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Cruise the Great Lakes on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to experience the unparalleled majesty of the Great Lakes with luxury small-ship cruises complete with personalized service, world-class dining, dynamic activities, and the adventure of a lifetime.

Choose from dozens of itineraries as you explore iconic destinations along the Great Lakes. From the rich history of Mackinac Island and French Canadian villages to the breathtaking shoreline of Lake Superior and the cultural epicenters of iconic cities such as Detroit and Chicago, you can create memories to last a lifetime.


These ships offer intimate experiences combined with crewmembers who anticipate your every want and need. It’s everything you desire on a larger cruise ship, minus everything you wish you could cast away. Adventure is on the itinerary. We invite you aboard one of our participating cruise lines.

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Experience unique ports of call in the surrounding states and provinces as you cruise through the magnificent Great Lakes. Discover hard-to-reach destinations, thriving cities, and breathtaking landscapes.

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Board the mv Victory II in Milwaukee

On arrival at the airport, our chauffeured transfer takes you to the pier where the elegant mv Victory II awaits. Settle in to your outside stateroom before joining your fellow passengers for dinner with free-flowing house wines, cocktails and beverages.  Meals D

Ashore in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Our first visit on today’s shore excursion program is the National Railway Museum, dedicated to the preservation of our nation’s railroad heritage. Among its historic exhibits are the Dwight D. Eisenhower Command Car, the largest steam locomotive ever built, and the futuristic Aerotrain introduced by GM in the 1950’s. The museum also houses a rare collection of silver service plates and china that was used on railroads, steamships and early airlines.   Next up is the Heritage Hill State Park. Here at this 48-acre open air museum, you’ll find more than 30 historical structures brought here from sites across the state. These original buildings include log cabins from the fur-trading era, structures from Fort Howard that once occupied a site along the nearby Fox River, and stores and public buildings from the 1800’s. With enlightening insight from museum staff garbed in period clothing, today’s visit offers a look into Midwest life more than a century ago.  Meals B+L+D

Sturgeon Bay + Beautiful Door County

Step ashore in the port of Sturgeon Bay and visit the Door County Maritime Museum. Situated along the bustling waterfront, this museum showcases the region’s rich maritime heritage from its fishing fleet and hardy sea captains to the skilled craftsmen, bold inventors and lonely lighthouse keepers who have contributed so much to the area. We’ll also take you into the beautiful wooded landscapes of Door County, a peninsula that extends into Lake Michigan to form the sheltering waters of Green Bay. Get a glimpse of the grand waterfront homes along Cottage Row and tour the Alexander Noble House, built in 1875. Then meet the owner of Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery to learn about the history of the region’s many bountiful fruit farms. Comprised of orchards and vineyards, your tour of this family-run estate includes a wine tasting and a chance to pick delicious Door County cherries in the orchard.  Meals B+L+D

Mackinac Island

This morning, the mv Victory II will dock in St. Ignace where you’ll board the Star Line Ferry to Mackinac Island. From the Mackinac waterfront, a horse-drawn carriage tour is a great way to experience the Victoria-era ambience of this National Historic Landmark. Learn about the island’s history and see turn-of-the-century homes built by early captains of American industry. Then hop off at the Grand Hotel and take in the views from its famous verandah, the longest in the world! In the elegant main dining room, you’ll enjoy the hotel’s lavish Grand Buffet Luncheon.   Also today, you’ll tour Fort Mackinac - set high on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. Built by the British in 1780, taken by the Americans in 1796, and reclaimed by the British at the start of the War of 1812, your guided visit offers rich insight into colorful chapters of American history. Then return to the waterfront where the ferry will take you back to St. Ignace to reboard the mv Victory II .  Meals B+L+D

Through the Soo Locks into Lake Superior

A delightful day of cruising is enriched by engaging talks with our onboard Great Lakes experts. Elegant dining in two distinctive venues, our ship’s Open Bar with house wine, beer and spirits, and convivial conversation with your fellow travelers adds to the experience. Today our ship will transit through the historic Soo Locks, where freighters, barges and tugboats traverse the 21-foot rise of the St. Mary’s River between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The first lock here was built in 1855 and the canal was navigated by 27 vessels during its first year of operation. Today, more than 10,000 ships hauling 86 million tons of cargo pass through these historic parallel locks each year, even though they’re closed during the winter when ice shuts down shipping on the upper Great Lakes! As we navigate from Lake Huron upward through the locks, our experts will be on-hand to offer colorful historical insights. Once we reach the pristine northern waters of Superior, we’ll continue our voyage westward toward Marquette.  Meals B+L+D

Marquette, Michigan

Set on the northern shores of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the lands around Marquette were well known by French missionaries as far back as the 1600’s and in later centuries by intrepid fur trappers. With the discovery of iron deposits in the mid-19 th century, the town of Marquette began to grow and prosper and by the late 1800’s steamships were also bringing summer visitors to fill the city’s hotels and resorts. Stepping ashore today in this historic town, your sightseeing will include the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and the still-operational Famous Eagle Mine site. At the Baumer Heritage Center, informative and entertaining exhibits will offer further insight into Marquette’s development from furs and mining to modern-day tourism.  Meals B+L+D

The Keweenaw Waterway + Houghton

Comprised of natural lakes and waterways as well as artificial canals that were dredged in the 1860’s, the Keweenaw Waterway traverses the Keweenaw Peninsula and provides a shortcut for freighters hauling ore from the rich copper mines of the Peninsula to larger cities along Lake Superior. Today you’ll step ashore in the village of Houghton, situated midway through the Keweenaw Waterway, for a tour of the famous Quincy Copper Mine. The mine operated for nearly a century, right up through World War II, and offers the rare chance for visitors to actually enter the mine itself! After lunch, you’ll visit the Houghton Lake Historic Village to see a restored vintage homestead and tour the Fireman’s Memorial Museum.  Meals B+L+D

