205 Pearl Seas Pearl Mist Cruise Reviews

Went to fulfill bucket list. Waited several years to book Pearl of Seas Cruise, but Pearl Mist ship went above and beyond. Never knew a cruise line offered at each excursion, travel via mobile scooters, for handicapped to enjoy the ... Read More
Went to fulfill bucket list. Waited several years to book Pearl of Seas Cruise, but Pearl Mist ship went above and beyond. Never knew a cruise line offered at each excursion, travel via mobile scooters, for handicapped to enjoy the wonderful sights. Free by applying with approval. The scooter would be waiting out side ship and would take to bus, they loaded and unloaded at each stop. Even a rain poncho for Niagara Falls! Thought at first, trip was a little pricey, but with cabin comfort, great food (taste and selections), entertainment for fun along with education insight when viewing next port of call, wonderful staff at every turn, who could ask for more. Would recommend without question. Can't wait to book another trip somewhere with Pearl of the Seas. I guess the only thing I missed from other cruise lines was a spa, but being a smaller ship, it still offered a lot. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We like the smaller cruise ships. This one was supposedly a step up from the American cruise line so we wanted to see if that was the case and the destination was one we truly wanted to see and experience. Let’s talk about what was ... Read More
We like the smaller cruise ships. This one was supposedly a step up from the American cruise line so we wanted to see if that was the case and the destination was one we truly wanted to see and experience. Let’s talk about what was best on this cruise. The entertainment was by far the best I’ve experienced on any cruise, large ship or small ship. Dusty and Stevie were phenomenal in that they knew something for everyone, 50s,60s,70s,80s, through today’s music. They played country, jazz, rock, island, dance music and kept everyone having a great time. I’ve ignored entertainment on other cruises but I didn’t want to miss any here. They practically made the cruise in itself. Don’t loose these guys if you know what’s good for business. Food was good, there were highlights and there were some lower quality items at times but overall I was satisfied with the food and presentation of it. Service was the same. We have had friendlier waiters on American cruise lines, they seem to care more for you and your enjoyment. Note I did see this in some just not all. Several times we had to get the dining manager to get our waiters attention. Overall love the cruise and would probably do it again someday. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We heard it was a nice trip through the Great Lakes with lots of history, so we choose Pearl Seas Cruises after checking another lines out, cause even though it was more expensive, it looked to be a better boat with a good itinerary. ... Read More
We heard it was a nice trip through the Great Lakes with lots of history, so we choose Pearl Seas Cruises after checking another lines out, cause even though it was more expensive, it looked to be a better boat with a good itinerary. First let me start off by saying from the book you received about the trip, it stated one day on the lakes with no stops, which was false advertising cause there was 2 days. Two of stops that were included on this trip, Sauté St Marie and Little Current there was nothing to see there and we spent several hours there. There was no one to give you the history of each stop, yes there was a little page that was put in your room each. Ignite giving you a little detail, but not much and the women they had on board to give lectures, didn't lecture about the area, in fact of the lectures was about the Titanic, which I thought was not appropriate. One day we spent more time going thru customs and waiting in line then actually at the Ford Musuem. Nigeria Falls was beautiful, but again you felt like you were rushed through it and did not get to see any of the area around there, which looked beautiful. The food was good and the wait staff and room steward was wonderful! It was also suggested that you tip $20 a day, which I though was high, considering the price we paid for the cruise. I tipped individually and gave a little as a whole. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had never cruised the Great Lakes and the Pearl Mist seemed like an attractive little ship which carried only about 190 passengers. The 11 day itinerary, from Toronto to Chicago had some interesting stops, both in Canada and the U. S. ... Read More
We had never cruised the Great Lakes and the Pearl Mist seemed like an attractive little ship which carried only about 190 passengers. The 11 day itinerary, from Toronto to Chicago had some interesting stops, both in Canada and the U. S. The highlight of the trip was Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel. Other stops included a visit to Niagara Falls and a number of small cities and towns which were neat, clean and pleasant, with very friendly folks. A couple of trips across the Canadian/US border were a real pain in the neck. For example, the ship was in Windsor, Ontario and we were booked to visit the Henry Ford museum across the Detroit River in the U. S. We spent a total of 3 1/2 hours on the bus getting through customs and only about the same amount of time in the museum. As for the ship, built (mostly) in Halifax and completed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, she has been in service for four years. She's been well maintained and the interior is very clean and neat. She's registered in the Marshall Islands (Majuro) and is crewed largely by foreigners. The steward's department - wait staff and room stewards, mostly Filipinos, were uniformly excellent. Entertainment consisted of two singers/musicians, Kat and Kenny, who were also quite good and a story teller, Pat, who was very entertaining. The cruise director was probably below average for cruise ships. She seemed like she wanted to be elsewhere a good part of the time. The passenger cabins were pretty good size, with very small balconies on the upper decks. As for the cost, we had a cabin on the highest deck, (L) and the fare for the two of us came to $19,040, minus a couple of "special savings" which reduced the cost by $800. There were no children aboard. The youngest passenger was 55 and the oldest 98. The average age was probably well into the 80's. The advanced age of the passengers definitely slowed things down. Lots of walkers and wheelchairs. While the trip was not advertised as a "seniors" cruise, in actuality it was. I say this considering that my wife is 62 and I am 74, but we got around really well - far better than many of our fellow passengers. The ship has other trips, including one to Cuba, but we will not be making any of those. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I have always wanted to cruise the Great Lakes of Canada and the United States. This cruise became available and we bit the expensive fare to see the Great Lakes. Disappointment came almost immedicately with the person sent to pick us ... Read More
