I was on the inaugural sailing of the Norwegian Pearl! It is a beautiful ship! The "freestyle dining" really adapt well to your own "needs" and "time clock", which is great for us because we want to have freedom of choice! They are the first to have 4 bowling lanes on their ship! Very cool! They have a great rock climbing wall as well.
The buffet restaurant is wonderful. You can see the cooks behind the buffet line, so you know what you are getting is very fresh and hasn't been sitting on the buffet for very long! We definitely enjoyed ourselves and are looking to take the Norwegian Pearl for its Alaska itinerary in summer 2007!