite and it took an extra day to get it straight, but Carlos finally came to understand my husband's expectations and he offered us complimentary water and kept it on ice. I think our butler, Carlos was stretched a bit thin; he seemed a bit rattled at times. We saw him at the most one time per day.
Very nice, but our butler on the Epic was better. Our concierge, Monica, on the other hand was quite lovely!!!
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She helped us with shore excursion reservations and dining reservations. I waited until I was on board to book everything and there was no problem. We received everything we asked for. I was surprised that they did not have the interactive tv showing you your reservations like on the Epic.
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I missed that feature. Embarkation: The process was very smooth and we were on the ship by noon. We were eating in Cagneys when they announced that our staterooms were already accessible. Cagneys is a great perk for Suite and Haven passengers. We ate breakfast and lunch there several times. After lunch, we dropped our carry-on bags in the stateroom, met our stateroom steward Jovell, he was the best I have ever had on NCL and headed up to the Mandara Spa.