Discover Duluth, Minnesota

The Sioux and Chippewa were the first to settle in the scenic hills that overlook the far western shores of Lake Superior. By the mid 1600’s, it was a fur trading outpost that was then claimed for France by Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut, the French soldier and explorer for whom the city is now named. Stepping off ship today, your guided exploration begins with the Aerial Lift Bridge which stands guard over the harbor and then continues along the North Shore Scenic Driver, from where you’ll have commanding views over the city and its picturesque setting on Lake Superior. You’ll ascend to Hawk Ridge to learn about the unique natural phenomenon that occurs here annually as raptors migrating from the Arctic crest the ridge and seemingly come to a halt in mid-air as they encounter the vast expanse of Lake Superior below. Back in town, enjoy a guided walk along the waterfront to Leif Erikson Park to see an amazing replica of a Viking ship and then tour the Duluth Depot, which houses the unique collection of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore more of Duluth’s vibrant waterfront at your own pace.  Meals B+L+D

Disembark in Thunder Bay, Ontario

After breakfast and disembarkation here in Thunder Bay, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your homeward flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Free post-cruise stay in thunder bay.

Extend your journey with our complimentary post-cruise stay in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Set on the western shores of Lake Superior and cradled by the Nor’Wester Mountain Range, this vibrant urban community is a friendly place to relax and explore before heading homeward. We include transfers, sightseeing, hotel accommodations and your flight from Thunder Bay to Toronto.

Disembark the mv Victory II + Discover Thunder Bay

After breakfast onboard, you’ll disembark the ship to find our friendly local guide waiting at the pier to take you to Fort William Historical Park. Set on 250 acres overlooking the picturesque Kaministiquia River, this leading heritage and cultural center offers a chance to experience and learn about local life in the early 19th century at the peak of the North American fur trade. Start with an informative video presentation and continue through the Park to the old fur trading post where you’ll find dozens of finely-reconstructed historical buildings. Hands-on demonstrations and engaging staff in period garb bring the region’s history to life. After your visit, we’ll take you to the comfortable Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton for your complimentary overnight stay. The balance of this day is yours to relax and enjoy as you wish.

Complimentary flight to Toronto

Breakfast this morning is included with your stay. At the appropriate time, you can transfer to the airport using the Hampton Inn’s convenient airport shuttle. Our Post-Cruise Stay includes your flight to Toronto where you can connect to your homeward journey.  Meals B

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Lake Superior – a life-sized expedition

Thunder bay - milwaukee, dates: 9/14/2024 to  9/24/2024.

Set off with  PONANT  aboard Le Champlain ,   on  a brand-new   11-day expedition cruise to discover Lake Superior and enjoy an exceptional exploration of flamboyant nature in the Indian summer, and of the cultural riches of the Indigenous communities and colonies that have lived in the region.

Departing from Thunder Bay , explore the world’s largest freshwater lake , designated as a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve . It is split between the United States, in the south, and Canada, in the north. Its rocky shoreline covered in boreal forest rises from the shimmering waters and reveals stunning panoramas.

Le Champlain will first set a course for the Slate Islands , known for their Provincial Park and abundant nature, before continuing its voyage toward the lake’s North Shore Inside Passage taking time to explore this mineral and wooded region from the water or on land. From lighthouses dotting the shorelines decked in autumnal colours to an ecosystem with exceptional riches in Terrace Bay , Rossport and Red Rock , this larger-than-life corner of the world offers its enchanted visitors, precious moments filled with warm encounters with the local communities and historical sites discovery.

Next, your ship will take you to visit the community of Silver Islet , established on an old silver mine in an enchanting setting. Delight in the splendour of this lacustrine environment surrounded by blue, and meet the people who live there.

You will then make your way to the southern end of the lake where, upon arriving in the charming city of Bayfield , you will be greeted with a performance by members of the Ojibwe (Chippewa) tribe . After sailing along the Keweenaw Waterway , you will discover the Apostle Islands . This archipelago of 21 islands is a biodiversity sanctuary home to some 800 botanical species and invaluable treasures including its sea caves , remarkable geological formations carved out of red sandstone over time.

Your exploration will continue with Lake Michigan and Mackinac Island , an insular haven steeped in old-world charm, before reaching Kewaunee County and the small town of Algoma. Its bewitching landscapes, its protruding mountains keeping an eye on this wild nature, its rivers and its endless pine forests all make up a picture postcard like no other.

Finally, you will sail to your disembarkation port in Milwaukee , on Lake Michigan , where your cruise will draw to an end.

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  • Inclusive Wifi internet access (availability dependent on navigation and latitude)
  • Individually-controlled air conditioning
  • Dressing room with shelves and closet
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Diptyque Paris top-of-the-line bath products
  • Nespresso coffee maker and boiler
  • Electronic safe
  • Direct line telephone
  • Bose Bluetooth speaker
  • Flat screen TV, international channels (availability dependent on navigation) and videos on demand
  • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
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Boarding conditions and passenger travel abilities

We invite you to read our boarding conditions and passenger travel abilities by clicking here . 

Any new reservation implies the acceptance of these conditions.

The evolving COVID-19 health formalities are available in real time by  clicking here .

Please note

Given the particularly changing international sanitary context, this itinerary as well as the land programmes and shore excursions may have to evolve according to port authorisations and governmental regulations in force at the time of your trip.

Therefore, for even greater peace of mind, we strongly recommend that you book your land programmes before and after your cruise with PONANT.

Health formalities related to COVID-19 will be confirmed to you before your departure.

In this exceptional context, your safety remains our first priority. The effectiveness of our procedures, our cutting-edge medical equipment and the smaller scale of our ships means we can offer maximum safety so that you can relax and enjoy your cruise. The revised passenger circuit and our enhanced hygiene measures can be found on this page: .

