In the last 24 months we have cruised on the Sun, Star and Pearl. In my opinion, the Pearl is the best, closely followed by the Sun and the Star is last.
Embarkation: I arrived at the dock too early! People were still disembarking so the embarkation process was not open. At 11 AM the embarkation process began and we were on the Pearl by 11:15.
Cabin: We chose 9008, an enclosed balcony, as our cabin. The room was exactly as represented on the NCL web pages. Our suitcases easily stored under the bed. We never heard any noises during the night.