12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I have always wanted to see the Great Lakes; especially Mackinac Island. The Pearl Mist is a small cruise ship (accommodates just over 200 passengers) and was a fabulous way to see the area. Smallness allowed more interaction with other ... Read More
I have always wanted to see the Great Lakes; especially Mackinac Island. The Pearl Mist is a small cruise ship (accommodates just over 200 passengers) and was a fabulous way to see the area. Smallness allowed more interaction with other guests and added to ease of getting around the ship. Loved the fact every room had a balcony which enhanced enjoyment of the view and allowed sitting outside in the fresh air and sunshine, although the room air exchange system worked perfectly. Shower was especially roomy. Food was delicious, varied, and always cooked perfectly. A number of tours were complimentary and first rate. The lectures about the Great Lakes, Russia, and Chicago were fascinating. The service was tops and consistent. I enjoyed my cruise with Pearl Cruises so much I have signed up for two more during 2017. Happy to find a cruise line with these two smaller ships and it is great to experience such new ships as a bonus! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We were originally booked on the March 6 Cuba offering. When it was cancelled (three days before departure) we took the opportunity to switch to this one from Chicago to Toronto, since we had long wanted to do more touring/cruising in ... Read More
We were originally booked on the March 6 Cuba offering. When it was cancelled (three days before departure) we took the opportunity to switch to this one from Chicago to Toronto, since we had long wanted to do more touring/cruising in North America. Turned out, this was a great choice. We had a 300 SF stateroom that was as quiet and comfortable as any we've ever had (after 40+ cruises) with prompt and efficient service to go with it. The only disappointment was the small TV, but we managed. The food and service was excellent, and we appreciated the moderate sized servings. Wines, beers, and alcoholic beverages were of known sources and high quality; the cocktail hours were complimentary every time. If one is into snacking, there was unlimited opportunity, as soft drinks, juices, coffee, teas, and packaged chips, granola, nuts, etc., were always available in the two main lounges. There was some entertainment, karaoke, games, but we didn't participate. The lectures, however, were excellent, and I attended all of them. The ship is efficiently organized, with a roomy elevator to all five passenger decks. Children would not enjoy this cruise -- it is obviously designed for older experienced travelers. The Toronto City tour that was provided for those with late in the day flights was a nice touch. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
It was somewhere I had never been!! Loved the Great Lakes and Toronto!!! We also loved visiting Chicago before leaving on the cruise. The cruise people picked us up at the hotel they recommended right on time and were Great!! All of the ... Read More
It was somewhere I had never been!! Loved the Great Lakes and Toronto!!! We also loved visiting Chicago before leaving on the cruise. The cruise people picked us up at the hotel they recommended right on time and were Great!! All of the busses they provided were very clear and very comfortable!!!The food was Great and the portions were the right amount. They always had a great selection of food. The staff was exceptional and the best I have experienced and I cruise a lot. We loved the whole cruise! The Niagara excursion was fantastic along with Mackinac Island!! Loved both of them. We got off in Toronto and stayed for two days. We found so much it do there and would really think of going back! Overall this cruise was one of the best we have been on!! The service. the food the ship and the way we were treated was fantastic. I loved being on the smaller ship as we were able to make so many friends on the cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
A unique great adventure of the Great Lakes. The port excursions were varied with a new location and experience every day. The food choices were excellent, delicious, and served by the most cherry and well trained staff. The Pear Mist ... Read More
A unique great adventure of the Great Lakes. The port excursions were varied with a new location and experience every day. The food choices were excellent, delicious, and served by the most cherry and well trained staff. The Pear Mist has many varied public areas; sun and shade comfy top deck, nice library room with jig saw rainy day puzzles, and three lounge areas. The cabins are very large with private balcony; they are well maintained, comfortable, and clean. We embarked in Toronto, we were met at our hotel and transported to the ship. Our room was ready and luggage delivered almost immediately. From the first moment we felt welcomed. All crew members genuinely friendly. Ports of call include Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Henry Ford Museum, charming small ports in the Georgian Bay area, Mackinac Island, and ending with a tour of Chicago. We end the day with coctail hour, delicious dinner, then after dinner entertainment. You have a truly unique vacation from sunrise to sunset. No children, this is for the "mature adult". Educational adventure. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We've enjoyed several cruises on other lines from large to smaller and enjoy the smaller ships more. This cruise was among the very best: Ports: great choices and sufficient time with good tours and local guides; Sailing: the ... Read More
