Interesting review. I'm curious though about what you expected after being so let down by what you went through just to get aboard. We know from experience it takes at least a whole day to get oriented on a ship. Missing the first day is THE WORST. Constantly playing "hurry up and relax" is itself stressing. Anyway, it just makes it a bit harder to be completely unbiased if you arrive with a sour taste already. Since you've been on another couple of cruises, how did you compare the Pearl's kitchen output and service to the other ship(s) aboard which you cruised? Were your expectations along the lines of a 3-star Michelin restaurant, or IHOP? Did you have a fair sampling of dishes, or were you steadfast in ordering the "tried and true?"