The Norwegian Pearl is a lovely ship, a little different, less grand atrium, but pretty none the less. A huge screen is in the atrium which has movies, scenic offerings, music and sports showing at anytime during the day.
Long embarkation line up, but staff dealt with it quickly and efficiently.
The entertainment was excellent, especially enjoyed "Oh What A Night" singers.
Staff was all around pleasant, our cabin steward Anna, was always accommodating and Daniela, who worked in Le Bistro was such a sweetheart. Like a bright light.
We don't have children, but there were lots on this cruise and they looked like they were having an absolute blast! Great programs for kids. We did enjoy dinner with a couple who had two primary school aged children and they were very impressed with the kids programs.
The executive staff do ask for feedback on the cruise, negative or positive. We did offer some feedback to one of the managers about one of the dishes we had. The next day we had a special thank you for the feedback gift in our cabin, very unexpected and made us feel like our opinion mattered.
We celebrated our anniversary on this cruise, my husband ordered flowers that were delivered to our cabin upon arrival. So sweet that Norwegian offers these services. We also had a meal in Cagney's Steakhouse for our anniversary and the staff sang a love song to us, very special.
There are no shortage of activities on board, and being a week before Christmas we were thrilled at the Christmas decorations and the gingerbread displays. The Christmas music on one of the night was outstanding, the Norwegian dancers and singers were exceptional.
We took advantage of Norwegian's pre-purchase credit. We purchased $250 towards our next cruise, to be used in the next four years and they give $100 off your onboard bill. Great value, this is the second time we have purchased it. We love NCL!
We were a little disappointed with the Pearl's chocolate buffet. We had sailed on other NCL ships and the chocolate buffets were so well appointed and classy. This time it felt like a huge feeding trough as it was presented in the buffet restaurant. I really didn't like that approach. If I could change one thing, it would be that the chocolate buffet would be in the main dining room, so much more exquisite of a display.
Food was very good, same old same old in the buffet, so we enjoyed the sit down restaurants as it was more of an experience. Most dishes were very good, just make sure that when ordering chicken, such as thai chicken etc or stir fry that you check to see if the chicken is breaded or not, the menu is not clear. I don't personally want my thai chicken dish made with breaded chicken, it seems less authentic, so if you are like me, check first or you might be disappointed. Also, if you want a really good steak don't expect it in the free dining rooms, pay the cover charge and go to Cagney's where it is outstanding.
We enjoyed our cruise, loved the four ports and getting off for some variety, but the ship itself was delightful. I would highly recommend Norwegian.