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Our grandson really wanted to see Alaska and we chose Pearl because we wanted him to see Glacier Bay. We also took his cousin along. She was equally excited. Because of the age difference we chose the two bedroom suite which was our first experience with a suite. We had been on the Pearl before long ago, through the Panama. The updates to the ship were good. The big surprise was the number of young children on the ship. Our two do not do the youth programs, so can't comment on that. Our send off was wonderful. We were out on deck in a hot tub with great music and lots of excitement. This was our third trip to Alaska and we were surprised to see how much growth has happened in all the ports we visited. We had booked excursions through the ship everywhere and the ship canceled one before sail date so we had to book privately for that one. All the rest were good, although we had terrible weather on our Yukon one so didn't get the beautiful sights we are used to. No fault of the cruise. Getting on and off the ship was extremely easy, less than 15 minutes for both of them. Our cabin choice was perfect for us and would highly recommend it. So much room. We didn't use half the cupboards. Our butler was amazing as was everyone in the restaurants. The two things we were disappointed in was Moderno's dinner. We love Moderno, but for some reason the meats and chicken were dry and the salad buffet was not as big as the ones on Getaway. Unusual for Modern. Le Bistro beat out Cagney's this trip for quality of dinner and service. That too was unusual although those are always our favorite two restaurants. We did go to Summer Palace and enjoyed it very much. We only went to the buffet once and the food was fine, but getting a table was a nightmare. With the cold weather, it was absolutely packed. Very few even went out on the deck at all as we had so much wind. The seats in the theater are much more comfortable than those in the Getaway/Breakaway. The shows were just okay. except for the Russian aerialist/dancer/singer couple. They were the only ones to get a standing ovation, well deserved. We could have watched them over and over. Took me three days to track down the computer guy to get onto my wifi. Alaska is a busy place and our schedules didn't coincide. Once I finally got on, it worked well. In a suite you are given a phone for the kids to take with them all over the ship so they can call in or you can call them. Great addition. The afternoon treats the butler brought were wonderfully varied and lots of fun to see and enjoy. We may have to book a suite again after this wonderful experience. Had to wait to go bowling too, but it is almost like a regular bowling lane and very fun.

Pearl is a great smaller ship.

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by alibubba

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Family Penthouse with Balcony
Our grandson really wanted to see Alaska and we chose Pearl because we wanted him to see Glacier Bay. We also took his cousin along. She was equally excited. Because of the age difference we chose the two bedroom suite which was our first experience with a suite. We had been on the Pearl before long ago, through the Panama. The updates to the ship were good. The big surprise was the number of young children on the ship. Our two do not do the youth programs, so can't comment on that. Our send off was wonderful. We were out on deck in a hot tub with great music and lots of excitement. This was our third trip to Alaska and we were surprised to see how much growth has happened in all the ports we visited. We had booked excursions through the ship everywhere and the ship canceled one before sail date so we had to book privately for that one. All the rest were good, although we had terrible weather on our Yukon one so didn't get the beautiful sights we are used to. No fault of the cruise. Getting on and off the ship was extremely easy, less than 15 minutes for both of them. Our cabin choice was perfect for us and would highly recommend it. So much room. We didn't use half the cupboards. Our butler was amazing as was everyone in the restaurants. The two things we were disappointed in was Moderno's dinner. We love Moderno, but for some reason the meats and chicken were dry and the salad buffet was not as big as the ones on Getaway. Unusual for Modern. Le Bistro beat out Cagney's this trip for quality of dinner and service. That too was unusual although those are always our favorite two restaurants. We did go to Summer Palace and enjoyed it very much. We only went to the buffet once and the food was fine, but getting a table was a nightmare. With the cold weather, it was absolutely packed. Very few even went out on the deck at all as we had so much wind. The seats in the theater are much more comfortable than those in the Getaway/Breakaway. The shows were just okay. except for the Russian aerialist/dancer/singer couple. They were the only ones to get a standing ovation, well deserved. We could have watched them over and over. Took me three days to track down the computer guy to get onto my wifi. Alaska is a busy place and our schedules didn't coincide. Once I finally got on, it worked well. In a suite you are given a phone for the kids to take with them all over the ship so they can call in or you can call them. Great addition. The afternoon treats the butler brought were wonderfully varied and lots of fun to see and enjoy. We may have to book a suite again after this wonderful experience. Had to wait to go bowling too, but it is almost like a regular bowling lane and very fun.
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Cabin Review

Family Penthouse with Balcony
Cabin SC 11024
We spent way more time in our room than ever before. It was super big, lots of storage, all four of us could enjoy the balcony and the chairs and cushions were great out there. We had three tvs, so we could all watch comfortably. Kids would get DVDs to play if they were tired of movies. The movie selection, however, was great. We saw movies we haven't seen yet. Never used the bath, but the shower was wonderful. Nice to have a shower that large on a ship. Chose to have breakfast in the room most mornings. It was always delivered on time, hot and super. Can''t say enough about that.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Glacier Bay
    We knew Glacier Bay was one of our goals and we weren't disappointed. Thank goodness the weather cooperated. We had a nice breakfast up at Moderno as we were going in so we had great views, then took turns going out and taking photographs all day. With our deck, were able to sit out there for hours seeing the other glaciers. This is definitely the best place to see when going to Alaska.
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  • Juneau
    Had booked one here, but it was canceled. Instead went on a Rainforest Walk to Mendenhall Glacier privately. Was wonderful because it was only the 4 of us and our guide. Quite a nice surprise. Ended up being our grandkids favorite tour, maybe because they spotted a black bear as we walked.
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  • Lumberjack Show
    Very funny introduction to contests. We live in Oregon and see the real thing, so mostly there for the show.
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  • Totem Bight State Park
    The Lumberjack Show was what we saw first and the grandkids loved it. Fun way to start the day. Our guide to Totem Bight was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot as we went.. She gave us plenty of time for pictures. Stop was too short to really see around Ketchikan. Would have liked to spend some more time there.
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  • Seattle
    Great place to begin a cruise. We stayed within walking distance of the space needle. No plans to go up as we've been there before, but took the kids to the Pop Culture Museum because they were really interested in the Marvel exhibit. We loved the whole museum.. Spent our whole evening and ate dinner there. When we returned we were going home by train so dropped luggage at train station and did a walking tour around there. Saw the Stadium just 1 block away, the small waterfall park where the kids sat and played a card game while we relaxed, went up the Smith Tower to see the views and learn the history-very interesting alternative to Space Needle, and then went to the Yukon Gold Rush Museum which is also free. Had lunch at a great place across from the railroad station. Super good and not too expensive. Our only problem was our Amtrak train that had problems both ways. We were an hour late when we came up and an hour late going back home.
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  • Yukon Van Tour
    Great driver with lots of wonderful information. Comfortable bus.So much fog that we just didn't get the wonderful scenery you usually get. Emerald Lake was amazing. Lunch was only so-s0. Grandson wouldn't eat anything but the watermelon. Our final stop could have been wonderful, but train arrived at same time and the number of people there made it impossible to shop or enjoy.
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  • Butchart Gardens
    Absolutely beautiful, although crowds made it difficult to enjoy the gardens. Have been here at different times of the year and July has to be one of the best. The fireworks were an addition well worth seeing. People should be warned that they will be sitting on the grass. Some tour groups were given mats to sit on. Grass didn't bother us, but for older people sitting on a lawn and getting up can be a problem. We all thought it was a perfect way to end the cruise.
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