88 Pearl Seas Pearl Mist Cruise Reviews

From the time we boarded, good baggage handling, until the time we disembarked, we loved this trip!! We knew that we were going to be late because of the airline changing our reservations, so the Hotel Manager told us that we had our ... Read More
From the time we boarded, good baggage handling, until the time we disembarked, we loved this trip!! We knew that we were going to be late because of the airline changing our reservations, so the Hotel Manager told us that we had our lunch in our room!! How wonderful, because we were really hungry. The chicken salad sandwiches were delicious, with fruit, and a home made cookie for each of us.! The ten days we were aboard, we had good weather, with no rain. The stewards, servers in the dining room, and all other personnel, were great! Marcie, the Cruise Director, was able to arrange a private tour for us when we arrived at Niagara Falls. It was our 55th anniversary, and this made us feel very special. The Captain was very personable and capable of giving us a "smooth" ride on the Lakes. We were able to get bridge tables set up for us to play each day after the tours. We had easy access off and onto the ship when in port. The food choices in the dining room were good, and the food well prepared. The lectures given each day were the BEST we have heard aboard any ship! One thing that impressed us was the "fire drill." It was taken seriously by all of the crew and passengers. Fresh cookies were available each day in the lounges, along with fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. We are definitely taking a cruise on the Pearl Mist next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Be careful on booking this ship. The service was excellent and the room was so noisy we could not sleep for nine nights. The room also flooded and it had to be dried for two days. First the excellent ● Everything from the ... Read More
Be careful on booking this ship. The service was excellent and the room was so noisy we could not sleep for nine nights. The room also flooded and it had to be dried for two days. First the excellent ● Everything from the exceptional food well-served (we chose to eat with Alvin for every meal because of his outstanding skill and demeanor) to the care and concern of the manager was top-drawer. (My wife is a trained chef and I know what it is like to be spoiled.) ● The shore excursions were very good and very well managed, It is not easy to find good attractions on many of the small ports of call, but your staff did. The buses were good with excellent leg room as were the guides. Your staff were omnipresent to make sure all shore excursions went well. ● The bar was well stocked with premium brands and they were well served with positive attitude. The snacks were interesting and good. ● All personnel had positive attitudes, including the cleaning ladies and maintenance staff, and all spoke very good English. Now to the “other cruise.” When we boarded, the room was fine and I was hopeful since earlier communications from reservations was that room 232 was supposed to be very good. It was until night one when the constant loud drum of the engines and the very high pitched EEE--WAA of the steering mechanism alerted us quickly that this was not a good room for sleep. After a first sleepless night, we were given ear plugs (being told that the ship was full and there was no place to which to move us) and that was our first clue that this was not a new issue with the Pearl Seas). The sleeplessness aided only be naps while the ship was stationary, continued for all but one night of the otherwise excellent cruise: the last night in Toronto was beautiful because the ship was in port. To make things a bit worse (when we thought we had experienced all of the negatives), on Sunday of the cruise we awoke at 5:50 AM to a flooded room. Even the drawers in the bathroom were filled with water that also extended to the entire front of cabin 232 from front door to balcony. It took two days of attentive maintenance to dry the room for proper use. The Cruise company offered a 25% discount and an upgrade for a future voyage if we chose to. Since the on-cruise discount was offered at 15% then all of the nights of sleeplessness and flooding was worth a net 10%. We rejected the offer. It should be noted that the cruise company had sued the builder for many defects including noise. So book at the front of the ship and don't expect any real responsiveness if you have significant problems.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
New ship with large cabins. Lots of food: Special menus for each day's breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, warm cookies mid-morning, tea in the afternoon and happy hour before dinner with a variety of tasty food each evening. If you ... Read More
New ship with large cabins. Lots of food: Special menus for each day's breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, warm cookies mid-morning, tea in the afternoon and happy hour before dinner with a variety of tasty food each evening. If you wanted, there was wine and beer at lunch and/or dinner and a full bar during happy hour which was all included. The service everywhere on the ship was tremendous from the cabin steward, the dining waiters, the tour directors, the administrative staff and the cruise director. Also the lecturer, Rae, was very informative about the ports of call and she gave lectures each day before our arrival at the next port. Getting on and off the ship was effortless with plenty of help. Bus transportation at the end was provided to the airports and/or hotels. The ports were very interesting and the tours very well planned with comfortable buses, nice drivers and knowledgeable tour guides. This was our first experience on a River Cruise as we previously have done many ocean cruises. We found this cruise to be very good and have booked another cruise with a different itinerary on this same ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This cruise was a dream come true, a cruise that combined both the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, in a brand new, state-of-the-art ship, a beautiful ship, the Pearl Mist, which holds a capacity of 200 passengers. We had great ... Read More
