We arrived in Seattle a day before our cruise even though a flight from Sacramento would take less than 2 hours. I just prefer being early for any event, especially a cruise vacation. On embarkation day, we arrived at Pier 66 for boarding the Pearl. Being Latitude Rewards members, we were escorted to the counter to begin processing our paperwork. After a short wait, our boarding number was called and we boarded the Pearl to a very upbeat reception by some of the ship's crew. The ship was bigger than I had expected. We found our stateroom to be very spacious. With the exception of the sofa (which converts to a bed for a third person)the furnishings were very comfortable. Our bath even had a bathtub.
The sail-away party was fun. The view of the Seattle skyline as we sailed into Puget Sound was very beautiful. Weather was fantastic.
Dining: We dined primarily in the Garden Cafe, the ship's buffet restaurant. The food was very good, but they seemed to serve the same menu every day. Seating was adequate except right at meal time. We learned to arrive early or later to avoid the crowds and get a seat. We also dined in the Indigo and Summer Palace Main Dining Rooms. These were very nice and the food was excellent. We also ate in Cagney's and Teppanyaki specialty restaurants for my wife's birthday and our anniversary. Food was excellent here as well.
Entertainment: We did not see any of the show, but heard that "Oh What a Night" was fantastic. This is about the Four Seasons and all their hit songs.
The shops on the ship are adequate since most shopping is done in the port cities.
Disembarkation: We were on the "Best of Seattle" excursion so we were allowed to leave the ship as a group. Our luggage was easily located and we then boarded our tour bus for our Seattle sightseeing tour. The three hour tour took us to the Space Needle, Pikes Market Place, and through Pioneer Village.