|Operator:||Pearl Sea Cruises|
|Port of registry:||Marshall Islands|
|Laid down:||23 July 2007|
|Launched:||14 March 2008|
|Status:||in active service|
|Beam:||16.8 m (55 ft)|
Pearl Mist is a small cruise ship, built in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After her completion, years of legal dispute delayed her being put into operation, and she did not leave on her inaugural voyage until June 2014. She is currently operated by Pearl Seas Cruises.
Pearl Mist is a cruise ship with a gross register tonnage of 5,109 tons and a deadweight tonnage of 700 tons. The ship is 99.1 metres (325 ft 2 in) long overall and 86.9 metres (285 ft 1 in) between perpendiculars. The vessel has a beam of 16.8 m (55 ft). She can carry 210 passengers with a crew of 70. Her small size is described as a virtue, allowing the vessel to visit small ports that have to be skipped by larger vessels.
The Baltimore Sun, reported the vessel was ordered from Irving Shipyards by Pearl Seas Cruises in 2006 for $43.5 million as the first ship built for the cruise line. The keel for Pearl Mist was laid down on 23 July 2007 and that Pearl Seas and Irving began their dispute in 2007, just five months after construction of the vessel began. The vessel was launched on 14 March 2008. The ship was completed in June 2010. However, due to the dispute, Pearl Seas Cruises refused to accept the ship and Pearl Mist was laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia to await the outcome of the legal process.
Years of legal battles ended after a United States Federal Appeals court made a ruling in 2013 and a settlement was reached. Pearl Mist was accepted by Pearl Seas Cruises and towed to Baltimore, Maryland in April 2013. The vessel was later taken in hand by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, based in Salisbury, Maryland for fitting out. Pearl Mist made her maiden voyage in June 2014.
A lengthy legal dispute between the ship's buyer and its builder delayed its cruise schedule for years.
There's a new luxury cruise ship plying the cool waters of the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay this summer. Cruises on the Pearl Mist set sail from Toronto and Chicago and go where the bigger cruise ships can't reach.
After a four-year buffeting in the legal system, the Pearl Mist has finally found haven in Maryland. The owner of the 335-foot cruise ship and the Canadian shipyard that built it have parted ways in a nasty divorce that involved two federal courts and an arbitration panel that itself was reduced to internal squabbling.