2017 Great American Waterways Cruise
Four stunning Great Lakes and the historic Erie Canal merge to create one amazing adventure. This journey will capture your imagination, leaving you lost in the peacefulness of this beautiful escape and its ever-changing panoramas. The Great Lakes, collectively considered the largest body of fresh water on Earth, were carved by retreating ice sheets and filled with the meltwater from ancient glaciers. The indigo-blue waters of the Lakes are cloaked by forest-green pines, with classic lighthouses dotting the rocky cliffs. Your cruise stretches across Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario; taking you from vibrant Chicago all the way to the classic ports of New England.
EMBARK: Chicago, IL
DISEMBARK: Warren, RI
DATES: June 17 (Grande Mariner); July 25 (Grande Caribe); September 3 (Grande Mariner), 2017
- Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum
- Henry Ford Museum, home President John F. Kennedy’s limousine and the Rosa Parks bus
- Breathtaking views of world-famous Niagara Falls
- West Point, NY, home of the prestigious United States Military Academy
Day 1 – Chicago, IL
Welcome to the architecturally renowned Chicago skyline, juxtaposed against Lake Michigan to create a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes.
Day 2 – Manitowoc, WI
Known as Wisconsin’s Marine Capital, Manitowoc is the home to Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum, which captures the riveting history of the entire great lakes area, including the building of 28 submarines for WWII. Don’t miss out on the Rahr-West Art Museum which hosts pieces from Picasso, Miro, Dali, as well as many others.
Day 3 – Mackinac Island, MI
Step back in time when you arrive at Mackinac Island, MI famed for its horse-drawn carriages and old-world charm. Admire the architecture during an optional carriage tour of the island, including entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. This afternoon, an optional excursion invites you to the Grand Hotel for a traditional Afternoon Tea, including scones and finger sandwiches.
Day 4 – Cruise through Lake Huron
Relax on the sunny top deck and admire the beautiful views of Lake Huron during a day of cruising en route to Wyandotte, MI. The Great Lakes were carved by retreating ice sheets and filled with the meltwater from ancient glaciers. The indigo-blue waters of the Lakes are cloaked by forest-green pines, with classic lighthouses dotting the rocky cliffs whose banks are home to many animals.
Day 5 – Wyandotte, MI
Spend a full day in Wyandotte, MI, nestled on the Detroit River. An optional tour in nearby Dearborn, MI begins at the Henry Ford Museum, home President John F. Kennedy’s limousine and the Rosa Parks bus. Continue your tour to Greenfield Village, where nearly 100 historical buildings have been relocated to create a demonstration of American life from the founding of the country through modern times.
Day 6 – Cleveland, OH
Sail through Lake Erie for an introduction to the legendary American city of Cleveland, OH, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Explore this Great Lakes metropolis during an optional panoramic city tour via trolley. This evening, enjoy an onboard musical performance.
Day 7 – Erie, PA
In Erie, PA, named for the Native American tribe that once lived along its shores, an onboard discussion focuses on the area’s rich history. An optional tour takes you to beautiful Presque Isle Park and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, with plentiful photo stops along the way to capture memories of this magnificent peninsula (available eastbound only; westbound cruises do not visit Erie).
Day 8 – Buffalo, NY
Located at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo, NY is known for its sports, snow, and special sauce. Admire breathtaking views of world-famous Niagara Falls during an optional tour, including visits to the Whirlpool Overlook, the Table Rock area, and a boat ride on the Hornblower (passport required). Tonight, local musicians entertain onboard the ship.
Day 9 – Day of Cruising
Today, cruise the magnificent Welland Canal, from Buffalo to Rochester, NY. Located in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, learn how ships travel through the locks of this gravity-flow canal. The canal is used to transport about 40 million metric tons of goods annually by more than 3,000 ships.
Day 10 – Rochester & Oswego, NY
This morning, begin your day in Rochester, NY, a city that sits at the middle of what has been called the 100 must-see miles of the Erie Canal. An optional city tour will begin with stunning views of towering High Falls on the Genesee River and hit the city’s most notable landmarks. Watch the ship’s retractable pilot-house lower and cruise towards Oswego, NY, slipping under the lowest bridges of the canal.
Day 11 – Arrive in Sylvan Beach, NY
After spending the evening in Oswego, today you will continuing cruising the Erie Canal into the late afternoon when you will arrive in the lovely town of Sylvan Beach, tucked in on the Eastern Shore of Oneida Lake, NY. After a delicious dinner onboard, get off the vessel to meet the locals and explore downtown.
Day 12 – Amsterdam, NY
Cruise the Erie Canal, sailing where no other overnight cruise line can go! An optional excursion takes you to picturesque Cooperstown, NY, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Day 13 – Troy, NY
As you enjoy a leisurely sail to Troy, NY, transit the Mohawk River and Waterford Flight Lock, then watch as the retractable pilot-house is raised back to its full height. Tonight, delight in the local culture during an onboard musical performance.
Day 14 – Kingston, NY
In Kingston, NY, dock on the Hudson River in Rondout Creek and visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Then choose an optional visit to Hyde Park or Vanderbilt Mansion (based on availability). The Hyde Park excursion includes a visit to “Springwood,” the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, now home to his presidential library and museum (tour available eastbound only).
Day 15 – West Point, NY
Travel to West Point, NY, home of the prestigious United States Military Academy, where you may opt to take a tour of its magnificent campus and admire its famed Gothic Revival-style Chapel. Enjoy an evening cruise of New York Harbor, offering stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Big Apple’s world-famous skyline.
Day 16 – Warren, RI
A morning cruise through Narragansett Bay brings you to the charming coastal New England town of Warren, RI, where you will disembark the vessel.
- Cruise aboard the Grande Mariner or Grande Caribe, with only 88 passengers.
- Complete program of optional tours and excursions (An additional fee may apply)
- Welcome and farewell receptions aboard ship.
- All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
- BYOB , Bring your own selection of beverages; mixers and ice is provided
- Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader.
- Professional tour staff.
- Complete pre-departure materials.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare; transfers; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, gratuities and Internet service.
|Cabin Category||Price per person based on double occupancy||Price based on single occupancy|
|Category 4||$7,599||Call for current pricing|
|Category 3||$6,999||Call for current pricing|
|Category 2||$6,699||Call for current pricing|
|Category 1||$4,999||Call for current pricing|
|Dedicated Single Cabin||N/A||$8,799|
|Pre-Cruise Arrival Night Onboard with Dinner and Breakfast||$150||$150|