Great Lakes of North America

Great Lakes of North America

Set sail with PONANT aboard Le Bellot for an 8-day cruise discovering the Great Lakes of North America, in the heart of a flamboyant nature full of the colours of the Indian summer.

 

You will leave from Milwaukee, in the US state of Wisconsin, the beginning of your voyage following the footsteps of the first settlers, trappers and Native Americans, before a lovely sailing experience on Lake Michigan, a veritable inland sea.

 

The next lake, Lake Huron, boasts a myriad of islands in its northern part, with white rocks capped with conifers plunging into the sapphire waters of the lake. Sumptuous landscapes unveil multiple original panoramas, in particular near Flowerpot Island*, which you will be able to approach by zodiac. 

 

You will also discover the charming city of Parry Sound, in the heart of the wonderful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Georgian Bay.

Ponant ship during sunset
Ponant cruise during sunset

Le Bellot will then sail the canal connecting Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. From this call in Port Colborne, you will be able to see the impressive sight of Niagara Falls. These three powerful waterfalls, renowned the world over, are an exquisite natural spectacle.

 

To round off your cruise, you will sail along the shimmering waters of Lake Ontario before making your way to the cosmopolitan city of Toronto, where you will disembark.

Waterways Navigated:

Lake Michigan

Lake Huron

Straits of Mackinac

Soo Locks

Georgian Bay

Lake St. Clair

Detroit River

Lake Erie

Welland Canal

Lake Ontario

Map of Great Lakes f North America cruise destinations

Great Lakes Collection

2023 CRUISES

*Specials valid on new, paid-in-full bookings Not valid on group bookings or existing reservations.

DEPARTS: Milwaukee

October 9 – October 16

Milwaukee to Toronto (Le Bellot)

October 16 – October 23

Milwaukee to Toronto (Le Dumont D’Urville)
DEPARTS: Toronto

August 28 – September 4

Toronto to Milwaukee (Le Dumont D’Urville)

October 9 – October 16

Toronto to Milwaukee (Le Dumont D’Urville)
Category 14 Nights
2023 Prices
  • One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A private 4 m² balcony with two armchairs
  • A glazed panoramic swing door and a rectangular window
  • One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV
  • One chaise longue
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A private 4 m² balcony with two armchairs
  • A panoramic sliding bay window or a glazed panoramic swing door
  • One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV
  • One chaise longue
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A private 4 m² balcony with two armchairs
  • A panoramic sliding bay window or a glazed panoramic swing door
  • One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV
  • One chaise longue
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A private 4 m² balcony with two armchairs
  • A panoramic sliding bay window
  • Priority boarding
  • Butler service
  • One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV
  • An armchair and a sofa (90 x 190 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A private 6 m² balcony with two armchairs
  • A panoramic slidging bay window

+ Port Taxes

Itinerary

Milwaukee

Nested on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, the largest city in the State of Wisconsin, harmoniously combines tradition and modernity. Industrial long ago, the city, known as Brew City because of its old breweries renowned all over the world, is experiencing a certain renaissance. While warehouses have given way to restaurants, bars, theatres and art galleries in the city centre, the district still retains traces of its manufacturing past. Further south lies Chicago, the economic centre of the Midwest, with an interesting mix of natural and urban landscapes: its immense skyscrapers, diverse architecture, many parks and magnificent beaches make the city a popular destination.

 

Milwaukee skyline
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sail Lake Michigan

You will sail the United States’ largest freshwater body, which gave its name to Michigan, one of the four states that border this lake measuring 500 km long and 200 km wide. The first colonists settled in the south at the end of the 17th century, on the site of the current megalopolis of Chicago. Wild landscapes of forests with sparkling colours, cliffs, golden sandy beaches and dunes as far as the eye can see stretch along its 2,600 km of shoreline. In the north, magnificent wind-swept islands rise out of the lake’s emerald waters. At 8 km long, the Mackinac Bridge, which spans the straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, is one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. 

 

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island

Close to the banks of Lake Huron in the State of Michigan, Mackinac Island promises a real journey through time. Originally inhabited by Amerindians, then occupied by French and British colonists, this small island measuring only a few km² still retains an atmosphere of yesteryear today, with its Victorian-style buildings and elegant horse-drawn carriages. Fort Mackinac, on the heights of the island, is a reminder of the conflicts that punctuated the history of this strategic place, a former fur trade centre. In addition to this scenery from the past, the island offers magnificent fine sandy beaches and is home to one of the oldest National Parks in the United States.

