We also took a cruise on the Pearl on March 31st in the Caribbean. This was the last cruise for the Pearl before they went into their 15 day dry-dock.
So here is the difference in the two ships (Please note that both are totally different venues and different people)
Both ships are beautiful! I loved the character of each ship!
We always found open tables on the Sun in the Great Outdoors. Of course not a lot of people like to eat outside in Alaska but we found it to be nice.
The food on the buffet was much better on the Pearl. The waffle fries are the best on the Pearl! Reminded me of Chick Fil A fries! The Pearl also had more of a selection and changed out their food depending on the port we were in.
I loved the Sport Bar area on the Sun! The wings were the best! They also have nice windows so you can sit in there and see the scenery! They also had popcorn every day!
The service in the 4 Seasons & 7 Seas on the Sun was fast. We never really had to wait on our meal the two times we ate there! Of course there was never a wait to get a table & there were a lot of empty tables. The wait staff was wonderful & very helpful. We ate a few times on the Pearl and the service seemed much slower. Of course it was busier!
The staff on the Pearl was amazing. They would go the extra mile for you! They seemed happy all week (could have been because they were getting a few days off by going into dry-dock). The Sun everyone was friendly but they didn't go the extra mile. They seemed to be there to do their job and that was it.
When we arrived on the Pearl we went through the high five where everyone was there to greet you! I guess I was expecting this again but no one greeted us as we entered the ship on the Sun! Sort of disappointed!
The staff did a lot of singing & dancing on the Pearl! A lot of "Washy Washy Happy Happy! on the Pearl. We just go the spray on the Sun! We tried to get them to say Washy Washy but they looked at us like we were crazy!
I guess the Pearl had me spoiled! The white out party on the Sun was held in Dazzle! Not a lot of room for dancing. Also missed the Port Party which was held on the Pearl!
I did do a lot more stuff on the Sun! The kids loved the teen club on the Sun! They met a lot of great teens last week!
The Sun didn't make a big deal about the chocolate bar! They just put out a table with chocolate. The Pearl had a night just for the chocolate bar! They had every thing you could think of!
I also loved the Observation area on the Sun! That is where I saw my first whale! It was nice to go out there and see things!
The captains was great on both ships. Both always kept us informed of things coming up!
Anyway that is my thoughts on both ships! It was fun to compare both ships! Of course the Pearl could be different being in Alaska & the Sun could be different being in the Caribbean! Loved both ships!
June 2017-HAL Noordam (Alaska)
December 2017-MSC Seaside
April 2018-NCL Epic-Senior trip with friends
*December 2016-Disney Wonder-Western Caribbean
*July 2016-RCCL Oasis of the Seas
*June 2016-Seaborun Odyssey-Mediterranean Cruise (Venice, Italy-Athens, Greece)
*June 2016-Emerald Sun-Danube Delights-First River Cruise (Budapest-Nuremberg)
*March 2016: NCL Getaway-2016 Spring Break last minute cruise thanks to Empress of the Seas cancellation.(Western Caribbean)
*December 2015: NCL Sky-Orange Bowl Bound Cruise (Bahamas)
*April 2015: NCL Getaway-2015 Spring Break Cruise (Eastern Caribbean)
*Feb. 2015: RCCL Adventure of the Seas-20th anniversary cruise (Southern Caribbean)
*June 2014: NCL Epic-Mediterranean Cruise (Barcelona-Barcelona)
*June 2013: NCL Sun (Alaska Cruise)
*March 2013: NCL Pearl- 2013 Spring Break (Western Caribbean)
*Oct 2011: Carvinal Fascination-(Bahamas)