Nearly 15,000 years ago, the last of the great glaciers retreated, leaving us the five Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Together, they contain more than one-fifth of the planet`s fresh surface water. On the M/V Victory I, delve into North America`s maritime history with a visit to all five of these natural wonders. Pay a visit to charming Mackinac Island, Michigan and transit the Soo Locks into massive Lake Superior, the largest of the five lakes. Spend a fascinating morning with the Ojibwe people at pretty Georgian Bay. Cruise for an entire day on scenic Lake Huron, home to more than 30,000 islands. Tour Detroit`s Henry Ford Museum and enjoy a thrilling visit to spectacular Niagara Falls.
**** ALL PRICES IN USD **** per person twin share
Queen bed only – Cat E Ocean View Deck 1 from USD $6,958*pp
Twin/Queen bed – Cat D Ocean View Deck1 from USD $7,678*pp
Twin/Queen bed – Cat C Ocean View Deck 2 or 3 from USD $8,298*pp
Twin/Queen bed – Cat B Ocean View Deck 3 from USD $8,708*pp
Twin/Queen bed – Cat A Ocean View Deck 3 from USD $8,918*pp
Twin/Queen bed – Cat AA Ocean View Deck 4 from USD $9,328*pp
Queen bed – Owners Suite Deck 3 from USD $10,568*pp
GREAT LAKES GRAND DISCOVERY Cruise-only prices include:
– 9 night small ship cruise aboard the MV Victory I from Toronto to Chicago
– Onboard accommodation with Premium mattress, 100% Egyptian cotton bedding, Flat screen satellite TV, Bathrobe and slippers for use whilst cruising & included bathroom ammenities
– Personal cabin service with daily housekeeping and nightly turn-down service
– All shipboard main meals
– Complimentary free-flowing non-premium wines, beer and spirits onboard cruise
– Complimentary cocktail hour before dinner each evening
– Complimentary shipboard wi-fi
– High tea service on `At Sea` or sailing days during cruise
– A full range of included shore excursions with local guides
– Onboard enrichment program with lectures by historians, naturalists with local experience
– Ships gratuities of US $140 per person
– Port & Govt taxes of US $429 per person
Day 1: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Welcome to Toronto, the most multicultural diverse city on the planet: over 140 languages are spoken. It`s estimated that over half of Toronto`s residents were born outside Canada, and despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along. Toronto is a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world`s finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals.
Day 2: Niagara Falls / Welland Canal
After a leisurely morning on board, we`ll disembark the ship at Port Colbourne on the southern 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 the M/V Victory I awaits its turn to transit the locks, we`ll drive through the Niagara Wine Region, home to 25 vineyards and over 50 wineries. At Niagara Falls, we`ll embark on the famous Hornblower `Voyage of the Falls` for a cruise into the misty spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back on shore, we`ll drive along 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 Weller.
Day 3: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Cleveland`s landmarks date to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing center, including the Steamship William G. Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. It is also known for the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and its famous West Side Market-Cleveland`s oldest publicly owned market-which opened to the public in 1912. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors and hosts a million visitors a year.
Day 4: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Sailing from Lake Erie to Lake Huron, the M/V Victory I will call on Windsor, Ontario, known as The City of Roses, or Detroit, Michigan, known as the `Motor City`, depending on port schedules. Your shore excursions will be the same, regardless of the city in which the M/V Victory I docks. Just outside of Detroit, we`ll visit the Henry Ford Museum, created to document the genius of ordinary people. Housed in a sweeping, nine-acre, single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings, the design and sheer scope of the museum is as grand as the vision that inspired it. Local expert docents will escort guests to see the museum`s highlights that include: the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Texas, the bus in which Rosa Parks stood her ground and sparked the Civil Rights movement, and the chair from the Ford Theatre in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.
Day 5: Lake Huron, USA/Canada
The second largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron 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. After a scenic day of cruising, we’ll gather in the ship`s main dining room for a gourmet dinner.
Day 6: Little Current / Manitoulin Islands, Canada
This morning, we’ll cruise though the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay, sometimes called the sixth Great Lake. Our destination is Manitoulin Island, the world`s largest freshwater island and home of the Ojibwa people, part of the First Nation of Anishinaabe. Also known by the anglicized name Chippewa, the Ojibwe are 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 dreamcatchers, and their historic use of pictographic birch bark scrolls.
Day 7: Sault Saint Marie, Lake Superior, Michigan USA
Today, we`ll transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron into Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Our 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 center 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 8: Mackinac Island, Lake Michigan, USA
We`ll awaken in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. After breakfast, we`ll 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 our tour, we`ll 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, the cocktail hour in the outdoor lounge features a captivating presentation by our onboard historian.
Day 9: Scenic Sailing of Lake Michigan, USA
The only Great Lake located entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan has a surface area of more than 22,000 square miles, making it the sixth largest lake in the world. The name Michigan is believed to come from the native Ojibwe word mishigami, which translates to `great water.` After a scenic day of cruising, we`ll gather for a festive welcome reception, followed by dinner in the ship`s main dining room.
Day 10: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Your cruise ends in the `Windy City`. Situated at the mouth of the Chicago River, on the southern coast of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a city of art, music, and industry. Visit the Michigan Mile or get to know the city`s rich architectural history with a riverboat tour. With shopping, museums, dining, music and theater, there`s something for every taste in this iconic American city.
