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American Queen Voyages adds overnight stays in the Great Lakes

Mackinaw Island with its iconic Grand Hotel is one of the overnight stops on three new fall voyages
American Queen Voyages added three new fall 2022 Great Lakes sailings that feature overnight stays at Mackinac Island, Montréal, Toronto and Québec City.

'Our valued travel advisors and guests shared how much they enjoy overnights in port while cruising Europe, so we adjusted these autumn voyages to offer opportunities to explore similar storied ports after the sun goes down here in North America,' said Shawn Bierdz, chief operating officer, American Queen Voyages. 'Sunset strolls along the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal and sipping a warm cider during a Mackinac Island carriage ride are among the moments our guests can now enjoy.'

Inspired by Oceania Cruises

This is the first time the company provides overnight port stays. Bierdz said American Queen had taken a cue from the popularity of Oceania Cruises' overnight-packed itineraries.

Sept. 5, Sept. 18 and Oct. 1

The new sailings, on 202-passenger Ocean Navigator, include Sept. 5 Montréal to Chicago and Sept. 18 Chicago to Montréal, both 15 days, and Oct. 1 round-trip Montréal, 12 days. These cruises take place during 'leaf-peeping' season.

Maiden calls at Clayton and Port Weller

Ocean Navigator's new voyages will also call at Clayton, New York, in the heart of the Thousand Islands region, and Port Weller, Ontario, for the first time.

Michigan's Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark where motor vehicles are not allowed, so explorations of Fort Mackinac are by horse-drawn carriage. Passengers may visit the iconic Grand Hotel for a sunset cocktail on its famous long porch and explore its fabled grounds under the stars.

Toronto is Canada's leading tourist destination, a dynamic metropolis with attractions like the 200-year-old St. Lawrence market, music and events.

In Montréal, American Queen Voyages' included city tour showcases urban wonders steeped in history. Passengers will also have time to visit restaurants, music venues and galleries well into the night.

The old world charm of Québec City beckons visitors from around the globe. Château Frontenac towers over Upper Town with its cobbled streets. An evening cocktail and charcuterie board at a local bistro will be a favorite dining activity for many visitors from Ocean Navigator.