4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Chose because it was a small ship, and we liked the itinerary. All and all, we had a wonderful time. The cruise directors were very enthusiastic and able to deal with everyone in a professional and mature manner. We enjoyed our activities ... Read More
Chose because it was a small ship, and we liked the itinerary. All and all, we had a wonderful time. The cruise directors were very enthusiastic and able to deal with everyone in a professional and mature manner. We enjoyed our activities both on and off the ship. We were a little disappointed that our trip started in Santiago rather than Havana, but it actually ended up being better that way. We loved the shore excursions, and the on shore meals as well as those on the ship were excellent. We had rough weather both going and coming from Cuba. In this case, it was better to be on one of the lower decks rather than the 4th and 5th decks. Due to the weather, the captain decided it was too rough to take the passengers to Cuba by ship. So, we got an additional day of sightseeing in the Cienfuegos area (including going to the Bay of Pigs) and then were transported to Havana by bus. (All of the tour buses were modern and had bathrooms.) By traveling to Havana by bus, we were able to see more of the countryside. We stayed in a five-star hotel in Havana, and all of the rooms had balconies with water views. We considered this to be a bonus since it was not part of our originall itinerary. The next day we did more sightseeing in Havana and had dinner at a beautiful old hotel. We re boarded the ship and sailed for Florida early the next morning. I think Pearl Seas went over and above to make sure we had a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
We went on one of the first Pearl Mist cruises to Cuba. Yes, there were some problems with the itinerary but nothing catastrophic....it was a great experience. The staterooms were large and comfortable and the housekeeping staff were ... Read More
We went on one of the first Pearl Mist cruises to Cuba. Yes, there were some problems with the itinerary but nothing catastrophic....it was a great experience. The staterooms were large and comfortable and the housekeeping staff were excellent. Actually, the entire staff engaged with passengers and made a sincere effort to address concerns and made you feel welcome and valued. Granted the itinerary was curtailed a bit but the port calls and shore activities that were offered were interesting and lived up to the published Cuban experience. After talking with the captain on the bridge I had a much better understanding of why difficulties were encountered...the ship is pretty much at the mercy of the Cuban authorities regarding getting clearance to dock at Cuban ports. The food was excellent with ample portions and good quality...this in spite of not being able to take on provisions at Cuban ports...again, part of the experience of going to Cuba. Now a final note...I take exception with persistent discriminatory and ageist comments...these are totally inappropriate, insulting and most importantly, inaccurate. Would you think it OK to comment on ethnic or religious groups on board that you find objectionable? There were very few instances where older disabled passengers interfered with the shoreside excursions or detracted in any way from the enjoyment of the cruise. Older people can be fun and add to the cruise experience. Remember, you will eventually become one of us, so lighten up and stop the intolerance. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
It was wonderful. Way beyond my expectations. Pearl Seas went all out. There were at least 5 Pearl Seas personal on board. They went on excursions with us and made sure everything went smooth. This was only their second cruise to Cuba ... Read More
It was wonderful. Way beyond my expectations. Pearl Seas went all out. There were at least 5 Pearl Seas personal on board. They went on excursions with us and made sure everything went smooth. This was only their second cruise to Cuba and they went above and beyond to make sure everything was excellent. I got on board with a chip on my shoulder because of the 7 advertised Ports we were only stopping at 3. I thought Pearl Seas was pulling a fast one on us, but once I got on board and started learning what was going on I relaxed and enjoyed the cruise. Cuba is a dictatorship and a totalitarian government. They decided everything - such as what ports we could land at, when and where we docked, when we could arrive and when we had to leave. When we were in port we had fabulous tours, excellent guides that spoke English well, and nice AC Buses with toilet. The American government makes tourist do the "People to People" program, but again it was excellent. We did not have much free time and I would have liked more. They did make sure we could buy Cuban Cigars and Cuban Rum. While we were waiting to sail into port we were on the top deck having a party and enjoying the Havana skyline. There was never a charge for for liquor at the parties or happy hour and they had Glenfiddich a rather expensive single malt scotch that I like to drink. All our excursions were covered including a night at the Tropicana night club and lunches. The show at the Tropicana was spectacular with dancing and singing. Besides a welcome flute of champagne we were given a bottle of Cuban Rum for every four guests to share, the guys cigars and ladies flowers. My single room #507 was very large and a larger deck than most cabins. The food in the dining room was good and beer and wine were included. They could have had a few nicer red wines. The staff was perfect - Very helpful and pleasant. They had some really good lectures and good entertainers. Much to my surprise we were busy all the time, and I survived without a pool and hot tub. I really like the small ship and lack of lines. I like that all expenses were covered. When I complained that I had to drink my coffee latte from a paper cup, Bob from Pearl Seas brought me (in the next port) my own personal mug that says Cuba. The old American cars are such a treat. I am sorry I did not have time to rent a pink convertible as a taxi and take a ride. The Cuban people were very friendly and lovely. They are proud of their free education and health care, and Spanish heritage. They are just getting the internet and they have to go to the parks or squares for service . As far as internet on board, it was so so. Don't count on it. I put my phone in airplane mode. I would love to go again and see all the places that were promised. I would love to snorkel and enjoy the beaches. I feel it will not be too long until we have hydrofoils from Florida to Cuba, and maybe they will reinstate the 90 Mile Ferry from Key West to Havana. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Cuba has been a destination which has been available to Americans for only a few years and in many ways, it is still limited. We sailed under the visa exemption of "people to people" and participation was in, in theory, ... Read More
