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The staff were very friendly and helpful. I understand that many of my fellow cruisers were delayed in the terminal before they were allowed to board. I arrived to the terminal at my assigned time of 2:30 and spent less than twenty minutes in line before being checked in. Once on board I found the staff to be cheerful and helpful. My cabin steward was extraordinary and made my stay much more comfortable than some previous cruises. I would like to complement the kitchen and wait staff, especially in the main dining room. The ability to insure a gluten free menu and offering pre-ordering expanded the gluten free options available. The mix of passengers were interesting and pleasant. There were the general variety of entertainment options, however I felt the lack of a production show to be somewhat surprising. The ship's singers and dancers normally provide one or two production shows on a two week cruise. The traffic flow was never a problem, and transiting the ship from top to bottom and end to end was mostly without congestion. I was pleased with several of the ports, but was disappointed with the stops in Columbia and Costa Rico. I have visited Costa Rico previously, but from a different port and enjoyed it very much. The Panama Canal was interesting and enjoyable. The casino staff were friendly and I enjoyed seeing PaiGow poker offered along with craps and a nice variety of slots. The TV's in the casino bar could be upgraded for those wanting to watch sporting events. I would definitely sail on this lovely ship again without hesitation.

NCL Pearl to Panama Canal

Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review by okpaddy

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The staff were very friendly and helpful. I understand that many of my fellow cruisers were delayed in the terminal before they were allowed to board. I arrived to the terminal at my assigned time of 2:30 and spent less than twenty minutes in line before being checked in. Once on board I found the staff to be cheerful and helpful. My cabin steward was extraordinary and made my stay much more comfortable than some previous cruises. I would like to complement the kitchen and wait staff, especially in the main dining room. The ability to insure a gluten free menu and offering pre-ordering expanded the gluten free options available. The mix of passengers were interesting and pleasant. There were the general variety of entertainment options, however I felt the lack of a production show to be somewhat surprising. The ship's singers and dancers normally provide one or two production shows on a two week cruise. The traffic flow was never a problem, and transiting the ship from top to bottom and end to end was mostly without congestion. I was pleased with several of the ports, but was disappointed with the stops in Columbia and Costa Rico. I have visited Costa Rico previously, but from a different port and enjoyed it very much. The Panama Canal was interesting and enjoyable. The casino staff were friendly and I enjoyed seeing PaiGow poker offered along with craps and a nice variety of slots. The TV's in the casino bar could be upgraded for those wanting to watch sporting events. I would definitely sail on this lovely ship again without hesitation.
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Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview
Cabin OK 8098
Very nice cabin, if somewhat oddly shaped. There was a fair amount of unusable space around the desk area. The shelving around the closet area was very useful and made up for the lack of drawers. A functional room and comfortable. The best asset was the exceptional service provided by our room steward.
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