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 Collection

Great Lakes Collection

Join this expedition across the historic waterways of all five of the majestic Great Lakes. Experience culture-rich urban centers and admire the awesome power of thundering Niagara Falls. Explore the granite islands and sheltered inlets of Georgian Bay and traverse the famous Soo Locks. Study the aquatic ecosystems of the Lakes and venture into the dense boreal forests that line the shores of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Waterways Navigated:

Lake Ontario

Welland Canal

Lake Erie

Detroit River

Lake St. Clair

Lake Huron

Georgian Bay

Straits of Mackinac

Lake Michigan

Lake Superior

Great Lakes Collection

2023 CRUISES

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

DEPARTS: Duluth

June 24 – July 8

Duluth to Toronto

July 22 – August 5

Duluth to Toronto

August 8 – September 1

Duluth to Toronto

September 12 – September 26

Duluth to Toronto
 
DEPARTS: Toronto

June 10 – June 24

Toronto to Duluth

July 8 – July 22

Toronto to Duluth

August 4 – August 18

Toronto to Duluth

August 29 – September 12

Toronto to Duluth
Category 14 Nights
2023 Prices
  • Largest suite on board: 1,223 sq. ft. with a 792 sq. ft. private garden lounge area with badestamp
  • All amenities of the Explorer Suite, plus:
  • Priority stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Four guaranteed priority reservations at each alternative restaurant (100 days prior to departure)
  • First priority expedition activity reservations (107 days prior to departure)
  • First priority booking of spa treatments (100 days prior to departure)
  • Dinner & guided tour with ship officers (subject to availability)
  • Large master bathroom, plus one guest bathroom
  • Separate dining area/board room that seats six guests
  • Private library, wine & music collections curated by Chairman Torstein Hagen
  • And more; ask for details
  • Size including Nordic Balcony & private veranda: 580 sq. ft.
  • 11 AM stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Priority expedition activity reservations (97 days prior to departure)
  • Three guaranteed priority reservations at each alternative restaurant (90 days prior to departure)
  • Priority booking of spa treatments (90 days prior to departure)
  • Mini-bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water & snacks, replenished once daily
  • In-suite binoculars, coffee & Marius-weave blanket
  • Laundry, dry cleaning, pressing & shoe shine services
  • Complimentary Silver Spirits beverage package & bottle of champagne
  • Exclusive access to shared Explorer Suite private garden lounge area
  • Size including Nordic Balcony: 322 sq ft
  • 11 AM stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Priority expedition activity reservations (87 days prior to departure)
  • Three guaranteed priority reservations at each alternative restaurant (80 days prior to departure)
  • Priority booking of spa treatments (80 days prior to departure)
  • Mini-bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water & snacks, replenished once daily
  • In-suite binoculars, coffee & Marius-weave blanket
  • Laundry, dry cleaning, pressing & shoe shine services
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Size including Nordic Balcony: 269 sq ft
  • 1 PM stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Priority expedition activity reservations (77 days prior to departure)
  • Two guaranteed priority reservations at each alternative restaurant (70 days prior to departure)
  • Priority booking of spa treatments (70 days prior to departure)
  • Mini-bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water & snacks, replenished once daily
  • In-suite binoculars, coffee & Marius-weave blanket
  • Pressing & shoe shine services
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Size including Nordic Balcony: 222 sq ft
  • 2 PM stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Priority expedition activity reservations (67 days prior to departure)
  • One guaranteed priority reservation at each alternative restaurant (60 days prior to departure)
  • Priority booking of spa treatments (60 days prior to departure)
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks, replenished once daily
  • In-suite binoculars, coffee & Marius-weave blanket
  • Size including Nordic Balcony: 222 sq ft
  • 2 PM stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Priority expedition activity reservations (67 days prior to departure)
  • One guaranteed priority reservation at each alternative restaurant (60 days prior to departure)
  • Priority booking of spa treatments (60 days prior to departure)
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks, replenished once daily
  • In-suite binoculars, coffee & Marius-weave blanket
  • Size including Nordic Balcony: 222 sq ft
  • 2 PM stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Priority expedition activity reservations (67 days prior to departure)
  • One guaranteed priority reservation at each alternative restaurant (60 days prior to departure)
  • Priority booking of spa treatments (60 days prior to departure)
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks, replenished once daily
  • In-suite binoculars, coffee & Marius-weave blanket
  • Size including Nordic Balcony: 222 sq ft
  • 3 PM stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Expedition activity reservations (60 days prior to departure)
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks
  • In-suite binoculars & Marius-weave blanket
  • Size including Nordic Balcony: 222 sq ft
  • 3 PM stateroom access
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Expedition activity reservations (60 days prior to departure)
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks
  • In-suite binoculars & Marius-weave blanket