 

Sault Ste. Marie

The oldest city in Ontario and the centre of one of North America’s oldest settlements, Sault Ste. Marie has a rich historical heritage due to its Amerindian, British and French influences. Linked to its neighbouring and homonymous American city by a bridge spanning St. Marys River, the city owes its name to the river’s many rapids, called “les saults de Sainte-Marie” by French colonists. The gateway to the Algoma region, renowned for its wild expanses, Sault Ste. Marie is also known as the home of the National Historic Site of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, which was completed at the end of the 19th century and constitutes the final part of a navigation network that connects the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Superior.

Little Current

A small port town located along the North Channel of Lake Huron, Little Current is considered to be the gateway to Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world. The town’s emblematic construction, the Little Current Swing Bridge built in 1913, provides the only land access to the island, peaceful lands whose name means “the island of spirits” in the local dialect. A real haven of peace, sheltering wild nature and some hamlets, the place is ideal for outdoor activities such as horse-riding and hiking.

 

Parry Sound

The charming city of Parry Sound enjoys an exceptional natural setting in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, east of Georgian Bay. A holiday destination favoured by the province’s inhabitants, the city and its surroundings offer a condensed version of all that the Great Lakes region has to offer: windswept forests of conifers, rocky shores characteristic of the Canadian Shield, beaches of fine sand, clear and calm waters producing magnificent reflections that change with the time of day and luminosity… A real paradise for fauna and flora, the place will delight fans of nature and photography. 

 

Parry Sound
Parry Sound
Sailing Along Flowerpot Island

In the heart of Georgia Bay, discover the magnificent coastal landscapes of Flowerpot Island. Surrounded by crystal-clear water, the site is reputed for its sheer cliffs, its dense vegetation, its rare flora, its heritage lighthouse, and its two strange rock formations that look like flowerpots. A result of the actions of the wind and rain, these pillars of stone detached from the coast are one of the site’s curiosities and gave the island its name. Your ship will sail along these coasts and give you the opportunity to take magnificent photos of this island belonging to the Fathom Five National Marine Park, which is Canada’s oldest National Marine Conservation Area.

 

Lake Huron
Lake Huron
Sailing Lake Huron

A natural border between the American State of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario, Lake Huron is one of the five American Great Lakes and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. Comprising the main lake, Saginaw Bay, the North Channel and Georgian Bay, and home to around 30,000 islands, it offers varied coastal landscapes and unique views. From your ship, you’ll thus be able to admire the wild beauty of the wooded and at times craggy coastline of Manitoulin Island, or the spectacular cliffs of the Bruce Peninsular.

 

Sailing St. Clair River

Forming a natural line of separation between the United States and Canada, the St. Clair River, which flows from Lake Huron into Lake St. Clair, is a significant element of the Great Lakes Waterway. Used in the 18th century for the fur trade by the French colonists of North America who sailed it on small boats to trade with the Amerindians, it was then travelled by freighters transporting lumber, iron ore and copper from the Great Lakes region to the cities of the Rust Belt.

Sailing Through Detroit

During your navigation along the Detroit River, an important commercial waterway linking Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair to Lake Huron, you will sail along the largest city in Michigan. You’ll then enjoy panoramic views over the skyscrapers of the former Motor City, jewel of the automotive industry, Fordism and Motown music in the 20th century. You’ll also be able to admire the Ambassador Bridge, which spans the river and enables access to Windsor, on the Canadian shore of the river. This steel suspension bridge, over two kilometres long, was constructed in 1929. This bridge alone carries over 25% of trade between the United States and Canada.

Sailing Lake Erie

Located to the south of Lake Huron and connected to Lake Ontario by the Welland Canal, Lake Erie, which owes its name to one of the Amerindian tribes which peopled its banks before the arrival of the French in the 17th century, is remarkable for its unique ecosystem. Its shallow fish-filled waters make it an excellent fishing spot, while its banks, famous for their many migratory birds, attract photographers and ornithology enthusiasts.

