Great Lakes & Georgian Bay Cruise

Toronto, Ontario to Chicago, Illinois

10 or 11 Night Cruises

Overview

Great Lakes and Georgian Bay Cruise

The Great Lakes form the largest freshwater ecosystem on Earth with a melding of natural wonder and majestic beauty. Cruise through four of the Great Lakes (Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, & Lake Michigan) and the Georgian Bay to discover grand landscapes filled with indigenous wildlife. Witness geographic history as retreating glaciers have left their footprint along the shores with unique rock croppings and waterfalls. The most popular cropping is Flowerpot Rocks, located at the entrance to Georgian Bay.  You’ll visit Niagara Falls, one of the largest and most dynamic waterfall in the world. Step back in time on Mackinac Island exploring its quiet streets by horse and buggy, bicycle or on foot.

Stretching over 150 km, the Bay is considered the sixth Great Lake and contains tens of thousands of islands.  It was named Georgian Bay by Lieutenant Henry Wolsey Bayfield of the Royal Navy in 1822.

Fill your days with exploration and discovery, or simply relax and enjoy the view. Either way, this cruise has it all.

Trip Highlights:

    • Be awed by the immensity of Niagara Falls by boat or from one of the many vista points at Niagara Falls State Park.
    • Home to the only authentic Dutch windmill in the U.S., Holland still celebrates the genuine Dutch culture which has existed since immigrants arrived in the mid-1800s. 
    • Visit Sainte-Marie among the Hurons near Midland for a glimpse into Ontario’s first European Community.

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Day by Day

  • Day 1
    Toronto, ON
    Toronto, ON

    Originally a native Indian settlement and a French fur trading post, Toronto is a delight to explore from the Eaton Centre Shopping Mall, where you can find anything available in the world, to the north end’s Chinatown, to the Bata Shoe Museum. Discover Inuit Indian artifacts, the modern sculptures of Henry Moore, and Pop Art in the Art Gallery of Ontario. Throughout the city there are art museums and exhibits to please the most discerning art aficionado. Shoppers will delight in Queen Street West, where chic boutiques replaced this old warehouse area and Kensington Street, where retro bargains abound.

  • Day 2
    Cruising the Welland Canal
    Cruising the Welland Canal

    The Welland Canal connects Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, forming a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Made up of 8 locks, the canal raises (or lowers) cruise ships a total of 328 ft.  The journey through the locks is a breathtaking experience as you travel through the city of Welland.  Of all the cities in the Niagara Peninsula, perhaps Welland best represents the cultural mosaic that truly is Canada.

  • Day 3
    Niagara Falls, ON
    Niagara Falls, ON

    Established in 1892, Niagara Falls is shared by both Ontario and New York, each laying claim to half of this area. Three waterfalls – Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls – comprise Niagara Falls, which stands at 165 feet tall. Aboard the Hornblower Guardian, get up close and personal with the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. This jet-boat brings you as near to powerful mists of the falls as possible and is an exhilarating experience.

  • Day 4
    Windsor, ON
    Windsor, ON

    Known as “The Rose City” or “City of Roses” for its several large parks and gardens on its waterfront, Windsor is Canada’s southernmost city, located directly south of Detroit, Michigan, across the Detroit River. Although it is referred to as the “Automotive Capital of Canada,” the city maintains 3,000 acres of green space, 180 parks, and 40 miles of trails. Tourist attractions include a lively downtown, Little Italy, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Odette Sculpture Park, and the nearby Point Pelee National Park. Also not to be missed is the Charles Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain which actually floats in the Detroit River and has a colored light display at night. The fountain is the largest of its kind in North America and symbolizes the peaceful relationship between Canada and the United States.

  • Day 5
    Midland, ON
    Midland, ON

    Midland is the main town and economic center of the area located at the southern end of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands. Points of interest in or near Midland include the Jesuit mission of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, a living museum depicting 17th century missionary life. Also, one can visit the Huronia Museum and the adjacent Indian Village. For bird lovers, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is a habitat for Trumpeter Swans, Black Terns, and Least Bitterns. By the harbor, there is a large statue of the trumpeter swan, considered the symbol of Midland.

  • Day 6
    Parry Sound, ON
    Parry Sound, ON

    Parry Sound is located on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. It is the world’s deepest natural freshwater port. The body of water that gives the town its name was so-called after the Arctic explorer Sir William Edward Parry. The modern town site was established in 1857, and in the late 19th century, rail service reached Parry Sound making it an important depot along the rail lines to Western Canada. The town was important during the First and Second World Wars with its explosives and munitions factory. The birthplace of hockey legend Bobby Orr, the town also is known for its annual sailing regatta and performing arts festival.

  • Day 7
    Little Current, ON
    Little Current, ON

    Little Current is a community in the town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands. The main town is on the northeast side of Manitoulin Island, a large island located at the northern end of Lake Huron and northwest of Georgian Bay. Manitoulin is the world’s largest freshwater lake island. Little Current is known for its swing bridge, a one-lane bridge and the only vehicular access to Manitoulin Island except for a daily passenger-vehicle ferry that runs from late spring to October.

  • Day 8
    Sault Sainte Marie, ON
    Sault Sainte Marie, ON

    Located at the mouth of Saint Mary’s River, Sault Saint Marie was originally established by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century. Saint Mary’s River connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron and has provided trade access between the United States and Canada for hundreds of years.  The combination of the native Ojibwa with the French and English settlers paints a unique and diverse cultural portrait for visitors.

