Three Great Opportunities To Cruise The Great Lakes This Summer

Space is limited but there is still time to secure your place on a 10-night Great Lakes cruise on board the charming 4,954-ton 218-berth Saint Laurent this summer (double click below to expand):StLaurentSummaryFor a full copy of the flyer please click here: Cruise the Great Lakes

And for further details or bookings please call The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail In North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

Oceania’s Cruise of the Week: The Gulf of St Lawrence by Spring on board m.v. Marina, 11 Nights New York to Montreal, May 7-17

oceania_marinaOceania Cruises’ best-selling cruise last week was on board Marina, May 7-17, 11 nights in spring from New York to Montreal, with stateroom gratuities included. The Four-Stars-Plus 66,084-ton 1,250-berth Marina will depart from the Manhattan piers on May 7, 2015, and make calls at Newport, Boston, Portland, Saint John NB, Halifax, Sydney NS, Saguenay and Quebec City (below) before arriving at Montreal on May 17, a perfect time of year for the French-speaking capital of the New World.

Cruise map for Oceania Cruises 11 Day Coasts & Culture (21328)Cruise Only Fares per person in double occupancy are:

Penthouse: £2,379
Concierge: £2,109
Veranda: £1,979
Deluxe Oceanview: £1,719
Inside Stateroom: £1,549


Fly/cruise fares from London with one night pre-cruise hotel and transfers included:

Penthouse: £3,246 – terrific price for a penthouse!
Concierge: £2,976
Veranda: £2,846
Deluxe Oceanview: £2,586
Inside Stateroom: £2,416

Also, Oceania have now introduced 2 for 1 deposits on 2015 departures good to the end of the year.

For more information on Oceania Cruises please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail For dollar prices in North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

New Great Lakes Chicago To Montreal Cruise By The M.V. “Saint Laurent” in August 2015

Saint Laurent for'dThe newly-launched Haimark Line will introduce the 210-berth Saint Laurent into service in Eastern Canada, New England and the Great Lakes in May 2015. The Cruise People is pleased to be able to offer a unique Great Lakes cruise leaving Chicago on August 28, 2015, and taking in Mackinac Island, an excursion into Lake Superior, Georgian Bay and the Ojibwé, the Henry Ford Museum, Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands and the St Lawrence Seaway, finishing in Montreal nine nights later. The Saint Laurent cruised the Great Lakes in 2001 as Cape May Light.

Haimark Great LakesHaimark will use the same ship to offer half a dozen cruises between Montreal and Portland, Maine. Ten more cruises will be offered on the French market, from Montreal to Toronto, Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands and Quebec by Rivages du Monde, with flights from Paris.

Haimark Line was formed in 2012 by former executives of Pandaw River Cruises and is in the course of launching upmarket river cruises in Southest Asia on the Irrawaddy, Mekong and Ganges Rivers, where a number of newbuildings are to be introduced over the next few months.

Haimark Deck Plan

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Haimark 10-day Tariff










For further details of Great Lakes and Gulf of St Lawrence cruising please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

Free Upgrade On Ponant’s Le Boréal In The Gulf of St Lawrence This September

          Quebec – Gulf of St Lawrence – Nova Scotia – Boston

  • Le Boréal at Percé
  • Le Boréal invites you to discover a truly Canadian experience: an unforgettable cruise among the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence. Quebec – Saguenay – Tadoussac – Havre St Pierre – Percé (above) – Iles de la Madeleine – Louisburg – Lunenberg – Portland – Boston.
    Compagnie du Ponant gives you access to the most beautiful staterooms and suites during your cruise. For all new booking of a Deluxe Stateroom, enjoy a stateroom upgrade in Prestige stateroom on Deck 4 or 5.
    * Offer is valid for new bookings only. Subject to change or withdrawal at any time without notice and is not retroactive nor combinable unless otherwise stated. Non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

* Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy. See Compagnie du Ponant terms and conditions for further particulars.


Pearl Mist Departs Portland, Maine, Today On Her Way To Quebec And Her 2014 Great Lakes Season


Latest news – Pearl Mist is on her way to Quebec and the Great Lakes

Originally posted on The Cruise People Ltd: 210-berth Pearl Mist, first ship in the fleet of Pearl Seas Cruises, leaves Portland today on a 10-night cruise to ports  in New England, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, the Gulf of St Lawrence and Quebec (see itinerary below). Among her calls are the Magdalen Islands, Sept Iles and Baie Comeau, all relatively new cruise ports.

Completed earlier this year at Chesapeake Shipbuilding near Baltimore, the Pearl Mist will be proceeding beyond Quebec to offer a number of Great Lakes cruises to Toronto and to Chicago in her first season this summer. Further details of her Great Lakes season are available here.

