Great Lakes Grand Discovery – August 28, 2019

from $5,024

DATES: 2019 – August 28

DURATION: 14 Days/13 Nights

EMBARK: Chicago, IL


SHIP: Grande Caribe

From – $5,024 (Double) – Including Port Charges ($425)


All about the Great Lakes Grand Discovery – August 28, 2019.

Ten thousand years ago, the last great glaciers retreated, leaving the legacy of the Great Lakes. Cruise through all the industrial marvels, rugged wilderness and majesty of the Northern lakes. Enjoy the diverse landscapes and cities of industry along the canals and rivers from Chicago to Montreal.

Join us in Chicago, the hub city with two international airports and more railway lines to more places than anywhere in the United States. But it’s the Great Lakes we’re focused on. Lake Michigan is our point of departure for 14 glorious days, sailing on Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, to the St. Lawrence River and Canada, culminating in the fascinating, cosmopolitan city of Montreal.

We’ll visit the bustling shipbuilding port of Sturgeon Bay, WI, then hop to Mackinac Island, MI, where you can take an optional horse-drawn carriage ride (their main mode of transportation) before taking tea at the Grand Hotel. Next stops are Wyandotte MI, home to the Henry Ford Museum, and Cleveland, OH, famous for sports teams and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Our last stop stateside is Buffalo, NY, whose waterfront features friendly pubs, corner taverns and its own brewery. Or take an optional tour of Niagara Falls. From there we’ll cross Lake Ontario to the shores of Toronto before visiting Kingston, ON, the home of Fort Henry, and Upper Canada Village, where you’ll experience how people lived in a 19th century Canadian village.

But it all starts aboard the Grande Caribe as we glide past the gleaming giants that make up the Chicago skyline. This incredible trip touches 5 different States and 4 unique stops in Canada, in an uncrowded, casual atmosphere only our small ship cruises can give.


Ports Visited – 

  • Chicago, IL
  • Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Mackinac IS, MI
  • Wyandotte, MI
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Toronto, ON
  • Kingston, ON
  • Upper Canada Village
  • Montreal, QC

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Cruise aboard the Grande Mariner or Grande Caribe, with only 88 passengers.
  • Complete program of optional tours and excursions (Additional fees 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.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and internet service
  • Gratuities

  1. Day1 Chicago, IL

    Welcome to the architecturally renowned Chicago skyline, juxtaposed against Lake Michigan to create a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes.

  2. Day2 Sturgeon Bay, WI

    In Wisconsin’s Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and yachts create a striking seascape. An optional tour of this coastal community begins with a local wine tasting, and continues to the Door County Maritime Museum, where you can board a 1930s tugboat or a steamship from 1907.

  3. Day3 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.

  4. Day4 Cruise through Lake Huron

    Depart from Mackinac Island, en route for Wyandotte, MI. Admire the beautiful views of Lake Huron. Cruise past freighters or “Lakers” as they are called by many, while transiting the Detroit and St. Clair River System; a major throughway for vessels traveling between the western and eastern Great Lakes. This river system serves as the border between the U.S. and Canada as it flows through Detroit, under the ambassador bridge, the busiest border crossing in the U.S. and Canada and into Lake Erie.

  5. Day5 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.

  6. Day6 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.

  7. Day7 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.

  8. Day8 Cruise the Welland Cana

    Cruise the magnificent Welland Canal, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Located in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, learn how ships travel through the locks of this gravity-flow canal. Transit through 8 locks which will lower the vessel 320 feet as you bypass the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara Falls.

  9. Day9 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Discover a cultural treasure trove, with more than 100 cultures creating a uniquely, diverse city. This global city, is a center for business, finance, and arts. It is also recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

  10. Day10 Kingston, NY

    In Kingston, NY, dock in Rondout Creek just off the Hudson River. Included in your cruise is a visit to the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Next, you may join an optional visit to Hyde Park or the 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.

  11. Day11 Upper Canada Village, Ontario, Canada

    Visit the authentic heritage park that recreates the

    Gilded age. The site features over 40 historical buildings including several working mills and trades buildings. Tours and events are available for those who want to step off Blount’s small ship and into the year 1866.

  12. Day12 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Where cosmopolitan modern art and architecture meet traditional cobblestone streets and French cafes. You may choose an optional city tour that includes Old Montreal or explore this historic and enchanting city at your leisure.


Grande Mariner & Grande Caribe

Blount Small Ship experience is truly about creating an unscripted journey to places others can’t reach. We wrap new friendships with a value unsurpassed in small ship cruising. Being a family run business for more than 50 years, we welcome all of our passengers as members of our own extended travel family. This means our onboard and onshore activities are always entertaining – full of humor, learning, and designed to create the bond of memories only achievable through one-of-a-kind shared experiences.

The size of our ships affords numerous and tangible benefits. As we carry a maximum of 88 passengers, you will never stand in lines, never be lost in the crowds, and best of all, you step directly off our ships and right into the destination. We pride ourselves on creating insider experiences by educating our passengers through lectures and talks from noted experts and with spirited tales from our knowledgeable and friendly crew.

Due to the intimate nature of the Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner, your experience will be an exclusive and personal one. You’re never a number, you are our cherished guest, experiencing our unique form of hospitality and sailing amongst friends. One of the highlights of any adventure is gathering in the lounge or for a meal with friends both new and old and sharing the day’s adventures. Life onboard is extremely social as you are among like-minded adventurers who appreciate taking the road less traveled. A special bond soon develops through shared experiences and tales, one that stays with you in cherished memories long after your Blount adventure ends.

The unique size and design of our ships, with their bow ramps, retractable pilot houses, and shallow draft, allows them to take you to places other ships cannot. Imagine cruising up the Rio Dulce, off-limits to larger vessels, venturing deep into the lush jungles and rain forests past thundering waterfalls and through imposing, cavernous gorges. Marvel as your skilled Captain gently brings you right onto the beach in the Bahamian Out Islands where you easily and safely step right off the ship via our ingenious bow ramp. You’ll watch with amazement as the pilot house retracts to the deck level, affording our ships the enviable distinction of being the only cruise ships to traverse the historic Erie Canal which is a monument to ingenious American engineering.


• Exclusive Signature Series Adventures Provide Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences
• Charming And Friendly All-American Crew
• Open-Seating Dining
• Beer And Wine Included At Lunch And Dinner
• “BYOB” Bar Policy
• Unique Ship Design – Bow Ramp, Retractable Pilot House And Shallow Draft
• Stair Lifts Provide Ease Of Access Onboard
• Glass Bottom Boat – Provides A Diver’s-Eye View Without Getting Wet!
• Insightful Guest Lecturers And Destination Experts
• Photography Workshops
• Bike And Kayak Rental
• Spectacular Fall Foliage
• Snorkeling Adventures in the tropics