St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes

On this comprehensive 15-night St. Lawrence Seaway & Great Lakes cruise, explore breathtaking landscapes, historic harbors, and cosmopolitan cities. Begin your journey in Milwaukee with a visit to the legendary spots that make this city famous, including the Harley-Davidson Museum. Take Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in Mackinac Island, past the famous Grand Hotel, and tour the homes of wealthy lumber barons in Muskegon. Explore the Killbear Provincial Park in Parry Sound, where a local naturalist will educate you on the unique ecology of the Georgian Bay. Visit Detroit, commonly known as The Motor City, though equally famous as the birthplace of Motown Records. Venture to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to view Elvis’ motorcycle and Michael Jackson’s white sequined glove and discover the cultural treasures of Toronto, the capital city of Ontario. Exploring the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways of Montreal, admiring the splendid architecture of one of the oldest cities in North America. End your journey in Québec City, a living museum with nearly four centuries of history.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Milwaukee, WI
2
Muskegon/ Holland, MI
3
Day of Cruising
4
Mackinac Island, MI
5
Sault Sainte Marie, ON
6
Midland, ON
7
Cruising the Great Lakes
8
Parry Sound, ON
9
Detroit, MI
10
Cleveland, OH
11
Niagara Falls, ON
12
Toronto, ON
13
Kingston, ON
14
Montreal
15
Québec City, QC
16
Québec City, QC

St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes

Explore the best destinations along the majestic St. Lawrence Seaway, an impressive a system of locks, canals, and channels as well the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater system in the world. After a day of adventure, return to the ship and bask in the warm camaraderie of guests and crew.

Ports of Call

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Muskegon/ Holland, MI
  • Day of Cruising
  • Mackinac Island, MI
  • Sault Sainte Marie, ON
  • Midland, ON
  • Cruising the Great Lakes
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Detroit, MI
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Niagara Falls, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Kingston, ON
  • Montreal
  • Québec City, QC
  • Québec City, QC

Day by Day

Pre-Cruise
Milwaukee, WI

Our custom Milwaukee Pre-Cruise Package provides you with a seamless way to experience the city and easily board the ship. Arrive the day before your cruise and Pearl Seas Cruises will handle the rest. The package includes a 1 night stay at the Drury Hotel, located in the heart of downtown, near many amazing attractions such as the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Harley-Davidson Museum.

On the morning of your cruise enjoy breakfast and a guided Milwaukee Exploration. Travel through historic neighborhoods and popular attractions as your guide shares stories of the European immigrants who settled here and points out architectural highlights and cultural hot spots along the way. Complimentary Transfer to the ship the morning of embarkation are included for your convenience.

Pre-Cruise Packages must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date. Please call 800-981-9146 for pricing and availability.

Day 1
Milwaukee, WI

Begin your journey in the vibrant city of Milwaukee. There’s more to this city than beer and baseball. In addition to being home to ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters, Milwaukee is also known for its historic architecture, markets, international seaport, and variety of museums, including the Milwaukee Art Museum just steps away from our dock.

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.

Sand Dunes & Wine Experience

Experience the Silver Lake Sand Dunes like never before on a one-of-a-kind exploration on an open air dune scooter. Stop at the Lake Michigan shoreline for a quick visit and then drive to one of the tallest dunes on the Silver Lake for pictures and to enjoy the view.

Visit a Michigan winery, located on over 55 acres of land, where all wines are 100% sourced from the vineyard. No imported juice, and no imported flavors. Taste the delicious characteristics that arise from the unique climate of West-Central Michigan. Enjoy offerings that range from interpretations of classic European favorites to 21st century offerings that move wine style into the future. Lunch at a local eatery is included.
 

Best of Muskegon

Step back in time to the Victorian Era! Explore the Queen Anne style Victorian mansions of two of Muskegon's most prominent lumber barons, Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume. Enjoy a ride through the Painted Ladies neighborhood as you discover of Muskegon's historic downtown. Stop at the Muskegon Heritage Museum where you will learn about the economic, industrial, and social history of the region. View products made in Muskegon including the original Raggedy Ann dolls, a functioning Brunswick Bowling Lane pin setter, and more!  Next, visit the LST 393 Veterans Museum and step aboard the LST, one of two LSTs remaining out of 1051 built during WWII. Explore the historic warship and view thousands of artifacts that serve as a museum and memorial.

The Best of Holland

 Join us to see the Best of Holland. Located on the shores of two lakes - Michigan and Macatawa, Dutch traditions are a large part of the city's identity. Guided by a local Hollander in traditional Dutch attire, visit Windmill Island Gardens, home to De Zwaan, the only authentic Dutch working windmill in the USA, with its abundant botanical beauty in bloom. Stop for lunch at one of West Michigan's best blueberry farms, Bowerman Blueberries' Farms, for a historical agricultural experience and blueberry inspired meal. Explore Holland’s award-winning historic downtown with over 100 independently owned boutiques and eateries for time explore and discover. You will be sure to love Holland’s small-town charm and big city amenities.                                                    

Downtown Trolley & Lakeshore Exploration

Board the Muskegon, Michigan Trolley that circles the historic downtown throughout the day. Local guides will share stories of the public art, local museums, craft markets, and beautiful Victorian homes. Learn about the history of Muskegon and its people including Muskegon's rise to prominence during the lumber era. Visit local points of interest, including breathtaking Queen Anne style Victorian mansions, a historic train depot, the Fire Barn Museum, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Heritage Museum of Business & Industry, and many more. 

