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Gladys Stith

Age: 55+


Number of Cruises: 10+

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Pearl

Sailing Date: 2011-08-25

Itinerary: Alaska

This was a "Free Style" cruise and my first experience with this style cruising. There were a lot of children on board doing what children do, running, jumping, playing whining. While I don't begrudge them this, running up and down the cabin hallways does not make for a relaxing get away if one tries to sleep in. I equate the term "freestyle" with mass chaos, inability to sleep in late, an hour wait for dinner, or a noisy buffet where one can't find a place to sit. Freestyle cruising is advertised as "eating when you want, and casual". While it is plenty casual, eating when you want is the furthest thing from the truth I can think of about this cruise. Reservations accepted only at specialty restaurants, and unless you eat extremely early or late, there is normally a 1 hour wait at the Indigo. There were 4 non specialty eating establishments & only the buffet was zoo like. It was quiet enough in the other restaurants to enjoy dining and conversation. Food was average and a few meals were good. The ship was clean, in good repair, average decor, good fitness room, but saunas were additional cost, & cabins were smaller than normal. Scenery was the best thing about this cruise.

Smaller than normal.

Scenery was beautiful, and there was a variety of choices of excursions. While most excursions were expensive, the ship docked downtown and it was easy to explore the area walking if it was not raining.

I took the cruise to get away from the daily grind and relax. I always saw cruising as relaxing. While it was difficult to relax, as I have explained, the scenery is memorable.

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