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French Canada & Great Lakes
- 2019 Cruise Dates:
- May 28 - June 6, 2019 (Montreal to Detroit)
- July 12 - 21, 2019 (Montreal to Detroit)
- July 21 - 30, 2019 (Detroit to Montreal)
- July 30 - August 8, 2019 (Montreal to Detroit)
- August 26 - September 4, 2019 (Detroit to Montreal)
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- Montreal, Quebec (Embarkation)
- In 2017, Montreal celebrated its 375th birthday, making it one of the oldest cities in North America. Situated on the St. Lawrence River, it remains important crossroads for shipping by land and sea, with a rich history of Iroquois, colonial, and cosmopolitan settlements. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old City with a visit to the Notre Dame Basilica. Explore Montreal old and new with a drive through the downtown business district to the top of Mont Royal for a commanding view of the city and the St. Lawrence River. Afterwards, visit one of the world’s largest and most important Botanical Gardens in downtown Montreal.
- Quebec City, Quebec
- Quebec City is the only walled community in North America and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. Coaches depart for the Plains of Abraham where the battle between invading English and French defenders took place as the English stormed the upper city and captured the town. Onward to Place Royale in the lower-town, which was bombarded in 1759 from across the river, as fire ships were dispatched towards the port. We then drive out of Quebec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls, including a cable car ride to the top where you will have magnificent views across to the Ile d’Orléans. In the afternoon, guests are encouraged to stroll on their own out the port to visit the Petit Champlain and take the funicular railway to the Chateau Frontenac and its magnificent Dufferin Terrace.
- Sailing the St. Lawrence
- Experience the extraordinary scale of the St. Lawrence seaway as we enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence. For centuries, the St. Lawrence River has served as an important route for trade and travel, connecting the Atlantic maritime traffic with the the world’s largest source of freshwater — the Great Lakes. The river spans 744 miles, beginning at the outflow of Lake Ontario near Kingston and flowing northeast into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy a day of beautiful vistas and serene sailing as we make our way through the Gulf towards the mouth of the river.
- Kingston, Ontario - Tendering
- Kingston is the oldest city in Ontario and has long been a strategic site for commercial and military endeavors. After construction in 1832 of the Rideau Canal, which connects Ottawa with Lake Ontario, Kingston found itself situated along three important waterways: the Rideau Canal, the St. Lawrence River, and Lake Ontario.
- Toronto, Ontario - Welland Canal
- Toronto, vibrant, multi-cultural, & entertaining Toronto. Canada’s largest city and prominently situated facing the sparkling waters of Lake Ontario, Toronto provides the visitor with many options for every discerning taste.
- Port Colborne / Niagara Falls
- 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.
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Cleveland's landmarks dating to its days as a turn-of-the-20th-century manufacturing center include the Steamship William G. Mather, now part of the Great Lakes Science Center. It's also known for the stately Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the I.M. Pei–designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and it’s famous West Side Market, Cleveland's oldest publicly owned market, with its origins dating back to 1840. The markethouse was dedicated and opened to the public in 1912. Its 137 foot clock tower has stood as a Cleveland landmark for over a century. Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity. Last year it is estimated that over a million people visited the market.
- Detroit, Michigan
- This morning, we'll arrive at the port in Detroit. After breakfast, you'll disembark the M/V Victory II and make your way to the airport for your flight home.