To guarantee your entry into one or several countries, you must ensure that you comply with the formalities and health requirements specific to each destination. In just a few clicks on our online search engine, find all the formalities you must complete prior to your departure (visas, entry authorisations for each country, vaccinations, etc.).

The international situation can change rapidly, so be sure to check this information regularly prior to your departure. However, please note that we always recommend our guests contact the relevant national immigration and customs and border control authorities directly to find out what rules apply to their specific situation. PONANT is not responsible for any decisions made by guests based on the information provided by the online search engine.

The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

Canada : Entry (or transit) by air - The ETA is required for Australian and British citizens, US citizens are exempt. Other nationalities, please contact Canada consulate website for details. A copy of your visa or ETA must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. In case the ETA is sufficient to enter Canada, we also ask you to keep a copy of your ETA with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.

USA : Depending on your nationality, an ESTA or Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details. A copy of your visa or ESTA must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. In case the ESTA is sufficient to enter the USA, we also ask you to keep a copy of your ESTA with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.

Please note,  if you have travelled or lived in countries such as: Cuba (on or after 12 January 2021), Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria or North Korea, then this constitutes a valid reason for the US Department of Homeland Security to deny your ESTA . In this event, you must apply to an ambassy for a category B1/B2 visa to travel to the United States. The visa processing time is several months.  

If you already have an ESTA (valid for 2 years), we ask you to check its status up until the day of departure by clicking on “CHECK ESTA STATUS” on the website . We also ask that you print it out and keep it with your passport throughout your trip.  

A “FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS” page is available on the same website to help you with your procedures.  

List of items prohibited on board

To guarantee the safety and well-being of our guests, certain items are strictly prohibited on board. Should you have one of these products or objects in your possession, they will be confiscated immediately and will not be transported on the ship. When an item transported aboard is considered illegal, the relevant authorities will be notified systematically.

Click here  for the full list of items prohibited on board. 

Warning about the use of drones : the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

Expedition programmes include activities such as landings in tender or local boats (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

Ports of call, visited sites, and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

Clothing tips:

  • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
  • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises.
  • Comfortable trousers: classic Winter trousers, warm cotton tracksuit, wool leggings
  • Waterproof and windproof over-trousers – MANDATORY
  • Winter trousers with waterproof over trousers are the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort of trousers are essential
  • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
  • Woollen or thermolactyl Thermal underwear
  • A warm hat, woollen ear muffs or fleece ear muffs, fleece or woollen neck warmer (avoid scarves that do not stay in place)- MANDATORY
  • Wool or silk glove liners, water-resistant and supple gloves
  • Thick warm socks (ideally woollen)


  • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
  • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
  • Highly protective sunglasses.
  • Walking poles (highly recommended).

Ideal clothes for life on board:

During the days spent on board, you are advised to wear comfortable clothes or casual outfits. The entire ship is air-conditioned, so a light sweater, a light jacket or a shawl may be necessary. When moving about in the public areas of the ship and the decks, light but comfortable shoes are recommended.

Informal evening:

In the evening, you are advised to wear smart-casual attire, especially when dining in our restaurants where wearing shorts and tee-shirts is not allowed.

  • Simple dress
  • Skirt or trousers
  • Pleated trousers or chinos
  • Sports jacket

Officer’s evening:

For all cruises longer than 8 nights, an Officer’s Evening with a white dress code may be organized. Therefore, we encourage you to bring a stylish white outfit for the occasion (otherwise black and white).

Gala evening:

During the cruise, two gala evenings will be organised on board. Thus, we recommend that you bring one or two formal outfits.

  • Cocktail attire
  • Evening dress (if you wish to)
  • Tie recommended, possibly bow tie (if you wish to)

A small shop is available on board offering a wide range of outfits, jewellery, leather goods and many accessories.

A laundry service (washing/ironing) is available on board, but unfortunately there are no dry cleaning services. For safety reasons, your cabin is not equipped with an iron.


  • Wool or thermolactyl technical underwear
  • Polar or technical jacket
  • Polar sweater or sweatshirt
  • Silk or wool glove liners
  • Wool leggings
  • Warm hiking socks


  • Waterproof over-trousers - Mandatory
  • Waterproof parka - Offered on board (not available in children’s sizes)
  • Windbreaker – Mandatory
  • A warm woollen hat covering your ears
  • Polar or woollen neck warmer
  • Waterproof technical gloves
  • Hiking shoes


  • Lip protection balm
  • Mosquito repellent, anti-itch balm and mosquito head net (Greenland)
  • Medications and prescriptions


  • Casual outfits for the day
  • Smarter outfits for dinners
  • Elegant outfits for Gala evenings
  • White or black and white outfit


  • Highly protective sunglasses
  • Walking poles
  • Small waterproof backpack
  • Swimsuit (for the spa on board)
  • Gym wear (fitness)
  • Battery charger and memory cards for your camera
  • Mobile phone charger

PONANT activities

  • A brand-new expedition cruise departing from Lake Michigan during the Indian summer, to discover some of the archipelagos and wild shores of Lake Superior. 
  • Enjoy an unprecedented, immersive exploration of Lake Superior: Bayfield and the Apostle Islands, for a remarkable nature sanctuary and stunning red sandstone sea caves; the North Shore Interior Passage, from its rocky shorelines dotted with lighthouses to its boreal forest.
  • Succumb to the charms of Bayfield and its incredible way of life, whether from a restaurant patio or by wandering around the shops selling local arts and crafts.
  • Interact with the welcoming Canadian communities of Silver Islet, Terrace Bay, Rossport and Red Rock, living on the sites of the First Nations at the heart of the North Shore Interior Passage, and discover their ancestral and current traditions, in communion with nature. 
  • The outings and shore visits with an experienced team of naturalist-guides (inflatable dinghy in Canada, or tender, local boats). 
  • The possibility of hiking in the heart of the majestic boreal forest, of canoeing or kayaking. 
  • Sailing on three of the five Great Lakes of North America: Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior.
  • An all-new port of call in Algoma, on the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • A call at Mackinac, a car-free island with an unspoiled natural environment, steeped in Victorian charm.
  • Landscapes: jagged coasts, limestone cliffs, volcanic rocks, red sandstone caves, vineyards, orchards, boreal forest in dazzling colours, islands and archipelagos, lake landscapes, lighthouses.
  • Wildlife: numerous bird species, including bald eagles, black-capped chickadees, and cedar waxwings; the possibility of observing caribou, raccoons, and American black bears.

