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Great American Waterways: Chicago to Rhode Island

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Trip Length: 16 Days/ 15 Nights

Prices from: $6,699 pp/do*

Single Price: $4,999 pp

2017 Dates: May 31*, Jun 17, July 8*, 21*, 25, Sept 3

2018 Dates: Jun 10 27; Aug 1; Sept 5

Ships: Grande Mariner
Grande Caribe

Notes: Prices are per person based on double cabin occupancy. Port Charges $295.00 per person not included. Fuel surcharges may apply. *=Reverse Itinerary
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Four Great Lakes | Erie Canal | Hudson River

Cruise from Chicago down some of the most astonishing waterways in America, including Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. Visit charming summer retreats and rugged islands as you explore each of the lakes. Then travel on the much fabled Erie Canal as you make your way to the Atlantic, experiencing on-board entertainment and a possible excursion to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. After that, you’ll enjoy the picturesque scenery and small town charm of the Hudson River on your way to Warren, Rhode Island.

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2017 Departures

Chicago to Warren: June 17, July 25, or September 3.

Warren to Chicago: May 31, July 8 or 21.


Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Embark in Chicago, IL

Stand on deck and look to one side: the stunning skyline of Chicago. Look to the other side: the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan, inviting you to adventure. Ready to embark!

Day 2: Manitowoc, WI

Manitowoc is home to Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum, fitting since the city is Wisconsin’s Marine Capital. The Museum shows off the history of the region, including the building of 28 submarines during World War II. If you’d rather take in art than history, head to the Rahr-West Art Museum, home to pieces from Miro, Dali, Picasso and more!

Day 3: Mackinac Island, MI

Mackinac is the time capsule of the Great Lakes! Motorized vehicles were not permitted, so you’ll rely on horse-drawn carriages or bicycles to get around. The island is home to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, or have afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel.

Day 4: Cruise through Lake Huron

Enjoy views of Canada on the ship’s port side, and America on the starboard as you cruise our second Great Lake – Huron!

Day 5: Wyandotte, MI

Dive deep into American history when we dock in Wyandotte! Optional tours for today include visiting the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn (home of President John F Kennedy’s limousine and the bus made famous by Rosa Parks’ protest), or heading to Greenfield Village, a living history of American life from the founding of our country to modern time.

Day 6: Cleveland, OH

Today, we’re in Lake Erie! Cleveland is a fantastic port and home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Or take an optional tour of the city via trolley. (Or ask your cruise agent to check the MLB schedule for a home game!)

Day 7: Erie, PA

Erie comes from the Native American tribe that once lived on the shores. Onboard we’ll enjoy a discussion of the area’s history, or take an optional tour to Presque Isle Park and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. (Available on eastbound cruises only; westbound cruises do not stop in Erie.)

Day 8: Buffalo, NY

MAKE SURE YOU PACK YOUR PASSPORT TO TAKE THE OPTIONAL TOUR TO NIAGARA FALLS! This tour will visit Whirlpool Overlook, Table Rock, and ride the Hornblower.

Day 9: Cruise Welland Canal

The Welland Canal is a gravity-flow canal that will transport the ship into Lake Ontario on our way to dock in Rochester for the evening.

Day 10: Rochester & Oswego, NY

This morning, explore Rochester before we lower the ship’s retractable pilot-house and head into the Erie Canal! On our way to Oswego, we’ll go under the lowest bridges of the canal.

Day 11: Sylvan Beach, NY

Late afternoon, we’ll arrive in Sylvan Beach on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake. After dinner, you’ll have free time to explore the town and meet with locals.

Day 12: Amsterdam, NY

One of the favorite optional tours of this cruise: take an excursion to Cooperstown, NY. In the foothills of the Catskills, you’ll tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Definitely a cruise highlight for many.

Day 13: Troy, NY

After we transit the Mohawk River and Waterford Flight Lock, we’ll be able to raise the retractable pilot-house to its full height! Tonight in Troy, we’ll enjoy an onboard musical performance.

Day 14: Kingston, NY

Visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston. Or choose an optional excursion to Hyde Park or Vanderbilt Mansion. (Tour of Presidential Library and Museum available eastbound only.)

Day 15: West Point, NY

West Point is home to the United States Military Academy. Take the optional tour and visit the campus and Gothic Revival-style Chapel. This evening, make sure you have your cameras handy: we’ll be cruising through New York Harbor, with views of the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Ellis Island, and the NYC skyline!

Day 16: Disembark in Warren, RI

We’ll disembark in the coastal town of Warren.


Ask our agents about extending your cruise with pre- and post- packages available in Chicago and Providence!

Photo Credit: Blount Small Ship Adventures