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Pearl Seas Cruises

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Pearl Seas Cruises

About Pearl Seas Cruises

American-flagged Pearl Seas Cruises, which operates a single all-balcony ship, Pearl Mist, offers small-ship itineraries to the Great Lakes, the Canadian Maritimes, along the St. Lawrence Seaway and in and around New England.

  • Who goes on Pearl Seas cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Pearl Seas cruise?

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Who goes on Pearl Seas cruise ships?

Similar to its sister company, American Cruise Lines, Pearl Seas draws mature passengers, though Pearl Seas skews toward slightly younger, later-born baby boomers rather than the leading edge of the generation or their parents. The majority of passengers are from North America and the U.K. and include quite a few multigenerational groups with adult children. With staterooms priced without a supplement, Pearl Seas also attracts single travelers, and it is one of the few river cruise operators to offer wheelchair-accessible accommodations.

Do I have to dress up on a Pearl Seas cruise?

No, the dress code is casual resort wear, although most people do dress up a little more in the evenings, with women generally putting on a dress or skirt with nice top or slacks with a sweater. Men tend to opt for slacks and a collared shirt, and some will bring along a sport coat as well.

Is everything free on Pearl Seas cruises?

Not quite, but a fair amount is. All meals are included, and beer and wine are complimentary with both lunch and dinner service. Additionally, cocktails, beer, wine and spirits are free each evening during the 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour. Wi-Fi is also included, as is the evening entertainment.

Gratuities will cost you extra, as will most shore excursions, and you pay separately for port charges and fees.

What are Pearl Seas’s most popular activities?

After spending the days on guided tours or exploring independently, evening activities are usually subdued and might include lectures, musical entertainment or culinary demonstrations. There tends to be quite a bit of conversation during the day among the friendly passengers in the Atlantic Lounge, but evenings are apt to end early.

Why go with Pearl Seas?

  • Itineraries along the Great Lakes, Canada and New England
  • The line's single ship, Pearl Mist, has oversized cabins, all with balconies
  • Lectures and local entertainers give in-depth feel to port visits

Best for: Mature travelers looking for a relaxed pace to explore some of the coastal byways of the U.S. and Canada

Not for: Passengers looking for dazzling onboard nightlife or families with young children

Pearl Seas Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Bail Before You Sail

We chose this cruise based on the destination and the advertising. The destination was perfect. The advertising was a lie. We were told the ship would be at a berth totally different from where, after one hour... Read More
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Mitchelintervig

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Not the "Luxury" claimed

We chose this cruise because of the route & ports. In previous cruises up the coast to Canada, only the biggest ports were included because of the ship size. So the Pearl Mist being smaller, was able to stop at... Read More
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2410redman

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

Fall Great Lakes & Georgian Bay with Canadian Maritime & St. Lawrence Seaway

After reading the many negative reviews of this ship and cruise company, we were very concerned about doing this extended trip, particularly after having extensive (2+ years) ocean/river cruising experiences on... Read More
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John5280

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Pearl Mist Great Lakes Cruise

We wanted to tour the Great Lakes on a small ship in style. To start our days, the breakfasts were always excellent with a nice variety. The portions at each meal were just right. We enjoyed the open seating at... Read More
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wayn70

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

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