Subject to weather conditions. The expedition highlights, encounters with the wildlife and itinerary described illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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Ports of Call & Excursions

Thunder Bay

September 14, 2024 - Thunder Bay

Embarkation 9/14/2024 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Departure 9/14/2024 at 8:00 PM

Situated in the north-west of Lake Superior , the Canadian city of Thunder Bay enjoys a strategic position on the seaway connecting the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence, which explains why it is also called “Lakehead”. The city was also the terminus of a Canadian Pacific Railway corridor. This contributed vastly to its rapid growth in the 20th century. The historical museum is a must-see, as is the Thunder Bay Art Gallery , specialising in contemporary artwork by First Nations artists. Today, the city is a far cry from the small French fur-trading post established there in 1683. Nevertheless, a well documented historical reconstruction can be visited on the outskirts of the city: Fort William Historical Park .

Slate Islands

September 15, 2024 - Slate Islands

Arrival 9/15/2024 Departure 9/15/2024

To the north of Lake Superior, a stone’s throw from Terrace Bay, the Slate Islands form a archipelago made up of two main islands and a string of smaller islands. This territory imbued with the region’s history, which features forestry, mining and the first native settlements, is a preserved natural area called the Slate Island Provincial Park. A large caribou colony lives in harmony in this sanctuary of biodiversity, where no fewer than 50 animal species and 250 plant varieties flourish. In the heart of this pristine territory, between thick boreal forest, limestone and volcanic rock, and water in deep emerald green hues, enjoy unique and peaceful moments in communion with life, during Zodiac outings or kayaking. 

North Shore Inside Passage

September 16, 2024   September 17, 2024 - North Shore Inside Passage

Arrival 9/16/2024 Departure 9/17/2024

From the shores of Lake Nipigon, explore unspoiled parts of the northern Inside Passage of Lake Superior , also known as Gchi Gami , or ‘great lake’ in Ojibwe. Admire the cliffs marked with ancient petroglyphs during an outing on the water at Red Rock ; discover majestic lighthouses at Battle Harbour ; hike to the heart of the autumn-coloured boreal forest with all your senses awakened; discover a canyon at Terrace Bay ; enjoy warm encounters with the Canadian communities on the sacred sites of the First Nations ; marvel at the wildlife; visit historic sites at Red Rock … There are so many interesting things to do in this region where histories intersect over the centuries, and that is precisely what makes this as-yet-unexplored destination so rich.

Silver Islet, Lake Superior

September 18, 2024 - Silver Islet, Lake Superior

Arrival 9/18/2024 Departure 9/18/2024

Silver Islet refers to both a small rocky island and a small community located at the end of the Sibley Peninsula, on Lake Superior, in north-western Ontario, Canada. A silver ore deposit can be found beneath the tiny reef, 380 metres under the lake. The mine was operated from 1869 to 1884 and proved to be very prosperous; however, the constraints linked to pumping the water and the extremely difficult working conditions resulted in its closure. Silver Islet is located in a fascinating natural setting enhanced by the waters of the lake. It is ideal for great encounters with the communities living there, and for really exploring nature, on foot, by Zodiac dingy and by kayak, to make the most of its extraordinary views.

Sailing Lake Superior

September 19, 2024 - Sailing Lake Superior

Arrival 9/19/2024 Departure 9/19/2024

Lake Superior stands in a league of its own. It is not only the largest and deepest of the Great Lakes of North America , it is also the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area, holding around 10% of the globe’s surface freshwater! It was named by the first European settlers, who had noticed its higher altitude compared to the other four lakes. Lake Superior connects with Lake Huron and Lake Michigan via the Sault Ste. Marie locks. From the decks of your ship, you will relish your experience of sailing on this vast inland body of water, and imagine it entirely frozen over during the winter months...


September 19, 2024 - Duluth

On the edge of Lake Superior, in Minnesota, Duluth is a flourishing port city founded in 1679 by the Frenchman Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut. In this region inhabited by the Ojibwe and Dakota tribes among others, the fur trade developed with the Hudson’s Bay Company and contributed to the city’s prominence. Exceptionally surrounded by stunning nature, Duluth is a holiday spot popular with wealthy families, as evidenced by the beautiful Victorian mansions such as Glensheen Mansion , built in the early 20th century. Enjoy wandering around the city or, if you would prefer a different perspective and another way to discover the region, take an excursion aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad and visit its museum.

Bayfield & Apostle Islands

September 20, 2024 - Bayfield & Apostle Islands

Arrival 9/20/2024 Departure 9/20/2024

Discover Bayfield , in the southern Lake Superior region in the state of Wisconsin. Founded in 1856, this small city, nestling in the curve of an unspoiled peninsula, projects an old-world charm with its Victorian houses. As soon as you arrive, you will dive into its traditions during a performance by the Ojibwe tribe, descended from the First Nations, for whom this region is the spiritual heart. Bayfield is also the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore , a protected natural area around the Apostle Islands, an archipelago comprising 21 enchanting islands offering dense forests, magnificent lighthouses, birdwatching, and remarkable red sandstone sea caves. Explore these islands on a local boat and discover their fascinating shorelines carved by the elements.