Cuba has been a destination which has been available to Americans for only a few years and in many ways, it is still limited. We sailed under the visa exemption of "people to people" and participation was in, in theory, mandatory. Older people with medical restrictions were given a pass for trip excursions that were too strenuous. It also helps explain why excursion options were limited. We sailed entirely around Cuba beginning with a two day stop in Havana, the capital and largest city. While the city has been spruced up for tourists, one could not fail to notice the absence of basic maintenance and new investment since the revolution in 1959. Most day trips had the option of a meal in town. The results were mixed. We had two other ports of call, Cienfuegos (and Trinidad) for 2 days (Southest coast) and Santiago de Cuba, the original capital and oldest city in the country (Southeast coast) for one day. Overall the trip was very relaxing as we were at sea more than half the time. The food was extremely good with snacks available at all hours. To avoid overeating required considerable personal discipline. The passenger list and activities scale heavily to seniors, and being active in our 80's, this cruise line and it's parent company, American Cruise Line, have become our "go to Cruise Line" after previous experiences with Seabourn, SilverSeas, Lindblad/National Geographic and others. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We were happy to be on a smaller ship. The rooms had great storage, the food was very good for the most part and the service was fantastic. Because we were on the inaugural Cuban cruise for Pearl Seas, we had extra staff on board to ... Read More
We were happy to be on a smaller ship. The rooms had great storage, the food was very good for the most part and the service was fantastic. Because we were on the inaugural Cuban cruise for Pearl Seas, we had extra staff on board to ensure that things went smoothly. When things went wrong, they did their best to fix it. As an example, one group went to Trinidad for a half day. There was a Cuban tour guide but no staff member from the cruise (that person had to go to the hospital with a guest who had broken their hip).The streets were cobblestoned and in horrible disrepair. They spent about an hour at the model of the city, with each detail of the model being explained by a non-English speaker whose words were then translated by the tour guide. The tour guide never counted heads and one of the guests got lost and the group had to spend two hours on the bus until the guest was found. They didn't arrive back in Cienfuegos until 4:30 (instead of 12:30) and they missed the amazing concert that the rest of us experienced. Amazing response from staff! They listened to the guests' constructive criticism and as a result, those of us who went to Trinidad the next day were warned about the condition of the streets so that we could wear proper footwear. We only spent 10 minutes at the model of the city. A staff member came with us and counted heads at every stop. And best of all, they got the Cienfuegos musicians to play the concert again for those who had missed it. As for shore excursions, we got to see 4 cities: Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba. We did spend a lot of time on buses which were comfortable and air-conditioned. We were on a people-to-people tour, which is one of the allowed categories for US citizens to visit Cuba. We met artists and musicians in each city. The concert in Cienfuegos was a highlight of the trip. We had the opportunity to purchase CDs and pieces of art at each place. Havana is tragically beautiful; poverty and sea air have destroyed most of the buildings. We enjoyed the National Hotel, the show at the Tropicana, a visit to Hemingway's house, lunch at a palador and a half day ride in a classic car, which drove us through many different neighborhoods in Havana. I wish that we had another full day to spend on our own in Havana-it may not be allowed by the government, not sure about that. Cienfuegos was next. Tour of the botanical gardens was much better than we expected because the guide was entertaining and informative. The city center is beautiful and we had a long delicious lunch at a palador. We stayed in port that night and took a bus to Trinidad the next day. The city wasn't much (although we had another great palador lunch), but it was so interesting to see the countryside between Cienfuegos and Trinidad and see how people live outside of the city. So much poverty. Our tour guides were all Cuban and really did a good job of explaining their society and culture. Santiago was the most modern city overall (which really isn't saying much). We did tour for half the day and then instead of going back to the ship we stayed ashore to wander around on our own and had lunch at a hotel rooftop restaurant. All restaurants and hotels are government owned. Compared to the palador (privately owned restaurant) the food was mediocre at best but the view was worth it. We had to change our money when we arrived in Havana and just before we got back on the ship for the last time in Santiago. We changed USD which has a 10% penalty on the front end of the exchange. No penalty for euros but my bank fees etc kind of made it a wash in terms of sheer convenience. It was very easy to do the exchanges. The ship's staff was very helpful. I think that they will able to further refine the experiences in Cuba because they are so responsive to the guests needs. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was a Great Lakes cruise, Chicago to Sault St. Marie, through Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, through Erie, the Welland Canal and finishing in Toronto. I love being on a ship, much prefer small ships (this was my max at 210 passenger ... Read More
This was a Great Lakes cruise, Chicago to Sault St. Marie, through Georgian Bay and Lake Huron, through Erie, the Welland Canal and finishing in Toronto. I love being on a ship, much prefer small ships (this was my max at 210 passenger capacity) and seveal stops were of interest. The Pearl Mist is a fairly new ship, nicely done, extremely stable. The public rooms are all spacious and well decorated. The lunch and dinner menus were creative but the food just OK. Service from some of the waiters was unsatisfactory, e.g. it was almost impossible to get a second cup of coffee. Wine was available for lunch and dinner but of inferior quality. Liquors available for hors d'oeuvres was top quality. All at no extra charge. We were in port most days, interesting and reasonably priced excursions were available but there was plenty of opportunity to walk about on your own. The on-board entertainment was interesting. They paired a folk song singer with a rocker. It was fun watching them learn to work together. They soon found a comfortable working relationship and provided good entertainment. The lecturer was well prepared and delivered frequent, topical and interesting lectures. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was the Pearl Seas 10-11 day Great Lakes Cruise leaving from Toronto and stopping in Niagara Falls, Windsor, Midland, Parry Sound, Little Current, Sault St Marie, Mackinac Island, Muskegon, Holland and Chicago. We are 71 and 65 ... Read More
