Pearl Mist sailed on its maiden voyage from Baltimore to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in June 2014. Image courtesy of Dennis Jarvis.
The Pearl Mist cruise ship was built by Irving Shipbuilding at its Halifax shipyard. Image courtesy of Dennis Jarvis.
The Pearl Mist cruise ship remained idle at the Shelburne Ship Repair facility until April 2013 due to contract disputes between the owner and the shipbuilder. Image courtesy of Dennis Jarvis.

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Pearl Mist is a new small luxury cruising vessel constructed for Pearl Seas Cruises.

The small cruise ship was constructed by Irving Shipbuilding at its Halifax shipyard in 2009. The delivery was delayed by around four years as the builder and the owner were embroiled in a contract dispute over construction standards and compliance issues with vessel licensing authorities such as the USCG and the Flag State (Marshal Islands).

"The ship was commissioned for operations in June 2014."

The ship laid idle at the Shelburne Ship Repair facility until it was finally delivered to its owner in April 2013. It underwent a final outfitting at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland, US, and was commissioned for operations in June 2014.

The luxury cruise ship sailed on its maiden voyage from Baltimore to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The 11-night inaugural itineraries included sailing through the Eastern Seaboard to Canada, with voyages to Canada, New England, the Great Lakes and the Caribbean.

Pearl Mist cruise ship design

Pearl Mist is registered under the Republic of the Marshall Islands with a Lloyd’s Register classification. The overall length of the vessel is 335ft and the moulded beam is 56ft. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 8,700t and a maximum draft of 12ft.

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The cruise ship features six passenger decks complete with passenger cabins, viewing balconies, an open sun deck, a library, a fitness area, a spacious glass-enclosed dining room, large and intimate lounges and an elevator to all stateroom decks.

The new-build cruise liner provides luxury accommodation to 210 guests in 108 staterooms, each with a private balcony. The sizes of the rooms vary from 302ft² to 580ft².

Pearl Mist provides fine dining experiences, onboard activities and guided shore excursions. It is equipped with modern amenities such as wireless internet access and flat screen TVs.

Engine and propulsion

The small cruise liner is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C High Displacement (HD) engines, each with a power range of 2,816bhp to 3,386bhp (2,100bkW to 2,525bkW) and three C18 main generator diesel engines.

The diesel engines drive two mono-block propellers via ZF 7646 reduction gears. The vessel is also equipped with two tunnel thrusters supplied by Thrustermaster. The propulsion system allows the vessel to cruise at a service speed of 17kt.

Key players

V.Ships Leisure USA, the ship management division of the V Group, appointed MHG Medical Management Services as the medical consultants for the Pearl Mist cruise ship in June 2014.

Onboard operations are complemented by Resco property management systems (PMS) and point-of-sale (POS) services. The ship also uses a Resco central reservation system (CRS) and customer relationship management (CRM) packages. These systems ensure the management of reservations, gangway traffics, arrivals, and check-in and check-out proceedings.

MTN Communications was selected to provide connectivity for the cruise ship on routes that tour the Americas and the Caribbean.

Pearl Mist itinerary details

Pearl Mist is set to sail on about 17 cruises for the 2014 season. The itineraries will include 7-, 10-, 11- and 14-night cruises through the Canadian Maritimes, Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and Caribbean Islands.

The ship will cover destinations in Canada and the US, including Québec City, Georgian Bay, Prince Edward Island, Newport, Halifax, Thousand Islands, Saguenay Fjord, Nantucket, Cape Breton Island, Percé, St. Pierre-Miquelon, Martha’s Vineyard and Bar Harbor.

Pearl Mist’s Caribbean itineraries are scheduled from February 2015 to May 2015 covering island destinations including the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, St. Martin, Martinique and more.