MIAMI, Nov. 29, 2006 — NCL Corporation (NCL) took delivery of its latest treasure, Norwegian Pearl, from Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, yesterday. The new 93,530-ton Freestyle Cruising vessel is the latest in a string of innovative Jewel class ships. Norwegian Pearl boasts an industry first–a four-lane ten-pin bowling alley; and two NCL firsts–a rock-climbing wall and two top-of-the-ship Deluxe Owner’s Suites.
“As we get ready to celebrate 40 years of cruising innovation, it is only fitting that we welcome Norwegian Pearl, a crowning achievement, to our big, modern fleet,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. “With the industry’s first bowling alley and a host of other striking features, Norwegian Pearl epitomizes NCL’s continued commitment to innovation.”
Just like her sisters -Norwegian Star, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel and Pride of Hawai`i, Norwegian Pearl will accommodate 2,400 guests, and features all the elements of NCL’s dynamic modern Freestyle Cruising fleet including multiple restaurants, lively public rooms, versatile, family-friendly accommodations and NCL’s sizzling new style of accommodations–Courtyard Villas, which along with each ship’s two Garden Villas make up the biggest, most luxurious and innovative suite complexes at sea.
After a series of inaugural events in Europe and Miami, the ship will sail two seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean (Eastern and Western) beginning Dec. 22, 2006. On January 5, 2007, Norwegian Pearl begins its innovative five and nine-day Western and Southern Caribbean schedule. Ports of call on the five-day Western Caribbean itinerary include stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Belize City, Belize. The nine-day Southern Caribbean route includes calls in Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; St. John’s, Antigua and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The ship then repositions to Seattle, where she sails a seven-day Alaska Inside Passage itinerary with calls in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska; Glacier Bay; and Victoria, British Columbia. In the fall of 2007 through the spring of 2008, Norwegian Pearl resumes her alternating five and nine-day Western and Southern Caribbean sailings with a change in itineraries: on the five-day, Georgetown, Grand Cayman replaces Belize City, Belize; and on the nine-day, Samana, Dominican Republic replaces Roseau, Dominica.
Norwegian Pearl features the industry’s first bowling alley. The four lane, ten-pin bowling alley is part of an all new, all-day entertainment, sports bar and nightclub complex called Bliss Ultra Lounge and Night Club. During the day, Bliss is a sports bar with a bowling alley, multiple flat screen televisions to show sports events, and air hockey, foosball and other arcade games. In the evening, in a complete change of mood, Bliss transforms into a hip, high-energy ultra-lounge, with the plasma screens adding video tracks to the non-stop music spun by Norwegian Pearl’s own vibe master. A spacious dance floor, a full-bar and mood-lit bowling all add to the atmosphere of a totally unique seagoing experience.
Norwegian Pearl also features another first for the NCL fleet, a rock climbing wall. Constructed at the back of the ship’s funnel on deck 14, the wall stands at an impressive 30 feet in height and 19 feet in width and has been designed with five different climbing routes, each with varying degrees of difficulty. The wall’s reddish-brown sandstone color is reminiscent of the Ayer’s Rock in Australia.
Like her sisters, Norwegian Pearl features 10 restaurants including guest favorites such as Cagney’s Steak House, Blue Lagoon and NCL’s signature restaurant, Le Bistro. In addition, Norwegian Pearl also features:
- Summer Palace – Located on deck 6; inspired by the grandeur of the palaces of St. Petersburg and the era of Russian Tsars. White and gold ceilings, green marbled pillars and 24 carat gold-coated chandeliers adorn this very detailed dining room;
- Indigo – Located on deck 6; a contemporary restaurant inspired by a modern boutique hotel clean lines and color combinations of blues and shots of orange as an accent. Features pop art backlit in glass;
- Lotus Garden – Located on deck 7; a modern Asian restaurant touting the graphically illustrated traditional female costume and dance of the Far East. Tibetan flags fuller along the railing next to the traditionally carved entrance; accommodates 108. The restaurant features popular Asian dishes, a sushi bar and a Teppanyaki area;
- Mambo’s Latin/Tapas Restaurant – Located on deck 8; contemporary and bright, featuring hot and spicy Latin and tapas selections;
- La Cucina Italian Restaurant – Located on deck 12; casual Italian eatery reflecting a village trattoria or traditional farmhouse kitchen;
- The Garden Cafe – Located on deck 12; indoor buffet featuring prepared-to-cook omelets, waffles fruit, soups, ethnic specialties and pasta; accommodates 390. Includes a special “kids only” area with smaller tables and chairs;
- The Great Outdoors – Located on deck 12; an outdoor eatery with alfresco dinning.
In addition to her dining offerings, Norwegian Pearl features NCL’s innovative Freestyle Dining information system. This allows guests to view all restaurants on board and make reservations for the entire cruise or just a specific night and restaurant. Plasma screens placed in high-traffic areas around the ship and outside each restaurant illustrate the status of each restaurant. Indicator bars reflect when each restaurant is “full,” “moderately busy” or “empty.” If a restaurant is full at a specific time, the screens also indicate to guests an estimated wait time in that restaurant and what table sizes are available. If a restaurant is full and guests would like to wait for an opening, they are quoted a wait time and issued a pager that works all over the ship. This gives guests an opportunity to sit down in one of the 13 bars and lounges on board, enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, and listen to one of the ship’s many entertainers until their table is ready.