This was the Pearl Seas 10-11 day Great Lakes Cruise leaving from Toronto and stopping in Niagara Falls, Windsor, Midland, Parry Sound, Little Current, Sault St Marie, Mackinac Island, Muskegon, Holland and Chicago. We are 71 and 65 years of age and retired for 1 year. We previously have traveled to the Caribbean islands (x3), Hawaii cruise, Alaska cruise, Italy tour, Great Britain tour, Rhine Cruise, Baltic Cruise, Western Med Cruise, Greece Cruise, New England and Maritimes Cruise, National Parks tour, and China Tour. We chose this tour because we knew little of the region. The ship: The Pearl Mist was a fairly new 300 ft boat in excellent condition with about 200 passengers. The state rooms were much larger than expected with balconies and a relatively large bathroom. beds were great, lots of drawer space, no safe, adequate TV but a bit small for watching from bed. The ship had 2 large and 2 small lounges. The large lounges were used every night for "The Cocktail Hour" (more on this later) and one was used each night for entertainment (2 person songsters). Also used for lectures and daily updates for the next day. Other than the dining room there were no other public rooms: no casinos (thankfully) and no laundry or indoor fitness center. Some people made special requests for laundry service. There was new fitness equipment on one of the open decks but no treadmill. There were several outdoor sitting areas both covered and uncovered but no pools or hot tubs. No deck encircled the ship for use as a walking/jogging track. Room service was perfect. Entertainment: The duo provided very good music and song and also hosted trivia and bingo games. The lecturer was good but limited to very interesting historical information but not port/excursion specific information and only had about 4-5 presentations. Dining: OMG totally fabulous!. All meals were sit down, single open sitting with excellent service. Each meal had at least 4 choices for entree and appetizer, 3 desserts, great soups. Lobster was served multiple ways several times. No limit on how many servings you could order. Unlimited wine/beer. Now dieting (again). Cocktail Hour: Had to make a special section for this. Each day from 5:30-6:30 the 2 lounges were set up with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and open bar. The bar tenders could make any drink and EVERYONE looked forward to sitting together and chatting about the day, next day and their previous cruising experience. Passengers: Definitely and older crowd. No children. Youngest was probably 60yo. Oldest was close to 90yo. Average was about 70yo. most were incredibly well traveled. Many chose this cruise to get away from the heat in the south (but we still had 85-90 degree days). Most had traveled throughout Europe on river cruises. All were interesting, and had productive, and lucrative careers. Almost all were retired. A few singles. Ports and Excursions: About half of the excursions were included and were quite surprisingly worthwhile. Some unexpectedly, were extra at $35-50 per person but also were well worth it. Highlights were bus/island tour of Toronto, the Niagara Falls cruise, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (look it up), Saint-Marie among the Hurons (look it up also), Island Queen Cruise of Georgian Bay, Sault St Marie locks, Freighter and old cruise ship tours, Mackinac Island and Chicago (take the architectural tour). All in all a very good vacation. Improvements might be an indoor fitness center, larger TV, more lectures on the ship, possibly a hot tub. We were sufficiently impressed to sign up for the Louis and Clark theme tour of the Snake and Columbia rivers on their sister organization, American Cruise Lines for August 2017. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We took the Pearl Mist from Toronto to Chicago in late June. Both embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smoothly. In fact, getting off and on the ship was surprisingly always easy and very fast. This review comes from the ... Read More
We took the Pearl Mist from Toronto to Chicago in late June. Both embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smoothly. In fact, getting off and on the ship was surprisingly always easy and very fast. This review comes from the perspective of someone in their 20's. During my cruise, I was the youngest person on the ship. I was traveling with my grandmother, who is in her late 80's. We chose this location and cruise line because it was somewhere she had never been before, and we were very happy with our choice. Ship - I loved the ship! It has plenty of outdoors space and nice lounges to relax in. Since it is a small ship, there is no spa or workout room (only some equipment on a deck). I didn't mind that, though. Cabin - I shared a handicap cabin with two other people, and it was very spacious. The balcony was wonderful. Dining - The open seating dining was really nice. By the end of the trip, everyone knew each other from sitting next to each other at meals. I also thought the food was wonderful. You could ask for a half portion of food, there were vegetarian options, and dessert was always good. Wine and beer were also included options at meals, and there was a cocktail hour everyday. Entertainment and Activities - Since this is a smaller ship, the entertainment is also smaller. Most nights, two entertainers would play music related to a theme (i.e. country, 50's, etc.). People seemed to love this. I particularly liked the local entertainers that they brought in from outside of the ship. There were also some good lectures and trivia (with prizes) one night. Service - The service was spectacular. At meals, the waiters knew our favorite extras and knew our names. What was really important, though, was the service the ship gave to my grandmother, who uses a wheelchair and walker. They were patient and kind beyond what was expected of them, and they went out of their way to make sure my grandmother could go on all of the excursions. Ports and Shore excursions - I enjoyed them! There was something to do at every stop. Sometimes the locations were tiny towns, but that's what there is in some parts of Canada. We enjoyed every stop, especially Mackinac Island. To summerize, I really enjoyed my travels on the Pearl Mist. I would definitely recommend it for people who are looking for a nice, relaxing vacation. Although I would not recommend it to people my age traveling alone, just because of the price and the slow pace of things, this trip was the perfect way to spend some quality time with my grandmother and to see parts of Canada and the US in a luxury fashion. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Our third trip with Pearl/America. Two previous trip were outstanding. This trip was outside continental shores to Costa Rico, Panama and Colombia. PROS: Both hospitality and operations staff pleasant and attentive (particularly to ... Read More
