Pearl Sea Cruises travels to interesting and unusual destinations in Tahiti, the South Pacific, Caribbean, Latin America, and the Panama Canal. The cruise line features one flagship cruise liner called the Pearl Mist. The company will be unveiling a second ship in 2016. The Pearl Mist is smaller than other ships, allowing guests to visit exotic destinations other cruise lines cannot access.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0
#25
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$3,995
210
4.4

The Good

The ship combines fascinating lectures from experts with offshore excursions to the regions discussed. The experts will share their knowledge with passengers at night. The next day, he or she will show passengers what he  was sharing through a tour on land. All offshore excursions are considered “light adventures.” Sometimes the focal point will be physical activities while others will be cultural experiences in regional art, food, and music.

Cabins are equipped with flat-screen televisions, DVD players, safes, and private climate controls. These suites also feature balconies with sliding-glass doors. Amenities include toiletries, hair dryers, minibars, and luxurious bedding. Free Internet access is available in all cabins and throughout the rest of the ship. Cabins include full-sized bathrooms, hairdryers, safes, toiletries, phones, and private climate controls. Wi-Fi is available and complimentary throughout the ship. Each cabin includes two twin beds that combine to form a king bed. Accessible cabins and singles cabins are available.

Pearl Seas Cruise caters to middle-aged and older travelers. In-room safes are provided to protect valuables. Additionally, Pearl Sea Cruises includes 7-night, 11-night, and 14 night cruises. Cruises are offered year round. Destinations offered by Pear Seas Cruises include the following:

  • Tahiti
  • Fiji
  • South Pacific
  • Europe
  • Transatlantic
  • Caribbean
  • Latin America
  • Panama Canal

Pearl Mist features a library stocked full with books and board games. There are 6 lounges to enjoy, along with a fitness center, putting green, and computer workstations. Elevators allow easy access to all decks to the ship. Pearl Mist also provides wheelchair accessibility to guests with special needs. Guests can relax in style on the sundeck with comfortable lounge chairs and tables.

The main dining room is equipped with glass walls to give guests full view of the water scenery. Meals are scheduled at set times with an open-seating plan. Special diets are catered to for guests with certain dietary needs. Room service is also complimentary for travelers aboard Pearl Sea Cruises.Pearl Sea Cruises also provides complimentary cocktails, appetizers, snacks and certain beverages include in the price of the fare.

The Bad

Activities are limited in options. There are nightly lectures and musical performances from local musicians. There are no organized activities for children and teenagers. Families may want to consider another cruise liner for interesting activities for their young ones. The cruise line skimps on luxury amenities and certain areas of the ship can get too dirty from smokestack soot from some customers.

The pipes can get a bit loud at time and prevent guests from getting a good night’s sleep. If this becomes a problem, the cruise line will move you to another room at your request. However, you may not get a good room that has as many amenities and features as the one you reserved. This has been disappointing to previous passengers.

Smoking is not permitted in any area of the ship. The cabins feature two twin beds that are pushed together to form a king-sized bed. There is also no pool for guests to enjoy. These issues put a damper on the overall enjoyment of the ships and limit the number of passengers who would want to book a cruise with the fleet. Customers who desire a more comfortable travelling environment will want to seek reservation arrangements with another cruise line that will accommodate these needs.

Pearl Seas Cruises requires a $500 deposit per person for any reservation fewer than 9 nights. A $900 deposit is required per person for trips longer than 10 nights. Single travelers will be charged 150- 175 percent the double occupancy rate for their stay. Payment is due in full 60 days before departure. If any cruise is booked within 60 days of boarding, payment is due in full at the time of the reservation. There are also service fees for various features/amenities. These service fees include:

  • Offshore excursions
  • Medical Treatment
  • Luggage Handling

The cruise line does not provide transportation to and from airports. Passengers will need to arrange their own transportation or book a hotel that offers complimentary shuttle service to the ship. The cruise line will provide transportation at the end of the cruise for an additional fee. There are other cruise lines that provide this service to its guests. The company would provide a more pleasant experience to its guests if it would provide this simple added touch.

The Bottom Line

Pearl Seas Cruises attracts older travelers who desire a quiet sailing experience built around socializing and minimal activities. Families may not have a good experience with this cruise line and desire to choose another cruise line as there are no activities and entertainment options for kids. Complimentary appetizers, cocktails, snacks are provided as an added plus. Travelers who smoke will not be allowed to do so anywhere on the ship. The cruise line charges extra for many of its services, which can make cruises expensive for passengers on a limited household budget. Amenities such as a pool would greatly improve the cruise line, but the company fails to provide passengers with this experience.

The company has few complaints and resolves issues to customer satisfaction. For travelers who desire vacations to cooler destinations, Pearl Seas Cruise is a great fit.

Overall, we would recommend using another cruise line for your travel needs. Visit our recommended cruise lines.

