38 Pearl Seas Pearl Mist Cruise Reviews

Staff was excellent. Food was really good and service was outstanding. All personal preferences are quickly accomodated and they will prepare anything you want. Portions are thankfully not overwhelming! Any special dietary needs are ... Read More
Staff was excellent. Food was really good and service was outstanding. All personal preferences are quickly accomodated and they will prepare anything you want. Portions are thankfully not overwhelming! Any special dietary needs are always considered without having to remind them. Our waiter, Ronald, was exceptionally in tune to my particular issue. The staff is very patient and understands customer service. Local people were our tour guides on the shore excursions and they were very knowledgeable, interesting and humorous. The excursions were a nice length (no all day trips etc) and left plenty of time to explore on our own. The disembarkation process needs desperately ro be reviewed and revised. Much confusion and poor communication. We were surprised as the embarkation was so smooth. Overall a very pleasant cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was my first time on a small cruise ship. I traveled with my cousin and between the two of us, we have cruised over 25 times. The typical cruises we take are on RCCI, NCL, Carnival and Celebrity. We are also in our mid-thirties and ... Read More
This was my first time on a small cruise ship. I traveled with my cousin and between the two of us, we have cruised over 25 times. The typical cruises we take are on RCCI, NCL, Carnival and Celebrity. We are also in our mid-thirties and this is a predominantly older crowd. This was a very different experience for us. The ship is very small, with just 5 floors and a handful of lounges. There are two main lounges where you can find snacks and drinks at any time, plus a few smaller lounges that weren't used much at all. There is also a "gym", but i didn't even know where it was until the last day because it just has a few machines OUTSIDE on the 5th deck! Not a smart move. The dining room was on the first floor and very nice. Our stateroom was one of the suites and quite large. It is comparable to suites on other cruise ships, but with a slightly smaller bathroom. It had a mini fridge, a sofa and chair, plus a nice flat screen TV. The balcony was also large with two chairs and a table. The ports were Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Eastport, ME, Bar Harbor, ME, Rockland, ME and Portland, ME. They were all very nice but most of them didn't have much to do or see. There was one shore excursion for each port and they were all included. The best was Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor. The cruise line should really have more than one to choose from, but I assume these places just don't have much to see. The food was very good to excellent and the service was wonderful. No buffets, all sit down meals. Drinks were included at lunch, dinner, cocktail hour and after dinner during the evening entertainment. Popcorn and root beer floats were also passed around after dinner during the entertainment. I enjoyed the singers at night, but it was very limited. They only had one option for nightly entertainment and it was from 8:30-9:30. Most people tend to go to bed early, but one night when everyone was dancing and having a great time, they still stopped right on time to the objections of some of us that would have liked to stay up a bit later. Embarking and disembarking was the easiest i have ever encountered. The staff throughout was wonderful and i was happy to be able to get to know them better because of the small amount of guests, unlike a large ship were you barely get to know even your stateroom attendant. Overall this was a fabulous cruise and I would definitely go again. I would not recommend it to younger people that are looking to party or to have something to do at all times. It is very slow paced and a nice change from my hectic day to day life. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first time sailing with Pearl Seas. The cruise is well organized and interesting. Much information was provided each day by a resident ship expert. The meals are mostly very good with some selection of regional menu items and ... Read More
This was our first time sailing with Pearl Seas. The cruise is well organized and interesting. Much information was provided each day by a resident ship expert. The meals are mostly very good with some selection of regional menu items and excellent service by the restaurant manager and wait staff. The staff overall was friendly and approachable, even often sharing meals with the guests. We did feel we got to know them a little. Nightly entertainment was provided ship resident singers and pianist who was also a magician. We would have liked to see some local groups brought onboard from areas we visited. Shore excursions were excellent with local guides who spoke clearly and slowly, so important for the mostly senior travelers who take this cruises! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
A great cruise for the more mature vacationers. Food and accommodations we very good and the service staff is top drawer. One of us needs a wheel chair ashore and it was provided along with personal and caring assistance. Great ... Read More