Historic Maritime Experience

A local guide will accompany you and share the fascinating history and stories of the ships that have plied Muskegon’s waters. Visit the USS Silversides Submarine, a Gato class WWII Submarine, and explore the accompanying Submarine Museum. The USS Silversides was commissioned shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and went on to complete 14 war patrols in the Pacific during WWII. Silversides was one of the most successful submarines in the Pacific Theater of World War II, with 23 confirmed sinkings. She received a Presidential Unit Citation for cumulative action over four patrols and twelve battle stars. The accompanying two-story museum shares the experiences of local heroes who served in World War II.  

Next visit the SS Milwaukee Clipper, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and designated a National Historic Landmark. Known as the “Queen of the Great Lakes,” the SS Milwaukee Clipper was a 361 foot passenger and package freight steamer that was commissioned in 1904 for service on the Great Lakes. Built seven years prior to the RMS Titanic, the ship was recognized as the epitome of first class travel on the Great Lakes. After many years of service, the ship’s original wooden superstructure was replaced with an all steel, streamlined superstructure. Explore this now legendary steamer that serves as a time capsule to 1940’s modern elegance.

Meijer Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park

Explore the #1 sculpture park in the country, the #2 botanical garden in the country, and one of the top 45 most-visited museums worldwide. Admire masterpieces of art and nature with both indoor and outdoor gardens and a world-renowned sculpture park.  

A guided tram tour will take you around the 158 acre campus where you can view stunning horticultural displays showcasing a beautiful array of plants appropriate for the Midwest and specialized plants from around the world. Gardens include Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory, an 8-acre Japanese garden, an English perennial garden, a 1930’s-era Michigan farm garden, an arid garden, carnivorous plant house, and more.

The sculpture collection features more than 200 works by internationally acclaimed artists. The greatest concentration of work is featured in a 30-acre Sculpture Park, which plays host to colossal and more traditional-scale works situated in a natural environment. Of special interest is the colossal sculpture The American Horse, by Nina Akamu, which was inspired in part by a work created by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and is one of only two casts, with the other being in Milan, Italy!

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Day 3
Day of Cruising

Today is a day to truly relax without a care in the world. Enjoy fascinating enrichment presentations and festive onboard activities. Savor fine meals and cocktails. Relax in one of the many spacious lounges or enjoy a gentle breeze on the sun deck as you read a book or chat with new friends.

Day 4
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.

Mackinac Island Carriage Ride

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Michigan's most historic location. Narrated by your driver, make your way down Lilac Lane and explore the island's incredible beauty and history. Enjoy views of the famous Grand Hotel and Victorian summer cottages, and learn how islanders rely upon horses, carriages, and bicycles for daily living.

Stop at the Surrey Hills Carriage Museum, which displays historic carriages, including a horse-drawn hearse still used today, and an antique fire department pumper. As we travel through the State Park, enjoy magnificent views or Arch Rock, one of the natural wonders of the Midwest, and the island’s most famous geological formation. Continue on to Fort Mackinac, the oldest building in Michigan. Explore the many historical structures that boast exhibits highlighting everything from military training and battles to medical treatments and family life within the fort.

Next, travel to The Grand Hotel, founded in1887. Discover the rich history and tastefully preserved architecture of this National Historic Landmark, while enjoying the hotel’s shops and museums. Sit in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.  

Bike Mackinac

Beginning at the ship’s dock, enjoy a bike exploration led by anexperienced guides who will share their vast knowledge of the history of Mackinac Island. As you bike around its 8.2 mile perimeter and the winding roads of its scenic interior, experience all the beauty of the island, including its Victorian charm and absence of motor vehicles. On your journey, pass the iconic Grand Hotel and the historic Fort Mackinac.

Day 5
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 resulted in the rich and diverse culture of this incredible destination.

Discovering Whitefish Island: An Indigenous Lead Interpretive Walking

Join us on an Interpretive Indigenous guided exploration of Whitefish Island, located in the heart of Baawaating (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario). Led by knowledgeable and experienced indigenous guides, enjoy a journey through the island's rich history and learn the significance to the local communities. Learn about the traditional uses of the island, the native flora and fauna, and the importance of preserving its cultural and ecological heritage. Listen to traditional hand drum songs and taste fresh bannock and cedar tea with locally harvested maple syrup.

Soo Locks Boat Adventure

Enjoy a live narrated cruise on the beautiful St. Marys River and actually "Ride through the Soo Locks." Learn the rich 300-year-old history of the area and the story behind the locks as you view many interesting sites along the Michigan and Ontario shorelines. Travel under the International Highway Bridge that connects Soo, Michigan and Soo, Ontario, Canada. Get an up-close view of the over 100-year-old Hydroelectric Power Plant, still operating today to supply electricity to local residents.