  • Day 9
    Mackinac Island, MI
    Mackinac Island, MI

    Located in the Straits of Mackinac, where the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan meet, Mackinac Island is a living Victorian town. Personal motorized vehicles are prohibited – all those visiting or living on the island travel by horse or horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or on foot. While Mackinac Island is known for its opulent Victorian homes and hotels, it has a long history. Anishinaabe-Ojibwe tradition holds that the island was a sacred place populated by the first people and was home to the Great Spirit Gitchie Manitou. Because of its location, it was a Native American gathering place. Since then it has been the site of French missionary churches, a center for the fur trade, and later the fishing industry, before becoming dependent on tourism to fuel the local economy.

  • Day 10
    Muskegon / Holland, MI
    Muskegon / Holland, MI

    Muskegon boasts a rich history coupled with an inviting lakeshore culture. Referred to as “The Riviera of the Midwest,” Muskegon has grown from a fur trading and lumbering town to a vacationer’s paradise. The town preserves reminders of its industrious history through museums such as the USS Silversides Submarine Museum and the Muskegon Museum of Art. One of the most exciting landmarks in town is Heritage Landing, where the boardwalk hosts musical performances and dazzling fireworks shows. From historic ships and lighthouses to the restored mansions built by Muskegon’s most famous lumber barons, the history and scenery of this quaint Michigan town is nothing short of impressive.

    Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Holland is a delightful town you cannot help but fall in love with. Hundreds of Dutch immigrants settled throughout the region in the 1800s in hopes of escaping religious and economic oppression. The genuine Dutch culture in Holland is a unique, vibrant, and exciting experience for all who visit.

  • Day 11
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL

    Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, located at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. With its many attractions, it draws approximately 33 million visitors a year. One can find upscale shopping along the Magnificent Mile. The 3,000 foot long Navy Pier is home to retail shops, restaurants, museums, exhibition halls, and auditoriums. Other museums and galleries in Chicago include The Museum of Science and Industry, The Oriental Institute (part of the University of Chicago, with an extensive collection of Egyptian and Near Eastern artifacts), The Chicago History Museum, and Hyde Park Art Center – among many more. Chicago is also a sports town, named “Best Sports City in the United States” by The Sporting News in 2006. It is also well known for its gritty urban blues music.

Ships & Rates

Small Ship Cruising

Pearl MistSmall Ship Cruising Developed to Perfection

Small ship cruising is the pursuit of the exceptional. The stunning, new Pearl Mist offers the ultimate cruise experience with just 100 over-sized, luxurious staterooms, all with private balconies. Let our attentive crew cater to your wishes and world-class chefs create culinary delights with a local flavor. Visit the most exciting destinations in the world in perfect comfort with Pearl Seas Cruises.

Points of Distinction

  • Spacious, Luxurious Staterooms – ALL with Private Balconies
  • Magnificent Open-Seating Dining Room with Panoramic View
  • Exceptional Traditional and Regional Cuisine Prepared by Acclaimed Chefs
  • Six Onboard Lounges, Library and Lecture Room
  • Elevator Access to All Decks & Onboard Medical Services
  • Flat Screen Satellite TVs, DVD players, and Wi-Fi throughout the ship
Rates (per passenger)

May 31 - June 10, 2017Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

Category Price
Category G $6,890
Category H $7,420
Category K $8,065
Category L $8,130
Category R $9,240
Category S (Single) $9,465

June 10 - June 20, 2017Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON

Category Price
Category G $6,890
Category H $7,420
Category K $8,065
Category L $8,130
Category R $9,240
Category S (Single) $9,465

June 20 - July 1, 2017Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

July 1 - July 12, 2017Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

July 12 - July 22, 2017Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

Category Price
Category G $6,890
Category H $7,420
Category K $8,065
Category L $8,130
Category R $9,240
Category S (Single) $9,465

July 22 - August 1, 2017Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON

Category Price
Category G $6,890
Category H $7,420
Category K $8,065
Category L $8,130
Category R $9,240
Category S (Single) $9,465

August 1 - August 12, 2017Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

August 26 - September 6, 2017Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

June 2 - June 13, 2018Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

June 13 - June 24, 2018Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

June 24 - July 5, 2018Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

July 5 - July 16, 2018Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

July 16 - July 27, 2018Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

July 27 - August 7, 2018Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

August 7 - August 18, 2018Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340

September 1 - September 12, 2018Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON

Category Price
Category G $7,520
Category H $8,100
Category K $8,790
Category L $8,880
Category R $10,090
Category S (Single) $10,340
Deckplans
  • Pearl Mist Deck Plan - Call a Cruise Specialist for detail information about stateroom availability.
Ship Specifications

When building the Pearl Mist, we designed her from the ground up to achieve the perfect combination of comfort, safety, and elegance.  We comfortably carry only 210 passengers in rooms ranging from 300-580 square feet, while boasting 6 lounges and spacious dining room.  For full specifications, see the details below:

Length (ft/m): 335 ft
Beam (ft/m): 56 ft
Draft (ft/m):
 12 ft

Number of Decks: 6
Passenger Capacity: 210
Number of Staterooms: 108

Size Range of Staterooms: 300 to 580 sq. ft

Ship Registry: Republic of the Marshall Islands

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