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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2006 Age Restrictions: One person in each
Year Refurbished: N/A room must be 21 years old or older
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Freestyle Dining
Guest Occupancy: 2,380 Dining Hours: 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Crew: 1,154 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 93,000 tons Bars/Lounges: 11
Length: 965 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 105 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 25 knots Swimming Pools: 3
Decks: 15 Hot Tubs: 6
Ship's Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: Yes
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: Yes
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

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Overview
The family-friendly Norwegian Pearl, christened by celebrity Rosie O'Donnell, is one of the younger ships in the NCL fleet. She was the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to have a rock climbing wall onboard. Norwegian Pearl also features NCL's exclusive Courtyard and Garden Villas, some of the most beautiful accommodations at sea. Want to keep busy? Not a problem, as there are 12 dining venues, 11 bars and lounges, a casino, spa, bowling alley, theatre and nightclub onboard!


Destinations & Itineraries
Norwegian Pearl will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Eastern & Western Caribbean
2013: Caribbean, Alaska, Cruise to Nowhere, Panama Canal



Staterooms
Norwegian Pearl features a wide array of stateroom types, from her standard interior staterooms all the way up to her unbelievable Courtyard and Garden Villas.

Interior Staterooms:
The interior staterooms onboard Norwegian Pearl all feature two lower beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. Categories range from N through II, with N being the least premium.

Oceanview Staterooms: There is a wide variety of oceanview staterooms for you to choose from onboard Norwegian Pearl. The most basic oceanview room is a category H, which features a small porthole window. Category G oceanviews have an obstructed view. The most premium oceanview is a category CC room, which has a picture window. The oceanviews feature two lower beds that can convert to a queen-size bed.

Balcony Staterooms: The oceanview staterooms with balconies (also known as balcony staterooms) feature two lower beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed, a sitting area, and a floor-to-ceiling glass door that opens to a private balcony (a really great feature that you're sure to enjoy). The categories range from a BE all the way up to a BA.

Suites: There are quite a few types of suites onboard Norwegian Pearl. The most basic type is the Mini-Suite (category AF and AG). The Mini-Suite features a sitting area, a private balcony, two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed, and a luxury bath and shower. The next most premium suite category are the Penthouses. These staterooms feature a living area, a private balcony, a dining area, a luxury bath and shower, and a bedroom with a queen-size bed. Butler service and concierge is available with the Penthouses.
Please be aware that certain suites that normally feature a luxury bath and shower will only have a shower if the room is for disabled guests. Among the Penthouse category rooms are the Romance Suites (category AD).

After the Penthouses, the next most premium category suite are the Courtyard Villas (category A3 and A4). These rooms are exclusive to the newest NCL ships. The Courtyard Villas feature a living area, a private balcony, a dining area, a separate bedroom with a queen-size bed, a luxury bath and shower, access to the exclusive concierge lounge, and a private courtyard area (hence, the name) with a pool, hot tub, and sundeck. These rooms also have a butler and concierge service available. Only certain Courtyard Villas (category A3) feature a separate children's bedroom.

The Owner's Suites (category AA) have a living room, private balcony, dining room, separate bedroom with a king-size bed, mini bar, luxury bath and separate shower, access to the concierge lounge, and a private courtyard area with pool, hot tub, and sundeck. These rooms feature the butler and concierge service as well. Deluxe Owner's Suites (category A2) feature the same services and special amenities that the category AA Owner's Suites have, but are larger.

The most spectacular (and expensive) accommodation on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship is the Garden Villa. Norwegian Pearl's Garden Villa (category A1) is an enormous 4,390 square feet. This mega-suite features a living room, dining room, and three separate bedrooms (each with a king- or queen-size bed, and a private luxury bath). One of the three bedrooms features a full bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Of course, this type of suite features butler and concierge service, as well as access to a private courtyard area (as described above).



