Hi. My family of 4 have been checking out several cruiselines & have narrowed it down to these 2 ships. From what I've read, the Star has alot of offerings for kids 2-12, while the Pearl is geared more for the teen crowd. Assuming that you don't want alot of very young kids around, the Pearl may be the better choice for you. It seems to have more variety in dining & entertainment as well. We are thinking of traveling toward the end of July 2011 & our kids are 12 & 16 in August, so we are leaning towards the Pearl as well. Have you checked into other cruise lines?