+ Port Taxes

Itinerary

Duluth, Minnesota
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Duluth, Minnesota
Sail Lake Superior
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

Founded by French missionaries in 1668, Sault Sainte Marie is Michigan’s oldest city and one of the oldest in the US. It is also home to the famous Soo Locks, a series of parallel locks that make river travel between Lake Superior and Lake Huron possible, thereby linking Superior to the lower Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Opened in 1855 to allow ships to bypass the St. Marys River’s 21-foot fall over roiling rapids, this innovative lock system was one of the great engineering projects of its day. Today, it guides ships past Sault Sainte Marie and its twin city in Ontario.

 

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Steeped in the charms of simpler times, Mackinac Island is a gem of the Great Lakes. Located in the Straits of Mackinac where Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas are closest and Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, this bucolic haven preserves gilded Victorian-era treasures along car-free streets traversed by horse-drawn carriages. The perimeter road is the only state highway in the US that does not permit motor vehicles. More than 80% of Mackinac is protected as a state park, from its Greek Revival Grand Hotel and British-built Fort Mackinac to its preserved wilderness areas.

Alpena, Michigan
Door Peninsula (Algoma), Wisconsin

Algoma is the gateway to the scenic Door Peninsula, a slender limestone peninsula projecting out into Lake Michigan. It was first explored by French missionaries and fur traders during the 17th century, who named it Port des Mort, or “Death’s Door,” because of the treacherous waters separating the peninsula from nearby Washington Island. The peninsula is also the westernmost edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a prehistoric ridge that stretches more than 650 miles across the Great Lakes region, and is home to boreal forests, rugged rock formations and sandy beaches.

 

Alpena, Michigan
Explore Georgian Bay
 
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
 
Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland sits on the shores of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and is a major port along the St. Lawrence Seaway. This industrial city is also a gateway to the Cuyahoga Valley and its namesake national park, a region of reclaimed nature covering 51 square miles of landscape between Cleveland and Akron. A mix of forests, wetlands and canals, as well as the majestic cascade of Brandywine Falls, the park has more than 125 miles of hiking trails that crisscross the land, including one that runs along the former route of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Niagara Falls (Port Colborne)

Port Colborne proudly proclaims itself the “Gateway to Navigation.” It is also the gateway to North America’s largest and most powerful cascade, Niagara Falls. Epic in its scope and volume, the falls hurl 42 million gallons of water down 20 stories every minute. Its mile-wide length straddles the Canadian and US borders and is split by islands into three smaller cataracts: Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls. Long a storied destination for young honeymooners, today the mighty torrent is a thrill for visitors.

Scenic Sailing

The Welland Canal is one of Canada’s greatest engineering feats. Built from 1824 to 1833 to bypass the Niagara River and its mighty falls, the Welland comprises eight locks that lift or lower ships a total of 326 feet between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. This scenic canal is the spine of the peninsula’s trade and industry, with numerous docks receiving ships and roadways crossing the water by either bridge or tunnel. Of the former, most open via vertical lift or drawbridge, allowing ships to pass along its waters.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto is beloved by many as one of Canada’s boldest and most innovative capitals. Hugging the shores of Lake Ontario and facing the picturesque Toronto Islands, it was founded by British loyalists fleeing the American Revolution in 1793. Today the city is a pleasure to explore on foot, whether strolling past the Victorian bay-and-gable homes of Rosedale, or the historic enclave of Wychwood Park, an Ontario Heritage Conservation district. The city’s Distillery District is home to North America’s largest preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

Niagara Falls

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SHIP Details

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.

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Great Lakes Ship and Cruise Dates.

Hanseatic Inspiration

Great Lakes Grand Discovery

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 Ocean Voyager, 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

GREAT LAKES GRAND DISCOVERY

2023 CRUISES

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

DEPARTS: CHICAGO

August 24 – September 5

Chicago to Montreal (Ocean Navigator)

September 29 – October 11

Chicago to Montreal (Ocean Voyager)
 
DEPARTS: Montreal
 
Category 12 Nights
2023 Prices

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

Category 12 Nights
2023 Prices

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

Itinerary

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. 

Downtown Chicago
Chicago
MACKINAC ISLAND

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. 

 
Detroit Skyline
Detroit
SCENIC SAILING OF LAKE HURON

Today the Ocean Navigator 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.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN

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.

CLEVELAND, OHIO

Step off the Ocean Navigator 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 / brockville, 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. (Westbound itineraries port in Brockville, ON)

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
 
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.

