Alaska cruise on Norwegian Pearl

Aug 20th, 2007, 06:24 PM
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Alaska cruise on Norwegian Pearl

We want to go to Alaska in July 2008 with
our sons, daughters,and their husbands and wifes.
so we are looking foward to this trip.
We were undecided between NCL and Royal Caribbean. We have taken RCCL many times,
and we liked it very much, but in this case
the NCL has a better itinerary, so we were
debating, and would like some help to decide.
NCL goes to Victoria, and leaves from Seattle, that is cheaper than flying to Vancouver.
than flying to Vancouver.
Anny experiences with NCL to Alaska?
Please we need your suggestions and advise.
Thank you.
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Aug 21st, 2007, 06:08 AM
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I have not been to Alaska at all. We were on the Pearl last Jan. 07 to the Caribbean. It had its maiden voyage in Dec. so of course it was very new. The ship was very nice, no complaints since it was so new. The specialty restaurants were very good. I wouldn't hesitate to go on the Pearl if the itinerary is suits you better. We rather like RC better then NCL but I would go on the Pearl again. We think without a doubt the food is better on RC, but if itinerary is important go with the Pearl. It is a nice ship.
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Aug 21st, 2007, 06:12 PM
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Thank you for your reply, but we have
decided, for RC because we like the
ships, cabins, decorations, food, etc..
and the itinerary is almost the same
but the last place, instead of Victoria,
B.C. its Prince Rupert.
We also liked the dining room, and
the organization.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 04:09 AM
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Haven't been on NCL but the Pearl gets very good reviews on cruise critic for their Alaska ininerary. See the link.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 11:46 AM
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The Pearl is WAY superior for the itinerary, which includes Glacier Bay, so clearly the itinerary is not nearly the "same".

With your priority for a ship, then this is the best choice for you.

I have taken both lines to Alaska, including the Pearl and NCL Sun this year.

There are many choices to consider and none certainly "bad".
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 12:47 PM
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If you are choosing based on ship and RCI is Radiance or Serenade, I would choose RCI without a doubt. I love the design of these ships, particularly for Alaska. I also prefer the dining (quality and style) on RCI vs NCL overall.

I also prefer Victoria to Prince Rupert.

We were next to the Pearl a few weeks ago in Ketchikan and I have cruised the NCL Sun to Alaska several time.

Personally, I am not a fan of NCL period and since the ship is indeed important to me, Pearl would not be my first choice in comparison with the Radiance class ships of RCI. And their new bedding is so nice! That matters to me .

I enjoy Alaska for its beauty but am not a diehard fan like BudgetQueen so the ship is more important to me than it would be to others.
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Aug 22nd, 2007, 01:30 PM
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I agree. For me itinerary AND the ship matter. Good luck with your decision. Larry
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Aug 27th, 2007, 10:36 PM
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This year, our visit to Alaska was the most relaxing, as we traveled on NCL's Pearl. However, NCL should stand for NEED CASH, LOVE. Their casino boat mentality is that you are a captive audience and eager to be fleeced. Unfortunately, the food is worse, even in some of its many fee entry restaurants. Numerous shops abound with overpriced items, but available if last minute shopper. Free on-board activity was limited, but there were 24/7 offerings for pay-to-play games. This is a cruise industry trend, but NCL outpaces them all! Be selective when complaining, because some personnel do exceed even the best. Alaska is what you make of it OFF the ship. Floatplane to Taku Lodge and Southeast Aviation tours in Ketchikan are memorable. The White Pass Railway tour into Canada rates high, but long. Seek, however, to venture deep into Alaska where the "Eagles fly, on mountain high." Whales, Fjords, bears, salmon and glaciers evoke a spirit of divine separation from normality. Peace flows like a river in Alaska. It is an experience to never forget, even on an NCL cruise. Yes, NCL starts out cheaper, but to enjoy yourself on-board comes with a price my happiness couldn't afford. With the onset of anti-American sentiment and security, passengers are less friendly.
Yet, a friendly smile often breaks the ice(onboard). While this Alaskan cruise won't win the MR. EXCITEMENT AWARD, it's engrafted heartfelt memory will leave you in awe and wonder that there is a God, and His canvas must be ALASKA!
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Aug 29th, 2009, 11:50 PM
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The food and restaurant service on NCl Pearl was the worst that I have ever encountered. Some waitresses were rude. Food is badly cooked and presented. If you are seafood lover, you will be very disappointed. I expected it be much better and treated like a king. After all, this is what cruise is all about - enjoy and be happy. Good food and good entertainment are keys to bring enjoyment and happiness. They think their professional entertainment is of Las Vegas quality, but I completely disagree. I warn you that you will be entertained by a bunch of cooks, waitresses and waiters. They call this "The Talent Show". If you want to be treated like a king, I would go with somebody else.
On the position side, I really like the ship. It is new, nice and clean.
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