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.