Norwegian Pearl is a Jewel class cruise ship of Norwegian Cruise
Line, launched in 2006, sailing itineraries primarily around
Alaska and the Caribbean.
Construction began October 3, 2005, and Norwegian Pearl was
floated out of the Meyer Werft Shipyard covered building dock on
October 15, 2006. She then spent a couple of days in Holland
where workers and their families could spend some time on board.
On November 30, the ship stopped in Southampton, England, to
celebrate her entry into service. She made her first voyage with
paying passengers on December 2, from Southampton to Miami,
Florida, where the ship was based for her first season. Rosie
O'Donnell is Norwegian Pearl's godmother. The christening
ceremony took place in Miami's Port of Miami on December 16,
The first attempt of the ship's passage under a power line on
the Ems River in Germany is claimed to have been the source for
the massive power outage that affected first Germany and then
all of Europe on late November 4, 2006.
As with the rest of NCL's fleet, Norwegian Pearl utilizes the
"Freestyle" cruising concept, which allows guest to dine in any
number of restaurants, in casual attire, at times of their own
Norwegian Pearl is the third of NCL's four Jewel-class ships.
She was preceded by Norwegian Jewel in 2005, and Pride of Hawaii
(now Norwegian Jade) in 2006. She was followed by Norwegian Gem
in 2007. Each ship has unique amenities, but has a similar
exterior and interior design.
Norwegian Pearl has a similar exterior appearance to NCL's
Libra-class ships; Norwegian Star, which entered service in
2001, and Norwegian Dawn, which entered service in 2002. The
interior design and amenities, however, are significantly
different and merit Norwegian Pearl a Jewel-class designation.
Special interest cruises
Norwegian Pearl was featured on the 2009 CNBC documentary Cruise
Inc.: Big Money on the High Seas.
Norwegian Pearl has been used by the rock group KISS for their
annual KISS Kruise since 2012.
In March 2014, American rock band Paramore embarked on a special
three-day event entitled "Parahoy!". The event saw fans embark
on a cruise with the band members and featured activities and
In February 2015, the ship hosted the annual "Shiprocked" cruise
headlining Limp Bizkit, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, and a
pre-party Headlined by Chevelle. Many other artists and events
took place during the cruise both on the ship and on the private
island of Great Stirrup Cay.
In January 2016, the Pearl took to the Caribbean with a ship
full of Walker Stalkers, fans of Robert Kirkman's/ Skybound
Comic's "The Walking Dead". With Sixthman Ninjas leading the
way, the first ever "Walker Stalker Cruise" made its maiden
voyage from Miami to the island of Freeport Bahamas with
celebrity guests from AMC's, The Walking Dead. A second Walker
Stalker Cruise took place in February 2017 which called at NCL's
private island, Great Stirrup Cay and featured Norman Reedus,
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Greg Nicotero, Tom Payne, Michael Cudlitz,
Chandler Riggs, Katelyn Nacon, Michael Traynor, Alana Masterson
and Ross Marquand.
The entire Impractical Jokers episode "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'"
including all of the challenges and a double punishment of Murr
and Joe were filmed on board the Norwegian Pearl . The episode
aired on May 7, 2015.
The ship was chartered for a Star Trek themed Cruise in January
2017. The six night cruise had port calls in Mexico and the
Bahamas. Two further chartered Star Trek voyages were planned in
Norwegian Pearl sails Caribbean cruises out of New Orleans, and
Alaska cruises out of Seattle depending on the time of year. The
ship has Panamax dimensions, which make it possible for her to
transit the Panama Canal while repositioning between the two
From Early May to late September, the Norwegian Pearl does a
one-week cruise to Alaska. In the fall/winter, Norwegian
Pearl cruises around Panama, the Caribbean, and Miami.
Norwegian Pearl will spend summer 2019 in Europe offering
various sailings from Amsterdam, Rome (Civitavecchia),
Barcelona, and Venice.