Norwegian Pearl at anchor off Samana, Dominican Republic, Monday Dec. 14, 2009. The 2,394-passenger vessel is in the midst of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean voyage and will also be calling on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Tortola, B.V.I.; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Cruise News Weekly Editor Michael Coleman is onboard and will be posting dispatches from the ship this week.