 

Port Colborne

Port Colborne is a small port city located in southern Ontario, at the mouth of the Welland Canal. It is well-known for one of the longest locks in the world: measuring 420 metres, this lock, the 8th in the canal, has an observation footbridge and marks the final transit point before the Erie Canal. In addition to the discovery of this tremendous hydraulic infrastructure, this port of call will be your privileged access point to the famous Niagara Falls, renowned all over the world for their spectacular beauty. Located on the river of the same name, which means “water thunder” in Amerindian language, these wonders of nature are among the most powerful waterfalls in the world.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
Toronto

The largest city in Canada and capital of the province of Ontario, Toronto fascinates as much by its incredible diversity as by its size. Make sure you visit the CN Tower, the tallest tower in the western hemisphere, as well as the St. Lawrence Market whose stalls reflect the multicultural wealth of this city known as the global city. Not far from there, the historic Distillery District unveils its brick-paved streets imbued with romantic charm and its myriad of small restaurants, cafés, boutiques, theatres and art galleries. The Royal Ontario Museum and its impressive collections devoted to the world’s natural and cultural history will also be an unmissable stop during this port of call.

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SHIP Details

Great Lakes – The American Dream Amidst the Lakes

Great Lakes – The American Dream Amidst the Lakes

The HANSEATIC inspiration, maneuverable expedition ship that will take you close to moments that you will remember forever. A ship that will take your breath away, expand your horizons and capture the beauty of nature. Where other cruises must end, yours is just beginning: the shallow draught and great maneuverability allow our new ship to follow special routes in hard-to-reach regions.

An expedition on the HANSEATIC inspiration is more than just a cruise. An expedition means being where nature sets the rhythm and experience is your teacher. 

Waterways Navigated:

Detroit River
Parry Sound

Lake Huron

Lake Michigan

 

 



 

WINDSOR to Chicago

2023 CRUISES
DEPARTS: Windsor

June 12, 2023

Windsor to Chicago

 

Category 10 Days

Outside cabin with large window located on decks 4-6 approx. 237sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

Panoramic cabin with large floor to ceiling window located on deck 4 & 5 approx. 226 sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

All four cabin types (Outside Cabin, Panoramic Cabin, French Balcony Cabin, and Balcony Cabin) in categories 1 – 8 are equipped and furnished the same, only the window and balcony area varies. Unique design, inspired by nature. In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins, curved lines, natural colors and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

All four cabin types (Outside Cabin, Panoramic Cabin, French Balcony Cabin, and Balcony Cabin) in categories 1 – 8 are equipped and furnished the same, only the window and balcony area varies. Unique design, inspired by nature. In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins, curved lines, natural colors and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

French Balcony cabin located on deck 7 approx. 226 sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

Balcony cabin located on decks 6 & 7 approx. 291 sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

Balcony cabin located on deck 6 approx. 291 sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

 

All four cabin types (Outside Cabin, Panoramic Cabin, French Balcony Cabin, and Balcony Cabin) in categories 1 – 8 are equipped and furnished the same, only the window and balcony area varies. Unique design, inspired by nature. In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins, curved lines, natural colors and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

A temporary expedition base. In our HANSEATIC inspiration Junior Suites, harmonious colors and utmost comfort surround you like a gentle sea breeze. Enjoy spectacular views and fascinating wildlife sightings from the comfort of your balcony, living area, or sleeping area. Welcome to the adventure. Features Separate living and sleeping areas; Separate dining area; Sleeping area with panoramic view; Separable beds; TV in living and sleeping areas; Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower; Steam sauna in shower area; Heated walls in bathroom; Butler service; Binoculars in the suite; Nordic walking poles; Free mini-bar; Coffee machine; Table reservation in main restaurant.

Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed. (Deck 3)Expedition on a large scale. The Grand Suites on the HANSEATIC inspiration are comfortable home ports, oases of wellness and panoramic viewing decks rolled all into one. Enjoy the freedom to be yourself – and indulge your personality even more with breathtaking views of natural wonders. Features Veranda with space heaters; Separate living and sleeping areas; Separate dining area; Sleeping area with panoramic view; Separable beds; TV in living and sleeping areas; Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower, and veranda access; Steam sauna in shower area; Heated wall in bathroom; Separate toilet; Butler service; Table reservation in main restaurant; Binoculars in the suite; Nordic walking poles; Free mini-bar; Coffee machine.

