Great Lakes & Georgian Bay

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. Tours noted in the city descriptions below may be at an additional cost.

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island
Waterways Navigated:

Lake Michigan

Straits of Mackinac

Sault Ste. Marie

Georgian Bay

Lake Huron

St. Claire River

Detroit River

Lake Erie

Welland Canal

Lake Ontario

 

Itinerary

Pre-trip Milwaukee, WI

(Departure / Arrival Port)

The custom Pre-Cruise Packages provide you with a seamless way to experience Milwaukee and easily board the ship. The package includes a premium 4-star hotel stay, just a few minutes from the ship and the famous Milwaukee Art Museum. Arrive the day before your cruise and enjoy the city at your leisure. Pearl Seas Cruises will handle the rest. 

 

On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

 

*Pre-Cruise Packages must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date.

 

Milwaukee, WI

Begin your journey in the vibrant city of Milwaukee. There’s more to this city than beer and baseball. In addition to being home to ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters, Milwaukee is also known for its historic architecture, markets, international seaport, and variety of museums, including the Milwaukee Art Museum just steps away from our dock

Holland, MI
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 optional 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.

Carriage Tour on Mackinac Island
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 an optional 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.

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.

You may choose the optional tour of 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.

 

Little Current, ON

Located along the north shore of Manitoulin Island, Little Current is considered the gateway to the Worlds Largest Freshwater Island. Home to the native Ojibwe, this charming town is known for its swing bridge, a one-lane bridge and the only vehicular access to the island.

Begin the day with an optional 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.

 

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.

This optional tour will 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.

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.

 

Enjoy an optional 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.

 

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.

 

Choose the optional tour of 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.

Niagara Falls
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 optional 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.

 

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.

Pre and Post Cruise Packages

Let us assist with your pre and post cruise transportation and hotel accommodations. Call for details!

SHIP

Great Lakes & Georgian Bay ship and Cruise Dates.

Pearl Mist

Great Lakes & Georgian Bay

2019 CRUISES
DEPARTS: Toronto

June 1 – June 12

Toronto to Milwaukee

June 23 – July 4

Toronto to Milwaukee

July 15 – July 26

Toronto to Milwaukee

August 6 – August 17

Toronto to Milwaukee
DEPARTS: Milwaukee

June 12 – June 23

Milwaukee to Toronto

July 4 – July 15

Milwaukee to Toronto

July 26 – August 6

Milwaukee to Toronto

August 31 – September 11

Milwaukee to Toronto
DEPARTS: Toronto

June 6 – June 17

Toronto to Chicago/Milwaukee
Save up to $1,000 per person*

July 12 – July 23

Toronto to Chicago/Milwaukee

August 17 – August 28

Toronto to Chicago/Milwaukee
Save up to $500 per person*
DEPARTS: Chicago / Milwaukee

July 1 – July 12

Chicago/Milwaukee to Toronto

August 6 – 17

Chicago/Milwaukee to Toronto

August 28 – September 8

Chicago/Milwaukee to Toronto

*Special offers available for a limited time on select cruises only. Not combinable with any other offers/discounts. Valid on new bookings only.

Category 11 Nights

At 275 square feet, category G and H staterooms are located primarily on the 2nd and 3rd deck levels of the ship, with convenient access to the both Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room. Each spacious and modern room comes complete with a large opening picture window and a door leading to a private balcony. 

At 275 square feet, category G and H staterooms are located primarily on the 2nd and 3rd deck levels of the ship, with convenient access to the both Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room. Each spacious and modern room comes complete with a large opening picture window and a door leading to a private balcony.

Generous category K staterooms are over 300 square feet and located on the ideal 3rd and 4th deck levels of the ship. These staterooms offer guests easy access to the Pacific Lounge and open passenger decks, with breathtaking views. Each room comes with a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, opening it up and filling it with natural light.

Premium category L staterooms are over 300 square feet and located on the optimal 5th deck level of the ship for privacy. Here guests will enjoy pleasant breezes and grand water views. No attention to detail was spared in the design of these modern staterooms. Each comes with a sliding glass door to a private balcony and some include the option of having adjoining doors for guests who are traveling together or who wish to have a living room.

Exclusive category R staterooms are over 450 square feet and are situated in the premier sections on the ship to optimize your cruising experience. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony or simply relax and take in the amazing panoramic views and passing scenery from the comfort of your room. If there’s anything you need, stewards are on hand 24/7 to handle even the smallest of requests. Each well-appointed room comes with a sliding glass door to a private balcony and can accommodate up to 3 guests.

Category S (single) is comparable to Category G staterooms but designed specifically with single travelers in mind.

+ Port Taxes + $410

*Prices displayed are per person based on double occupancy