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This 16-day voyage from Chicago, Illinois to Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Green Bay explores the attractions of the Great Lakes. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the lakes as you sail Lakes Michigan, Marquette, Thunder Bay, and back to Chicago. This extraordinary journey combines metropolitan allure with Michigan's mystical hideaways. Join this authentic Lake Superior display to uncover its hidden wonders. In enchanting cities such as Duluth, Thunder Bay, and Marquette, the rustic allure is genuine and priceless. This is a journey for both dreamers and explorers.
Marquette, MIThunder Bay, ONSault Ste. Marie, MIMackinac Island, MIDowntown Chicago, ILDuluth, MNChicago, IL
Highlights
  • Explore the arts, music, and culinary scenes of Chicago.
  • Enjoy stunning views of Lake Superior's pretty shores and islands.
  • Discover the jewel of the Upper Peninsula, Houghton MI.
  • Admire the beautiful landscapes of Mackinac Island.
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Hotel Stay in Chicago, Illinois

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: Chicago, IL | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Bold, brazen and distinctly American, Chicago has personality to spare. From our embarkation point at Navy Pier to towering skyscrapers to regional cuisine and a quirky dialect, this city represents the heart and soul of the Midwest. Chicagoans are easy to recognize and quick with a smile and a lighthearted quip. Shopping on the Magnificent Mile is an adventure to remember, and the locals know the hidden mom-and-pop gems serving the best deep-dish pizza, Italian beef and signature Chicago dogs. 

Day 3: Scenic Sailing on Lake Michigan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the Lake Michigan coastline that are home to a vast variety of wildlife and watch for abundant marine life along the way.

Day 4: 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 5: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the Lake Michigan coastline that are home to a vast variety of wildlife and watch for abundant marine life along the way.
 

Day 6: Marquette, MI

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fresh air and forest highlands make Marquette magnificent. The Northern Lights shine upon this shipping port dotted with islands. Lighthouses jut from the fog, and loons call across the waters in this magical locale. The view from the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain reveals some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the Upper Peninsula. 

Day 7: Scenic Sailing on Houghton, MI

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Snuggled among deep, rolling hills and dramatic emerald slopes, anchored by sparkling indigo water, this jewel of the Upper Peninsula endears it to all who visit. Its history embedded in copper, the charming city on the Keweenaw Peninsula entices wayfarers with its festivals, Finnish-tinged regional foods and a bounty of outdoor enjoyment. Many hockey-lovers make it a goal to visit Houghton – birthplace of the sport – beginning with the 1903 Portage Lakers. Come experience pure Michigan. 

Day 8: Duluth, MN

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Marked by its distinctive Aerial Lift Bridge, the rotating JJ Astor restaurant and America’s premier freshwater aquarium, Duluth captures the spirit of the Great Lakes. Marine traffic from the Atlantic on the Great Lakes Waterway and St. Lawrence Seaway pass by the harbor, making for fantastic ship-watching. Fuel your adventures with the area’s signature Juicy Lucy burgers and herring and trout so fresh they seem to have jumped straight from water to kitchen, washed down with a refreshing local brew. 

Day 9: Thunder Bay, ON

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This bright, sunny inlet of Lake Superior lives alongside the unmistakable natural wonder of the Sleeping Giant – a massive mesa resembling a figure in repose. An amalgamation of the former cities of Port Arthur and Fort William, Thunder Bay is home to more than 100 parks, overflowing with opportunities to experience the region’s natural beauty. It’s also where one can find the famed century-old Hoito restaurant, to which locals and tourists alike flock for large, thin Finnish pancakes, cardamom bread known as pulla, fish soup and other treats. 
 

Day 10: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the Lake Superior coastline that are home to a vast variety of wildlife and watch for abundant marine life along the way.

Day 11: 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 12: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore and watch for abundant marine life along the way.

Day 13-14: Green Bay, WI

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Anthems of green and gold ring proud, but the song of the city harmonizes the whole spectrum. Experience the many colors of the city, from red-flowing wineries to shades of local cultivators in markets filled with man- and nature-made goods year-round. This pelican’s playground is home to craft breweries, boutiques and, of course, fresh sea fare. 

Day 15: Muskegon. MI

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This outdoor lovers’ haven on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore offers multiple state parks and trails, two paddle sport 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. 
NO SHORE EXCURSIONS ARE OFFERED ON THIS DAY.

Day 16: Chicago, IL | Disembarkation

  • 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. 

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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.
INCLUDED IN YOUR FARE
  • One-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay
  • Ground Transfers Between Hotel & Vessel
  • Unlimited Included Guided Tours
  • Unlimited Beverages
  • Open Bars and Lounges
  • Acclaimed Cuisine in Multiple Venues
  • All-Day In-Room Dining
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Bicycles* & Hiking Sticks
  • Live, Daily Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR FARE
  • Port charges
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Optional premium shore excursions
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Mandatory Gratuities - Pay onboard or in advance

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