I have always wanted to cruise the Great Lakes of Canada and the United States. This cruise became available and we bit the expensive fare to see the Great Lakes. Disappointment came almost immedicately with the person sent to pick us up. She was new and did not have adequate knowledge about the cruise. In fairness to her, she was one of the two weak musicians onboard. Boarding was acceptable in an out of the way port. Our cabine was very large and very clean. The TV in the cabin was not appropriate for such an expensive fare - a small 17 inch color TV with a DVD player. Dining was mediocre at best. Each day 3 choices that generally included fish, beef, and chicken. The service was outstanding in the dining room. Always a friendly face and eager to serve. There are two small rooms for evening drinks. One is on the second floor and one is on the forth floor. On at least two occasions the bar ran out of certain brands of liquor. They were generally prepared to offer most drink selections. Entertainment consisted of two singers with guitars. The male entertainer was better than the female. Two nights local entertainment was provided and very good. While most people pay $20,000 per cabin we assumed most excursions would be included. That was not the case. They provide some basic excursions such as trolley's that run a loop around town. Some have visits to the local sites. However, the nicer tours have charges. We assumed that we would have a tour around the islands of Parry Sound - only to find out we had to pay for the excursion. The fare charged was less than that charged if you did the excurison on your own. The Cruise Director was less than professional. She sat on the first floor, coordinated excursions and was available for questions most of the time. This cruise line is attractive for people that are over 75 years of age. Many are handicapped and require assistance. The crew did little to provide what I would consider miminal assistance. Often, there are gangplants and steps that need to be navigated. The process is time consuming and often very hard for those with walkers and wheel chairs. The recommended gratuity is $20 per day per person. I did not consider this to be an appropriate amount based on the cruise fare charged. If you need to fly from Chicago the minimum tine to the airport is one hour and thirty minutes - the cruse staff will tell you it takes 45 minutes. The best assets of this cruise were the room and wait staff that were eager to please, the larger cabins that were always cleaned and supplied, and the buses used for the tours each with an onboard toilet. Immigration services were a pain sometimes taking two hours. Whiile tour service on the Great Lakes might be limited the places that you get to see are great. I will not be returning with such high fares and limited services that are included in the base fare. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We took the Pearl Mist 11 night cruise from Chicago to Toronto last August 2018. This cruise is targeted for people 75 years an older, many of which need assistance. That's ok but it should be clearly stated. Let's start by ... Read More
We took the Pearl Mist 11 night cruise from Chicago to Toronto last August 2018. This cruise is targeted for people 75 years an older, many of which need assistance. That's ok but it should be clearly stated. Let's start by saying the good things: 1) Stateroom and bathroom are very big. 2) Probably the best thing was the Staff, they are very friendly and helpful 3) Food was ok. 4) Drinks are included. 5) Some ports of call are very interesting: MACKINAC ISLAND, MUSKEGON / HOLLAND, Parry Sound and Niagara Falls. 6) Cruising the Welland Canal and going through 8 sets locks from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Now the bad things: 1) Overpriced at 20 grand per stateroom for and outed ship with little to do in it. It has no pool or good onboard activities. We spent 2 days cruising with little to do. The Gym consists of 4 machines located on and outside deck. 2) The TV in the stateroom is ridiculous 3) The ship is very small 108 cabins. 4) Some ports are call should be eliminated specially Sault Sainte Marie and Little Current. Nothing to do in them. 5) The time allocated in each destination is not well planned. We only spend 2-3 hours in Niagara that had a lot of activities to do and spend a full day at Sault Sainte Marie with almost nothing to do. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
If you want to way over. pay and get a marginal cruise in return this one is for you. The cruise should be at least 3 to 4 days less and the price cut by 60%. At no time did they exceed my expectations. Food was average, except for ... Read More
If you want to way over. pay and get a marginal cruise in return this one is for you. The cruise should be at least 3 to 4 days less and the price cut by 60%. At no time did they exceed my expectations. Food was average, except for three ports of call very boring, ship HVAC system terrible, entertainment very marginal. The only two positives I can give. you are the room size and the crew. This is our second cruise with American Ship lines. Last year we did the Mississippi cruise which was even worse. We cruise usually twice a year and American Ship Lines has set the bar for worst ship line in the industry. If the above was not enough , we got of the ship inn Chicago in the industrial port next to broken wood crates and garbage, The place smelled and we had to walk on plywood to get around water puddles to get on buses. The out side temperature was 90 degrees and. 80% humidity and the bus had broken air conditioners. The extra charge shore excursions were a joke and way overpriced. Bottom line for the amount you pay. for this cruise you could take 3 Caribbean cruises back to back and get a lot more for your money. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We wanted to see most of the Great Lakes on a small ship. Enjoyed all the ports. Learned much of the history of Erie camel. Niagra Falls. Even the small towns welcomed us. I could smoke an occasional cigarette on an upper deck. Loved ... Read More
