The Great Lakes and Georgian Bay

Pearl Mist

2017 Cruise Dates:
  • May 31-June 10, 2017 (10 Nights, Toronto to Chicago)
  • June 10-June 20, 2017 (10 Nights, Chicago to Toronto)
  • June 20-July 1, 2017 (11 Nights, Toronto to Chicago)
  • July 1-12, 2017 (11 Nights, Chicago to Toronto)
  • July 12-22, 2017 (10 Nights, Toronto to Chicago) *Waitlist only*
  • July 22-August 1, 2017 (10 Nights, Chicago to Toronto) *Waitlist only*
  • August 1-12, 2017 (11 Nights, Toronto to Chicago)
  • August 26-September 6, 2017 (11 Nights, Chicago to Toronto) *Waitlist only*
2018 Cruise Dates:
  • June 2-13, 2018 (11 Nights, Toronto to Chicago)
  • June 13-June 24, 2018 (11 Nights, Chicago to Toronto)
  • June 24-July 5, 2018 (11 Nights, Toronto to Chicago)
  • July 5-16, 2018 (11 Nights, Chicago to Toronto)
  • July 16-27, 2018 (11 Nights, Toronto to Chicago)
  • July 27-August 7, 2018 (11 Nights, Chicago to Toronto)
  • August 7-18, 2018 (11 Nights, Toronto to Chicago)
  • September 1-12, 2018 (11 Nights, Chicago to Toronto)
Cruise Prices & Ship Diagrams
The Great Lakes form the largest freshwater ecosystem on Earth with a melding of natural wonder and majestic beauty. Cruise through four of the Great Lakes (Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan) and Georgian Bay and discover grand landscapes filled with indigenous wildlife. Witness geographic history as retreating glaciers have left their footprint along the shores with unique rock croppings and water falls. The most popular cropping is Flowerpot Rocks, located at the entrance to Georgian Bay. You'll visit Niagara Falls, one of the largest and most dynamic water fall in the world. Step back in time on Mackinac Island. No mechanized transportation is allowed on the island, so horse and buggies and bicycles will allow you to explore this pristine island with its quiet streets adorned with opulent gardens and homes.
Stretching over 93 miles, the Bay is considered the sixth Great Lake and contains tens of thousands of islands. It was named Georgian Bay by Lieutenant Henry Wolsey Bayfield of the Royal Navy in 1822.
Fill your days with exploration and discovery or simply relax and enjoy the view, either way, this cruise has it all.
Cruise Route
Toronto, ON
Originally a Native settlement and a French fur trading post, Toronto's history is rich and complex. Located on the North Shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto was settled permanently by Europeans in 1750 because of its easy access to the many water routes.
Now a cultural and shoppers delight, the city offers visitors many places to discover. From the Eaton Centre Shopping Mall, where you can find practically anything you desire, to the north end's Chinatown, to the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto with its many attractions and ease to get around, offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara Falls is shared by both Canada and the United States, each laying claim to half of this area. Three waterfalls—Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls—comprise Niagara Falls, which stands a towering 165 feet tall.
Your tour will begin with a visit to the Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist. Here you'll get an up-close and personal look at the mighty Horseshoe Falls, coming within feet of the powerful spray and crashing waves. You'll continue to one of Niagara's famous wine vineyards for a delicious afternoon of wine and food tasting. There will also be an opportunity to explore the Queen Street Arts & Culture District for a bit of local flavor. Here you'll find art galleries, antique shops, and coffee shops in renovated historic buildings.
Windsor, ON
Known as the "City of Roses" for its several large parks and gardens on its waterfront, Windsor is Canada's southernmost city, located directly south of Detroit, Michigan, across the Detroit River. The city maintains over 3,000 acres of green space, 180 parks, and 40 miles of trails.
Here you'll tour the Henry Ford Museum and explore the processes and personal collection of one of America's greatest entrepreneurs—Henry Ford. The museum is a National Historic Landmark that contains several famous pieces of machinery, homes, and exhibits, including John F. Kennedy's presidential limousine, Abraham Lincoln's chair from Ford's Theatre, Thomas Edison's laboratory, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, and the Rosa Parks bus. Additional attractions include a lively downtown including, Little Italy, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Odette Sculpture Park, and the nearby Point Pelee National Park.
Midland, ON
Midland is the main town and economic center of the area located at the southern end of Lake Huron, near Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands.
Here you'll visit the 17th century French Jesuit Mission headquarters. The story of the first interaction between the native people and the Europeans is recreated with interactive educational exhibits. In the afternoon, explore the SS Keewatin, a steamship built in 1907 in Scotland that used to sail along the entire length of the Great Lakes. Retired in 1966, you'll see authentic staterooms, bars, ballrooms, and more as you learn what sailing a steamship through the Great Lakes was like.
Parry Sound, ON
Parry Sound is located on the Eastern shore of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. It is the world's deepest natural freshwater port. The modern townsite was established in 1857 and in the late 19th century, rail service reached Parry Sound making it an important depot along the rail lines to Western Canada.
You'll visit the Museum of Tower Hill located at the base of Parry Sound's 96-foot lookout tower facing beautiful Georgian Bay. Exhibits feature an extensive collection of local artifacts connected to the history of the Parry Sound District. Themes include natural and cultural history, trapping, nautical shipping, logging, agriculture, and contagion.
Little Current, ON
Little Current is a community in the town of Northeastern Manitoulin. A large island located at the northern end of Lake Huron and northwest of Georgian Bay, Manitoulin is the world's largest freshwater lake island.
Begin the day with a pow-wow with the native Ojibwe tribe where you'll participate in an authentic traditional aborigional dance and drum presentation. Continue on to the Immaculate Conception Church and the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation where you will be able to explore the Ojibwe heritage museum and art gallery.
*This stop is only available on 11-night cruises.
Sault Sainte Marie, MI
Located at the mouth of Saint Mary's River, Sault Sainte Marie was originally established by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century. The current of Saint Mary's River connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron and has provided trade access between the United States and Canada for hundreds of years.
Spend the afternoon touring the Bush Plane Museum and Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site. The collections and exhibits of bush planes tell the story of how these brave Canadians battled Ontario's many forest fires. At the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, you'll find stone buildings and period gardens from the 1800s.
Mackinac Island, MI
Located in the Straits of Mackinac, where the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan meet, Mackinac Island is a vibrant Victorian town. Personal motorized vehicles are prohibited—all those visiting or living on the island travel by horse, carriage, bicycle, or walking.
Go back in time as you embark on a guided horsedrawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island and explore this small, interesting island. Classic Victorian architecture from the 1800s lines the cobblestone streets where you will discover Fort Mackinac's historic museum, the luxurious Grand Hotel, and the quaint beauty of this resort town.
Holland & Muskegon, MI
The European flavor of Holland, Michigan stems from its roots as a haven for Dutch immigrants who arrived in the mid-1800's. Popular attractions such as DeZwaan, the only authentic Dutch windmill in the U.S.; the new Dutch Galleries at the Holland Museum, a world-class collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century art, furniture and artifacts from the Netherlands; their internationally-known Tulip Time Festival; and more recently the Tulipanes Lationo Art and Film Festival, continue to bring acclaim to Holland.

