I was glad to see this post because I am also wondering the same thing. We are a family booked for an Alaskan cruise at the end of June 2008. Our travel agent reccommended the Star Princess but since we booked I have read great reviews on the Pearl. I am especially concerned which the children (13,13 and 17 )might enjoy more. Any suggestions would be great. Also any recommendations on excursions. Thanks in advance.