Our third trip with Pearl/America. Two previous trip were outstanding. This trip was outside continental shores to Costa Rico, Panama and Colombia. PROS: Both hospitality and operations staff pleasant and attentive (particularly to elderly and mobility restricted), excellent food, open seating, great happy hour, excellent awesome entertainment (Laura and Bill and Dusty and Stevie), excellent service, knowledgeable and instructive lectures (Bill is great), urban tours well done, spacious and clean stateroom, staff support during sea sickness was responsive and comforting, scenery was spectacular, Canal passing and tours were beyond expectation. Carti Island and the Kanu people was different and fun. Shore tours were informative and gave us a feel for the local people and conditions. As usual, Marcie, John and Mike were wonderful. Laura and Bill became more than entertainers and functioned often as adjunct crew doing shepherding and announcements. Everything aboard ship was excellent. Similar to our previous trips, we got to meet and know some dear friends.Trip certainly fulfilled a 'bucket list' item for us. We totally support their river cruise programs. CONS: Published support upon arrival was TERRIBLE. No Pearl Seas personnel were present for guidance to the booked hotels. Our small group was taken to three different hotels late at night in a foreign location where we had no reservations and no contact with Pearl Seas and no interpreter. Our group of 10-12 felt totally abandoned. Some rural tours not compatible with elderly mobility (did not seem to be well thought out considering the average age of the passengers, example - exiting and boarding local tenders through the surf, some hikes had not been verified in advance, no water, no interpreters, degree of difficulty not verified). Rural town tours moved hastily through the towns with no local immersion. Daylight Canal passing would have been preferred. Someone should have known that the Manuel Antonio National Park was closed on Monday. Ship size seems better suited for close-in coastal cruising rather than open sea sailing. She was uncomfortable in the larger seas. It seemed as if no significant advance review of excursions had been made by Pearl Seas. Advance personal inspection should be done before setting the cruise excursions and program. As another passenger commented re: their international trips "Pearl is not yet ready for prime time ". Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We have just completed our first trip with this cruise line and I was very impressed with this company, cruise ship and it's crew. Yes, this cruise had some issues (Panama Canal), but more importantly, is how problems were handled. ... Read More
We have just completed our first trip with this cruise line and I was very impressed with this company, cruise ship and it's crew. Yes, this cruise had some issues (Panama Canal), but more importantly, is how problems were handled. It was a pleasure and very exceptional to cruise with a company that really put their passengers first. Those in charge of this ship were generally concerned and worked hard to assure that everyone received a great experience. The food was very good and well presented. My husband, would be happy with just hamburgs/hot dogs as he is just a meat and potato man!! The cabins are lovely, large in size, complete with a large bathroom and shower. There is a small TV (19 inch) in each cabin. If traveling where there is no signal or if you wish something else to watch, their are many DVD's available. Upon arrival, you will not say "WOW" to this ship's beauty, but it is very pretty, designed and decorated in good taste. The ship is quite and you just enjoy. The ship's day time to touring events was perfect, allowing all to pace their day to their comfort level. If assistance was required, as many were of an older age, it was provided quickly and with pleasure.....everyone was included. They arranged very good buses for transport and had excellent tour guides, tours were well paced. The on board lecturer was GREAT....the room was always packed with everyone very excited about the talk and with great anticipation for the next program. The passengers were very friendly, well traveled and full of wonderful life experiences that they shared during each evening's cocktail time. Each evening, following dinner, there is some entertainment with the evening raped up by approximately 9:30pm. We enjoyed our trip and plan to cruise with this line in the future. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Fall Foliage Cruise. Spent an extra day in Boston as it was our first time there. Very interesting city. Bus to Gloucester to board the ship. Only 96 pax instead of the full capacity of 210 pax which facilitated embarkation etc. Very good ... Read More
Fall Foliage Cruise. Spent an extra day in Boston as it was our first time there. Very interesting city. Bus to Gloucester to board the ship. Only 96 pax instead of the full capacity of 210 pax which facilitated embarkation etc. Very good food and wine and meal service throughout the cruise. Good-sized comfortable stateroom with balcony an extra feature. Even the bathroom was quite good. Good housekeeping staff as well. Many onboard were sea-sick during one full day at sea under less than ideal weather conditions but the crew handled the situation well. Generally speaking, the tours were not really to our liking; too much time on buses and some destinations of limited interest, but the destinations themselves were good. Limited destination info provided, and we found that the briefings provided by the onboard expert/guide were of limited use. Evening entertainment by two musicians also of limited interest. Wifi was slow and at times did not work at all.Two good quality elliptals & 2 exercise bikes were on board but did not work due to prolonged exposure to sea air. Free weights were available but only in 3, 5 & 8 lb barbells. Overall an excellent return to cruising after so many years. Pearl Seas did a good job. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was the smallest ship I have ever been on, and being in my mid to late thirties I was very skepticle in traveling on this ship, however it was a very enjoyable experience on the Pearl Mist. Cruising on a smaller ship is a much more ... Read More
