We just got back from the Country Cruise on the Pearl and had a great time. We really enjoyed all the performances and chance to hang out with some of the stars. It was a very different cruise from the others we have been on as basically all the activities are focused on the music and performers.
The Pearl is not as fancy as some of the other ships we have been on but it was very clean and I found all the crew to be friendly and accommodating. There are some design flaws with the ship that perturbed me more and more as the week went on. Our cabin was one of them, we were excited to book a aft cabin for the first time but in the end we were disappointed, see comments below on cabin 8134. Deck 8 was a strange design where if we wanted to walk to our aft cabin we either had to cut through the Blue Lagoon or Churrascaria restaurants. The gym was on the side of the ship as apposed to the normal bow position and the ceilings were so low that when you stood on the equipment you could not see the horizon you could only look down at the water.
Our favorite restaurants were Indigo and Cagney's. We paid the premium for Lotus Garden and Churrascaria as well but honestly Cagney's was the only meal worthy of the extra charge. The food overall was not as outstanding as some of the other cruise lines we have been on (Disney, RC) but was still very good. We also liked the Great Outdoors for breakfast.
Our ports were Ocho Rios, Cayman, and Cozumel:
-Ocho Rios did the Mystic Mountain bobsled and zip line. Had a blast, very well run, great views of harbour and ship. Shout out to our guides Junior and Dwight, they were a lot of fun. If you looking for a good place to hang out in Ocho Rios go to Jimmy Buffet's, they have a pool and private beach with security.
-Cayman we did the Stingray City tour, it was windy and rough that day but we were glad we went as it was an awesome experience.
-Cozumel did the Palancar snorkel and beach tour. Palancar is a awesome reef with great visibility, as it is quite deep I think it is more suited to diving than snorkelling but still a good time. We saw turtles and ray's as well. After we stopped at Playa Mia resort, which was OK. Our guide was Juan and he was excellent.
Embarkation on the Pearl was a breeze but disembarkation was a gong show. We were ready to disembark by 8AM but it was 10 AM by the time we got off with a line up of about a1000 people snaking through the ship. Too bad as it does not leave a great last impression of NCL