Norwegian Pearl Overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Aug. 27, 2019

Launched in 2006 and recently refurbished in 2017, Norwegian Pearl features modernized cabins, refreshed public spaces, and remodeled dining venues, including Cagney's Steakhouse, the hibachi restaurant Teppanyaki, and the Topsider Bar & Grill. Active travelers will love the ship’s expanded Tahitian pool, rock climbing wall, and sports court for tennis, basketball, and more. Plus, Pearl was one of the first ships to feature onboard bowling lanes, which you'll find inside the Bliss Ultra Lounge.

This adult-oriented ship provides plenty of after-dark activities. Hit the dance floor at the Spinnaker Lounge, play the slots at the Pearl Club Casino, or plan a pub crawl through Bar City on Deck 6. Norwegian organizes trivia nights, poolside parties, and special events, and the ship has two stage productions. Buckle up for a night of smash hits at Norwegian's Pure Variety revue, or experience the ultimate tribute show at Legends In Concert, which has wowed audiences for over 30 years. Like most Norwegian cruise ships, Pearl has an outstanding spa and thermal suite that includes incredible views from Deck 12. Although the amenities cater to adults primarily, kids activities are available through Splash Academy and the Metro Center teen club.

Norwegian Pearl currently operates in Europe, New England, and the Caribbean. European cruises embark from Amsterdam and Rome with additional departures leaving from Barcelona and Venice. Explore Greece, Italy, and Croatia while soaking in the Adriatic sunshine. Other regional destinations include Monaco, Spain, and Montenegro. Cruises leaving from Amsterdam tour the Emerald Isles, Northern Europe, and the Baltic. In the new world, Pearl departs from Miami, New York, and Quebec City. Cruises visit ports across the Southern and Eastern Caribbean, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Canada. Norwegian Pearl itineraries range from fast-paced 4-day cruises to leisurely 12-day journeys. Transatlantic bookings are also available.

Ship Highlights

  • Tahitian main pool
  • Six whirlpools
  • Children's Splash Pool
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Full-size sports court
  • Video arcade
  • Splash Academy childcare
  • Metro Center teen hangout
  • Atrium with Wii sports screen
  • Musical revues and stage shows
  • Poolside parties and special events
  • More than a dozen bars and restaurants
  • Meeting and conference area
  • Library and card room
  • LifeStyles game and reading area
  • Body Waves Fitness Center
  • Jogging/walking track
  • Mandara Spa & Salon
  • Thermal suite
  • Pearl Club Casino
  • Shopping Galleria

Before You Book

Why Sail on Norwegian Pearl: While it does sail some Caribbean itineraries, Pearl is ideal for couples and older travelers looking to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations like the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and New England. The ship also has a slightly lower passenger capacity compared to similarly-sized vessels, which means crowds are smaller and less frequent.

You Should Know: Because couples represent the majority on Norwegian Pearl, the ship's childcare programs and activities are relatively sparse. Pearl also lacks some of the cutting-edge activities found on newer ships like Norwegian Joy, Encore, and Bliss.

Norwegian Pearl Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,394
  • Total Crew: 1,099
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.18
  • Built: Jan 2006
  • Refurbished: Feb 2017
  • Number of Decks: 12
  • Total Cabins: 1,197
  • Cabin Categories: 43
  • Gross Tonnage: 93,000
  • Length: 965
  • Beam: 105

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.2
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.3
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.2
  • Entertainment 4.0
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.3
  • Ship Quality 4.3

Cabins

1197 cabins and 43 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.3
(114 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 141 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $93/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.3
(97 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 158 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $123/night
Balcony Balcony
3.8
(147 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 215 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $171/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.1
(76 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 1009 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $196/night

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Dining

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Sushi Bar Sushi Bar
5.0
(1 Review)
Sky High Bar and Grill Sky High Bar and Grill
4.7
(3 Reviews)
Teppanyaki Teppanyaki
4.3
(7 Reviews)
Cagney's Steakhouse Cagney's Steakhouse
4.2
(18 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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1766 Norwegian Pearl Reviews

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Terrible Food, Bad Customer Service by Beanette02

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I always try to look on the positive side of things, but this trip truly made it difficult to do that. Was very disappointed in the food. And frustrated about purchasing a more expensive room to be able to take advantage of the specialty dining package and beverage package. Only to find out once we used our 1 meal that that was all we were allotted. The supervisors at customer service basically told us “oh well.” And wanted to dismiss our concerns and treated us like we were less than and weren’t very educated.

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Oustanding Mediterranean and Transatlantic Cruise by ludemannphil

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We really enjoyed everything about this cruise and in fact would have loved to stay on the ship another couple of weeks. We will be doing another cruise sometime in our future

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Whirlwind of amazing ports by TammiM

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With only 2 at sea days this cruise is a whirlwind of amazing ports to visit. Every stop was fantastic. The crew on the ship were always helpful and available. The entertainment was great, with no shortage of music in the evenings.

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595 Norwegian Pearl Tips

MrChocoholic
Nov 15, 2014

FOOD TIP: Amazingly, the best food on the ship are the Indian dishes presented in the main buffet, the Garden Cafe. The curried chicken is exceptional.

jpr318
Sep 20, 2014

The back of the ship (outside) on the 12th floor was great. Lots of sun and excellent food.

PeterScott
Jan 17, 2013

All the 2 bedroom suites are under the gym...Never, never stay in the 2 bedroom suits on the Norwegian Pearl !!!!

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