Sailing through Keweenaw Waterway

September 21, 2024 - Sailing through Keweenaw Waterway

Arrival 9/21/2024 Departure 9/21/2024

South of Lake Superior, your ship will cross the Keweenaw Peninsula via the eponymous waterway along the Portage River. This stretch of land located in the north of the State of Michigan is part of the Copper Country, home to large mines run by the Native Americans over 5,000 years ago and rediscovered thanks to their descendants at the beginning of the 18th century. A copper rush ensued, with waves of immigration from Finland and Northern Europe. The river separates the towns of Houghton, in the south, and Hancock, in the northern part also known as Copper Island  or Kuparisaari by the Finnish immigrants. So, crossing Keweenaw also means looking back over the region’s history.

September 21, 2024 - Sailing Lake Superior

Mackinac Island

September 22, 2024 - Mackinac Island

Arrival 9/22/2024 early morning Departure 9/22/2024

Close to the banks of Lake Huron in the State of Michigan, Mackinac Island promises a real journey through time. Originally inhabited by Amerindians, then occupied by French and British colonists, this small island measuring only a few km² still retains an atmosphere of yesteryear today, with its Victorian-style buildings and elegant horse-drawn carriages. Fort Mackinac, on the heights of the island, is a reminder of the conflicts that punctuated the history of this strategic place, a former fur trade centre. In addition to this scenery from the past, the island offers magnificent fine sandy beaches and is home to one of the oldest National Parks in the United States.


September 23, 2024 - Algoma

Arrival 9/23/2024 early morning Departure 9/23/2024

Nestled on the western shores of Lake Michigan, at the far south of the Door Peninsula, the charming town of Algoma offers a perfect blend of traditions and gentle way of life. Beneath its azure sky, nature captivates and enchants… the rivers intertwine , bordering the pine forests. The chiselled mountains in the background are like benevolent sentries watching over this wild land, where nature reveals its millennia-old secrets. The seabirds bring wonder via their aerobatic show. Fall under the spell of this charming town during a moment frozen in time.


September 24, 2024 - Milwaukee

Arrival 9/24/2024 early morning Disembarkation 9/24/2024 at 7:00 AM

Nested on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee , the largest city in the State of Wisconsin, harmoniously combines tradition and modernity. Industrial long ago, the city, known as Brew City because of its old breweries renowned all over the world, is experiencing a certain renaissance. While warehouses have given way to restaurants, bars, theatres and art galleries in the city centre, the district still retains traces of its manufacturing past. Further south lies Chicago , the economic centre of the Midwest, with an interesting mix of natural and urban landscapes: its immense skyscrapers, diverse architecture, many parks and magnificent beaches make the city a popular destination.

Le Champlain

Like the rest of the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Champlain successfully manages to subtly combine the desire to explore the remotest regions of the planet with the comfort and privacy of a cosily intimate ship . To the innovative and environmentally friendly equipment are added elegant design and a unique atmosphere in keeping with the whole PONANT universe. Your dream of a cruise onboard a cosily intimate ship is thus made possible through the combination of an authentically genuine voyage experience together with discreet luxury. 

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Make your dreams of adventure come true, explore the boundaries of the world, and discover wild and legendary territories. The icy immensity of Antarctica, the constantly changing glaciers and icebergs of the North Pole, the mysterious mists of the North European coastlines, the most remote fjords on the planet… Every destination unveils unrivalled landscapes, home to increasingly varied fauna. Our team of naturalist-guides will share their knowledge with you during varied lectures about the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology, the fauna and flora, and will invite you to share special moments with the local populations.


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Shore excursions, Pre/Post & Overlands



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Enhance your cruise and extend your trip with a carefully designed programme.

Day 1 – Thunder Bay

Meet at Thunder Bay Airport in the Arrival hall. Look for PONANT sign. You will be greeted by our local representative off the flight selected by PONANT or any other flight (provided that you have previously communicated your flight schedule to your travel agent).

You will be transferred to the hotel Delta hotel by Marriott 4*.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 – Thunder Bay

After breakfast and check-out, start your morning with a historical walking tour of Thunder Bay.  

Start your walk along Thunder Bay waterfront, including Prince Arthur’s Landing and Northcore, formally known as Port Arthur. Thunder Bay boasts over 400 pieces of public art in a range of mediums that pay homage to the city's history, culture and ties to the waters of Lake Superior.

You will make several stops such as Lyceum Theatre, Thunder Bay Courthouse, the Armoury and multiple churches. The focus of the narration for this portion will focus on the historical architecture styles used in this former remote outpost and the heritage of the first immigrants to settle in the area.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

At the end of your walking tour, board your coach and explore the areas of Thunder Bay beyond the shoreline including the story of the joining of Fort William and Fort Arthur to create modern day Thunder Bay and finally the charming area of the Bay & Algoma Historic district with its quaint shops, boutiques, cafes and well preserved historic buildings.

You will then be transferred to the pier to embark on board your ship.

Your hotel:

The Delta hotel by Marriott 4* is located on Thunder Bay waterfront, close to all local attractions. The hotel features a restaurant and a gym.

Upgraded rooms are also available depending on availability and on a supplement basis. Contact your travel professional for further detail.

Your programme includes:

  • 1-night accommodation Partial Lake View at the Delta hotel by Marriott, ,4* local standards (or similar), breakfast included.
  • Meals as mentioned in the programme.
  • Beverage package during meals (bottled water + 1 soft drink or 1 glass of wine or 1 local beer and 1 coffee or tea).
  • Transfers, visits, and entrance fees as mentioned in the programme.
  • The services of a local English-speaking guide.
  • Hospitality desk at the hotel, the day of your arrival.