We've enjoyed several cruises on other lines from large to smaller and enjoy the smaller ships more. This cruise was among the very best: Ports: great choices and sufficient time with good tours and local guides; Sailing: the most sailing occurred at night while sleeping and our weather was good so the travel was smooth and comfortable; Accommodations/room: we were midship and found the ride and room more than adequate for our comfort. We enjoyed the balcony when the temperature warmed up. Staff: room steward - excellent and not intrusive-very pleasant waiter/dining steward - far exceeded our expectations and we made a point of sitting at the same table because of our dining steward. Management:Hotel and Dining managers made themselves available and welcomed us every day (by name). They demonstrated a style of management that stressed guest priority and that permeated the entire crew. We had a couple of hiccups with some transportation due to walking challenges, but for the most part our challenges were addressed adequately to provide a wonderful sightseeing and sailing experience. Tour Directors: Both were exceptional at striving to make everything happen seamlessly. I found both more than willing to assist in arranging whatever we wanted. Lectures/Entertainment: We found the entertainment enjoyable and the Lectures about the area were quite interesting and well prepared. Fitness area: this is where this ship is inadequate. The fitness equipment (such as it is) is not maintained and located on a deck subjected to wind and weather. The choices of equipment is limited and shows the effects of weather. It would be ideal to move the equipment to a room elsewhere in the ship and try to maintain the functionality. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We were canceled for the Cuban Cruise 3/16. We love the Nova Scoitia, Canadian Maritimes, so we chose this cruise. Pearl Seas did not disappoint. We were delighted with our crew, met some wonderful people. Loved the welcome receptions ... Read More
We were canceled for the Cuban Cruise 3/16. We love the Nova Scoitia, Canadian Maritimes, so we chose this cruise. Pearl Seas did not disappoint. We were delighted with our crew, met some wonderful people. Loved the welcome receptions in the French Speaking Towns, Saguenay , Baie Cameau. Halifax marching bagpipe bands were a highlight. Our entertainers closed the days with delightful music. A married couple, he on bass guitar and she the vocale main, and keyboard. Great Stuff! We had a guest vocalist, guitar player. She did requests, and Canadian favorites. She was excellent. We enjoyed our dining experience at dinner especially. Wine poured out, excellent fare, and sometimes entertainment by the crew for special occasions. Our M'aitre D was entertaining ,care taking ,and delighted us with conversation. He has a great personality, and sense of humor! Our cabin was always kept neat and clean by Amer. He asked us if we needed anything daily. The Pearl Seas is a beautiful ship and we enjoyed walking the decks for a little excercize and fresh air. We preferred to walk the steps to the top deck for optimum excercize and view. There is an elevator for the passengers convenience. We had dinner with the captain one evening, and we were impressed with his knowledge of sailing. We appreciated his decisions for the comfort of the passengers. One night, the weather report was forecasting some rough water. He put of departure until after dinner. What a guy! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This cruise ship is a must for those who want personal service and not feel like a number. The musical entertainment was very enjoyable and appropriate for the passengers and places we were touring. They also had educational talks about ... Read More
This cruise ship is a must for those who want personal service and not feel like a number. The musical entertainment was very enjoyable and appropriate for the passengers and places we were touring. They also had educational talks about the area we were visiting. The food choices, presentation, size of portions, taste and service in the dining room was excellent, top of the line. I truly enjoyed the dining room experience the most because of the excellent food and service. This was one of the best 7 days of my life. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
The crew on the ship is outstanding. Having arrived much too early at the terminal, we were greeted by the hotel director Akin who went to the ship and returned with coffee and pastries to make us feel welcome while we waited. The same ... Read More
The crew on the ship is outstanding. Having arrived much too early at the terminal, we were greeted by the hotel director Akin who went to the ship and returned with coffee and pastries to make us feel welcome while we waited. The same attention to detail continued throughout the cruise from the entire staff. Besides being attentive to the passengers, the crew seemed to get along very well with each other, which speaks well for the management. The cabin was larger than expected , very well furnished and refreshed at least twice per day. The bathroom was very well designed with adequate space for all our needs, plenty of drawer and counter space. We never felt that we needed more closet or drawer space. Dining was always an enjoyable experience with open seating, allowing us to meet plenty of new friends. Food was quite good as well, with enough options for any palate. The 1/2 portion option is a nice idea. The breakfast buffet was great with plenty of choices (love the lox). Besides the buffet, there was always a nice selection of pancakes, waffles, omelets,etc. Shore excursion were well chosen, but it was also nice to be able, if one chose, to remain on the ship and enjoy the very comfortable lounges, possibly to take in one of the lectures by the very knowledgeable and enjoyable Dr. Jim. Besides the staff on the ship, we need to thank those in the office ( Maxine is great ) for helping to make this such a memorable trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
