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America’s Great Lakes Cruise

10 days

Toronto to Chicago by Elegant Small Ship

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Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ Immerse in the Victorian-era ambiance of Mackinac Island as you explore by horse-drawn carriage and visit historic Fort Mackinac.
+ Sail into beautiful Georgian Bay and step ashore on Manitoulin Island to learn the ways of the Ojibwe Tribe.
+ Explore three centuries of American history and innovation at The Henry Ford Museum.
+ Delve into fascinating chapters of music history at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, designed by I.M. Pei, and visit the world-class Cleveland Museum of Art.
+ Cruise through the Great Niagara Gorge to feel the spray and mighty roar of Horseshoe Falls.
+ With 9 nights your choice of outside stateroom; Open Bar; 26 meals; all sightseeing + shore excursions; chauffeured airport transfers; and all gratuities except for your Trip Leader

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Day
1

Board the mv Victory I in Toronto

The Deluxe mv Victory I

On arrival in Toronto, you’ll be met and chauffeured to the pier where the intimate Victory I awaits. Settle in to your outside stateroom and then join your fellow travelers and onboard A+R Host for an elegant dinner with wines, cocktails and beverages.  Meals D

Day
2

Thrill to Niagara Falls

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Delight in today's Premium Excursion into the lovely vineyard landscapes of the Niagara Peninsula. A thrilling Hornblower Cruise will take you through the Great Niagara Gorge and past Bridal Veil Falls into the very heart of Horseshoe Falls - where the mighty spray and thundering roar of Niagara will virtually envelope you! Then sit down to lunch atop the Skylon Tower - 775 feet above Niagara Falls! From here, you’ll have breathtaking aerial views of all three of Niagara's Canadian and American cascades. And on a clear day, the view stretches for 80 miles to encompass the city skylines of Buffalo and Toronto. Before returning to ship, you’ll have time to explore the galleries and boutiques in the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Meals B+L+D

Day
3

Fine Art + Rock & Roll

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Today's excursion begins at the Cleveland Museum of Art. With more than 61,000 works spanning 6,000 years, it's a fascinating and broad look at human artistic achievement - from ancient Greek sculptors and Monet's soothing Water Lilies to Andy Warhol's vibrant and colorful take on Marilyn Monroe. At the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, set in a striking lakefront structure designed by the renowned architect I. M. Pei, you'll discover more than just a collection of Rock & Roll memorabilia. Indeed, its well-curated and thoughtfully presented exhibits trace the evolution of this musical genre and explore its cultural impact upon generations of Americans. Among the items in the collection are Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche, Michael Jackson's famous glove, and scribbled lyrics that became 20th-century classics!  Meals B+L+D

Day
4

Henry Ford Museum + Greenfield Village

The Deluxe mv Victory I

A+R guests enjoy today’s Premium Excursion to the Henry Ford Museum. More than just a showcase of the auto industry, this museum explores 300 years of history and innovation. Among the highlights are the limousine that transported John F. Kennedy through Dallas on November 22, 1963, the bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in 1955, and even an artfully deconstructed, amazingly displayed Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
 
You’ll also tour Greenfield Village; encompassing 80 acres of interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, the seven historic districts that make up Greenfield Village offer an inspiring look into American ingenuity and resourcefulness, showing how we've lived, worked and played over the past 300 years.  Meals B+L+D

Day
5

Cruising Lake Huron

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Enjoy this day of cruising – enriched by our shipboard experts, fine dining, congenial camaraderie with your fellow passengers and our Open Bar. Your A+R Host is on-hand throughout to ensure a more rewarding and completely carefree experience.  Meals B+L+D

Day
6

Ashore on Manitoulin Island, Ontario

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Sail into beautiful Georgian Bay and step ashore on Manitoulin Island to visit the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. With its art galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits, this heritage museum is a great place to learn about the region's First Nations people. You can even participate in a smudging ceremony - an ancient ritual that uses smoke from cedar, sage, sweet grass and other plants regarded for their healing powers. A drum and dance performance offers further insight into Ojibwe culture.

You’ll also make a stop at the Immaculate Conception Church. With its unique in-the-round architectural style that evokes a teepee and the circle of life, this church is the spiritual focal point of the local community and brings together the beliefs and customs of the native Ojibwe culture and the Catholic Church.  Meals B+L+D

Day
7

The Soo Locks + Sault Ste. Marie

The Deluxe mv Victory I

You might wish to arise early this morning as the mv Victory I transits through the historic Soo Locks where freighters, barges and tugboats traverse the 21-foot drop of the St. Mary’s River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The first lock here was built in 1855 and the canal was navigated by 27 vessels during its first year of operation. Today, more than 10,000 ships hauling 86 million tons of cargo pass through these historic parallel locks each year, even though they’re closed during the winter when ice shuts down shipping on the upper Great Lakes

This afternoon’s Premier Excursion for A+R guests visits the Bush Plane Heritage Center on the Canadian site of the border. Here you will learn about the history and delve into the exciting stories of the country’s bush-plane forest fire protection efforts. At the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, you’ll see two of the oldest stone buildings in Canada, both surrounded by period gardens that offer a look into the region’s pioneering days.  Meals B+L+D

Day
8

Mackinac Island with Lunch at the Grand Hotel

The Deluxe mv Victory I

With no cars allowed on the island, your horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victorian ambience of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island's history and see spectacular turn-of-the-century summer homes built by early captains of American industry. High atop a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, your tour of Fort Mackinac delves into its strategic importance during the War of 1812.
 
Your sightseeing tour ends at the Grand Hotel, famed for its colonnaded verandah. Opened in 1887, it’s still the longest front porch in the world. As you take in the breathtaking views from this hilltop setting and walk through the Grand’s elegant interior spaces, you may recognize them from Somewhere in Time, the 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour that was filmed here. Sit down to the hotel’s renowned Grand Luncheon Buffet and then return to ship as our cruise continues.  Meals B+L+D

Day
9

Cruising on Lake Michigan

The Deluxe mv Victory I

Delight in another day of cruising as we navigate south toward Chicago. Take in the scenery from the expansive Observation Deck, enjoy congenial conversation in the Lounge, or join a final talk with our engaging Great Lakes experts. Elegant dining in two distinct venues – the Coastal Dining Room and the casual al fresco Grill - and our Open Bar enhance your day at sea.  Meals B+L+D

Day
10

Step off in Chicago

After a final breakfast onboard, disembark the ship in Chicago where we’ll take you to the airport or your hotel.  Meals B

PLEASE NOTE: our July 23-Aug 1, 2020 & Aug 28-Sept 6, 2020 sailings ends in Milwaukee. Travelers may book their departure flight out of either Milwaukee, Chicago O’Hare, or Chicago Midway. We will provide transfer from the pier to the airport of your choice.

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All-Inclusive Cruising + More  

+ Chauffeured airport transfers
+ Hosted by A+R from start to finish
+ Free onboard WiFi
+ Open Bar throughout your cruise
+ Fine onboard dining with free-flowing wine
+ All shore tours and 3 Premium Excursions

Add Canada to this Cruise  

Our 13-day Tour + Cruise combines this
Great Lakes cruise with our exclusive
3-day tour showcasing the French and
English charms of Montreal and Ottawa.

Learn More >>

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30 May 202008 June 2020$6,699Guaranteed
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$6,699Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$7,199Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,399Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,699Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$8,999Guaranteed
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17 June 202026 June 2020$6,999Guaranteed
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Cabin Class E$6,999Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$7,299Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,599Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,799Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$9,199Guaranteed
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26 June 202005 July 2020$7,199GuaranteedReverse Direction
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$7,199Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$7,399Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,699Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,899Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$9,299Guaranteed
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05 July 202014 July 2020$7,199Guaranteed
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$7,199Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$7,399Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,699Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,899Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$9,299Guaranteed
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23 July 202001 August 2020$7,199Guaranteed
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$7,199Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$7,399Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,699Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,899Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$9,299Guaranteed
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28 August 202006 September 2020$6,999Guaranteed
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$6,999Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$7,299Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,599Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,799Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$9,199Guaranteed
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15 September 202024 September 2020$6,999Guaranteed
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$6,999Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$7,299Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,599Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,799Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$9,199Guaranteed
Call for Details PhoneRequest a Quote Booking
03 October 202012 October 2020$6,699Guaranteed
AccommodationPriceAvailability
Cabin Class E$6,699Guaranteed
Cabin Class D$7,199Guaranteed
Cabin Class C$7,399Guaranteed
Cabin Class B$7,699Guaranteed
Cabin Class AA$8,999Guaranteed
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Please note, we carry more than 16 guests on this program.

Port charges $459 per person are not included.

Family + Friends

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Exciting Discoveries on our Small Ship Cruise

These videos, articles and podcasts will illuminate some of the experiences that await you on our elegant voyage across the Great Lakes. Drawn from respected independent sources, we’ve curated this multi-media collection to inspire your imagination. Captivating as they are now on your screen, the things you see, read and hear will truly come to life when you travel with our attentive A+R Host and wonderful Great Lakes guides.

Our A+R Library

About Your Journey... America's Great Lakes

Comprising more than 20% of the world’s surface freshwater, the largest group of lakes on Earth may be close to home…but the travel experiences that await you are far from ordinary! Indeed, the storied and beautiful shores of North America’s five Great Lakes are home to some of the most iconic places in the United States and Canada – from vibrant Midwestern cities to the heart-pounding wonders of Niagara Falls and the Victorian charms of historic Mackinac Island.

Your upcoming voyage will take you from places you may know quite well, such as Chicago’s lakefront skyline and Cleveland to more distant shores, such as Manitoulin Island, certainly not as easy to reach by plane or car. You’ll step off with engaging guides well-versed in the history, natural wonders and colorful local stories of the places you visit. Back on board, these shore excursions will be enriched by engaging talks with our Great Lakes’ experts.

All along the way, you’ll delight in the warm camaraderie of newfound friends, and enjoy wonderful regionally inspired cuisine with wine and even an open bar throughout your cruise. In short, we think this journey has all the hallmarks of a perfect vacation – with easygoing enjoyment, a chance to engage your intellect and curiosity and opportunities to deepen your appreciation of new places and people.

Weather
Weather forecasts are widely available on the Internet, and some of the favorites for large international cities are at www.weather.com and www.cnn.com/weather. Average temperatures:
 

 

Chicago

Toronto

May

66/53

66/50

June

77/63

76/59

July

82/70

81/65

August

81/70

80/64

September

74/62

73/57



Embarkation
Embarkation is scheduled between 3 - 5 p.m. The ship is scheduled to sail at 6:00pm and all guests are required to be on board at least 60 minutes prior to departure. For departure in non-U.S. ports, guests are required to be onboard at least 90 minutes prior to departure. If you arrive early, you will be permitted to leave your luggage at the ship any time after 10:00am local time and explore the city at your leisure. Please ensure you return to the ship by 5:00pm at the latest. There is a mandatory safety drill onboard at 5:30pm.

Disembarkation
Disembarkation typically starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m.    Passengers may disembark after the respective government formalities have been completed. We recommend scheduling departing flights for 1:00pm local time or later.  

On Board the M/V Victory I

Communication Services
Internet/Wi-Fi is complimentary on the M/V Victory I for one device per person. Due to limitations with satellite bandwidth, internet access is best used for quick email communication. Certain websites will be restricted due to limited bandwidth. We recommend avoiding downloading music, video or books. Please utilize Internet on land to upload photographs and larger email files. That will help make your Internet usage more pleasurable while onboard.  

Direct-dial phones are provided in suites/staterooms on the M/V Victory I, but outside lines are not available. Shipboard staff have access to satellite phones in case of emergency.

Cell phones are permitted on board the ship, however international roaming charges can be expensive. It is advisable to contact your carrier to determine the charges and plans available for each country you are visiting, then select the best available plan for your expected usage.

While cell phone service is typically available throughout our itineraries, please be aware that in certain areas, service might be extremely limited, and at times may not be available

Should you choose to take a cell phone on your trip, please refrain from conducting conversations while on shore excursions or during lectures and movies.

Moving Around the Ship
Because the ship will often be in motion and the decks are sometimes slippery, please take care when moving around the decks. Stairs may be steeper than you are used to, and it is best to always use the handrails.

Pets
We are unable to allow pets of any kind on board the ship.

Smoking
Smoking is not permitted in staterooms, on decks outside the staterooms, on Deck 4 or on the terraces of the Owner’s Suites. Smoking is permitted only in the designated outside smoking area on board the ship (Deck 5 aft). We ask everyone to refrain from smoking while on excursions.

Safety Precautions and Procedures
The ship will hold a mandatory safety drill, which is scheduled to take place prior to the ship’s departure from the port of embarkation. Participation by all guests is required. Emergency information can be found in your stateroom/suite.

Educational Talks
We have selected only the most interesting and engaging speakers to enhance your cruise experience with presentations on such topics as marine life, naval history and geology during our North American cruises.

Dining on Board the M/V Victory I
In the main restaurant, The Coastal Dining Room, enjoy a sumptuous seated breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in a casual and comfortable environment.

Enjoy afternoon tea with cakes, cookies, sandwiches, coffee and tea.

Complimentary free-flowing beverages such as coffee, tea, mineral water, soft drinks and non-premium beer, wine and spirits are available throughout your cruise.

During our daily cocktail hour, before dinner, we will feature cold canapés and bar snacks.

Vegetarian options are always available on the ship. Please include special dietary needs on your Guest Information Form. We will do our best to ensure that your request is accommodated, but cannot guarantee that all diet needs and preferences can be met.

The Coastal Dining Room
Savor delicious cuisine in the easy elegance of the main dining room, where a professional wait staff serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily from our chef’s menu of regionally inspired dishes.

The Grill
Enjoy the view and fresh selections at The Grill, serving buffet-style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, enjoy your favorite cocktail at the open-air bar.    

Gym and Spa
There is a guest gym on board with equipment to meet your exercise needs.
Also, spa amenities are available, and a menu of options will be provided on board.

Shore Excursions
All our cruises feature complimentary excursions that are coordinated by the cruise director on board. Details of the shore excursions will be listed in the daily program. Your cruise director will review the excursions in a port-of-call briefing on board.

Suite/Stateroom Amenities
We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your voyage with us. Our onboard team will do its best to ensure the highest possible standards of cleanliness and comfort in your room. Please let us know if you have questions or if you are not satisfied with any aspect of our service. All suites/staterooms are equipped with individual climate control, a personal safe, a flat-screen television, an alarm clock, a hair dryer, robes, slippers and spa bath amenities. Premium mattresses, linens and pillows provide a comfortable night’s sleep.

Each stateroom is equipped with a combination safe for your use. Please use a combination that will be easy to remember. If you forget your combination, please notify the office immediately, because repeatedly trying to unlock the safe with an incorrect code will result in the safe being disabled.

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