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Old October 30th, 2007, 05:47 PM
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I got a wild hair today and decided to spontaneously book the Pearl for next month.I had a wicked case of PCD from last month's cruise and needed a quick fix. So tell me all about her.
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She's beautiful! We sailed on the Pearl to Alaska last May and had such a great time that we're thinking of doing the very same itinerary next May. Make sure to try the bowling -- it's a riot on a moving ship.

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Really I want your impressions. I have yet to read anything negative about her, so I am assuming that she is an awesome ship. I have looked over the deck plans. I am fairly happy with our cabin location and the variety of dining venues. the kid's club looks nice. But it's nice to hear first hand accounts of what people's perceptions are, so you know what to expect.
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Since we sailed to Alaska, it's a little hard to give you impressions of some of the areas. For example, the pools obviously got very little use there (a few brave children), and the pool area wasn't crowded at all. In the Caribbean, I'd expect that to be quite different .

We don't normally eat in the specialty restaurants, but did try La Cucina, Mambos, and Blue Lagoon this trip. I enjoyed them -- particularly La Cucina (Italian food). We didn't eat much in the buffet, but it seemed to be relatively well laid out and what we had was fine. One problem that may be Alaska related is that it was very hard to find seating in the buffet area. I think instead of "deck chair" hogs, people tend to grab seats by the windows in the buffet and sit there for the day.

We spent a lot of time sitting in the wonderful loungers on the Promenade deck, enjoying the scenery (we had an inside cabin). We did the same thing on the Jewel last November for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary, but the seating was definitely improved on the Pearl.

Since my main reason for sailing to Alaska is to watch the scenery and the wildlife, we weren't terribly interested in participating in activities onboard the ship. I did notice, however, that the activities seemed quite lacking. I'll be interested to hear if they offer more things to do on a Caribbean cruise, figuring that most people in Alaska just aren't interested, or if it really is a "weak spot".

I didn't attend most of the nightly shows. After cruising the Jewel in November, most of them looked so similar that I preferred to sit and whale watch. They had a Cirque de Soleil type show (something Japanese themed). Second City performed (I did go to that one, the non-improv part was the same routine they did on the Jewel). The musical presentation was something really weird -- music of Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and Frank Sinatra, if I remember correctly, and I couldn't get interested in that one at all. The other acts were some of the regular magician/illusionist type acts that rotate between the ships.

The ship is very, very colorful 8) . There's a Wii set up in the atrium area, and they offer tournaments if you're interested (we never played, but it looked fun). The bowling was a riot. Bliss, the nightclub/bowling alley area, is very funky and a little much for my taste. We didn't bother to play the casino, and I'm not a drinker so I don't have any opinions on bars or costs or drinks.

If there's anything else specific you want to know, feel free to ask!
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We were on the 5 night that was the Pearl's first Caribbean for this season and found it wasn't for us. BUT I wuld never tell anyone I don't know not to try.

Impressions: the pool area can and will get very crowded if the weather is good on sea days. It really is a small area for 2 pools, waterslide, 4 hot tubs, a bar and a food area.

It is nice to have some lounges on the Promenade deck, wish there had been more. You can walk completely around the ship on this deck, of course the front area is closed to being able to see anything but you can stand at the rail in the stern.

The food was good, maybe not great. Worse item we had was the hamburger at lunch, very dry. We did not try any extra pay venues but did try a couple of the reservation only and the best was Mambo's.

Hopefully when you go they will have fixed embarkation. It was a nightmare. They had the least number of agents trying to check in the most people.

It was nice not having announcements all day but the times they do it seemed that it was all for Bingo. They really push that.

We did see them not allowing shorts in the dining rooms at night and also not allowing jeans in the Summer Palace (only dining room jeans aren't allowed). So that was nice.

We never saw our cabin steward until the last night. I tried to find her prior because we wanted them to take away all of the items in the fridge and found a couple of stewards and told them we were taking items out so we could get our own things in and was told ok they would take from the cabin, well they just stacked the items in the shelf with the ice bucket.

