This was cruise number 5 for NCL...and, as always, it was fun. "Sun" is our favorite ship, so it was nice to see "Pearl" have some of the same amenities as "Sun"...especially in the Outdoor Cafe.
Embarkation a breeze...albeit a 60 minute wait in the lounge. It would actually have been longer if the NCL computers hadn't crashed. The Cruise Connection was taken, so us arriving at the port early was beyond our control.
Excellent cabin and steward, albeit Christopher wasn't seen that often. Always knew he was around, however...towels on the floor got picked up twice a day, and the bed was always fresh. Loved the balcony, although sometimes the cigarette smoke from the balcony next door became overpowering. Nice to know that beginning January 2012, smoking on a balcony will be 'against the law'.
Casino...extremely smokey after 30 minutes. Definitely need a better ventilation system, or go immediately after opening and gamble fast!
Food...best ever. We don't travel for the food, but did find ourselves eating more this trip. Fresh bread was lovely, and having FOUR omelet stations during breakfast was wonderful. The best place for a bit of quiet for eating all meals was the dining area just before the stern cafe. Never crowded, and there was always a window seat.
Entertainment...loved "Sharkbait", who are now on vacation. Saw the last show of the cruise 'Encore' and was VERY disappointed. I was especially looking forward to their selections from "Mamma Mia", and those were horrid...snappy tunes turned into classical music...almost. This performance was opening night, and my suggestion is that livelier tunes from Broadway musicals be used, and better outfits.
Yes, there will be a Cruise Number Six on NCL. Woo-Hoo!!!