+ Port Taxes

Itinerary

WINDSOR/DETROIT RIVER

Between the Atlantic and Pacific, there is another third “ocean” that shapes the North American landscape: the natural wonder and lifeline of the Great Lakes. The HANSEATIC inspiration has been designed to reach these places and enable the route to come particularly close to the coast. The many open deck spaces provide exciting views each day – such as during the morning departure from Windsor with a view of Detroit’s skyline or cruising on the Detroit River.

Parry Sound/Lake Huron

The HANSEATIC inspiration charts a course through a scenic labyrinth of water to reach Parry Sound. Its name pays tribute to the British polar explorer William E. Parry. Explore the town and the nearby lake shore on the marine walking trails and look forward to a boat trip of the Thirty Thousand Islands*. The varied archipelago scenery here is filled with islands emerging from the water, narrow channels and imposing cliffs. Alternatively, you can turn your focus to unforgettable panoramic pictures in Killbear Provincial Park*, where pink granite banks and green forest blend into constantly shifting compositions.

Windsor/Detroit River
Killarney

The islands around Killarney are a crown jewel in the wild nature and a paradise for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts.

 
Tobermory

Cruising across Lake Huron to the fishing town of Tobermory on Georgian Bay is equally exciting. Small bays, deep-green forests and the limestone coast will leave you with lasting memories of exploring the Bruce Trail at your own pace.

Tobermory
Sault Ste. Marie/Saint Mary’s River

You’ll continue to Sault Ste. Marie, which lies right on the border between Canada and the USA. Explore the city of two states with a walk to the historic locks or the bushplane museum surrounded by nature.


Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the USA. Victorian villas and the Grand Hotel dating back to the 19th century compete for attention with the beauty of the lilac blossom. Expand your first impressions on the small tree-covered island on foot, bicycle or carriage. 


Sturgeon Bay/Lake Michigan

The Door Peninsula on the edge of Lake Michigan is yet another fantastic gem to discover. Water sports such as kayaking have just as rich a history here as the shipbuilding center of Door County. You’ll sense the idyllic charm as you start making your way to Sturgeon Bay by tender boat. From here, set your sights on the enchanting Door Peninsula* with its historic brick lighthouses, fishing villages and expansive wine-growing regions.

Milwaukee

Brewing was once the focus of Milwaukee, but museums and the music scene now provide creative highlights. Discover the influence of the German immigrants of times gone by and works by many European painters on a city tour with a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum*. Milwaukee has honoured a brand that is intrinsically linked to the American way of life with the Harley-Davidson Museum*. The pursuit of happiness is a theme in this green heart of North America – a place undeniably born to be wild.

 
Chicago

Reflect on the sense of great freedom as you arrive in Chicago and bid farewell to the Great Lakes with lasting memories of exploration.

Milwaukee

* Shore activities are not included in cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

Pre and Post Cruise Packages

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

SHIP

Great Lakes Ship and Cruise Dates.

Hanseatic Inspiration

Great Lakes – The Sea in the Wilderness

Great Lakes – The Sea in the Wilderness

The wonders of endless lakes and lock adventures come together to create a grand expedition cruise in the USA and Canada – each a land of unlimited opportunities for exploring nature.

Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac Bridge
Waterways Navigated:

Detroit River

Lake Erie

Lake Huron

Lake Michigan

Lake Ontario

Soo Locks

St. Claire River

Straits of Mackinac

Sturgeon Bay
Welland Canal

Great Lakes – The Sea in the Wilderness

2023 CRUISES
DEPARTS: TORONTO

May 19 – May 30
Toronto to Chicago

 

Category 11 Nights

Outside cabin with large window located on decks 4-6 approx. 237sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

Panoramic cabin with large floor to ceiling window located on deck 4 & 5 approx. 226 sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

All four cabin types (Outside Cabin, Panoramic Cabin, French Balcony Cabin, and Balcony Cabin) in categories 1 – 8 are equipped and furnished the same, only the window and balcony area varies. Unique design, inspired by nature. In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins, curved lines, natural colors and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

All four cabin types (Outside Cabin, Panoramic Cabin, French Balcony Cabin, and Balcony Cabin) in categories 1 – 8 are equipped and furnished the same, only the window and balcony area varies. Unique design, inspired by nature. In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins, curved lines, natural colors and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

