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7 Pearl Seas Luxury Cruise Reviews

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
My sister and I sailed March 28, 2017 on Pearl Seas' seventh trip to Cuba. A year earlier, the company had canceled our April 2016 trip at the last minute. Instead, we tried out the ship on the Canadian Maritimes 14 day ... Read More
My sister and I sailed March 28, 2017 on Pearl Seas' seventh trip to Cuba. A year earlier, the company had canceled our April 2016 trip at the last minute. Instead, we tried out the ship on the Canadian Maritimes 14 day itinerary, and were impressed by its obliging crew, good food, large quarters and Swiss precision of timetables and communication by tour directors. So we had confidence that, once Pearl Seas received permission from Cuban ports, (which was communicated in early December, 2016), we would have a great trip to Cuba with this ship and crew. Cruise director Kristen came right over to us in the Ft. Lauderdale terminal, and we were warmly greeted by Akin, Boro, Sarah, Paulino, Celeste, Alvin and Chris on board. This cruise line has the human touch. This time we were on second deck forward, in a spacious cabin. We find the beds comfortable, the furniture well-made and the bathroom attractive. Deck two gets wet, however, from sea spray. The ship’s passage around both west and east tips was in rough water. The lecturers were outstanding. Rafael's perspective from his upbringing as a child of Cuban immigrants, his densely packed coverage of Cuban cuisine and Bay of Pigs talks were nuanced, with excellent diction and insight. Janis Lewin's decades of photographs expressed wordlessly the human condition of Cuban people. We enjoyed a wonderful participatory salsa class put on by ballroom dancing expert and musician Leelyn, and heard a wide variety of music of Kenny Holliday each night. Not quite enough Latin for me, though! The team of tour directors Kristen, Kathleen, Koryn, and Kevin gave clear public announcements, help and advice. The tours were excellent, with some excellent English speaking guides, such as Adolfo in Cienfuegos and Yenia in Santiago. The meals out were impressive, Brasso in particular. As were the meals and service on the ship. Akin and crew had taken many of my suggestions for Cuban menus and implemented them! A different quiche every morning, nice buffet at breakfast with food sculptures. The chef has a light touch, and is a master at garde-manger, not wasting any food due to our ordering each morning on a paper menu. Half portions allow you to enjoy dining without overeating. We experienced fine treatment, with champagne, birthday cake and serenading, as well as platters of bland food when we had a bout of sea sickness in rocking swells. Traveling in comfort and safety on this ship offered a particular advantage to us two women over the age of 60. Cuba’s people are warm, welcoming, and the roads are good, the water safe to drink, and the island is educated, and safe. However, the dilapidated state of water delivery, the electrical outages, and sketchy transportation makes it much better a destination for young, robust backpackers, rather than older tourists with less physical stamina in the heat, agility and tolerance for such outages. We wish we had brought boxes of pencils and papers for the students, or musical instruments. Our coming on a ship and tipping guides and local people surely helps support families living on $20/month government salaries. Having our ship offshore emboldened us to come see this once forbidden place, but in comfort, and avoiding the schlepping of packing and unpacking. Mojitos or frozen drinks on deck six. Nice and easy embarking and disembarking with only 182 guests and 66 crew. Guests are interesting, and do not put on airs. You don't even have to dress for dinner. It's a ship we would gladly return to. Canary islands anyone? Mexico? Iceland? Hawaii? Central America? Circumnavigation of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic? We would be on board! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Good ship to see Cuba. Round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale made it very convenient. Especially liked the "one" seating in the dining room. We met a lot of new friends and were able to hear of their experiences. Shore excursions ... Read More
Good ship to see Cuba. Round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale made it very convenient. Especially liked the "one" seating in the dining room. We met a lot of new friends and were able to hear of their experiences. Shore excursions were well handled and no extra charge for sightseeing. The staterooms were larger than normal and were very comfortable, all had balconies. The food was excellent and we were able to order half sizes if we wished. All the crew and dining room waiters were very friendly and quickly learned our names and favorite things we liked to eat and drink. We think this ship is the ideal way to visit Cuba. We would recommend Pearl Seas Cruises "Pearl Mist" if you have a desire to visit Cuba. We found that the Cubans were very friendly. We enjoyed seeing all the old architecture and were amazed how clean the streets were.K Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We wanted to visit Cuba with minimum hassle.Pearl Seas seemed to fit the bill and did not disappoint. The ship was clean, the staff was very attentive and our cabin was extremely comfortable.Embarkation was super easy. No complaints about ... Read More