We only went to 2 shows and both were okay the best was the juglers.

I do have a review posted.

Hope you enjoy your cruise.
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nlb 1050 - Interesting comment about the burger at lunch. Where did you have it? We had sailed the Jewel last November and thought the burgers in the main dining room were awful. On the Pearl in May, they were excellent.

I can imagine that the pool area would be crowded on a Caribbean cruise -- but it sure wasn't in Alaska! We're not pool people, so even on the Jewel, which is the sister ship, that wasn't an issue for us.

As far as embarkation goes, Seattle was WONDERFUL! Best organization I've ever seen. Miami, for the Jewel last year, wasn't so great. Out of curiosity, which week did you sail? We sailed on the Jewel the first week she was in Miami, and felt that a number of the issues we experienced were due to it being the first sailing of a new itinerary for the season.

Our room stewards on both the Jewel and the Pearl was excellent. On the Pearl, we had towel animals nightly -- and our stewards were very accessible and frequently in the halls as we came and went. We spent quite a bit of time chatting with them on both the Jewel and the Pearl. The only NCL cruise that we've been on where they weren't readily accessible was on the Sun, 3 years ago. Some of them are obviously better than others. The service that you get can depend on which steward is assigned to your cabin.
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ute_fan- we were on the Oct 14th cruise first of the season in the Caribbean for the Pearl. The burger was from the back buffet area.
We always eat lunch in the buffet areas.

We never saw a single towel animal, if it were for seeing the room cleaned and nightly turn down we wouldn't have know that we even had a cabin steward.

We have been on 3 Princess - same type cabin inside and one MSC (the only time we ever had a balcony) and the cabin stewards all made sure to come to the cabin within 24 hours of embarkation to introduce themselves, usually prior to dinner the first night. So we were very surprised to not meet the steward until the last night and that was only because we were in the cabin packing when she came to do turn down.

So you can see why were not impressed with NCL.
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Thanks for the info! We normally eat in the dining room at lunch time, and remarked to the friends that we were eating with how good the burgers were -- and how surprised we were at that! When we were on the Jewel last year, they were not good at all.

As far as room stewards, we've only had the one NCL cruise where they didn't introduce themselves, on the Sun. We did see them, but they made no effort to meet us or welcome us. The next time we sailed, we were absolutely amazed at our room steward. We walked in, set our carryons down in our rooms (our kids were with us in the cabin next door) and walked out to get lunch. The steward, from the Phillipines, greeted us with "Hello Mr. Ute_fan. Hello Mrs Ute_fan". He then called our kids (young adults) by their first names. He never, ever saw us in the hall without saying hello and calling us by name. I still don't know how he knew our names, as we were walking down the hall when he first saw us and weren't right outside our own cabins.

Great service, or the lack of it, can sure affect the way we feel about a cruise. That great steward was on the old NCL Sea. Even though the ship was a little run down and the rooms were tiny, we still have very fond memories of that sailing.
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the way you described the steward on the SEA is how we have always been treated by steward on the 3 Princess and the one MSC cruise.