Your programme does not include:

  • Diner on day 1.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Visa if necessary.
  • Tips for the driver and local guide.
  • Early check-in.
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme.

Please note:

  • It is imperative that the details of your departure flight are provided to your travel agent, no later than 30 days before the start date of your cruise, to secure the proper private transfer.
  • Official hotel check-in time is 3:00 p.m.
  • Early check-in might be available depending on availability and on a supplement basis.
  • This programme is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Contact of your hotel:

Delta Hotels Thunder Bay by Marriott 2240 Sleeping Giant Parkway Thunder Bay P7A 0E7 Ontario, Canada Telephone number: 807 344 0777

Duration and order of the visits may vary. To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

Total : $600



After disembarkation procedures are completed, you will be greeted at the port by our local representative.

Once in the city, experience the renowned Chicago River Architecture Cruise on a ship privatized for Ponant guests. Float down the River and enjoy the wonderful architecture of the city, the historical bridges and the emblematic buildings of the windy city as it is called. Enjoy the comments of your tour guide specialized in architecture and find out how the city was constructed from the ground up after the Great Chicago Fire.

After lunch, you will explore with your English-speaking guide, Millennium Park, the beautiful centrepiece of downtown Chicago. Here you’ll find the Concert Pavilion designed by Frank Gehry, the beautiful Lurie Gardens and the beloved “Bean”, (Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate”) an enormous stainless steel sculpture reflecting the skyline and a favorite spot for photos.

Your guide will point out historic areas, incredible photo opportunities and some of the world’s most recognizable architecture in Chicago’s “Loop.” You will have the chance to get off the bus for photos and close up exploration of a few pieces of the city’s wonderful collection of public art – including Picasso, Chagall, Miro and Dubuffet. Chicago is a “Sister City” to Paris. The original plan included wide boulevards and many Beaux Arts structures including the magnificent Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. You will travel on famed Lake Shore Drive where you’ll see Chicago’s iconic skyline reflected in glittering Lake Michigan.

You will then be transferred to the airport in time for check-in for the PONANT selected flight.

  • Meals as mention in the programme.
  • Beverages package during meals (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee or tea).
  • Transfers and visits as mentioned in the program.
  • Services of a local English-speaking guide
  • Visas fees if necessary
  • Other services not mentioned in the program.

In the event of schedule changes of PONANT’s selected flight, your programme will be adapted to ensure the most seamless and enriching experience. The content of your revised programme will be updated on the PONANT website, in My Ponant space and on the PONANT app. The final programme will also be sent to you along with your cruise documents. 

Total : $950


Welcome to one of the world's greatest cities: Chicago, often called the Windy City. Immerse yourself for 4 days in the city's Art and Architecture, discovering its modernist masterpieces, spectacular skyscrapers and world class museums. Take a cruise on the downtown Chicago River and learn about the city and its history. Fine dining opportunities abound as you stroll around the legendary Oak Street. From arts and science to culture and gastronomy, this programme incorporates the essentials Chicago has to offer.

Day 1 – Milwaukee/Chicago

Board your bus for a 2-hours transfer to Chicago and start your city exploration with a Chicago River Architecture Cruise. Specially chartered by PONANT, you will find out how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world's largest cities in less 100 years. You will float down the river discovering Chicago architecture and its history. Today's skyline includes some of the world's most striking and innovative buildings.

Next, you will visit the renowned Art Institute of Chicago. Founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, it is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. The collection includes extensive Impressionist works plus Renaissance, American and Asian masters. The new Modern Wing is a stunning building overlooking Millennium Park.

You will be transferred to your hotel Sofitel Magnificent Mile 5*.

Check-in to your room.

Day 2 - Chicago

Today, your guide will point out historic areas, incredible photo opportunities and some of the world's most recognizable architecture in Chicago's "Loop." You will have the chance to get off the bus for photos and discover of a few pieces of the city's wonderful collection of public art - including Picasso, Chagall, Miro and Dubuffet. Chicago is a "Sister City" to Paris. The original plan included wide boulevards and many Beaux Arts structures including the magnificent Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. You will travel on famed Lake Shore Drive where you'll see Chicago's iconic skyline reflected in glittering Lake Michigan.

Continue with the visit of Millennium Park, the beautiful centerpiece of downtown Chicago. Millennium Park boasts one of the most impressive collections of public art in the world. First planned in 1997 as a way to create new parkland in Grant Park and transform unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots, Millennium Park has evolved into the most significant millennium project in the world. Here you will find the Concert Pavilion designed by Frank Gehry, the beautiful Lurie Gardens and the beloved "Bean", (Anish Kapoor's "Cloud Gate") an enormous stainless-steel sculpture reflecting the skyline and a favorite spot for photos.

Afterwards, continue to explore the history and beautiful architecture of Chicago. On the Gold Coast near Lake Michigan, you'll see the mansions of early industrialists who built here after the Great Chicago Fire. Continue to trendy Lincoln Park to view the lovely gardens and discover how the city has kept its promise that the lakefront would forever be free and open to all.

Return to your hotel.

Your tour guide will have suggestions for dinner on your own.

Optional activity: Evening at the Jazz club

You will experience a classic Chicago evening! Historically, the city's unique location on the Great Lakes made it the crossroads of America for great food and music. Discover a famous spot for Chicago style BBQ baby back ribs, chicken and seafood.

Then you will go next door to an intimate Jazz Club. Sit back and enjoy some of the best musicians in the city in this "listening room" environment where jazz is revered. Some of the best known local and national jazz acts perform here. Acts range from standards to contemporary. You will be immersed in the joy that is jazz!

Day 3 – Chicago

Start your day with a trip to the leafy suburb of Oak Park. This is where the architect Frank Lloyd lived and worked. The first homes he designed are found on the lovely streets here. You will visit his Home and Studio for an in depth look at the master who was the forerunner of modern home design.

