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Sail Date: June 2016
The New England Islands cruise was fabulous!!!! We visited a number of islands and mainland locations that I had been wanting to see for a long time. Being able to see them on one trip and not having to pack and unpack was perfect. We ... Read More
The New England Islands cruise was fabulous!!!! We visited a number of islands and mainland locations that I had been wanting to see for a long time. Being able to see them on one trip and not having to pack and unpack was perfect. We had plenty of time in each stop to both tour and have some time to look around on our own. The tours were well organized and very informative. The crew, from the Captain to the deckhands, was fantastic and could not have been nicer or more helpful. Our cabin was a perfect size and kept tidy at all times. The chef and his staff went out of there was to see that everyone was well fed and happy. The common areas were extremely comfortable and well stocked and a perfect place to visit with fellow passengers during our down time. We had everything we could possibly need for a perfect vacation. Would highly recommend this cruise and cruise line to everyone!!! Read Less
37 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We [two couples] selected this cruise because we wanted to experience the St Lawrence and the Thousand Islands during the fall. We knew from the brochure and company website that the ship was small but both depicted a cozy environment with ... Read More
We [two couples] selected this cruise because we wanted to experience the St Lawrence and the Thousand Islands during the fall. We knew from the brochure and company website that the ship was small but both depicted a cozy environment with small but reasonably comfortable cabins. We paid extra for the Premier Cabins, a huge mistake, see below. The ship itself is extremely small. The only enclosed public space is the dining room which doubles as the bar and lounge. It is barely large enough to accommodate all of the passengers. The kitchen is extremely small, making it difficult for the cooks to prepare food in a timely manner. We had two services for lunch and dinner with half of the dining room set up for meals and the other half set up as a lounge. Half the passengers literally watch the other half eat because there is nowhere else to go on the ship. It was too cool to lounge on deck and the cabins are claustrophobic. The few times they attempted to serve everyone at one time emphasized the kitchens limitations. It took over an hour and a half from salad to dessert for the Captains Dinner despite the best efforts of the chefs and servers. I should note, the crew from the captain on down did everything they could to make up for the ship. They were friendly, accommodating and hardworking, but were fighting a losing battle. Food was good but the cooks were clearly hampered by the size of the kitchen. The entertainment was also handicapped by the space limitations. For example, the last evening we had a dance featuring a local trio. In order to set up for the dance they asked the passengers to clear the dining room and either visit the bridge or go to their cabins while the crew set up for the dance. Neither option was particularly enticing given the time of night or the size of the cabins. Land tours were interesting but limited. Transportation was via school buses and the ships schedule did not allow for much free time in port. Internet was available only in the main dining room and streaming services like Facebook were blocked. The internet was weak or nonexistent at times but that is not unusual on river cruises. There is no TV service on board. Overall, I would not recommend this cruise. Another cruise line might be an alternative but given our experience I'd suggest driving the route and staying in hotels along the way. The river towns including Montreal and Quebec offer a wide variety of restaurants and accommodations and you are in view of the river most of the way. There are numerous day cruises available in various ports if you want to sight see from the river. Clearly, for what we paid for "premium rooms" we could have stayed in five star hotels for a seven day road trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
The Glory is a wonderful small ship - 50 passengers - and this 10 day itinerary from Providence, RI to Portland, ME has so many beautiful ports. The food was the best we have had in 6 other American Cruise Lines trips and featured ... Read More
The Glory is a wonderful small ship - 50 passengers - and this 10 day itinerary from Providence, RI to Portland, ME has so many beautiful ports. The food was the best we have had in 6 other American Cruise Lines trips and featured shellfish at every meal. The young servers and deck hands can be inexperienced but are cheerful and eager to please. Just be patient - you are on vacation after all! Wine with lunch and dinner is a treat. Evening cocktail hour was marred by rude guests raiding the bar before staff arrived to start the event, but you can't control the guests. Normally American Cruise Lines guests are mature, respectful experienced world travelers, and of course there were many of those on this trip as well. The historian/speaker was so knowledgeable and easy always with us. The local entertainment in the evenings was mostly perfect. We stayed at the Residence Inn Providence Airport one night before the cruise and the shuttle service was appreciated. American offered a shuttle to the Portland, ME airport at the end of the cruise. Short excursions were mostly bus trips but also included a schooner sailing, and a lobster bake at a beautiful museum grounds in Rockland, ME. Cabins are small but most of your time is spent up on deck enjoying the scenery. Most days are completely spent in ports so lots of sightseeing is possible. This is a great itinerary and we were blessed with perfect summer weather. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
