Ah, the beautiful Norwegian Pearl ocean liner with a destination of the Cayman Islands, setting sail from the Port of Miami. Could there be a more beautiful and relaxing vision than that?
Norwegian Cruise Lines incorporates Freestyle Dining, where there are no assigned dining times and no specific attire is expected. In other words, you don’t need to wait for a particular time to eat and you don’t need to ‘dress’ for dinner. It creates a very relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy their meals in the utmost comfort.
There are no less than 9 restaurants to choose from on the Norwegian Pearl, as well as 9 bars and lounges. Room Service is available at a surcharge, but conveniently runs 24 hours a day for passengers wishing to remain quietly in their cabin. The buffet and English pub also remain open 24 hours as the cruise line is fully aware that not everyone wishes to sleep while on vacation. Some of the specialty restaurants carry a $20 or $30 cover charge, but for a change 0f pace and a nice juicy steak, the price is worth it.
As for alcohol, there are a few drink packages available, such as an all-inclusive option that carries a price tag of $70 a day, if you are so inclined. Daily specials run on specific drinks and Buckets of Beer. However, if you would prefer to abstain from alcohol, there are soda packages available as well as an Espresso bar offering specialty coffees. And juice and ice tea are always free.
Cabins aboard most ships are quite small in comparison to hotel rooms, but the Norwegian Pearl makes sure that it’s comfortable, decorated in bright and uplifting colours and with amazing views. But when it gets right down to it, very little time is spent inside your cabin considering there is so much to do on the ship – from the casino, cigar lounge and tattoo parlor to a multitude of shows in the vast theater and a variety of activities at the pool, the Norwegian Pearl keeps things interesting with fun to be had almost ’round the clock.
The ports of call offer several excursions that can be booked ahead of time or upon arrival. One of the best if you wish to see a lot of the Cayman Islands all at once is the Grand Cayman helicopter tour. However, if you don’t have anything specific in mind that you’d like to see or do, another option is to simply disembark the ship and wander around town. In this manner, guests can sightsee, shop, or take in a quaint restaurant or lounge.
However, if you don’t have anything specific in mind that you’d like to see or do, another option is to simply disembark the ship and wander around town. In this manner, guests can sightsee, shop, or take in a quaint restaurant or lounge.
Whether on board or off, there is no shortage of things to do on a Norwegian cruise, and the nice thing is that guests are free to participate in as much or as little as they like and tailor their vacation to their wants and needs. And despite that nobody likes to see a vacation come to an end, even that is made to be flexible and easy with the option of walking off with your luggage at approximately 7:30, or choosing a time and leaving your luggage to be picked up in the hallways by midnight.
The Miami port also makes the process as pain-free as possible with a quick trip through customs and a short ride to the airport. At this point, all you have to worry about is getting home and finding a way to stop your favourite chair or couch from swaying.