Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Pearl Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Pearl

Year built2006  /  Age : 12
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 390 million
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage93530 gt
Passengers2394 - 2873
Passengers-to-space ratio33
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2017
Christened byRosie O'Donnell

Current itinerary of Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Pearl current cruise is 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle. Prices start from USD 749 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Sep, 2018 and ends on 23 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
16 Sep      Departing from Seattle, Washington   
18 Sep 13:00 - 22:00     Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska   
19 Sep 07:00 - 20:00     Skagway, Alaska   
20 Sep     Glacier Bay, Alaska   
21 Sep 06:00 - 13:00     Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska   
22 Sep 18:00 - 23:00     Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada   
23 Sep      Arriving in Seattle, Washington   

Review of Norwegian Pearl

Launched in 2006, Norwegian Pearl is the 3rd of Norwegian Cruise Lines Jewel-class ships, together with Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Jewel.

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC (Regent).

NCL Norwegian Pearl cruise ship

The 93,530-ton, 2,395-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Pearl was built with the idea of Freestyle Cruising - no dress code (no formal attire needed) and no restrictions on when and where you dine. Norwegian Pearl is a luxurious ship, featuring amazing amenities, such as the first bowling alley to hit the high seas. Pearl was christened during a ceremony at Miami on December 16, 2006. Rosie O’Donnell acted as ship's godmother. Norwegian Pearl pulls up at one of the cruise-ship berths in Ketchikan. Many of her nearly 2,400 guests head out onto the docks. An interesting fact is that NCL Pearl is one of 12 cruise liners allowed to discharge their treated wastewater in Juneau, Ketchikan and other main Alaskan harbours. These liners have also permits to discharge laundry, shower and kitchen runoff (called "graywater").

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Pearl itinerary program is based on Alaska cruises from Seattle WA in the summer. The NCL Pearl also sails to the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean out of Miami FL and on repositioning crossings through Panama Canal.


Most Norwegian Pearl staterooms are 140-sq.foot Inside rooms (412). There are a total of 1197 staterooms in 35 categories. The largest aboard Norwegian Pearl are the Haven Garden Villa Suites (2320 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

A lot of dining options are available with the multiple restaurants onborad Norwegian Pearl. You can eat whatever you want at any time. Traditionalists can have dinner at the same time, in the same place every night, just have to inform the maitre d' in advance. Otherwise, the multitude of dining venues allows for various options. Norwegian has gone back to reservation system and it allows guests to make plans a day in advance. Some restaurants are included in cruise fare, while others incur additional fees.

NCL Norwegian Pearl cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Pearl restaurants and food bars.

  • Indigo Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • Le Bistro (French specialty dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • Lotus Garden (Asian restaurant, dinner-only, complimentary since 2015)
  • Sushi Bar (10-seat Lotus Garden restaurant, a la carte); Sake Bar (inside Lotus Garden)
  • Teppanyaki (Japanese Hibachi specialty, reservations-only restaurant; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • Summer Palace Restaurant (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)
  • Blue Lagoon (buffet restaurant for fast food; complimentary)
  • Sky High Bar & Grill (complimentary fast food bar)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • La Cucina (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Garden Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant with various cuisine stations); Kid's Cafe
  • The Great Outdoors (outdoor buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Topsiders Bar & Grill (poolside, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

There are a lot of bars and lounges onboard Norwegian Pearl to spend your free time, as well as sparkling pools, fitness and luxury spa facilities. Other ships might have surf parks and ice skating, but Norwegian Pearl has bowling: 4 family-friendly lanes flank the Bliss Ultra Lounge on Deck 7, filled with beds and pillows, divans and loungers. It becomes ship's after-party hotspot at night. Bowling costs $5 per person, per game, which includes shoe rental. There are also the usual shipboard entertainment options, with improv comedy by Chicago's Second City troupe, production shows in the Stardust Theater on Decks 5 and 6, pianists and singers throughout the ship, audience-participation games and some adults-only late-night comedy shows.

NCL Norwegian Pearl cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Pearl lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Stardust Theatre (1042-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Bar City complex (Maltings Beer & Whisky Bar, Shakers Martini & Cocktail Bar and Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar); Corona Cigar Bar; Sugarcane Mojito Bar; Star Bar; Topsiders Bar
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge & Nightclub
  • Spinnaker Lounge (394-seat, with floor-to-ceiling windows; serves as disco & night club); Java Cafe
  • Crystal Atrium (2-deck midship hub area with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)
  • Atrium Cafe & Bar (specialty tea & coffee bar)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour); Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop
  • LifeStyles Room; Library; Card Room
  • Pearl Club Casino
  • Trade Routes Boutiques (tax and duty free shops); Port O’Call (gift shop)
  • South Pacific Spa complex (Thermal Suite, Snow Room, Salt Room, Medi Spa, Smile Spa, Treatment Rooms, Beauty Salon, Barber Shop); Body Waves Fitness Centre; Tahitian Beach Pool; Kid’s Pool
  • Aqua Kid’s Club; Metro Center Teen’s Lounge & Disco Club; Video Games Arcade
  • The Haven area Courtyard Fitness & Spa complex (Villas-guests only, Steam Room, Gym)
  • Rock Climbing Wall; Combined sports court; Jogging Track; Golf Nets; Shuffleboard, Giant Chess.