We have been on large ships and four previous cruises with American Cruise Lines, a sister line to Pearl Seas. The new Pearl Mist is similar to, but larger, than the ACL ships. Although there were some negatives on this trip to the ... Read More
We have been on large ships and four previous cruises with American Cruise Lines, a sister line to Pearl Seas. The new Pearl Mist is similar to, but larger, than the ACL ships. Although there were some negatives on this trip to the Canadian Maritimes, the positives far out-weighted the negatives. The wait staff on the Pearl Mist was probably the best that I have encountered on any cruise! Likewise for the housekeeping staff. All were very professional. I have cruised before with cruise director, Chris Corbett. He has always taken care of any personal requests that I have had. Marci, the young cruise director, has a great personality and was liked by everyone. All other staff, the representative from corporate, hotel manager, dining room manager, etc., were very congenial. The staterooms were very spacious and provided in-room coffee makers and good internet access, one hour per day free and after that a slight charge. Meals were better than on most other ships. The servings were not too large, but certainly adequate. Three choices were provided for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was made to order. Entertainment was also very good. Through no fault of the ship we missed three ports. The train ride in Caspe' was cancelled due to a problem with the train. Although Sam Ladley was very interesting and completely knowledgeable of the areas covered on the cruise it would have been interesting to have had local talent come on board to discuss local interests. One of my favorite parts of this and other the other ACL cruises is the people one meets on these boats. The ships are small enough, this one was 200 or so passengers, one has an opportunity to mingle during the complementary cocktail hour or during open seating in the dining room. In 2015 we are back on an ACL fall cruise on the Hudson River. I do not rule out a 2016 trip back on the Pearl Mist. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
This was a marvelous 10 night cruise from Portland, ME to Providence, RI with six stops in Maine along with days in Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The 50 passenger American Glory was full, and we all had a great time. A guest ... Read More
This was a marvelous 10 night cruise from Portland, ME to Providence, RI with six stops in Maine along with days in Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The 50 passenger American Glory was full, and we all had a great time. A guest lecturer was aboard with us, and evening entertainment was usually imported from shore. This cruise is geared for intelligent adults...children would not be happy. Shore excursions were optional and varied in their interests. Some passengers took off on their own and were given good directions about doing this. Travel to Portland was easy by air, train or automobile. Disembarkation in Providence was very efficient and fast. A shuttle to the airport was provided for those who wished it. The American Glory is a fine little ship with three lounges as well as ample outdoor space on three levels and a spacious dining room...Seating is never assigned. The food was excellent and represented the local environment with a lot of fresh fish and lobster on this New England cruise. Special Lobster Cruises are available! I have traveled a number of times as a solo passenger on American Cruise Lines and have always had a fine experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2014
Our stateroom was very roomy and near the elevator which provide access to the dining room on the lower deck. Often, my husband and I elected to use the short stairway across from the elevator. The decks were perfect for reaching the ... Read More
Our stateroom was very roomy and near the elevator which provide access to the dining room on the lower deck. Often, my husband and I elected to use the short stairway across from the elevator. The decks were perfect for reaching the lounge that always had coffee, soft drinks and snacks throughout the day. , The Library provided reading material and a quiet place to relax and use the computer. There were several quiet areas if an individual wished to just get a way from their stateroom for a while. We always found the disembarking area great for reaching the dock. There were crew who offered assistance if someone felt the need, particularly some who used wheel chairs and canes. Our entertainment was provided by a naturalist/historian who not only knew his subject( no matter what port we were in,) but was humorous and enjoyed by all age groups. The excursions in each port gave a great overview of the area as well as special notable sites . They were well selected. The food selection gave choices from the area or you could select from the menu a variety of other choices. The dining room waiters were young and very willing to bring second items if desired. We grew to love hearing them welcome us. Actually, I noticed that groups often returned to a particular table because of the thoughtfulness of a certain waiter. The cruise staff knew everyone and attempted to provide "all" of their needs. Housekeeping was done timely along with comfortable bedding---- and fresh towels were always available.!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
