Victory Cruise Lines, committed to small-ship cruising on the North American and Canadian coasts, is highlighting the line’s first two itineraries since joining American Queen Steamboat Company. Operated by the leader in U.S. river cruising, the sailings on the 202-guest M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II cruises on all five Great Lakes and the Canadian Maritimes are a refreshing alternative to ocean cruising.
Victory Cruise Lines will begin its upcoming season in May 2019 with a 10-day sailing on M/V Victory I between Toronto and Chicago and a 10-day sailing on M/V Victory II between Montreal and Detroit. Both elegant small ships have been designed to cruise along magnificent coastlines, through scenic seaways and inland lakes navigating hidden harbors and more remote ports of call. Included shore excursions are led by knowledgeable guides providing opportunities to uncover the rich history and culture of the Great Lakes region.
“Our goal with Victory Cruise Lines is to deliver a small ship experience with the same authenticity and passion for service that exists with our luxurious riverboat fleet,” explains John Waggoner, chairman and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company. “We look forward to bringing our award-winning experience to these northern waters and celebrating the beauty of this bountiful region.”
Please see below for full itineraries for M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II:
Great Lakes Grand Discovery on M/V Victory I
May 13, 22, 31; June 9, 27; August 11, 20, 29; October 4, 13
The M/V Victory I, designed for coastal cruising, will set sail on the storied Georgian Bay. Guests can admire the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and take in the breathtaking vistas of the Southern Canadian Coast. Sailings will embark or disembark in Toronto with ports of call in Port Colborne, Niagara Falls; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, MI; Sault Saint Marie, MI; Little Current, Manitoulin Island (Ontario, Canada); and Mackinac Island, MI; concluding in Chicago, IL.
French Canada and Great Lakes on M/V Victory II
May 28; June 6; July 12, 21, 30; August 8, 17, 26; October 10
The M/V Victory II will showcase the splendor of the French-Canadian countryside as well as the St. Lawrence River onto Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Guests will cruise Thousand Islands corridor, tour Kingston’s preserved Gothic cathedrals and explore the region’s many historical monuments for a fascinating adventure. The M/V Victory II will embark or disembark and overnight in Montreal, Quebec with ports of call in Quebec City, Quebec; Kingston, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; Port Weller/Niagara Falls; Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, MI.
The 202-passenger M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II are small ships purposefully-designed for coastal cruising, with every modern convenience to explore North America’s maritime history throughout the Great Lakes and southern Canadian coast. Guests onboard will enjoy immersive and inclusive shore excursions in each port of call, exquisite multi-course fine dining with specialty and casual options including spirits, beer and wine; onboard enrichment, evening entertainment and Wi-Fi in public areas.
Fares based on double occupancy begin at $6,385 per person. For additional information and reservations, please contact Victory Cruise Lines, operated by American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-907-2636, visit www.victorycruiselines.comor call a professional travel agent.
American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and Minneapolis. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with the opulence and grandeur of the American Empress and added the American Duchess to the Mississippi River in August 2017.
Victory Cruise Lines
New Albany-based Victory Cruise Lines operates M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II, identical 202-passenger ships, and has a newly-built 180-passenger vessel, the M/VOcean Victory, on order to be built by 2021. Victory Cruise Lines operates all-inclusive cruises to Canada, the Great Lakes and New England. For more information about Victory Cruise Lines, contact a travel agent or visit www.victorycruiselines.com