New Victory Cruise Lines To Begin Canada And Great Lakes Sailings In July, Florida-To-Cuba Cruises In November


A new Miami-based cruise line is set to begin sailing from Montreal, Canada, to ports in Canada and on the U.S. Great Lakes July 8, with further plans to sail Florida-Cuba itineraries starting in November. Victory Cruise Lines Ltd. plans to operate m/v Victory I on cruises from three to 14 days in length.

The 5,000-gross-ton, 300-foot-long Victory I — the former Saint Laurent —has been renovated and has 101 4.5-star staterooms and a maximum guest capacity of 202.

“We intend to make our product the standard of excellence for small-ship cruising to the Great Lakes and Cuba while providing great value for our guests,” said Bruce Nierenberg, president, and CEO of Victory Cruise Lines. “The senior management of Victory Cruise Lines has over 100 years of experience operating some of the most successful and loved cruise products.”

Victory Cruise Lines will feature high-quality personal service onboard. Shore excursions in port will be included in the cruise fare, along with wine and beer at lunch and dinner at no additional charge.

Victory I’s inaugural cruise to the Great Lakes is slated to depart from Montreal, Canada, July 8, 2016, and is scheduled to sail in that region through the summer and early fall of 2016 and 2017.

The line’s first planned cruise to Cuba is a seven-day, six-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida, departing Oct. 28, 2016. It will be the first cruise ever to Cuba to depart from a Central Florida port. Following the cruise from Port Canaveral, a fall/winter series of cruises of three to 14 days in length are scheduled departure from the Port of Miami to Cuba through April 2017.

Specific information on itineraries and the Victory cruise product is available online at Victory Cruise Line’s website,