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Audience & Convenience

Pearl Seas Cruise caters to middle-aged and older travelers. Pearl Sea Cruises includes 7-night, 11-night, and 14 night cruises. Cruises are offered year round.

What are the destinations for 2015-2016?

  • Destinations include: Tahiti, Fiji, and The South Pacific; Europe and Transatlantic; and the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Panama Canal.

Do they offer transportation services from airports to the ports?

  • Nearby hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to the ships. The cruise line will provide transportation to the airport at the end of the cruise for an additional charge.

Safety

Do they have any security?

  • In-room safes are provided to protect valuables.

How do they prevent theft?

  • The company is not liable for any stolen items. Travelers insurance is recommended.

What precautions do they take for disease prevention?

  • Passengers must prove they are in good health before boarding.

Basically, what do they offer in way of Vacation Protection?

  • You will be paid a Cruise Cancellation Refund, up to the amount paid for your Cruise Fare Cost, if a covered reason occurs before your embarkation date or during your cruise.

Price

What is the price of 2-3 of their featured cruise trips?

New England Fall Foliage Cruise: 7 Night Cruise- $4,770-$6,475

Explore the vibrant colors of fall on our beautiful New England Fall Foliage Cruise.  Starting in Boston on a round-trip journey, we’ll take you up the New England Coast into Canada to visit sites such as Bar Harbor, Yarmouth, Campobello Island, and more. Enjoy the perfect temperatures, calm sea breezes, changing leaves, and savory, heart-warming meals on this scenic fall cruise. The remarkable beauty and history of this region are unmatched, and you’ll enjoy the picturesque views and enriching heritage of each maritime port.

  • Panama Canal and Costa Rica Cruise: 11 Night Cruise- $6,215-$9,095

Set sail to one of the most marvelous examples of human ingenuity in the world, the Panama Canal.  On our journey, the history of the region unfolds as you explore these miraculous locks and the surrounding rainforest. The Pearl Mist will navigate this world-changing link between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, as we narrate the highs and lows, perseverance and sacrifice required to create this powerful work of art.

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What are their prices for cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe?

  • Caribbean: Not Available
  • Alaska: Not Available
  • Mexico: Not Available
  • Europe: Not Available

Activities/Services

What services/activities are standard on all their cruise ships?

  • Cabins include full-sized bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, safes, toiletries, phones, private climate controls, minibars and DVD players. Wi-Fi is available and complimentary throughout the ship. Each cabin includes two twin beds that combine to form a king bed. Accessible cabins and singles cabins are available.

What services/activities are unique?

  • Pearl Mist features six lounges, a lecture room, a library with books and board games, a fitness center, computer workstations, onboard medical services, one main lounge and a putting green. It also includes a sundeck atop the ship with lounge chairs and tables (no pool). An elevator services all decks.

Service Fees

Do any of the services on the boat cost?

  • Offshore excursions
  • Medical Treatment
  • Luggage Handling

Contact Information

(800) 981-9146

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    July 15th, 2016 Staten Island, NY

    Pearl Seas Cruises cancelled the first trip to Cuba just days before departure was scheduled. We were half way to Miami from New York when a fellow passenger called to say things had changed. A call on our end to Pearl Seas confirmed that the cruise w a no go. We did receive the cost for the cruise within a month or so. All expenses related to this have never been acknowledged or reimbursed by Pearl Seas. The rental car, hotels, plane tickets for our return trip were not reimbursed. The really sad part is that when you call Pearl Seas there is absolutely no customer service. We have left numerous voice mails that have never been acknowledged. Even a letter saying they do not want to reimburse us would be better than no communication. This would have been our second. Raise with Pearl Seas. Needless to say, we never use their cruise line again.

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    May 28th, 2016 Gilbert, AZ

    Warning _ they are selling a cruise they are NOT authorized for – be prepared for a call 3 days before sail date to cancel and they they leave you with ALL your travel expenses!,,

    False advertising !,,

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    April 13th, 2016 Tucson, AZ

    My mother has traveled with this company previously, and selected their Cuba cruise for a trip with my husband and me. We were going to meet her in Miami three days before the cruise, which was supposed to start this coming Friday. I say “supposed to” because my mother got a call early Monday morning saying it been canceled because the company has not obtained the necessary permits. (I don’t know if the problem was on the cruise company’s end or on Cuba’s end.) My mother had also been signed up to go on a Panama Canal cruise with them last year, which also got canceled at the last minute.

    My mother received all of her travel documents weeks ago, but as of the beginning of last week my husband and I had not received ours. I called the cruise company and was told to speak to my travel agent about it. She tried calling Pearl as well, and said the first person she spoke to was extremely uncooperative and on helpful, so she waited a few hours and called back. She got someone else who said the documents would be overnighted to us. We were supposed to have left yesterday, which they knew full well last week, and our documents *still have not arrived.*

    We will not be planning to travel with them again.

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