As far as not getting any towel animals it really didn't make any difference to us as we feel that is unnecessary work for the stewards. Just as we really aren't sure about going onCarnival because we do not feel that the waiters in the dining room should have to stop to sing and dance. That is not what we want from our waiters.
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I have found that I have to adjust (not raising or lowering) my expectations each time I sail on a different cruise line or a different ship for that matter. NCL especially. I know that because of freestyle dining I will not develop those relationships with our wait staff, like we have on Carnival and rccl. It does give you a feeling of detachment in a way. However the Sun was the exception to that rule, somehow we bonded with an assistant MaitreD who basically adopted our family while we were on board and he showed up at nearly every meal regardless of what venue we selected to eat at and did anything with in his power to ensure we were happy and our needs were met. The benefit of Freestyle does allow us lots of freedom to do as we please through the evening which I have found to be liberating, but I still like traditional dining at times. With regard to towel animals, I always consider that a bonus because the kids like them, but the only line I have come to really expect them on is Carnival, because it's like "their thing". Now the one thing that I have to say about the waiters on Carnival and their song & dance numbers, normally it's pretty benign and really doesn't affect me one way or the other, I wouldn't miss it if they stopped doing it, but I don't mind it. But our cruise last month on the Triumph we had the most hysterical waiter who put on such a show for our tables, all of the ladies at the tables he was assigned to lined up to take turns to dance with him and stuff dollar bills in his clothes... I know it was probably not the most dignified display, but OMG it was funny and very entertaining. No one could help but smile and laugh. People were laughing so hard, tears were streaming down their faces.

I think we will really like the Pearl. Every ship is a new experience and so far it looks like it will be just fine for us
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I'm sure your family will have a great time.

I did post a review for our cruise and I think my last statement in it is something that should be in almost every review where the person did not like the cruise/cruise line:

"Overall we were not impressed with NCL and would not recommend to our friends, but that is something that each person/couple needs to decide on their own. I would not discourage someone I don't know not to try NCL"
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Nancy you know everyone wants something different out of their cruise experience. We are also all at different stages in our lives which makes huge differences in taste and preference.

I have two small kids so I am wanting a fantastic kid's program. I am also a food and wine fanatic. So a burger is not too likely to cross my lips while I am at sea, unless it is at a beach BBQ on a private island somewhere. We do like to eat at as many speciality restaurants as possible. We also don't do buffets much unless it is a quick meal for the kids or an afternoon snack. So my perception of food quality vs. another who ate only in the dining room for dinner and had breakfast and lunch in the buffet could completely different.

The best entertainment I've seen on a ship was on the Sun in March, but I also cruised on the Spirit a year before and it was not bad, just not great. So things vary greatly from ship to ship. I enjoyed the cruise never the less.

I really appreciate everyone taking time to respond. It helps you to set realistic expectations and also if there is something to avoid, it is good to know up front. Thanks!
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I thought I'd throw in a quick comment about the kids clubs on NCL's newer ships -- in this case, specifically the Jewel. My kids are MUCH too old for kids clubs (in their 20's), but some of our roll-call friends from another cruise board had kids who absolutely loved the kids club on the Jewel.

This was the family's first cruise, and they had fully expected that their kids wouldn't enjoy being off at the kids club. Instead, much to their amazement, they ended up having to plan their "family time" around the activities being held at the kids club. The kids would respond to almost any suggestion of the parents with "we can't do (whatever) then. That conflicts with (this activity) at the kids club." It made me wish that we'd started cruising with ours while they were still at that age, because those kids sure were enjoying themselves.

Now, I'm sure part of it is dependent on the mix of kids each week, along with the counselors. However, I would fully expect that the one on the Pearl is probably pretty similar to the Jewel's kids club. Hope yours have a wonderful time!
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UteFan, perhaps you could answer a question regarding inside cabins on the Pearl (and for the Jewel, for that matter).

Are the bathrooms in the inside cabins that split configuration of toilet, sink and shower seperated by sliders? I hope not!

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Snowy --

Not sure exactly what you're asking, but I would say that the bathrooms in the inside cabins on the Pearl are the "split" configuration.

There was a difference between our inside cabin on the Pearl and our outside cabin on the Jewel. Let's see if this makes any sense at all:

On the Pearl, the shower was separated from the toilet/sink area by a sliding glass door, so there were two "compartments" in the bathroom. On the Jewel, there were three "compartments" -- the shower, then a sliding glass door, then the sink, another sliding glass door, and then the toilet.

Having the bigger area on the Pearl definitely allowed more room around the toilet, and I did prefer that configuration. What I don't know, however, is whether it was cabin category specific or ship specific. I didn't see the bathroom on an outside on the Pearl, or an inside on the Jewel, to know whether they were laid out the same way our cabins were.