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  • Cabin grades number: 36
  • Total number of cabins: 1197 (of which 360 Balcony, 412 Inside)
  • Dining Rooms: Summer Palace, Indigo
  • Restaurants and food bars: "LE BISTRO" (French), steakhouses (CAGNEY'S, and MODERNO /Brazilian), "LOTUS GARDEN" (Asian), "TEPPANYAKI" (Japanese), "BALI HAI" (grill), buffets (BLUE LAGOON, GREAT OUTDOORS, Garden Cafe, Kid’s Cafe), "LA CUCINA" (Italian), "TOPSIDERS" (grill), Sushi.
  • Lounges & Bars: CORONA, SPINNAKER (observation), BLYSS ULTRA (nightclub), "BAR CITY" complex, MODERNO, STAR, SAKE.
  • Amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Pearl tipping/gratuities (US$12 pp pd). NCL Pearl cruise ship weddings are held in her chapel.
  • Entertainment - the NCL's FIREWORKS show (performed on each sailing), comedy shows (PRESUMED MURDERED, THE SECOND CITY, WHITE HOT PARTY, THE WINE TASTING MUSICAL), casino.
  • South Pacific Spa (including Mandara spa), BODY WAVES fitness, 7 jacuzzis, 3 pools (1 kids pool).
  • NCL Pearl cruise ship is one of the line's Jewel-class vessels. Her sisters in the fleet are the NCL ships GemJade and Jewel. The construction started on Oct 3, 2005. The vessel was launched on Oct 15, 2006, and christened in Miami on December 16, 2006. Its godmother is Rosie O'Donnell (American comedian actress, born March 21, 1962). The Inaugural Cruise (Maiden Voyage) was on December 2, 2006 (Transatlantic crossing from Southampton England to Miami Florida).
  • Fun fact is, that the Pearl ship, just like NCL Jewel, was a TV star. In 2009 the CNBC television channel showed a documentary titled "Big Money on the High Seas" featuring the Pearl ship.
  • Pearl is the NCL's first cruise ship ever to have a rock climbing wall installed.
  • During NCL Pearl's 2017 refurbishment, the ship was retrofitted with new "scrubbers" (exhaust gas cleaning systems). The new scrubber technology reduces the equivalent of approx 1500 tons of the poisonous gas Sulfur Oxide. Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise company retrofitting with a scrubber hybrid system vessels while in service. The new in-line scrubbers (5 units) are lightweight and able to operate in dry mode, as well as in open and closed loops.

Itineraries 2017-2018

For the 2017-2018 season, the NCL Pearl ship will repositioned from Miami to NOLA New Orleans. The ship will operate on 7-8-9-day round-trip Western Caribbean cruises (between Oct 22, 2017 and April 1, 2018). NOLA itineraries will visit ports in Mexico (Cozumel, Costa Maya), Honduras (Roatan); Belize (Harvest Caye). Longer itineraries will additionally visit Grand Cayman and Guatemala (Santo Tomas de Castilla).

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Norwegian Pearl Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Pearl cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle
2018 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle
2018 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle
2018 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle$1029
2018 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle$799
2018 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle$779
2018 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle$749
2018 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle$799
2018 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip with Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle$949
2018 Oct 10 4 days, round-trip Groove Cruise Cabo San Diego
2018 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Atlantis Mexican Riviera Cruise San Diego
2018 Oct 21 14 days, one-way from San Diego to Tampa San Diego$879
2018 Nov 04 14 days, round-trip Canal Round-trip from Tampa (Variation) Tampa$849
2018 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$599
2018 Nov 25 14 days, round-trip Canal Round-trip from Tampa Tampa$869
2018 Dec 09 14 days, round-trip Canal Round-trip from Tampa Tampa$849
2018 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$829
2018 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$829
2019 Jan 12 5 days, round-trip Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$349
2019 Jan 17 10 days, round-trip Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$829
2019 Jan 27 5 days, round-trip Outlaw Country Cruise 4 Tampa
2019 Feb 01 5 days, round-trip The Rock Boat XIX Tampa
2019 Feb 06 4 days, round-trip Impractical Jokers Cruise 3 Tampa
2019 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Cayamo Cruise Tampa
2019 Feb 17 4 days, round-trip Keshas Weird And Wonderful Rainbow Ride Tampa
2019 Feb 21 4 days, round-trip Walker Stalker Cruise Tampa
2019 Feb 25 4 days, round-trip Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea V Tampa
2019 Mar 01 4 days, round-trip 311 Caribbean Cruise VI Tampa
2019 Mar 06 4 days, round-trip Trailer Park Boys Cruise Tampa
2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$749
2019 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$749
2019 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$749
2019 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip Melissa Etheridge Cruise Tampa
2019 Apr 07 11 days, one-way from Tampa to New York Tampa$899
2019 Apr 18 10 days, round-trip from New York New York$1099
2019 Apr 28 13 days, one-way from New York to Amsterdam New York$899
2019 May 11 14 days, round-trip Ireland, & Norway: European Jewels Amsterdam$1899
2019 May 25 14 days, round-trip & Russia: Ultimate Baltic Amsterdam$1999
2019 Jun 08 14 days, round-trip Ireland, & Norway: European Jewels Amsterdam$1999
2019 Jun 22 13 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia Amsterdam$1699
2019 Jul 05 13 days, round-trip Isles & Italy Civitavecchia$1999
2019 Jul 18 10 days, round-trip Isles & Italy Civitavecchia$1599
2019 Jul 28 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$1699
2019 Sep 09 11 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$1499
2019 Sep 20 11 days, round-trip Isles & Italy Civitavecchia$1499
2019 Oct 01 13 days, round-trip Isles & Italy Civitavecchia$1899