This cruise was a dream come true, a cruise that combined both the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, in a brand new, state-of-the-art ship, a beautiful ship, the Pearl Mist, which holds a capacity of 200 passengers. We had great stops in Canada, beginning with Quebec City and then down to Montreal, Toronto, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and then crossing into the Great Lakes, continuing with the beautiful port of Windsor, Little Current, Sault Ste Marie, then the American Mackinac Island, Holland Michigan and the finale, Chicago! We couldn't have asked for a better itinerary. Onboard, the staff was excellent, very attentive and friendly; the tour director, always available and "everyone's friend." We had an especially knowledgeable and likeable educator who lectured with wit and humor and yet so knowledgeable. She was a real joy and a highlight of the trip. Of course, food was plentiful and well prepared, with plenty to drink as well. Our staterooms were immense; didn't even seem like we were on a ship. Stateroom service was prompt and attentive. The ship was gorgeous and stood out in all the ports we stopped at. Shore excursions were available at all ports and we had excellent, new buses (generally two so that no one was crowded). We were never rushed and had knowledgeable local guides at all stops, prompt and friendly. And I was pleasantly surprised, upon disembarkation, the ship provided free transportation to the various Chicago airports and to our individual terminals. In summary, this was my fourth cruise on small-ship river/lake cruises and it was the most memorable, due to the beautiful ship, the friendly staff and the excellent itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This cruise gave us experiences in a new area with a special French flavor and culture! Although we prefer smaller passenger ships, we found the accommodations were very comfortable and the number of 200 passengers was not overwhelming. ... Read More
This cruise gave us experiences in a new area with a special French flavor and culture! Although we prefer smaller passenger ships, we found the accommodations were very comfortable and the number of 200 passengers was not overwhelming. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. The lounges and libraries are most comfortable, convenient and well decorated. It was also possible to find a quiet corner when needed. One could also enjoy the daily gatherings, briefings, and special lectures and entertainment. One great comfort is the medical assistance offered. We had occasion to need help and the Medical Attendant was most efficient and knowledgeable which took care of the problem and gave us assurance. Shore excursions were interesting and colorful. The Ambassadortours in Nova Scotia were excellent, with the guides in Scottish outfits as they shared stories and places of interest. The most amazing experience was the stage production of La Fabuleuse in Saguenay Fjord, Quebec. It is a most-see event portraying the history of the town through the ages--complete with live animals and actual cars on the stage! Walking along the beach at Ile de la Madeleine took us back to shores of France. The crew members were all quick, efficient and friendly, even greeting us by name. Arrangements for special taxi service, scheduling, and shore tours were efficiently handled. We were pleased with the varied menus offered, especially appreciative of the vegetarian and sugar-free options. We truly enjoyed the cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Being aboard the new Pearl Mist gave us a wonderful exposure to this reagon. Small ship crusing at its best. The crew was the best we have experienced in our 10 cruises. This small ship takes you to the local places the big mega ships will ... Read More
Being aboard the new Pearl Mist gave us a wonderful exposure to this reagon. Small ship crusing at its best. The crew was the best we have experienced in our 10 cruises. This small ship takes you to the local places the big mega ships will never see. Excellent meal choices and you are able to make special requests that the chefs can create especially for you. It is so easy to visit all the small towns and land excursions are very interesting. This continues with on board entertainment nightly and daily lectures about each area we travel thru. A free cocktail hour before dinner lets you meet and greet so many of the passengers from all over the USA. We had such a great time we booked another cruise while on board so we could take advantage of the 15% plus discounts offered. Hope to see you soon on a next cruise, you wont be disappointed. David & Luvonne, San Jose, CA. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
1. Our room on the Pearl Mist was very spacious and the beds were very comfortable. We had cable TV and the balcony was very roomy and the chair and tables were very nice. 2. The service in the dining room was exceptionally great. The ... Read More