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UteFan, that's exactly what I needed to know. Like you, I prefer the more open setup and don't like the three compartments. I was sure that most oceanview and above cabins have the three compartment setup, but wasn't sure about inside cabins. You answered my question perfectly. Thanks!
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beenie weenie,
I will tell you a couple positives.
No need to tell you anything negative because they may have been problems to only me.

Eat at Cagney's!! If you think the portions are small...just ask for more.

DEFINITELY make time to enjoy the guy playing the piano next to the wine bar just foward of the casino. His name is Peter James.
Tell him Danny and Karen say "Hi". (we got him to play "Snoopy" for us)
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My friends went on PEARL in January and they LOVED it! As always, was everything perfect...........No of course not! Life is far from perfect! But was it great and a fantastic time? It sure was, they still rave about it. We can't wait to go on GEM, counting the days that is for sure, our whole group is, we started with three.............and now it has sure grown! On the toilet door divider thing. I am glad to see I am not the only one who dislikes this. I just feel some how caged in......I guess it's handy if more than one person is in the bathroom, like one taking a shower, how ever FOR ME, for us, that bathroom is to small for two people and divider or no divider they can wait a couple of minutes!
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I like the two compartment set up just fine. The sliding glass door for the shower is much better than the yucky shower curtains that we've had previously. Not a big fan of the door between the sink and toilet areas, however.
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I too love the glass sliding door for the shower, and I love the shower , lots of hot water, good water preasure, and no curtain flapping about and water leaving all over the place! The sink area I also find well apointed with little places to put your things, just not a fan or the glass door for the toilet........but then I never like tight spaces, the shower I dont mind and it seems to be more space, I wish the glass door would stay on the shoer but come off the toilet area, but I head it may be different on the GEM on a balcony cabin? We have a balcony and an inside for this cruise. I suspect the inside has the three sections, but I dont know where I heard it from but I was some how thinking the toilet area was not caged in on the balcony cabin. Hope so any ways, but it wont ruin my cruise if it is that is for sure.
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Thanks everyone for all your helpful information. I decided to surprise d/h. He knew I booked the cruise and since it was a last minute, spontaneous, spur of the moment kind of thing (a bonus, if you will), since had not planned on taking 3 cruises this year. I selected a II category, an inside on deck 11. Well I checked pricing today and I could upgrade the 4 of us to an AF mini suite for about $600 total, so I jumped on it. I don't think I'll tell him what I did, and just see the look on his face when we open the door lol!
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I wish the glass door would stay on the shoer but come off the toilet area, but I head it may be different on the GEM on a balcony cabin? We have a balcony and an inside for this cruise. I suspect the inside has the three sections, but I dont know where I heard it from but I was some how thinking the toilet area was not caged in on the balcony cabin. Hope so any ways, but it wont ruin my cruise if it is that is for sure.
Exactly the opposite - two sections inside and three in the balcony cabin on the Gem just like the Pearl.
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I just returned from 2 weeks on the Pearl...Back to back Caribbean crusises 10-14 through 10-28. This was the 3rd NCL cruise for me. It had many ups and downs, but mostly ups!

I really like to stay busy during sea days and take advantage of anything I can. I was dissapointed that they did not have as many activities (ex. scrapbooking, crafts, lectures, games etc.) I spent a lot of time in the spa and by the pool area. Crowded, yes, but go up to deck 13, never had a problem finding a few empty cahirs even in the "heat" of the day! I truly enjoyed the shows. Second City comedy was hilarious..If you like comedy. Check out the adult show! Sharkbait comedy/jugglers were great as well. Bob Trunell (magician) was the same show as a few years ago.

Our room steward was great! Spoke to us everyday, took care of us, excellent service. First time I ever tipped extra!