Valley Camp Historic Sites

Explore an actual Great Lakes Freighter at The Museum Ship Valley Camp, which houses a 20,000 square foot museum with over 100 exhibits inside her massive cargo. The Valley Camp once held a crew of 29 men in her cabins. Visitors are able to view these cabins to see how Great Lakes sailors lived and worked aboard ship, from the nicely appointed Captain’s quarters to the plain accommodations lived in by the Oilers and the Coal Passers. View the Edmund Fitzgerald memorial and exhibit which features two lifeboats from the stricken vessel. Torn away during the sinking, these lifeboats are two of very few major artifacts recovered after the tragic demise. The exhibit also features a video presentation about the events that occurred on November 10, 1975 which caused the tragic loss of one of the Great Lakes’ largest freighters. In addition to the museum exhibits, the Museum Ship Valley Camp displays four 1,200 gallon aquariums stocked with various species of fish from the Great Lakes region.

Paddle and Learn: Interpretive Indigenous Guided Kayak Tour

Embark on an awe-inspiring half-day kayaking through the picturesque waters of Baawaating (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario). Navigate the serene St. Mary's River towards the scenic Bellevue Park, marveling at the captivating landscapes that unfold before you. Our seasoned guides, well-versed in indigenous culture, will accompany you on this enriching expedition, imparting their wisdom about the local ecosystem, traditions, and history. As you traverse the waterways, keep an eye out for magnificent wildlife such as bald eagles and blue herons while learning about the area's significance to Indigenous communities.

Art & History of Sault Ste. Marie

Visit the Art Gallery of Algoma to admire the works of local artists at this hub for visual arts. View permanent collections of indigenous artists, as well as rotating exhibits which feature The Group of Seven, prominent Canadian landscape painters. Stroll through the impressive sculpture garden with works that have a deep connection to the Algoma region. Visit the gift shop where you can purchased items created by local artisans.
At the Canal National Historic Site, learn about the construction of the canal and the significance of the St. Marys River Rapids to the Anishinaabe and Métis Peoples. Enjoy the wonder of quiet woods and wetlands by foot on the site’s many trails. As you make your way to the St. Marys River Rapids, take in the spectacular views and discover the history of the Anishinaabe people. 
 

Private Fishing Charter

In the company of a small group of fellow Pearl Seas Cruises guests, enjoy a half day of fishing aboard an 18-foot charter boat, a converted Hobo houseboat. Admire the scenic splendor of the world famous St. Mary’s River as you enjoy the thrill of the catch. During spring and early summer, we will fish for Atlantic Salmon and in the late summer and fall, Pacific Salmon (King, Pink, Coho). All equipment is provided and you will even be able to keep your delicious catch to ship home.  
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Afternoon Tea at the Superintendent's Residence

Step back in time and join us for afternoon tea and dessert at the historic and elegant Superintendent’s Residence, designed in the beautiful Gothic Revival style with a steep, peaked roof, an asymmetrical floor plan and decorative detailed wooden trim. Inside the home, you will find high ceilings and a beautiful oak staircase.  Enjoy this casual tea experience situated among a picturesque landscape of century old trees and cottage gardens. The menu will have the following items available: Puddingstone Tea - a green rooibos blend with rich fruity character, Coffee - regular or decaffeinated, Desserts - scones, lemon tarts, shortbread cookies, and vanilla cream profiteroles.  
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Day 6
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.

Discovery Harbor Exploration

Situated along beautiful Penetanguishene Bay, this picturesque historic site is a reconstruction of an original 19th century British naval and military base. Originally conceived during the War of 1812, the actual construction of a Naval Establishment would have to wait for peacetime. Becoming operational in early 1817, the base served as an important supply link to more northerly British outposts, and safeguarded presents destined for Britain’s indigenous allies. Using the detailed map provided, explore the many naval and military sites on the harbor, including a variety of historic naval vessels, sailor’s barracks, a square for military drills, and original officer’s quarters.

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Explore this recreation of the 17th-century French Jesuit Mission headquarters, with a replica of the barracks, homes, and meeting places that housed the Jesuits. Learn about their history and relationships with the native Huron people.

Cruising Midland Harbor & the 30,000 Islands

With exhilarating speeds of up to 38mph, cruise Midland Harbor and the 30,000 Islands region aboard the Tobermory Flash, an all-aluminum, open-air speedboat. Enjoy this wind in your hair, music pumping, speedboat adventure. Along the way, the captain's live commentary will include points of interest, historic facts, and fascinating legends about the region. With spacious, comfortable forward-facing seating, this speedboat allows you to take in all the scenic highlights, including excellent views of Beausoleil Island, Bone Island, Honey Harbor, and more.

A Tasty Walk through Midland

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon sipping and tasting delicious, local fare while walking through beautiful downtown Midland. Savor a curated lineup of food and drink from popular local culinary spots. Learn about the area's rich heritage and culture, and discover the stories behind Midland's murals, public art, and unique shops. A local guide will meet you at the ship. On the day of your tour, dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and be sure to arrive hungry.

Day 7
Cruising the Great Lakes

As we make our way to Midland, Ontario, witness the natural wonders and majestic beauty of the Great Lakes from the comfort of your fully furnished private balcony. Along the way, delight in the locally inspired cuisine prepared by our team of master chefs.

Day 8
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. Parry Sound is located inside the UNESCO designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. One of only 16 Biosphere Reserves in Canada, it is home to a variety of rare species of plants and animals. While ashore, explore Killbear Provincial Park, enjoy a scenic boat ride around the 30,000 islands, or take an aerial sightseeing tour.

Georgian Bay Airways Flightseeing Adventure

Enjoy a breathtaking aerial adventure 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.

