We (4 Moms and our 18 year old sons on a Senior trip/Spring break) cruised on the NCL Pearl in March 07 for 5 nights to the Western Caribbean. We all loved the ship!! It is beautiful and sparkly new. We found the food to be very good and the service was terrific. I would recommend the Pearl to anyone! Of course that's just my (and my 7 cruise mates) opinion. The only other ship I've sailed on is the Disney Wonder so I don't have vast amounts of cruise experience. I just know that I enjoyed every minute on the Pearl! If you decide to go, I hope you have a great vacation!