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Norwegian Pearl Review and Tips

Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Pearl

The Norwegian Pearl, launched by NCL in 2006, offers the nearly 2,400 passengers amazing cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean.  This Jewel Class ship offers 16 dining options, pools, hot tubs, spa, bowling alley, rock climbing wall, villas and much more.  Also offered are Broadway style shows and a Nintendo Wii on a 2 story screen.

Beginning in 2012, the Pearl will be sailing out of New York City and will be serving cruises to Florida, the Bahamas, 10 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean, as well as 2 day cruises.

The Norwegian Pearl offers “Freestyle Cruising”.  With Freestyle, you can eat anytime you want at any restaurant you want.  The dress code is also very relaxed, they just ask that you do not wear shorts and tank-tops in the restaurants after 5 pm.  There is one optional formal night.


The Pearl offers luxurious villas, penthouses, and suites that include a private courtyard area.  The balcony rooms, with floor to ceiling windows, average 205 sq ft and can fit between 2-4 people, some being family balcony rooms.  Ocean view (window and porthole) and inside rooms are also available for the more budget oriented cruisers.


There are 16 dining options when cruising on the pearl. While the majority of them are included in the cruise fare, there are a few that require an additional fee for dining.
Complimentary Dining Facilities

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  • Blue Lagoon – 24 hr food court for that midnight snack
  • Garden Cafe/Kids Cafe – Omelets, pasta, soup, salads, and ethic specialties
  • Great Outdoors – buffet
  • Great Outdoors Bar – omelets, waffles, fruit, soups etc
  • Indigo Main Dining Room
  • Room Service – Available 24 hours a day (Delivery charge from midnight to 5 am)
  • Sky High Bar & Grill
  • Summer Palace Main Dining Room
  • Topsiders Bar & Grill – By the Tahitian pool for the resort experience

Surcharge Dining Options (rates are per person)

  • Cagney’s Steakhouse  $25
  • La Cucina Italian Restaurant $10
  • Le Bistro French Restaurant $20
  • 24/7 Pizza- delivery pizza to anywhere on the ship $5
  • Sushi & Salami Bar $15
  • Teppanyaki  $25
Norwegian Pearl Pool
Norwegian Pearl Pool

Fun, Entertainment, Play

The Pearl sundeck offers several pools, a kid’s pool, water slides, 6 hot tubs, and plenty of loungers to soak in some sun. The Topsiders’s Bar and Grill is also located here.

Another great feature on the Pearl is a 4 lane bowling alley.  With funky lighting and neon colored bowling balls, it makes for a great experience on the seas and worth the small cover charge ($5 per person per game).

The Pearl also has a basketball/volleyball/tennis court, Body Waves fitness center, walking/jogging track,  and a card room to play all types of board games.  If you are looking for a quiet place to read, there is also a library on board.

There are 3 meeting rooms available, they can be used all together or separately .  This makes for the Pearl to be a great way to combine business with pleasure.

The Metro Center is the ultimate teen hangout center.  Designed and patterned after a New York City subway, even with graffiti on the walls.

The Stardust Theater holds 1,042 passengers and is the home for the Broadway and Vegas style shows that are presented nightly.  There are also comedy shows, shows for the family, game shows and more!

There is also a small chapel, a video arcade, and the LifeStyle room.  The LifeStyle room is a quiet place to write letters, play cards or read a book.

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