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Great American Waterways

Grand Caribe or Grande Mariner

Grande Caribe 2019 Sailings:
  • June 12 - 27, 2019 (New York to Chicago)
  • June 29 - July 14, 2019 (Chicago to New York)
  • August 11 - 26, 2019 (New York to Chicago)
Grande Mariner 2019 Sailings:
  • July 29 - August 13, 2019 (New York to Chicago)
  • September 3 - 18, 2019 (Chicago to New York)
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Four stunning Great Lakes and the historic Erie Canal merge to create one amazing adventure. This journey will capture your imagination, leaving you lost in the peacefulness of this beautiful escape and its ever-changing panoramas. The massive Great Lakes, collectively considered the largest body of fresh water on Earth, were carved by retreating ice sheets and filled with the meltwater from ancient glaciers. The indigo-blue waters of the Lakes are cloaked by forest-green pines, with classic lighthouses dotting the rocky cliffs. Your cruise stretches across Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario; taking you from vibrant Chicago all the way to the classic ports of New England.
Cruise Route
Chicago, IL
Welcome to the architecturally renowned Chicago skyline, juxtaposed against Lake Michigan to create a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes.
Manitowoc, WI
Known as Wisconsin’s Marine Capital, Manitowoc is the home to Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum, which captures the riveting history of the entire great lakes area, including the building of 28 submarines for WWII. Don’t miss out on the Rahr-West Art Museum which hosts pieces from Picasso, Miro, Dali, and many others.
Mackinac Island, MI
Arrive in Mackinac Island and step back in time. Famed for its horse-drawn carriages and old-world charm. Admire the architecture during an optional carriage tour of the island, including entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hills Antique Carriage Museum with a working Blacksmith shop. Conclude your tour at the Grande Hotel, for a traditional afternoon tea.
Cruise Lake Huron
This morning the vessel departs from Mackinac Island, en route for Wyandotte, MI. Admire the beautiful views of Lake Huron. Cruise past freighters or “Lakers” as they are called by many, while transiting the Detroit and St. Clair River System; a major throughway for vessels traveling between the western and eastern Great Lakes. This river system serves as the border between the U.S. and Canada as it flows through Detroit, under the ambassador bridge, the busiest border crossing in the U.S. and Canada and into Lake Erie.
Wyandotte, MI
Spend a full day in Wyandotte, Michigan, nestled on the Detroit River. An optional tour in nearby Dearborn begins at the Henry Ford Museum, home to President John F. Kennedy’s limousine and the Rosa Parks bus. Continue your tour to Greenfield Village, where nearly 100 historical buildings have been relocated to create a demonstration of American life from the founding of the country through modern times.
Cleveland, OH
Sail through Lake Erie for an introduction to the legendary American city of Cleveland, OH, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Explore this Great Lakes metropolis during an optional panoramic city tour via trolley. Don’t miss the Great Lakes Science Center and educational facility on the shores of Cleveland Harbor, along with the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum.
Buffalo, NY
Located at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo, NY is known for its sports, snow, and special sauce. Admire breathtaking views of world-famous Niagara Falls during an optional tour, including visits to the Whirlpool Overlook, the Table Rock area, and a boat ride on the Hornblower (passport required). Just steps away from where the vessel is docked, visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, home to 3 naval vessels, tanks, jets and other historical exhibits.
Cruise the Welland Canal
Today, cruise the magnificent Welland Canal, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Located in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, learn how ships travel through the locks of this gravity-flow canal. Transit through 8 locks which will lower the vessel 320 feet as you bypass the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara Falls.
Rochester, NY
This morning explore Rochester, located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Ontario. It sits at the middle of what has been called the 100 must-see miles of the Erie Canal. An optional tour offers stunning views of towering High Falls on the Genesee River and showcases the city's most notable landmarks. Arrive this evening in Oswego, NY.
Oswego, NY
Departing from Oswego harbor, enter Lock #8 of the Oswego Canal. One of 4 branches of the NY State Barge Canal System. Cruise the Oswego Canal and then begin your journey on the Erie Canal. After dinner this evening, disembark the vessel to explore Sylvan Beach, NY.
Amsterdam, NY
Cruise along the Erie Canal through historic towns and villages. Today, an optional excursion takes you to picturesque Cooperstown, NY, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Experience an optional tour to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmer’s Museum or Fennimore Art Museum. This evening, enjoy a quiet overnight stop in Amsterdam, NY at Lock #11 along the Erie Canal.
Troy, NY
The highlight of the Erie Canal, enjoy a leisurely sail to Troy, NY. 5 locks will lower the vessel 169’, by passing Cahoes Falls where the Mohawk River flows into the Hudson. Later, watch as the retractable pilot-house is raised back to its full height. Tonight, delight in the local culture during an onboard musical performance.
Kingston, NY
In Kingston, NY, dock in Rondout Creek just off the Hudson River. Included in your cruise is a visit to the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Next, you may join an optional visit to Hyde Park or the Vanderbilt Mansion (based on availability). The Hyde Park excursion includes a visit to “Springwood,” the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, now home to his presidential library and museum (tour available eastbound only).
West Point, NY
Travel to West Point, NY, home of the prestigious United States Military Academy, where you may opt to take a tour of its magnificent campus and admire its famed Gothic Revival-style Chapel. *Ability to tour West Point is subject to availability, determined by the U.S. government.
New York, NY
Take in the view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Big Apple’s world-famous skyline. Docked in Chelsea Pier, explore the New York High Line and Chelsea Market. Later join an optional private bus tour of New York City, led by a professional guide.
New York, NY
Your 16-day journey concludes today in New York City.