Special Validity Dates
|31 May 2019||
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|01 Jun 2019||
Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
|02 Jun 2019||
|03 Jun 2019||
Detroit, Michigan, USA
|04 Jun 2019||At sea|
|05 Jun 2019||
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA
|06 Jun 2019||
Little Current, Manitoulin Island
|07 Jun 2019||
Mackinac Island, Michigan
|08 Jun 2019||At sea|
|09 Jun 2019||
9 Night Cruise sailing from Toronto to Chicago aboard Victory I.
Nearly 15,000 years ago, the last of the great glaciers retreated, leaving us the five Great Lakes–Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Together, they contain more than one fifth of the planet’s fresh surface water. On the M/V Victory I, delve into North America’s maritime history with a visit to all five of these natural wonders. Pay a visit to charming Mackinac Island, Michigan and transit the Soo Locks into massive Lake Superior, the largest of the five lakes. Spend a fascinating morning with the Ojibwe people at pretty Georgian Bay. Cruise for an entire day on scenic Lake Huron, home to more than 30,000 islands. Tour Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum and enjoy a thrilling visit to spectacular Niagara Falls.
Highlights of this cruise:
Cleveland’s landmarks date to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing center, including the Steamship William G. Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. It is also known for the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the I.M. Pei–designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and its famous West Side Market–Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market–which opened to the public in 1912. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors and hosts a million visitors a year.
M/V Victory I will call on Windsor, Ontario, known as The City of Roses, or Detroit, Michigan, known as the “Motor City”, depending on port schedules. Your shore excursions will be the same, regardless of the city in which the M/V Victory I docks. Just outside of Detroit, we’ll visit the Henry Ford Museum, created to document the genius of ordinary people. Housed in a sweeping, nine-acre, single-floor space with soaring 40-foot ceilings, the design and sheer scope of the museum is as grand as the vision that inspired it. Local expert docents will escort guests to see the museum’s highlights that include: the limousine that carried President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day in Texas, the bus in which Rosa Parks stood her ground and sparked the Civil Rights movement, and the chair from the Ford Theatre in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.
Host to the busiest airport on the planet, Chicago ranked seventh in the world in the 2014 Global Cities Index and is considered one of the most “walkable” cities in the United States. Its cultural contributions include improvisational comedy (most notably The Second City comedy troupe); jazz, blues, soul, and house music; a rich collection of outdoor public artworks (including the Chicago Picasso); film, theater, and visual arts. The Chicago School and Prairie School of architecture were developed in this city, which was home to famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Chicago’s waterfront location, upscale shopping along the Magnificent Mile & State Street, and robust nightlife are major draws.
The indisputable joy of sailing is brought to life on the M/V Victory I and II, agile intimate ships that easily navigate canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. Onboard, our fresh, modern design tips its hat to our maritime past as spacious open-air lounges, inviting dining venues, and generous windows ensure you never miss a chance to savor the spectacular view.
With a caring crew of 84, pampering no more than 202 guests, you’ll feel at home from the moment you step on board. Whether it’s a favorite cocktail served on deck or the delicate chocolate on your pillow ensuring sweet dreams, our attentive, intuitive staff are available whenever you need them. Serving you is our pleasure.
Aboard the M/V Victory I and II, you’ll often travel in the company of engaging specialists focusing on areas where our journey takes us. They share their expertise freely in presentations and impromptu discussions throughout the journey. In port, included shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history, unique wildlife, and fascinating cultures of the destinations you will visit.
Ship Profile & Stats
- Length: 87.27 m
- Tonnage: 5,954
- Maiden Voyage: 2001
- Refurbished: 2015
- Passenger Capacity (dbl): 202
- Ship Registration: Bahamas
- Personal robes and slippers
- Electronic Safe
- Individual climate control
- LCD flat screen television (satellite)
- Alarm clock with USB port
- Hair dryer
- Shearwater Dining Room
- Cliff Rock Bar & Grille
- Internet & Wi-Fi
- Observation Lounge
- Sun Deck
Skillfully designed to foster a convivial atmosphere, the M/V Victory I & II invite 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.
With 202 passengers and over 80 expertly trained staff ready to serve your every whim, from your arrival to departure you will receive top-notch service and attention to every detail, promising you intuitive, attentive service in casual, elegance surroundings. Our outstanding, friendly, onboard staff is available throughout your cruise to help create a memorable experience, designed to exceed your expectations in every way possible.
Victory 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 engaging, destination – oriented historians and naturalists who share their vast knowledge and expertise of the history, ecology and culture of each of our ports of call.
Our staterooms and suites are all ocean view with personal room service and daily housekeeping that caters to your preference with a luxury pillow menu and premium mattresses with 100% Egyptian cotton bedding. Relax in your stateroom with luxury robes and slippers and enjoy top of the line environmentally sensitive amenities.
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Ocean view stateroom, queen bed, armoire,chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily. (Deck 1 / 160 sq ft)
Ocean view stateroom, two twins or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily.(Deck 1 / 158 sq ft)
Ocean view stateroom, two twins or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily.(Deck 2 & 3 / 152 sq ft)
Ocean view stateroom, two twins or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily.(Deck 3 / 146 sq ft)
Ocean view stateroom, two twins or one queen bed, armoire and chest of drawers & fresh fruit daily.(Deck 3 / 185 sq ft)
Ocean view with direct access to the open-air promenade. Two twins or one queen bed, armoire and chest of drawers, mini fridge & fresh fruit daily. (Deck 4 / 161 sq ft)
Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior and exterior entrances, a private terrace, one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, armoire and chest of drawers, complimentary minibar (restocked daily), in-room safe, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service & fresh fruit daily (Deck 3/335 sq ft)
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