​Parry Sound Waterfront Tour on Electric Bikes

A guided e-bike ride is the perfect way to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the town of Parry Sound. A local guide will provide you with a narrated experience along the town's bicycle trails. Pass by the main downtown strip and follow the shoreline of Georgian Bay. Along the way, discover the town's history, landmarks, and industries. Further down the trail, you will learn about local plants, reptiles, migratory birds and other species at risk. Finish your excursion at Parry Sound Bikes, formerly the old fire hall, with the option to be escorted to the ship or explore downtown on your own.

Georgian Bay Island Queen Cruise

On this amazing journey aboard the Island Queen, we follow in the wake of early explorers as the captain brings the ship surprisingly up-close to the rugged shoreline of Parry Island and the Bay’s remote outer islands. Meander past granite shoals into narrow channels within an eco-system so unique that it has earned World Biosphere Reserve status from the United Nations. Get your camera ready as we cruise through the Rose Point Swing Bridge, Massassauga Provincial Park, through the channels of the outer islands, past Killbear Provincial Park, and through Hole in the Wall, one of the most amazing places in Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

Parry Sound Shuttle

Explore Parry Sound at your own pace using the local loop shuttle. Discover one of the many beautiful scenic lookouts or check the area’s variety of museum and cultural attractions.

Killbear Provincial Park Guided Walking Exploration

Explore the Killbear Provincial Park where a local naturalist will educate you on the unique ecology of the Georgian Bay and guide you on a geology stroll through the windswept pines and to Parry Sound’s stunning shoreline.

Kayak Georgian Bay

Led by experienced and friendly guides, paddle along the calm and serene waters of Georgian Bay, taking in the picturesque scenery around you. From rugged rock formations to peaceful coves, explore the natural beauty of the area at a leisurely pace, perfect for beginners or those who have never kayaked before. Stop for breaks to take in the views and enjoy light refreshments at the end of your exploration.

Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Exploration

Learn the story of Bobby Orr’s journey from local minor hockey in Parry Sound to the NHL and his legacy in the game of hockey. On display in the Hall of Fame are Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cups Rings, the stick he used to score his 1970 Stanley Cup-winning goal, and many more artifacts and photographs documenting Bobby Orr’s career and the achievements of our Inductees. New exhibits also focus on examining the science behind sport and celebrating the indigenous people, local culture, and sport participation in our area. Interactive activities and games, like “Top Shot’ electronic hockey net, make the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame a fun and interactive outing.     
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Discover Sailing the Biosphere

Take a spectacular journey among the 30,000 islands of Parry Sound, the world’s longest freshwater archipelago and home of the UNESCO Georgian Bay Biosphere, aboard Blue Pearl, a 30-foot sailboat. While underway, your skipper and crew will provide a running commentary on the history, ecology, geology and culture of the area. Learn basic crew skills and participate in sailing the boat. Note: Comfortable life jackets will be provided. Guests must bring sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), soft soled shoes, and be physically able to safely move on the boat at the dock and while underway.
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Day 9
Detroit, MI

Detroit is commonly known as The Motor City, as Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler have been producing cars there for more than a century. Though, it’s equally famous as the birthplace of Motown Records, and for its many beloved sports teams.

Today, through its revitalization, Detroit has taken on a new appeal. From eye-popping street art and jazz clubs to vintage cars and impressive art deco architecture, the city is vibrant, progressive, and charming. Shop for art, jewelry, artisan crafts, and more at the Eastern Market, the largest historic public market district in the United States, dating back over 150 years. Visit the renowned Detroit Institute of Arts, a remarkable museum located in the heart of Midtown with more than 65,000 works. For some exercise, take a walk along The Dequindre Cut Greenway, a two-mile urban recreational path that offers a pedestrian link between the East Riverfront and several historic neighborhoods.

Discover Detroit Walking Exploration

Don’t miss this chance to admire magnificent architecture and learn about Detroit’s rise, fall, and renewal. Led by a local guide, enjoy a short walk from Pearl Mist to the nearby downtown area. Visit the Guardian Building, a designated a National Historic Landmark. Completed in 1929, the building is one of the boldest examples of art-deco architecture. Stroll through Campus Martius Park, a gathering place for both residents and visitors and recently named Top Public Square by USA Today. Learn the history of the Penobscot Building, an art-deco masterpiece that has dominated the city’s skyline for more than 80 years. View the Renaissance Center, a multi-towered skyscraper that is the tallest building in Detroit. Enjoy the opportunity to ride on a streetcar or the elevated “Detroit People Mover.”

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village

Learn how Henry Ford changed the world of technology and manufacturing as you step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. See the museum’s vast array of famous and rare exhibits like Thomas Edison’s laboratory, Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Ford’s Theater, and the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand, by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers' achievements. In addition to touring the Henry Ford Museum, $15 of “Fun Money” will be provided for lunch with the opportunity to spend the afternoon at Greenfield Village. With its nearly one hundred historical buildings, the Village demonstrates how Americans lived and worked since the founding of the country. Many of the buildings, from the 17th century to the present, are staffed by costumed interpreters who conduct period tasks like farming, sewing, and cooking. A collection of craft buildings such as pottery, glass-blowing, and tin shops provide demonstrations while producing materials used in the Village and for sale.