1. Our room on the Pearl Mist was very spacious and the beds were very comfortable. We had cable TV and the balcony was very roomy and the chair and tables were very nice. 2. The service in the dining room was exceptionally great. The service in our room was also great. Always available to get whatever we needed. 3. The dining selections were great. Also, free wine with meal was enjoyed by all at our table. 4. The shore excursions were so unique. We toured large cities, Toronto and Montreal, and Niagara Falls, just to name a few, but we also got to experience the small town atmosphere, ie Little Current, Clayton (NY) , Holland Michigan, where big cruise ships could not dock. That was really special. 5. For entertainment in the evenings, we enjoyed a two piece band that sang and played just great. Had a great time singing with them. 6. On our disembarkation, it was very nice for the cruise to take our bags from our room and load them onto the bus going to the airport. It was very nice not to have to deal with the luggage. We would very much recommend the Pearl Mist. We had a great experience.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Yes, there were glitches in this, the first Portland to Quebec City cruise for the Pearl Mist and crew. The cruise director admittedly hadn't been to some of our ports of call. The ship rolled uncomfortably the first night out, but ... Read More
Yes, there were glitches in this, the first Portland to Quebec City cruise for the Pearl Mist and crew. The cruise director admittedly hadn't been to some of our ports of call. The ship rolled uncomfortably the first night out, but the captain seemed to get control of it thereafter. Motoring to shore from anchor was somewhat of an ordeal in some cases. Our first meal was served nearly cold. The musician who performed many nights was an excellent pianist but it took him several evenings to adjust his music choices to the age group of his audience. HOWEVER, the crew was friendly and anxious to please, and it was delightful to be on a brand new ship. The shore excursions were informative and varied, with knowledgeable guides, and we had the opportunity to tour some of the small towns on our own as well. The meals and service improved within a day of embarkation. We enjoyed the experience enough to sign on for the Puerto Rico/West Indies cruise in March! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Based on a number of favorable experiences with its sister company (American Cruise Lines), my wife and I plus a single friend sailed from Chicago to Toronto on a Great Lakes cruise on the Pearl Mist. Following a pleasant complimentary ... Read More
Based on a number of favorable experiences with its sister company (American Cruise Lines), my wife and I plus a single friend sailed from Chicago to Toronto on a Great Lakes cruise on the Pearl Mist. Following a pleasant complimentary stay at a good downtown hotel, embarkation the following morning was flawless. The ship was brand new and, with its 200 passengers, was just right for us. Our cabin was quite large and very comfortable, with the private balcony a nice plus. The ship was easy to maneuver and, with its six lounges, offered the opportunity to pursue various interests, such as reading in the library, playing bridge, listening to lectures, working with a computer and so on. Not to mention the pre-dinner cocktail parties. As to dining, with a very occasional exception of an uninspired offering, the cuisine overall was very good and the variety in the menus was appreciated. The dining room staff was consistently helpful, friendly and efficient. Actually, this would apply to the staff throughout the ship. Given the fact that this was not a mega-ship, the primary entertainment...a talented husband-wife singing combination...turned out to be quite enjoyable. Lastly, all but one of the shore excursions were excellent...well-organized, interesting and led by knowledgeable guides. We also shouldn't forget the very helpful and professional service we received prior to sailing from the Sales Department, Maxine in particular. In summary, our experience was truly most favorable and we will certainly plan to cruise with the Pearl Mist again.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise - everything about it! The bedroom was spacious with a king-sized bed, dresser, full-sized bathroom, and balcony. The meals were first class, and I enjoyed being able to make selections from various choices ... Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise - everything about it! The bedroom was spacious with a king-sized bed, dresser, full-sized bathroom, and balcony. The meals were first class, and I enjoyed being able to make selections from various choices offered. The staff were amazing when handling all things with ease and efficiency. The cocktail hour was one of my favorite times of the day. The shore excursions were very well organized and included many stops - a few of my favorites being Clayton, N.Y., Niagara Falls, Holland, Michigan, and Mackinac Island. Holland with its Dutch influences complete with an old windmill and fabulous gardens along with the dancers in wooden shoes totally charmed me. I would love to be there during the tulip festival. Our buffet at the old Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and tour of the area via horse and buggy was great fun! I loved viewing the many old Victorian Homes on the island. I also want to compliment Rae Perkins, the historian extraordinaire. Her lectures and talks about the locks and Great Lakes were very enjoyable and informative. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We have cruised with American Cruise Line (100 passengers) seven times so we were interested and excited to be going on the Inaugural cruise of the Pearl Mist of the Pearl Seas Cruise Line with 200 passengers. The trip was outstanding! ... Read More
