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10 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

10 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Barcelona
  • Day 2
    Monaco (Monte Carlo)
  • Day 3
    Florence (Livorno)
  • Day 4
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Mykonos
  • Day 7
    Santorini
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Kotor
  • Day 10
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 11
    Venice

Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

Cons

Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

Bottom Line

Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: April 2019
We never sailed Norwegian before but have been on all the other lines previously and this being our tenth cruise I will compare it to other experiences. We did not want a mega ship so we choose the Pearl for this reason and the ports it ... Read More
We never sailed Norwegian before but have been on all the other lines previously and this being our tenth cruise I will compare it to other experiences. We did not want a mega ship so we choose the Pearl for this reason and the ports it was stopping at and being 11 nights also appealed to us. The embarkation took about an hour we arrived at noon on their transfer service the lines were not too bad overall. First impressions of the Summer Palace dining room was that it seemed out of date with the d├ęcor however the service and the lunch were fine. We are not buffet people but utilized 2 times once for breakfast due to an early excursion and it served it's purpose nothing out of the ordinary. Lunch one time we had a 1.00pm departure from St. Thomas and the only option for lunch was the buffet what a disaster!!!! not enough seats for everyone and lots of confusion we ended up eating in separate tables because I wasn't facing that mob again!! We only had to eat the main dining room 3 times and specialty restaurants the remainder the dinners were uninspiring similar to Applebee's or Bob Evans quality in my opinion. The specialty restaurants were great we tried them all except Teppenyaki service and quality of the food was fine dining too bad it will cost you after tip roughly $100.00 for 2 people not counting drinks. This is where cruising has downgraded the last 20 years the food budget 10 years was cut 50% per passenger and further since there wasn't any specialty restaurants because the food in the main dining room was excellent! The ports were fine and getting back on the ship was painless I just wish that we did not leave at 1.00pm at 2 of the ports 5 hours limits your excursion choices. Norwegian's entertainment was lackluster and so repetitive the same 4 acts 5 times during our cruise really! The comic was good and the legends show were the best. The daily entertainment especially on sea days was a snooze fest activities with prizes takes away all incentive for people to participate. Norwegians upcharge fest was annoying by the end of the cruise I mean there is a fee for everything!! Wine tastings=fee Tequila Tastings=fee Deal or no deal=fee the list goes on and on. We had the ultimate beverage package as a promo which was nice but limited be sure what you order is covered before they pour or it's a upcharge! We had a good time and met some exceptional staff members and I filled our comment cards on all of them this is where Norwegian shines the staff and keeping everything clean and you will never be wanting for a drink!! We haven't cruised for 6 years and visited resorts instead we will cruise again but II think it will a more intimate experience that will be more like the golden age of cruising and all inclusive no surprises or upselling Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Never having cruise NCL before and reading the reviews about freestyle cruising our expectations were set fairly low, but I have to admit now it was much much better than expected. This cruise left from Tampa and we stayed at the ... Read More
Never having cruise NCL before and reading the reviews about freestyle cruising our expectations were set fairly low, but I have to admit now it was much much better than expected. This cruise left from Tampa and we stayed at the Westin Waterside. You could almost walk to the terminal/ship from there. Lots to see and do in Tampa and we wish we had a little more time to do so. The Tampa embarkation terminal was fairly small and there was a bit of standing around, but on the whole it was pretty simple getting on the ship and our room was ready shortly after arriving onboard. Overall, the ship was clean and well maintained and we never felt crowded. We did our typical first day tour and one of the highlights was the fitness center, spa and thermal suite. It was light, bright and friendly. We ended up using the free morning stretch and ab classes nearly every day. We bought the thermal suite package too and it was a great addition to our daily routine. Our room layout was as expected, but the comfortable bed was a bonus. We put a little research into it's selection and chose a mini-suite near the rear of the ship. This particular room had a much larger than standard balcony and afforded us a lounger, two chairs and a table. We traveled with another couple that had the same room directly opposite ours on the port side of the ship and they had the same set up. We couldn't have been more pleased. Interestingly, there was a big pipe break/water leak in the room next to ours. It was bad enough to move the occupants. The crew spent a day making repairs and we had a blower and dehumidifier in the hall for a few days. Other than a little noise during the day it didn't really effect us. I guess because of the inconvenience the ship gave us a $100 OBC. It was a very nice move on there part. We ate at Cagney's Le Bistro and La Cucina - all were great and highly recommended. The food was really good in all three. We also ate twice in the complementary Chinese restaurant and it was also pretty good. If I had to do it all over again, I would not eat in the main dining room. The service/staff was fantastic, but frankly the food wasn't all that good. It wasn't what I would call restaurant quality. The food in the main dining room is really my only complaint and why I rated it the way I did, The entertainment was pretty good too. Comedy, juggiling and hypnotist along with a Legends show. As for the ports - we spent most of our time at beaches and the water was a little cooler than expected. But then it was the end of the season and maybe that should be expected. Other than that, it was the standard mall of the Caribbean in every port. The bottom line for us - NCL was great and we would certainly cruise with them again. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We have taken over 20 cruises and I must say, this ship had the worst cabin housecleaning and the worst dining room food that we have ever experienced. We should have known considering at the very beginning the previous passenger's ... Read More
We have taken over 20 cruises and I must say, this ship had the worst cabin housecleaning and the worst dining room food that we have ever experienced. We should have known considering at the very beginning the previous passenger's shaver and shampoo were in shower! Even after complaining and having the room cleaned again-balcony was never touched. Mirrors still had streaks. The rest of the the staff were just as awful. Bartenders. Dining room staff. They barely spoke to you. And that food in the dining room? Diner quality. And the sushi we paid extra for-supermarkets do a better job. Buffet never changed-day after day. Boring and limited! Private NCL island we visited was extremely expensive. Food and drinks were not included like most other cruise lines with their own islands. Upon returning home it's amazing how many people have told us how bad NCL has become. Do yourself a favor-choice another cruise line. Read Less
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