Cruise & Stay 10 nights from Toronto to Chicago aboard small ship Victory II on Great Lakes cruise.
9 Night Cruise sailing from Toronto to Chicago aboard Victory II. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Toronto. Day 1: Hotel Stay in Toronto 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: Embark in Toronto Considered Canada’s premier metropolitan center, diverse Toronto provides options for any taste. The flavor of the city comes alive in historic St. Lawrence Market, a source of authentic artisan foods and crafts – and community – for more than 200 years. A visit to this modern metropolis with 19th-century flair becomes a cultural kaleidoscope that emerges as a singular and unique experience. Day 3: Port Colborne (Niagara Falls) Port Colborne’s rich maritime history and stunning beachfront point up the beauty of the region. Make the most of this beautiful stop with an optional half-day pre- or post-cruise tour to Niagara Falls. See Earth’s raw power on full display during an unforgettable encounter with a natural wonder of the world. Thoughts swirl in the surreal roar of rushing water as it crashes into the jade-green lake below. Excitement escalates as we climb aboard our Hornblower catamaran to sail into the mesmerizing mist. Afterward, reflect on your experience over lunch, then explore local shops for the perfect souvenir. Day 4: Cleveland Majestically situated on the south shore of Lake Erie between the Welland Canal and Detroit/Windsor, Cleveland offers much to behold. Choose a tour-de-force optional premium experience focused through the lens of famous films shot in Cleveland, including a visit to the home where “A Christmas Story” unfolded, to reminisce about secret decoder pins, Ovaltine and the infamous Red Ryder BB gun. Day 5: Detroit There’s no better place than the Motor City to choose an optional premium experience to explore the captivating history of the automotive industry – and so much more – at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Be astounded by its vast and varied artifacts of American heritage. The extraordinary exhibits chronicle the lifespan of a nation. All guests may choose an included excursion to the Detroit Institute of Arts and its 100-plus galleries, the Motown Museum, the West Canfield Historic District and other city highlights. Day 6: Scenic Sailing on Lake Huron Today we slip our moorings to survey the sapphire canvas of a boundless empire. Scenic sailing invites visitors to navigate the day as we cruise through the second-largest arena of inland sea in America’s Great Lakes. Engage in laissez faire, and curl up with a nautical novel on the deck as the rhythmic slap of spray keeps pace. Grab some fresh fare, behold the natural wonders and indulge in the delicacy of sailing. Day 7: Little Current, Manitoulin Island Breathe the clean air and find solace in the sacred atmosphere of the world’s largest freshwater island. Generations have nurtured a close and cherished relationship with the land, the forest, the waters and the sky in this treasured place, and you are invited to share its beauty and splendor. Reflect on island heritage on an included excursion to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation for a welcome ceremony and interpretive tour, along with stops at other attractions of note. Those opting for a premium experience can saddle up to feel the gentle sway of an ambling horseback trail ride amid the breathtaking scenery of Honora Bay. Day 8: Sault St. Marie Sault St. Marie, MI and ON”The Saults” – international twin cities – are neighbors on either side of St. Marys River on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in Southern Ontario. Soak in the culture of the area on a narrated tour showcasing local highlights such as the retired lake freighter SS Valley Camp – now a museum – and an insider’s look at the engineering spectacle of the Soo Locks, the world’s busiest canal in terms of tonnage. Day 9: Mackinac Island Vacationers adore this unique American destination. Its devotees long for the time they can return to their beloved island retreat and truly disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle. Clip-clop rhythms of horse hooves soothe the soul, with not a car in sight. The rich aroma of Mackinac’s signature treat – its famous fudge – permeates charming shops. This peaceful port draws visitors back year after year. Tour the island by carriage and visit Fort Mackinac. Afterward, marvel at myriad magnificent selections on the Grand Hotel luncheon buffet for an included mid-day meal to treasure. And the view at the hotel from America’s longest front porch stretches for miles. Day 10: Scenic Sailing on Lake Michigan These waters are home to a vast variety of wildlife – trout, salmon, walleye, smallmouth bass, crawfish, freshwater sponges and sea lamprey, to name a few. That buffet attracts raptors such as hawks and bald eagles and waterfowl such as duck, swans and geese. Relax and enjoy the view on your own time on this peaceful river cruising day. Sip a mid-morning consommé, breathe in the fresh lake air on the upper deck, share convivial conversation with other guests or just nibble on snacks as you look forward to yet another astounding sunset on the water. Day 11: Disembark in Chicago As the journey concludes, there are additional opportunities for you to take in the town.
2023 ZERO DEPOSIT OFFER^ Make a new booking on this 2023 departure and pay no deposit until the 31st of January 2022! Offer valid for bookings by Australian guests between 1st Aug – 31st Dec 2021. Capacity controlled and not valid on Owner`s Suites. _______________ SPLENDOR OF THE GREAT LAKES: Dive into North America`s maritime legacy on board the Victory II. Your vacation begins as you prepare to set sail on a Great Lakes adventure, stopping at Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinac Island and other intoxicating ports along the way. We invite you to indulge in relaxation, engage in experience and cultivate the soul on this unforgettable journey. _______________ SUMMARY: Cruise Package Duration: 10 nights Cruise-Stay Package Begins: 9 July 2023 – hotel in Toronto, Canada Cruise Begins: 10 July 2023 – embark, Toronto, Canada Cruise Ends: 19 July 2023 – disembark, Chicago, USA Ship: Victory II Region: USA & Canadian Great Lakes _______________ INCLUSIONS: • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Toronto, Canada • One way transfer from hotel to port on cruise departure day • 9 night small ship cruise aboard Victory II from Toronto to Chicago • All onboard meals • Complimentary range of included shore excursions • Complimentary free flowing house wine, beer, and spirits during entire cruise • Complimentary cocktail hour prior to dinner each evening • Complimentary coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and filtered water • Free Internet & WiFi available onboard (speeds may vary) • Port charges of USD $459 per person • Prepaid ships gratuities of USD $158 per person DISCOUNTS: This cruise has been discounted by up to $300 USD per person in all categories for Australian residents! Please see below for a list of the significant savings you can enjoy for new bookings up to the 31st of December 2021*. All rates in USD per person Twin Cat E Ocean View Stateroom – Queen bed only – Deck 1: Was $5616 – NOW $5316* Twin Cat D Ocean View Stateroom – Queen or twin beds – Deck 1: Was $5916 – NOW $5616* Twin Cat C Ocean View Stateroom – Queen or twin beds – Deck 2 or 3: Was $6216 – NOW $5916* Twin Cat B Ocean View Stateroom – Queen or twin beds – Deck 3: Was $6416 – NOW $6116* Twin Cat A Ocean View Stateroom – Queen or twin beds – Deck 3: Was $7216 – NOW $6916* Twin Cat AA Ocean View Stateroom – Queen or twin beds – Deck 4: Was $8116 – NOW $7816* Twin Cat OS Owners Suite – one queen & one sofa bed – Deck 3: Was $10516 – NOW $10216* Single sole use occupancy prices on request