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Pearl Mist
4.5 / 5.0
207 reviews

Pros
Intimate, port-intensive cruises with five-star service and food
Cons
Limited selection of onboard activities and shore excursions
Bottom Line
Choose this ship if you crave a slow pace and enjoy getting to know other people

About

Passengers
210

Crew
65

Passenger to Crew
3.23:1

Launched
2014

Shore Excursions
0
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Sails From
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Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Contributor

Pearl Mist Overview

Cruisers may find it a tad difficult to re-enter the "real" world after a cruise onboard Pearl Mist. Who couldn't quickly get used to the onboard chef preparing dishes exactly how you like, listening and learning from speakers in the ship's excellent enrichment program or having your room made up only moments after leaving?

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The ship's small size – just 210 passengers - and intimate nature also receive high marks. (When we shared a stop in Bar Harbor with Holland America's 1,258 passengers Maasdam, most Pearl Mist passengers deemed that ship overwhelmingly large). Lively cocktail and meal-time conversations with new friends are an integral aspect of the Pearl Mist experience, and the small size means you quickly get to know almost everyone.

Pearl Mist is a great vehicle (pun intended) for anyone looking to reconnect with a spouse, friend, parents or siblings. There were several multigenerational groups onboard (mostly Boomer or Gen X children with their Boomer or senior parents).

But Pearl Mist is not for everyone. The leisurely onboard pace is sometimes too slow. Not everyone appreciates or needs time for a daily nap. And getting active is a challenge, even more so because the ship's limited fitness equipment is located outside making it unsuitable for use in inclement weather (that includes rain, wind, rough seas). It would be great if the line could scrap the Coral Lounge, as there are already two larger lounges and the library for those seeking quiet space, and relocate the fitness equipment there.

Some passengers also chafe against the limited choices offered, both for onboard entertainment and shore excursions in port. There is never more than one activity occurring at a time. This was especially tiresome when the cruise director took several hours out of our sailing on two occasions for future cruise bookings. Since he was busy, no social activity was provided.

Similarly, excursion choices are limited. In most ports, one excursion is offered. If you don't want to join that excursion, no alternatives are offered – not even for those ready to pay extra. And since these are small, sometimes off-the-beaten-path ports, finding alternatives on your own isn't always easy to do.

But such grievances are minor when considering the Pearl Mist experience as a whole. Generally speaking, the excellent service and dining, combined with the physical beauty of the itineraries (think Canadian Maritimes, Caribbean and Panama Canal locales), make for a satisfying one- to two-weeks onboard.


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Fellow Passengers

Passengers onboard Pearl Mist skew older and hail primarily from the United States. The age range on a typical sailing falls primarily between 65 and 80 years of age, though don't be surprised to see a handful of younger or older passengers. On any given sailing you may also find Gen X adults with their parents. The bulk of the passengers come from the East Coast or Midwest, as well as other U.S. states, parts of Canada and occasionally overseas.


Pearl Mist Dress Code

The daytime dress code onboard Pearl Mist is resort casual, though many passengers change into a nicer outfit for dinner. For men, this may mean a sport shirt and slacks, while women tend to opt for slacks (or a nice skirt) and blouse, or a casual dress.


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Pearl Mist Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.3
Dining5.04.1
Entertainment4.03.3
Public Rooms4.03.9
Fitness Recreation1.02.4
Family2.0N/A
Enrichment5.03.6
Service5.04.5
Value For Money4.03.3

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Pearl Mist Member Reviews

John5280
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Our Pearl Mist cruise experience was outstanding and we found that the majority of the negative reviews were false. The cruise was luxury, simple and not elegant.... Read More
2410redman
Sail Date: Sep 2019
So the Pearl Mist being smaller, was able to stop at places like Lunenburg, Gaspe, Isles de la Madeleine and Saguenay that bigger ships can't. However, it was not to be.... Read More
wranglerguys
Sail Date: Mar 2019
I would certainly recommend the Pearl Mist Cuba Cruise to anyone. So much more than I anticipated!... Read More
TravelGirl561
Sail Date: Jul 2019
The Pearl Mist is a small ship which enables all cruisers the chance to get to know each other. Our room was comfortable and provided everything we needed.... Read More

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Pearl Mist
4.5 / 5.0
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207 reviews

Lively cocktail and meal-time conversations with new friends are an integral aspect of the Pearl Mist experience, and its small size means you quickly get to know almost everyone.

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