Return to Chicago to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Next, discover the Wabash Arts Corridor. Discover wonderful murals inserted into the urban setting of the vibrant South Loop. Whether they are humorous, whimsical, or profound, they all tell you something about the artist and yourself. You will also see some stunning, long forgotten architecture on "Motor Row" where automobile showrooms were as beautiful as the vehicles they sold. See how "adaptive reuse" of factory buildings now creates a neighbourhood of loft style homes for the modern era.

In the same neighbourhood, visit Blues Heaven at Chess Records, a small museum honouring the Blues legends that made Chicago famous. Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, and Chuck Berry all recorded here. The Rolling Stones took their name from a Muddy Waters song and recorded "2120 S. Michigan Avenue" there in 1964 as an homage to this great bluesman.

Experience a private concert with one of the city's best blues artists during your visit!

Return to the hotel in time for dinner on your own.

Day 4 - Chicago

Après le petit déjeuner, libération de votre chambre et temps libre selon l’horaire de votre vol retour.

Vous serez conduit à l’aéroport en correspondance avec le vol sélectionné par PONANT ou de tout autre vol de départ choisi, sous réserve d’en avoir communiqué les détails au préalable à votre conseiller.

Designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, the Sofitel Magnificient Mile 5* is one of Chicago's most remarkable modern skyscrapers, located near the famous Magnificent Mile shopping street. There's a sophisticated but comfortable flair throughout the hotel, from the boisterous red-and-white décor at the restaurant CDA to the tidy natural-light-filled rooms with a panoramic view of the city.

  • 3-nights accommodation in Luxury room at the Sofitel Magnificent Mile 5* local standards (or similar), including breakfast.
  • Beverage package during meals (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer or 1 glass of wine + 1 tea or coffee).
  • Transfers, visits and entrance fees as mentioned in the programme.
  • Services of a local English-speaking guide.
  • Tips for the local guide.
  • The official check out time is at noon.
  • The amount of twin rooms are limited and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
  • If you booked the optional activity: evening at the Jazz Club, it is mandatory to present your passport upon arrival at the jazz club as the entry is limited to adults over 21 years old in the United States.
  • The chartered cruise by PONANT is guaranteed from 50 passengers. If less than 50 passengers are booked, the cruise will be shared with local clients.

Contact of your hotel:   Sofitel Magnificent Mile 20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611, United-State Telephone number: +1 312-324-4000

Total : $3,810

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Daily Cruises & Tickets

Sightseeing cruises.

Enjoy the best sightseeing on Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor. Vista Fleet is the Northland’s longest and only running locally owned harbor cruise company. Choose between our 75 minute Duluth Waterfront Tour or the full 1 hour and 45 minute Grand Sightseeing Cruise. All cruises are professionally narrated and offer an abundance of interactive fun and information. Tours run daily, May – October. Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating is available. Concessions and a full cash bar are available on board each vessel. Reservations are recommended. Join us today!

Dining Cruises

Whether you have two guests in your party or 150, we will help you create the perfect night out. You’ll experience ever-changing 360-degree views of the Duluth Superior Harbor and Lake Superior. Combine this with delicious food, narrated tour highlights and music during your evening event. Also enjoy our family friendly cruise option. These Duluth excursions are not to be missed!

Typical Dinner Cruise Experience: Welcome Aboard- You’ll know you’re in for a special evening the moment you step aboard. Tables are designed for family-style seating with other guests, reminiscent of ocean-going cruises. Enjoy a refreshing beverage and explore the boat and the outer decks while our crew casts off for a fabulous evening on Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor.

Bon Appetit- Enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Bellisio’s Catering; a Northland favorite!

Oh, Beautiful- Savor your dinner over beautiful dinner music and narrated highlights of the harbor with a never-ending view of Duluth’s unique skyline.

Relax- After dessert take your drinks topside and relax on the outdoor observation deck. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views and exquisite sunset over the Duluth skyline.

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The best way to see Wisconsin’s “Crown Jewels” , the 21 island archipelago, is on the water — on an Apostle Islands Cruise out of Bayfield, WI. Unleash your sense of wonder with the adventures, stories, and awe-inspiring beauty that await you on Apostle Island National Lakeshore.

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The Grand Tour

Narrated scenic island cruise.

The complete, must-do Apostle Islands experience with entertaining and insightful narration from the captain. Over the course of 2.5 hours and 55-miles, you’ll see all the most iconic sights , from historic lighthouses to intricate sea caves.

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All Day Adventures

Lighthouse Tours

Hop-on, hop-off to nps guided tours.

Our Michigan Island Lighthouse Tour transports you to see twin beacons that saved countless lives. Our Raspberry Island Lighthouse Tour takes you back in time to see the beautifully restored lighthouse and island.

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Round-trip & drop-off, pick-up options.

Our Stockton Island Day Hiking shuttle brings enthusiasts to gorgeous routes and breathtaking views. Our Stockton Island and Oak Island overnight camping shuttles allow campers to spend amazing nights in nature.

Why Should You Visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore?

Stunning natural scenery, windswept beaches, eight historic lighthouses , nature-carved rock formations, marine wildlife, and intricate sea caves – this is Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Along the g orgeous Lake Superior shoreline is an array of natural animal habitats and old-growth remnants forests that make Apostle Islands one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces to explore. From 100-year-old lighthouses to extensive sea cave formations, there’s endless beauty when exploring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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Welcome to Apostle Islands Cruises, where adventure meets tranquility. With a rich history spanning decades, our mission is to provide unparalleled experiences amidst the untamed beauty of Apostle Islands. Embark on our cruises and immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes, rugged sandstone cliffs, and gorgeous Lake Superior waters. We have the perfect voyage tailored just for you. Discover the wonders of the Apostle Islands and create memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to set sail and let your journey begin!

