Depart from the great city of Chicago on a grand exploration
of North America’s Great Lakes
The Great Lakes are together the largest body of freshwater in the world. Sail across Lake Michigan to charming Mackinac Island. Transit the Soo Locks into massive Lake Superior, the largest of the five lakes. Spend a fascinating morning with the Ojibwe people at pretty 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.
DURATION: 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS
EMBARK: CHICAGO, USA
DISEMBARK: TORONTO, CANADA
SHIP: VICTORY I
- Toronto, Canada
- Niagara Falls
- Welland Canal
- Cleveland, OH
- Detroit, MI
- Parry Sound
- Manitoulin Island
- Mackinac Island
Day 1 – Embarkation in Chicago, Illinois
Your cruise vacation begins this afternoon in beautiful Chicago, Illinois where you’ll board the M/V Victory I and gather for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we prepare to set sail on our Great Lakes journey. Chicago’s waterfront location, upscale shopping along the Magnificent Mile & State Street, and robust nightlife are major draws. (D) (NOTE: Add a night or two before your cruise to enjoy Chicago!)
Day 2 – Day Cruising Lake Michigan
The only Great Lake located entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan has a surface area of more than 22,000 square miles, making it the fifth largest lake in the world. After a scenic day of cruising, we’ll gather for a festive welcome reception, followed by dinner in the ship’s main dining room.
Day 3 – Mackinac Island, Lake Michigan
This morning we’ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. After breakfast, we’ll go ashore for a narrated horse-drawn carriage tour of Mackinac Island, including the Victorian-era Grand Hotel, where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed. During our tour, we’ll visit Fort Mackinac, which was constructed by the British in 1780, taken by the Americans in 1796, and reclaimed by the British at the start of the War of 1812. This evening, cocktail hour in the outdoor lounge features a captivating presentation by our onboard historian.
Day 4 – Little Current, Manitoulin – (Georgian Bay)
This morning, we’ll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes called the sixth Great Lake. Our destination is Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island and home of the Ojibwa people, part of the First Nation of Anishinaabe. Also known by the anglicized name Chippewa, the Ojibwe are the largest population of First Nations people in continental North America. They speak the Anishinaabe language and live mostly in the Great Lakes region of Canada. They are known for their birch bark canoes, their cultivation of wild rice, the creation of dreamcatchers, and their historic use of pictographic birch bark scrolls.
Day 5 – Parry Sound, ON
Parry Sound is part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – Georgian Bay Biosphere. A highlight is our on-dock musical entertainment. As Parry Sounders, we are proud of the fact that this is Bobby Orr’s hometown. To recognize his contribute to the game and sport, both as an athlete and sports builder, the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is located directly across the street from the Town Dock. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is combined with an acoustically-perfect, performing arts center.
Day 6 – Scenic Sailing of Lake Huron
The second largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron boasts a surface area of 23,000 square miles. Like the other Great Lakes, it was formed at the end of the last ice age as the glaciers retreated. With over 30,000 islands, Lake Huron has more shoreline than any of the other Great Lakes. After a scenic day of cruising, we’ll gather in the ship’s main dining room for a gourmet dinner.
Day 7 – Windsor, Ontario
The M/V Victory I will call on Windsor, Ontario, known as The City of Roses. Here, we’ll board a motorcoach and head to Detroit either via the Ambassador bridge or tunnel. The Ambassador Bridge is a privately owned suspension bridge that connects Windsor with Detroit, Michigan. This bridge is the busiest international trade crossing in North America, supporting $13 billion (USD) in annual production. Just outside of Detroit, we’ll visit the Henry Ford Museum which was created to document the genius of ordinary people. Housed in a sweeping, nine-acre, single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings the museum is dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind. The sheer scope and design of the museum is as grand as the vision that inspired it. It’s impossible not to feel a sense of awe as your mind adjusts to the collection’s scale. Local expert docents will escort guests to see the museum’s highlights that include: the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Texas, the bus in which Rosa Parks stood her ground and sparked the Civil Rights movement, and the chair from the Ford Theater in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot. After our tour, we’ll return to the ship and set sail northbound up the Detroit River to our next destination, Lake Huron.
Day 8 – Cleveland, OH
Cleveland’s landmarks dating to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing center include the Steamship William G. Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. It’s also known for the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the I.M. Pei–designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and it’s famous West Side Market, Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market, with its origins dating back to 1840. The markethouse was dedicated and opened to the public in 1912. Its 137 foot clock tower has stood as a Cleveland landmark for over a century. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity. Last year it is estimated that over a million people visited the market.
Day 9 Niagara Falls (Welland Canal)
After a leisurely morning on board, we’ll disembark the ship at Port Colbourne on the southern end of the Welland Canal. The original Welland Canal was opened in 1829 and was extended to reach Lake Erie in 1833. The current canal was completed in 1932 and boasts eight locks. As the M/V Victory I awaits its turn to transit the locks, we’ll drive through the Niagara Wine Region, home to 25 vineyards and over 50 wineries. At Niagara Falls, we’ll embark on the famous Hornblower “Voyage of the Falls” for a cruise into the misty spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back on shore, we’ll drive along scenic Niagara Parkway to a charming local restaurant followed by a special visit to a local winery for a fabulous tasting before rejoining the ship at Port Weller.
Day 10 – Disembarkation in Toronto, Canada
This morning, we’ll awaken at the port in Toronto, Ontario. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory I and make your way to the airport for your flight home, or let us show you more of eastern Canada – Montreal and Quebec City.
Complimentary Wine, beer and spirits; One shore excursion per port; Port charges ($399 per person)
Air Cost; Gratuities are extra at 15 USD per day per person; Transfers to and from Port
Personal robes and slippers
Top of the line bath amenities that are environmentally sensitive
100% Egyptian cotton bedding
In-room electronic safe
Individual climate control
LCD flat screen television (satellite)
Hair dryer & makeup mirror
Complimentary coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and filtered water,
Free flowing house wine, beer, and spirits during entire cruise
Free Internet & WiFi available onboard
Daily housekeeping; nightly turndown
Onboard Salon & Spa