M/V Victory II as featured in the new series of C5's 'Cruising with Jane McDonald'.
Victory Cruise Lines redefines luxury cruising and is the only all-inclusive coastal cruising experience on America’s Great Lakes.
The elegant M/V Victory II sails between Toronto to Chicago May to October each year and takes seven glorious days to navigate Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Erie . With a maximum of 202 passengers per voyage, personal service is guaranteed from beginning to end with fine dining and immersive shore excursions as standard. It may be a small ship, but it delivers big on adventure as you explore parts of the Great Lakes the big vessels can’t access. Along the way you’ll discover the history of America’s Westward expansion, celebrate the achievements of industry at the Henry Ford Museum and marvel at the cultural capital of the Midwest in Chicago.
The ‘jewels in the crown’ are sure to be cascading Niagara Falls, and picturesque Mackinac Island - a National Historic Landmark where motorised vehicles have been prohibited since 1898.
This cruise also operates Chicago to Toronto. Pre/post cruise options are available, plus Premium and Business Class flights and all cruise cabin categories. Programs and schedules may change due to weather, tides, local circumstances and venue changes.
You'll be collected from Toronto Airport and transferred to thundering Niagara Falls for your pre-night cruise hotel stay at the 4 star Hilton Niagara on the edge of the falls, and in the heart of the entertainment district.
The Victory Cruise Line Hospitality Desk is located at the hotel and the friendly staff will be on hand to help you make the most of your time in the area. From a cruise into the misty spray of cascading Horseshoe Falls; to a birds eye view from a helicopter, or a dinner reservation at a swanky restaurant overlooking the falls - they're on hand to arrange this for you.
Enjoy breakfast overlooking the falls and further time exploring the area before you're transferred through the Niagara Wine region to nearby Port Colborne at the southern tip of the Welland Canal.
Enjoy a cocktail on board as you toast your departure for America's Great Lakes!
Step off the MV Victory II today onto what some people refer to as 'America's North Coast' and discover why Clevelanders are so proud of their city.
Cleveland's industrial heritage is mixed with a cosmopolitan vibe and genuine Midwest bonhomie. With three major sports teams, a plethora or top-notch museums and the West Side Market, you'll find this city a delight to explore.
Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where music fans could easily spend the day.
In Motor City visit the vast Henry Ford Museum, housed over nine-acres and as grand as the vision that inspired it. Local experts will guide you through the many exhibits including the limousine that carried JFK on that fateful day; the Rosa Parks bus that ignited the Civil Rights Movement and the chair from the Ford Theatre where President Lincoln was assassinated in whilst watching a play.
Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes with a surface area of 23,000 miles and a shoreline extending an astonishing 3,827 miles, the longest of any of the Great Lakes. Like the other lakes, it was formed towards the end of the last ice age.
After a day of scenic cruising, you'll gather in the ship's dining room for cocktails and a gourmet meal.
When dawn rises this morning, you'll find yourself in the Straits of Mackinac, a channel that connects Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. The entire island is a National Historic Landmark and no motorised vehicles have been allowed here since the late 1890s.
After breakfast, venture ashore this adorable island by horse-drawn carriage which includes a visit to the famous Victorian-era Grand Hotel. During the visit you'll also tour Fort Mackinac which was built by the British in 1780. It was taken by the Americans in 1796 and reclaimed by the British at the start of the War of 1812. You'll also have plenty of free time to stroll around its colourful Market Street and browse the shops and galleries.
Lake Michigan has a surface area of over 22,000 square miles; is the sixth largest lake in the world, and the only Great Lake set entirely in the USA.
In a sub-basin of Lake Michigan and at the head of the Fox River you'll visit Wisconsin's oldest settlement - Green Bay. Here you'll experience the many colours of the city, from red-flowing wineries to shades of local cultivators in markets filled with man- and nature-made goods year-round. Take time out to visit the craft breweries, boutiques and sample its fresh sea fare.
Built on the back of the fur and lumber trade this Lake Michigan holiday hot spot is an outdoors lovers' haven boasting 26 miles of pristine beaches, state parks and an abundant of hiking trails. Maritime history fans gravitate here to tour the USS LST (Landing Ship, Tank) 393 Veterans Museum.
Disembark your Great Lakes adventure at Chicago's popular Navy Pier entertainment area. You've two nights here to explore the Windy City.
Considered one of the USA's most walkable cities, Chicago is full to the brim with urban delights. It's also the home of the skyscraper, so head to the Willis Tower from amazing views over the city from the glass floored 'The Ledge' viewing platform. The Art Institute of Chicago, located in Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the USA and well worth a visit, as too is, the state-of-the-art Field Museum.
In the evening check out the many Blues venues or take a leisurely river cruise to view the city's eclectic architecture.