This was the smallest ship I have ever been on, and being in my mid to late thirties I was very skepticle in traveling on this ship, however it was a very enjoyable experience on the Pearl Mist. Cruising on a smaller ship is a much more of a family,homey atmoshphere that being the only way I can describe it and although my cousin also in her thirties who I was travelling with was being asked what are you doing on here with us older folks we were truly happy to be there. Everyone was so friendly, the passengers, the crew, everyone!!! We stayed in stateroom 421, it was spaceous and had everything we could have possibly needed. The food was delicious, great choices all sit down meals. Our shore excirsions were included and it was only one tour in each port on the New England Fall Foliage Cruise. The only thing I wish there would have been more of was more activities on board such as maybe bingo more then one night or maybe organized card games, more entertainment then just the same singers in one lounge every night. That aspect of the ship has the potential to be much better. Overall we met great people on the Pearl Mist and had a great trip. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Staff was excellent. Food was really good and service was outstanding. All personal preferences are quickly accomodated and they will prepare anything you want. Portions are thankfully not overwhelming! Any special dietary needs are ... Read More
Staff was excellent. Food was really good and service was outstanding. All personal preferences are quickly accomodated and they will prepare anything you want. Portions are thankfully not overwhelming! Any special dietary needs are always considered without having to remind them. Our waiter, Ronald, was exceptionally in tune to my particular issue. The staff is very patient and understands customer service. Local people were our tour guides on the shore excursions and they were very knowledgeable, interesting and humorous. The excursions were a nice length (no all day trips etc) and left plenty of time to explore on our own. The disembarkation process needs desperately ro be reviewed and revised. Much confusion and poor communication. We were surprised as the embarkation was so smooth. Overall a very pleasant cruise! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my first time on a small cruise ship. I traveled with my cousin and between the two of us, we have cruised over 25 times. The typical cruises we take are on RCCI, NCL, Carnival and Celebrity. We are also in our mid-thirties and ... Read More
This was my first time on a small cruise ship. I traveled with my cousin and between the two of us, we have cruised over 25 times. The typical cruises we take are on RCCI, NCL, Carnival and Celebrity. We are also in our mid-thirties and this is a predominantly older crowd. This was a very different experience for us. The ship is very small, with just 5 floors and a handful of lounges. There are two main lounges where you can find snacks and drinks at any time, plus a few smaller lounges that weren't used much at all. There is also a "gym", but i didn't even know where it was until the last day because it just has a few machines OUTSIDE on the 5th deck! Not a smart move. The dining room was on the first floor and very nice. Our stateroom was one of the suites and quite large. It is comparable to suites on other cruise ships, but with a slightly smaller bathroom. It had a mini fridge, a sofa and chair, plus a nice flat screen TV. The balcony was also large with two chairs and a table. The ports were Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Eastport, ME, Bar Harbor, ME, Rockland, ME and Portland, ME. They were all very nice but most of them didn't have much to do or see. There was one shore excursion for each port and they were all included. The best was Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor. The cruise line should really have more than one to choose from, but I assume these places just don't have much to see. The food was very good to excellent and the service was wonderful. No buffets, all sit down meals. Drinks were included at lunch, dinner, cocktail hour and after dinner during the evening entertainment. Popcorn and root beer floats were also passed around after dinner during the entertainment. I enjoyed the singers at night, but it was very limited. They only had one option for nightly entertainment and it was from 8:30-9:30. Most people tend to go to bed early, but one night when everyone was dancing and having a great time, they still stopped right on time to the objections of some of us that would have liked to stay up a bit later. Embarking and disembarking was the easiest i have ever encountered. The staff throughout was wonderful and i was happy to be able to get to know them better because of the small amount of guests, unlike a large ship were you barely get to know even your stateroom attendant. Overall this was a fabulous cruise and I would definitely go again. I would not recommend it to younger people that are looking to party or to have something to do at all times. It is very slow paced and a nice change from my hectic day to day life. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first time sailing with Pearl Seas. The cruise is well organized and interesting. Much information was provided each day by a resident ship expert. The meals are mostly very good with some selection of regional menu items and ... Read More
This was our first time sailing with Pearl Seas. The cruise is well organized and interesting. Much information was provided each day by a resident ship expert. The meals are mostly very good with some selection of regional menu items and excellent service by the restaurant manager and wait staff. The staff overall was friendly and approachable, even often sharing meals with the guests. We did feel we got to know them a little. Nightly entertainment was provided ship resident singers and pianist who was also a magician. We would have liked to see some local groups brought onboard from areas we visited. Shore excursions were excellent with local guides who spoke clearly and slowly, so important for the mostly senior travelers who take this cruises! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
A great cruise for the more mature vacationers. Food and accommodations we very good and the service staff is top drawer. One of us needs a wheel chair ashore and it was provided along with personal and caring assistance. Great ... Read More
A great cruise for the more mature vacationers. Food and accommodations we very good and the service staff is top drawer. One of us needs a wheel chair ashore and it was provided along with personal and caring assistance. Great entertainment in a marvelous duo and the ports of call well worth the trip. Activities ashore in bussing format, but more shore time in this lovely area could be used. Overall a two thumbs up (really 4 since we were traveling with friends) for our second cruise with this line. Pearl Seas definitely fills a need and provides great service. Note: for those needing a day before stay in Quebec City, book Hotel 71, it's great! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Looking for a small ship cruise to the Saguenay fjord, I found Pearl Seas online! Luxury cruising in well-appointed cabins (more like hotel rooms!) and ample larger spaces for observation, dining, and just relaxing. When the seas were a ... Read More