We wanted to see most of the Great Lakes on a small ship. Enjoyed all the ports. Learned much of the history of Erie camel. Niagra Falls. Even the small towns welcomed us. I could smoke an occasional cigarette on an upper deck. Loved the entertainment by a man who was about to become an American Citizen. Lovely dining room waiter. Elevator was quick. Nice guests of diverse countries and interesting backgrounds. An optional tour of Holland Michigan. We happened to go by my grandmothers home. Our ports were not tourisy except Macaneaux Island. The crowd could be avoided by going to the woods and tours outside of town. The weather happened to be perfect every day. A lucky gift. We enjoyed the cruise so much we signed up for a Lewis and Clark cruise on the Columbia River and Snake River which leaves October 1 from Spokane on America Westcruises ship Song. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My wife and I cruised on the PEARL MIST in 2016 through the Canadian Marritimes, Portland ME to Toronto. That was such a great experience, we decided to the GREAT LAKES on the PEARL MIST again and had many of the same crew aboard. TOP ... Read More
My wife and I cruised on the PEARL MIST in 2016 through the Canadian Marritimes, Portland ME to Toronto. That was such a great experience, we decided to the GREAT LAKES on the PEARL MIST again and had many of the same crew aboard. TOP NOTCH PEOPLE. We had the same cabin, same steward, Rene, who did a superb job. We would do the PEARL MIST again with the right itinerary. All the excursions were nice- some better than others. What is memorable is the warmth and friendliness of the Canadians. We were often welcomed by bagpipe bands at some Canadian ports, and some saw us off as we departed.The PEARL MIST is a very comfortable ship with two really nice lounges, a very comfortable, clean, neat dinning room. With about two hundred passengers at capacity, only one OPEN seating needed in the dining room. Most often we would sit at the same table (most sat six) attended by Sarah, super efficient, and pleasant. All the wait staff were great. The food very good. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The fact that it was a small ship cruising all around the country of Cuba and it was a cultural learning experience appealed to us. Also important was that the weather the time we traveled was supposed to be warm and sunny but not hot and ... Read More
The fact that it was a small ship cruising all around the country of Cuba and it was a cultural learning experience appealed to us. Also important was that the weather the time we traveled was supposed to be warm and sunny but not hot and sticky. The small ship experience did not disappoint as our room was quite nice and especially roomy, our balcony was nice and the decks on the 6th level were wonderful with nice comfy furniture and a combination of shade and sun seating. The cocktail hour on the 6th floor at least twice during our cruise was especially nice. There is exercise equipment and several lounges (both inside and outside) that we enjoyed. There is a nice library and rooms for playing cards/games. There is only one restaurant but it is huge and could easily accommodate the number of guests on the ship. Their was not a lacking of food offered (although there was not food available 24 hours a day which I liked but some of the passengers wanted that service) as the ship offered early continental breakfast in the lounges, breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main dining area; afternoon tea with snacks, and a pre-dinner cocktail hour. The crew were very polite and accommodating. The excursions for the most part were quite interesting (especially the ones that took us through more of the countryside as that was of interest to us), and the buses used were very modern, clean and comfortable. The opportunity to eat some of our meals in the comfort of Cubans' homes or restaurants in port was a plus. All the tour guides were knowledgeable and willing to take questions about their country, culture, and personal experiences which made the connection to the Cuban people more real. The fact that the cruise director offered 1/2 day or full day excursions was very nice considering many of the passengers were of advanced age. My husband and I appreciated that as it gave us an opportunity to meet many veterans from WW II through the IRAQ Desert Storm/Desert Shield wars. We especially liked the fact that we had a Veterans' Appreciation event one afternoon before cocktail hour to be able to thank our veterans. The previous reviews about this ship having a good number of advanced age guests is true and that is one of the thing that I appreciated about this experience...just meeting these great people and seeing how well Pearl Seas took care of them was endearing. We found this to be a plus despite the fact that we were younger than the majority as it was our pleasure to get to interact and learn from them. Because all our ports were in Cuba where the food supply is not plentiful in selection, the food during the trip primarily comes from Fort Lauderdale. Dining was by menu selection with at various selections for a 4 course meal each time. During breakfast they ask guests to pick selections for lunch and dinner. It is my understanding that was done so that the chef could plan adequately for the rest of the day and not waste food. We were also given the option of doing 1/2 size meals. The food was very good and plentiful (if passengers wanted more they were brought more). Many passengers like the 1/2 portions but others didn't. We would definitely take a Pearl Seas' cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I will review by category: Service: I think the best part about this company and being on a small ship is the personalized service. By the end of the trip, I knew all of my room attendant staff, the entertainers, cruise directors and ... Read More
I will review by category: Service: I think the best part about this company and being on a small ship is the personalized service. By the end of the trip, I knew all of my room attendant staff, the entertainers, cruise directors and various other staff by name, and they knew mine! and never failed to greet me each time we passed. I especially appreciated this personability that you definitely won't get on big cruises. The main ship director even personally visited my cabin to ask if I was enjoying my room and made extra efforts regarding my accommodations, which I truly appreciated (I was sharing a room with my parents, and I think he felt bad for me ;) The rooms were great, well stocked by attentive and sweet staff, and all had a private balcony. The room service was great! On that note: I have to mention that I was the youngest guest on the ship (I'm 28). I see that there are some pretty negative reviews about the average ages being around 60-75 from past voyages, and don't get me wrong, I definitely wouldn't