We have cruised with American Cruise Line (100 passengers) seven times so we were interested and excited to be going on the Inaugural cruise of the Pearl Mist of the Pearl Seas Cruise Line with 200 passengers. The trip was outstanding! ... Read More
We have cruised with American Cruise Line (100 passengers) seven times so we were interested and excited to be going on the Inaugural cruise of the Pearl Mist of the Pearl Seas Cruise Line with 200 passengers. The trip was outstanding! From the time we embarked at Baltimore and disembarked in Halifax, it was 11 days of fun and relaxation. --the ship was lovely, with well-appointed cabins and lounges. Smaller rooms such as the library were also available where you could get away to read or just watch the world go by. --Our cabin was spacious with good lighting and plenty of drawer space. The beds were heavenly with sheets and a comforter comparable to a luxury hotel. The rooms were quiet, very conducive to sleeping.Our steward was a 5+, always available assisting us with any needs. --The dining room was pleasant in decor and ambiance; it was quiet so that conversations could flow easily at the table. The food was superb, with half portions if requested, and experienced wait staff who kept their eye on our table. --Port and shore excursions were great.....well organized, The tours were excellent and we had enough free time to wander or do extra things in port. Harold, our lecturer, was informative and a great speaker, holding our interest with some humor mixed in. --All of the staff on the ship were friendly and visible. They were very accommodating and helped to make the trip a great experience. --I was concerned about disembarkation at 6 in the morning, but a bus was awaiting us and our bags were ready to go out. It was a great send off! --The passengers were a "cut above,"...pleasant, interesting, and fun! Dress was smart casual, which was nice. --The trip was worth the price....beautiful ship, spacious cabins, lovely public rooms, with friendly and helpful staff! --We are looking forward to our next cruise on the Pearl Mist! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2011
Hubby and I recently returned from a delightful six night, actually two - three night cruises aboard the Canadian Empress, the one and only ship of the St. Lawrence Cruise Lines company. We cruised from Kingston, Ontario to Montreal and ... Read More
Hubby and I recently returned from a delightful six night, actually two - three night cruises aboard the Canadian Empress, the one and only ship of the St. Lawrence Cruise Lines company. We cruised from Kingston, Ontario to Montreal and back through the Thousand Islands and several locks and canals of the St. Lawrence Seaway. We drove to the port. You could drop off your luggage when you arrived in Kingston. The company had arrangements with some of the local hotels for secure parking. Embarcation was easy and all were onboard in minutes - easy to do with only 32 passengers. The Canadian Empress is a replica of a river boat, including pressed tin ceilings. It is a small ship that can accommodate up to 66 passengers and 12 crew. All rooms are compact - think small inside cabins on the big cruise ships. All cabins are outsides and have windows that actually open. Most cabins have two twin beds, one of them folds up into the wall during the day for more floor space. There are a few rooms with a double bed. The Grand Salon is where all meals are served, where the bar is located and evening entertainment is held. This room could have felt crowded if the ship had been sailing full or if there had been a greater need for dry space outside of one's cabin. There are covered outside decks at both the front and aft of the ship. The top deck is aptly called the Sun Deck. There are lounge and deck chairs to enjoy the views along the St. Lawrence. There is also shuffle board and checkers available to play. Meals were wonderful. As with most cruises there was always plenty of food. Breakfast featured one entrEe but there were other options, including the fresh baked muffins that were marvelous. Lunch was a fixed menu each day but there was ample food if you didn't like part of the menu. There were two meat selections offered each night - you selected it the night before, but it was only so the cook, Joe, would have an idea how much of each to prepare. Half portions were available at each meal. There were always snacks and beverages available and the bar was rarely closed. Each evening there was some sort of prepared snack during the evening's entertainment. I was impressed with the healthy variety of the menu. Every member of the crew has multiple jobs on this ship. They were all very friendly and interactive with the passengers. Often the Captain, Mate and Engineer ate dinner with the passengers as we were already docked for the night. The CD/Purser was busy helping with meal service and getting the evening's entertainment set up. Tours of the wheel house and engine room were easy to arrange if you wanted to see them up close. Excursions along the way - usually local museums with history of the St. Lawrence or Canada - were included in the cruise fare. Our favorite was the Upper Canada Village, a recreated 1800's village. Some of these buildings were moved to this location