This was our third cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. We chose this itinerary because it sailed into ports we have never visited. The ports we hit were Oranjestad, Aruba, Cartagena, Columbia, the Panama Canal and Colon, Panama, and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. The cruise fare also included the Unlimited Beverage Package and Five meals at their Specialty restaurants
Provided that we went on a cruise over the Christmas holiday, we were a little concerned that the crowds would be overwhelming on the ship. However, this was not the case. Sure, there were a lot of people, but it seemed as if they were disbursed throughout the ship and restaurants, so nothing ever felt overcrowded.
Provided it was our third cruise on the Pearl, once again, the staff was very consistent with our other two cruises (Western Caribbean and Alaska) on the Pearl...excellent! We've been on two other ships on NCL, the Epic and the Star, and we have been extremely satisfied with all three. However, there's something about the Pearl that goes above and beyond.
Our stateroom was a Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony on Deck 11. We general stay in the same vicinity when we cruise on the Pearl. It is what we know, so we stick with it. The room sleeps 4. A queen sized bed, and a sofa that turned into a double-sized bed, which is perfect for a couple of kids like we had, or good for two adults who like to cuddle. ;) Our cabin steward was Jairus who did a fabulous job...and our daughters raved about the nightly towel animals! The stateroom had sufficient space and more than enough clothing storage. You can view a floorplan on the NCL website. We believe it is comfortable, and, we loved having the balcony. Nothing better than grabbing a couple of drinks and heading out onto the balcony and watch the waves go by. Suggestions: bring a power strip as there is only one outlet in the room. Also, bring some scented clothes drier sheets, as, with the cedar closets and drawers, the clothing tends to absorb that somewhat adverse scent.