Accommodations on the Norwegian Pearl

cruise ship at anchor, Georgetown Grand Cayman

Norwegian Pearl anchored near Grand Cayman

Like any large cruise ship, the Norwegian Pearl has a variety of stateroom categories based on what passengers are willing to pay when choosing their cruise ship accommodations.  Budget-minded travelers pick a basic inside cabin.  Even among the same sort of rooms prices vary according to the location cabins within the ship.

cruise ship standard inside room

Inside Cabin on Norwegian Pearl

Passengers who would like to see outside, or at least have some natural light without breaking the bank can book a porthole or window room with an obstructed view.   These rooms offer a bit more space than the inside rooms.   Rooms with unobstructed views come with a higher price for the better view.  Cruise ships all price the rooms this way.

porthole cabin on Norwegian Pearl

porthole room with drop down bunk on wall

cruise ship cabin with window

ocean view cabin

Some people would like not to just see the outdoors, but to have a bit of outdoor space to call their own.  Balconies come in quite handy not just as a private place to sit, but also as a place to find great photo ops at odd times of the day (such as sunrises).  They also come in handy as a place to put wet things when returning from the beach or pool.  The showers do have a small clothesline for that as well.

Norwegian Pearl stateroom with balcony

balcony cabin

booking a mini-suite nets VIP privileges


Guests who want not only more space, but also more luxury can book a suite.  The Pearl has some really sweet suites, each one bigger and fancier than the last.  An option that families or two or more couples traveling together might want to consider rather than booking separate rooms is booking a suite together.  When booking more than two guests in the same room you often get a discount on the price for all of the extra people and many of the suites sleep up to 6 or even 8 guests.  The Garden Villa has over 4000 square feet, bigger than most people’s homes.  The suites come with a lot of extras, but the price may be less booking separate or connecting staterooms.

cruise ship suite

suite on Norwegian Pearl

Booking one of the suites on Norwegian creates the opportunity for a very special vacation.  The pampering starts before you even board the ship.  At the check-in area in the port you bypass the crowds and enter the room marked VIP.  There enjoy refreshments while waiting for your ship card.  If it isn’t time to board the ship yet, you then wait in a special VIP area away from the crowd.  Once the ship gets cleared, the VIPs board first.  On board they take the VIP group to a special lounge where you meet the concierge available to suite guests and find out about the special daily breakfast and lunch program for VIPs.  Then enjoy an embarkation lunch at the steak house while other passengers eat at the buffet.

spare bedroom in haven villa suite

extra bedroom in 2-bedroom villa has couch that folds down to bed, drop down bed on wall, and private bathroom with shower

2 extra guests can use couch bed

living room area of 2 bedroom villa

2 bebedroom suite on Norwegian Pearl

master bedroom of 2 bedroom villa

It doesn’t end there.  VIP’s get priority boarding on tenders whenever the ship stops at a tender port.  The mini-suites are located on the highest deck with regular staterooms, and don’t include the VIP privlidges.  The Pearl has some smaller penthouse suites on the lower decks as well.  The suites on the pearl get much bigger and fancier than that once you pass through the locked door into the exclusive suite area on the upper decks.  Guests in the bigger suites also have butler service. Some suites on the Pearl  have hot tubs.  Suites may also come with private areas of the sundeck with hammocks.

private pool area for suite guests

indoor pool and hot tub with couches draped in harem fashion

Another amenity for suite guests in the Haven area includes an indoor pool and hot tub with furnishings reminiscent of something out of a harem, and a private buffet.  Privacy for suite guests is insured as other passengers can’t even get through the locked door into the suite area. They can’t get to the suites by elevator either as it requires the use of a key card to get to the higher decks where the suites are located.

Pearl Suite on Norwegian Pearl

deck 15 has just 2 rooms, the Black Pearl and Golden Pearl, or Owner;s Suites

cruise ship suites

another view of the over 1000 square foot Pearl suite

Regardless of the chosen accommodations, whether inside room, suite, or anything in between, all passengers can take advantage services of a Norwegian personal cruise consultant to help with all their booking needs.

sweet suite

bathroom of the Garden Villa Suite

biggest suite on Norwegian Pearl

Living room of Garden Villa suite. This suite sleeps 8 and has a grand piano

The advantage of working with  a Personal Cruise Consultant direct from Norwegian Cruise Line rather than online travel sites or a travel agent is a promise of excellent customized service in planning your Freestyle Vacation.  Cruise consultants build a relationship with guests that includes finding answers to all your questions even if it means taking their time to research the answer for you.   As a complimentary “Live” extension of the web site, your Personal Cruise Consultant can advise you of new itineraries, unadvertised specials and promotions, and make sure the cabin selected fits your personal needs.  You rate is also protected by the “Best Price Guarantee.” These highly trained consultants represent only Norwegian Cruise Line, giving them the most in-depth knowledge of their products which they love to share with guests!

amenities for suite guests

suite area private sundeck

If you are considering a cruise with NCL, you can contact Personal Cruise Consultant Kimberley Bennett at: 1.877.416.9722 ext. 4478, Direct Line: 954.514.4478, or  She will be happy to help you with all your cruising needs.

Norwegian Pearl goes all out for suite guests

hammocks on private sundeck for suite guests

Cabins on other cruise ships: Arcadia, Breeze, Breeze odd cabins, Divina, Ecstasy, Infinity, Legend, Liberty, Ruby Princess, Splendor, Veendam, Westerdam, Wilderness Adventurer

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10 Responses to Accommodations on the Norwegian Pearl

  1. sharechair says:

    Great post for me! Timely indeed. Next week we are on the Jewel, in our first mini-suite. Never sailed with Norwegian, before. Looking forward to it!

    • Lucky you. And since you have the mini suite you get some of those perks, the VIP check in, the breakfast and lunch thing and the priority tender – which is awesome, you meet the concierge and they take you down the crew elevator where you walk right past the line of people waiting to get on the tender. That is of course assuming the Jewel does things just like the Pearl, and one would think that they would.

      • Oops, disregard that. I just found out the mini suites don’t count as suites for all the perks. Only “S” category suites get that. Sorry for the misinformation. Bummer, I thought they were in on that. 😦

  2. Chris says:

    How much does the Garden Villa cost for a 1 week cruise?

  3. Serena says:

    Maybe I’ll just stick with inside rooms. The cruise budget goes a lot farther that way.

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