We have cruised with American Cruise Line (100 passengers) seven times so we were interested and excited to be going on the Inaugural cruise of the Pearl Mist of the Pearl Seas Cruise Line with 200 passengers. The trip was outstanding! From the time we embarked at Baltimore and disembarked in Halifax, it was 11 days of fun and relaxation. --the ship was lovely, with well-appointed cabins and lounges. Smaller rooms such as the library were also available where you could get away to read or just watch the world go by. --Our cabin was spacious with good lighting and plenty of drawer space. The beds were heavenly with sheets and a comforter comparable to a luxury hotel. The rooms were quiet, very conducive to sleeping.Our steward was a 5+, always available assisting us with any needs. --The dining room was pleasant in decor and ambiance; it was quiet so that conversations could flow easily at the table. The food was superb, with half portions if requested, and experienced wait staff who kept their eye on our table. --Port and shore excursions were great.....well organized, The tours were excellent and we had enough free time to wander or do extra things in port. Harold, our lecturer, was informative and a great speaker, holding our interest with some humor mixed in. --All of the staff on the ship were friendly and visible. They were very accommodating and helped to make the trip a great experience. --I was concerned about disembarkation at 6 in the morning, but a bus was awaiting us and our bags were ready to go out. It was a great send off! --The passengers were a "cut above,"...pleasant, interesting, and fun! Dress was smart casual, which was nice. --The trip was worth the price....beautiful ship, spacious cabins, lovely public rooms, with friendly and helpful staff! --We are looking forward to our next cruise on the Pearl Mist! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
From beginning to end, this cruise lived up to our expectations. Embarkation consisted of showing our passports and being escorted to our cabin. That simple. No lines or forms to fill out. The ship is brand new and the crew kept all the ... Read More
From beginning to end, this cruise lived up to our expectations. Embarkation consisted of showing our passports and being escorted to our cabin. That simple. No lines or forms to fill out. The ship is brand new and the crew kept all the common rooms neat and sparkling clean the whole trip. Shore excursions were well planned and included interesting destinations. They did not take us to the middle of town and leave us to shop. For instance, in Boston, we were taken to Lexington and Concord with an extremely well informed guide. Being an inaugural cruise, there were glitches here and there, but all were addressed promptly. The heating and air conditioning systems seemed to be the most affected, but no one seemed to be uncomfortable for very long. In ports where there was a tender needed, the crew was most efficient in getting everyone on and off the tender with little or no trouble. The passengers were on the "mature" side and encountered no problems. Service was excellent on all counts. The entire crew was available to help with any request and I never saw one without a smile on their face. A very nice touch. Entertainment was provided each night after dinner and consisted mostly of musical entertainment. There was a guest lecturer on board and he provided some interesting insights to each of the ports we visited. During the cruise, Hurricane Arthur appeared but the Captain made the wise choice to leave our last port early and we were snugly tied up in Halifax to ride out the storm. No major damage. In summary, we were pleased with the entire cruise and have signed up for another sailing next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Our stateroom was very roomy and near the elevator which provide access to the dining room on the lower deck. Often, my husband and I elected to use the short stairway across from the elevator. The decks were perfect for reaching the ... Read More
Our stateroom was very roomy and near the elevator which provide access to the dining room on the lower deck. Often, my husband and I elected to use the short stairway across from the elevator. The decks were perfect for reaching the lounge that always had coffee, soft drinks and snacks throughout the day. , The Library provided reading material and a quiet place to relax and use the computer. There were several quiet areas if an individual wished to just get a way from their stateroom for a while. We always found the disembarking area great for reaching the dock. There were crew who offered assistance if someone felt the need, particularly some who used wheel chairs and canes. Our entertainment was provided by a naturalist/historian who not only knew his subject( no matter what port we were in,) but was humorous and enjoyed by all age groups. The excursions in each port gave a great overview of the area as well as special notable sites . They were well selected. The food selection gave choices from the area or you could select from the menu a variety of other choices. The dining room waiters were young and very willing to bring second items if desired. We grew to love hearing them welcome us. Actually, I noticed that groups often returned to a particular table because of the thoughtfulness of a certain waiter. The cruise staff knew everyone and attempted to provide "all" of their needs. Housekeeping was done timely along with comfortable bedding---- and fresh towels were always available.!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
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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