The Norwegian Pearl
The Pearl was our home away from home for seven days. She is a Jewel class ship built in 2006 in the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and refurbished in 2017. She is 965 feet in length, has a maximum 125 foot beam, and has a gross tonnage of 93,530. Capacity is 2,394 passengers, 1,072 crew, and a total of 1,197 cabins.
There is plenty to do, see, and eat on board. She has the first bowling alley installed on a cruise ship as well as 16 dining options (7 of them are premium), 15 bars and lounges, a casino, and a spa. There is a theatre with nightly shows, a rock wall, a fitness track, shuffleboard, basketball, tennis, volleyball, golf, pools, and hot tubs. There is both a teen club and kids club. For more quiet activities, there is a library, a card/game room, and a chapel.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that we had access to quite a few movies in our suite, both new and older. There was really no shortage of things to do on board, even on the full days at sea. One thing we didn’t have was internet service. It is offered on board, however, it is very expensive, slow at best, and did I mention expensive? We could of course take our phones off airplane mode in ports, but just used our phones to take pictures on board. This forced us to talk. To each other. Without distractions. We hadn’t had that happen in years! It worked so well, that we have instituted phone free time at home.
We had a soda package, but not a drink package. The drinks were comparable in price to a bar on land, maybe a little more. There was no way I could drink enough to make the drink package worthwhile with all of the other activities and excursions we did. Soda and bottled water were surprisingly expensive on board, but there was always juice, water, and plain coffee included in the per person rate.