The Pearl is a good sized ship with enough lounges and other seating areas in around that it never felt too crowded. We were really glad that we purchased the Thermal Spa package as they only sell 84 of them and we felt with the unlimited times you could go, it was well worth the $119 for the five days. There never were more than 6 other people there anytime we went. With the variety of the heated beds, spa pools, sauna & steam room, it was much better bang for our buck than a couple of massages would have been.
Overall, the food was decent but not great. We ate in 3 specialty restaurants, La Cuchina, Le Bistro & Teppinyaki. We enjoyed the French & Japanese, but thought the Italian was just horrible. The pork scallopini marsela was worse than a frozen microwave dinner with a little dry piece of pork covered in salt, which explained why it was always empty. We really enjoyed the curries on the lunch buffet in the Garden Cafe, mild and very tasty. We found the great outdoors or the tables by the pool much quieter than eating right in the always busy Garden Cafe.
Our cabin was a balcony on deck 9 and the very last one on the starboard side. We found it to be very quiet and though a bit of a hike to get to the front of the ship, it was a good deck for taking the stairs up to 12 or down to 7 which were the main two decks where everything was located.
The last balcony on the starboard side was very quiet. It was a long walk to the front of the ship, but we didn't mind walking off some of those desserts. Deck 9 has cabins both above and below so there is no noise from public areas to worry about. It is also mid way between deck 7 and 12 where the majority of the places we wanted to get to were located.
Seattle is an easy city to get around in. The Pearl docked at Pier 66 which is right downtown (Belltown) and a 10 minute walk to the Pike Market. It's also an easy walk to shopping, the promenade with the Ferris Wheel, restaurants etc. We took the train from Pine & 3rd (or close to there) which goes back and forth to City Centre where the space needle is located and paid the $21 to go up. Now I can say I've been up in the Space Needle.