prior to the flooding that created the St. Lawrence. Evening entertainment was team trivia, a magician and a musician, one each night of each cruise. At various times there was commentary about what we were viewing at the time with some of the Seaway history included. We were also each given a booklet copy of these narrations. Whenever we met another commercial ship the captain would announce its name, type of cargo and other information about it. Passengers were older, generally well travelled couples. (DH and I were the "babies", although not my much, on the first half and we're in our early sixties.) All were friendly and looked out for one another. On-board friendships developed quickly. We took this cruise because we wanted to do something different. We also have wanted to see the 1000 Islands and were not disappointed with the scenery. This was also our time to relax before starting the fall schedule so the laid back atmosphere was just what we wanted. We will consider cruising on the Canadian Empress again sometime in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2010
I have wanted to cruise in the 1000 Islands and on the St. Lawrence River for some time, so I have been looking at this cruise line for years! We finally got a date that worked! The cruise met all my expectations and then some. The small ... Read More
I have wanted to cruise in the 1000 Islands and on the St. Lawrence River for some time, so I have been looking at this cruise line for years! We finally got a date that worked! The cruise met all my expectations and then some. The small crew was fantastic! Although the cabins are very small, they are certainly adequate. And who wants to stay in the cabin when there was so much to see and do? The ports of call interesting. We learned a lot of history and fascinating facts about the areas. All the shore excursions were well organized. The Cruise Director joked about our "stretch limos". They were really school buses, but the rides were short. The food was delicious. They offered 1/2 portions, so that was a plus. I only gained 5 pounds! This is not a cruise for a family with small children. Most of the passengers were in the 60 to 80 range, most quite active. They were an interesting collection from many locations -- Canada, Texas, Australia, Hawaii, Florida, California, New York. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2010
This past summer I had the pleasure to be a passenger on the Inaugural Cruise of American Cruise Lines newest ship, the "Independence" with an itinerary which included New England and Maine ports of call. Over the past 10 years I ... Read More
This past summer I had the pleasure to be a passenger on the Inaugural Cruise of American Cruise Lines newest ship, the "Independence" with an itinerary which included New England and Maine ports of call. Over the past 10 years I was also fortunate enough to cruise on the "Maiden Voyages" or "Inaugural Cruise" of all of their other ships. This trip was the 10th cruise I had taken since ACL resumed operation in 2000. If you are want a relaxing informal "Small Ship" experience sailing within US waters with a great US crew, one of the American Cruise Lines ships will be the ship for you. Many of the passengers I have met on the ACL cruises feel the same as I do as they too have been repeat passengers. We always enjoy discussing our previous experiences, trips, and itineraries with American Cruise Lines. Many of the cruises have had a local historian or naturalist on board, who keep the passengers well informed about the local history of the areas we visited. ACL also arranges for sightseeing tours in most of the ports they visit, however if you are free to arrange you own "shore excursion" or just stay on board and relax. While underway, my favorite "on board" activity is to sit on the sun deck and follow along with the Waterway's Charts for the area. Just think of a "Chart" as being your Roadmap if you were driving your car. I like to pin point exactly where we are by watching for the Channel Markers and buoy Markers as well as to try to locate the various Light Houses, Towers, Steeples, and Bridges which are marked on the charts as navigational aids. The ships also have an "Electronic Chart" or GPS in the lounge so that the passengers can follow along if they wish. All of the crew members go out of their way to make your cruise a memorable experience. The staterooms are roomy, and comfortable with individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Each room also has Satellite TV, and large pictures windows. Many of the staterooms have a small balcony where you can sit and enjoy the scenery. All of the ships are equipped with a small passenger elevator and the crew members are always willing to assist with wheelchair operation on and off the ships. In the past, I had always cruised with my mother and in some cases, other family members, however this most recent trip I felt completely comfortable traveling alone as a single lady. If you are looking for a casino, swimming pool, or nightly "show" entertainment, American Cruise Lines is probably not for you, but if you want a nice relaxing vacation aboard a small cruise ship with other passengers who have the same interest, they cannot be beat. Most of the passengers are seniors, many of whom are retired. I have already signed up from my next ACL cruise which will be the Potomac to Philadelphia itinerary in the spring of 2011 and I know I will sail on the Mississippi River aboard ACL's new boat in 2012. Can't Wait!!! Read Less

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