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Pearl Mist
  • Newcomer to the small-ship luxury cruise market
  • Fleet features all-balcony ship with oversized staterooms
  • Itineraries in Canada and the Caribbean
  • First ship Pearl Mist debuted in summer 2014
  • Pearl Seas News: Long-Awaited Pearl Mist Cruise Ship Launches
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Pearl Mist is registered in the Marshall Islands, known as the "Pearl of the Pacific." Its U.S. headquarters share the same Connecticut address as the well-established American Cruise Lines and is the line's "affiliate."

About Pearl Seas Cruises

While the old saying might well be true -- you can't teach an old dog new tricks -- in this case you might be able to teach a new dog "old" tricks. At least that seems to be part of the idea behind Pearl Seas Cruises, a relatively new operation that covers well-traveled territory but in a significantly different fashion. The line's first ship, Pearl Mist, which debuted in June 2014, sails well-known routes in the world of coastal/river/island cruising, with summer routes in Canada and the Maritimes, winter cruises in the Caribbean, and East Coast repositioning cruises in between. Despite the existence of a number of established competitors in each of the markets, the Pearl Seas has ambitious plans.

Pearl Seas describes Pearl Mist as "luxury adventure," which translates to immersive itineraries that feature ports larger ships can't visit, large cabins and onboard experts.

Beverage and snack service are offered on deck and in a selection of lounge venues, as is entertainment and enrichment of a low-key style.

The library is stocked with board games and current reading selections, as well as a range of background books reflecting the ship's itineraries and stops.

One of the more interesting aspects of the ship experience with Pearl Seas is the combination of onboard lectures and discussions with shoreside trips and excursions on related topics, often led or hosted by the same person. So when a naturalist, botanist or historian talks about his field of interest one day at sea, he might actually show it to you the next day on land.

Additionally, many of the excursions will feature what one might term "light adventure," with hiking, fishing or scuba as the focal point. Other trips will highlight local lore and crafts, music and food in an attempt to give passengers an opportunity to "touch" the locales they visit.

Pearl Seas Cruises Fleet

Pearl Mist is the first of two ships in the line's planned fleet. It carries 210 passengers and features 12 single-occupancy cabins, a rarity these days. Pearl Mist has five categories of regular cabins and suites, ranging from 302 to 580 square feet. All are equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and premium bedding and branded bath amenities. The second ship, yet unnamed, will be slightly larger, with a 240-passenger capacity. It is scheduled to enter service in 2016.

Both ships will be defined by extensive public spaces, including a glass-walled dining room offering water views. To large lounges, and four smaller public spaces are available to passengers. All decks are served by elevators, making handicap access more readily available than on many small coastal and river ships.

Open deck space provides for sunning and sightseeing.

Technically, both ships will be fully modern, with full stabilization, communication and engineering equipment. Diesel-powered, they will be shallow draft vessels, giving them speed between ports and stops, and the ability to enter small and large locales with equal ease.

Fellow Passengers

Coastal and river trips are generally the province of the comfortably mature and curious. Expect a blend of middle-aged and older folks, educated and well-traveled, mostly American and Canadian, with a healthy dose of the British Isles and their brethren from Down Under, as well as a smattering of Europeans curious to see another aspect of North America and the Caribbean.

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Pearl Seas Member Reviews

76% Loved It

The cabin was delightfully large as was the bathroom. The balcony was delightful with comfortable chairs. The trip was very enlightening and ... 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 ... Read more
by Stingy 13

We have not cruised in years and decided that a smaller ship was to our liking, selecting Pearl Seas Cruise Lines as our carrier. From the moment ... Read more

by bluechip

The Pearl Mist is an accident waiting to happen. The average age passenger is somewhere north of 75 and many of them use walkers, canes and ... Read more

by jstack

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, ... Read more

by jfirnberg
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