have minded meeting a cute guy my age ;) however; the age of my fellow passengers didn't bother me at all! In fact, I saw this one of the highlights of my trip. I was able to meet and talk to many of these people and truly enjoyed our conversation, their wisdom and stories, and by the end of our journey; I felt I had made meaningful connections with many of them. Entertainment/Recreation: The ONLY reason I took a few points of for these areas is that A. There was no pool on board (this was a bummer for me) and B. I think they could add a few more Entertainment options on board such as comedy shows or even just increasing the trivia and bingo events. Now for the high points: The band on board was great!! They were very personable and provided nightly themed mini shows, as well as played through cocktail hours. There were also interesting lectures and mini-seminars about our next port cities before we would arrive at each. Again this is an EDUCATIONAL tour, so if all you are interested in is on board dolphin shows, giant movie theatres and all you can eat buffets, this may not be the experience/cruise line for you. If you like to work out, they have a small workout area on one of the decks. *A plus for me was the quiet, comfortable library on Deck 4 (there is a smaller, less known about one on deck 5 as well), as I am in grad school and this provided me with a perfect place to work on homework. They also have 3 computers (1 in the small library) that have access to wifi and printers if you did not bring your own laptop etc. Now for the Cuba Experience! Excursions: I think everyone I talked to had a different favorite port/excursion/experience so it really depends what you are interested in seeing the most! Positives for ME: I really enjoyed meeting and talking to the Cuban people. I opted out of the Havana tour on the last day and instead explored the city on my own (and YES, you can do this!). I was hesitant at first but was reassured by staff, seasoned Cuban travelers, foreigners (mostly European travelers), and Cubans themselves that there is very little crime (especially towards tourists, which is virtually unheard of) and this was probably the highlight of my trip. The guided tours in the other port cities were overall great, the one downside being that we were extremely rushed on a couple and some tour guides and staff were less relaxed than others, making those excursions quite stressful for guests at times. If we could do it again, we would have spent some of the less interesting excursions exploring the cities going to places we wanted to see on our own, relaxed time frame. Otherwise, we went to some AMAZING places, especially in Santiago and other mountainous ports, where we were able to zip line and visit beautiful and historical churches and other incredible architecture, and dine at private restaurants in peoples homes (One in Santigo with a view of the entire city and acousitic band playing cuban music just for us). We also were given a private classical concert right on a beach, which were both beyond beautiful! * This biggest downside for me was not being able to go to a beach, as the weather was beyond beautiful but a little too hot at times (no at all humid though!). It is actually the US government preventing Americans from being able to go to beaches in Cuba, as it is considered a "tourism" activity so I hope this changes soon because I will DEFINITELY be back!! Overall, the Pearl Mist, staff, and tour of Cuba were AMAZING and I highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted to see Cuba not just Havana. This cruise provided that with lectures onboard to prepare us for each stop. The lectures included history as well as the present day situation. I feel that we saw Cuba as in depth as the ... Read More
We wanted to see Cuba not just Havana. This cruise provided that with lectures onboard to prepare us for each stop. The lectures included history as well as the present day situation. I feel that we saw Cuba as in depth as the government allows. It is obvious that the tour guides tell you what the government requires and allows, but they are very gracious and knowledgeable. Most are highly educated and supplement their income as tour guides. The ship is pretty basic but very homey and has everything that you need. Don't expect chandeliers, grand staircases or marble bathrooms, but you will get a wonderful and dedicated staff. The staterooms are larger than many of the bigger ships and ours was very clean. The food is very good and if you ask you might even get chicken adobo for your table one night. The upper deck is a really pleasant getaway for reading and enjoying the sun. I would happily book this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were scheduled to take a land tour but were unsure about accommodations. After looking at the cruises we were intrigued by the size of the ship and the smaller number of passengers. I liked the idea of being able to return to the same ... Read More
We were scheduled to take a land tour but were unsure about accommodations. After looking at the cruises we were intrigued by the size of the ship and the smaller number of passengers. I liked the idea of being able to return to the same cabin and restaurant if we did not enjoy the food on land. First, my husband and I have enjoyed many cruises but the Pearl Mist exceeded any cruises food selection and quality. It was simply delicious. I hate wasting food especially when traveling to a country that rations. So having a menu first thing in the morning allowing you to select what you might want for lunch or dinner and being able to order small portions was ideal. More cruise lines need to do this. The kitchen staff was friendly, helpful and addressed your every need. Amazingly wonderful!! Our cabin was always clean and well stocked. We even had laundry go out and returned the very next day. Impressive. The lounges always had some sort of refreshment and when they set up the bar every person's need most certainly had to have been met. Again, with friendly and accommodating. We were able to enjoy a dinner with the captain as well as one of the speakers. My husband usually does not enjoy this he finds it stuffy. But this captain was so much fun and down to earth. So easy to make conversation. He even let me taste his filet. It was like being with fun family. The cruise directors were young and fun. We did not know that the age group would be much older than what we had expected. But everything ran smoothly and it seemed like everyone had a great time. Also, the embarkation and the debarkation were the smoothest we have ever experienced!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I was born in Cuba and had not been back in 51 years. My husband and I loved the entire experience. The Pearl Mist ship was clean, comfortable, offered plentiful and excellent food; the cruise staff was professional, helpful, lovely, fun ... Read More
