Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions to help you with your exciting upcoming cruising experience.

If you have any further questions, please give us a call at 1-888-907-2636.

Great Lakes Cruises – FAQ

  • With no more than 202 passengers on board, and designed to provide smooth travel through protected waterways, sheltered harbors and magnificent rivers, M/V Victory I offers a perspective larger ships cannot. M/V Victory I will provide you not only with comfort and convenience, but also the utmost in safety, complying with all new safety regulations and bring you the best of The Great Lakes of Canada and the U.S and the hottest new destination, Cuba, with emphasis on places of natural beauty, cultural and historical interest. The M/V Victory I will never overwhelm the local communities she visits. Our cruises always feature 5-star food and service onboard served in a refreshingly relaxing atmosphere. This intimate ambiance is perfect for both congenial camaraderie and quiet relaxation. Friendly, professional onboard staff offer an extraordinary quality of gracious hospitality and personalized attention to discerning passengers. On your coastal cruising of the Great Lakes on board our M/V Victory I, you’ll experience the beauty, brilliance and thrill of intimate cruising on a ship made for personal and up close memorable experiences.

  • Call your travel agent or Victory Cruise Lines at 1-888-907-2636. It is recommended that reservations are made as far in advance as possible to ensure the availability of the cruise and your stateroom choice.

  • Victory Cruise Lines’ per person fare includes passage, all food and service throughout the cruise including breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks, and our special High Tea Service, fashioned from some of the most renowned Afternoon Tea services around the world such as London, Vienna, and India. Also featured are special Pre-dinner cocktail parties every evening. Enjoy our house wine, beer, soft drinks and non -premium alcohol, free of charge, during your entire cruise. On each voyage we will have a series of featured lecturers providing important insights and experiences about the next place visited on the itinerary. All cruises include a complimentary featured shore excursion program in every port. Fares do not include port charges or gratuities onboard or for any shore excursion personnel, such as tour guides or bus drivers.

  • Recommended gratuities on the ship are $15.50 per day per person and for your convenience will be automatically added to your personal onboard portfolio. Any changes you wish to make to the gratuities for your service can be easily made without question at the hotel desk. Recommended gratuities for Shore Tours are $5 per person per Tour Guide and $2 per person per bus driver.

  • Resort casual attire is recommended both on the ship and ashore. For dinner, men’s clothing might include a sport shirt and slacks, jackets for men are totally optional and not required. Women may wear a sweater and slacks, or dress appropriate. No shorts are permitted in the dining room for dinner. Victory Cruise Lines also recommends you bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, light rain wear, a portable umbrella, and a jacket or sweater for cool evenings.

  • Victory Cruise Lines welcomes solo travelers and features a select number of single occupancy staterooms available on its ships. One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 200% of the double occupancy rate depending on each category.

  • Yes, M/V Victory I has passenger elevator, accessible to decks 1-4 elevator providing service to all stateroom decks.

  • Victory Cruise Lines will work to cater any dietary needs. Please tell your cruise specialist approximately two weeks prior to your cruise so that we may plan accordingly.

  • Cell phones can be utilized onboard but service is not always available and can be spotty depending on weather and location and can also vary depending on your service provider. Cell service is more reliable when we are in port, which is often on the Great Lakes, and when close to shore.

  • Complimentary basic internet access via Wi-Fi is available.   

  • Smoking is permitted in designated outside areas only. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere inside the ship and in all passenger cabins.

  • M/V Victory I carries only up to 202 passengers which creates a welcoming, intimate environment.

  • We have open seating in the main dining room to ensure you get the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. Reservations are recommended. As it is with all food services onboard there is no charge for your choice of dining experiences.

  • Embarkation varies by port of departure. Check your specific itinerary for the time your embarkation begins and the ship departs. If you want to arrive earlier, you may check your luggage on board, and then explore the embarkation port city.

  • Disembarkation time is approximately 8:00 am.

  • Please note that television reception is via satellite, therefore depending on location, reception may be temporarily restricted or unclear.

  • No. Our ship was built in the USA and all current onboard is 110 V.

  • We provide a complimentary audio headset system that allows guests to comfortably listen to their tour guide while taking photos or admiring their ports of call. These units easily recharge in your cabins with charging units provided so you will always have a fully ready headset sound system for each of your tours.

  • Laundry services are available on board for a nominal fee. Price lists are available in your stateroom. Please note that clothes cannot be dry cleaned on board.

  • Yes. There is doctor and an infirmary for your visit to our medical professional when needed.

  • Various beauty and hair treatments as well as massages are available on board. Please inquire at the reception desk for a list of services and to schedule an appointment.

  • We have gifts and logo items available for sale onboard.

  • Victory Cruise Lines recommends you pack comfortable resort attire and the following:

    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Insect repellent
    • Hat
    • Light rain wear/portable umbrella
    • Jacket for cool evenings
    • Camera
    • Photo identification
    • Reusable water bottle to use during excursions
    • Personal medications
  • Victory Cruise Lines places no restrictions on luggage. However, it is recommended that you bring as few bags as necessary. Suitcases less than 10 inches high may be stowed under your bed.

  • All departure ports are located near major airports. Please reference your pre-cruise booklet for a list of airports recommended for travel to your particular cruise departure point.

  • We do not offer transportation services to and from the ship and airport.

  • Yes. For more information about the Victory Cruise Lines Travel Protection plan click here.

  • Please see our terms and conditions or passenger ticket contract for our policy.

More about cruising with Victory…

From immersive, educational shore excursions, to free-flowing wine, beer and spirits aboard, Victory Cruise Lines redefines luxury cruising on The Great Lakes. Our two, 10-day Great Lakes Grand Discovery cruises immerse you in the history of America’s Westward expansion. Celebrate the achievements of industry at the Henry Ford Museum. Marvel at the Midwest cultural capital of Chicago. Navigate the busiest locks in the world between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Finally, explore the famous Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island, as majestic as it was when it opened in 1887.