We have sailed on both ships a few times, we like them both, good service and very clean. We do like the Pearl it very different on deck 7 better laid out I think, with the Bliss lounge and the bowling. The shops are amidships (on the way to the Stardust). There is rock climbing on the Pearl, not sure about the Jewel. There is also real nice spa on both ships, if you sail to Alaska try and buy the spa package (about $100.00) and watch the glaciers calve from a hot tub.