Great Lakes Cruising
10 Day Cruise on The Great Lakes with Victory Cruises
10 Days | May 12-21, or October 3-12, 2020
Starting At $6489
This unique itinerary sails through all five of our Great Lakes – even taking you through the historic Soo Locks, built in 1855 to connect Lake Huron with the pristine northern waters of Lake Superior. Immerse in the Victoria-era charm of Mackinac Island as you explore by horse-drawn carriage and visit historic Fort Mackinac, which played an important role in the War of 1812. Explore three centuries of history, culture, invention and innovation at the outstanding Henry Ford Museum. Delve into fascinating chapters of music history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where unique exhibits explore the lives and work of some of our greatest musicians – and their impact on American history, politics, life and culture.
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Day 1: Toronto, Canada
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. Today you will board the Victory I and set sail this afternoon.
Day 2: Niagara Falls/Welland Canal
After a leisurely morning on board, you’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 3: Cleveland, OH
Cleveland’s landmarks date to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing center, including the Steamship William G. Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. It is also known for the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and its famous West Side Market-Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market-which opened to the public in 1912. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors and hosts a million visitors a year.
Day 4: Detroit, MI
Just outside of Detroit, you’ll visit the Henry Ford Museum, created to document the genius of ordinary people. Housed in a sweeping, nine-acre, single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings, the design and sheer scope of the museum is as grand as the vision that inspired it. 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 Theatre in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.
Day 5: 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 6: Little Current, Manitoulin Islands
This morning, you’ll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes called the sixth Great Lake. Your 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 7: Sault Saint Marie, MI
Today, you’ll transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron into Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Your guided excursion includes a tour of the Valley Camp Museum Ship, a stop at the Soo Locks viewing platform, and a walk through the visitor’s center to learn about the four parallel locks – MacArthur (1943), Poe (1895), Davis (1914), and Sabin (1919) – which pass an average of 10,000 ships per year.
Day 8: Mackinac Island, MI
Today you’ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. After breakfast, you will 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 your tour, you’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, the cocktail hour in the outdoor lounge features a captivating presentation by our onboard historian.
Day 9: Scenic Sailing at 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 sixth largest lake in the world. The name Michigan is believed to come from the native Ojibwe word mishigami, which translates to “great water.” After a scenic day of cruising, you’ll gather for a festive farewell reception, followed by dinner in the ship’s main dining room.
Day 10: Chicago, IL
Your cruise ends in the “Windy City”. Situated at the mouth of the Chicago River, on the southern coast of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a city of art, music, and industry. Visit the Michigan Mile or get to know the city’s rich architectural history with a riverboat tour. With shopping, museums, dining, music and theater, there’s something for every taste in this iconic American city. You may opt for an overnight stay here in Chicago, or begin your journey home.