Dancing in the Streets Music City Experience

On this sightseeing tour of Detroit, get a glimpse into the rich history of the city as you listen to our local expert provide narration about the music that makes Michigan so special.

Stop at the Motown Museum in Hitsville, U.S.A., where the world’s biggest independent record company was born. It was in this very house that Berry Gordy produced an assembly line of hit songs from legendary artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and many more. The Motown Sound was developed and perfected here. The heart and soul of Detroit’s finest singers, musicians, writers, producers and arrangers reverberates from artifacts and instruments that have remained since the studio’s relocation in the 1970’s.

Experience the “Detroit Sound” firsthand with a live musical performance. Sway to songs spanning across all genres of music with Detroit natives, who have shared the stage with big names such as Beyonce’ and Lady GaGa, and have performed on broadcasts of the GRAMMY Awards, the Oscars, SNL, and American Idol.

Detroit City Exploration & The Piquette Plant

Join your guide on this exploration of Detroit's rich history and architectural highlights and see for yourself why it proudly calls itself the "Comeback City." Starting at the Pearl Mist, explore significant areas of the city, from downtown to historic and cultural districts. Visit to the art-deco Fisher Building, a 30-story ornate building by famed architect Albert Kahn, who was given no budget limit and thus created Detroit's "largest art object."  Enjoy a guided tour of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum, where Henry Ford designed the legendary Model T and where the first 12,000 Model Ts were assembled. 
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The Detroit Institute of Art

Find out why the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) was voted the No. 1 art museum in the United States by USA Today readers last year. With a collection of more than 65,000 artworks in over 100 galleries, the museum has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the U.S. spanning from ancient Egyptian and European works to contemporary art.

A short drive will bring you to the Beaux-Art building, sometimes referred to the “Temple of Art.”  A guided exploration will provide an orientation into the vast collection, with the focus on Diego Rivera's acclaimed Detroit Industry Cycle of frescoes. Take time to explore some of the many artefacts by yourself or enjoy the museum store or the beautiful Kresge Court for a refreshment before you return to the port.   
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Day 10
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland is a city made up of dozens of diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, with a lively downtown area that dazzles after dusk. Stroll through the historic West Side Market which features more than 80 family-owned businesses. View the tombstone of John D. Rockefeller, who is buried at the beautiful Lake View Cemetery. Explore the Cleveland Museum of Art, containing one of the most renowned art collections in the world.

In the Tremont neighborhood, visit the home where the famous movie A Christmas Story was filmed, and have a cold brew at a bar said to have been frequented by Eliot Ness, the famous crime fighter who brought down Al Capone. No trip to Cleveland is complete without a trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where you can view Michael Jackson’s white sequined glove, Jim Morrison’s boy scout uniform, and Elvis’ motorcycle.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Discover this amazing venue which tells a story that spans generations, from rock’s earliest artists to those budding artists of today. Discover a variety of exhibits that include handwritten drafts of hit singles, performance outfits, and instruments from some of history’s greatest concerts. Ranging from rhythm & blues, jazz, and folk rock to heavy metal and hip-hop, these exhibits represent numerous musical genres and highlight some of the world’s most iconic acts both past and present.

Cleveland City Exploration

Enjoy a narrated motorcoach exploration and learn all about the wonderful city of Cleveland. Explore downtown, Public Square, and the Theater District. Travel through University Circle, home to a variety of the area’s finest museums. Explore Euclid Avenue's "Millionaires' Row," once home to some of the nation's most powerful and influential industrialists. Travel to the Flats, known for its happening nightlife, and Ohio City, a trendy dining and entertainment hub with high-end cocktail bars and beer gardens, alongside fashionable bistros and gourmet farm-to-table restaurants. Along the way, your engaging guide will point out historic and iconic sites, with a possible stop at one of the Cleveland script signs for a group photo.

Amish Country Experience

Since the Industrial Revolution, the Amish have been largely known as hardworking, devoutly religious people who shun most types of technology. Spend a day in their company led by an Amish guide who will be with you throughout your journey. Begin at the Heritage Marketplace, where you can explore and purchase items at Amish-owned shops. Take a buggy ride and visit the Amish Heritage Museum which showcases important Bibles, hymnals, and clothing. Arrive at the Bricker's Amish home for lunch with a menu that features chicken, mashed potatoes, homemade noodles w/gravy, vegetable, salad, fresh baked bread with homemade preserves, and date-nut pudding. After lunch, depart for a scenic backroad ride with narration from your Amish Guide. Conclude your journey at an Amish School House that is still used today. Enjoy your 'lesson' about the Amish education system, and what a typical school day is like.  

Cleveland Art & Gardens Exploration

Enjoy a guided exploration of The Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the world’s premier museums. View its vast collection of famous works of art and works of antiquity, from medieval masterpieces to modern works, from Europe, America, and Asia.  After, take time to explore the museum on your own.  Next, take a guided walk through the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Some 35 dedicated gardens, designed and cultivated by distinct cultural or nationality groups, adorn the drive along Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Boulevard in Rockefeller Park. Depicted in the gardens are the poets, philosophers, peacemakers, composers, scientists and others who have contributed to world culture. Also featured in the gardens are symbolic sculptures and replicas of or tributes to sacred monuments in other lands.  

