Year built: 2006
Speed: 25 kn
Norwegian Pearl sails Caribbean cruises out of Miami, 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 ports.
It was unofficially announced that the Norwegian Pearl will not be going to New York, and instead will remain in Miami, while the Norwegian Jewel will stay in New York.
August 27, 2008, on an Alaskan cruise, the ship experienced an Azipod problem resulting in reduced cruising speed and itinerary changes. The stay in call port Victoria BC was only formal (passengers were not allowed to disembark), while the call port Ketchikan was dropped. As compensation, passengers received $50 in onboard credit. The propulsion problem affected also the next sailings. The shipowner NCL announced the cancellation of the Oct 26 itinerary, allowing the vessel to enter drydock in Freeport Bahamas for repairs. All booked passengers were fully refunded, and additionally received a 25% future NCL cruise booking discount. On the Panama Canal repositioning cruise from Alaska to Caribbean, the US call ports San Francisco and Los Angeles were dropped, while the port stays in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, and Acapulco) and Colombia (Cartagena) were shortened. All passengers were compensated with $50 in onboard credit. The ship returned to service on Nov 2, 2008.
Twice in 2009 the ship was reported for Alaska water pollution. The conducted tests of its wastewater showed higher than allowed levels of Coliform bacteria (July 7) and pH (July 28).
Twice in 2010 (on May 26 and Sept 15) the ship was reported for water pollution in Alaska. The conducted wastewater tests showed higher than allowed levels of Coliform bacteria.
July 24, 2011, the celebrity comedian Bill Cosby performed live on the ship. Both evening shows were held in the onboard theater on July 24, while the ship stayed in homeport Seattle WA overnight for repairs of its propeller. Due to the delayed departure, the next Alaskan cruise itinerary dropped the call port Juneau AK. Passengers received as compensation $150 per cabin in onboard credit, plus 10% future NCL cruise booking discount. Additionally to the celebrity comedy shows, passengers also enjoyed free house wine served with dinner, plus 50% discount on specialty dining cover charges.
May 7, 2015, the episode “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’” (part of the “Impractical Jokers” – hidden camera reality series) was filmed on the NCL Pearl ship. The episode was aired on the truTV channel (Time Warner) on May 7, 2015.
April 17, 2007, a 35-year-old passenger drowned in Barbados. The accident occurred on a sponsored by NCL snorkeling excursion off the island’s west coast. The man was snorkeling together with his wife and other passengers from the ship.
December 26, 2008, a 36-year-old female passenger jumped overboard. She was reported missing by her husband, at 4 am, when the ship was ~5 ml / 25 km east of Cancun Mexico. The ship conducted a search and rescue operation, that failed to find the body. Given the woman’s mental health history, the investigation assumed she committed a suicide.
April 6, 2014, a male crew was shot and bled to death ashore in call port Coxen Hole on Roatan (Bay Islands, Honduras). The man (Jacob Bagan, of Filipino origin) worked on the ship as an assistant cook. He was gunned down for his cell phone. The murderer left his bicycle at the crime scene. The Roatan’s mayor offered a $5,000 reward for capturing the killer. On April 9, the local police assisted by a special force unit arrested the murder (Guzman Ramirez). The police found the revolver involved in the murder. After this incident, the NCL cruise line announced it is cancelling for a week all scheduled stops in Coxen Hole. In June 2014, the US State Department issued a travel warning stating that the Honduras’ murder rate is currently the highest in the world.
November 12, 2015, a 24-year-old female passenger (Kaylyn Sommer, from Charleston SC, USA) fell overboard and was reported missing. The incident occurred while the ship was 5 ml / 40 km off the Cuba’s coast (in the Yucatan Channel, aka Straits of Yucatan) operating on a chartered by EDM music-themed cruise out of homeport Miami FL. The 11-days itinerary was themed “Mad Decent Boat Party” with a call port Cozumel Mexico. The passenger overboard was reported at 7 pm, after the NCL Pearl ship conducted a search and rescue operation with 3 of its rescue boats. The USCG deployed an airplane C-130 and 3 patrol boats to assist the search, but the woman’s body was not found.