French Balcony cabin located on deck 7 approx. 226 sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

Balcony cabin located on decks 6& 7 approx. 291 sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

Balcony cabin located on decks 6 approx. 291 sq ft. The HANSEATIC inspiration cabins offer curved lines, natural colors and premium materials that come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation. All cabin types include:

  • Binoculars in the cabin
  • Nordic Walking poles
  • Heated wall in the bathroom (for towels and wet clothing)
  • Rain shower
  • Free mini-bar (soft drinks)
  • Coffee machine
  • Separable Beds

 

All four cabin types (Outside Cabin, Panoramic Cabin, French Balcony Cabin, and Balcony Cabin) in categories 1 – 8 are equipped and furnished the same, only the window and balcony area varies. Unique design, inspired by nature. In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins, curved lines, natural colors and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

A temporary expedition base. In our HANSEATIC inspiration Junior Suites, harmonious colors and utmost comfort surround you like a gentle sea breeze. Enjoy spectacular views and fascinating wildlife sightings from the comfort of your balcony, living area, or sleeping area. Welcome to the adventure. Features Separate living and sleeping areas; Separate dining area; Sleeping area with panoramic view; Separable beds; TV in living and sleeping areas; Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower; Steam sauna in shower area; Heated walls in bathroom; Butler service; Binoculars in the suite; Nordic walking poles; Free mini-bar; Coffee machine; Table reservation in main restaurant.

Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed. (Deck 3)Expedition on a large scale. The Grand Suites on the HANSEATIC inspiration are comfortable home ports, oases of wellness and panoramic viewing decks rolled all into one. Enjoy the freedom to be yourself – and indulge your personality even more with breathtaking views of natural wonders. Features Veranda with space heaters; Separate living and sleeping areas; Separate dining area; Sleeping area with panoramic view; Separable beds; TV in living and sleeping areas; Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower, and veranda access; Steam sauna in shower area; Heated wall in bathroom; Separate toilet; Butler service; Table reservation in main restaurant; Binoculars in the suite; Nordic walking poles; Free mini-bar; Coffee machine.

+ Port Taxes

Itinerary

Toronto / Lake Ontario Canada

With a total area of around 244,000 km2 (94,209 mi.2), the Great Lakes dominate the North American wilderness. Feel the pull of the pioneering spirit that once drew settlers into this natural world. Your cruise begins with nautical challenges that are beyond the reach of most ships. The HANSEATIC inspiration, an expedition ship built for precisely this purpose, negotiates the eight locks of the Welland Canal with ease on the journey from Toronto.

 
Windsor / Detroit River

Before you lies vast Lake Erie and the magnificent passage to the Canadian city of Windsor on the Detroit River. From the ship, you’ll have the best view of the skyline of America’s former “Motor City” on the other bank of the river. Visit Detroit* to discover the roots of American automotive history and the varied architecture of this city that is once again on the up. Follow in the footsteps of Henry Ford* at the museum that bears his name and see former masterpieces of the road and rails.

Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall - Toronto, ON
Tobermory / Lake Huron

Maritime charm, rather than historic cultural heritage, awaits you on your cruise on Lake Huron to the fishing town of Tobermory in Georgian Bay. Your impressive hike along the picturesque bay culminates at the local lighthouse.

 
Parry Sound

A scenic approach through a small lagoon brings you to Parry Sound, which lies in a watery labyrinth with a distinctly Scandinavian feel. The marine walking trails are a great way to explore this town named after the polar explorer William E. Parry and the nearby lake shore. The spellbinding views on a boat trip of the Thirty Thousand Islands* illustrate why the town is known as the gateway to the archipelago, as narrow channels lead past imposing limestone cliffs to hidden natural treasures. Alternatively, immerse yourself in a panoramic picture in Killbear Provincial Park*, where the pink granite banks merge with the green forest.

 
Killarney

The island-studded scenery around Killarney welcomes you with unspoilt nature that harks back to the time of the first trappers. The small coastal municipality is still an El Dorado for outdoor activities.

 
 
Sault Ste. Marie

To experience vibrant culture surrounded by magnificent nature, you’ll continue to Sault Ste. Marie. The city is divided not only by a river, but also by the border between Canada on one side and the USA on the other. Make the most of your time here with a walk to the historic locks or a visit to the bushplane museum.