My cruising experience: 8 cruises on 6 cruise lines. Pearl Mist is in her second year of service. For a young operation, I'm amazed at how well every aspect of the cruise functioned! We sailed with 192 passengers. I think all ... Read More
My cruising experience: 8 cruises on 6 cruise lines. Pearl Mist is in her second year of service. For a young operation, I'm amazed at how well every aspect of the cruise functioned! We sailed with 192 passengers. I think all staterooms were filled, but we were a bit under capacity due to a number of singles in staterooms. This small size influences everything so I mention it up front. One surprise was a roomy cabin and bathroom! What you don't have is multiple restaurants, casino, spa, etc. Dining room ambiance, food and service were all top-notch. There are also lounges where small eats and beverages are available. The itinerary was awesome and included places the big ships can't get into. Most excursions were included, but you don't sign up until you get to the ship. No problem. You get to the ship on your own, but transfers are available (and included) at disembarkation. Dining seating is open, and you get to recognize all of your fellow passengers. I mixed meeting new people and sitting with new friends. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
We enjoyed going to places where we could see the fall foliage and also how people lived and live now. We enjoyed the food, the entertainment on board and on the shore excursions . We enjoyed all the on board activities. The personal on ... Read More
We enjoyed going to places where we could see the fall foliage and also how people lived and live now. We enjoyed the food, the entertainment on board and on the shore excursions . We enjoyed all the on board activities. The personal on the ship were very friendly and helpful. Always happy! The Service was great! The cabin was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. It was kept very clean and neat. We also enjoyed being with people our own age. We like the small ship better that the large cruise ships. We were well taken care of.and enjoyed it very much!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Great personalized service is hallmark of pearl seas. from constant attention to detail to ability for special order foods it was fantastic small size of ship -only 200 lets you get to know other passengers and not be lost in mob ... Read More
Great personalized service is hallmark of pearl seas. from constant attention to detail to ability for special order foods it was fantastic small size of ship -only 200 lets you get to know other passengers and not be lost in mob great value with all included like most excursions, happy hour alcohol and wine with all meals and free internet. personal attention from cabin steward to purser to meals, but especially from Marcie our cruise director like the options and mostly free shore tours largest staterooms over 300 sq feet was magnificient and love private balconys. best staff and cruise ever we have been on over 20 riverboats and pearl seas is the best guest speaker david made learning fun about everything from endangered species to facts on ports Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We had not heard about Pearl Seas, but saw their ad in the Smithsonian Magazine and thought the itinerary sounded like what we were looking for. From the moment we got on the ship, we knew we had made the right choice. Our cabin, while ... Read More
We had not heard about Pearl Seas, but saw their ad in the Smithsonian Magazine and thought the itinerary sounded like what we were looking for. From the moment we got on the ship, we knew we had made the right choice. Our cabin, while one of the smallest, had a King Size Bed with 2 night stands and had plenty of room to get around. We found the dining perfect. It was open seating, which gave us a chance to meet many of the other passengers. Wine and/or beer were provided during lunch and dinner. Happy Hour was from 5:30 - 6:30pm (and many days it was earlier due to activities in the lounges). During Happy Hour all bar drinks were provided along with great appetizers. Most of the alcohol was top of the line. David Catlin was the guest speaker and provided very interesting presentations and many days he was on the top deck helping us spot birds and whales. Most of the shore excursions were included and while not extensive, helped us to explore and enjoy the different ports. Our cruise directors Marcie and Jean were the best. From the first day we met Marcie in our hotel until we disembarked from the ship she was there to make our days very special. We always enjoyed each evenings "Chart Your Course" to hear about our next days activities. At the beginning of our cruise this was followed by John Spyder playing his guitar, which put a nice end to each evening. We would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a relaxing cruise with so much to see. Most of the ports were smaller which made each one of them different. The Captain and his entire staff were quite accessible and were always there to greet us and ask how we were doing. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