Dining
All Norwegian Cruise Line ships have an open dining setup (which is one of the main aspects of their Freestyle Cruising format). Open dining means that you can eat where you want, when you want. Norwegian Pearl has 12 dining venues from which you can choose from, besides the 24-hour room service!

There are two main restaurants onboard Norwegian Pearl, the Summer Palace Main Dining Room and the Indigo Main Dining Room. Both of these dining rooms offer the same menu, which changes each night. Dinner is served from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

The Garden Cafe is Norwegian Pearl's buffet. This buffet features a wide array of options for you to chose from, depending on the time and day you dine there (including omelets, pastas, soups, salads, and more). There is a special "kids only" area at the buffet, with smaller chairs and tables.

Perfect for those "midnight snackers," the Blue Lagoon is a 24-hour food court, featuring a menu that includes favorites such as hamburgers, french fries, and even fast-wok dishes.

The specialty restaurants onboard Norwegian Pearl offer many dining choices for you to choose from. Most of these venues have a per person cover charge, ranging between $10 and $30. Cagney's Steakhouse (located on deck 13) is one of the most popular specialty restaurants onboard Norwegian Pearl. Cagney's is an upscale traditional American steakhouse, with a 1930's theme. This restaurant charges a $20 per person cover charge for those that dine in it and choose anything but the Surf 'n Turf (which costs $30 per person). Le Bistro is a French specialty restaurant, located on deck 6. Le Bistro features a fabulous menu, and a theatrical art nouveau decor. Lotus Garden is Norwegian Pearl's Pan Asian restaurant. This restaurant features a sushi bar and teppanyaki (also known as Hibachi) room. There is an all-you-can-eat sushi option available at a flat fee of $15 per person. The two $10 per person specialty restaurants are La Cucina (a casual Italian Restaurant) and Mambos Latin/Tapas, where you can get a true taste of Latin American cuisine.

Reservations are highly recommended for the specialty restaurants, as they are very in demand and can book up quickly. Dining reservations cannot be made prior to your cruise. You can make a reservation 24 hours prior to the day you want to dine, unless you have a balcony or higher (in which case you can make a reservation within 48 hours). Be sure to make reservations at least the night before you want to dine, to help ensure that the time (and restaurant) you want to dine at will be available for you.



Onboard Features
Norwegian Pearl is packed with tons of places to go and things to do. There's really something for everyone...

First of all, this is the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to have a rock climbing wall onboard. Besides the rock climbing wall, there is also a bowling alley onboard! These are both features found on few other cruise ships. Other sport-related features include a jogging/walking track, a basketball/volleyball/tennis court, and the Body Waves Fitness Center (which has daily aerobics, spinning, and fitness classes). There is also the Tahitian Pool (the main pool which is surrounded by 144 sun beds and 314 deck chairs), plus six outdoor hot tubs!

There are 11 bars and lounges onboard Norwegian Pearl. Among them, Bliss Ultra Lounge & Night Club is located on deck 7 and is an excellent option for those looking for some dancing and fun. This area features plasma TVs and is where the bowling alley is located. During the day Topsiders Pool Bar & Grill (on deck 12) is a popular, and busy, place to hang out. Another great option is the Spinnaker Lounge, which features an amazing view and a dance floor. For those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, there is also Maltings Beer & Whiskey Bar, a contemporary bar located on deck 6, and the Star Bar (located on deck 13), with a very 1920's inspired theme. The Corona Cigar Club is a favorite among cigar and cognac aficionados.

The Pearl Club Casino (located on deck 6) is a real hot spot, especially at night and on days at sea. There are many slot machines and tables to choose from, in addition to various poker, slot, and blackjack tournaments throughout the cruise.

One of the most popular things to do onboard Norwegian Pearl is go to the Stardust Theatre for its nightly show. The Stardust Theatre is huge! It spans three decks (5, 6, and 7). This theatre has a capacity of 1,042 and features various Broadway and Vegas-style shows.