 
Mackinac Island / Lake Huron

Mackinac Island is a natural jewel of the Great Lakes and is one of the most beautiful islands in the USA. While Victorian villas and the Grand Hotel recall the 19th century, Fort Mackinac serves as a reminder of the American Revolutionary War. Discover the small tree-covered island independently by bicycle or with a carriage ride.

Sturgeon Bay / Lake Michigan

The Door Peninsula is an insider’s tip on the edge of Lake Michigan. Life is closely tied to the water for the people who live here – both for leisure pursuits such as hiking or kayaking, and for work in the most famous shipbuilding center of Door County. This symbiosis is immediately evident as you arrive in Sturgeon Bay by tender boat, where this idyllic little city welcomes you with its charm.

Milwaukee

Milwaukee has evolved from being a centre of brewing to boasting a vibrant museum scene, which a city tour with a visit to Milwaukee Art Museum* will prove. One brand founded here has had an impact on the American way of life like no other – find out more at the Harley-Davidson Museum*. Its vehicles symbolize a feeling of freedom in magnificent nature – just like you will experience during this cruise into the green heart of North America on board the HANSEATIC inspiration.


Chicago / Lake Michigan

As you arrive in Chicago, your personal American dream will have come true with the diversity of the Great Lakes.

Image Credit - Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau

* Shore activities are not included in cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

Pre and Post Cruise Packages

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

SHIP

Great Lakes Ship and Cruise Dates.

Hanseatic Inspiration

Great Lakes

Great Lakes

A Shorter Alternative – Maximize your time on this 7-night condensed voyage of the Great Lakes

 

On this 7-night voyage, enjoy breathtaking island views and beautiful clear waters, the Great Lakes are host to many interesting ports, charming towns, and picturesque villages. Explore the delightful town of Holland, home to the only authentic Dutch windmill in North America. Wind down with the slow-paced lifestyle of Mackinac Island where visitors and residents travel by bicycle, horse-drawn carriage, or on foot. On your way to Parry Sound, marvel at the unique geologic formations and untouched wilderness that lines the shores of Georgian Bay.

Arch Rock, Mackinac Island
Waterways Navigated:

Lake Michigan

Straits of Mackinac

Sault Ste. Marie

Georgian Bay

Lake Huron

 

GREAT LAKES

2023 CRUISES
DEPARTS: Toronto/Midland

June 15 – June 22

Midland to Milwaukee

July 21 – July 28

Midland to Milwaukee
DEPARTS: Milwaukee

June 8 – June 15

Milwaukee to Midland

July 14 – July 21

Milwaukee to Midland
Category 7 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

Itinerary

Pre-Cruise 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.

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 World’s 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 Manitoulin Island except for a daily passenger-vehicle ferry that runs from late spring to October. On the optional tour, learn about the unique and fascinating culture of the native Ojibwe. Begin with an overview of Manitoulin Island’s rich native and nautical history from an expert guide. Continue on to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation to explore the heritage museum and art gallery.

 

Parry Sound, ON

Located on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron, Parry Sound is a picturesque port town with charming cottages and spectacular views. As you cruise the Georgian Bay, enjoy its serene beauty from the ships’ sun deck where you can admire views of Flowerpot Rocks, windswept pines, rugged coast, and clear blue waters.

Midland, ON

End your amazing journey in Midland, the main town and economic center of the area located at the southern end of Lake Huron, near Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Island. By the harbor there is a large statue of the trumpeter swan, considered the symbol of Midland.

Toronto, ON
SAILINGS EMBARKING IN MIDLAND/TORONTO

Motor coaches will be available for a complimentary transfer from the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto at 10 a.m. on the day of departure. We recommend to pre-cruise package offered.

 

Passengers who are unable to make the transfer from the Four Seasons will be responsible for finding their own form of transportation to Midland. They must arrive at the ship before 1 p.m.

 

The ride from Toronto to Midland is 2 hours.

 

Embarkation will begin around noon, and lunch will be served on board. The ship will depart at 3 p.m.

Sailings from Milwaukee Ending in Midland

The ship will arrive in Midland around 7 a.m.

 

Buses will depart the ship at 8:30 a.m., and will arrive at the airport around 10:30 a.m. We urge passengers to book their flights in the afternoon so they can give themselves plenty of time to clear customs without rushing.

