NCL Freestyle's Newest Ship - Norwegian Pearl
by Roy Witman © 2008
The youngest fleet at sea. That's the goal of
NCL Freestyle, and they are continuing in their
efforts with the call to service of Norwegian Pearl.
Purpose-built to deliver Freestyle Cruising, Pearl is
currently sailing through the Inside Passage of Alaska
and to the southern and western Caribbean.
Several features set Pearl apart from other ships,
including her 14 bars and lounges, more than any
other cruise line. Making use of an innovative Bar
Central concept, Pearl offers a martini bar,
champagne and wine bar, and a beer and whiskey
pub all connected.
Exclusive to NCL Freestyle Cruising are Garden
Villas. With shared access to a private pool, hot tub,
sun deck and workout facility, families that opt for
the Garden Villas can take advantage of a private
staff of five butlers who are at your beck and call.
Families choosing NCL Freestyle Cruising have
more options than the Garden Villas. Connecting
rooms in almost every class make for family-friendly
vacations regardless of budget. For those cruising
as couples, other accommodations are available,
including value-minded inside staterooms that allow
you to make the most of your vacation dollars. Each
cabin includes TV, refrigerator, safe, duvet and hair
Another unique aspect of Pearl is her rock-
climbing wall - a first on a NCL Freestyle cruise ship.
Positioned high atop Deck 14, you can see for miles
once you reach the top of the wall. But, the most
innovative feature by far is her bowling alley at sea -
a first on any cruise ship! Included within an
entertainment complex called Bliss, passengers will be
able to use the four-lane, 10-pin bowling alley during
the day. This sports bar will also feature sporting
events via television, air hockey, foosball and other
arcade games. At night, however, Bliss will be
transformed into a high-energy lounge with videos
Pearl is making her way through the frigid waters
of Alaska's Inside Passage. Sailing from Seattle,
Pearl calls on ports including Juneau, Skagway and
Ketchikan, Alaska, plus Victoria, British
While in the 49th US state, you'll have plenty of
opportunities to participate in excursions, including
dogsled adventures, rainforest canopy and zip line
exploits, whale encounters and wilderness
If warm and sunny sounds more appealing to you
than cold and frosty, then board Pearl in Miami for a
southern or western Caribbean tour. Spending nine
days flirting with the sun in balmy Barbados, Antigua
or St. John is the perfect way to de-stress. Five-
day cruises to Cozumel or Belize are also
Of course, Pearl has plenty for the kids to do.
With numerous age-appropriate group activities, kids
of all ages can have a blast while at sea. The Kid's
Crew program provides a t-shirt (for painting), mom
and dad's night out, a chef's hat (for cooking class),
Crew News and more. Junior Sailors (ages 2-5), First
Mates (ages 6-9) and Navigators (ages 10-12) all
have special, supervised games and activities.
Children under 12 are not allowed to leave the area
unless picked up by a parent.
Teens also get special treatment onboard Pearl.
With their own disco, movie events and teen parties,
they'll have a wonderful time meeting kids their own
NCL Freestyle Cruising allows you to choose how
you dress, when you dine, who you dine with and
what you do. This new freedom in cruising is only
expanded with the addition of Pearl to the fleet of
the youngest ships at sea.
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