Magical Lake Michigan

The breathtaking Lake Michigan is a scenic journey filled with natural beauty. Its coastline is met by picturesque lighthouses on white sand beaches, charming small towns rich in history, and the buzz of glowing city life. Passengers of the Magical Lake Michigan cruise will be able to experience the best of these environments over the course of 8 days. Guided tours are offered along the way, taking you through the unspoiled ports that dot the United States’ ‘Third Coast.’ Museums, nature hikes and optimal relaxation on sandy beaches will all be available.

 

To begin your trip, you will set sail for Holland, Michigan, a serene Dutch-inspired village known for housing the only authentic Dutch windmill in the United States. This journey also includes a stop on the beautiful, Victorian era-inspired Mackinac Island. Here, you will be able to travel the island by foot or by horse-drawn carriage and see all that this pristine island has to offer, including the stunning and ornate Grand Hotel. This itinerary also calls for a stop in Wisconsin’s largest city, Milwaukee, inviting you to delve into its impressive history by exploring famous landmarks, breweries, and more. Leisurely strolls, fast-paced metropolises, ever-sparkling waters, and much more await you on this cherished itinerary.

Holland, MI
Waterways Navigated:

Lake Michigan

Lake Macatawa

Straits of Mackinac

Lake Huron

Sturgeon Bay

Itinerary

CHICAGO, IL

Your voyage begins in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago, IL known for its amazing architecture, wind and waters.

 

Holland, MI

With the Windy City’s towering skyline behind you, set sail for an overnight voyage toward serene Holland, Michigan a charming Dutch-inspired village. Founded in 1847, Holland is home to canals, cobblestone sidewalks, colorful seasonal tulips, and an authentic 275-year-old working windmill. An optional excursion takes you back in time to visit the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Blue Delft factory, where authentic artisans demonstrate the making of the classic blue and white delftware Dutch pottery.

 

Beaver Island, MI

The largest island on Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is as tranquil as it is lush with greenery and towering, centuries-old trees. This verdant paradise boasts a rich history of Native American, French, and Irish cultures, and was the epicenter of the region’s freshwater fishing industry in the 19th century. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, or explore the island’s scenic beaches and majestic state forest. This evening, a leisurely sail to Mackinac Island, transport you back in time to this beloved resort destination. 

Chicago, IL
Mackinac Island, MI

Serene and lovely Mackinac Island embodies the grace and gentility of the Victorian era with beautifully preserved historic homes and horse-drawn carriages—its only form of transportation! An optional carriage tour of the island includes entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hill Square Carriage Museum. A second optional excursion invites you to the historic Grand Hotel for a traditional Afternoon Tea, complete with scones, finger sandwiches, pastries, sherry, and champagne.

Bicycling on Mackinac Island
Sturgeon Bay, WI

In Wisconsin’s spectacular Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and luxury yachts create a striking maritime seascape. An optional morning tour of this enchanting coastal community begins with a local wine tasting, and continues to the Door County Maritime Museum, where you can board an authentic 1930s tugboat or take the wheel of a steamship from 1907. This afternoon sail toward riverside Manitowoc, WI, known as “Wisconsin’s Maritime Capital.”

 

Manitowoc, WI

“Wisconsin’s Maritime Capital” is nestled at the mouth of the Manitowoc River. Explore the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine and stroll the streets of a 19th century shipbuilding town as you experience a self-guided tour (or docent guided tour based on their set schedule) of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Learn about the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes and view various art and artifacts in the galleries.

Milwaukee, WI

A leisurely morning sail brings you to Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city. Discover the rich history, stately architecture, and inviting riverside cafes and brewpubs here. An optional tour begins at City Hall, a German Renaissance Revival-style masterpiece dating to 1895 and a National Historic Landmark since 2005. A scenic Riverwalk winds through the city’s lively downtown, home to charming cafes, welcoming brewpubs, and delightful local shops. The Milwaukee Art Museum features a marvel of engineering known as the Brise Soleil, a retractable ceiling which opens gracefully over Lake Michigan (subject to weather and availability). Conclude your optional Milwaukee adventure with a tasting of the city’s iconic cheese and craft beer at a local brewery. This evening, enjoy a musical performance on board the ship.

 
Chicago, IL

A morning cruise on majestic Lake Michigan carries you back to bustling Chicago, IL. After lunch, get to know this iconic American city during an optional Grand Tour beginning in the South Side, home to the Chicago White Sox. Discover the beauty of the North Side and behold elegant architecture in the Gold Coast historic district and the Magnificent Mile, a world-renowned shopping district on stylish Michigan Avenue. Celebrate the conclusion of your Great Lakes adventure this evening with a festive farewell dinner and onboard entertainment.

SHIP

Magical Lake Michigan ship and Cruise Dates.

Grande Mariner

Magical Lake Michigan

2019 CRUISES
DEPARTS: Chicago

August 15 – August 22

Round Trip from Chicago (Grande Mariner)

August 24 – August 31

Round Trip from Chicago (Grande Mariner)

 

DEPARTS: Chicago

To Be Announced

Category 7 Nights

These are the lowest priced cabins located main and lower deck. Restricted to either a porthole or no window with doors to an interior hallway. Select Cat I cabins have a marine shower which means that the toilet area and shower are in a shared space. 

All cabins in Cat II are located in the bow of ship on the main deck. These cabins all have porthole window and doors that open to an interior hallway.

Most Cat III cabins are located on the main deck with large fixed windows (unable to open but let in lots of light). The cabin size of Cat III is slightly larger than Cat I & II.

Most Cat III cabins are located on the main deck with large fixed windows (unable to open but let in lots of light). The cabin size of Cat III is slightly larger than Cat I & II.

These cabins are the most spacious out of the four categories with large fixed windows that open to allow a natural breeze. All Cat IV cabins are located on the sun deck. You may select whether you would like a cabin that opens to an interior hallway or sun deck.

+ Port Taxes + $195