I was born in Cuba and had not been back in 51 years. My husband and I loved the entire experience. The Pearl Mist ship was clean, comfortable, offered plentiful and excellent food; the cruise staff was professional, helpful, lovely, fun as was the entire crew. The itinerary took us to Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and La Habana. When in Santiago (my hometown) I visited many places of my youth and was able to visit the family who now lives in our previous home. Santiago was incredible fun - the music was just great! Trinidad and Cienfuegos are gorgeous cities. Due to logistics, we were only in Havana one day - a good intense day where we got to visit several major sights. The shore excursions were varied: some hiking (Cienfuegos El Nicho - great), El Cobre Chapel (marvelous), various music venues (steel band, great salsa music and dancing, a chamber music concert) and a theater improvisation outing with great musicians. The Cuban people were so kind, welcoming, interested in who we were, accommodating. The Pearl Mist guests in this trip were absolutely lovely - there was open sitting for all the meals and we got to meet many guests who had so much to share. The ship entertainment band was so much fun and the (2) lecturers were very knowledgeable about the Cuban experience and history. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because it offered four port visits: Santiago, Casilda/Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Havana, plus an opportunity to view Cuba’s beautiful mountainous seacoast. Each port visit included organized city tours followed by ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it offered four port visits: Santiago, Casilda/Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Havana, plus an opportunity to view Cuba’s beautiful mountainous seacoast. Each port visit included organized city tours followed by free time to visit museums, churches, art galleries or other activities of one’s choice. Time at sea included lectures and orientation meetings prior to each port visit. The advantage of a small ship is that we could dock at each port, rather than waiting for tenders, and larger ships cannot get into Casilda at all. In addition to cultural visits to concerts, nightclubs and historical sites, the trip offered longer field trips, such as a visit to a beautiful mountain park (think crystal blue waterfalls) near Cienfuegos and an all-day Havana tour. All of the cities have historic renovated downtown areas. Each has its own combination of historic buildings, churches, museums and galleries. Cienfuegos, for example, has a lot of French influence. The people are very friendly and welcoming, sometimes too much so, and one has to learn to pick and choose. Trinidad and Havana were crowded with tourists from other countries. But be sure to see the real Cuba—there are no Starbucks or McDonalds here and there is a great need for international investment. I cannot say enough good things about the staff. Everyone was very professional and helpful. At the outset of the cruise, I mentioned that I hoped to photograph offshore lighthouses which I had marked on a map. My map was shortly returned with the date and time we would pass each one! You could not get that kind of attention on a large ship! And staff were extremely helpful when I needed to find a special art gallery in Trinidad (thank you Ralph!) and negotiate a custom taxi arrangement. One tradeoff is that, while we were blessed with perfect weather, a smaller ship will move around a lot more if the seas are rough. Not a problem this time. The cabin was delightful with its own balcony and the food was excellent and plentiful. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone interested in a wonderful cultural experience who is willing to forgo the climbing walls, super slides and crowded pools. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted to visit Cuba and liked that this cruise offered multiple ports of call in Cuba. We prefer small ships, so the Pearl Mist met our needs with itinerary and size. The guests included mostly seniors, but there were a couple families ... Read More
We wanted to visit Cuba and liked that this cruise offered multiple ports of call in Cuba. We prefer small ships, so the Pearl Mist met our needs with itinerary and size. The guests included mostly seniors, but there were a couple families with teen agers. The average age was older that we have had on other cruises. I am guessing average to be about 75 years old. Meals: The food was excellent and we loved that you could order half portions. Since they ask you at breakfast for your selections for lunch and dinner, you knew what to expect the rest of the day. You were not held to the morning choice, but they do this to better estimate quantities. There was always an appetizer, main course and dessert. In the morning, you could order eggs, or other dishes, or self serve at the complimentary bar in the center of the room. Boro, in charge of all dining needs, was always there to make sure you had everything you needed. Wine, beer and other non alcoholic drinks were served in the dining hall and mixed drinks were during happy hour in the lounges and during evening events such as music, etc. On Board Itinerary: The lectures were great, the music in the evening was outstanding and there was a variety of genres. All four of the musicians were personable and talented. Two played in one lounge (deck 2) at happy hour and the other two played in the 2nd lounge (deck 4) and some evenings all 4 played together. Most events took place in the 2nd deck lounge throughout the day and evening, except Happy Hour and snacks were in both lounges. Other events included such things as Bingo, trivia, drink demonstrations, etc. Loved that they served popcorn each evening before the updates and evening music. There was a dance floor and we loved dancing. Crew: All very friendly staff. The 3 directors were wonderful and always there to help. Rooms were always made up promptly. Excursions were well organized, however everything is controlled by the Cuban Government, so there is only so much that the cruise line can do about changes. For instance, our cruise week changed about 9 months before we left, then the direction we would travel around Cuba changed (so we changed the side of the ship our cabin was on). We were only in Havana for one day, and not overnight because of changes by the Cuban Government, or so we were told and I believe it was true. Many days, you chose between a half day and full day excursion. We took all the "all day" tours offered and highly recommend them. After all, you are there to see Cuba. The people in Cuba are very friendly and proud. It is say however, to see the state of things. The tour guides seemed to cover up to some degree, but they are Government employees, so that is understandable. It is good that we have lecturers on the ship who more accurately report the state of things. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted an adult cruise with a small ship atmosphere. The staterooms are well appointed and all inclusive is an understatement. Before leaving I requested items such as a special liquor and wedge bed pillows - no problem. After ... Read More
