The Pearl and Valor are two completely different ships, the Valor is a bit larger, but they can pack a lot more people on it. Which is one reason I would choose the Pearl. The fact that the Pearl is only one year old is another, plus the Pearl's spa area is really fantastic even if you just want to go hang out in there and not have any services done. I loved the Pearl's pools and the huge variety of dining venues to choose from. However, if you want to stick with the buffet or main dining room (at no extra charge) for dinner the Valor will likely win in these two categories. The Pearl's decor is much more to my liking than Carnival's ships, but I would never base a decision solely on that.
An area where any Carnival ship would kill the Pearl is the kid's crew staff. I found the counselor's working on the Pearl to be lazy and unmotivated especially when it comes to port day sitting and the fact they make it pretty clear they don't want to work on Port Days. I have never encountered that on any NCL or Carnival cruise, except for the Pearl.
We stayed in a mini suite on the Pearl and it just provided a little more luxury. There were a few "suite" perks for the mini suite passengers, but after the first of the year, they no longer offer concierge services. So bear that in mind.
• Gross tonnage: 110,000
• Length: 952 feet
• Beam: 116 feet; 125 feet at pool deck
• Maximum draft: 27 feet
• Full guest occupancy: 3730
• Normal occupancy (based on 2 per cabin): 2974
• Passenger decks: 13
• Space ratio: 37:1
This ship went into service in 2004. It is due for a refurb this month and here are some improvements on the agenda:
Deck 11 cabins - adding balconies addition
dk 9 Lido Restaurant - Mongolian Buffet
Gym Expansion (removal of jacuzzi) + Barber Shop
pax cabins - bed re-arrangement (12 cabins)
balcony doors and windows - refurbishment of stained glass
guest corridors - repair of damaged areas
Rosie's - floor renewal with anti-slip tiles
dance floors refurbishment
Spas & Pools
Children's pool refurbishment
Polishing of the slide
Open Decks Floor and Teak Covering
renewal of net above sports deck
sport deck - floor refurbishment
Jogging track - floor refurbishment
Year built 2006
Gross Tonnage 92000
Passengers (Max) 2800
Passengers (2 per cabin) 2376
Now beenie weenie this is the type of feedback everybody deserves. You actually took the time to really give it to me full fledge and I like that.
I agree, with the Spa area on the Pearl. I've only cruised 1 time back in Oct on the Pearl out of Miami. We are anxious to take our next cruise on the Dawn but I was sadden to find out that the Dawn does not have their Spa area set up like the on on the Pearl.
You know when you go into the Spa on the Pearl there is some sort of HydroTherapy Pool with the huge faucets?, well the Dawn doesn't have that feature and I was extremely disappointed. Around the 3rd day on the Pearl I had the regime down packed. Everyday at sea I will send time in the Spa lounging in the unisex area and absorbing the time.
Another quick question and this will be the determining factor of the next ship we go on.... Are there any other ships (NCL, Carnival, HAL, RCCL, Princess etc) that you know of that have the same HydroTherapy pool like in the Unisex area of the Spa on the Pearl? I understand the Dawn has some sort of Endless Pool where you swim against the current.
I really dont think I can go on vacation without something to that effect.
Busy, I think all of the new NCL ships do, Gem, Jewel, Jade and Pearl. I think..... Now if you want to know for sure go to the NCL board and ask Shoreguy specifically. He knows just about everything there is to know about these ships in my opinion and he says it's true you can pretty well believe that to be the case. I am going to be on the Jade for a transatlantic in November, but haven't gone so far to check this out for certain so I'd be interested in the difinitive answer too
Hey I remembered I have a catalog that I snagged on our Pearl cruise at the end of November. In this catalog it shows an identical floorplan for all the ships I mentioned. So it's looking good, but I would run it past Shoreguy just to be on the safe side.