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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

Ships: Grande Mariner
Grande Caribe

Notes: *Per person/Double occupancy. Port Charges $295.00 per person. Fuel surcharges apply. R=Reverse Itinerary
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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15-Night small ship cruise features urban and rural views of Chicago, Cleveland, and New York

Photo of Mackinac Island, MI on a cruise from chicago


Cruise from Chicago through four of the great lakes on your way to the Atlantic. This remarkable cruise from Chicago takes you 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 New York State on your way to Warren, Rhode Island. This cruise from Chicago to Rhode Island is a truly remarkable experience through some of America’s finest waterways.

This is arguably one of the most amazing itineraries, offering striking water views of Chicago, Cleveland and New York and contrasting panoramic views of rural areas along some of America’s most historic waterways.

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Great American Waterways: Cruise From Chicago to Rhode Island Itinerary

Great American Waterways cruise from Chicago Map

Day 1: Chicago is your gateway to adventure on some of America’s most legendary waterways.

Day 2: Discover Manistee, MI*, nestled between Lake Michigan and Manistee Lake. Known for its elegant architecture, this Victorian port city exudes historic charm.

Day 3: Travel to quaint Mackinac Island, MI, an historic summer retreat whose beauty and charm is preserved by its ban on motorized transportation. This evening enjoy learning about the history of this region.

Day 4: A full day of cruising takes you through scenic Lake Huron, the 2nd largest of the Great Lakes.

Photo of Erie Canal on a cruise from chicagoDay 5: This morning arrive in Wyandotte, MI, located on the lively Detroit River. Take an optional transfer to explore either the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village.

Day 6: Welcome to Cleveland, OH on the shores of Lake Erie. Tonight, learn how to make pierogis during a dinner-time cooking demonstration. Later, enjoy an onboard musical performance.

Day 7: The only Great Lake port in Pennsylvania, awaits. In Port Erie** an onboard discussion focuses on the area’s colorful history.

Day 8: Buffalo, NY is known for its sports, snow, and special sauce! Today an optional tour to Niagara Falls includes a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist. Tonight, a jazz duo entertains.

Chicago cruise inside lock 11 on the Erie CanalDay 9: After a day of cruising through the Welland Canal and scenic Lake Ontario, you’ll arrive in Rochester, NY, home of George Eastman, the founder of Kodak.

Day 10: In Oswego, NY, you reach the gateway to the famed Erie Canal. Witness the unique feat of lowering the ship’s pilot house to travel under low bridges.

Day 11: An expert birder points out interesting species along the Oswego Canal. In Sylvan Beach, NY, perched on the picturesque eastern shore of Oneida Lake, the history and music of the Erie Canal comes to life during an onboard performance.

Day 12: Cruise the famed Erie Canal going where no other cruise lines can go.

Day 13: Enjoy canal cruising as you travel through this historic part of New York on your way to Troy. Experience local culture through an onboard musical performance.

Day 14: In Kingston, NY, either Hyde Park or Vanderbilt Mansion will be available as an option. Hyde Park includes visiting “Springwood,” the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt now home to his presidential library and museum (available eastbound only).

Day 15: Travel to West Point, home of the illustrious United States Military Academy. Enjoy an evening cruise of New York Harbor, passing the Statue of Liberty.

Day 16: A morning cruise through Narragansett Bay returns you to Warren, RI, a classic New England town nearby famed Newport.

Small ship cruising on the Erie Canal
We are one of the only overnight cruise lines that can transit the entire historic Erie Canal.


Extend your Trip:

1 Pre/Post night in Chicago from $299.00

2 night extension in Chicago from $598.00

1 Pre/Post night in Providence from $279.00

2 night extension in Providence from $558.00

Bring your passport for Niagara Falls option!

Photo Credit: Blount Small Ship Adventures