The Magic of Mackinac Island

Travel expert Stephen Burnett calls the Great Lakes the “last un-cruised region of the world.” Some of that is due to the size limitations on ships that pass through the locks and canals. Only smaller cruise ships can navigate these waters. This limitation makes it all the more special that we have the opportunity to …

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Sturgeon Bay & Door County

Victory Cruise Lines offers special experience in the Great Lakes. Take for example Sturgeon Bay & Door County. Step ashore in the port of Sturgeon Bay and visit the Door County Maritime Museum. Situated along the bustling waterfront, this museum showcases the region’s rich maritime heritage from its fishing fleet and hardy sea captains to …

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Sailing the Great Lakes

From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago – Exploration in your Back Yard

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 …

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Former Cruise West Ships – Where are they now?

Back in the 90's and into most of the 2000's, Cruise West was a major player in the small ship cruising niche industry. Many of our clients fell in love with their Alaska experience and the ships. With the one-year anniversary of the Cruise West's demise approaching, we like to check in on the former …

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Two Former Cruise West Ships Reappointed within 24 Hours

I just find it so interesting that two of the now defunct Cruise West ships have been re-appointed within the past 24 hours. Spirit of Yorktown - now Yorktown with Travel Dynamics International sailing the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes more... Spirit of Endeavour - now Safari Endeavour with American Safari Cruises now sailing Alaska …

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Yorktown to Sail Great Lakes / Atlantic Coast for Travel Dynamics

Travel Dynamics International, a leading operator of high-caliber educational programs aboard small cruise ships, recently announced that they have acquired the Spirit of Yorktown from the now defunct Cruise West cruise line. The ship, renamed "Yorktown," will sail the Atlantic Coast, Canandian Maritimes and Great Lakes during the summer of 2012. The Yorktown is the …

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Small ship lines help Cruise West passengers

If you were booked or thinking of booking Cruise West, we need to talk. By now you should have applied for your refund through your credit card, travel insurance or USTOA. My other small ship operators are reaching out to accommodate Cruise West passengers. There are a number of options depending on your destination. Some …

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