Great Lakes

On this 7-night voyage, enjoy the beautiful and clear waters of the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world. From the perfect comfort of the Pearl Mist, sail among the Thirty Thousand Islands and visit the many remarkable destinations along the way. Explore the delightful town of Holland, home to the only authentic Dutch windmill in North America. Wind down with the slow-paced lifestyle of Mackinac Island where visitors and residents travel by bicycle, horse-drawn carriage, or on foot. On your way to Parry Sound, marvel at the unique geologic formations and untouched wilderness that lines the shores of Georgian Bay. Throughout your journey, let our attentive crew cater to your wishes and world-class chefs create culinary delights with a local flavor.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Chicago, IL
2
Muskegon / Holland, MI
3
Mackinac Island, MI
4
Sault Sainte Marie, ON
5
Little Current, ON
6
Parry Sound, ON
7
Midland, ON
8
Toronto, ON

Great Lakes

While cruising the Great Lakes, travel to picturesque port towns, view historic ships and light houses, and admire some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. From quaint Victorian towns to the traditional villages of the native Ojibwe, enjoy a backstage pass to the culture, customs, and cuisine of the most magnificent sites in the world.

Ports of Call

  • Chicago, IL
  • Muskegon / Holland, MI
  • Mackinac Island, MI
  • Sault Sainte Marie, ON
  • Little Current, ON
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Midland, ON
  • Toronto, ON

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Day  1
Chicago, IL

Start your incredible journey in the lively city of Chicago. Located on the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States. Known for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by iconic skyscrapers such as the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. Stroll down Magnificent Mile, or explore the city’s many museums, music venues, and historic sites. 

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Day  2
Muskegon / Holland, MI

From historic ships and lighthouses to the restored mansions built by Muskegon’s most famous lumber barons, delight in the history and scenery of this quaint Michigan town. Referred to as “The Riviera of the Midwest,” Muskegon has grown from a fur trading and lumbering town to a vibrant tourist destination. Explore the delightful town of Holland where hundreds of Dutch immigrants live and immerse yourself in its genuine Dutch culture. 

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Muskegon Lake Cruise

Discover the rich history of Muskegon Lake. Once home to 45 thriving sawmills which rebuilt the Windy City after the Great Chicago Fire, Muskegon earned the title of “Lumber Queen of the World.” Relax aboard Venture, a 31-foot Tiara yacht, while enjoying complimentary beverages and gourmet cheese and crackers from The Cheese Lady, Muskegon’s award-winning, and regionally popular business. Along the way, enjoy close-up views and historical context at various floating stops.

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Best of Muskegon & Holland Day Adventure

Take a ride through the Heritage District and admire historic homes, great architecture, and picturesque gardens. Tour the LST 393 World War Landing, a ship that traveled to the shores of Normandy and now honors its patriotic past as a museum. Stop at the Muskegon Heritage Museum and view displays of products manufactured in Muskegon, including an original Raggedy Ann Doll, a working steam engine, bowling pins, and more. Journey to Holland, home to the only authentic Dutch windmill in the U.S., and enjoy its genuine Dutch culture which has existed since the original Dutch immigrants arrived.

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Day  3
Mackinac Island, MI

Mackinac Island is a living Victorian town where 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 Native American history. Anishinabe-Ojibwe tradition holds that the island was a sacred place populated by the first people and was home to the Great Spirit Gitchie Manitou.    

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Mackinac Island Carriage Tour

Be transported back in time on a guided horse-drawn carriage tour of this small and exciting Island. Classic Victorian architecture lines the streets along your journey to Fort Mackinac’s historic museum. This fortress is the oldest building in Michigan and commemorates the War of 1812. Continue to the Grand Hotel, where you can explore the grounds on your own and indulge in a delectable lunch at this historic site.

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Day  4
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 blend of the native Ojibwa with the French and English settlers paints a unique and diverse cultural portrait of this incredible destination.

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Bush Plane Museum and Ematinger-Clergue National Historic Site

Explore the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Center and discover the story of Canada’s bush plane and forest protection heritage. Learn how many brave Canadians battled Ontario's many forest fires as you view interactive displays and presentations and admire the classic and fully restored bush planes. Continue on to the Ematinger-Clergue National Historic Site where you can stroll through the 200 year-old buildings and period gardens while listening to the stories of the first Canadian settlers.

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Day  5
Little Current, ON

Located along the north shore of Manitoulin Island, Little Current is considered the gateway to the World’s Largest Freshwater Island. Home to the native Ojibwe, this charming town 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.

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Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Tour

Learn about the unique and fascinating culture of the native Ojibwe. Begin with an overview of Manitoulin Island’s rich native and nautical history from an expert guide and continue on to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation to explore the heritage museum and art gallery.

