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Great Lakes Grand Discovery - Montreal to Chicago

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard M/V Victory I
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Embark on a thrilling expedition along North America’s historic five Great Lakes and the storied St. Lawrence River to the breathtaking vistas of the Atlantic coast. Explore British Strongholds, the New England colonies, rare stops in quaint French Canadian villages, Victorian-era towns rich with seafaring history, and remote islands with spectacular wildlife viewing and fascinating local cultures.
Toronto at nightDowntown Cleveland with River BridgeRelax on the lake shoresAerial views of Chicago
Highlights
  • Discover Toronto, the most multicultural diverse city on the planet
  • Visit the Niagara Wine Region, home to 25 vineyards and over 50 wineries
  • Explore the historic city of Cleveland and enjoy its famous museums
  • Enjoy the beautiful Lake Huron, the second largest of the Great Lakes
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Montreal, QC

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. 

Day 2: Montreal, QC | Embark

In considering metropolitan sophistication, Montreal comes immediately to mind. As geography is as diverse as its population. More than 120 cultural communities make up the multilingual population center. A city tour showcases some of the city’s true delights – attractions that are urban wonders, yet steeped in history. For the remainder of the day, guests roam the city at their leisure, free to explore museums, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and more. Every traveler is sure to find something to love in this sensational destination. 

Day 3: Scenic Sailing on St. Lawrence Seaway

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Revel in the fetch of the gentle waves and another unhurried day of exploring the decks, taking in the view from different perspectives and sharing time with friends. 

Day 4: Brockville, ON

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 the boldness of the cityscape, each visitor will certainly fall in love with a little piece of this smashing destination. 

Day 5: Niagara Falls, Port Colborne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 for a Hornblower catamaran ride into the mist. Afterward, take lunch for a spin in the rotating Skylon Tower, followed by a tasting at local winery and shopping at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Deluxe motorcoaches will transport guests a short distance to the ship in Port Colborne. 

Day 6: Cleveland, OH

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step off the ship 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 can also feel the backbeat at the museum devoted to one of America’s finest gifts 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. 

Day 7: Detroit, MI

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Be astounded by the museum’s vast and 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 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the West Canfield Historic District and other city highlights. 

Day 8: Scenic Sailing on Lake Huron

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 an 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.

Day 9: Little Current, Manitoulin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 10: Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 admire the view from the Soo Locks observation deck, 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. 

Day 11: Mackinac Island, MI

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 12: Muskegon, MI

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This outdoor lover's haven on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore offers multiple state parks and trails, two paddlesport rivers, 26 miles of beaches and a winter sports park. Maritime history lovers gravitate here to tour the USS LST (Landing Ship, Tank) 393 Veterans Museum. An optional premium experience finds guests traveling by motorcoach to Grand Rapids to visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to learn about the life of America’s 38th president and pay respects at his burial site. Afterward, enjoy a narrated driving tour of the city. 

Day 13: Chicago, IL | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
As the journey concludes, there are additional opportunities for you to take in the town. Consider a post-cruise premium experience with airport transfer, or enhance your vacation with a Chicago City Stay Package. 

Ship/Hotel

M/V Victory I

Victory I
Victory I

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Victory I
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Category E
Oceanview stateroom, queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily. (Deck 1 / 160 sq ft)
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Category D
Oceanview stateroom, two twins or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily.(Deck 1 / 158 sq ft)
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Category C
Oceanview stateroom, two twins or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily.(Deck 2 & 3 / 152 sq ft)
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Category B
Oceanview stateroom, two twins or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily.(Deck 3 / 146 sq ft)
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Category A
Oceanview stateroom, two twins or one queen bed, armoire and chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily.(Deck 3 / 185 sq ft)
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Category AA
Oceanview with direct access to the open-air promenade. Two twins or one queen bed, armoire and chest of drawers, mini fridge & fresh fruit daily. (Deck 4 / 161 sq ft)
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Owner’s Suite
Oceanview suite sweeping views, a private terrace, one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, complimentary minibar, complimentary laundry service & fresh fruit (Deck 3/335 sq ft)

Notes

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the fun of traveling. Programs and schedules may change due to weather, tides, local circumstances and venue changes.

Price Includes:                     
-Meals consisting of early riser coffee, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktail hour, dinner and late-night snack. The first meal on the first day is dinner and the final meal is breakfast on the last day.  There are no refunds for meals not taken on board.
-Coffee, tea, filtered water, soft drinks, house wines (red & white) and Spirits are served free of charge.
-Shore excursion per port is included.
-Internet & Wi-Fi.

Price does not include:

-Shipboard staff gratuities of $15.50 per person per day.
-Gratuities for Shore excursion personnel.
-Port Charges 
-Air & Transfer costs.

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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