Great American Waterways
At a glance
Duration: 16 Days, 15 Nights
Coverage: Chicago, IL to Warren RI
Season: June - August
Activities: History, Sightseeing
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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. The architecturally renowned Chicago skyline is juxtaposed against Lake Michigan creating a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes, symbolizing this entire journey. From electrifying Chicago, step back in time to Victori- an-era Mackinac Island famed for its horse-drawn carriages and old-world charm. Sail through Lakes Huron and Erie for an introduction to the legend- ary American cities of Cleveland, oH, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and Buffalo nY, where you’ll have an option to witness nature’s grand masterpiece – the breathtaking niagara Falls. Travel through the Welland Canal, a historic passageway from Canada to the u.S. since 1829, to enter the 4th Great Lake – ontario.
Sailing east, you will go where no other overnight passenger vessels can – through the amazing locks of the Erie Canal. only Blount can take you through this grand feat of American ingenuity and one of the most important engineering accomplishments in history. Stretching 363 miles and comprising 57 locks, the Canal was built with bare hands, picks, shovels, and true American determination. Beautiful scenery envelops you as you continue along the scenic Hudson River Valley, past the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and the Mohawak River Valley. In kingston, nY dock on the Hudson River before making your approach to exciting new York Harbor. Your adventure concludes with a sail past the rocky shores of Rhode Island’s postcard-perfect narragansett Bay and into Warren, RI.
Join us on this journey across the heart of America’s waterways, where nature’s majesty unites with man-made marvels.
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 whose banks are home to moose, wolves and river otters.
- Day 1 - Chicago, IL
Welcome to the architecturally renowned Chicago skyline, juxtaposed against Lake Michigan to create a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes.
- Day 2 - 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, as well as many others.
- Day 3 - Mackinac Island, MI
Step back in time when you arrive at Mackinac Island, MI 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. This afternoon, an optional excursion invites you to the Grand Hotel for a traditional Afternoon Tea, including scones and finger sandwiches.
- Day 4 - Cruise through Lake Huron
Relax on the sunny top deck and admire the beautiful views of Lake Huron during a day of cruising en route to Wyandotte, MI. The Great Lakes 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 whose banks are home to many animals.
- Day 5 - Wyandotte, MI
Spend a full day in Wyandotte, MI, nestled on the Detroit River. An optional tour in nearby Dearborn, MI begins at the Henry Ford Museum, home 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.
- Day 6 - 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. This evening, enjoy an onboard musical performance.
- Day 7 - Erie, PA
In Erie, PA, named for the Native American tribe that once lived along its shores, an onboard discussion focuses on the area’s rich history. An optional tour takes you to beautiful Presque Isle Park and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, with plentiful photo stops along the way to capture memories of this magnificent peninsula (available eastbound only; westbound cruises do not visit Erie).
- Day 8 - 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 Maid of the Mist (passport required). Tonight, local musicians entertain onboard the ship.
- Day 9 - Rochester, NY
The hidden gems of Rochester, NY are yours to discover on an optional tour, beginning with stunning views of towering High Falls on the Genesee River and a visit to the International Museum of Photography and Film. In Oswego, NY, approach the gateway to the Oswego and Erie Canals and watch the ship’s retractable pilot-house lower, allowing the ship to slip beneath the Erie Canal’s lowest bridges.
- Day 10 - Oswego, NY
Admire the historic Oswego and Erie Canals during a full day of sailing. The New York State Canal System – which includes the Oswego Canal, East and West portions of the Erie Canal, the Champlain Canal, and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal – is considered one of the most important engineering accomplishments in American history.
- Day 11 - Sylvan Beach, NY
Spend the day in lovely town of Sylvan Beach, tucked in on the Eastern Shore of Oneida Lake, NY, and along the Erie Canal. Beautiful Sylvan Beach is a lovely historic site, home to wide variety of restaurants and shops. Wander around town to take in the sights, or pick up some supplies and spend the day on the sandy beach admiring the diverse and scenic beauty.
- Day 12 - Amsterdam, NY
Spend a second full day on the Erie Canal, sailing where no other overnight cruise line can go! An optional excursion takes you to picturesque Cooperstown, NY, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Day 13 - Troy, NY
As you enjoy a leisurely sail to Troy, NY, transit the Mohawk River and Waterford Flight Lock, then watch as the retractable pilot-house is raised back to its full height. Tonight, delight in the local culture during an onboard musical performance.
- Day 14 - Kingston, NY
In Kingston, NY, dock on the Hudson River in Rondout Creek and visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Then choose an optional visit to Hyde Park or 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).
- Day 15 - 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. Enjoy an evening cruise of New York Harbor, offering stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Big Apple’s world-famous skyline.
- Day 16 - Warren, RI
A morning cruise through Narragansett Bay brings you to the charming coastal New England town of Warren, RI, where you will disembark the vessel.
*On westbound itinerary the port changes from Manistee, MI to Manitowoc, MI. ** Westbound does not visit Erie, PA. ***Travel to West Point is subject to accessibility.
Dates & Rates
|May 31, 2017||Grande Mariner||$4,990||$6,699||$6,999||$7,599|
|Jun 17, 2017||Grande Mariner||$4,990||$6,699||$6,999||$7,599|
|Jul 8, 2017||Grand Caribe||$4,990||$6,699||$6,999||$7,599|
|Jul 21, 2017||Grande Mariner||$4,990||$6,699||$6,999||$7,599|
|Jul 25, 2017||Grand Caribe||$4,990||$6,699||$6,999||$7,599|
|Sep 3, 2017||Grande Mariner||$4,990||$6,699||$6,999||$7,599|
*Reverse itinerary. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Port Charges: $295. All itineraries including ports, activities, and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions. *On westbound itinerary the port changes from Manistee, MI to Manitowoc, MI. ** Westbound does not visit Erie, PA. ***Travel to West Point is subject to accessibility. Valid passport required for Niagara Falls excursion.
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