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From lagoons & “singing sands” to historic lighthouse & abandoned towns, the Apostle Islands have 50+ miles of maintained trails to explore.

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Took the cruise in late June in near perfect weather so we were able to fully enjoy the sea caves and lighthouse cruise on the catamaran. The captain provided a lot of narration that was informative and fun. Lots of Dad-worthy jokes. The scenery was beautiful and it was nice to learn about the various islands as we passed by. Saw two lighthouses and the captain was good to turn the boat around so people on both sides could get good views and picture. The sea caves were fascinating to see.

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The Two Lighthouses of Michigan Island

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Nestled on the stunning shores of Lake Superior, Apostle Islands is a hidden gem that awaits your exploration. Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of these 21 breathtaking islands, each boasting its own unique charm and allure.

Explore infinite splendor at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Gaze at the multicolored layers of sandstone on Devils Island that weave a geological tapestry . Walk in the sands of Julian Bay, that “ sing ” when stepped on with bare feet — due to a special quirk of nature. See gray foxes prowling , white fish wandering , and bald eagles roosting .

Discover the magic, embrace the adventure, and create memories that will last a lifetime with Apostle Islands Cruises.

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Cross the width of Lake Superior between Duluth and the Soo Locks, exploring the lake’s North Shore Inside Passage as you sail. Hike along clifftop trails for sweeping views of the lake. Gain insight into the unique features and ecosystems of remote wilderness islands, and admire Kakabeka Falls, the “Niagara of the North.” Follow in the footsteps of fur traders in Duluth and step back in time as you stroll the quaint, car-free streets of Mackinac Island.


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Cruising the Moskva River: A short guide to boat trips in Russia’s capital

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There’s hardly a better way to absorb Moscow’s atmosphere than on a ship sailing up and down the Moskva River. While complicated ticketing, loud music and chilling winds might dampen the anticipated fun, this checklist will help you to enjoy the scenic views and not fall into common tourist traps.

How to find the right boat?

There are plenty of boats and selecting the right one might be challenging. The size of the boat should be your main criteria.

Plenty of small boats cruise the Moskva River, and the most vivid one is this yellow Lay’s-branded boat. Everyone who has ever visited Moscow probably has seen it.

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This option might leave a passenger disembarking partially deaf as the merciless Russian pop music blasts onboard. A free spirit, however, will find partying on such a vessel to be an unforgettable and authentic experience that’s almost a metaphor for life in modern Russia: too loud, and sometimes too welcoming. Tickets start at $13 (800 rubles) per person.

Bigger boats offer smoother sailing and tend to attract foreign visitors because of their distinct Soviet aura. Indeed, many of the older vessels must have seen better days. They are still afloat, however, and getting aboard is a unique ‘cultural’ experience. Sometimes the crew might offer lunch or dinner to passengers, but this option must be purchased with the ticket. Here is one such  option  offering dinner for $24 (1,490 rubles).

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If you want to travel in style, consider Flotilla Radisson. These large, modern vessels are quite posh, with a cozy restaurant and an attentive crew at your service. Even though the selection of wines and food is modest, these vessels are still much better than other boats.

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Surprisingly, the luxurious boats are priced rather modestly, and a single ticket goes for $17-$32 (1,100-2,000 rubles); also expect a reasonable restaurant bill on top.

How to buy tickets?

Women holding photos of ships promise huge discounts to “the young and beautiful,” and give personal invitations for river tours. They sound and look nice, but there’s a small catch: their ticket prices are usually more than those purchased online.

“We bought tickets from street hawkers for 900 rubles each, only to later discover that the other passengers bought their tickets twice as cheap!”  wrote  (in Russian) a disappointed Rostislav on a travel company website.

Nevertheless, buying from street hawkers has one considerable advantage: they personally escort you to the vessel so that you don’t waste time looking for the boat on your own.

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Prices start at $13 (800 rubles) for one ride, and for an additional $6.5 (400 rubles) you can purchase an unlimited number of tours on the same boat on any given day.

Flotilla Radisson has official ticket offices at Gorky Park and Hotel Ukraine, but they’re often sold out.

Buying online is an option that might save some cash. Websites such as  this   offer considerable discounts for tickets sold online. On a busy Friday night an online purchase might be the only chance to get a ticket on a Flotilla Radisson boat.

This  website  (in Russian) offers multiple options for short river cruises in and around the city center, including offbeat options such as ‘disco cruises’ and ‘children cruises.’ This other  website  sells tickets online, but doesn’t have an English version. The interface is intuitive, however.

Buying tickets online has its bad points, however. The most common is confusing which pier you should go to and missing your river tour.

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“I once bought tickets online to save with the discount that the website offered,” said Igor Shvarkin from Moscow. “The pier was initially marked as ‘Park Kultury,’ but when I arrived it wasn’t easy to find my boat because there were too many there. My guests had to walk a considerable distance before I finally found the vessel that accepted my tickets purchased online,” said the man.

There are two main boarding piers in the city center:  Hotel Ukraine  and  Park Kultury . Always take note of your particular berth when buying tickets online.

Where to sit onboard?

Even on a warm day, the headwind might be chilly for passengers on deck. Make sure you have warm clothes, or that the crew has blankets ready upon request.

The glass-encased hold makes the tour much more comfortable, but not at the expense of having an enjoyable experience.

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Getting off the boat requires preparation as well. Ideally, you should be able to disembark on any pier along the way. In reality, passengers never know where the boat’s captain will make the next stop. Street hawkers often tell passengers in advance where they’ll be able to disembark. If you buy tickets online then you’ll have to research it yourself.

There’s a chance that the captain won’t make any stops at all and will take you back to where the tour began, which is the case with Flotilla Radisson. The safest option is to automatically expect that you’ll return to the pier where you started.

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