Discover the Unsurpassed Beauty of the Canadian Maritimes with Pearl Seas Cruises
The scenery of Eastern Canada is nothing short of breathtaking, with stunning ports of call shaped by a rich history. On this gorgeous journey to the best of the Canadian Maritimes, you’ll explore the old city walls of Quebec City, where the streets are lined with magnificent churches, fragrant gardens and chic boutiques. Visit one of the most popular whale-watching spots in Canada at Saguenay Fjord. Discover the majestic beauty of Baie-Comeau. And be amazed at the dramatic landscape of the Gaspé Peninsula, the “Birthplace of Canada”, known as the first stop of Jacques Cartier to claim the land for France.
Set sail for the remote archipelago of Îles de la Madeleine- sporting cottages in a bright and beautiful array of primary hues. Here you’ll find beaches that provide the habitat for the endangered piping plover and the roseate tern, and the town itself maintains an air of French culture. Gaze upon the red sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island, known for the vivid colors of its gently rolling landscape, and visit Green Gables, an old farmhouse immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished 1908 novel. The waterfront’s crown jewel is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where one can learn the history of this province’s shipbuilding heritage. Fill your days with exploration and discovery and come away with a new found appreciation of this spectacular area.
- Featuring many intriguing exhibits on the history of Quebec, the Musee de la Civilization in Quebec City is great place to inform yourself of Canadian heritage.
- Take in the expanse of dramatic red sandstone cliffs and rolling green hills on the archipelago of Gaspe, Quebec.
- Visit St. Dunstan’s Basilica, a beautifully-adorned French Gothic church in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and the only Roman Catholic cathedral and basilica in the province.
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Day by Day
Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historical and architectural masterpieces. Portland has an extensive nautical history which has been preserved throughout the centuries. Established by the British in 1632 as a fishing settlement, the town quickly became a mecca for shipping and trading companies. Big city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets. From classical to cutting edge, performance and visual arts are vibrantly alive in the city and infuse the region with excitement and sophistication. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a Portland native, immortalized his birthplace in the poem My Lost Youth as he wrote, “Often I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea …”
Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has enchanted visitors throughout history with its incredible natural beauty, cultural traditions, and an endless array of exciting activities. Discovered in the 1800’s, Bar Harbor has long been a place of inspiration, relaxation, and outdoor exploration. Visit the bordering Acadia National Park or the Abbe Museum which details the history of the indigenous Wabanaki tribe and discover all the exciting history that Bar Harbor has to offer. (Note: Some cruises may visit Eastport, ME or Rockland, ME)
Discover Eastport at the northern end of the coast, just across the bay from New Brunswick. Eastport has much to offer visitors, with activities appealing to history buffs, artists, and whale watchers. Water Street boasts a variety of shopping to suit all tastes. The walkable downtown includes 29 buildings on the National Historic Register. The city’s unique architecture nicely compliments the breathtaking vistas of the sea and islands. Eastport, the easternmost city in the United States, was founded in 1604 and played a prominent role in the War of 1812, as both England and the United States fought for its prime waterfront. Explore the stunning Moose Island, still undiscovered by many tourists, and enjoy the beauty of this secluded island without the crowds.
Established in 1753, Lunenburg was the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia and remains one of Nova Scotia’s most historic and appealing villages. Many of its downtown buildings possess a distinctive style with ornamental brackets and towers which complement their brightly painted designs. A growing number of art galleries and crafts shops also make for a rewarding browsing experience. The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, with aquarium exhibits and a replica of the Bluenose, Canada’s most- recognized and most-storied ship.
Nova Scotia’s capital is a historic community that still shows a striking resemblance to the Halifax of the 1800’s when it was a key naval station in the British Empire. The Halifax Citadel, a military bastion that has been standing for over 250 years, was restored and is still active. Stroll down Spring Garden Road, a lively neighborhood with intriguing boutiques set among a mildly Bohemian street scene. At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the waterfront, learn the colorful history of Samuel Cunard, a Nova Scotia native who became a Canadian shipping magnate and founded a successful steamship company.
The Town of Pictou, located on the beautiful Northumberland Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, is renowned as the “Birthplace of New Scotland” since it was here that the first wave of Scottish immigrants landed in 1773. Pictou offers a historic waterfront, museums, period homes on tree lined streets, and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit where residents enjoy a stable and prosperous economy. Pictou is the best place to experience old-world charm and present-day hospitality.