Muskegon boasts a rich history coupled with an inviting lakeshore culture. Referred to as “The Riviera of the Midwest,” Muskegon has grown from a fur trading and lumbering town to a vacationer’s paradise. The town preserves reminders of its industrious history through museums such as the USS Silversides Submarine Museum and the Muskegon Museum of Art. One of the most exciting landmarks in town is Heritage Landing, where the boardwalk hosts musical performances and dazzling fireworks shows. From historic ships and lighthouses to the restored mansions built by Muskegon’s most famous lumber barons, the history and scenery of this quaint Michigan town is nothing short of impressive.
Onshore, you'll take part in an interactive Dutch experience. Here, a tour guide in Dutch attire will take you to the most exciting Dutch inspired sites around Holland. Tour Windmill Island Gardens and see DeZwaan, the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the United States. Step back in time over 100 years and see Nelis' Dutch Village, recreated with colorful Dutch architecture and cultural demonstrations.
Chicago, IL
Here you can visit the famous Navy Pier which is home to retail shops, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls, and auditoriums. Or stroll along the popular Magnificent Mile, the high-end shopping district home to a collection of boutique retailers. In the afternoon, tour one of the many museums and art galleries, including The Museum of Science and Industry, The Oriental Institute, The Chicago History Museum, Hyde Park Art Center and more.
All itineraries including ports, activities, and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.