I just wanted to correct mistaken impressions for possible future cruisers of NCL. My husband and I have taken numerous cruises on several NCL ships (the Pearl included) and I was astounded at some of the incorrect information I have read on several reviews.
One member mentions that it takes 1 ½ hours to eat in the main dining rooms which he considered to be longer than necessary. If you eat at any restaurant that is not "fast food" it might take 1 ½ hours for a nice meal so I do not consider this to be unusual. There was also the complaint that the restaurants served the same meals every day which is simple not true. There are different entrees offered each day but, of course there are "Always Available" meals which are standard. Also, we have always been asked what we would like to drink at meals. If a passenger wants anything other than water be it iced tea coffee etc., all they have to do is ask!
If a person does not wish the cabin to be cleaned at 7:15, a complaint voiced by one reviewer, all they have to do is set the sign on the door to "Do Not Disburb".
It was mentioned that the next day's activity letter was not delivered until after 6:30 so they could not discuss it at dinner. It is the custom of all cruise lines (we have been on approximately 20 cruises on several lines) to leave the "newsletter" in the cabin during the evening turn down. A 5:45 dinner is very early, but if the member needed dinner conversation, he might have asked his cabin steward for a copy before they went to dinner.
Another reviewer mistakenly mentioned that they were not able to get a drink such as coffee or tea after dinner except at the bars or at the 24 hour "Blue Lagoon". The Lido deck always has coffee, tea and ice cream available even when they are not open during the afternoon. They are open until 12:30 or 1:00 AM for late night meals and the coffee and tea on deck is also always available.
The "Italian restaurant" is not available for public passage during dinner as one reviewer mentioned. He must have used it during lunch when it is utilized for additional seating for the Lido deck.