Pre and Post Cruise Packages

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

SHIP Details

Splendor of the Great Lakes

Splendor of the Great Lakes

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 Ocean Voyager, 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

Splendor of the Great Lakes

2023 CRUISES
DEPARTS: CHICAGO

May 15 – May 25

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Navigator)

May 26 – June 5

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Voyager)

June 13 – June 23

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Voyager)

June 30 – July 10

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Navigator)

July 1 – July 11

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Voyager)

July 18 – July 28

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Navigator)

July 19 – July 29

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Voyager)

August 5 – August 15

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Navigator)

August 6 – August 16

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Voyager)

August 24 – September 3

Chicago to Toronto (Ocean Voyager)
DEPARTS: TORONTO

May 6 – May 16

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Navigator)

May 17 – May 27

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Voyager)

May 24 – June 3

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Navigator)

June 4 – June 14

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Voyager)

June 22 – July 2

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Voyager)

July 9 – July 19

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Navigator)

July 10 – July 20

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Voyager)

July 27 – August 6

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Navigator)

July 28 – August 7

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Voyager)

August 14 – August 24

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Navigator)

August 15 – August 25

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Voyager)

September 2 – September 22

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Voyager)

September 20 – September 30

Toronto to Chicago (Ocean Voyager)
Category 10 Nights
2023 Prices

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

Itinerary

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. Representatives will be available to provide suggestions for dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

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 city of global 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

These waters are home to a vast variety of wildlife – trout, salmon, walleye, smallmouth bass, crawfish, freshwater sponges and sea lamprey, to name a few. That buffet attracts raptors such as hawks and bald eagles and waterfowl such as duck, swans and geese. Relax and enjoy the view on your own time on this peaceful river cruising day. Sip a mid-morning consommé, breathe in the fresh lake air on the upper deck, share convivial conversation with other guests or just nibble on snacks as you look forward to yet another astounding sunset on the water.

Downtown Chicago
Chicago
MACKINAC ISLAND

Vacationers adore this unique American destination. Its devotees long for the time they can return to their beloved island retreat and truly disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle. Clip-clop rhythms of horse hooves soothe the soul, with not a car in sight. The rich aroma of Mackinac’s signature treat – its famous fudge – permeates charming shops. This peaceful port draws visitors back year after year. Tour the island by carriage and visit Fort Mackinac. Afterward, marvel at myriad magnificent selections on the Grand Hotel luncheon buffet for an included mid-day meal to treasure. And the view at the hotel from America’s longest front porch stretches for miles.

 

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI

“The Saults” – international twin cities – are neighbors on either side of St. Marys River on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in Southern Ontario. Soak in the culture of the area on a narrated tour showcasing local highlights such as the retired lake freighter SS Valley Camp – now a museum – and an insider’s look at the engineering spectacle of the Soo Locks, the world’s busiest canal in terms of tonnage.


LITTLE CURRENT, MANITOULIN ISLAND

Breathe the clean air and find solace in the sacred atmosphere of the world’s largest freshwater island. Generations have nurtured a close and cherished relationship with the land, the forest, the waters and the sky in this treasured place, and you are invited to share its beauty and splendor. Reflect on island heritage on an included excursion to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation for a welcome ceremony and interpretive tour, along with stops at other attractions of note. Those opting for a premium experience can saddle up to feel the gentle sway of an ambling horseback trail ride amid the breathtaking scenery of Honora Bay.


SCENIC SAILING OF LAKE HURON

Today we slip our moorings to survey the sapphire canvas of a boundless empire. Scenic sailing invites visitors to navigate the day as we cruise through the second-largest arena of inland sea in America’s Great Lakes. Engage in laissez faire, and curl up with a nautical novel on the deck as the rhythmic slap of spray keeps pace. Grab some fresh fare, behold the natural wonders and indulge in the delicacy of sailing. 

Detroit Skyline
Detroit
DETROIT, MICHIGAN (WINDSOR, ONTARIO)

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 and varied artifacts of American heritage. The extraordinary exhibits chronicle the lifespan of a nation. All guests may choose an included excursion to the Detroit Institute of Arts and its 100-plus galleries, the Motown Museum, the West Canfield Historic District and other city highlights.

CLEVELAND, OHIO

Step off the Ocean Voyager 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

Port Colborne’s rich maritime history and stunning beachfront point up the beauty of the region. Make the most of this beautiful stop with an optional half-day tour to Niagara Falls. See Earth’s raw power on full display during an unforgettable encounter with a natural wonder of the world. Excitement escalates as we climb aboard our Hornblower catamaran to sail into the mesmerizing mist. Afterward, reflect on your experience over lunch, then explore local shops for the perfect souvenir.