Day 11
Niagara Falls, ON

World-famous Niagara Falls stands 165 feet tall and is comprised of three waterfalls – Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. These famous falls are shared by both Ontario and New York which are connected by the Rainbow Bridge. Our local guide will show you the best vantage points and will explain the importance the falls once had to Native Americans and fur traders.

Niagara Falls Experience

Enjoy an exciting adventure through the majestic falls and the fertile countryside of the Niagara region. Take an exhilarating boat ride which brings you within feet of the Horseshoe Falls and its misty spray.

Journey Behind the Falls

Start your journey at the Table Rock Welcome Centre, a retail and observation complex located in a renovated historical building. After, begin your Journey Behind the Falls, an amazing experience which offers a unique view of the Falls from below and behind. Be treated to the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world's freshwater crashing down to the basin below.

Day 12
Toronto, ON

Explore Toronto, first established as a Native American settlement and French fur trading post and now a vibrant metropolitan area. 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.

Toronto City Exploration with CN Tower

Toronto is the hub of Canada, abounding in culture and history, with many amazing attractions such as the famous Gothic Revival style mansion Casa Loma, and Ripley's Aquarium. Explore this capital city of Ontario, led by your private guide, who will provide interesting, historical, and entertaining commentary on a drive through Chinatown, the financial district, and many other wonderful destinations. Stop at the CN Tower, designated a “Wonder of the Modern World,” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Distillery District Walking Exploration

Led by expert guides, learn the fascinating story of Gooderham and Worts, once the world’s once largest distillery. Constructed between 1859 and 1861, the distillery complex included and a brick malthouse, kilns, warehouses, shops, and offices and was an outstanding example of Victorian industrial design. Learn how this 19th-century center was transformed into the modern day Distillery District. Along the way, explore some of the best hidden Distillery District spots and photo locations.

Day 13
Kingston, ON

Home to Ontario's oldest public market, Kingston is a walkable city, where hidden alleyways showcase antique markets and quaint restaurant patios. Spend time perusing one of the many art galleries of the city, including the Agnes Etherington Art Center, featuring collections of modern and historic works of art. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, you can plan an afternoon at the Marshlands Conservation Area, located in Kingston’s west end. Enjoy fresh air, tranquil sounds, and any wildlife you might spot along the way as you walk the Rideau Trail. Kingston also hosts a variety of wineries, where you can part in tastings.

Fort Henry Experience

Explore life in 1867 at Fort Henry. Witness military performances, discover over 30 historic rooms, and enjoy views of the beautiful St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Your guided exploration will showcase life in 1867, when a garrison of soldiers was living at Fort Henry. After, continue exploring on your own. View the additional museum rooms, including the Barrack rooms, the first fort of 1812, artillery and weapon displays, and the use of Fort Henry as an internment camp at various stages in its history. 

Demonstrations occur throughout the day in the historic Parade Square, where guests are encouraged to sit and enjoy. Visit the new Commissariat Store to purchase our homemade bread, cinnamon buns, pretzels, cookies and more, all baked in Fort Henry’s historic ovens by interpretive bakers.

Great Lakes Museum & SS Keewatin

Step aboard the last remaining passenger steamship "liner" left in the world. Aboard the 1907 built S.S. Keewatin, explore the passenger, crew and cargo areas of this unique vessel with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the Great Lakes Museum, a national historic site. Discover the many galleries which feature the original Victorian steam engines used to operate the dry dock, a naval reserve exhibit featuring the art of Grant Macdonald, and a selection of ship models and maritime art.  

Kingston Trolley Exploration

Guests will begin their experience at the Kingston Visitor Information Centre, walking distance from the ship. Board the trolley which will make 10 different stops across Kingston’s historic old town and downtown shopping district. Guests will have the option to hop on/hop off at any of these stops or to stay on board for a narrated tour.

Stops include: 

  • City Hall – Admire this symbol of civic pride and governance in the heart of the city.
  • Fort Henry – Learn about military history through well-preserved fortifications and engaging exhibits.
  • Market Square – Visit a vibrant array of shops, eateries, and events in the heart of downtown Kingston.
  • Pumphouse and Marine Museum – Discover Kingston's rich maritime heritage with its collection of historic vessels and exhibits.
  • Murney Tower – Explore this limestone fortification which provides panoramic views of Kingston and insight into its military past.
  • Bellevue House – Get a glimpse into the life of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, in a charming historic setting.
  • Penitentiary Museum - Delve into the intriguing history of Kingston Penitentiary, once one of Canada's most notorious prisons.
  • Queen's University – Walk the grounds of this prestigious academic institution, enriching Kingston with its historic campus and innovative research.
  • Downtown Kingston - Enjoy a mix of historic architecture, trendy boutiques, and lively entertainment venues. 

 
 

Military Communications Museum

Learn the role that military communications and electronics have played for over more than a century. This twenty-thousand square foot gallery is devoted to not only telling the story of members of the Military Communications and Electronics Branch, both past and present, but also the Royal Canadian Electronic and Mechanical Engineers. Explore the displays which depict the history of Canadian military communication and illustrate how the development and application of communications technology by the highly skilled troops has been both groundbreaking and lifesaving.  