I was dissapointed by thye food this time around. Buffet was okay..ate their for breakfast and lunch (a few times). Food had poor temperature quality, same things every day. Good Crepe bar, omelets and yummy ice cream each day. I preferred Indigo over summer palace, very slow, and messed up service at summer palace. We loved Mambo's try the PoPo speciality for 2.

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I just returned from 2 weeks on the Pearl...Back to back Caribbean crusises 10-14 through 10-28. This was the 3rd NCL cruise for me. It had many ups and downs, but mostly ups!

I really like to stay busy during sea days and take advantage of anything I can. I was dissapointed that they did not have as many activities (ex. scrapbooking, crafts, lectures, games etc.) I spent a lot of time in the spa and by the pool area. Crowded, yes, but go up to deck 13, never had a problem finding a few empty cahirs even in the "heat" of the day! I truly enjoyed the shows. Second City comedy was hilarious..If you like comedy. Check out the adult show! Sharkbait comedy/jugglers were great as well. Bob Trunell (magician) was the same show as a few years ago.

Our room steward was great! Spoke to us everyday, took care of us, excellent service. First time I ever tipped extra!

I was dissapointed by thye food this time around. Buffet was okay..ate their for breakfast and lunch (a few times). Food had poor temperature quality, same things every day. Good Crepe bar, omelets and yummy ice cream each day. I preferred Indigo over summer palace, very slow, and messed up service at summer palace. We loved Mambo's try the PoPo speciality for 2.

Feel free to ask anything specific.

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thanks for the info, are you saying the food on the buffet food temps were poor or the dining room temps? I have never been satisfied with the temps on any buffet, I think that is one thing I really don't enjoy about them. As for no variety? I gues we all complain about that and yet, how many ways can you serve breakfast. The Crepe bar sounds wonderful..

I am trying to learn all I can about her as we may be sailing on one of the short 5 day cruises in Jan or Feb. We are still trying to decide.

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We did the Pearl in July and i posted a pretty thorough review. You may want to check it out. I would sail the Pearl again (but I've not found a ship yet that I wouldn't ) but it is a bit different from some of their other ships, i.e. the Sun (one of my favorites).

My main complaint was the big screen game (I've forgotten the name already) in the atrium. Maybe it's a sign of my age, but I find constant electronic stimulation annoying. What happened to conversation?

The observation louge with it's "W" shaped lounge chairs (you'll see) is a fabulous place to while away the hours.

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I was talking about the food temps in the buffet. Not the best temp to start with and then by the time you found a seat..even colder!! The buffet area was very busy in both breakfast and lunch. I walked through at times at dinner and it wasnot crowed.

One thought though..the crepe bar is only availbale at dinner not breakfast. Breakfast did have a good omelet station, but I only ate it once due to the long lines Beware of the corn muffins...maybe it is just me but I have never had a corn muffin that tastes like a yellow cupcake with big chunks of corn in it!!
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I was talking about the food temps in the buffet. Not the best temp to start with and then by the time you found a seat..even colder!! The buffet area was very busy in both breakfast and lunch. I walked through at times at dinner and it wasnot crowed.

One thought though..the crepe bar is only availbale at dinner not breakfast. Breakfast did have a good omelet station, but I only ate it once due to the long lines Beware of the corn muffins...maybe it is just me but I have never had a corn muffin that tastes like a yellow cupcake with big chunks of corn in it!!
I agree about the breakfast buffett. Like I said, I haven't seen too many that are unlike NCLs. as for the omelette bar we found about the only way to do it and still have 1/2 way warm food was let one person get the omelets while the other picks up whatever else we wanted. I too, pretty much skip the omeletes. My cousin had one every morning. One time I did get a couple of eggs, but again, everything was cold by the time I got my eggs.

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Hi Beenie Weenie, I will also be on the Norwegian Pearl from Nov.25-30. Maybe we can meet and have a drink.
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I'd love to. A bunch of online cruise fanatics will be having a meet and greet at Maltings from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Monday the first sea day. Please join us.
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