Standard cabins are comfortable, cozy and well laid out, with adequate closet and drawer space for most families.
All rooms have well-stocked minifridges (sodas, sparking water and liquor -- for a fee), flat-screen televisions, telephones, bathrooms with showers and twin beds that can be made up as one queen. But, at an average size of 158 square feet for ocean views and 140 square feet for inside staterooms, they are a bit small, especially given Norwegian's focus on family travel. Beds are topped with thick, comfy Eurostyle mattresses.
All but some inside cabins have "split bathroom" configurations: within one space you'll find a glass-enclosed shower on one side, a closeable toilet chamber on the other, and sink in the middle. These cabins (as well as mini-suites) have wall-mounted pumps for hand soap (no filmy bar soap) as well as pumps for shampoo and body wash in the shower. All cabins have a hair dryer.
Where Pearl really stands out is in its suites. Passengers who are booked into The Haven enter the upper stratosphere of cruise VIP status -- private restaurant privileges, preferred reservations for the alternate restaurants, priority tender access, priority boarding and disembarking, butlers, concierge service, individual espresso and cappuccino makers, even feather pillows and other perks and privileges that truly set them apart from the average passenger on the same ship.
Interior: At 138 to 143 square feet, interior cabins are located on all passenger decks: 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Family inside cabins sleep up to four, with the inclusion of Pullman beds. A small desk with a stool as well as a table and chair are in the room. A closet, three drawers and shelving should accommodate two adults' luggage on one of the ship's many short itineraries, but might be a bit challenging with more than a few days' worth of stuff.
Ocean View: Cabins with a window are located on decks 4, 5 and 8, and run 155 to 161 square feet; choose from porthole or picture windows. A family option, with Pullman beds, sleeps up to four passengers.
Balcony: Balcony cabins are 200 to 205 square feet, including the balcony. These cabins also have small sofa beds, which can serve as third or fourth berths. Balcony cabins are located on decks 8, 9 and 10. Two blue mesh chairs with a tiny table are located on the balcony.
Mini-Suite: At 272 to 285 square feet, the 134 mini-suites offer a small amount of additional interior space and a larger balcony. They also have full bathtubs. All mini-suites are located on Deck 11 and accommodate up to four people. These rooms feature sofas, which can be converted into beds, and the same outdoor furniture as standard balcony cabins.
Suite: There are two suite categories outside of The Haven complex, with no access to Haven spaces. A penthouse with large balcony runs anywhere from 342 to 578 square feet, and accommodates three to four people. Choose from decks 8, 9 or 10. (Note: The Owner's Suites and Penthouse Suites on Deck 10 have balconies that are completely visible from the bridge above. Any indiscretion that takes place out there is subject to being viewed by a range of officers -- or any visitors to the bridge.)
A two-bedroom family suite with balcony on Deck 11 provides about 545 square feet of space and accommodates up to six passengers. Both suites include luxury bath amenities, butler and concierge service, private balconies, plenty of living space and more.
The Haven: Suites within Deck 14's The Haven -- a keycard-access-only suite enclave -- share a private courtyard at the top of the ship, complete with a covered plunge pool and private hot tubs. Residents of The Haven's suites, which include Garden Villas, Owner's Suites, Family Villas and Penthouses, all share private elevator access to their exclusive top-of-ship quarters. All Haven suites also include butler and concierge services, luxurious bath amenities and living and dining areas.
Passengers booked in suites (penthouse and higher, including those outside of The Haven) can have breakfast and lunch in Cagney's, with a special menu designed just for them, with items like crab cakes and eggs Benedict for breakfast and blackened snapper sandwiches for lunch, served in the swanky atmosphere of a private club.
Penthouse: Penthouses run 440 square feet, sleep three and include a bedroom with a queen-size bed. A curtain divides the bed from a small entertainment area with love seat, small glass table and another table with three chairs. There's also a desk, espresso machine and vanity. The bathroom features a tub, with Elemis bath products, but has the cramped, split-bathroom-style sliding doors.
Family Villa: The Family Villas, which sleep as many as six people, come in at 572 square feet and each include two bathrooms, one with an oval tub, a master bedroom and a separate children's room.
Owner's Suite: Owner's Suites, which measure up to 824 square feet, face forward and, since they are at the corners of the ship's bow, have private sun decks at the front and along the side.
Deluxe Owner's Suite: Deluxe Owner's Suites each include a large balcony and measure 1,197 square feet. These rooms sleep up to four people and are the only cabins located on Deck 15.
Garden Villa: The Garden Villas are the rooms to splurge on, measuring 4,252 square feet and sleeping eight people. They have individual saunas, hot tubs, private sunbathing areas, three bedrooms, three baths with tubs, a powder room, living room, dining room and a grand piano.
Accessible: Twenty-seven cabins, including suites, are fully wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant.