Setting sail in an area with five amazing lakes is sure to be an adventure, and people are excited that the Great Lakes is set to expand its cruise ship charters. The Great Lakes Cruise Company, based out of Ann Arbor Michigan is adding cruises that will go between Chicago and Montreal, as well as one that will travel to Windsor and Detroit then head to Mackinac Island and Sault Ste. Marie. The first in this series of newly formed cruises will depart from Quebec on July fifth through the 14th, and is a 10 day cruise.
The M.S. St. Laurent has 105 staterooms and is 286 feet in length, which places it much smaller than the big name cruise lines. It does however, have many of the big ships features, including a salon, boutique, and entertainment nightly, along with bars and lounges, indoors and out, that can be enjoyed while cruising the Great Lakes.
Those that live on the water of the Great Lakes, are used to seeing large vessels travelling regularly through out the waterways, but those are freighters carrying any number of supplies between numerous locations. Visitors on the cruise line will see many ports that locals have never been to or seen, so it is not just a draw for tourism. One of the highlights that the cruise line is touting is the stop at Georgian Bay, which many believe should be the 6th Great Lake (see map below). Georgian Bay is a cove off of Lake Huron, which has beautiful shorelines, islands, and scenery that will take ones breath away.
Locals and visitors alike will marvel at all the Great Lakes have to offer, like a trip to Niagara Falls, or taking an amazing journey through the Soo Locks, and even exploring the historic Mackinac Island. Detroit is also a port that will be of interest to many, and will allow immersing ones self into the embedded history of the town, through a tour of the Henry Ford Museum. This could well be a highlight for families and singles alike, learning all that the Motor City has to offer. This ship and its trips throughout the Great Lakes is about educating people about the beauty and the history that these lakes provide.
This cruise ship includes all trips ashore built into the cost of the trip, which can range from a little over $4,000 to nearly $8,000 a person. The ships are scheduled to leave in July from Quebec and Chicago, and these are new routes that have been added to enrich the consumers experience of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Cruise Company has been in business and cruising the lakes since 1997, and decided to provide education, beauty, and relaxation into these new cruises.
Some of the amenities one will expect to find on this Great Lakes cruise ship for the money, aside from the land excursions, are Cocktail hours with bar snacks daily, and room service 24 hours a day. A Welcome and Farewell reception will make your journey special from the moment you board until the moment you leave, the reception includes hot and cold appetizers and an open bar. There are themed dinners, out door lounges and sun decks with lounge chairs, making this an affordable luxury cruise along the Great Lakes.
by Kristi Cereska