We wanted to visit Cuba with minimum hassle.Pearl Seas seemed to fit the bill and did not disappoint. The ship was clean, the staff was very attentive and our cabin was extremely comfortable.Embarkation was super easy. No complaints about the food, service or nightly open bar!We really enjoyed the open seating in the dining room. We did not attend any of the lectures or evening entertainment. We enjoyed lounging on the sundecks. Though a small ship, no space ever felt crowded.The cruise directors were fabulous. This was Pearl Seas inaugural cruise so we were prepared for the unexpected.There was indeed the unexpected! We were given excursion options in each port. These were presented in one of the lounges prior to arrival in each port.Since each port was a two day stop, we could choose from two different two day packages. Our first stop was Havana. We were late getting into port which disrupted our first day excursion schedule. We were supposed to have a tour in classic cars which couldn't happen. This was not Pearl Seas fault but Pearl Seas was able to arrange a shortened classic car ride for us. We appreciated that they did their best to make sure we did get to ride in a classic car. Our 1/2 day excursion to Trinidad ended up being much longer and we missed a concert in Cienfuegos. Others raved about this concert and I was really disappointed. When I mentioned my disappointment, I was told that they would try an arrange a performance for our group the following day. I never expected it to happen but they in fact did arrange it for us and it was fabulous! In Santiago de Cuba we unexpectedly had to use tenders. This went very smoothly. Unfortunately, the Cuban government would not allow the tenders to operate after 6:00PM so we were unable to attend a jazz club in the evening. Pearl Seas again did their best under the circumstances and instead brought a local group of musicians on board. I always felt that Pearl Seas did their best to give us a good experience. The tour buses were clean, comfortable and had AC and a bathroom. We enjoyed the excursions. We just kept an open mind and enjoyed the adventure. We had a rough sea day and I really appreciated the baskets of medicine so that I didn't need to bother the medical staff.I must give a huge shout-out to the medical staff. My husband became very ill with a respiratory problem the last few days of the cruise. He got excellent and proper care from the competent medical staff.Due to his weakened condition, Pearl Seas provided a wheel chair from our cabin, through customs and to a waiting cab. We really appreciated the care he received. We had some passengers who experienced very serious medical situations requiring hospital trips.While we were slightly delayed in disembarking for medical evacuations, I think most of us were just very concerned for our fellow passengers and didn't mind the delay for such serious situations. We loved our experience with Pearl Seas.We really like that it was all-inclusive. There was nothing offered that required more money except tips at the end of the cruise. We found the staff very responsive. We got to experience Cuba without packing and unpacking suitcases and had a comfortable place with creature comforts when not enjoying the land excursions. We met so many interesting people.We found the atmosphere very relaxing and wouldn't hesitate to travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
A unique great adventure of the Great Lakes. The port excursions were varied with a new location and experience every day. The food choices were excellent, delicious, and served by the most cherry and well trained staff. The Pear Mist ... Read More
A unique great adventure of the Great Lakes. The port excursions were varied with a new location and experience every day. The food choices were excellent, delicious, and served by the most cherry and well trained staff. The Pear Mist has many varied public areas; sun and shade comfy top deck, nice library room with jig saw rainy day puzzles, and three lounge areas. The cabins are very large with private balcony; they are well maintained, comfortable, and clean. We embarked in Toronto, we were met at our hotel and transported to the ship. Our room was ready and luggage delivered almost immediately. From the first moment we felt welcomed. All crew members genuinely friendly. Ports of call include Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Henry Ford Museum, charming small ports in the Georgian Bay area, Mackinac Island, and ending with a tour of Chicago. We end the day with coctail hour, delicious dinner, then after dinner entertainment. You have a truly unique vacation from sunrise to sunset. No children, this is for the "mature adult". Educational adventure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Great personalized service is hallmark of pearl seas. from constant attention to detail to ability for special order foods it was fantastic small size of ship -only 200 lets you get to know other passengers and not be lost in mob ... Read More
Great personalized service is hallmark of pearl seas. from constant attention to detail to ability for special order foods it was fantastic small size of ship -only 200 lets you get to know other passengers and not be lost in mob great value with all included like most excursions, happy hour alcohol and wine with all meals and free internet. personal attention from cabin steward to purser to meals, but especially from Marcie our cruise director like the options and mostly free shore tours largest staterooms over 300 sq feet was magnificient and love private balconys. best staff and cruise ever we have been on over 20 riverboats and pearl seas is the best guest speaker david made learning fun about everything from endangered species to facts on ports Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
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
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