Victory Cruise Lines rolls out bevy of new 2020 itineraries

The 202-passenger Victory I here, and sister vessel Victory II, will explore a wider range of destinations in 2020 The 202-passenger Victory I here, and sister vessel Victory II, will explore a wider range of destinations in 2020

Victory Cruise Lines is introducing six new itineraries for 2020, building on 2019's 'Splendor of the Great Lakes' (Chicago-Toronto) and 'Canadian Crown Jewels' (Montréal-Boston) routes in 2019.

This is the first season the 202-passenger Victory I and Victory II are being operated by American Queen Steamboat Co.

'Our team was thrilled with the 2019 itineraries and is proud to have expanded those offerings with the new 2020 itineraries,' said John Waggoner, chairman and CEO, American Queen Steamboat Co.

New itineraries

'North America’s Coastal Connection,' offered on both ships, begins at Ontario's Port Colborne (Niagara Falls) and travels to Chicago in nine days. Ports include Detroit, Green Bay and Mackinac Island on Lake Huron.

'St. Lawrence Seaway Exploration' on Victory I begins with a pre-cruise overnight in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before departing on an 11-day voyage that ends at Buffalo, New York. The ship will head through the Strait of Canso to the St. Lawrence Seaway and Ontario’s Thousand Islands. Ports include Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Québec City, Montreal and Port Colborne (Niagara Falls).

'Masterpieces of the Great Lakes' on Victory I sails from Chicago to Hamilton, Ontario. The nine-day travels through Lake Michigan to the Port of Muskegon, to Lake Huron for Mackinac Island and then Lake Erie with stops at Detroit, Cleveland and Port Colborne (Niagara Falls).

Canadian Maritimes showcased

'Provincial Passage to New England,' on Victory I, sails from Hamilton to Boston in a 13-day journey showcasing the Canadian Maritimes. Beginning with a pre-cruise stay at Niagara Falls, then departing from Hamilton, the cruise sails through Ontario’s Thousand Islands and continues on the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montréal, Québec City, Charlottetown, Halifax and Portland (Maine).

Victory II will operate 'Canada’s Southern Coast,' from Bar Harbor to Port Colborne in a 14-day journey that highlights the Maritime provinces and French Canada. Ports include Halifax, Charlottetown, Québec City, Montréal, Québec, Kingston (Ontario) and Port Colborne (Niagara Falls).

Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Montréal

'Great Lakes Grand Discovery' on Victory II sails from Chicago to Montréal in a 13-ay cruise that explores Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the southern Canadian coast. The trip begins with a pre-cruise stay in Chicago before Victory II sets sail across Lake Michigan, en route to Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie and Little Current (Manitoulin Island) on Lake Huron, then Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Fares for the 2020 cruises begin at $3,299 on Victory I and $3,799 on Victory II.

Posted 13 June 2019

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