Sunday, April 4, 2010

Norwegian Pearl, Embarkation & Sailaway

Who’s sailing on Norwegian Pearl? This week our fellow passengers are of all ages. It’s still spring break and there are families from as far away as California, Utah, and New York. We even met a couple yesterday who’d sailed on Norwegian Pearl in Alaska last summer and decided to be married on the ship.

Sailaway from Miami is always a treat and the entertainment staff went all out for the lido deck festivities. Even though embarkation was a breeze (we arrived after the noon rush), we hadn’t had time for lunch so the poolside barbeque pictured here really hit the spot and held us until dinner.

With new procedures in place for the safety drill—no life jacket is required—the mustering process was quick and easy. In fact, we’re finding everything about “Freestyle Cruising” is easy. We can eat on our own schedule and do whatever we please. There is a full schedule of events to choose from, even on embarkation day. And, as the sun went down last night, the atrium filled with basketball fans to watch the Final Four on the huge screen located there. From the cheers we heard as we grabbed an early dinner in the Blue Lagoon Café, there were a lot of happy fans aboard Norwegian Pearl.

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