This was an excellent trip! The itinerary was standout, with daily wonderful shore excursions that exposed us to the various ethnic cultures of eastern Canada--food, music, language, history, etc. Staterooms are very roomy and ... Read More
This was an excellent trip! The itinerary was standout, with daily wonderful shore excursions that exposed us to the various ethnic cultures of eastern Canada--food, music, language, history, etc. Staterooms are very roomy and well-fitted. The crew and staff are second to none that we have ever sailed with before, and the food was fabulous;. All in all, well worth the "premium price" of the cruise, and we would certainly recommend this cruise to others. The pasengers all seemed to be aged 60 to 80, and well travelled. So this would not be a cruise for families or kids. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
We have mostly cruised on large ships before, so we were curious as to what this cruise would offer and how it would differ. What we found was that it was more intimate and much more casual than what we have previously encountered. ... Read More
We have mostly cruised on large ships before, so we were curious as to what this cruise would offer and how it would differ. What we found was that it was more intimate and much more casual than what we have previously encountered. Some passengers chose to "dress" a bit for dinner, but not all. And I don't think those that did not "dress up" were frowned upon. It was just all very casual. The most amazing difference in this cruise was the level of service of the staff. They were just so friendly and polite. I felt as if each crew member on board did everything that he/she could do to assist in getting passengers whatever was requested. I witnessed this on several occasions. It was amazing! The food was just excellent. The menu offered a wide selection of foods from which to choose. Neither my husband or myself ever had one meal that was not 4 star quality. Besides all of the delicious lobster I enjoyed, I found the pecan/chocolate chip pie to be the best! It was so good that I asked our sweet server, Celeste, if there might be an small piece left over the next day. Imagine my delight at getting that wonderful pie two days! Yummy is all I can say! We took the Canadian trip and were very blessed to have Barry Lane as our lecturer. The man is a walking encyclopedia. We are ordering his latest book on Canada, due out this month. Most of the tours were included in our cruise package, which we did not expect. They were all very excellent tours. We especially enjoyed the bus tour of Prince Edward Island and the walking tour of Lunenburg. Now my husband is interested in taking the Lewis and Clark trip next. Cruising this way is just easier, as one does not need to bring along dress-up gear. I'm all for casual! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Want to travel to ports that are a little off the beaten cruise path? Sail up the St. Lawrence seaway and on to Gaspe and Halifax. Life is easy on a small ship that can dock at ports where large ships either tender out or miss all ... Read More
Want to travel to ports that are a little off the beaten cruise path? Sail up the St. Lawrence seaway and on to Gaspe and Halifax. Life is easy on a small ship that can dock at ports where large ships either tender out or miss all together. Be greeted by a piper in Pictou and Halifax. Find personal delights at Gaspe and Lunenberg. There are many surprises waiting just north of the border. The on board entertainment was usually local talent that gave a relaxing feeling to the trip. The cabin was larger than anything we had on a large cruise ship. The shower was large enough to enjoy the shower without spraying the rest of the bathroom. The shore excursions were informative and fun. The tour on Prince Edward Island highlighted Anne of Green Gables, but it was also delightful to see the ocean, the lighthouses, and the red soil. The bus tours and guides were informative and entertaining. The loading process and the disembarkation processes were quick and easy. The luggage handling was efficient and gentle. The crew paid attention to details from the dining room requests to the gangway "watch your step." I felt welcomed and valued even after leaving the ship when we saw members of the crew in our final port. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
I am 77 years old and most of the Passenger where in my age group. We left from Chicago and debark in Toronto. The ship was great and so was our cabin. The service was outstanding and so was the food. We have been on many cruises/ships ... Read More
I am 77 years old and most of the Passenger where in my age group. We left from Chicago and debark in Toronto. The ship was great and so was our cabin. The service was outstanding and so was the food. We have been on many cruises/ships and have to say this was one of best. The excursions were well selected and we had a great time. We are locking forward to our next cruise on the Pear Mist to the Panama Canal. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
September 1st, I boarded the Pearl Mist in Chicago for a Great Lakes & Georgian Bay cruise then continued on the September 12th cruise through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Canadian Maritimes. I have cruise over 100 times in my life ... Read More
