Grandeur of the Great Lakes Cruise August 6 - 16, 2023 (11 Days)
Airfare ABQ to Chicago / Buffalo to ABQ (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
All airport/hotel/ship transfers
One night lodging at the Chicago Hilton
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
9-night cruise with multi-course fine dining on board, with specialty and casual options, wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks included
Afternoon tea service
Daily cocktail hour
Evening entertainment and enrichment
Shore excursions in each port of call
Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
Government and air taxes and fees
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
*CAT C, double occupancy, per person
DEPOSIT: $500 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT: March 31, 2023
$250 - through March 31, 2023
25%* - April 1 - May 3, 2023
50%* - May 4 - June 5, 2023
75%* - June 6 - August 5, 2023
100% - after August 5, 2023
*Percentage of total price
Experience the Great Lakes as never before on this brand-new cruise on the intimate Ocean Navigator. We’ll travel from Chicago to Toronto, with stops at Mackinac Island, Niagara Falls, Detroit and other beautiful ports, as we explore the majestic waterways of all 5 great lakes!.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
We fly to Chicago and head to the city’s Magnificent Mile to enjoy its unique sights, savory treats and shopping. We check into our hotel for one night. The Victory Hospitality Desk, located in the hotel, can assist with questions about the upcoming voyage or provide suggestions for Chicago dining and sightseeing.
DAY 2 D
This morning enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Chicago. There are plenty of sights to be seen in this city of global commerce and culture. The renowned Art Institute is a short walk away. Chicago invites you to stroll through its canyons of glass and steel, embrace hustle and go anywhere the wind blows. This afternoon we board the M/V Victory I.
DAY 3 B,L,D
Today we sail the scenic waters of Lake Michigan. Filled with a wide variety of wildlife, the lake is home to many raptors, ducks, geese and other waterfowl. Relax an enjoy the view on your time on this peaceful cruising day.
DAY 4 B,L,D
Vacationers adore Mackinac Island for its uniqueness to 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 fudge permeates charming shops. Tour the island by carriage and visit Fort Mackinac.
DAY 5 B,L,D
"The Saults" - international twin cities - are neighbors on either side of St. Mary's River on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and 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 6 B,L,D
Little Current, Manitoulin Island features picturesque granite outcrops and rolling farmland. Indigenous life and legend meld with European history, represented by Immaculate Conception Church with its distinctive tepee-like architecture. Rhythms of the ages come to life in the talented hands and feet of drummer and dancers on an island considered sacred by the native Anishinaabe people.
DAY 7 B,L,D
Today the M/V Victory transforms into a self-contained universe ripe for exploration as we sail Lake Huron. The day is yours to explore the ship, make new friends or embrace the calmness and spirituality of the lake.
DAY 8 B,L,D
In Detroit, the Motor City, choose an included excursion to the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Museum, the West Canfield Historic District and other city highlights. Or 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.
DAY 9 B,L,D
Majestically situated on the south shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland offers much to behold. Here it’s the world-renowned Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, designed by I.M. Pei. Reflect on the past at Lake View Cemetery, the final resting place of presidents, dignitaries and titans of industry. Choose a tour-de-force optional premium experience focused through the lens of famous films shot in Cleveland.
DAY 10 B,L,D
Our trip concludes in Port Colborne, Ontario. We will make the most of a trip to Niagara Falls and see earth's raw power on display in the rushing water. We'll board the Hornblower catamaran and sail into the mesmerizing mist. How many shimmering rainbows can you spot in the refreshing spray? Afterward, a narrated driving tour reveals popular attractions such as Whirlpool Rapids, the Floral Clock and Table Rock Park, with a stop downtown.
DAY 11 B
We disembark our now-beloved ship, the M/V Victory 1, and transfer to the airport for our flight home, filled with memories of the grandeur of the Great Lakes.
About the M/V Ocean Navigator
Skillfully designed to foster a convivial atmosphere, the Ocean Navigator invites you to relax and unwind as you discover the world’s most remarkable coastal regions. Enjoy quiet time in a cozy corner. Stretch your legs on the promenade. Or gather with friends as you watch the world go by. No matter where you are, you’ll find perfectly designed spaces for every mood and every possibility.
Beyond outstanding service and hospitality, every meal onboard and on shore will bring about moments of sheer bliss. Each day, you will enjoy mouth-watering canapés as a prelude to enjoying casual and sophisticated cuisine in two distinctive venues. With 202 passengers and over 80 expertly trained staff you will receive top-notch service and attention to every detail.
American Queen Cruise Lines offers an onboard enrichment program designed to complement your cruise perfectly. One of the benefits of a small ship cruise is the ability to carefully create a program that seamlessly matches the itinerary and shore experiences. Our lecture program includes historians and naturalists who share their vast knowledge of the history, ecology and culture of each of our ports of call.
Itinerary subject to change.