Have cruised on the Pearl 3 times....great ship. Did the Alaska cruise on May 20th, 2007 and had a great time. I wrote an extensive cruise review here on cruise-chat.
Check it out......it should really help on your cruise planning.
Here's the link to cruise-chat review.
Richard & Mary
Las Cruces, New Mexico USA
15 day Diamond Princess to Hawaiian Islands - Dec 3rd, 2007