Great Lakes Grand Discovery (2020 Itinerary)
Nearly 15,000 years ago, the last of the great glaciers retreated, leaving us the five Great Lakes–Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Together, they contain more than one fifth of the planet’s fresh surface water. On the M/V Victory I, delve into North America’s maritime history with a visit to all five of these natural wonders. Pay a visit to charming Mackinac Island and transit the Soo Locks into massive Lake Superior, the largest of the five lakes. Spend a fascinating morning with the Ojibwe people located within the serene Georgian Bay. Cruise for an entire day on scenic Lake Huron, home to more than 30,000 islands. Tour Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum and enjoy a thrilling visit to spectacular Niagara Falls
Straits of Mackinac
St. Claire River
GREAT LAKES GRAND DISCOVERY
*Specials valid on new, paid-in-full bookings Not valid on group bookings or existing reservations.
September 2 – September 14
Chicago to Montreal
Category 12 Nights
Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior and exterior entrances, a private terrace, one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, armoire and chest of drawers, complimentary minibar (restocked daily), in-room safe, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service & fresh fruit daily (Deck 3 / 335 sq ft avg)
Ocean view suite with direct access to open-air promenade. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar.
Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed. (Deck 3)
Ocean view stateroom, sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers. (Deck 3)
Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers. (Decks 2 & 3)
Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers. (Deck 1)
Ocean view stateroom, queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers. (Deck 1)
+ Port Taxes + $559
Hotel Stay in Chicago
Enjoy a complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening allows time to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about the upcoming voyage to reservation of premium experiences.
Embark in CHICAGO, IL
Welcome to Chicago! This uncommon ground is blooming with gourmet dogs, baseball crowds, supper clubs and, of course, the Bean. There are plenty of sights to be seen in this global city of commerce and culture. Chicago invites you to stroll through its canyons of glass and steel, embrace hustle and go anywhere the wind blows.
SCENIC SAILING IN LAKE MICHIGAN
As we traverse through the aqua, turquoise and cerulean shades of Lake Michigan, watch dunes of sand slowly become lost in the horizon while sunlight plays upon the deck. You may choose to visit the fitness center for a workout, or pamper yourself with a soothing massage in the spa. Regardless of preference, embrace the relaxation that scenic sailing offers to all.
Trapped in time and surrounded by staggeringly beautiful landscapes, Mackinac Island centers the spirit and soothes the soul. Settle into the tranquil pace of this treasured destination on a tour by horse-drawn carriage. Fill up on fresh, local flavor with a lunch to remember at the island’s legendary Grand Hotel. Afterward, let your gaze lazily wander across the stunning vistas from its colossal porch – the world’s largest.
SAULT STE. MARIE, MI
A city divided presents duality in experience; Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and ON, bridged together by name and commerce, are diverse waterfront communities that harbor a flood of opportunity. Culture beats through street veins that connect these harbors to the distinctly different North American countryside beyond each border. Join the included tour, and ascend to the apex of the Tower of History for an unmatched perspective on the region, or peer into the past in the preserved fur traders’ settlement homes on Water Street. Drink in the atmosphere, and encounter life in Sault Ste. Marie.
LITTLE CURRENT, MANITOULIN ISLAND
The raw beauty of Georgian Bay leads to the world’s largest freshwater island – Manitoulin – featuring picturesque granite outcrops and rolling farmland. In its largest town, Little Current, indigenous life and legend meld with European history, with Immaculate Conception Church and its distinctive tepee-like architecture as a symbol. Venerated rhythms of the ages come to life in the talented hands and feet of Native drummers and dancers on an island considered sacred by the native Anishinaabe people.
SCENIC SAILING OF LAKE HURON
Today the M/V Victory II transforms into a self-contained universe ripe for exploration. Craft your experience as you choose: Kick back on deck to embrace the calmness and spirituality of Lake Huron, or take some time to connect with friends in the many public spaces aboard the ship. This day on the lake is all yours.
There’s no better place than the Motor City to choose an optional premium experience to explore the captivating history of the automotive industry – and so much more– at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Be astounded by its vast an varied artifacts of American heritage. The extraordinary exhibits chronicle the lifespan of a nation. All guests may choose the included excursion to the Detroit Institute of Arts and its 100-plus galleries, the Motown Museum, the West Can field Historic District and other city highlights.
Step off the M/V Victory II onto what some call America’s “North Coast” and discover why Clevelanders are so fiercely proud of their home. The reinvented city reverberates with vitality and a cool new atmosphere. Expand your mind at the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art, with over 45,000 works to explore. You’ll also feel the backbeat at the museum devoted to one of America’s finest gift to the world – the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. An optional premium experience to Geauga County offers a glimpse into a simpler way of life with a visit to an Amish home for a traditional wedding feast.
Port Colborne / Niagara Falls
Begin your day in breathtaking Niagara Falls, which attracts millions of visitors each year. An optional pre-cruise premium experience takes you to the heart of its splendor. How many shimmering rainbows can you spot in the refreshing spray? The rumbling din of cascading waters forms a serene frequency. A narrated driving tour reveals popular attractions such as Whirlpool Rapids, the Floral Clock and Table Rock Park, with a stop downtown.
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA
The ever-expanding Toronto is a gift to the senses. It’s become a canvas for the many artisans who’ve made it home and taken every opportunity to captivate uniqueness and beauty throughout its core. A quirky amalgam of culture flows freely through every inch of adventure throughout the metropolis. From freshness in farmers’ markers to boldness of cityscape, each visitor will certainly fall in love with a little piece of this smashing destination.
Scenic Sailing on Lake Ontario
The lower reaches of the St. Lawrence give way to unspeakable splendor at Thousand Islands, the glorious corridor leading us onto the lake. Search the intricate maze of lichen-cloaked mounds for glimpses of their bounty of wildlife.
Montreal, Quebec, CA
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider a post-cruise premium experience with airport transfer.