Kingston Penitentiary Exploration

Step inside the walls of Canada’s oldest penitentiary, built in 1833. Explore the living and working areas, some dating back to the 1830s. View a general population cell range, a short-term segregation unit, the programs wing, the metal shop, the recreation yard, and more. Visit the Regional Treatment Centre, an entirely separate second institution found within the walls of Kingston Penitentiary. Throughout your excursion, you will hear personalized accounts from former Correctional Service Canada staff about the history and daily routines of the penitentiary, including stories of escapes, riots, and everything in between.    

Day 14
Montreal

Montreal, known for its dynamic cultural scene, is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world and the most bilingual city in North America. Appointed a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, the city features a diversity of architecture, from 18th century Victorian-style stone buildings to modern, ultra-sleek skyscrapers. Visit Mont Royal (the “mountain”), a park which towers high above the city, before heading downtown to explore elegant boutiques, department stores, and shopping complexes. Discover Old Montreal, an area that displays some of North America’s most remarkable architecture with a concentration of 17th, 18th, and 19th-century buildings.

A Walk Through Old Montreal

Best explored on foot, the historic character and charm of Old Montréal comes alive as you walk the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways, past the charming waterfront district and the splendid architecture of one of the oldest cities in North America. Discover the first financial district, known as Montreal's Wall Street. View part of the world's largest interior pedestrian network as your guide leads through the walkways of this underground city toward the International District, including Place Riopelle and its unique fountain, "Lipstick Forest," and the World Trade Center, a perfect blend of modern and historic buildings.

Montreal Highlights

Discover Montreal’s cultural heritage and cosmopolitan blend of old and new on this overview of the city. Explore Old Montreal, The Financial District, Westmount and its opulent residences, Montreal's universities, and the world-renowned St. Joseph's Oratory. Stop at Mount Royal for a panoramic view and visit Notre-Dame Basilica, an outstanding example of Neo-Gothic architecture.

Jean-Talon Market & Botanical Garden

Discover this famous market, the biggest outdoor market in North America. Located in Little Italy, a captivating neighborhood full of tasty hangouts and local gems, the market is the ideal place to buy fresh local produce, remarkable cheeses and meats from regional producers, authentic international discoveries, flowers, gourmet cookbooks, and other products exclusive to Québec. Be charmed by the wonderful smells, the colorful stalls and the culinary diversity of this Montréal institution.

Next visit The Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the grandest in the world, boasting 10 exhibition greenhouses, 30 gardens and more than 26,000 floral species. Its five-acre Dream Lake Garden is the largest Chinese garden outside of Asia. Also, of special interest is the remarkable collection of bonsais and orchids. After a brief narration by your guide, you will have free time to explore the gardens on your own. You can choose to visit the exhibition greenhouses, the Japanese Pavilion, the Chinese Garden or the Arboretum.

Day 15
Québec City, QC

Québec City is nestled beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, where enchanting old stone houses cozy up to great religious institutions built from the same stone. The old city is a sheer delight for history buffs with a diversity of architectural styles reminiscent of those in England and France. Walk along the streets of Old Québec, and enjoy the magnificent churches, fragrant gardens, and chic boutiques.

Historic Québec with Montmorency Falls

Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Québec is a spectacle of never-ending sights. You will discover the charm and character of the Old Town as you explore the historic and natural landmarks, including:

  • Dufferin Terrace, Château Frontenac – Located 200 feet above the waterway, it was at this location that Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620. From here you will have a spectacular view of the St.-Lawrence River, Île d’Orléans, and the Laurentian Mountains.

  • Place-Royale – This beautifully restored market square of typical 17th and 18th century stone architecture is the heart of the Lower Town and was the site of Champlain’s first settlement. It is also the location of the oldest standing catholic church in North America, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. 

  • National Battlefields Park –  Also known as the Plains of Abraham, the park was the site of the historic battle where the French surrendered to the British in 1759.  

  • Cap-Diamant – Located in National Battlefield Park, a photo stop opportunity will be made at Cap-Diamant which was named after the shiny stones explorer Jacques-Cartier mistook for diamonds.   

  • Grande-Allée – Your route will take you along the Grande-Allée, the Champs-Élysées of Québec lined with quaint shops, sidewalk cafés, and boutiques to the Hôtel du Parlement, an imposing Second Empire style building overlooking the city. 

  • Montmorency Falls – A photo stop will be made at the Montmorency Falls where you will enjoy the breathtaking views and see the powerful forces of natures as the water of the Montmorency River roars down the cliff to eventually meet with the St.-Lawrence River.

 

Old Québec Walking Exploration

Your experienced guide will make the history of Québec come alive as you walk the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town named a United Nations World Heritage Site in 1985. Discover nearly four centuries of history in this living museum, which is the only walled city in North America. Along the way visit:

  • Place-Royale - The typical stone buildings surrounding this historic square were once the homes of wealthy merchants.  

  • Petit-Champlain Street - Along its narrow cobblestone streets, you will find an array of quaint boutiques, specialty shops and outdoor cafés as well as strolling musicians, jugglers, and street performers.

  • Funicular - From Lower Town to Upper Town, you will enjoy a short funicular ride to reach the Château Frontenac.

  • Château Frontenac - Perched on a hill overlooking the St.-Lawrence River, the castle-like Château is the best-known landmark in Québec.  

  • Dufferin Terrace - Located 200 feet above the waterway, it was at this location that Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620.