We wanted an adult cruise with a small ship atmosphere. The staterooms are well appointed and all inclusive is an understatement. Before leaving I requested items such as a special liquor and wedge bed pillows - no problem. After boarding any requests were met promptly and the entire staff was extremely friendly and pleasant. The dining menu was varied and well prepared with excellent service. With only 177 passengers, we almost always either made new friends or were happy to join established acquaintances. There were two lounges where entertainment and lectures were held. The music was great and consisted mainly of 50's, 60's and seventies which played well to the crowd of mainly baby boomers. The lectures were interesting and included much Cuban history and current information. The ship contracted with the Cuban gov't to visit specific ports - the local guides were pleasant but very scripted. The island has many beautiful buildings and the people who entertained us were very accomplished musicians and singers. Unfortunately, the general population and surroundings reflect the extreme poverty a repressive gov't causes. We know of US citizens who traveled not on cruises who enjoyed many areas we were told to avoid - such as the beaches. Embarkation was efficient but leaving was rather chaotic even though there were no hang ups with customs. The sailing was very smooth until the last 2 days and then the disadvantage of a smaller ship became apparent as we were tossed around badly. I would do the lake cruises on the Pearl Mist but nothing ocean oriented. Overall we had a wonderful time but Cuba is definitely off my bucket list! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This small ship cruise focused strictly on Exploring Cuba as a destination, although in the summer the ship does a Great Lakes cruise. The ship holds about 200 people and was %90 filled. We visited 4 ports during the cruise. There were ... Read More
This small ship cruise focused strictly on Exploring Cuba as a destination, although in the summer the ship does a Great Lakes cruise. The ship holds about 200 people and was %90 filled. We visited 4 ports during the cruise. There were 2 or 3 different excursions in each port (included in the price) so you can tailor your experience to your desired activity level or length you want to be off the ship. Most of the excursions had plenty of walking around on your own time as we were in port for about 1-1/2 to 2 days in each port. The cabins are clean, well maintained and more spacious than in the larger ships. There are destination experts along to give talks during afternoons at sea, and a couple small bands (2 persons each) so there's something playing in 2 of the lounges in the evening. WIFI is included, and the service, while not extremely fast, was acceptable. Happy hour before dinner is included, that includes open bar and ordourves. Because of the small size embarkation and dissembarkation went fairly quickly. While the base price is higher than on the larger cruise ships the amenities included (i.e. bar bill and excursions) make up for most of it. You get to know the concierges very well, and they go on the excursions so are very knowledgeable about the area as well. The food was excellent and varied. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was a very strange experience. I will divide this review into two sections: the cruise & ship itself; and our visit to Cuba. Regarding the cruise, state rooms are extremely large and comfortable. The ship is immaculate. The ... Read More
This was a very strange experience. I will divide this review into two sections: the cruise & ship itself; and our visit to Cuba. Regarding the cruise, state rooms are extremely large and comfortable. The ship is immaculate. The cabin stewards, waitstaff, and crew members are delightful and appeared genuinely interested in each passenger's comfort. The entertainers, including a married couple, make a major contribution to the overall experience. The lecturers, especially Richard, is extremely knowledgeable, humorous, and prepares you to your visit to each city. The cruise directors were always available and helpful. You spend an inordinate amount of time at sea. It took 2 1/2 days to reach the first port. There is virtually nothing to do on board. Exercise equipment is on an open deck and were covered with canvas and tied up. No doubt this was because of the heavy seas and high winds. Beware: The ship does not handle waves very well despite the claim that there are stabilizers. There was no pool and the only activity other than lectures and evening entertainment is eating. The food can best be described as bland. There appears to be little if any salt or pepper used to prepare the dishes. There are few dished made with sauces. Meal preparation seems to be aimed at the elderly population that inhabits the ship. It's surprising that they did not offer to purée the food! Choices on the menu are relatively boring and repetitive and the ship takes on no new food supplies once it leaves Fort Lauderdale. The fish seems ro get fishier as the days pass. I recommend that when possible, take two meals while the ship is docked off shore. Some excursions include lunch and, by and large, the offerings were mediocre. On the positive side, wine and liquor is readily available and if you drink enough, you may be unable to focus on what surrounds you. The cruise line fails to let passengers know that this is a trip favored by the elderly. I would guess the average age of passengers is well over 82. One man was celebrating his wedding: He was age 91 and his bride was significantly younger. For many, the men are on their second, third, and fourth wives. What a surprise! They appear to be decades younger than their husbands. There is enough Botox in passengers' faces to actually float the ship. Facelifts abound. If all the skin was removed and sewn together, there would be enough to create an entire Cuban baseball team! It is clear that this is not a trip for anyone under the age of 75. As for Cuba, as Columbus described it, it is