7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I chose this cruise because I had never visited the part of eastern Canada the itinerary covered. The staff is attentive, service is excellent, food very good. The the ship caters to seniors but, unfortunately, assumes that all seniors ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I had never visited the part of eastern Canada the itinerary covered. The staff is attentive, service is excellent, food very good. The the ship caters to seniors but, unfortunately, assumes that all seniors are inactive; there is no treadmill, the fitness equipment that is available is in poor condition and located outside, making it unusable in inclement weather. And the ship's decor, which looks like the 1950s, is a bit depressing--nothing matches and colors are outdated--and could use an overhaul. Cabins are comfortable and spacious with plenty drawer and closet/cabinet space, and amenities are ample. I was pleasantly surprised that other than gratuities for the crew, there were no extras--all off-ship excursions, laundry, cocktails, and wine with lunch and dinner were complimentary. I was disappointed that so little time was spent in each port. Disembarkation at each port and assignment to tour buses was handled efficiently, and with safety concerns, which was appreciated. The staff, however, should consider handling disembarkation of infirm passengers from the ship and buses separately so as not to slow down the more active. There was a speaker on board who talked about various areas to be visited and he was interesting, but much of what he had to say seemed to be marketing for future cruises or hotels with which the cruise line contracts. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because we had never been to eastern Canada, and it was the only cruise and time of year the ship visited Toronto as well as Montreal and Quebec City. The best part and a surprise treat was that all shore excursions ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been to eastern Canada, and it was the only cruise and time of year the ship visited Toronto as well as Montreal and Quebec City. The best part and a surprise treat was that all shore excursions were complimentary. That saved us over $1,000 and freed us to choose what we wanted to do without regard to price. In some ports we took two shore excursions a day. Another pleasant surprise was complimentary laundry service since there was no self-service laundry onboard. We visited several remote ports that we'd never heard of before and found something enjoyable and scenic in each one. Only complaint was some walking tours were too long with no place to sit and rest while the guide spoke. Our cabin was comfortable and well maintained, and food selection and service excellent as long as we avoided one slow and inattentive server. We looked forward to meeting different (151) passengers at each.meal. The worst part of the cruise was weather due to late arrival of spring. Trees had not leafed out yet, sunny days were the exception, and we usually had to bundle up in winter clothing outside. Since the ship sailed at night, there were three stormy, frightening North Atlantic nights being rocked in the cradle of the deep. Some passengers reported furniture and coffee makers overturned. Thrusters were noisy at night when going through locks/canals. Our historian/guide was very interesting after dinner preparing us for next day's port, but musical entertainment of two guitar playing singers got old fast We were glad to watch MSNBC in our room instead. Recommend staying in Toronto for extra nights as there is so much to see there. Bus to disembark for hotel was 2 hours late due to some miscommunication and no Toronto tour offered.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
I've read many reviews about many cruise lines. I believe that people that are dissatisfied are way more likely to post a review than those who are completely happy with their experience. I'm going to be as objective as I know ... Read More
I've read many reviews about many cruise lines. I believe that people that are dissatisfied are way more likely to post a review than those who are completely happy with their experience. I'm going to be as objective as I know how. The only area in which I'd give a low mark is the internet connection ability. It was slow to non-existent as well as unpredictable. If you're a person who needs high speed internet service all the time, you'll be unhappy. If you have an old flip-phone and use it only occasionally, this deficiency won't matter to you. Our room, 421, largest choice for a cabin, was excellent. Spacious and comfy. Full sized bath, fantastic shower, king sized bed. The food offerings were very tasty and satisfying. If there was a weak area, I'd say it was the bread and pastries. There was no problem making up any assortment of choices three meals a day. Snacks, colas, great assortment of soft drinks were free gratis all day as well as a hot beverage machine that had every kind of hot drink imaginable. (Looked up its price and it's in the $10,000 neighborhood and they had 2). Wine, beer, heavier snacks were available between 5:30-6:30 before dinner. Bottled water and soft drinks were put in the room refrigerator daily as well as the presence of a Keurig coffee pot with a variety of pods. Rooms were cleaned twice daily. Service people were competent and friendly in all areas, dining as well as cleaning. Laundry service was complimentary. Excursions at each port on the Canadian Maritime and St. Lawrence Seaway were also complimentary. Bus tours were well planned for people with disabilities. Help was always available at a moment's notice. On the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay cruise a few had a charge, but many were complimentary. Some may complain that the price is higher than many cruise lines, but I believe when you weigh the amenities the price is well worth it. We think it's the best cruise we've been on. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We have sailed on small and large ships and they both have something going for them. This cruise had about 150 passengers and was a great way to meet new people. On this size ship you see the same people all the time and it is easy to ... Read More
We have sailed on small and large ships and they both have something going for them. This cruise had about 150 passengers and was a great way to meet new people. On this size ship you see the same people all the time and it is easy to get to know each other. The lectures are very topical and even the entertainment although limited came down and joined us for our meals. On a large ship you may not see someone more than once with dinner shifts and sheer volume of people. On the other hand a larger ship has more entertainment and certainly more glam in the entertainment stage productions. It is all about what you want on the cruise. This trip to the coast of Main was certainly more enjoyable with new met friends and an excellent smaller ship and crew. The food was excellent and the daily menus offered a good variety of selections. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise to be with our aging parents. The good news: nobody died. The bad news: we had to live through a week of noisy nights, cheap over cooked or processed food, missed excursions, and cheap accommodations. We arrived at ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be with our aging parents. The good news: nobody died. The bad news: we had to live through a week of noisy nights, cheap over cooked or processed food, missed excursions, and cheap accommodations. We arrived at ports only to be told we could not disembark because of weather. Our itinerary changed with no notice as the staff made poor decisions about excursions. It was obvious from the forecast, for example, that we would not be able to take a tender off the ship to nearby Campobello Island, but we left the safe docking at delightful Eastport, Maine anyway and spent the day anchored two hundred yards away from shore. This happened again two days later when the decision was made to change course to avoid heavy winds while knowing we couldn’t get into the next port. We backtracked to St John’s the next day on a Sunday when there was nothing to do. The food would make Denny’s look like five stars No exercise facility, unless you want to risk falling overboard in a gale Spent an hour waiting in freezing temps for a tender with no explanation as to why none was coming as we were 7 minutes from the ship. The lounges were cramped and did not afford views creating a very claustrophobic environment especially since we spent so much time on board. The entertainers were lovey people; however, their style was not our style but they seemed to be appreciated by many of the guests. If they were only a few of several choices for entertainment, they would have been fine (for others). Since this was a very expensive cruise, per capita per day, we expected the same quality service and amenities that we have enjoyed on other luxury cruise lines. We were sorely disappointed from the moment of check in to our disembarkation. If the cost of this cruise had been significantly lower, our expectations would not have been so high. I have no desire or intention of taking another Pearl of the Seas or American Cruise line cruise again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
For anyone relying on a wheelchair, beware. There were steps to navigate during initial boarding; the day trips were unavailable to us because 5 of the stops we anchored in the harbor and the small boat used to get us to the mainland had ... Read More
For anyone relying on a wheelchair, beware. There were steps to navigate during initial boarding; the day trips were unavailable to us because 5 of the stops we anchored in the harbor and the small boat used to get us to the mainland had steps; and if we were able to get to land, the tour busses were not wheelchair accessible. There were layers of problems getting off and on the boat so even if we had successfully navigated one hurdle, another one existed. For instance, if we had been able to get onto tgevtender boat, on shore the ramp used to get up to the pier had slats across it which the wheelchair couldn’t bump over. The “handicapped” room we were given was a slightly modified able bodied room. The bathroom was the biggest problem. I have tried calling, emailing, post mailing Pearl Seas and they will not return my call. Horrendous trip. Even worse customer service. Caveat emptor. Find another cruise line. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I don't know where to start. Everything was really filthy. This includes but not limited to the carpets, furniture, common areas, etc. The furniture felt like we were staying in a dirty hospital room. To make matters worse, the ship ... Read More
