While it’s thrilling to travel to and explore foreign, exotic lands, sometimes we forget about the adventures in our own back yard. The Great Lakes make up the largest inland sea in the world. These five interconnected lakes hold 21 percent of the world’s fresh water and cover an area larger than the entire United Kingdom. The lakes are home to an astonishing variety of fish and water birds. The scenery—including the lakes’ 35,000 islands—is among the most spectacular in North America. And the grand entry of the lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, is one of the engineering marvels of the world.
This summer, Yorktown explores these two magnificent waterways via From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago, carrying guests to places all travelers to this region long to see; the amazing Welland Canal, whose eight locks will lift our ship by 326.5 feet as it transits from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie; majestic Niagara Falls; enchanting Mackinac Island, where everyone travels by horse-drawn carriage; and the captivating Henry Ford Museum outside Detroit. Travel Dynamics has also included wonderful destinations that appear on few, if any, itineraries. Take a train through Ontario’s Agawa Canyon, passing steep canyon walls, four lovely waterfalls, and dense, unspoiled forests. In Michigan, we’ll explore two delightful 19th-century towns, Saugatuck and Charlevoix.
For this journey, a team of talented historians, all experts in their respective fields of study will be onboard. William B. Cogar, retired President and CEO of The Mariners’ Museum, is a life-long student of naval history who has taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. Adam Watson, anthropologist and archaeologist at the American Museum of Natural History, is an expert on the political and economic life of the Iroquois in upstate New York during the 17th and 18th centuries. And Walter Lewis is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the history of the Great Lakes. Each of these study leaders will enrich our understanding of the lands and waterways we encounter on this voyage through lectures and informal discussions onboard.
This voyage lets you discover the grand scenery and fascinating history of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, all from the deck of a handsomely designed, comfortably furnished cruise ship. Set sail aboard Yorktown, exploring the splendors of two of North America’s most majestic waterways.