The pastoral Prince Edward Island is known for its world famous, lush golf courses and sandy beaches. Green Gables, an old farmhouse immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, is high among the list of favorite places to visit. Experience state-of-the-art exhibits at Founders Hall, an interactive museum that describes the history of Canada. The true architectural jewel of downtown Charlottetown is the majestic St. Dunstan’s Basilica. Adorned by three copper spires visible virtually anywhere in the city, the church adds to the Victorian splendor of the downtown core.
Spend the day in this remote archipelago on some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in North America. Located in the geographical center of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Isles are made up of about a dozen islands, six of which are linked by sand dunes. Highlights of the area include beautiful red cliffs, rolling hills, and 180 miles of honey-colored sand. Brightly colored fishermen’s houses also dot the area to make the islands a vibrant and quaint landscape.
The deepwater port of Gaspé is notable for having been the first stop of Jacques Cartier, in 1534, to claim the land for France. That is why Gaspé is called the “Birthplace of Canada.” The town is proud to have a magnificent stretch of water in Gaspé Bay, which is considered to be the second largest natural bay in the world. This bay is surrounded by three of the most beautiful salmon rivers in Quebec, numerous lakes, as well as Forillon National Park, plus many beaches along the shore. Gaspé has also been named one of the top 50 “must-see” places in the world, according to National Geographic Magazine. Our train-ride down the coast will also bring us into the picturesque village of Percé, a charming small town which also borders Perce Rock, the dominant natural feature of the area.
Located about 400 km (250 mi) north of Quebec City, Baie-Comeau is a hub for logging and hydroelectric power in Quebec. Located in the Manicouagana Peninsula on the St. Lawrence Estuary, Baie-Comeau is rich in sandy beaches with picturesque views of the archipelago of islands that are inhabited by harbor seals and various species of seabirds. Fall in love with the magnificent backdrop of clear waters and the wild beauty of boreal forests as you explore the natural wonders of Baie-Comeau.
The villages along the Saguenay Fjord can be reached by road, but the best way to experience this magnificent waterway is by boat. One of the most popular whale watching spots is where the St. Lawrence River meets the Saguenay Fjord. The thriving natural conditions in the St. Lawrence estuary support a permanent colony of a thousand or more whales. Beautiful views of the length of the fjord are found at Cap Trinite, a cliff that rises above the channel with a 33-foot statue of the Virgin Mary surveying the scenery from the lowest ledge.
Québec City is nestled beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, where enchanting old stone houses cozy up to great religious institutions built from the same stone. The old city is a sheer delight for history buffs. Walk along the streets of Old Québec, which are lined with magnificent churches, fragrant gardens, and chic boutiques. Visit the Musée de la Civilization which celebrates the history and culture of the region.
Canadian Maritimes Overview
Discover the Canadian Maritimes with an 11 night cruise with Pearl Seas Cruises. Portland, Bar Harbor, Charlottetown, Quebec City, and more great destinations await on this exceptional cruise with fascinating attractions.
Ships & Rates
Small Ship Cruising
Small ship cruising is the pursuit of the exceptional. The stunning, new Pearl Mist offers the ultimate cruise experience with just 100 over-sized, luxurious staterooms, all with private balconies. Let our attentive crew cater to your wishes and world-class chefs create culinary delights with a local flavor. Visit the most exciting destinations in the world in perfect comfort with Pearl Seas Cruises.
Points of Distinction
- Spacious, Luxurious Staterooms – ALL with Private Balconies
- Magnificent Open-Seating Dining Room with Panoramic View
- Exceptional Traditional and Regional Cuisine Prepared by Acclaimed Chefs
- Six Onboard Lounges, Library and Lecture Room
- Elevator Access to All Decks & Onboard Medical Services
- Flat Screen Satellite TVs, DVD players, and Wi-Fi throughout the ship
Rates (per passenger)
When building the Pearl Mist, we designed her from the ground up to achieve the perfect combination of comfort, safety, and elegance. We comfortably carry only 210 passengers in rooms ranging from 300-580 square feet, while boasting 6 lounges and spacious dining room. For full specifications, see the details below:
Length (ft/m): 335 ft
Beam (ft/m): 56 ft
Draft (ft/m): 12 ft
Number of Decks: 6
Passenger Capacity: 210
Number of Staterooms: 108
Size Range of Staterooms: 300 to 580 sq. ft
Ship Registry: Republic of the Marshall Islands