The five Great Lakes of North America cover around 95,000 square miles and have shoreline along eight different US states, as well as parts of Canada too. Each lake is beautiful enough to take one's breath away, having its own unique charms, features, and more. They're all worthy of a visit, and one of the best ways to really appreciate and experience the majesty and beauty of these lakes is to actually get out on the water on a Great Lakes cruise.

The Great Lakes cruise season doesn't last for long as the cold weather in this part of North America means that many parts of the lake freeze over in winter and the ports are too frosty and snowy to operate, so you'll need to make time in the summer for your Great Lakes cruise, but if you do go ahead and travel on a Great Lakes cruise ship, you definitely won't regret it. See below for details on a couple of the best Great Lakes cruises you might be interested in checking out. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Pearl Seas Cruises - 7 Night Great Lakes - Pearl Mist

Pearl Seas Cruises - 7 Night Great Lakes - Pearl Mist
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Climb aboard the exquisite Pearl Mist and set off on the '7 Night Great Lakes' cruise to visit four of the five Great Lakes, with special focus on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Along the way, you'll stop off at various villages and towns in both the United States and Canada and get plenty of opportunities to admire the local landscapes, learn more about the history and importance of the Great Lakes themselves, and visit various landmarks all over the region.

This cruise lets you enjoy a trip on board the Pearl Mist. The premier cruise ship from Pearl Seas Cruises, the Pearl Mist can cater to over 200 guests and features 300 square foot staterooms, offering a lot of space for passengers to stretch out and not feel cramped or crowded. The ship is also fitted out with private balconies, beautiful decoration, elegant furnishings, a library, an Atlantic Lounge, sun decks, a fitness center, a large dining room, and plenty more.

This incredible Great Lakes cruise starts off in Milwaukee, letting you set off across the enormous Lake Michigan to visit Muskegon, also known as the 'Riviera of the Midwest', and Holland, a town founded by Dutch immigrants and still soaked with Dutch culture and heritage to this day. Next, you'll be able to visit beautiful Mackinac Island and then stop off at Sault Sainte Marie in Ontario, a town bordered by three of the Great Lakes. You'll then travel across Lake Huron, stopping off at Little Current, Parry Sound, and Midland before taking a trip across dry land to Toronto, where you can visit Lake Ontario.

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2.Victory Cruise Lines - Great Lakes Grand Discovery - Victory II

Victory Cruise Lines - Great Lakes Grand Discovery - Victory II
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The 'Great Lakes Grand Discovery' cruise is the perfect option for people who want to see and experience every single one of the five Great Lakes of North America from the comfort of a luxurious cruise ship. This cruise lasts for nine nights, and you can get a great deal with a lot of savings if you choose to book in advance. The cruise lets you sail on the waters of all five Great Lakes, as well as visiting key big and little cities along the shores of the lakes like Detroit, Cleveland, Toronto, and Mackinac Island.

This Great Lakes cruise lets you travel on board the Victory II from Victory Cruise Lines. A 202 passenger ship, the Victory II is a beautifully decorated and neatly laid-out ship that is very easy to navigate and a joy to travel upon. You'll find very friendly, attentive, caring crew members on board this vessel who will stop at nothing to ensure that you and your fellow passengers have the best possible time. You'll also find on-board experts who can share information about the lakes and stops you'll be visiting, along with tour guides who can arrange various tours and activities at the different stops.

This amazing cruise starts off in the big city of Chicago, setting off across Lake Michigan and letting you admire the amazing scenery on all sides as you approach Mackinac Island, a little island set between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. You'll also visit Sault Saint Marie, as well as stopping off at Little Current, and then the big cities of Detroit and Cleveland. But the adventure doesn't end there! You next stop will be the iconic Niagara Falls before a trip over to Toronto where the cruise will come to an end.

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Best Great Lakes Cruises

More Ideas: Pearl Seas Cruises

More and more people are taking cruises, with this form of travel offering so many unique advantages. The number one benefit of a cruise is, of course, the convenience. Cruise ships are fitted out with all the amenities and services one could possibly hope to find, including a huge range of food and drinks at all times of day, comfortable rooms of various shapes and sizes, live entertainment, communal spaces, organized activities, and more. Not only that, but taking a cruise means you don’t have to spend a single second worrying about travel; the ship will take you everywhere you need to go, allowing passengers to hop on and off at the various ports and explore a long list of beautiful, exotic locations without any inconvenience.

There are many different cruise destinations, with a lot of key locations being found all around North America. If you're looking to take a cruise around North America and nearby areas, Pearl Seas Cruises is a great name to choose. Part of the American Cruise Lines brand, Pearl Seas Cruises runs the premier small cruise ships around the following regions: the Great Lakes, New England, Canadian Maritimes, St. Lawrence Seaway, and Cuba. Offering an exciting arrange of luxury adventure cruises, Pearl Seas Cruises is leading the way in North American water travel, providing top quality hospitality, environmentally-friendly ships, upscale cuisine, spacious rooms, and lots of fun activities and excursions on every cruise.

Pearl Seas Cruise Options

There are six different cruises currently on offer with Pearl Seas Cruises. Each one has its own unique advantages, taking in some of the most beautiful sights of North America and Cuba. Read on for some key details and overviews on each of the Pearl Seas Cruises.

Canada and New England Fall Foliage

This is a 10-night cruise exploring some of the prettiest spots along the Canadian and New England coastlines in the fall. Passengers will be able to stand out on their own private balconies and admire the stunning scenery from the comfort of their rooms. Some of the stops along this cruise route include Quebec City, Iles de la Madeleine, Charlottetown, Portland, Halifax, and Bar Harbor. Each day, passengers will have a chance to enjoy various tours and other activities to really make the most of every moment of their trip.

Maine Coast and Canadian Harbors

This Pearl Seas Cruise runs for just 7 nights and is hugely popular with nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, with all kinds of wildlife spotting opportunities to be found along the route. Some of the stops on this cruise include Campobello Island, where President Franklin Roosevelt spent much of his free time, and Grand Manan Island, which offers some of the best whale-watching in the world.

Canadian Maritimes and St. Lawrence Seaway

If you want to spend two full weeks getting away from the noise and crowds of civilization and submerging yourself in the beauty of the Canadian coastlines, sign up for Pearl Seas Cruises Canadian Maritimes and St. Lawrence Seaway cruise. It runs for 14 nights in total and explores various areas around the Maritimes and northern New England. One of the key stops on this tour is Prince Edward Island, the inspiration for the famous 'Anne of Green Gables' novels. Passengers will also be able to explore Old Montreal, Quebec City, Perce, and other amazing locations.

Great Lakes and Georgian Bay

See the Great Lakes like never before on thsi 11-night Pearl Seas Cruises tour of the region. Marvel at the natural majesty of Niagara Falls before heading into nearby Windsor to take a look at some man-made marvels in the Henry Ford Museum. Other stops include the 30,000 Islands area and Mackinac Island along the Georgian Bay.

Great Lakes

For a pure Great Lakes experience, sign up for this 7-night cruise from Pearl Seas Cruises. Climb aboard the sensationally beautiful Pearl Mist ship for the trip of a lifetime. Visit the only Dutch windmill in North America in the charming town of Holland before stopping off at other locations like Mackinac Island and Parry Sound.

Cuba Cultural Voyage

Head outside of the North American zone for an experience like no other in Cuba. Lie on the soft, sugary, white sand beaches or explore the colorful city streets and soak up some of Cuba's vibrant culture for yourself. Visit the former home of Ernest Hemingway and lose yourself in the gorgeous Botanical Gardens of Cienfuegos. Every day is a new adventure on this wonderful cruise from Pearl Seas Cruises.

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