Looking for a small ship cruise to the Saguenay fjord, I found Pearl Seas online! Luxury cruising in well-appointed cabins (more like hotel rooms!) and ample larger spaces for observation, dining, and just relaxing. When the seas were a bit turbulent, the captain chose to alter our course and even avoid one port, giving us a longer time in Gaspe. We were impressed with the stability of the ship even in choppy waters. The service was near to perfect, the food of good quality, and the shore excursions interesting. Books found in the library on board enhanced our knowledge of each port and served to whet our appetites for the excursions ashore. For those of us who love local color, the Saguenay community production "Fabuleuse" was both entertaining and historical. Employing local talent for entertainment on board (including a French Canadian Scotsman from Pictou, NS), and a knowledgeable geologist to set the scene for the natural beauty which we encountered made the whole experience most satisfying for us "life-long learners". Visiting the Anne of Green Gables National Park in Prince Edward Island was a highlight for this LE Montgomery fan of the 50s...well-chosen on a windy day! Meeting the volunteer greeters in East Port Maine was typical of the local interest in the cruising population, and so proud of their community that it was contagious! From the smooth and relaxed embarkation, we expected all to go smoothly (except maybe the wind and seas), but debarkation proved to be less so, probably because we were one of 3 couples who had arranged for a rental car, so we left amidst the confusion of the grocery delivery for the next cruise, and the setting up of the reception area in the cruise terminal for the next cruise patrons, but nary a cup of coffee or bottle of water for us! We were no longer their concern! The only thing that would have made this a perfect experience would be extending another day in each port! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Small ship worked out well. We had a bad night but the crew was terrific in handling it. The crew of our ship was excellent everywhere but in the person of the Cruise director. The accommodations are good but not luxurious, more than ... Read More
Small ship worked out well. We had a bad night but the crew was terrific in handling it. The crew of our ship was excellent everywhere but in the person of the Cruise director. The accommodations are good but not luxurious, more than adequate for this trip. The food was also very good. The destinations were as advertised, but could use a little more interest/excitement. The onboard entertainment could also use a little more excitement. This is a cruise I would recommend to anyone with the appropriate explanation. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
I am not a professional reviewer, and this is just my opinion. My wife and I are no big fans of mega-ships, so we thought we'd give Pearl Mist a try. We chose to sail from Portland, Maine, to Québec City in the fall so we could ... Read More
I am not a professional reviewer, and this is just my opinion. My wife and I are no big fans of mega-ships, so we thought we'd give Pearl Mist a try. We chose to sail from Portland, Maine, to Québec City in the fall so we could enjoy the vaunted fall foliage. The Pearl Mist is a small, intimate ship with a maximum of 210 or so paasengers, and on that voyage we were a total of 189 people. There is no assigned seating at any time, so we were able to meet different people at mealtime, make new friends, and avoid some passengers. Our cabin featured a balcony, and it was spacious enough for us. There was enough storage space for our clothes - but we pack rather light. The furniture is not secured for ocean cruising, which caused drawers to open and close during a particularly stormy night - some passengers actually had their dresser tip over, thankfully no one was hurt. There is no safe box in the cabin, a glaring omission in our opinion. The bathroom was small but adequate for our needs. Lighting uses the now old-fashioned "curlicue" neon bulbs, the company may want to switch to LEDs. The ship features two large, comfortable lounges which allow passengers to take a good look at the surrounding ocean and scenery. The dining room was very well sound-proofed, and that allowed conversations to be sustained without having to shout (as on Viking boats). This was the first time we were on a cruise where there was no buffet, save for a smallish one at breakfast. The system of pre-ordering lunch and dinner is smart, there's much less waste. The food was generally fine, and if one was not satisfied with the size of the portions, it was always possible to order two of the same, or basically whatever was on the menu. This is not a "foodie" cruise line, so people who are so inclined should look elsewhere. Dining room service was superb - almost all waitstaff is friendly, fun-loving Filipinos. There is no bar anywhere in the ship, but a nice touch was the cocktail hour (before dinner) where free drinks were offered, as well as after dinner. Wine was complimentary with meals, and the wines featured were quite decent. If there is a weakness in that picture, it's the entertainment, or rather the lack of. There were a couple of guitar-toting singers, one of them had her voice drowned by the conversations - because she was not very good and had a repertoire of mostly 70's folk songs. Pearl Seas should take the example of Star Clippers, who employ good musicians with a keyboard - allowing them to sound like an small combo - who provide a nice, intimate background music. There was no talent show - which is something that both passengers and crew always enjoy participating in. There was a trivia contest, only one, with questions so obscure that our team - the winners - only answered six out of 30. The excursions were generally fine, our only complaint was the lack of photo opportunities - buses did not stop often, and taking pictures through the windows does not work very well. Embarkation and disembakation were generally well-handled, with only a few glitches. In sum this was a fine cruise, not the best we've taken, but not the worst either by far. With a little fine-tuning, Pearl Seas could turn out to be a terrific cruise line for those who don't like megaships, or don't want to spend a lot of money on hoity-toity cuisine and incidentals. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Really enjoyed the small ship. For a relatively new cruise line, service and resources were excellent. The local entertainers were a treat--they added real local color and authenticity. Some shore excursions need refinement in terms of ... Read More
