Explore the verdant wilderness, rocky shores, and pristine islands of North America as you sail the Great Lakes aboard the 202-guest M/V Victory I. Embarking in the cultural hub of Chicago, you’ll leave the Windy City and cruise scenic Lake Michigan on your way to the idyllic Victorian atmosphere of Mackinac Island. Traverse the legendary Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, the Midwest’s oldest city; sail the shimmering waters of Georgian Bay; and explore the native traditions of Manitoulin Island. Relive the glory days of the American automobile at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, and celebrate music history at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Cap off your cruise by experiencing the immensity and grandeur of Niagara Falls from the thrilling perspective of a Hornblower vessel before disembarking in Toronto, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
AUG 2: Chicago, Illinois
Embark 3-5:30pm, Depart 7:00pm
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the M/V Victory I from the Port of Chicago, Illinois International Port District. Enhance your experience with an optional Go Next Chicago Pre-Cruise Program.
AUG 3: Scenic Sailing of Lake Michigan
AUG 4: Mackinac Island, Michigan
Arrive 7am-Depart 6pm
Step back into the nineteenth century on Mackinac Island, located at the ends of the Straits of Mackinac, between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. A national historic landmark steeped in Victorian-era charm, Mackinac Island has a no-car policy. Embark on your excursion aboard a horse-drawn carriage and gain insight into the island’s compelling history at Michigan’s oldest building, Fort
Mackinac. Behold the imposing stone walls and cannons of this impressive fort, built atop a soaring cliff by British soldiers in 1780.
AUG 5: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (Whitefish Bay & Lake Superior)
Arrive 12:00pm-Depart 5pm
Transit the Soo Locks from Lake Huron into Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Experience the oldest city in the Midwest on a guided excursion that features New Fort Brady
and Museum Ship Valley Camp. Built by the American Shipbuilding Company in 1917, this former ship is now home to the world’s largest Great Lakes maritime museum. Explore the cargo’s rich collection of photography, shipwreck artifacts, and fascinating nautical exhibits. Then, visit the mighty Soo Locks, one of the world’s largest and busiest locks that enables ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.
AUG 6: Little Current, Manitoulin Island (Georgian Bay)
Arrive 8am-Depart 5pm
Delight in a scenic early-morning cruise of Georgian Bay, with its verdant islands, rugged cliffs, and diamond-blue waters that have inspired some of Canada’s most celebrated painters. Arrive at the small town of Little Current, and tour Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island, home of the
Ojibwe people. Stop at the uniquely designed Immaculate Conception Church, attend a traditional smudging ceremony, and enjoy an interpretive tour of the local museum and art gallery. Back in Little Current, return to the ship, or explore the community’s quaint downtown shops, docks, or waterfront parks at your leisure.
AUG 7: Scenic Sailing of Lake Huron
AUG 8: Detroit, Michigan
Arrive 8am-Depart 10pm
Visit the Henry Ford Museum and explore its vast collection of iconic objects that have inspired and evolved into today’s greatest innovations, and gain new perspectives on American history as you tour the interactive exhibits. Stop at the Detroit Institute of Art with one of the largest art collections—65,000
artworks from the earliest civilizations to the present—in all of the United States.
AUG 9: Cleveland, Ohio
Arrive 9am-Depart 6pm
Celebrate a musical genre’s history and impact at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame— which supports community and culture through creative exhibits, programs, and festivals. Then, travel by trolley to the
Cleveland Museum of Art, and explore a world-class museum with exhibits that illuminate the enduring relevance and power of art in today’s society.
AUG10: Niagara Falls (Welland Canal) & Scenic Sailing of Lake Erie
Arrive 8am-Depart 5pm
Disembark near the historic, 27-mile-long Welland Canal. Next, traveling by deluxe motor-coach, take in magnificent vistas as you pass through the area’s fertile agricultural vineyards. Witness the thunderous power of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most astounding natural wonders, and board a
state-of-the-art Hornblower cruise vessel for a thrilling, up-close perspective of the famous Horseshoe Falls and its breathtaking misty spray. Afterward, travel the scenic Niagara Parkway on the ridge overlooking the river, and enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant before returning to the ship.
AUG 11: Toronto, Canada
Disembark the M/V Victory I in Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, offering a wide array of attractions from a melting pot of backgrounds.
Victory Cruise Lines may modify the cruise itinerary up to and during the voyage. All cruise accommodations and shore excursions are arranged by Victory Cruise Lines, which may use other suppliers or providers to render services. All guests must be able to ascend and descend the flight
of stairs required to embark and disembark the ship. Itinerary, timing, and sightseeing are subject to change.