To obtain more informstion or make a booking please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail Or in Toronto on 1-800-961-5536 oe e-mail

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Saga Sapphire To Cruise To The St Lawrence In The Autumn Of 2015

Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and see isolated rural communities, homes to the first nations. See how the cultural identities of cities such as Quebec, Montreal and Halifax, Nova Scotia’s historic capital, were forged by their founding fathers and early settlers. Fares start at £7,199 per person for two sharing an inside cabin, £7,580 for an outside or £9,070 for a Superior with balcony. Ibncludes bathrobes, 24-hour room service

Saga Sapphire Canada cruiseSt John’s lays claim to being the capital of Britain’s oldest colony and the kick-off point for the British Empire. Explore its scrum of historic streets and admire the brightly-painted Victorian houses.

Discover the secrets of the St Lawrence River’s remote North Shore. From Havre-St-Pierre you can seek out the weather-beaten monoliths of the Mingan Archipelago and from Sept-Iles you can learn all about the indigenous Innu people.

Early risers are in for a treat when Saga Sapphire cruises up the 60-mile long Saguenay Fjord – watch the sunrise over forested cliffs that tower above depths of up to 800 feet.

Step into the pages of history when you venture behind the fortified walls of Quebec City. This French colonial city is ruled over by the Château Frontenac, an imposing hotel built at the end of the 19th century.

Visit Montreal, the dynamic cosmopolitan port city on the St Lawrence River. As you explore this UNESCO City of Design, you’re sure to be moved by its distinct brand of French and North American culture best evident in the pavement cafés, gourmet restaurants, art galleries and cobbled historic streets of Old Montreal.

For further details please casll The Cruise Poeple Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

Pearl Seas Cruises’ Pearl Mist Ready To Cruise The Great Lakes This Summer

Pearl MistSail the Great Lakes in style this summer with a new small-ship booking option — the oceangoing Pearl Seas Cruises, operated by the same owners as American Cruise Lines. Redefining luxury adventure, Pearl Seas Cruises starts with a new six-deck ship, the Pearl Mist, now undergoing final outfitting. The 210-passenger vessel is 335 feet long with a 56-foot beam and is registered in the Marshall Islands.

Pearl Mist begins her inaugural season with an 11-night sailing from Baltimore to Halifax, where she was built, on June 25. From there, she will begin a series of 7-, 10- and 11-night Canadian Maritimes, St Lawrence River, Thousand Islands and Great Lakes cruises.

Those who enjoy small-ship sailings will appreciate some of the product perks such as a complimentary cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres before dinner, as well as beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

Pearl Mist’s staterooms and suites are spacious by any standards, ranging from 302 to 580 sq ft. All 108, including 10 single cabins, have private balconies and all accommodation is accessible via interior corridors. An elevator connects all passenger decks and the ship has several wheelchair-friendly staterooms. Each stateroom has a full-sized private bathroom and large, flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player. Suites include two rooms plus bath with 580 sq ft of space. Room service is complimentary and laundry service is also available.

The ship has six lounges, a library, theatre and lecture room, computer workstations, fitness area and spa treatment room, as well as a medical facility. Open sun decks on the forward part of Deck 5 and all of Deck 6 allow passengers to enjoy scenic views, while sun shades are available on Deck 6. The ship also carries bicycles and kayaks for the use of guests.

Pearl Mist’s windowed dining room is open sitting and dress is resort casual. On board entertainment includes live music such as light jazz, culinary demonstrations, musicians and performers from local ports of call, and lectures focused on the history and ecology of the destinations visited.

Pearl Mist will operate 10- or 11-day “Great Lakes & Georgian Bay” cruises from Toronto to Chicago or vice versa on July 30, August 9, 20 and 30. Ports of call include Windsor, Midland, Parry Sound and Little Current, Ontario, as well as Mackinac Island and Holland, Michigan.

On July 9 and October 8 and 18, she will sail 10-night “Canadian Maritimes” cruises between Portland Me and Quebec City, calling at Charlottetown, Iles de la Madeleine, Gaspé, Percé and Saguenay Fjord.

For clients seeking 14-night cruises, in September the Pearl Mist will sail between Chicago, Montreal and Portland on two different cruises calling at Trois-Rivières and Quebec City, as well as Kingston, Ontario.

In addition, an 11-night “Great Lakes & Thousand Islands” cruise is planned between Quebec City and Chicago. Ports of call include Clayton NY (Thousand Islands), Toronto, Niagara Falls, Windsor, Sault Ste Marie and Holland, Michigan.

On October 29, Pearl Mist will position southward with a 14-night cruise from Portland ME to Freeport, Bahamas. Ports of call will include Williamsburg, Boston, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach.

On November 15, she will run an 11-night cruise from Baltimore to Nassau. Ports of call will include Williamsburg,Wilmington NC, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach.

Between February and May 2015, she will operate 7-, 10- and 11-night Caribbean/Bahamas voyages, with 7-night “Caribbean Discovery” cruises from either St Martin or San Juan and 10-night round trip “Grand Caribbean Cruises”  from San Juan. Some 11-night “Path of the Explorers” itineraries will also be offered southbound from West Palm Beach to St Martin or northbound from San Juan to Freeport.

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail