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zThe Great Lakes + Canada - Our Cruise + Tour

14 days

14 Days + FROM $8,999 + Montreal -Ottawa-Toronto-Chicago

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.
  • Delight in a luncheon cruise through the 1000 Islands, a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago of 1,800 forested islands, tranquil bays and remote islets.
  • Get a taste of Montreal at the lively Jean Talon Market and tour the Neo-Gothic landmarks of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
  • With a pre-cruise night at our deluxe hotel in Chicago; 9-night cruise in your choice of outside stateroom; 3 nights at our luxury hotels in Ottawa and Montreal; Shipboard Open Bar; 32 meals with free-flowing wine at lunch and dinner onboard; a complete program of shore excursions; airport transfers; and all shipboard gratuities.

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On arrival, you’ll be met and chauffeured to our deluxe city-center hotel for your pre-cruise stay in Chicago. The balance of this day and evening are yours to relax and enjoy as you wish here in this exciting city.


Enjoy Chicago + Embark the mv Victory I

Ocean Voyager

After breakfast and a leisurely morning to enjoy as you wish, we’ll take you to Navy Pier, one of the city’s premier downtown attractions and home to restaurants, shops, the iconic Centennial Wheel, and an inviting beer garden overlooking Lake Michigan. The mv Victory I is the only cruise ship to dock in this privileged location – the perfect place from which to begin your Great Lakes adventure! Step aboard and settle in to your outside stateroom before joining your fellow travelers for a congenial dinner with wines, cocktails, and beverages.  Meals B+D


Cruising on Lake Michigan

Ocean Voyager

Delight in this day of cruising as we navigate northward along Lake Michigan. Take in the scenery from the expansive Observation Deck, enjoy congenial conversation in the Lounge, or join our engaging Great Lakes experts for an enriching talk. 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


Mackinac Island with Lunch at the Grand Hotel

Ocean Voyager

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


Soo Locks and Sault St. Marie

Ocean Voyager

This morning, 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! 
Today you can also join your fellow passengers for flexible Hop-on Hop-off touring. Exploring at your own pace, you’ll be able to visit a number of the town’s highlights including the Valley Camp Museum. Here in the enormous hold of a cargo ship that plied the Great Lakes from 1917 through 1966, you’ll find fascinating exhibits that trace the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes. Other sightseeing stops afford the chance to visit the River of History Museum, to see the historic homes of Water Street, and to marvel at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in the United States.  Meals B+L+D


Ashore on Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Ocean Voyager

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


Cruising Lake Huron

Ocean Voyager

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


Henry Ford Museum + Greenfield Village

Ocean Voyager

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


Fine Art + Rock & Roll

Ocean Voyager

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


Thrill to Niagara Falls

Ocean Voyager

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. In the afternoon, visit a local winery for a tasting of their fine vintages and then explore the galleries and boutiques in the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to the ship.  Meals B+L+D


Disembark in Toronto + The 1000 Islands and Onward to Ottawa

Lord Elgin - Ottawa, Canada

After breakfast and disembarkation in Toronto, you’ll be met by our engaging and experienced Canadian guide. Leaving the city behind, you’ll journey along Lake Ontario to Kingston for a luncheon cruise through the 1000 Islands, a lovely archipelago of 1,800 forested islands, tranquil bays and remote islets. Once patrolled by Prohibition-era bootleggers, today it’s a breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful haven between northern New York and Ontario. Back on land, we’ll continue through the rolling farmland, following the rivers and lakes of the historic Rideau Waterway to Ottawa where we’ll spend the night at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel.  Meals B+L


Discover Ottawa + Travel to Montreal

The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth - Montreal, Canada

This morning’s sightseeing begins at the National Gallery of Canada. Originally founded in the late 19th century, Canada’s premier art gallery is now housed in a striking contemporary structure of glass and granite. In addition to the country’s finest assemblage of European masterpieces, the National Gallery houses the world’s most complete collection of Canadian art. Continue with the city’s most important landmarks including the residence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the home of the Governor General – the Queen’s representative in Canada. On Parliament Hill, overlooking the river and downtown, you’ll admire the Parliament Buildings of Canada with their impressive Neo-Gothic façade and towers.
After the city tour, we’ll depart Ottawa for Montreal. Delight in the forested hills and deep valleys of the beautiful Laurentian Mountains. The region is rich in flora and provides sanctuary for moose, deer, beavers and foxes. On arrival in Montreal, we’ll check in to The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. This evening is yours to explore, relax and dine as you wish.  Meals B+L

With our expert Canadian guide, this morning’s city tour focuses on historic Old Montreal landmarks like the Notre Dame Basilica, a grand Gothic Revival landmark built in the early 19th century and graced with magnificent stained glass depictions of Montreal’s religious heritage. You’ll also experience the youthful vitality of the Latin Quarter and see the handsome campus of McGill University. Then delight in the lively sights and sounds of the historic Jean Talon Market, founded in 1933. Engage with the friendly merchants, mingle with city residents, and sample some local Quebecois specialties – perhaps some artisanal cheeses or freshly baked pastries. Then return to The Fairmont and enjoy the rest of your afternoon and evening at leisure.  Meals B


Au Revoir, Montreal

We’ll chauffeur you to the airport today for your homeward journey.  Meals B


Our 11-Day Voyage between Toronto and Chicago  

We also offer our all-inclusive Great Lakes cruise without the fully-guided touring in Ottawa and Montreal. These 11-day voyages include 9 nights aboard the stylish, all-inclusive mv Victory I and a pre-cruise overnight at our deluxe hotel in your port of embarkation – either Toronto or Chicago.

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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

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Take advantage of our Family & Friends offer and Save $100 per person anytime you book 4 or more people on the same A+R program.

About Your Journey

The Great Lakes may be close to home…but the travel experiences that await are far from ordinary! Indeed, their shores 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.

With the attentive services of our A+R Shipboard Host, your upcoming voyage will take you from places you may know quite well, like 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 local guides well-versed in the history, natural wonders and colorful local stories of the places you visit. Back on board, these excursions will be enriched by engaging talks with our Great Lakes’ experts. And all along the way, you’ll enjoy the warm camaraderie of new friends, fine regionally inspired cuisine with wine, and an open bar throughout your cruise.

Enhancing your 9-night cruise, you’ll join our engaging Canadian Trip Leader for a guided Land Tour encompassing Montreal and Ottawa. From the historic Notre Dame Basilica to the Neo-Gothic buildings of Parliament Hill, it’s a unique exploration of Canada’s French and English charms. Together, our exclusive Land + Water Journey has all the hallmarks of a perfect vacation – with easygoing enjoyment, a chance to engage your intellect, and opportunities to deepen your appreciation of new places and people.

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Starting in Montreal
If your program begins in Montreal, please ensure your arrival flight is scheduled to arrive no later than 3pm local time. This will allow you sufficient time for your transfer to the hotel, check-in, and some time to freshen up before our Welcome Dinner this evening.

At the completion of the cruise, disembarkation in Chicago 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.  
Starting in Chicago
If your program begins in Chicago, 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 in Toronto typically starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m.    Passengers may disembark after the respective government formalities have been completed. Your Canadian Guide will be there to greet you, and along with your Alexander+Roberts Host, you will then commence your touring in Canada to Ottawa and Montreal!

On your final morning in Montreal, we will transfer you from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight.

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.

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

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.

Laundry service is available on board the ship for an additional charge. Information and a pricing list can be found in your Guest Services Directory book in your suite.

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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America’s Great Lakes Cruise

Step aboard the stylish, 202-guest mv Ocean Voyager for this all-inclusive Great Lakes cruise. Attentively hosted by A+R from start to finish, you’ll enjoy a more rewarding and carefree voyage with extensive sightseeing and shore excursions, elegant shipboard dining, an Open Bar, and all shipboard and shore excursion gratuities.