Guests can relax at one of Norwegian Pearl’s bars and lounges, including the Bar Central area, NCL’s popular new entertainment concept first introduced on Norwegian Jewel. Bar Central features a martini bar, a champagne and wine bar, a beer and whiskey bar and a cigar bar all connected but touting distinct personalities:
- Shakers Martini and Cocktail Bar, art deco inspired with a large screen behind the bar depicting James Bond inspired graphic silhouettes of funky images from 60’s and 70’s;
- Magnum’s Champagne and Wine Bar, French art deco inspired with elements reflecting grand old cruise liner The Normandy. It features art work that reflects Paris in the 1920’s. The back bar has a bubbling, backlit water feature to look like champagne;
- Maltings Beer and Whiskey Bar, contemporary bar-lounge with low seating and tables along with mood lighting that complements the backlit artwork, themed around famous whiskeys of the world;
- Corona Cigar Club, an art deco cigar club with hand-rolled, premium cigars, cognacs and spirits.
Norwegian Pearl offers an extensive choice of cabins including some of the most luxurious accommodations afloat. Guests have the opportunity to cruise in style in one of the impressive Garden Villas, each spanning approximately 4,400 square feet. These extravagant Garden Villas offer a spacious living room, dining room and three separate bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Garden Villa guests also enjoy their own private sun beds, hot tub and steam room in their private garden, plus butler and concierge service.
A new category of stateroom accommodations to NCL with the introduction of Norwegian Jewel and also featured on Pride of Hawai`i and Norwegian Pearl is the Courtyard Villa suite complex. Each villa shares a private courtyard, complete with swim-against-the-current lap pool, hot tub, male and female steam rooms and a small fitness area. These 10 villas also share a private sundeck with sun beds and hammocks. Positioned high atop the vessel, the villas tout sweeping views of the ocean and an impressive assortment of amenities typically found at five-star land-based resorts. Together with the Garden Villas, the Courtyard Villas comprise the most luxurious suite complex at sea.
High above everything else are two Deluxe Owner’s Suites – the Black Pearl and the Golden Pearl – each measuring over 535 sq. ft. with commanding views of the ship and the surrounding ocean and scenery. These suites offer a master bedroom, en-suite bathroom, and dining/living area, together with an ample balcony accessible through the master bedroom.
Also on board are NCL’ s latest amenities in standard staterooms including rich cherry wood finishing, hair dryers, safes, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers in every room, a larger bathroom unit than many other ships, containing separate WC, shower and washstand compartments separated by sliding doors in the outside, balcony and suite staterooms. For families of all sizes, Norwegian Pearl offers a large number of cabins (including suites and mini-suites) that can interconnect to create a two, three, four or five bedroom area.
Norwegian Pearl offers the latest in relaxation and fitness at the contemporary and tranquil South Pacific Spa and Beauty Salon. The full-service spa features 20 treatment rooms, three of which are specifically designed for couples. It also includes a Thalassotherapy Pool, a new NCL luxury exhibited for the first time on an NCL ship. It combines the restorative properties of saltwater and heat with invigorating jet massage technology to create the ultimate relaxation experience. Hawai`i-based Mandara Spa, the world’s leading operator of landside resort spas, operates the facility, pampering guests with an exotic menu of spa and beauty treatments combining the best of East and West. Body Waves Fitness Center boasts state-of-the-art cardiovascular workout equipment – each with its own flat-screen TV — aerobic and yoga area with a sprung wooden floor, steam and sauna rooms and a whirlpool and hydrotherapy pool.
The ship also features Trade Routes Boutiques, located on deck 7 and offering a wide selection of brand name watches, jewelry, accessories and souvenirs. The Sports Deck contains a basketball, volleyball and paddle tennis court with stadium seating, two life-sized chess pieces and board, two golf driving nets, deck games, jogging track and shuffleboard. Norwegian Pearl also offers a new, advanced Internet CafÃ© and Photo Gallery with kiosks to print photos from digital cameras as well as the latest laptops, which guests can rent to use around the ship. Guests can also take advantage of NCL’ s signature WiFi capabilities available in all suites and throughout public areas of the ship.
At the state-of-the-art Pearl Club Casino on deck 6, guests can try their luck at games like Blackjack, Roulette, 3-Card Poker, Texas Hold ’em, and Craps. For slot lovers, Norwegian Pearl has more than 200 of the newest video and traditional slot machines ranging from $.01 to $100. Selected slot machines have a guaranteed 95 percent payback, as certified by Strictly Slots Magazine. The ship also features less traditional games including Pai-Gow Poker, Pai-Gow Tiles and even a Mini Baccarat table; guests simply request these games from a casino attendant.
This family-centric ship features the Aqua Kids Club decorated with a cute and friendly tropical sea creature theme, complete with a cinema, nursery and sleep/rest area; computer area and arts and crafts area. The ship also features the graffiti/New York-inspired Metro Center Teen’s Club.
NCL plans to build up to three new third generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery between 2009 and 2011. NCL is on target to have the youngest fleet in the industry by 2010, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea. For further information, contact a travel agent or NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (800) 327-7030.