I was just on the pearl. We also felt the price on the island was way off base, we went back to the boat and did not pay the extra fees. I also feel the fee for the spa was out of line. We pay extra to stay in a penthouse and if you want to use the spa, steam or use the nice extras you pay 100 extra per week, that should have been included.
We pay extra for the meals but we like the food so we feel its worth it. The photos are way over priced, but they are something the wife always wants so I pay.
All in all its no more or less the other ships and I dont let it change me having a great time.