Offered by Victory Cruise Lines and Cruise World, the savings are valid for bookings received by 31 March 2020. The largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet, North America’s Great Lakes hold 20% of the Earth’s fresh water and cover 244,000sqm (roughly the size of the UK). They boast fishing ports, surfing beaches, indigenous communities, car-free islands, the largest freshwater sand dunes in the world and a ghost town. Victory Cruises’ Splendour of the Great Lakes cruise from Toronto to Chicago departs 4 July 2020 and sails on each of the five major lakes, tracing the US-Canadian border for much of the journey that begins with a complimentary hotel stay in Toronto.
The 202-passenger Victory I cruises across Lake Ontario and via a network of locks to Niagara Falls before entering Lake Erie and visiting Cleveland and the world’s car capital of Detroit. From there, the ship sails through Lake Huron to Manitoulin Island – the world’s largest freshwater island – and then through the Soo Locks – the world’s busiest canal in terms of tonnage – to the historic Canadian lake port of Sault Ste Marie and Lake Superior – the largest of the great lakes. Next is car-free Mackinac Island, where passengers enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island, followed by Lake Michigan and the final destination of Chicago. Including all onboard meals, free-flowing drinks, shore excursions with local guides at every port, shipboard wifi, onboard gratuities and port taxes, the 10-night Splendour of the Great Lakes cruise package is available from US$5907 per person, twin-share, (in a category C oceanview stateroom) including the US$400 discount per person if booked by 31 March 2020. Alternative departure dates are available between May and October, 2020. www.cruiseworld.co.nz