The Next Cruising Hot Spot Is Closer Than You Think

Becca Ballard

Have you ever wanted to take a cruise, not too far from home? Well nows your chance! Ditch the routine of everyday life and jump on a cruise, right in Michigan.

Sail away on your next journey, right on Michigan's Great Lakes which is the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world. Michigan's unique geographic location, surrounded by the Great Lakes, makes this state home to some of the most beautiful places to explore. Michigan's top locations include Mackinaw Island's Arch Rock and Fort, Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Isle Royale National Park, but you'll discover much more than just those popular places. From Holland to Mackinaw Island, to Chicago and beyond, there are so many different cruise options right at your finger tips. You'll be taken on a cruise to unique ports in Michigan and the surrounding states and provinces. Discover thriving cities, beautiful landscapes filled with wildlife, rolling dunes and white sandy beaches. The cruise adventures operate from May through the end of October offering an ultimate cruise experience. There are several different tour options.

Learn about each itinerary and all the details that come along with it here. Choose your cruise by viewing the options below!


This small ship for cruising is the perfect getaway with entertainment in three lounges, sun deck relaxing, a library, fitness area, and optional shore excursions for every destination. Every stateroom on the Pearl Mist has its own private balcony with full length glass doors and large windows so you never miss an amazing view on board. The Pearl Sees puts an emphasis on seasonal fare, local dishes and locally sourced ingredients so you'll continuously have the best of the best food.

Victory Cruise Lines specializes in scenic coastal cruising. The Victory Cruise Line includes twin ships the M/V Victory I and Victory II, both small and agile for traveling through canals, locks and ports of the Great Lakes that many times remain inaccessible to larger ships. These ships hold 202 guests on board with over 80 staff members. Cruises include two dining venues, two lounges, free flowing house wine and beer and all-inclusive shore excursions to make the most of every destinations. Four different dining options are available, evening entertainment, observation areas, sun decks and a spa and fitness center as well so there is so much to both see and do on board.

After an extensive makeover, the Windstar Cruise is now returning July 6th! Every suite on board has absolutely amazing views. This is the largest of the ships that the Great Lakes Cruises offers, carrying 312 guests. After undergoing a $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, guests will now find there is even more things to see and do. From new dining venues, a new spa, infinity pool and fitness area, plus more. There are 7 different suite options to choose from on board. Plus, unlimited use of all water sports equipment which is something we love to hear.

Immerse yourself in the regions of the Great Lakes on the Viking Expeditions Cruises where you'll experience so much more than fine dining at sea. The dining on board is destination focused, consisting of regional cuisine along with all the classics. Here, you'll find nothing but comfort and elegance. There are six different dining options to choose including 24-hours options as well. A variety of excursion options are all included in your cruise fare, from RIB sailings and zodiac landings kayak rides, plus so much more!

Ponant is a ship that has been sailing the world for thirty years. A new generation of ships, the Ponant Explorers series was recently created in 2018 and consists of small-sized ships which combine respect for the environment, an elegant design and cutting-edge technology. All of the 88 staterooms on board have a private balcony, while suites have large picture windows and private terraces. This cruise has a movable marina platform, enabling guests to swim and engage in a number of activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding, directly from the ship. Another awesome feature this cruise features is an underwater guest lounge, called the Blue Eye. This lounge is located within the hull beneath the water line. You'll notice the "French Touch" in all the design and decor. To enhance your trip, you'll find that most of the ports offer custom designed excursions.

The Hapag Lloyd Cruise is a Hanseatic Inspiration Expedition Cruise Ship that includes three spacious first-class restaurants to create a unique and indulgent combination of expedition spirit and international gourmet cuisine. On board, the balcony is made of glass so you can see straight down to the water. You'll find that this ship has more open deck space than other expedition ships. Watch vast wilderness and vivid history all around you on this experience.


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