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 Georgian Bay and 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 water falls. The most popular cropping is Flowerpot Rocks, located at the entrance to Georgian Bay and Niagara Falls, is the largest and most dynamic water fall in the world. Step back in time on Mackinac Island. No mechanized transportation is allowed on the island, so horse and buggies and bicycles will allow you to explore this pristine island with its quiet streets adorned with opulent gardens and homes.
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.
- Revel in 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 holds onto its roots made when Dutch immigrants arrived in the mid-1800s.
- Visit Sainte-Marie among the Hurons near Midland for an interactive glimpse into Ontario’s first European Community.
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Day by Day
Originally a native Indian settlement and a French Fur trading post, Toronto is a delight to explore from 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 fulfill every art lover’s dreams. Shoppers will delight in Queen Street West, where chic boutiques replaced this old warehouse area and Kensington Street, where retro bargains abound.
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. The dominating activity of the area is stopping at the falls themselves, but this is by no means the only thing to do here. Explore the Queen Street Arts & Culture District for a bit of local flavor. Here you’ll find art galleries, antique shops, and coffee shops in renovated historic buildings. Also, throughout the year Queen Street hosts several events with live music including the Day of Elvis and the annual Springlicious Festival.
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 known 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 in the largest of its kind in North America and symbolizes the peaceful relationship between Canada and the United States.
Midland is the main town and economic center of the area located at the southern end of Lake Huron’s 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.
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 named after the Arctic explorer Sir William Edward Parry. The modern townsite 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.
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 swining 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.
Located at the mouth of Saint Mary’s River, Sault Saint Marie was originally established by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century. The rapid of Saint Mary’s River connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron and have 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 paint a unique and diverse cultural portrait to visitors.
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 walking. While Mackinac Island is known for its opulent Victorian homes and hotels it has had 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 of the fur trade, and later, the fishing industry, before becoming dependent on tourism to fuel the local economy.
The European flavor of Holland, Michigan stems from its roots as a haven for Dutch immigrants who arrived in the mid-1800’s. Popular attractions such as DeZwaan, the only authentic Dutch windmill in the U.S.; the new Dutch Galleries at the Holland Museum, a world-class collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century art, furniture and artifacts from the Netherlands; their internationally-known Tulip Time Festival; and more recently the Tulipanes Lationo Art and Film Festival, continue to bring acclaim to Holland.
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, located at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. With its many attractions it attracts 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, 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
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, Spa, Theater, 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)
July 18 - July 28, 2015Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL
|Category S (Single)||$8,900|
July 28 - August 8, 2015Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON
|Category S (Single)||$9,750|
August 8 - August 18, 2015Toronto, ON - Chicago, IL
|Category S (Single)||$8,900|
September 1 - September 12, 2015Chicago, IL - Toronto, ON
|Category S (Single)||$9,750|
When building the Pearl Mist, we designed her from the ground up to hit the perfect combination of comfort, safety, and elegance. We comfortably carry over 200 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
Number of Staterooms with private balcony: 107
Size Range of Staterooms: 302 to 580 sq. ft
Ship Registry: Republic of the Marshall Islands