a paradise unto itself. This is a "people to people" cruise, the legal justification to allow US citizens to visit this country. The excursions were phenomenal. They included a trip to the Tropicana nightclub, a woodcarvers studio, an area in Havana consisting of artistic tiles placed almost everywhere, a concert and a vocal performance. The people of Cuba are warm, friendly, open and are as puzzled as the passengers are as to the almost 6 decade old embargo imposed against this country. Tour guides we're openly critical of their government and the economic problems this country faces. Hopefully, the US passengers will pressure their governmental representatives to lift the embargo immediately. This is a very expensive trip. Although the accommodations were consistent with the price, meals were often mediocre. The ship offers little to do for anyone under the age of 75, a group that appears to be a minority on board. Yet, being able to visit for Cuban cities and meet citizens in every port is a memorable, meaningful experience. Again, if you're under the age of 75, I would consider whether you want to be on this floating senior care facility. Hopefully, we will all be much older and then, this would be an appropriate trip. For ow -- I's find another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Chose this cruise for the destination and I was not disappointed! We were treated to the Southern cities of Santiago, Trinidad and Cienfuegos before ever getting to Havana. Had an excellent opportunity to meet with the people and mingle in ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the destination and I was not disappointed! We were treated to the Southern cities of Santiago, Trinidad and Cienfuegos before ever getting to Havana. Had an excellent opportunity to meet with the people and mingle in their lives and cultures before that much more known big city. Our lecturers, Richard and Sylvia, provided much insight prior to shore excursions and food for thought. Service was fantastic! Celeste in the dining room met our every need, usually without our asking! Food was good .Cabin excellent and well cared for by Rene! Only hassle at disembarkation was one person at Customs-what a line! Shore excursions seemed well chosen thought I think we were rushed thru some and missed others; could have been the bus we were on with a lot of needy folks! I would take this cruise again and it is my second with Pearl Seas. Tried for the Inaugural on the Chesapeake Bay but it's booked. Will try again! Bon Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We signed up for the Cuba cultural exchange cruise with Peal Seas which owns the Pearl Mist as this seemed to be a good compromise between a big ship and a yacht. We have mixed feelings about this ship after our 11 days on it. It has ... Read More
We signed up for the Cuba cultural exchange cruise with Peal Seas which owns the Pearl Mist as this seemed to be a good compromise between a big ship and a yacht. We have mixed feelings about this ship after our 11 days on it. It has wonderful crew and personnel and the service was outstanding as well as the well-informed cultural lectures and itinerary. The food was good, though somewhat on the bland side, which may be somewhat determined by the taste of the rather elderly clientele. However, there was a choice of menu, they would even prepare items that were not on the menu but there is no choice of restaurant. What was unfortunate was that the ship itself or its maintenance had some major problems- the wifi internet conked out in a couple of days into the cruise and never restored (lack of expertise?), and when the sea was rough, wooden drawers from the cabinets fell out making banging noises as well as banging partitions between balconies. Even our bureau fell off the hinges spilling the ice bucket and the coffee in the coffee maker all over the floor. And the ship was very, very slow- perhaps at most 10 miles (knots?) an hour. On the plus side, we got to know quite a few of the fellow guests, and overall there was a good esprit de corps. They should have better maintenance and technical knowhow. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise to Cuba because all ports of call were on the beautiful island. There were a few hiccups on the cruise but the positives certainly outweighed the negatives. Embarkation was a breeze. Luggage was brought to the cabin ... Read More
We chose this cruise to Cuba because all ports of call were on the beautiful island. There were a few hiccups on the cruise but the positives certainly outweighed the negatives. Embarkation was a breeze. Luggage was brought to the cabin immediately.. Cabin was large with comfortable bed, chairs and writing desk. Along with balcony to sit and watch the world go by. A+++ We thought the food was very good. Really enjoyed being able to order lunch and dinner in the morning and 1/2 orders were a plus for us and more than enough. Cocktails before dinner was very enjoyable...good drinks, appetizers and entertainment was a nice way to start the evening...A+++ Tours: buses appeared new and well maintained....you have your choice of 1/2 day and full day tours...we enjoyed all except one stop in Havana...our bus did not stop in front of the restaurant that was chosen for lunch..(we did find out, later, that the other buses stopped right in front of their lunch spots.). Our group had a long walk to our lunch spot and it was a challenging walk for some guests. This walk caused us to run late and the “CARS “ that were reserved for our drive drive around Havana had left!! The two cruise director that were with us did arrange for “CARS” to drive us back to the ship...Approximately a 10-15 minute drive instead of the hour drive through the streets of Havana we were promised...I would make sure if you have any mobility issues and do not want to encounter this problem ask about your lunch spot...all other tours were great and well managed...Do not miss the Tropicana...what a show...Havana tour D- Tropicana A+++++. Other tours A WI-FI was lost after a few days and never fixed. Never sure what happened. Wait Staff and Cabin Stewards were excellent...they all seemed truly interested in making sure you were enjoying your cruise and if there was anything they could do to help...A+++ Entertainment and Lectures also quite good. A Disembarkation: many passengers were scheduled to fly out right after arriving in port. The head cruise director did not help these passengers. Many who those who were first off the ship were under no time crunch...her job should be to make sure that those passengers that are on a time crunch should be first to disembark..this situation should be handled much more efficiently..Also, told by same director there would be ample taxis waiting for passengers to transport to the two airports...That was not the case. Lots of confusion as to were the taxis were and when they would be arriving...much better organization needed..also, no porters to help with luggage but passengers were great helping those who were having difficulties...but should not the head cruise director help out? D—— So there were some hiccups but with all that said would not have missed this trip and the chance to see Cuba and meet the wonderful, Cuban people... Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Size matters and it was perfect for comingling and slipping into small ports for up close and personal activities. The cruise line left nothing on the table...everything was top notch. Service, excursions, food on & off the ship, fun ... Read More
