Two passenger cruise vessels are docking in Milwaukee today, a rare occurrence that Port Milwaukee and tourism officials hope will become more common as they make a concerted effort to attract more cruise ships to the city. (biztimes.com)
A coalition of government and business groups is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials are scheduled to attend an announcement of the “Cruise the Great Lakes” initiative Thursday on Mackinac Island. (apnews.com)
Victory II’s Maiden 9-night Great Lakes Cruise. Embark In Montreal On July 27, 2018, for Quebec, the St Lawrence Seaway, Kingston, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Cleveland And Detroit, from £3,320 pp
Green Bay is finally on the itinerary of a Great Lakes cruise ship. Two ships from Victory Cruise Lines will arrive in July, just three days apart. “We’re excited from the port’s perspective. It’s pretty prestigious to have cruise ships visit your city,” said Dean Haen, director of the Port of Green Bay. (fox11online.com)
Montreal inaugurated a new cruise terminal in June, which will be joined by a second operational terminal in 2018, along with the existing alternate terminal located east of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. The trio of berth locations will help the iconic city accommodate extra ships during its peak fall season. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
A new favorite port of call for veteran cruisers may be familiar to Northeast Ohioans: It’s downtown Cleveland. The port of Cleveland, and Great Lakes cruising in general, are poised to grow big over the next several years, according to Bruce Nierenberg, president and CEO of Victory Cruise Lines. (cleveland.com)
Last Minute Great Lakes Opportunity: Catch Polsteam’s m.v. Isa From Amsterdam To Cleveland Or Burns Harbor, Fares From $1,772 pp
The 35,600-ton Polsteam bulk carrier m.v. Isa is now on her way across the Atlantic from Montreal to Hamburg. After discharge, she will set course for IJmuiden, near Amsterdam, where she is due to arrive during the week of October 28. Her next cargo will be Tata Steel for the Great Lakes ports of Cleveland and Burns Harbor and she has a few cabins available for passengers.
The Port Authority envisioned the facility as one that would accommodate the largest Great Lakes cruise ships, and serve as a home base to a high-speed ferry service that would offer round-trip service to Canada for passengers and vehicles during the spring, summer and fall. (goerie.com)
Hapag-Lloyd’s new expedition ship Hanseatic Inspiration will sail itineraries as diverse as the Amazon and the U.S. Great Lakes after making its debut in October 2019. (travelweekly.com)
The Great Lakes Cruising Coalition, a group that advocates for passenger ships on the Great Lakes, is preparing for more cruise vessels as multiple operators eye expansion plans in the region. “It’s a boutique market for small-ship cruising,” said Stephen Burnett, executive director, The Great Lakes Cruising Coalition. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
The 2017 Muskegon cruise season will begin with the first mooring of the Pearl Mist on Thursday, June 8. The 200-passenger ship will dock at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing 10 times throughout the summer. An eleventh cruise ship mooring will take place in September with the first visit of the Victory I of Victory Cruise Line. (mlive.com)
Last Minute Polsteam Cargo Ship With Open Cabins From Amsterdam To The Great Lakes, Second Half September, From $1,640 Plus Taxes
For those wanting to return to North America this autumn by sea, or sail into the Great Lakes we have an extra sailing by Polsteam’s m.v. Isadora, scheduled from Amsterdam/IJmuiden for Cleveland, Ohio, and Burns Harbor, Indiana, in the second half of Septober.