A great cruise for the more mature vacationers. Food and accommodations we very good and the service staff is top drawer. One of us needs a wheel chair ashore and it was provided along with personal and caring assistance. Great entertainment in a marvelous duo and the ports of call well worth the trip. Activities ashore in bussing format, but more shore time in this lovely area could be used. Overall a two thumbs up (really 4 since we were traveling with friends) for our second cruise with this line. Pearl Seas definitely fills a need and provides great service. Note: for those needing a day before stay in Quebec City, book Hotel 71, it's great! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Looking for a small ship cruise to the Saguenay fjord, I found Pearl Seas online! Luxury cruising in well-appointed cabins (more like hotel rooms!) and ample larger spaces for observation, dining, and just relaxing. When the seas were a ... Read More
Looking for a small ship cruise to the Saguenay fjord, I found Pearl Seas online! Luxury cruising in well-appointed cabins (more like hotel rooms!) and ample larger spaces for observation, dining, and just relaxing. When the seas were a bit turbulent, the captain chose to alter our course and even avoid one port, giving us a longer time in Gaspe. We were impressed with the stability of the ship even in choppy waters. The service was near to perfect, the food of good quality, and the shore excursions interesting. Books found in the library on board enhanced our knowledge of each port and served to whet our appetites for the excursions ashore. For those of us who love local color, the Saguenay community production "Fabuleuse" was both entertaining and historical. Employing local talent for entertainment on board (including a French Canadian Scotsman from Pictou, NS), and a knowledgeable geologist to set the scene for the natural beauty which we encountered made the whole experience most satisfying for us "life-long learners". Visiting the Anne of Green Gables National Park in Prince Edward Island was a highlight for this LE Montgomery fan of the 50s...well-chosen on a windy day! Meeting the volunteer greeters in East Port Maine was typical of the local interest in the cruising population, and so proud of their community that it was contagious! From the smooth and relaxed embarkation, we expected all to go smoothly (except maybe the wind and seas), but debarkation proved to be less so, probably because we were one of 3 couples who had arranged for a rental car, so we left amidst the confusion of the grocery delivery for the next cruise, and the setting up of the reception area in the cruise terminal for the next cruise patrons, but nary a cup of coffee or bottle of water for us! We were no longer their concern! The only thing that would have made this a perfect experience would be extending another day in each port! Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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
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
Sail Date September 2015
Just back from this trip and it lived up to my expectations, which were all good. That being said, one's expectations must really be managed before embarking on this trip. Because this trip has a very high price tag, people may ... Read More
Just back from this trip and it lived up to my expectations, which were all good. That being said, one's expectations must really be managed before embarking on this trip. Because this trip has a very high price tag, people may expect it to be an all inclusive, very luxurious experience such as If you are expecting a Seabourn or Regent Seven Seas type of cruise, this is not the trip for you. It is not that type of trip. The higher price tag comes in part due to the many behind the scenes costs of running a small ship on North American itineraries such as: required pilot fees for naviagating the Great Lakes; very high fees for transiting locks; North American price tags for goods and services. Plus, the Pearl Mist is a wonderful shp. It is the perfectly size vessel, with only 200 passengers. Cabins and bathrooms are very spacious and all have balconies. Great showers. Very clean. Everyone is constantly cleaning all of the time. Service/crew is superb, genuine and sincere. Itineraries very unique, calling on many places one has always wanted to visit, but never gotten around to it. The two public lounges, as well as library, are lovely. Every cabin even has its own Keurig coffee maker. And though rooms are not equipped with safes, it is my understanding that you may have one upon request. Ambience/dress is comfortable and casual. And I found our cabin to be one of the quietest cabins I've ever had on any vessel. Cruise is really geared for an older, more sedentary clientele. Not much to keep the interest for a real active/outdoorsy type. And this is not a trip for kids. Free flowing wine for lunch and dinner. One hour cocktail hour before dinner each night with top notch, premium liquors. Lounges fully stocked with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, snacks all day. Popcorn and Root Beer Floats served in the lounge at night. Food very good. I was traveling with a group of 13 and we all enjoyed the food. Also, they were very good with special dietary restrictions such as gluten free. Our itinerary sailed from Chicago to Toronto, traversing the Great Lakes, with six additional ports, including Mackinac Island, Windsor, Ontario (which was the gateway to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan) and Niagara Falls. I took the trip because I had not traveled this part of the country. I thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary as well as the boat. I selected the 12 day itinerary because I wanted to see Niagara Falls, but I think 12 days was a little too long for me. Seven days would've been perfect with a day or two before and after in the embarkation/debarkation ports Entertainment needs improvement. For the entire 12 days, there was a combo that played the first three nights and then they got off and were replaced with one entertainer and her acoustical guitar for the next 8 days. That was way too much of the same thing. That being said, I seldom go to shows on