Great Lakes Grand Discovery

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

Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac Bridge
Waterways Navigated:

Lake Michigan
Straits of Mackinac
Lake Huron
Detroit River
St. Claire River
Lake Erie
Welland Canal
Lake Ontario

Victory Great Lakes Grand Discovery Map

Itinerary

CHICAGO, IL

(Departure / Arrival Port)

Arrive in Chicago and board the luxurious M/V Victory I. This evening, gather for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we embark on our Great Lakes journey.

 

SCENIC SAILING IN LAKE MICHIGAN

The only Great Lake located entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan has a surface area of more than 22,000 square  miles, making it the fifth largest lake in the world. The name  Michigan is believed to come from the native Ojibwe word  mishigami, which translates to “great water”. This evening,  we’ll gather for a sumptuous welcome dinner in the ship’s main dining room.

 

MACKINAC ISLAND, LAKE HURON

This morning we’ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. After breakfast, we’ll go ashore for a narrated horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island, including the Victorian-era Grand Hotel, where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed. During our tour, we’ll visit Fort Mackinac, which was constructed by the British in 1780, taken by the Americans in 1796, and reclaimed by the British at the start of the War of 1812. This evening, cocktail hour in the outdoor lounge features a captivating presentation by our onboard historian.

Downtown Chicago
Chicago
SAULT STE. MARIE, MI AND LAKE SUPERIOR

Before the first locks were built on the St. Mary’s River, Native groups, explorers, and fur traders all had to portage their cargoes around the rapids that connected Lake Superior and Lake Huron. In 1855, the first State Lock was built at Sault St Marie, making the 21 foot drop in altitude possible for vessels traversing the Great Lakes. Today, there are 4 locks operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, with nearly 7000 vessels and 86 million tons of cargo passing through the locks annually. In Sault Ste. Marie guests will have the option of a half day tour visiting attractions on either the US or Canadian side of the border.

 

LITTLE CURRENT, MANITOULIN ISLAND (GEORGIAN BAY)

This morning, we’ll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes called the sixth Great Lake. Our destination is Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island and home of the Ojibwa people, part of the First Nation of Anishinaabe. Also known by the anglicized name Chippewa, the Ojibwe are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America. They speak the Anishinaabe language and live mostly in the Great Lakes region of Canada. They are known for their birch bark canoes, their cultivation of wild rice, the creation of dreamcatchers, and their historic use of pictographic birch bark scrolls.

 

SCENIC SAILING OF LAKE HURON

The second largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron boasts a surface area of 23,000 square miles. Like the other Great Lakes, it was formed at the end of the last ice age as the glaciers retreated. With over 30,000 islands, Lake Huron has more shoreline than any of the other Great Lakes. After a scenic day of cruising, we’ll gather in the ship’s main dining room for a gourmet dinner.

Detroit Skyline
Detroit
DETROIT, MICHIGAN (WINDSOR, ONTARIO)

Sailing from Lake Huron towards Lake Erie, the M/V Victory I will call on Windsor, Ontario, known as The City of Roses, or Detroit, Michigan, known as the “Motor City”, depending on port schedules.Your shore excursions will be the same, regardless of the city the M/V Victory I docks in. Just outside of Detroit, we’ll visit the Henry Ford Museum which was created to document the genius of ordinary people. Housed in a sweeping, nine-acre, single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings the museum is dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind. The sheer scope and design of the museum is as grand as the vision that inspired it. It’s impossible not to feel a sense of awe as your mind adjusts to the collection’s scale. Local expert docents will escort guests to see the museum’s highlights that include: the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Texas, the bus in which Rosa Parks stood her ground and sparked the Civil Rights movement, and the chair from the Ford Theatre in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.

CLEVELAND, OHIO

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland represents the heartland of American life and history. Industrial landmarks from its days as a lakeside manufacturing town still stand in testament to Cleveland’s roots. This city once famous for catching fire due to pollution—has renovated its urban and green spaces, allowing the richness of its history and the promise of its people to shine through. Soak up the cities unique architecture, built by millionaires and mobsters of the 20th century on one of Cleveland’s famous trolley tours. View the Tiffany Windows at Wade Memorial Chapel and stop in at the famous West Side Market–Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market–which opened to the public in 1912. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors and hosts a million visitors a year. In the afternoon, visit the I.M. Pei–designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. Among the exhibits are Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche and Michael Jackson’s famous glove.

NIAGARA FALLS (WELLAND CANAL)

Opened in 1829, the Welland Canal continues to play a vital role, allowing goods to travel from Great Lakes ports like Cleveland and Detroit to the ocean ports of Montreal and Quebec City. As our ship begins its canal transit, you’ll step off in Port Colborne for a scenic drive into the vineyard-laced landscapes of the Niagara Peninsula. Then a thrilling Hornblower Cruise takes you through the Great Niagara Gorge and past Bridal Veil Falls into the very heart of Horseshoe Falls–where the mighty spray and roar of Niagara virtually envelop you! At the Château des Charmes, founded by a fifth-generation French winegrower, you’ll enjoy a tour, tasting and lunch. You’ll have free time to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake before re-boarding the M/V Victory I, now docked in Port Weller on Lake Ontario.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CA

(DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL PORT)

This morning, we’ll arrive at the port in Toronto, Ontario. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory I and make your way to the airport for
your flight home.

Pre and Post Cruise Packages

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

SHIP

Great Lakes Grand Discovery Ship and Cruise Dates.

VICTORY I

Victory I

GREAT LAKES GRAND DISCOVERY

2019 CRUISES
DEPARTS: CHICAGO

May 22 – May 31

Chicago to Toronto

June 9 – June 18

Chicago to Toronto

June 27 – July 6

Chicago to Toronto

August 20 – August 29

Chicago to Toronto

October 13 – October 22

Chicago to Toronto
Up to $2400 off per person*
DEPARTS: TORONTO

May 13 – May 22

Toronto to Chicago
Up to $2400 off per person*

May 31 – June 09

Toronto to Chicago

July 6 – July 15

Toronto to Chicago

August 11 – August 20

Toronto to Chicago
Up to $1000 off per person*

August 29 – September 7

Toronto to Chicago

October 4 – October 13

Toronto to Chicago

*Offer expires April 30, 2019. Valid on new, paid-in-full bookings Not valid on group bookings or existing reservations.

DEPARTS: CHICAGO

 

2020 date

2020 date
DEPARTS: TORONTO

 

2020 date

2020 date
Category 9 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 + $429