Great Lakes Cruising Returns for a Record Year


After a two-year hiatus, cruising on the Great Lakes is back and 2022 is expected to be a record-breaking year with more cruise ships serving more passengers than ever, according to Cruise the Great Lakes, the region’s cruise marketing program focused on bringing economic value and growth to ports and communities.

Nine ships will cruise the Great Lakes this year, visiting port cities large and small such as Cleveland, Ohio; Duluth, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Muskegon and Mackinac Island, Michigan; Thunder Bay, Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario; and Chicago, Illinois.

Cruise lines include Pearl Seas, American Queen Voyages, St. Lawrence Cruise Lines and Viking Cruises (for the first time), among several others, and the combined voyages are projected to generate an economic impact of over $120 million.

“Great Lakes cruising makes travel easy, with no need to pack and unpack here. Travelers will find great value and a quality experience where someone else can do the driving,” says David Lorenz, chair of Cruise the Great Lakes and vice president of Travel Michigan. “Great Lakes cruising offers a unique two-nation destination experience including a diversity of people and places.”

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