Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by RD29P5
- Sail Date: September 2017
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Dining seemed to be kind of hit and miss, Cagney's was better than average, but I've been to better steak houses. La Cucina was a pleasant surprise, food was great, service was even better. Moderno was a disappointment, food was pretty much all overcooked, and service was incredibly slow, cocktails from the bar were pretty much undrinkable due to a heavy handed bartender. Both main dining rooms were average, one waiter in Indigo was well a jerk, good thing the assistant waiter more than made up for his bad attitude. Buffet was well a buffet, and about what you'd expect, although sitting in Great Outdoors was great. O'Sheehan's was good, unless you just wanted something sweet after the buffet closed up, then again it could have been just the waiter having a bad day.
The thermal suit part of the spa should stay open a bit later, especially on an Alaska trip, and the water could be a bit hotter, but that's more personal choice than anything. I didn't find the heated lounges to be very comfortable, although my wife loved them.
Shore excursions were all pretty good, the only disappointment was the bus showing up late for the Mendenhall river float in Juneau, threw the whole day off. I think we'd all like to have a bit more time in each port, but there are schedules to keep, so I get it.
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