- Western Great LakesEndless wilderness
- 10 day / 9 night
- All-inclusive cruise
- Free house wine and spirits
- Free shore excursions
- 10 Days
- Victory 2
Western Great Lakes 1
- Cat E$6,199Outside Cabin, Deck 1
- Cat D$6,899Outside Cabin, Deck 1
- Cat C$7,498Outside Cabin, Deck 2
- Cat B$7,898Outside Cabin, Deck 3
- Cat A$8,098Outside Cabin, Deck 3
- Cat AA$8,498Outside Cabin, Deck 4
- Owner's Suite$9,088Outside Cabin, Deck 3
The M/V Victory II awaits your arrival in Windsor, Ontario, known as “The City of Roses.” As you settle into your stateroom, enjoy the welcoming hospitality and personalized attention of our friendly and professional onboard staff. In the evening, gather for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we embark on our Great Lakes Journey.
Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes and covers a surface area of 23,007 square miles. Early French explorers named this “fresh water sea” after the indigenous peoples inhabiting the region. Lake Huron has more shoreline than any other Great Lake with over 30,000 islands and includes the massive Georgian Bay, often called the “sixth Great Lake.” Elegant dining is available in two distinctive venues with free-flowing house wine, beer, and spirits to enhance your day at sea.
Traversing the “inland ocean” of the Georgian Bay, we will dock at the charming waterfront town of Parry Sound. Its beautiful beaches, parks, and trails fall within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, supporting sustainable development of Georgian Bay’s terrestrial, marine, and coastal ecosystems. The area boasts several Provincial Parks for canoeing and kayaking, hiking, fishing, and nature walks. Parry Sound is the birthplace of hockey legend Bobby Orr, the namesake of the local community centre and the town’s own Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.
Sail into the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay where you’ll step ashore in Little Current, the gateway to Manitoulin Island. Learn about the island’s nautical heritage as you journey to the Immaculate Conception Church. With its distinctive architecture evoking a teepee, this church is a focal point of the community, bringing together traditions of the Ojibwe culture and the Catholic Church. At the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, enjoy a tour through the art galleries and exhibits of this heritage museum. You can browse the artisan shop and participate in a smudging ceremony, an Ojibwe ritual that uses smoke from cedar, sage, sweet grass and other plants known for their healing powers. A drum and dance performance offers further insight into Ojibwe culture.
In Sault Ste. Marie, guests will have the option of a half day tour visiting attractions on either the US or the Canadian side of the border.
In Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, visit the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre to learn the story of Ontario’s rich bushplane and firefighting heritage. At the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Ste, you’ll find the oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto - the Ermatinger Old Stone House and the Clergue Blockhouse, surrounded by period gardens. The discovery center depicts domestic and professional life from the 1800s.
In Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, visit the Valley Camp Museum Ship. Built in 1917 and retired in 1966, this 550-foot freighter is permanently docked on historic Water Street. It houses over 100 exhibits in her 20,000 square feet of cargo holds, including lifeboats recovered from the mysterious shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter in 1975.
We’ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. With no cars allowed on the island, your horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victorian ambiance of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island’s history and see turn of the century summer homes built by early captains of American industry. High atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, your tour of Fort Mackinac delves into its strategic importance during the War of 1812. Next, take in the views from the Grand Hotel’s verandah, the longest in the world, and enjoy the hotel’s infamous Grand Luncheon Buffet. Back in town, you’ll have time to browse galleries and boutiques. Before sailing this evening, the Grand hotel’s resident historian Bob Tagatz will come aboard for a colorful talk on the history of Mackinac Island and its world-famous hotel.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin lies along the coast of Door County in western Lake Michigan. The city is bisected by an iconic bridge, which straddles the shipping canal connecting Lake Michigan and Green Bay. It has served as a major shipping hub in the region since 1835. Door county traces its indigenous history back 12,000 years. Today, Door County is a region of considerable natural beauty and culture, with museums, galleries, lighthouses, historic sites and its fabulous orchards. Our visit ashore includes a scenic drive through pastoral Door County, where we will visit a local winery and cheese making center, along with one of the Cherry orchards that make Door County the “Cherry Capital of the world.” In Sturgeon Bay, we will visit the Maritime Museum and a local glass blowing studio for a demonstration of this elegant craft form. In the afternoon, guests experience a traditional fish boil to sample this Great Lakes culinary tradition.
The city of Green Bay, Wisconsin is located on the south end of Green Bay at the mouth of the Fox River. It is the third-largest city in the state and well known as the home of the Green Bay Packers, the only community-owned NFL team. Visit the National Railway Museum of America, dedicated to preserving the nation’s extraordinary railroad history, including Union Pacific’s #4107, the largest steam locomotive ever built, and the futuristic “Aerotrain.” Traveling further back in history we visit Heritage Hill State Historical Park, a 48-acre open-air museum containing more than 30 of Green Bay’s historical structures, including log cabins from the fur trade era, buildings from Fort Howard, and stores and public buildings from the late 19th century. Live historic interpreters, wearing period style clothing, populate the park during summer operations.
At Muskegon, Michigan, you’ll board the USS LST 393, an historic transport ship launched on November 11, 1942. It logged more than 51,000 nautical miles, including its service in June of 1944 when it made 30 round trips to the beaches of Normandy. Your guided tour will show shipboard technology and living conditions of World War II soldiers. Afterwards, a narrated sightseeing drive through the historic district of Muskegon will take you to the charming town of Holland, Michigan to visit the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory. Engage with the artists who craft the only authentic blue and white delftware made in America and watch wooden shoes carved on machines imported from the Netherlands. Before returning to the ship, you’ll also see an authentic 250-year-old working Dutch windmill and meet the artisans at Nelis’ Dutch Village, which recreates 19th-century village life.
After breakfast and disembarkation in Milwaukee, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight homeward.