Size matters and it was perfect for comingling and slipping into small ports for up close and personal activities. The cruise line left nothing on the table...everything was top notch. Service, excursions, food on & off the ship, fun activities, amazing buses & informed YOUNG guides. Learned a ton... saw amazing scenery...and loved the Cuban people!! PEARL MIST gave the upmost attention to the fact we were there as "ambassadors"....so our educational VISA provided up with a trip of a lifetime cultural experiences. Food in private homes, music (many forms), historical sites, children and varied communities...old and current history along with easy statements of hope for the future. One more thought....the service was more than exceptional...from happy hour appetizers, perfectly made cocktails ( p.s.. o ly thought beer/wine was included...had no idea everything was available, anytime. Fun....especially since no expectations. OOPS, the secret is out...will check out other cruises by this line in a heartbeat!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This People To People experience is a fantastic way to get to know Cuba. Ports were: Santiago, Trinidad- dock at Casilda, Cienfuegos, and Havana. There were excursions that included local artists (pottery maker, choral group, orchestra, ... Read More
This People To People experience is a fantastic way to get to know Cuba. Ports were: Santiago, Trinidad- dock at Casilda, Cienfuegos, and Havana. There were excursions that included local artists (pottery maker, choral group, orchestra, woodcarver, actors, jazz club) as well as visits to historic sites. I was able to freely walk around, taking photos and talking with people. Classic cars were in all town to take tourists on tours. You will learn the reality of life under socialism/communism as you spend time with the people. The ship is very accommodating for the older traveler. People in walkers, wheelchairs were taken to as many excursions as possible. Dietary needs were attended to by the chef. Room service is available for breakfast. Cabins were always clean. There are snacks and coffee available 24/7. Two speakers were on the ship during the cruise, to tell their opinion about life in Cuba. One young man who worked for Pearl Seas is Cuban/American. His views were enlightening. There were daily talks to prepare us for the next port: where to exchange dollars for CUC, how to find good cigars, what sites we would visit, what limitation there might be for passengers with disabilities. Two talented musicians entertained us nightly with music, with some passengers dancing the night away. This cruise line provided a pouch with essentials for visiting Cuba: bug spray, hand sanitizer, Kleenex tissue packets, toilet seat covers, toilet paper. The people are very appreciative of Kleenex tissue packets that you give them. Paper products are not easy to find in Cuba. I highly recommend this trip for people who want to be exposed to a variety of experiences in several parts of Cuba. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Price does not buy you quality on this ship. This was the most expensive cruise we have ever taken and we were so disappointed by many aspects. There are some positives of a small ship and that is a more intimate experience with fellow ... Read More
Price does not buy you quality on this ship. This was the most expensive cruise we have ever taken and we were so disappointed by many aspects. There are some positives of a small ship and that is a more intimate experience with fellow passengers and a certain relaxed atmosphere however many negatives in that very little is offered such as no shop, spa, fresh coffee, bar, walking deck, workout machines (they had a very poor area with 4 old machines), below average and boring entertainment but the worst is the movement in rough seas. We had flying objects coming at us in our room and when getting a coffee from a machine and then the breakfast table ended up in our laps as the boat swayed from side to side and my chair slid along the carpet! Many objects ended up all over the floor in our room. Our room was quite roomy but very dated and just OK. Nothing special. Lets talk about the food or lack thereof!! This is the first cruise that I have ever experienced being afraid I would not have enough to eat (and I am not a big eater) and found myself hoarding oat bars in my room and heard from another passenger that she was doing the same. The food was overcooked and so dry that it was inedible, the meat so tough and full of gristle that I couldn't eat it. There was no fine dining and absolutely no finesse. The portions were often so small (4 bay shrimp as a starter with a piece of lettuce - I am not kidding). Some meals were just ok and some were absolutely disgusting. Tea and hor d'oeuvres were appalling - beyond comprehension. At our first lunch I asked for a cappuccino after dessert and was told I had to get it myself out of the machine on the 2nd or 4th floor. Leave the table, go and get my own coffee made from a machine with powdered milk which had sugar in it and come back to the table! The brochure and the itinerary were incorrect and false, we were lied to. The floors and carpets were constantly damp and wet - I thought I was imagining it and then my socks and slippers would be wet! The whole experience was flabbergasting. It was so unbelievable that it was comical and gave us and our friends we were traveling with much laughter because the alternative was to cry!! I have to write that most of the staff were amazing - very helpful and attentive but they can only work with the tools and ship they are given. I would never cruise with this company again. Way overpriced for what you receive and in fact I would not even cruise with them if they offered me money Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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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