cruises, so it was a huge issue for me. They did show a different movie every day on your in cabin tv. We played a lot of cards and read. We were also treated to a wonderful jazz concert in one port, compliments of Pearl Seas Cruises and it was great. The enrichment lecturer, Rae, was great. Lots of wonderful information on the Great Lakes, which, prior to this trip, I knew nothing about. Cruise Director, John K. very good. Worked 24/7 behind the scenes to make sure all was in order. Do remember, because it is a small boat, one must be prepared for the unexpected. Scheduled ports can change due to docking changes and weather conditions. Small boats can get kicked out of berthing spots sometimes by freightors, etc. I really enjoyed the Pearl Mist as a vessel. I think Pearl Seas Cruises is evolving as a cruise line and, for only being in the water for a year and half, is doing a lot of things right. They of course are having some growing pains, as all new enterprises do. It will take a few seasons to get everything completely ironed out. But I must tell you, in my dealings with them, the corporate policy was all about customer service and not cutting corners. I have sailed over 100 cruises, big boats, little boats and everything in between. Would I consider another cruise on this boat: you bet! I would like to do several of the Eastern Seaboard itineraries. The Pearl Mist is really perfect for the smaller, less traveled inlets and coves. If you enjoy the roads less traveled, check this trip out. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have been on many cruises and I thought this cruise was very good. The ship is well appointed for a small ship. The staterooms were a good size and comfortable. About the only thing missing was an in room safe for those items with ... Read More
I have been on many cruises and I thought this cruise was very good. The ship is well appointed for a small ship. The staterooms were a good size and comfortable. About the only thing missing was an in room safe for those items with value that you like to feel are in a safe place when you are off the ship on a tour excursion or just visiting a town. The food service was very good and the before dinner cocktails and wines with lunch and dinner were a nice addition. I did feel that the entertainment could have been a little more varied over the time we were on the cruise. The on board lecturer was excellent, interesting and very knowledgable. I would have liked a little more information about the ports we visited and the local areas. This definitely was a cruise for the senior age group and I felt that the staff and crew did a very helpful job with disembarkation and embarkation in the ports of call. Overall it was a very good experience and I would like to take another cruise on the Pearl Mist. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We took the 7 day cruise of the Great Lakes, departing from Chicago, including Georgian Bay and ending in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Our only other cruise experience was an 8-day to Alaska, departing from Seattle on a very large cruise ... Read More
We took the 7 day cruise of the Great Lakes, departing from Chicago, including Georgian Bay and ending in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Our only other cruise experience was an 8-day to Alaska, departing from Seattle on a very large cruise ship. The Pearl Mist was only a year old and we were pleasantly surprised that our cabin and its bathroom were larger than the one we had on the Alaskan cruise. (Who cares that there was no door on the closet? And we were not expecting a mini-fridge, microwave or safe in our room.) The size of the ship was just right, with only 200 passengers. This cruise was expensive, comparatively speaking, as we were surprised to learn after embarking that most of the excursions were at an extra cost. This was not explained in the information we received prior to reserving our place. Those costs should have been part of the initial information with descriptions so that budgetary considerations could be made. We did not take advantage of many on-board activities or entertainment since we took every opportunity available to be off the ship and exploring new places. Each evening, there was a review of activities and excursions for the next day, so that people could ask questions if needed. The excursions themselves were varied, enjoyable and interesting. The ship's activity director and staff did an admirable job of filling in times when we were delayed due to dangerous weather conditions ahead. The food was excellent and the dining staff was terrific. Our cabin attendant was wonderful and he kept our room and bathroom clean and tidy at all times. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. A tip for those who might not want to experience too much movement on the water: Choose a cabin that is near the center of the ship and on the lowest level possible. A hint: There is always going to be some movement of a vessel when it is on water, even when it is docked. If you expect no movement, don't go on a cruise. A fact: Weather conditions are out of the control of the Captain and the Cruise Director, along with all other cruise personnel. Mother Nature likes to do her thing and she will with little to no warning. A suggestion: If you have questions about the cabins, ask for details before you sign up. We had all our questions answered by Pearl Seas either by email or phone call before we put down the deposit to hold our reservation. Read Less
Sail Date August 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 July 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
Sail Date June 2015
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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