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 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.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Pre and Post Cruise Packages

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

SHIP Details

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!

SHIP

Great Lakes ship and Cruise Dates.

Pearl Mist

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!

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Great Lakes & Georgian Bay ship and Cruise Dates.

Pearl Mist

French Canada & Great Lakes

French Canada & Great Lakes

Witness the splendor of the French-Canadian countryside as we sail through the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Enjoy an idyllic drive into the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains to see the towering Montmorency Falls cascading down a 272-foot cliff. Navigate the 1,000 Islands corridor and tour Kingston’s preserved gothic cathedrals, historic monuments and the fascinating Penitentiary Museum. From a thrilling visit to spectacular Niagara Falls to a tour of Cleveland’s Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, each day of this itinerary is filled with magic.

Cleveland, OH - Image Credit Cody York - ThisIsCleveland.com
Waterways Navigated:

Detroit River

Lake Erie

Welland Canal

Lake Ontario

St. Lawrence Seaway

French Canada & Great Lakes

2023 CRUISES
DEPARTS: Montreal

September 3 – September 13

Montreal to Detroit

September 21 – October 1

Montreal to Detroit
DEPARTS: Detroit

September 12 – September 22

Detroit to Montreal

September 30 – October 10

Detroit to Montreal
2023 Prices
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 + $459

Itinerary

Montréal, QC

In 2017, Montreal celebrated its 375th birthday, making it one of the oldest cities in North America. Situated on the St. Lawrence River, it remains important crossroads for shipping by land and sea, with a rich history of Iroquois, colonial, and cosmopolitan settlements. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old City with a visit to the Notre Dame Basilica. Explore Montreal old and new with a drive through the downtown business district to the top of Mont Royal for a commanding view of the city and the St. Lawrence River. Afterwards, visit one of the world’s largest and most important Botanical Gardens in downtown Montreal.

 
Québec City, QC

Quebec City is the only walled community in North America and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. Coaches depart for the Plains of Abraham where the battle between invading English and French defenders took place as the English stormed the upper city and captured the town. Onward to Place Royale in the lower-town, which was bombarded in 1759 from across the river, as fire ships were dispatched towards the port. We then drive out of Quebec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls, including a cable car ride to the top where you will have magnificent views across to the Ile d’Orléans. In the afternoon, guests are encouraged to stroll on their own out the port to visit the Petit Champlain and take the funicular railway to the Chateau Frontenac and its magnificent Dufferin Terrace.

Montreal - Image Credit © Nicolas Abou
Sailing the St. Lawrence

Experience the extraordinary scale of the St. Lawrence seaway as we enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence. For centuries, the St. Lawrence River has served as an important route for trade and travel, connecting the Atlantic maritime traffic with the the world’s largest source of freshwater — the Great Lakes. The river spans 744 miles, beginning at the outflow of Lake Ontario near Kingston and flowing northeast into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy a day of beautiful vistas and serene sailing as we make our way through the Gulf towards the mouth of the river.

 

Kingston, ON – Tendering

Kingston, a former capital of Upper Canada and a center of culture and higher education, is now a modern small city along the shore of Lake Ontario at the start of the St. Lawrence River. From the pier, your private tour will include an historical overview of the city. See Bellevue House, traditional Georgian architecture built in the 1840’s by a successful grocer and later home to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A MacDonald. See the campus of Queen’s University, one of Canada’s foremost universities, founded in 1841 by the Church of Scotland and by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. Drive past St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the Gothic style in 1826, with limestone quarried on the spot. It features rib- like buttresses along the east and west outer walls. See St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, built in 1825 and elevated to cathedral status in 1862, this cathedral is used by cadets and other members of the Royal Military College for worship and other special occasions.

 

Toronto, ON – Welland Canal

Upon arrival in Toronto, guests will disembark the Ocean Navigator on a half-day city tour which includes the Theatre District, the downtown business district, and the Distillery District. Prominently situated facing the sparkling waters of Lake Ontario, this vibrant, multi-cultural, and entertaining city is Canada’s largest. Originally settled by the indigenous First Nations people, the British later settled here in 1793, naming it York. During the War of 1812, York suffered great damage from the US. The town was later called Toronto in 1834 and is now the capital of the province of Ontario.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
Port Colborne – Niagara Falls

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 Ocean Voyager, now docked in Port Weller on Lake Ontario.

CLEVELAND, OH

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.

Detroit, MI

This morning, we’ll arrive at the port in Detroit signaling the end of our journey. After breakfast, disembark the Ocean Navigator and make your way to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in the Motor City.

Detroit Skyline
Detroit

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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French Canada & Great Lakes Ship and Cruise Dates.