September 1st, I boarded the Pearl Mist in Chicago for a Great Lakes & Georgian Bay cruise then continued on the September 12th cruise through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Canadian Maritimes. I have cruise over 100 times in my life throughout the world. Never have I been so entertained, pampered and dined to the point that I didn't want to disembark. The cuisine was magnificent at every meal. The quality, presentation and variety was wonderful and the dining service was absolutely perfect. The chef and his team are amazing. Every soup was delicious, salads were crisp, seafood was fresh and well prepared, vegetables were cooked perfectly, meats were tender and desserts were so good that many times I had to have half of one and half of another. I put on a few pounds on the cruise but it was worth it. Cocktails are complimentary every day 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and after dinner until 9:30 pm. Wine is complimentary at lunch and dinner. Chips and snacks are always available in the lounges. During the evening show, root beer floats and popcorn is brought into lounge. I am ashamed to say that after eating so much at dinner, I often had to have root beer float. The cruise directors, front desk personnel, passenger representative and hotel manager could not have been more helpful in every way. Anytime I had a question, I received the answer immediately or in a timely manner. The cabin stewards are very friendly and efficient. Cleanliness on the ship is a priority and this is very evident. The amenities in the bathrooms are plentiful and the shower is large. The towels and bedding are of excellent quality. The staterooms are very large and the balconies have a nice sized table with comfortable chairs. Love the Sky Deck where I could "see the world" from comfortable lounge chairs. One of my friends who came with me, fell several days before boarding. The wound on his leg had to be cleaned and bandaged often. The nurse came twice a day to do what needed to be done so that the wound would heal, and at no charge. The lecturer was excellent. The passengers loved her. She was an expert on the itinerary and fun to listen to. There was a duo that performed in the lounge. They were very talented and often had passengers dancing. Since I have to work on my laptop, I found it easy with plug-in access on the desk. Also, I was glad Internet was available. There were a few days when Internet was spotty. The deckhands were amazing. They were very kind to the passengers, helping them walk on and off the ship, always with a smile. Anyone with disabilities were helped wherever needed. I was impressed to see the care that was always given to the passengers. I have booked Cuba on the Pearl Mist for April 2017. Can't wait to board again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
As an elderly -85- widowed physician, traveling with old friends and traveling companions, we picked this cruise, in part because of our experience with American Cruise Lines - two trips, and our interest is seeing the Great Lakes. The ... Read More
As an elderly -85- widowed physician, traveling with old friends and traveling companions, we picked this cruise, in part because of our experience with American Cruise Lines - two trips, and our interest is seeing the Great Lakes. The information provided by Pearl Seas Cruises about the ship and itineraries was very adequate. This was a cruise for older folks, 55 plus'es but many in the late 70s, early 80s and no young people. Most seemed experienced travelers. The ship is new and well equipped and maintained. The crew was excellent, of an international background, friendly, helpful and competent. The dining room was large, with open seating, the meals, by and large excellent and service also excellent. There was a complimentary Happy Hour every evening before dinner and complimentary wines were provided at lunch, by request, and at dinner, were on each table. There was one speaker for our trip, a professional naturalist and environment authority who gave 4 lectures related to the Great Lakes and areas which we were visiting that were outstanding. Other entertainment consisted of a husband-wife combo that provided music in the evening, that was pleasant and made for easy listening. The shore excursions were interesting, well organized and generally designed for the level of interest and physical capabilities of the passengers. I enjoyed most a day at the Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn,MI when we were at Windsor, ON and stops at Sault St. Marie with visits to 2 museums, the Bush plane museum on the Canadian side and a tour of the locks and ship museum on the American side. A day at Mackinac was fun and interesting and as was Holland,MI. Parry's Cove on Georgian Bay and Little Current were interesting and well done. I had a cabin for a single on an upper deck with a balcony large enough for several chairs and a table. The cabin was comfortable with single bed, deck, bureau adequate closet and large bathroom and a TV. We docked in Chicago many miles from downtown at an industrial port. A day of tours to downtown was provided, was complimentary and were well done. Disembarkation was well organized and accomplished. We were the last to leave at 8:45 am in a towncar to Chicago. In summary, on the basis on years of cruising, I would say it was a very excellent trip. It was expensive, with shore excursions, close to $10,000 for the 10 days but I consider a good value. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
