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canuckcruiser16 July 29th, 2009 06:45 PM

Onboard Bowling
Is the $5 cover charge to bowl on the Pearl or Gem per person or per game?Also approximately how long does a bowling game last? Any other tips or information on the bowling. Many thanks.

shoreguy July 29th, 2009 08:01 PM

$5 per person per game including shoes. How long depends on how many are playing the same game since each person goes in order each frame. with four people each getting at least 20 rolls at the pins plus the time to return the ball it should take around 30-40 minutes unless you talk and laugh a lot between turns :D

canuckcruiser16 July 30th, 2009 12:31 PM

Thanks so much, sounds fun. Not sure about the charge, NCL charges for so much!

shoreguy July 30th, 2009 01:38 PM


Originally Posted by canuckcruiser16
Thanks so much, sounds fun. Not sure about the charge, NCL charges for so much!

That is because they have some many options. You can avoid all of the extras if you want and have the same options as any other line. A couple of main dining rooms, the buffet, several "fast" food options and even rock wall climbing which has no extra charge.

If bowling and the Bistro were free we would never get a chance to use them.

canuckcruiser16 July 30th, 2009 04:26 PM

Right, well I recently cruised NCL and I did really enjoy my cruise for sure and have my parents booked on an upcoming NCL . I did find for sure though NCL was more promotional than the norm of other cruise lines, the Monte Carlo night I only stayed a few minutes, just a series of promotions, the towel animal with a flyer about a towel animal book attatched, RCI just does the towels every night , the saunas are only in the thermal suite, the raffle tickets pre-show in the theatre being walked around with, many display cases of products throughout, poolside casino etc. I enjoyed my cruise very much don't get me wrong they do have a unique style but compared to RCI & others for sure more promotional of onboard rev I felt and have read others.

canuckcruiser16 July 30th, 2009 04:27 PM

I did enjoy the bright colours, the modern decor, the fun pool area, the nifty slogans etc and more too :)

shoreguy July 30th, 2009 05:55 PM

I agree NCL does present more oppurtunies to extra cash from us. The lobby is most often like a flea market :D Their profit model is more focused on onboard revenue thus the normally lower fares then RCCL. The good news we don't have to buy all the stuff.

JimInBuffalo July 31st, 2009 07:22 PM

We did the bowling thing on our last cruise. Neither of us had bowled in over 30 years but we had a good time. We are looking forward to going again when we sail on the Epic next year.

It was well worth the price.

fireba11 August 28th, 2009 02:52 PM

Can we bring our own bowling equipment with us on the ship to bowl and how hard is it to bowl when the ship is rocking?

JimInBuffalo August 29th, 2009 07:32 AM

I am sure that you can bring your own equipment if you don't mind carrying the extra weight with you.

When we bowled the ship was very steady and there were flat seas. Therefore, there was no effect on the bowling performance. I am sure that in high seas, there could be some problems.

Note: when the ship is in port, they usually reduce the price by 50%. There are usually very few people partaking unless it is rainging outside. We bowled a few games one afternoon and the attendant actually told us to bowl another set for free.


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