NCL Takes Delivery of Norwegian Pearl

November 28, 2006
Norwegian Cruise Line officially owns Norwegian Pearl, the last new ship launch of 2006. The cruise line took delivery of the ship early Tuesday morning from Meyer Werft in the Dutch port of Eemshaven.

Continuing the line's signature Freestyle Cruising concept, the 93,000-ton, 2,394-passenger ship has 12 restaurants and 11 bars and lounges; there's also a rock climbing wall and an industry-first -- a bowling alley located in the ship's Bliss Ultra Lounge & Night Club.

What's next? Norwegian Pearl will set sail with 2,000 passengers for a mini-cruise from Rotterdam to Southampton on December 2. From there, the ship will make its first trans-Atlantic crossing from Southampton to Miami where she will be christened and named by godmother Rosie O'Donnell. The ship will then offer Southern and Western Caribbean itineraries before joining Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sun in Alaska next summer.

Stay tuned -- Cruise Critic will be on hand for the ship's christening on December 16, 2006.

--by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor