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Victory II

Chicago to Montreal (Great Lakes Cruise)

The Victory II is the identical sister ship to the 202-passenger Victory I. Victory II will take her inaugural voyage from Boston in May 2018. The ship measures 91m in length and can easily navigate canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. The ship provides guests with spacious public areas including open-air lounges and inviting dining venues, an English-style tavern and sun deck. Victory II cruises along North America's historic five Great Lakes, New England and the storied St. Lawrence River to the breathtaking vistas of the Atlantic coast.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Chicago.

Day 1: Chicago

Enjoy a complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel in Chicago. The evening allows time to become acquainted with the city and the friendly staff can assist you in choosing where to dine in the evening.

Day 2: Chicago

Join Victory II in Chicago in the afternoon. There will be time to settle in to your stateroom before gathering for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as the ship prepares to set sail on your Great Lakes journey.

Day 3: Scenic Sailing Lake Michicagn

The day will spent with some scenic sailing on Lake Michigan where you find a vast variety of wildlife including bald eagles, hawks, salmon, trout and waterfowl. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the views.

Day 4: Mackinac Island

This morning awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. 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, 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, cocktail hour in the outdoor lounge features a captivating presentation by our onboard historian.

Day 5: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

oday, the ship will 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 centre 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 6: Little Current, Manitoulin Islands

This morning, 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, 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 dream catchers, and their historic use of pictographic birch bark scrolls.

Day 7: Lake Huron

Today spend the day traversing the second largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron, which 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

Day 8: Detroit

Arrive in Detroit where you may join an optional excursion to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Be amazed by its vast collection of artefacts of American heritage. 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 9: Cleveland

Arrive in Cleveland, Ohio, where you will find landmarks dating to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing centre including the Steamship William G. Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. It's also known for the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the I.M. Pei–designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and it’s famous West Side Market, Cleveland's oldest publicly owned market, with its origins dating back to 1840. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity. Last year it is estimated that over a million people visited the market.

Day 10: Port Colborne (Niagara Falls)

After spending the morning at leisure on board the ship, disembark at Port Weller on the Eastern 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 Victory I awaits its turn to transit the locks, drive through the Niagara Wine Region, home to 25 vineyards and over 50 wineries. At Niagara Falls, embark on the famous Hornblower “Voyage of the Falls” for a cruise into the misty spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back on shore, you will be driven along the 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 Colbourne.

Day 11: Toronto

Arrive in Toronto, a diverse, thriving city with a lot to offer the visitor. You must visit the historic St. Lawrence Market, a source of authentic artisan foods and crafts - and community - for more than 200 years.

Day 12: Sailing Lake Ontario

Today the ship will sail on Lake Ontario. The lowers reaches of the St Lawrence give way to the splendour of Thousand Islands leading to the lake where you will find an abundance of wildlife.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Montreal.

Includes

  • 12 Nights' accommodation on board Victory II
  • Full Board: from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Early riser coffee, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktail hour, dinner and late night snack (There are no refunds for meals not taken on board)
  • Coffee, tea, filtered water, soft drinks, house wines (red & white) and non- premium
  • spirits
  • Shore excursion per port
  • Internet & Wi-Fi

Excludes

  • International flights and transfers
  • Shipboard staff gratuities of USD15.00 per person per day
  • Gratuities for Shore excursion personnel
  • Port Charges (shown separately)
  • Personal Insurance and expenses
 

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