Pearl Mist Review

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Pearl Mist
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  • Pro: Intimate, port-intensive cruises with five-star service and food
  • Con: Limited selection of onboard activities and shore excursions
  • Bottom Line: Choose this ship if you crave a slow pace and enjoy getting to know other people

Pearl Mist Overview

By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor

Editor Rating

Cruisers may find it a tad difficult to re-enter the "real" world after a cruise onboard Pearl Mist. Who couldn't quickly get used to the onboard chef preparing dishes exactly how you like, listening and learning from speakers in the ship's excellent enrichment program or having your room made up only moments after leaving?

The ship's small size – just 210 passengers - and intimate nature also receive high marks. (When we shared a stop in Bar Harbor with Holland America's 1,258 passengers Maasdam, most Pearl Mist passengers deemed that ship overwhelmingly large). Lively cocktail and meal-time conversations with new friends are an integral aspect of the Pearl Mist experience, and the small size means you quickly get to know almost everyone.

Pearl Mist is a great vehicle (pun intended) for anyone looking to reconnect with a spouse, friend, parents or siblings. There were several multigenerational groups onboard (mostly Boomer or Gen X children with their Boomer or senior parents).

But Pearl Mist is not for everyone. The leisurely onboard pace is sometimes too slow. Not everyone appreciates or needs time for a daily nap. And getting active is a challenge, even more so because the ship's limited fitness equipment is located outside making it unsuitable for use in inclement weather (that includes rain, wind, rough seas). It would be great if the line could scrap the Coral Lounge, as there are already two larger lounges and the library for those seeking quiet space, and relocate the fitness equipment there.

Some passengers also chafe against the limited choices offered, both for onboard entertainment and shore excursions in port. There is never more than one activity occurring at a time. This was especially tiresome when the cruise director took several hours out of our sailing on two occasions for future cruise bookings. Since he was busy, no social activity was provided.

Similarly, excursion choices are limited. In most ports, one excursion is offered. If you don't want to join that excursion, no alternatives are offered – not even for those ready to pay extra. And since these are small, sometimes off-the-beaten-path ports, finding alternatives on your own isn't always easy to do.

But such grievances are minor when considering the Pearl Mist experience as a whole. Generally speaking, the excellent service and dining, combined with the physical beauty of the itineraries (think Canadian Maritimes, Caribbean and Panama Canal locales), make for a satisfying one- to two-weeks onboard.

Pearl Mist Fellow Passengers

Passengers onboard Pearl Mist skew older and hail primarily from the United States. The age range on a typical sailing falls primarily between 65 and 80 years of age, though don't be surprised to see a handful of younger or older passengers. On any given sailing you may also find Gen X adults with their parents. The bulk of the passengers come from the East Coast or Midwest, as well as other U.S. states, parts of Canada and occasionally overseas.

Pearl Mist Dress Code

The daytime dress code onboard Pearl Mist is resort casual, though many passengers change into a nicer outfit for dinner. For men, this may mean a sport shirt and slacks, while women tend to opt for slacks (or a nice skirt) and blouse, or a casual dress.

Pearl Mist Gratuity

Tipping is optional; Pearl Seas recommends $20 per person, per day. For passengers who want to tip, tips can be paid in cash or by credit card and should be given to the hotel director at the end of the sailing. (For credit card tips, see the hotel director one or two days before end of sailing.) The hotel director will split the total between all service crewmembers; crewmembers cannot accept tips directly.

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We hadn't received any communication before our cruise, so via our travel agent I asked via email for documentation and received only boarding passes but nothing else and had to ring up Pearl Seas when in Tpronto the day before to find out what time ... 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) ... Read more
We were on the Pearl Sea Great Lakes Cruise from August 23 to August 29th. We boarded in Midland after a three hour bus ride from Toronto. Trip was around the Great Lakes to Chicago. Our Cabin was one of the five “suites.” The ... Read more
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