For those looking for a more relaxing time, there is the library, art gallery, card room, LifeStyle room (a place for quiet reading), and a huge outdoor deck to pick a spot on and relax in a lounge chair. Don't forget about the South Pacific Spa & Beauty Salon (located on deck 12), where you can choose from a wide range of spa treatments.



Dress Code and Attire
Because of the Freestyle Cruising concept, the dress code is not very strict or formal on a Norwegian Cruise - it is actually quite casual, relative to other cruise lines. As far as dining goes, casual attire is preferred during the day. Examples of casual attire are: khakis, skirts, jeans, casual tops, and shorts. At the buffet and outdoor dining venues, swimwear with a cover-up is just fine.

During dinner a collared shirt and pants (or nice jeans) is fine for men. For women slacks, jeans, dresses, skirts, and tops are fine. If you'd like to dress up for dinner and wear something more formal or glamorous that is OK too, as on most NCL cruises there is usually at least one night were many people will do so (known as the "Captain's Night" or "Formal Night"). For kids 12 and under, shorts are OK in all of the restaurants.



Children Programs
NCL's children's program is called the Kids Crew. The Kids Crew program is run by NCL's Youth Staff and is free of charge (of course, gratuities are appreciated by the staff). Each staff member is CPR and First Aid certified. The Kids Crew program features complimentary activities that are scheduled throughout each day of your cruise. Examples of these activities are painting, pajama parties, pizza making, and shows. A parent or guardian is required to initially register 2-17 year olds for this program. Children are assigned to groups, based on age (Juniors = 2-5 years old, First Mates = 6-9 years old, Navigators = 10-12 years old, and Teens = 13-17 years old). Kids under 13 may not sign themselves out. There is not a one-on-one care program available in the Youth Program.

There is group-sitting available for kids. The "Late Night Party Zone" and "Port Play" are both programs for kids 2-12 years of age. The "Port Play" program is run from 9 am to 5 pm and is for parents that want to go on shore excursions alone, leaving their kids in the hands of qualified professionals. The "Late Night Party Zone" is available from 10 pm to 1 am. The cost of these two programs is $5 per hour, per child, and $3 per hour for each additional sibling in the same family. These charges are applied to your onboard expense account.

There is also a Teen Program available onboard Norwegian Pearl. This program is for those that are 13-17 years of age. This program is a great way for teens to meet and have fun.

As far as facilities for children and teens goes, there is a video arcade on deck 12 that features various video games and machines. There is also the Teen Club, a hip teen hang out (also located on deck 12). Aqua Kid's Club is located on deck 12; it's a special kids area filled with an indoor jungle gym/obstacle course.



Tipping and Gratuities
NCL charges a fixed fee for what they call service charges on all Norwegian Pearl cruises. This fee is $12 per person, per day and is charged to your onboard expense account. There is no such charge for children under 3 years of age. If while on your cruise you find that these fees are more than you'd like to pay (or if you are very unhappy with the service you've been provided with by the staff), you can adjust the service charge fees to the level you prefer (as long as you do so before you leave the ship). NCL does not consider this service charge to be the same thing as a gratuity or tip. NCL states that they do not auto-charge you for gratuities (even though the service charge does seem to be a similar fee).

If you find a few staff members that really stand out and make your vacation more enjoyable, NCL's staff is allowed to accept cash gratuities. The recommended gratuity for guests purchasing bar beverages is 15%. For those purchasing spa and salon services, please be aware that NCL automatically adds a gratuity of 18% (called a service charge on certain ships).


Alcohol Policy
The official legal drinking age on a Norwegian cruise is 21 years of age. However, guests that are 18 to 20 years old with written consent from their parents or guardian are allowed to purchase beer and wine when the ship is sailing in international waters (except in Alaska & Hawaii, where you must be 21 years old to do so).


Gambling Policy
The minimum gambling age on all NCL cruise ships in 18 years of age. A valid photo ID may be required, so be sure to have one with you while in the casino. Please be aware that onboard casinos are closed on NCL ships while sailing in Hawaii.


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