Frase - Carnival and Royal ships tend to have very large and in some cases very glamorous atriums - I have not yet been on the Pearl but her sister ship the Gem has a small atrium and I believe she shares the Pearl layout quite faithfully. NCL cruisers love the Pearl and repeat many cruises on her. We loved the Gem and are very dedicated to her older sister the Dawn.
Increasingly we are becoming advocates of the NCL "Freestyle" concept of cruising. We shall be very interested in Your inpressions of it!