Looking for a freshwater cruising experience like no other? Consider a small-ship Great Lakes cruise. Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario comprise the largest group of freshwater lakes — or “inland seas” — on earth, and our tours explore them all. Nature-lovers will be entranced by the sea-like character of these bodies of water.

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On our unique Great Lakes tour boats, you will traverse great depths, watch the sun rise and set over distant horizons and learn compelling details about the region — both on- and offshore. Along the way, enjoy stops at local wineries, historic lighthouses, museums, aquariums, renowned restaurants and so much more!

Niagara Great Lakes Cruise

As you’ll discover when you click on the individual Great Lakes cruises listed below, each and every one of our trips has something to write home about.

With our Niagara and the Great Lakes trip, for example, you can write about the sheer volume of water cascading over the world-famous Niagara Falls. (For the record, more than 3,000 tons of water cascade over the falls every second!) The roar can be heard for miles, and you’ll have a front-row seat to this magnificent natural wonder.

Or a bird’s eye view if you opt for the helicopter.

And that’s just the beginning! What follows is a trip that comprises eight days and seven nights of splendor aboard the sleek, modern Viking Octantis. Your cross-two-countries trip will include visits to Point Pelee, Ontario, Detroit, Michigan, the Thunder Bay National Maritime Sanctuary, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where you’ll disembark.

Intrigued? There’s more where that trip came from. USA River Cruises offers a multitude of Great Lakes cruises — something for every taste.

Chicago to New York City Great Lakes Cruise

Our Great American Waterways: Chicago to NYC trip is a case in point. Onboard the Grand Caribe, which was refurbished in 2009 and carries 84 passengers, you’ll have a grand time cruising across several great lakes. Starting in the Windy City, you’ll traverse Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. You’ll even get a taste of life on the famous Erie Canal and the Hudson River as you wind your way toward the Atlantic Ocean.

This cruise takes its time: 16 days and 15 nights, to be exact. With scenery that rivals any in North America, you’ll see vast cityscapes and picturesque villages in abundance.

Stops include Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Mackinac Island, Michigan, where horse-drawn carriages are likely the only traffic you’ll see, and Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The itinerary also includes Buffalo, New York, Rochester, New York, and finally New York City. We promise you’ll be a changed person once you disembark in the Big Apple. Seeing the country from a USA River Cruise is a special kind of experience, after all.

USA River Cruises: Great Lakes Cruises

That’s just two of our exciting cruises. There’s so much to explore, and we try to design cruise itineraries that make time for both natural and manmade wonders.

Give us a call today to get started on your own Great Lakes Cruise adventure!

Lakeside Treasure: Chicago River and Lake Michigan Cruise

Roundtrip Chicago

  • 15 Nights
  • June 4, 2022,June 18, 2022
  • From $6,699
  • Victory I
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Splendor of the Great Lakes-Victory II

Chicago to Toronto

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Viking Great Lakes Explorer

Milwaukee to Thunder Bay

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Undiscovered Great Lakes

Thunder Bay to Milwaukee

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Niagara & the Great Lakes

Toronto to Milwaukee

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Canadian Discovery

New York to Toronto

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Splendor of the Great Lakes-Victory I

Chicago to Toronto

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Great Lakes Grand Discovery

Chicago to Montreal

  • 12 Nights
  • August 25, 2022,September 23, 2022
  • From $5,999
  • Victory II
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Great Lakes Grand Discovery

Chicago to Montreal

  • 12 Nights
  • September 23, 2022
  • From $6,399
  • Victory I
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Great Lakes Cruise

Milwaukee to Toronto

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Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway

Portland to Toronto

  • 14 Nights
  • May 14, 2022,August 31, 2022
  • From $9,955
  • Pearl Mist
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Great Lakes and Georgian Bay Cruise

Toronto to Milwaukee

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