Really enjoyed the small ship. For a relatively new cruise line, service and resources were excellent. The local entertainers were a treat--they added real local color and authenticity. Some shore excursions need refinement in terms of length and content. Quality of food was excellent--especially enjoyed the delicious soups and fresh, creative salads. Cabin was pleasant and comfortable--good mattress and pillows. We really liked the ports and itinerary, but were greatly disappointed that weather prevented us going to Isles de la Madeleine. Truly enjoyed the tour of cemetery where victims of Titanic are buried in Halifax; cruising the Saguenay fjord; seeing the fabulous scenery of Gaspe and Perce. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Just back from this trip and it lived up to my expectations, which were all good. That being said, one's expectations must really be managed before embarking on this trip. Because this trip has a very high price tag, people may ... Read More
Just back from this trip and it lived up to my expectations, which were all good. That being said, one's expectations must really be managed before embarking on this trip. Because this trip has a very high price tag, people may expect it to be an all inclusive, very luxurious experience such as If you are expecting a Seabourn or Regent Seven Seas type of cruise, this is not the trip for you. It is not that type of trip. The higher price tag comes in part due to the many behind the scenes costs of running a small ship on North American itineraries such as: required pilot fees for naviagating the Great Lakes; very high fees for transiting locks; North American price tags for goods and services. Plus, the Pearl Mist is a wonderful shp. It is the perfectly size vessel, with only 200 passengers. Cabins and bathrooms are very spacious and all have balconies. Great showers. Very clean. Everyone is constantly cleaning all of the time. Service/crew is superb, genuine and sincere. Itineraries very unique, calling on many places one has always wanted to visit, but never gotten around to it. The two public lounges, as well as library, are lovely. Every cabin even has its own Keurig coffee maker. And though rooms are not equipped with safes, it is my understanding that you may have one upon request. Ambience/dress is comfortable and casual. And I found our cabin to be one of the quietest cabins I've ever had on any vessel. Cruise is really geared for an older, more sedentary clientele. Not much to keep the interest for a real active/outdoorsy type. And this is not a trip for kids. Free flowing wine for lunch and dinner. One hour cocktail hour before dinner each night with top notch, premium liquors. Lounges fully stocked with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, snacks all day. Popcorn and Root Beer Floats served in the lounge at night. Food very good. I was traveling with a group of 13 and we all enjoyed the food. Also, they were very good with special dietary restrictions such as gluten free. Our itinerary sailed from Chicago to Toronto, traversing the Great Lakes, with six additional ports, including Mackinac Island, Windsor, Ontario (which was the gateway to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan) and Niagara Falls. I took the trip because I had not traveled this part of the country. I thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary as well as the boat. I selected the 12 day itinerary because I wanted to see Niagara Falls, but I think 12 days was a little too long for me. Seven days would've been perfect with a day or two before and after in the embarkation/debarkation ports Entertainment needs improvement. For the entire 12 days, there was a combo that played the first three nights and then they got off and were replaced with one entertainer and her acoustical guitar for the next 8 days. That was way too much of the same thing. That being said, I seldom go to shows on cruises, so it was a huge issue for me. They did show a different movie every day on your in cabin tv. We played a lot of cards and read. We were also treated to a wonderful jazz concert in one port, compliments of Pearl Seas Cruises and it was great. The enrichment lecturer, Rae, was great. Lots of wonderful information on the Great Lakes, which, prior to this trip, I knew nothing about. Cruise Director, John K. very good. Worked 24/7 behind the scenes to make sure all was in order. Do remember, because it is a small boat, one must be prepared for the unexpected. Scheduled ports can change due to docking changes and weather conditions. Small boats can get kicked out of berthing spots sometimes by freightors, etc. I really enjoyed the Pearl Mist as a vessel. I think Pearl Seas Cruises is evolving as a cruise line and, for only being in the water for a year and half, is doing a lot of things right. They of course are having some growing pains, as all new enterprises do. It will take a few seasons to get everything completely ironed out. But I must tell you, in my dealings with them, the corporate policy was all about customer service and not cutting corners. I have sailed over 100 cruises, big boats, little boats and everything in between. Would I consider another cruise on this boat: you bet! I would like to do several of the Eastern Seaboard itineraries. The Pearl Mist is really perfect for the smaller, less traveled inlets and coves. If you enjoy the roads less traveled, check this trip out. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
I have been on many cruises and I thought this cruise was very good. The ship is well appointed for a small ship. The staterooms were a good size and comfortable. About the only thing missing was an in room safe for those items with ... Read More
I have been on many cruises and I thought this cruise was very good. The ship is well appointed for a small ship. The staterooms were a good size and comfortable. About the only thing missing was an in room safe for those items with value that you like to feel are in a safe place when you are off the ship on a tour excursion or just visiting a town. The food service was very good and the before dinner cocktails and wines with lunch and dinner were a nice addition. I did feel that the entertainment could have been a little more varied over the time we were on the cruise. The on board lecturer was excellent, interesting and very knowledgable. I would have liked a little more information about the ports we visited and the local areas. This definitely was a cruise for the senior age group and I felt that the staff and crew did a very helpful job with disembarkation and embarkation in the ports of call. Overall it was a very good experience and I would like to take another cruise on the Pearl Mist. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We took the 7 day cruise of the Great Lakes, departing from Chicago, including Georgian Bay and ending in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Our only other cruise experience was an 8-day to Alaska, departing from Seattle on a very large cruise ... Read More