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Day  6
Parry Sound, ON

Located on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron, Parry Sound is a picturesque port town with charming cottages and spectacular views. As you cruise the Georgian Bay, enjoy its serene beauty from the ships’ sundeck where you can admire views of Flowerpot Rocks, windswept pines, rugged coast, and clear blue waters.

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Killbear Provincial Park

Learn about the unique ecology of the Georgian Bay from a local naturalist who will guide you on a captivating geological journey through windswept pines to Parry Sound’s stunning shoreline.

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Island Queen Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing boat tour onboard the Island Queen. Cruise amongst the greatest concentration of scenic islands in the world and admire the grandeur of the Thousand Islands up close.

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Flight Seeing Tour

Take a breathtaking aerial tour which departs from our floatplane base in Parry Sound Harbor and follows Georgian Bay’s rugged coastline. Soar above the scenic Killbear Provincial Park, past historic Parry Island, and over the fantastic South Channel.

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Day  7
Midland, ON

Midland is the main town and economic center of the area located at the southern end of Georgian Bay’s Thirty Thousand Islands. Learn about the history of this fascinating city with a visit to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, a living museum depicting 17th century missionary life. Stroll along the Midland Harbor, a picturesque destination featuring a large statue of the trumpeter swan, considered the symbol of Midland. For bird lovers, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is a habitat for Trumpeter Swans, Black Terns, and Least Bitterns.

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Saint-Marie among the Hurons

Follow in the footsteps of the first Europeans in Ontario with a visit to the 17th Century French Jesuit Mission headquarters. Here, the story of the first interaction between the native people and the Europeans is recreated with interactive educational exhibits. Led by our expert guide, explore a replica of the barracks, homes, and meeting places that housed the Jesuits and learn about their fascinating history.

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SS Keewatin

Discover the SS Keewatin, a steamship built in 1907 in Scotland that used to sail along the entire length of the Great Lakes. Retired in 1966, explore its authentic staterooms, bars, ballrooms, and more, as you learn what sailing a steamship through the Great Lakes was truly like.

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Day  8
Toronto, ON

End your amazing journey in Toronto, established as a Native American settlement and French fur trading post. Within its impressive skyline, there are several cultural hotspots including art galleries, museums, and performance centers. Shoppers will delight in Queen Street West, where chic boutiques replaced this old warehouse area and Kensington Street, where retro style abounds.

Pearl Mist

The 210 guest Pearl Mist is one of the most comfortable cruising vessels in the world, providing an exceptional luxury experience in an intimate, relaxed setting.

At more than 300 square feet, the large and gracefully appointed staterooms mirror those of a world-class hotel and surround you in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy spectacular views from your room’s large window or by stepping onto your private balcony.

Furnishings throughout the ship are elegant and comfortable with a variety of spacious lounges to fit every mood – from the quiet library to the social atmosphere of the Atlantic Lounge. The Pearl Mist also features open sundecks, a library, a fitness area, and a glass-enclosed spacious dining room.


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Category R

Deckplan

Our exclusive category R staterooms are over 450 square feet and are located in the premier sections of the ship offering an enhanced cruising experience. Each well-appointed room comes with sliding glass doors which lead out to a fully-furnished balcony. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony or simply relax and take in the amazing panoramic views. If there is anything you need, our stewards are on hand 24/7 to handle even the smallest of requests.

Category L

Deckplan

Our premium category L staterooms are over 300 square feet and are located on the 5th deck level of the ship allowing for plenty of privacy. No attention to detail was spared in the design of these modern staterooms. Each comes with sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony where guests can enjoy pleasant breezes and scenic views.  Some of these rooms have adjoining doors, an option for guests who are traveling in a group or who wish to have a living room. 

Category K

Deckplan

Our generous category K staterooms are over 300 square feet and are ideally located on the 3rd and 4th deck levels of the ship. Each comes with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony and filling the room with plenty of natural light. These spacious staterooms also offer guests easy access to the Pacific Lounge and open passenger decks with breathtaking views.

Category H

Deckplan

Category H staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 275 square foot room has a large opening picture window and a private balcony offering spectacular views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a full-size bathroom with all the modern amenities of a fine hotel.


Category G

Deckplan

Our category G rooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 275 square feet of space encompassing a full-size bathroom, a large opening picture window, and a private balcony. This room is also conveniently located near the Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room.


Category SGB

Deckplan

Our Category SGB staterooms are designed specifically with our single travelers in mind. A comfortable getaway, these rooms are spacious with all modern amenities. At over 200 square feet, these staterooms have interior entrances and large opening windows and a private balcony offering panoramic views.

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Enjoy the beautiful, clear waters of the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world, on this amazing 7-night voyage. Cruising from Chicago to Toronto, you will explore remarkable destinations while enjoying the attentive service that makes Pearl Seas Cruises so unique.

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