 

A Taste of the Isles of Orleans

Delight your taste buds as you indulge in the flavors of the Île d'Orléans!  Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque villages of traditional rural Québec. Located along the St. Lawrence River and in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains, the views of the surrounding countryside and skyline of Québec are spectacular. First settled by the French over 350 years ago, the Island is a veritable open-air museum, boasting more than 600 heritage buildings.  As the first colonists cultivated the land, they became self-sufficient as fishermen, blacksmiths, carpenters, saddlers, tanners, shipbuilders, and captains. Stop to taste several local products, including sweet delicacies made from fresh fruit from the region, wines, and nougat and learn how they are cultivated.

  • Winery – Learn about viniculture in Québec, techniques for cultivating the vines, and winemaking methods. 
  • Sweet Fruit Flavor Shop – Discover how berries are processed to make jam and treat yourself to a taste.
  • Nougat Shop – In Saint-Pierre, meet the maker and taste delicious, sweet hand-crafted delicacies, including nougats, meringues, and fruit jellies. 

Day 16
Québec City, QC

After breakfast on board, begin your journey home, reflecting upon the incredible experiences you’ve had and the wonderful new friends made.

A Walk Through Old Montreal

Best explored on foot, the historic character and charm of Old Montréal comes alive as you walk the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways, past the charming waterfront district and the splendid architecture of one of the oldest cities in North America. Discover the first financial district, known as Montreal's Wall Street. View part of the world's largest interior pedestrian network as your guide leads through the walkways of this underground city toward the International District, including Place Riopelle and its unique fountain, "Lipstick Forest," and the World Trade Center, a perfect blend of modern and historic buildings.

Toronto City Exploration with CN Tower

Toronto is the hub of Canada, abounding in culture and history, with many amazing attractions such as the famous Gothic Revival style mansion Casa Loma, and Ripley's Aquarium. Explore this capital city of Ontario, led by your private guide, who will provide interesting, historical, and entertaining commentary on a drive through Chinatown, the financial district, and many other wonderful destinations. Stop at the CN Tower, designated a “Wonder of the Modern World,” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Georgian Bay Airways Flightseeing Adventure

Enjoy a breathtaking aerial adventure 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.

​Parry Sound Waterfront Tour on Electric Bikes

A guided e-bike ride is the perfect way to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the town of Parry Sound. A local guide will provide you with a narrated experience along the town's bicycle trails. Pass by the main downtown strip and follow the shoreline of Georgian Bay. Along the way, discover the town's history, landmarks, and industries. Further down the trail, you will learn about local plants, reptiles, migratory birds and other species at risk. Finish your excursion at Parry Sound Bikes, formerly the old fire hall, with the option to be escorted to the ship or explore downtown on your own.

Georgian Bay Island Queen Cruise

On this amazing journey aboard the Island Queen, we follow in the wake of early explorers as the captain brings the ship surprisingly up-close to the rugged shoreline of Parry Island and the Bay’s remote outer islands. Meander past granite shoals into narrow channels within an eco-system so unique that it has earned World Biosphere Reserve status from the United Nations. Get your camera ready as we cruise through the Rose Point Swing Bridge, Massassauga Provincial Park, through the channels of the outer islands, past Killbear Provincial Park, and through Hole in the Wall, one of the most amazing places in Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

Huckleberry Adventure Eco Exploration

Enjoy a boat ride aboard The Islander, a 40’ Kodiak Adventure vessel. Cushioned bench seating, hand rails, and a deep hull provide passengers with a comfortable ride. The captain will slow the vessel a few times to speak about the history of the area and to hopefully spot some bald eagles that nest on the islands. Travel to Huckleberry Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the area, where you can disembark and explore the shoreline. A naturalist from the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve will lead a guided walk and answer questions, concluding at a secluded and shallow beach area in time for a quick dip. After, board The Islander and head through the popular “Hole in the Wall” to Parry Sound.

Frying Pan Island Adventure

Cruise around the islands of the South Channel to the famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant on Frying Pan Island. The boat ride down the South Channel to the open water and panoramic views of the Sans Souci area is a local favorite. Enjoy exploring the shore and of course, stop for a delicious Henry’s fish and chips lunch amidst the 30,000 Islands, a popular destination for locals, cottage owners, and visitors through the summer months and truly a one-of-a-kind Georgian Bay experience. After lunch, take in the charming beauty of Sans Souci and board The Islander again to travel back to Parry Sound.

Pearl Mist

Cruise in unparalleled comfort aboard the Pearl Mist Cruise Ship, accommodating up to 210 guests, as you journey to the most captivating destinations.

Every corner of the Pearl Mist ship, from the staterooms and suites to the lounges and dining areas, has undergone a stunning transformation. Expect fresh color palettes, luxurious textiles, new furniture and carpets, and captivating regionally inspired artwork.

Every space aboard the ship has been completely reimagined, incorporating themes that expertly highlight the local historical, cultural, and geographical influences characteristic to the regions Pearl Mist sails.

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 sun decks, a fitness area, and a glass-enclosed dining room offering panoramic views.


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Category R

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 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

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

Our generous category K staterooms are over 300 square feet and are conveniently located on the 4th deck level of the ship. These staterooms offer guests easy access to the Pacific Lounge and open passenger decks, with breathtaking views. Each room features a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, offering fresh air and natural light.

Category H

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

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

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, large opening windows, and private balconies offering panoramic views.

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