I don't know where to start. Everything was really filthy. This includes but not limited to the carpets, furniture, common areas, etc. The furniture felt like we were staying in a dirty hospital room. To make matters worse, the ship left a port and sailed into a storm with 15 foot swells. The captain new this storm was there as the crew boarded the windows on the entire first deck. This occurred while we were eating dinner. No one on the ship explained to us what was happening. The ship was not built to handle a storm of this magnitude. It eventually took on water in the engine room and an engine overheated. The ship rolled and pitched with such intensity, that the furniture fell over, lamps flew off tables, our king size bed slid half way across the stateroom and pitched out out onto the floor. Nothing was secured to the walls or floors. The storm and condition of the ship jeopardized our lives. Knowing the storm was out there, the captain should never have set sail. Please see the attached photos of the condition of our stateroom. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted cool weather, to experience New England and Canada, and try a river rather than a giant ocean-going ship. We prefixed the cruise start in Portland by arriving earlier, staying at charming bed and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted cool weather, to experience New England and Canada, and try a river rather than a giant ocean-going ship. We prefixed the cruise start in Portland by arriving earlier, staying at charming bed and breakfast near the town center, and touring the city's highlights. After ending in Quebec, we went to Toronto for two days before going home. The places we visited in Maine and Canada had glorious, clear air, and beautiful scenery. We were aided by excellent weather throughout the ten days of the cruise and the additional days that we stayed in cities. The townspeople were friendly and helpful, and we were able to enjoy the sights and even museums (in the larger cities) - with no effort to sell us souvenirs and baubles. Because the ship had just 180 (approximate) passengers instead of 6000, we got on and off the ship quickly. The crew was very accommodating. We were treated to delicious food - but not unlimited buffets like on the seagoing cruise we went on a few years ago. When I got up the courage to weigh myself back at home, I discovered that I had actually lost weight! My wife did what she had vowed to do before the trip: she ordered and received a delightful breakfast delivered to her room each day of the cruise. I went downstairs to the dining room each day for breakfast, giving her some 'alone' time. We had lunch and dinner choices of three each appetizers, entrees, and desserts. And one could order two entrees if one chose. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise after our Cuba cruise had been canceled three times. The crew, facilities and food were all excellent. Our shore excursions were often cut short due to weather conditions which was certainly no fault of the crew. ... Read More
We chose this cruise after our Cuba cruise had been canceled three times. The crew, facilities and food were all excellent. Our shore excursions were often cut short due to weather conditions which was certainly no fault of the crew. We had a large group of Stanford Alumni on board and they pretty much ruled what we did or did not do. They got the nice buses, the early departures, the longer excursions and special treatment all the way throughout the cruise. The lectures were all centered around them and the material they had before the cruise. Most did not mix with us 'peons' during the cruise. (In listening to others I was not the only one who felt this way.) I don't know how you could alleviate this as large groups do help fill the ship and I'm sure they work hard to accommodate them but it did make the rest of us feel left out. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Overall, this Pearl Seas cruise compared well with AMA Waterways' European river cruises, but on a more informal and less elegant basis. The food and table service were excellent, though they did an unsatisfactory job of ... Read More
Overall, this Pearl Seas cruise compared well with AMA Waterways' European river cruises, but on a more informal and less elegant basis. The food and table service were excellent, though they did an unsatisfactory job of accommodating a vegan diet. The free nightly full open bar in the lounges an hour before dinner and during entertainment was a decided plus and much appreciated. Rooms were spacious and comfortable, and the steward servicing our room was outstanding. Lounges were comfortable, though some furnishings were worn and tired, with stained and ripped upholstery Excursions, for the most part, were plentiful and entertaining, though using school buses for long rides by older adults is uncomfortable at best. Our itinerary had to be modified because of bad weather and Pearl Seas did an excellent job of rearranging port calls and making sure we saw everything "as advertised." As a concession, we were not charged for any shore excursions. Some otherwise would have cost $40-$75 per person. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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 4.0
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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