Optional Excursions
Enhance your vacation with our not to be missed optional excursions. We complement this with free time and well-researched choices for you to decide how to spend it. New pre-sold excursion packages will be available 90 days prior to departure. Individual excursions may be purchased onboard with the Cruise Director. Below is a sampling of some of our optional activities: Adobe reader is required to view these files. Visit the Adobe Reader Download Page to download.
The Marvels of the Henry Ford Museum
Henry Ford
The Henry Ford Museum celebrates yesterday's traditions as well as today's innovations. Housing one of the largest collections of its kind ever assembled, this Museum showcases the people and ideas that have fired our imaginations and changed our lives. Explore what Americans past and present have imagined and invented including the machines, people and products that revolutionized American industry; an exhibit showcasing how the automobile has been the single greatest force in shaping the way we work and play; and the historic airplanes and the lofty accomplishments of America's pioneering aviators.
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
Enjoy spectacular scenery on your journey to Niagara Falls! Stop at the Whirlpool overlook, where the falls were located over 6,000 years ago. You will also see the Spanish Aerocar gorge, the only whirlpool in America that changes direction twice a day. Next visit the Table Rock area, where daredevils have taken their plunge over the falls, and then the floral clock. The tour continues at Prospect Park's U.S. observation tower. Here you can view all three falls and then board the Maid of the Mist boat (raincoats are provided). The Maid of the Mist takes you past the American and Bridal Veil Falls and right up to Horseshoe Falls. It is an exciting and safe ride that will provide an unforgettable view of the falls. Box lunches provided. NOTE: Passports are required for this tour.
Ports Visited
Chicago, IL • Manistee, MI* • Manitowoc, MI (westbound only) • Mackinac Island, MI • Wyandotte, MI • Cleveland, OH • Erie, PA** • Buffalo, NY • Rochester, NY • Oswego, NY • Sylvan Beach, NY • Amsterdam, NY • Troy, NY • Kingston, NY • West Point, NY***
Waterways Navigated:
Lake Michigan • Straits of Mackinac • Lake Huron • St. Claire River • Lake St. Claire • Detroit River • Lake Erie • Welland Canal • Lake Ontario • Oswego Canal • Erie Canal • Hudson River • New York Harbor • East River • Long Island Sound • Block Island Sound • Narragansett Bay
* On westbound itinerary the port changes from Manistee, MI to Manitowoc, WI.
** Westbound does not visit Erie, PA.
*** Travel to West Point is subject to accessibility.
All itineraries including ports, activities, and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.
Bring your passport for Niagara Falls option. This cruise is also available in reverse. All itineraries including ports, activities, and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.
Special Features
  • Cruise the famed Erie and Oswego Canals for a total of 30 locks going where no other overnight cruise lines can go.
  • On Victorian-era Mackinac Island, enjoy learning about the history of this region.
  • Cruise through four Great Lakes—Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.
  • Learn how to make pierogies during an onboard cooking demonstration.
  • Witness the unique feat of lowering the ship's pilot house for traveling under low bridges.
  • View the stunning New York Harbor and pass by the Statue of Liberty.