We cruised 11/25 thru 11/30/2007. The cruise was completely sold out, but never felt crowded. The pool and the buffet were both busy, but I never felt like I was in a herd of cattle. This ship is laid out very well, with many activities in different areas, so even though the ship was at capacity, it didn't "feel" crowded. The spa was a little pricey, but beautiful. The spa is located on deck 12 or 13 at the front of the ship with a 180 degree view. It's really first class. The food was overall good. Cagneys (the surcharge steak restaurant) was only of mediocre quality, and the service at La Cucina (Italian) was very, very slow - just a good excuse to drink more wine! Other than that, the food was good, the service was fine. One exception was Le Bistro - the food and service here were both outstanding and I definitely recommend this restaurant. There were plenty of choices for shore excursions, and we booked ours the night before with no problems. The bowling alley/bar (Bliss?) was really cool and fun, and the staff of the ship were very attentive, always polite and went above-and-beyond to provide excellent and friendly service. Simon the cruise director was especially personable and a nice guy. We do not have children, and I appreciated the fact that there were apparently enough kid-activities for those with kids, such that we did not feel over-run with children running around, etc. I would recommend Norweigan and "The Pearl" to anyone looking for a quality experience on a nice ship with friendly staff and good service.
Near-Perfect Cruise on "The Pearl"
Sail Date: November 01, 2007
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Pros: Ship Layout, Friendly Staff, Lots of activities
Cons: Food at the surcharge restaurants, otherwise food was good
Recommends Norwegian Pearl? Yes!