We boarded the Pearl Mist in Toronto, the start of a 10 day Cruise of all the Great Lakes with the exception of Superior. Like everything on the Pearl Mist, the boarding process was simple and easy, nothing like the frustrating process on ... Read More
We boarded the Pearl Mist in Toronto, the start of a 10 day Cruise of all the Great Lakes with the exception of Superior. Like everything on the Pearl Mist, the boarding process was simple and easy, nothing like the frustrating process on mega-liners. Throughout the Cruise the environment was relaxed and friendly, and the open schedule at meal times gave us opportunities to exchange stories and experiences with many well seasoned travelers. Evening entertainment was very low key, just a guitar and a piano, but every day we listened to a Presentation about our destination for the next day...it's history, it's culture, geology and wildlife, etc. We found it very interesting. The places we visited covered sizes over the full range, from Detroit to Parry Sound. Our Cruise ended in Chicago, where the Tour Director and Staff showed their energy by coping well with a last minute change in Dock location If you are looking for something quite different from typical Cruises, this is a good choice Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2015
The cabin was delightfully large as was the bathroom. The balcony was delightful with comfortable chairs. The trip was very enlightening and enjoyable. The food was varied and well presented. Our cabin was always clean and ready ... Read More
The cabin was delightfully large as was the bathroom. The balcony was delightful with comfortable chairs. The trip was very enlightening and enjoyable. The food was varied and well presented. Our cabin was always clean and ready for us. The entertainment was mostly local and could be improved on. The cocktail hour was always well planned. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We have not cruised in years and decided that a smaller ship was to our liking, selecting Pearl Seas Cruise Lines as our carrier. From the moment of embarkation we knew that the next 11 days would not be disappointing. The ship was clean ... Read More
We have not cruised in years and decided that a smaller ship was to our liking, selecting Pearl Seas Cruise Lines as our carrier. From the moment of embarkation we knew that the next 11 days would not be disappointing. The ship was clean throughout with staterooms attended to at least twice daily. The food beverages, cocktail hours were all excellent. Dining service (as well as room service) was provided by an outstanding all Philippino staff, who effortlessly attended to our requests and special needs. The on board daily lecture/briefings were interesting and informational. Evening music entertaining and sedate. I especially liked the Library and quiet rooms where one could read and enjoy the cruising. It would be nice if wifi time was unlimited rather that one hour per day per device. The weather was as expected for late October in the North Atlantic which allows me to comment on the exceptional ability of the Captain and his crew. Yes, we got our money's worth. In summary, my wife, who wasn't too keen on taking this cruise, said to me on about the 10th day, "I would like to do another of these cruises to different destinations." If this doesn't "spell out" how much we enjoyed this cruise I'm at a loss to say more. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2014
The Pearl Mist is a lovely ship that accommodates 200 people, with large staterooms and full-size bathrooms with a nice shower, and very comfortable beds and bedding. Plenty of storage and closet space. We were very happy with our room. It ... Read More
The Pearl Mist is a lovely ship that accommodates 200 people, with large staterooms and full-size bathrooms with a nice shower, and very comfortable beds and bedding. Plenty of storage and closet space. We were very happy with our room. It was quiet at night. We were in Room 508 where the elevator was part of the room, but we never heard it and it was convenient for us. This trip caters to an older crowd, and that suited us fine, as it was quiet and relaxing. The elevator was very nice. The two large lounges were very comfortable with nice chairs and lots of couches. The library was excellent with lots of interesting books; National Geographic, etc. There are 3 computers onboard for internet use. The food for all 3 meals was excellent, with a wide variety. Instead of a buffet like larger ships, we sat down at a table for 8 people and ordered our meals. Our waiter, Michael, was extraordinary and catered to our every need. For this reason, we stayed in his area the entire trip. Wine was served with dinner. There were warm cookies at 10 a.m. and tea time at 3 p.m. Snacks, drinks, and an espresso machine were available all day. Cocktail hour served delicious food and had an open bar. We never went hungry! The entire staff is very friendly and helpful, and very organized. The shore excursions were mostly bus tours of the cities with stops along the way, and some free time. We wished we had more free time, but we had a schedule to stay on. We missed 3 ports due to rough seas, which was a disappointment but that can't be helped. Due to the late season, a lot of shops in port were closed. Our onboard historian, Sam, was excellent; very knowledgeable and personable and was always available to talk to everyone outside the lectures. We really enjoyed him. Overall, this was a wonderful trip and we would highly recommend it. Something to note is that on a smaller ship, there is a lot of rocking, so be sure to bring Dramamine if you are prone to sea sickness.   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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2014
