Recently returned from a ‘Canadian Maritimes’ voyage on Pearl Seas Cruises, Sheila Cohn’s first comment was, “it was much more than I expected!
With only about 200 passengers, the ship felt much more like a riverboat than a cruise ship.” Never having traveled with Pearl Seas before, Sheila was immediately impressed with the size of the cabins; she compared them more to hotel rooms than the usual cruise ship cabins, and each room had its own balcony.
What stood out for her? “Hands down, the service. I’ve been on cruises on many different lines, and the service on this ship really stood out,” Sheila said. “I was also impressed with the food. Everything was fresh and cooked to order; there were no buffets. Since we were travelling through the North Atlantic Ocean, a unique feature of this particular sailing was the abundance of lobster. We had lobster tails, whole lobster, lobster mac and cheese, and even lobster rolls during this trip.”
Favorite destination? “Without a doubt, Prince Edward Island! I could easily move there. I’ve heard that Prince Edward Island (or ‘PEI’) is called ‘the garden of the Gulf,’ and I can believe it. Not only was the PEI unbelievably green, I was fortunate to be there at the height of wild lupin and lilac season. The aroma from all the flowers was almost indescribable. I was so impressed, I brought back some lupin seeds as a souvenir. Let’s see how they do in Southern California!”
Sheila suggests that this trip would be a great option for those who really want to feel they’ve traveled abroad, but without the long and taxing overseas flight and jet lag. A great deal of this trip covers territory that was either historically French or Arcadian (in fact, many of these Arcadians migrated to New Orleans to become the ‘Cajuns’ we know today). This means that many of the stops have a distinct French flavor. “In fact, I’d recommend that anyone taking this cruise arrive in Quebec City a few days early to really soak up the French culture,” concludes Sheila.