Category Archives: NCL PEARL

Top 3 Posts @ CruiseSource

In the last 6 months, these 3 posts have been the most visited at cruisesource.us .  Click on the link to go directly to the post.  This is the easiest way for you quickly check out the articles that everyone else has been visiting.

#1 Photos of the NCL Pearl Garden Villa Suites.  Last December, Jess and I were fortunate to get invited to a cocktail party in the luxurious Private Garden Villa Suite…5000 sq.ft. suite.  So we took pics of the emaculate accomadations and posted them.  It has been the most visited post on the blog.

#2 The 5 most common mistakes made booking Online.   It has become easier to book cruise on the web without the assistance of an agent.   There are some risks involved in booking it yourself and on this post I spell out the 5 most common mistakes that I see clients making as Manager at Cruisedeals.com.  This post has been very popular with the do-it-yourselfers. 

# 3 The Carnival Wedding Review.  I booked a group of 40 for a destination wedding.  Nikki, the bride, wrote a great review and sent pictures of the wedding ceremony on St. Thomas.  The popularity of Desitnation Weddings continues to rise as does the popularity of this post. 

~ Enjoy the posts and Happy Sailing

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NCL PEARL – new Photos on Flickr

I just set up an account on Flickr to upload the rest of our photos from the 9 nt. Southern Caribbean Cruise on the NCL Pearl.   I still have more photos to upload to Flickr from the trip.  Most of them are out there, but it took awhile to get it all set up.  Just click on the pics on the right side of the blog to pull up all of the photos. 

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Photos: NCL Pearl Private Courtyard

On the NCL Pearl, we were given a tour of the private courtyard pool/area.  We were able to take pictures and they are posted below.  The Private Courtyard area is shared by the Courtyard Villas, Owners Suite, and the extremely luxurious Garden Villa Suites.  Norwegian Cruise Lines has set itself apart with this “exclusive”  set up.  If you are a recognizable athelete, actor, politician, rockstar, etc. , and you would like privacy so you can fully relax on a cruise vacation; I would recommend one of the suites that share the private courtyard on one fo the NCL Jewel Class of ships.  Checkout the pictures below and leave a comment if you have any questions.  Email me if you would like a quick quote on one of the suites: rich.tucker@cruisedeals.com

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Courtyard Pool

View of the Courtyard Pool from above

Private Courtyard Hot Tub

Hammocks on the Private Sun Deck

Private Gym

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Video: Antigua, Rainforest Zip Line

I found a video on YouTube of the Ziplining through the Rainforest in Antigua.  This video is not of us, but it does let you see the excursion.   After you watch the video you can read the post about our day in Antigua.

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We are home!!!! NCL Pearl Cruise

For any of you following along with the posts on our NCL Pearl Cruise, you may have noticed that the posts stopped on day 7. 

On our cruise, the Norovirus was going around.  Simon, the comical cruise director was telling everyone from about day 3 or 4 that there were some cases on board and that everyone needed to sanitize extra often.  The also stopped allowing self service at the buffet lines.  

On day 7, Jess got the virus.   We went to the medical station and she received a shot.  NCL did not charge for the Dr.’s visit.  We both were confined to our room for a minimum of 24 hours.   After 24 hours, Jess was much better and I never got any of the symptoms.   Since we only had one day left on the cruise and we wanted to make the most out of it I did not post on Day 8.  

On the last full day at sea, Jess and I were invited to a private party in the Garden Villa.  We met the family who was staying there during our earlier tour of the courtyard villas and the courtyard pool.  They invited us to a cocktail party with a few other people they had met on the cruise.   I will be posting a last final recap of the whole cruise with lots of pictures.  The Garden Villa is 4000 sq ft. of luxury.  I do not think any cruise line has a suite that can match the Garden Villas on the Jewel class of NCL ship.    

On Disembarkation day, we did the “freestyle” disembarkation.   Basically, we did not leave our bags out at night and carried them off the ship ourselves.  This gave us the flexibility to leave the ship anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 AM.  Getting off the ship and into a taxi took less than 30 minutes.  

We got a cab ride to Miami Airport for $9 per person.  When we got to the airport, it was a mess.  Five Cruise Ships disembarked in Miami on Sunday.  1000s of people were in different lines and a lot of people did not even know where their line was headed.  It was a nightmare.  It took us 2 hours to get checked in and to arrive at our terminal.  If you are flying in and out of Miami give yourself alot of time.   I will most likely use Ft. Lauderdale airport the next time I cruise out of Miami. 

Our flight was delayed for 2 hours due to mechanical problems, but luckily it did not get cancelled.  We flew on American Eagle, which I do not recommend…pay extra if you have to not to fly on American Eagle.   They lost our luggage and on every flight out of Miami they were taking volunteers to get off for weight distrubution.  On one occassion, they did not have enough volunteers, so they left 2 people off the flight.  They had take a flight on the following day. 

We are home!!!  We really enjoyed the cruise.  I Learned a lot for future cruisers going to the Southern Caribbean, NCL, the Pearl, security, money saving techniques while on the cruise….But 9 days was a little too long for us to leave behind our 6 month old baby and our 1st grader son.  Thanks to wonderful families babysitting, we got to go.   Keep an eye out for future posts about this sailing with pictures…as soon as get a moment to upload them.   ~ Happy Sailing

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Day 7: St. Lucia, NCL Pearl Cruise

Today was our final port call…St. Lucia.  Jess had been upset that we had not goteen very much “color” from the sun.  Well, she got what she wished for today.  After a rain shower, we layed out in Rodney’s bay.  A $6 per person taxi ride from the cruise ship.  After a couple of hours in the hot sun, we both are very sunburn.   Outside of fairly constant salesmen, it was a nice beach.  Crystal Blue Waters and almost white sands. If I was going to come back and do a full week at one of the Islands we have been to; St. Lucia would be the pick.    It is one of the largest islands in the caribbean and it offered the most variety.   There are lots of resorts and even some Burger Kings and Dominos. 

It is dinner time and then we will catch the Thursday Night Football game.  Only two days left and we are looking forward to getting back to the kids.  Happy Sailing!     

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Day 6, Barbados: NCL Pearl Cruise

We arrived this morning at 9:30 AM in Barbados.  We did not have to be back at the ship until 6:00 PM.  So we were planning on a long, relaxing day at the beach.  We went to the Blue Monkey.  This is the beach that the Taxi Drivers recommend.  Of course this beach is overcrowded with all of the people on the cruise ships.  We had The Carnival Destiny and the Cunard Queen Mary 2 in port with us.    After about 1 hour at the beach it started pouring down rain.  After an hour of rain we headed back to the Ship Terminal for some shopping.  It rained all day, so after shopping we went bowling on the Pearl.   The crew members we talked to while bowling recommended Malibu Beach on Barbados.  Unfortunately, due to the rain my only recommendation in Barbados is not to go to the beach in front of the Blue Monkey. 

We had a blast bowling, ate early, and went to see the best show I have seen at on a cruise ship.  The show is a two team comedy juggling act named Sharkbait.  Very funny and thouroughly entertaining.  I am not a big “show” guy on cruises.  But on the Pearl, I have been impressed and entertain by the entertainment.  

Jess is playing Bingo right now…. I need to go see if we are $10,000 richer.  We are hoping for better weather tomorrow in St. Lucia…but if not I am sure we will find something fun to do.  ~happy sailing!

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