French Canada and Great Lakes
DATES: 2019 – May 27 | July 11, 20*, 29 | Aug 25*
2020 – May 24 | June 29 | Jul 17, 26* | Aug 4, 13*
DURATION: 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS
EMBARK: MONTREAL, QUEBEC
DISEMBARK: DETROIT, MI
SHIP: Victory II
Enjoy the best of the borderlands between Canada and the USA. Survey two of the most European cities in North America, the French Canadian ports of Montreal and Quebec, then the Ontario metropolis of Toronto. We’ll transit the Welland Canal, and take in the majesty of Niagara Falls, and take in the blossoming renaissance of Cleveland and Detroit.
- Montreal, Canada
- Quebec City
- Lawrence River
- Toronto, Canada
- Niagara Falls
- Welland Canal
- Cleveland, OH
- Lake Erie
- Lake Huron
- Detroit, MI
- Accommodations aboard ship
- Included shore excursions
- Onboard meals and entertainment
- Port Charges ($429)
- Gratuities to Ship Staff ($155)
- Pre-cruise hotel
- Non-premium beverages, including liquor, wine, beer and soft drinks
- Wi Fi
- Expert guides and lecturers.
- Gratuities for any shore excursion personnel, such as tour guides or bus drivers.
- Travel insurance
- Post-cruise hotel, tours or transfers
You will be met and transferred to your deluxe boutique hotel. Remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful city.
EMBARK IN MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Upon your arrival to Victory II settle into your outside stateroom before joining your fellow guests for a Welcome Reception followed by dinner with house wines and cocktails included.
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.
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.
QUEBEC CITY, DAY 2
Today we visit the Wendat-Huron First Nation Village. Located in Lorette, QC, along the northern edges of Quebec City, this is a self-governing territory. Guests will be provided a window into the history, traditions, and way of life of the Huron-Wendat Nation. Led by a native guide wearing traditional apparel, guests will visit the long-house, the tee-pee, and learn about the way of life and the history of the Wendat-Huron people. A snack will be served, followed by an opportunity to visit the biggest and most complete aboriginal art & craft center in the region.
ST LAWRENCE SEAWAY
Enjoy a day of scenic sailing of the St. Lawrence Seaway as we make our way towards Kingston. Enjoy convivial conversation with your fellow passengers or join an engaging discussion with our shipboard experts, well-versed in the history, peoples, and natural wonders of the Canadian Atlantic region.
Kingston is the oldest city in Ontario and has long been a strategic site for commercial and military endeavors. After construction in 1832 of the Rideau Canal, which connects Ottowa with Lake Ontario, Kingston found itself situated along three important waterways: the Rideau Canal, the St. Lawrence River, and Lake Ontario.
Welcome to Toronto, the most multicultural diverse city on the planet: over 140 languages are spoken. It’s estimated that over half of Toronto’s residents were born outside Canada, and despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along. Toronto is a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world’s finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals.
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. 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 the scenic Niagara Parkway, through the charming Chateau des Charmes for lunch and wine-tasting. After lunch, we’ll continue to the town of Niagara 0n-the-Lake to peruse the shops and galleries before rejoining the ship at Port Colbourne.
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 as testament to Cleveland’s roots. Today, the city is also filled with beautiful urban spaces and is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Explore the evolution of the musical genre that shaped a generation and track its cultural impact, housed in a striking structure designed by I. M. Pei. You’ll also explore the wonderful West Side Market, set in a 1912 landmark and home to more than 100 vendors.
DISEMBARK IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sailing from Lake Huron to Lake Erie, we will call on Detroit, Michigan, signaling the end of our journey. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory II and make your way to the airport for your flight home.
Victory I and Victory II –
Agile and Elegant Small Ships, Perfectly Suited to Coastal Cruising
REFINED, SMALL SHIP EXPERIENCES
The indisputable joy of sailing is brought to life on the Victory I and II, agile small ships that easily navigate canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. Onboard, fresh, modern design tips its hat to our maritime past as spacious, open-air lounges, inviting dining venues, and generous windows ensure you never miss a chance to savor the view.
INTUITIVE & ATTENTIVE SERVICE
With a caring crew of 90 pampering no more than 210 guests, you’ll feel at home from the moment you step on board. Whether it’s a favorite cocktail served to you on deck, hot coffee delivered to your room, an iPad® offered for use in the lounge, or the delicate chocolate on your pillow ensuring sweet dreams, serving you is our pleasure. Throughout the ship, “free flowing” beverages are available 24 hours a day and 24-hour room service is just a phone call away.
ONBOARD SPECIALISTS & INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
Aboard the VICTORY I and II, you’ll often travel in the company of engaging specialists focusing on areas such as: marine biology, naval history, ornithology and geology who share their expertise freely in presentations and impromptu discussions throughout your journey. In port, shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history, unique wildlife, and fascinating cultures of the destinations you visit.
- Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 1995/2015
- Length: 286 ft
- Beam: 50 ft
- Draft: 13.5 ft
- Tonnage: 4954 t
- Cruise Speed: 12 knots
- Total Staff: 90
- Passenger Capacity: 210
- Registry: Bahamas
- Mast Height: 197 ft
- Spa quality robes & slippers
- L’Occitane® bath amenities
- Pillow menu
- Premium mattresses | 100% Egyptian cotton bedding
- In-room electronic safe
- Individual climate control
- LCD flat-screen television (satellite)
- Hair dryer and make-up mirror
- Alarm clock
- En suite telephone with outside line
- 24-hour room service
- Bottled mineral water, replenished daily
- “Free flow” beverage service
- Complimentary WiFi package
- Daily housekeeping, nightly turndown
- Certified medical doctor on board
- Salon on board
DECK PLANS and CABINS
All accommodations are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.
OWNER’S SUITE: Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior and exterior entrances, a private terrace, a complimentary minibar (restocked daily), one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, in-room safe, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 3)
Category AA Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom with direct access to the open-air promenade. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 4)
Category A Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 3)
Category B Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)
Category C Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)
Category D Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 2)
Category E Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 2)
Category F Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 1)
Category G Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 1)
Category H Stateroom: 1 Interior stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)