We took the 7 day cruise of the Great Lakes, departing from Chicago, including Georgian Bay and ending in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Our only other cruise experience was an 8-day to Alaska, departing from Seattle on a very large cruise ship. The Pearl Mist was only a year old and we were pleasantly surprised that our cabin and its bathroom were larger than the one we had on the Alaskan cruise. (Who cares that there was no door on the closet? And we were not expecting a mini-fridge, microwave or safe in our room.) The size of the ship was just right, with only 200 passengers. This cruise was expensive, comparatively speaking, as we were surprised to learn after embarking that most of the excursions were at an extra cost. This was not explained in the information we received prior to reserving our place. Those costs should have been part of the initial information with descriptions so that budgetary considerations could be made. We did not take advantage of many on-board activities or entertainment since we took every opportunity available to be off the ship and exploring new places. Each evening, there was a review of activities and excursions for the next day, so that people could ask questions if needed. The excursions themselves were varied, enjoyable and interesting. The ship's activity director and staff did an admirable job of filling in times when we were delayed due to dangerous weather conditions ahead. The food was excellent and the dining staff was terrific. Our cabin attendant was wonderful and he kept our room and bathroom clean and tidy at all times. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. A tip for those who might not want to experience too much movement on the water: Choose a cabin that is near the center of the ship and on the lowest level possible. A hint: There is always going to be some movement of a vessel when it is on water, even when it is docked. If you expect no movement, don't go on a cruise. A fact: Weather conditions are out of the control of the Captain and the Cruise Director, along with all other cruise personnel. Mother Nature likes to do her thing and she will with little to no warning. A suggestion: If you have questions about the cabins, ask for details before you sign up. We had all our questions answered by Pearl Seas either by email or phone call before we put down the deposit to hold our reservation. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
This was only my third cruise but I have traveled quite extensively so I think I have some understanding of overall travel experience and value. I traveled with my husband. He is 68 and I turned 60 just after the end of this cruise. Our ... Read More
This was only my third cruise but I have traveled quite extensively so I think I have some understanding of overall travel experience and value. I traveled with my husband. He is 68 and I turned 60 just after the end of this cruise. Our cruise was the Canadian Maritimes and St Lawrence Seaway (14 nights). Pearl Mist is not a luxurious ship but she is nice enough and she is comfortable. We were in cabin 515 and everything was fine. Beds were fine. The only complaint with the cabin was that the shower temp changed on its own. Common areas were ok though it was crowded and hot in the lounge when we had our evening briefing to go over agenda and activities for the next day. Food was tasty and portions were just right. Each menu offered red meat, non-red meat (generally fish or lobster) and vegetarian options. Wait staff were extremely sweet and accommodating. Service was fine. No complaints. Best thing about the cruise -- excursions. We were in port every day and the ship is small enough that we were able to dock at all but two ports. Disembarkation was extremely easy. No need to stand in line to get some ticket. No crush to get off. Excursions were like everything else -- just fine. No long bus rides. No mad rush to see too many things. Easy and fun and free! Fellow passengers were generally fun to be around. It is an older clientele but many were active and engaged and engaging. Most were extremely seasoned travelers and the sharing of experiences was quite enjoyable. There was nothing jaw-dropping about the cruise or excursions but each day was pleasant and overall we had a really nice time. While the cruise was a little pricey, the price was all-inclusive (including excursions and liquor) so I think it was a good value. I'd recommend the Pearl Seas line and this particular cruise (Canadian Maritimes and St Lawrence Seaway), esp for couples who are 60+. If you want lavish cabins, meals, and entertainment this is not for you. But if you can be happy having good food, getting to know interesting fellow travelers, and seeing gorgeous sights, in a comfortable and laid-back environment you should check this out. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
We just returned from a 10 cruise on the Pearl Mist called The Canadian Maritines. Our weather was great. There were no storms of which I was thankful. The ship had some movement because it was the Atlantic Ocean. We left Portland, Me. ... Read More
We just returned from a 10 cruise on the Pearl Mist called The Canadian Maritines. Our weather was great. There were no storms of which I was thankful. The ship had some movement because it was the Atlantic Ocean. We left Portland, Me. and disembarked in Quebec City, Canada. We visited some interesting small ports along the way. We only missed one port that we were scheduled to see because of the weather. However, we did have to stay overnight in Halifax because of weather problems projected for the next day. The ship is beautiful, the help is smiling and have a great attitude toward the passengers. The service is wonderful, the food was very good. They offered 1/2 portions if you desire, which I did at most meals. There is abundance of food, and lots of beer, wine, and drinks. The cocktail hour with the hordeurves was very good. Of course, you can have non-alcoholic drinks as well. We were on a tour of some kind each day. This trip is a little expensive but the stateroom and bathroom are larger than other small ships we have traveled on. I think the entertainment could be expanded. We had the same group all week, except for 2-3 nights that we had John Spyder who did an awesome job. The historian on board was great but we skipped some of his talks because of the length of the discussions. John Keeneweer was the Pearl Seas representive on board and he was great! Very helpful and congenial. We were on the third deck and had no problems. The balcony was used very seldom because it was too cold or rocking of the ship. All in all, it was a great trip and we have great memories. Read Less
Pearl Mist Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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