On the whole, our cruise from Montreal to Portland, Maine in September and early October, 2014 was everything that could be expected. The ship's size, including passenger capacity, was just right for a river cruise. Other than one ... Read More
On the whole, our cruise from Montreal to Portland, Maine in September and early October, 2014 was everything that could be expected. The ship's size, including passenger capacity, was just right for a river cruise. Other than one night in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the ship handled the turbulence of the water with ease. The cabin was more spacious than some that we have experienced, the food was served in smaller quantities but was, for the most part, quite good. The chef does need to work on the quality of the soups and remember that the gravy goes over the biscuits and not the other way around! The daily happy hours had plentiful appetizers and ample wine. The crew of the ship was good ... the dining staff gave us considerable personal attention and remembered our particular tastes and preferences. The cabin steward was a bit hard to find at times but kept the cabin clean; the complimentary laundry service was a big plus. As a smaller ship, the activities on board ship were limited. The ambience of the lounge with spectacular views of the shoreline made for good reading times, though. Embarkation was a bit ragged but that was due to the fog-induced late arrival of the Pearl Mist into Montreal. Disembarkation was very well managed, much more so than on some of our other cruise experiences. The shore excursions were good for the most part. We particularly enjoyed Quebec City which even in the fog and drizzle is spectacular in his sights. Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island were a real plus as we visited the home of Anne of Green Gables. The train and boat trip on the Gaspee and to Perce were most memorable. The Madeleine Islands were a special treat with the quaint houses, the tour of the sand museum and shop and all. Eastport is a delightful and quaint New England village and our point of entry back to the U.S. Bar Harbor and the excursion to Acadia National Park was a terrific end to the trip. Portland, Maine is a well-kept secret as a port of disembarkation and has much to offer for those who extend their cruise a day or two. There were some stops along the river that ought to be reconsidered because they had little to offer ... Saguenay was saved by a marvelous theatrical production; the fall color heading downriver and up the fjord was spectacular but our timing was such that we missed the whales at the mouth of the Saguenay River. Sept. Iles had little to offer. Baie Comeau was a cute community but alas we were there on a Sunday morning when most venues were closed. The tender arrangements for Bar Harbor (weather prevented us from going to Lunenburg) need to be re-thought. The pricing for the cruise was reasonable and the all inclusive nature of the ticket was a real positive. At the very personal level, we appreciated the many ways in which the ship's crew assisted the mobility of my wife through a loaned wheelchair which could readily be put on the bus for excursions or made available for private "walks" in the smaller communities. Were we to engage in another river cruise, the Pearl Mist would certainly get our consideration. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
From the time we boarded, good baggage handling, until the time we disembarked, we loved this trip!! We knew that we were going to be late because of the airline changing our reservations, so the Hotel Manager told us that we had our ... Read More
From the time we boarded, good baggage handling, until the time we disembarked, we loved this trip!! We knew that we were going to be late because of the airline changing our reservations, so the Hotel Manager told us that we had our lunch in our room!! How wonderful, because we were really hungry. The chicken salad sandwiches were delicious, with fruit, and a home made cookie for each of us.! The ten days we were aboard, we had good weather, with no rain. The stewards, servers in the dining room, and all other personnel, were great! Marcie, the Cruise Director, was able to arrange a private tour for us when we arrived at Niagara Falls. It was our 55th anniversary, and this made us feel very special. The Captain was very personable and capable of giving us a "smooth" ride on the Lakes. We were able to get bridge tables set up for us to play each day after the tours. We had easy access off and onto the ship when in port. The food choices in the dining room were good, and the food well prepared. The lectures given each day were the BEST we have heard aboard any ship! One thing that impressed us was the "fire drill." It was taken seriously by all of the crew and passengers. Fresh cookies were available each day in the lounges, along with fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. We are definitely taking a cruise on the Pearl Mist next year. Read Less
Pearl Mist Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 5.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.3
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 1.0 2.5
Family 2.0 2.5
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.6
Enrichment 5.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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