 

There will be different buses for passengers going directly to the airport vs. those staying at local hotels.

Pre and Post Cruise Packages

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

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Great Lakes ship and Cruise Dates.

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Great Lakes & Georgian Bay

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

 

Great Lakes & Georgian Bay

2023 CRUISES
DEPARTS: Toronto

May 28 – June 8

Toronto to Milwaukee

July 3 – July 14

Toronto to Milwaukee

August 8 – August 19

Toronto to Milwaukee
DEPARTS: Milwaukee

June 22 – July 3

Milwaukee to Toronto

July 28 – August 8

Milwaukee to Toronto

August 19 – August 30

Milwaukee to Toronto
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

*Prices displayed are per person based on double occupancy

Itinerary

Pre-cruise Milwaukee, WI

(Departure / Arrival Port)

The custom Milwaukee Pre-Cruise Package provides you with a seamless way to experience the city and easily board the ship. Arrive the day before your cruise and Pearl Seas Cruises will handle the rest. The package includes a 1 night stay at the Drury Hotel, located in the heart of downtown, near many amazing attractions such as the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley-Davidson Museum.

 

On the morning of your cruise enjoy breakfast and a guided Milwaukee Exploration. Travel through historic neighborhoods and popular attractions as your guide shares stories of the European immigrants who settled here and points out architectural highlights and cultural hot spots along the way. Complimentary Transfer to the ship the morning of embarkation are included for your convenience.

 

*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.

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 World’s 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 Manitoulin Island except for a daily passenger-vehicle ferry that runs from late spring to October. On the optional tour, learn about the unique and fascinating culture of the native Ojibwe. Begin with an overview of Manitoulin Island’s rich native and nautical history from an expert guide. Continue on to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation to explore the heritage museum and art gallery.

 

Parry Sound, ON

Located on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron, Parry Sound is a picturesque port town with charming cottages and spectacular views. As you cruise the Georgian Bay, enjoy its serene beauty from the ships’ sun deck where you can admire views of Flowerpot Rocks, windswept pines, rugged coast, and clear blue waters.

 

Cruising the Georgian Bay

As you cruise the Georgian Bay, enjoy its serene beauty from the ships’ sun deck. Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay features more than 30,000 islands, miles of shoreline, and a variety of wildlife. Windswept pines, majestic towering cliffs, endless beach, and clear blue waters come together to create a one-of-a-kind destination.

Midland, ON

Midland is the main town and economic center of the area located at the southern end of Georgian Bay’s Thirty Thousand Islands. Learn about the history of this fascinating city with a visit to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, a living museum depicting 17th-century missionary life. Stroll along the Midland Harbor, a picturesque destination featuring a large statue of the trumpeter swan, considered the symbol of Midland. For bird lovers, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is a habitat for Trumpeter Swans, Black Terns, and Least Bitterns.

 

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

World-famous Niagara Falls stands 165 feet tall and is comprised of three waterfalls – Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. These famous falls are shared by both Ontario and New York which are connected by the Rainbow Bridge. Our local guide will show you the best vantage points and will explain the importance the falls once had to Native Americans and fur traders. Enjoy an exciting optional adventure through the majestic falls and the fertile countryside of the Niagara region. Take an exhilarating boat ride which brings you within feet of the Horseshoe Falls and its misty spray.

 
Toronto, ON

End your amazing journey in Toronto, established as a Native American settlement and French fur trading post. Within its impressive skyline, there are several cultural hotspots including art galleries, museums, and performance centers. Shoppers will delight in Queen Street West, where chic boutiques replaced this old warehouse area and Kensington Street, where retro style abounds.

 
Pre-Cruise Toronto

For those guests who wish to start their cruise in style, we are offering a brand new Signature Pre-Cruise Package at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Enjoy a 1-night stay at this renowned 5-star hotel, located in the heart of Toronto’s exclusive Yorkville neighborhood.

On the morning of your cruise, enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by a Toronto City Excursion. Discover the picturesque landmarks that make Toronto one of the most sensational places to visit in Canada. Explore the Saint Lawrence Markets, Chinatown, the Distillery District, and the renowned Fashion District.



The excursion concludes at the ship, where all of your luggage will be waiting for you in your onboard stateroom. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise out of the harbor as you begin your amazing journey with us. 



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

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.

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