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Grande Caribe & Grande Mariner

Magical Lake Michigan: Chicago to Chicago

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Special Features

  • An afternoon of leisure in Chicago invites you to explore this classic American city at your own pace.
  • Enjoy a lively musical performance by local Chicago entertainers.
  • Celebrate the start of your adventure with the Captain's festive welcome cocktail party.
  • Delight in an evening folkloric dance performance, highlighting Milwaukee's German heritage.
  • Conclude your Lake Michigan voyage with a celebratory farewell dinner and onboard entertainment.

7 Nights, 8 Days

Grande Mariner

The Windy City welcomes you! Embark at Chicago's bustling Navy Pier and admire the cobalt waves of Lake Michigan as you unpack and relax. This afternoon, explore the many attractions of Pier Park, including shops, restaurants, gardens, and the iconic ferris wheel, or relax on the ship's sunny top deck beneath the city's spectacular skyline. This world-class city is home to many of the country's most renowned buildings, including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Field Museum, and the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), proudly standing as the second tallest building in the United States.

An overnight sail carries you to the charming town of Holland, MI, a living tribute to the region's historic Dutch heritage. Founded in 1847, Holland is home to canals, cobblestone sidewalks, colorful seasonal tulips, and an authentic 275 year-old working windmill! An optional excursion takes you back in time to visit the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Blue Delft factory, where authentic artisans demonstrate the making of the classic blue and white delftware Dutch pottery.

The largest island on Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is as tranquil as it is lush with greenery and towering, centuriesold trees. This verdant paradise boasts a rich history of Native American, French, and Irish cultures, and was the epicenter of the region's freshwater fishing industry in the 19th century. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, or explore the island's scenic beaches and majestic state forest. This evening, enjoy a leisurely sail to Mackinac Island, a beloved resort destination, where a local musician performs a historical sea shanty for your entertainment onboard the ship.

Serene and lovely Mackinac Island embodies the grace and gentility of the Victorian era with beautifully preserved historic homes and horse-drawn carriages—its only form of transportation! An optional carriage tour of the island includes entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hill Square Carriage Museum. A second optional excursion invites you to the historic Grand Hotel for a traditional Afternoon Tea, complete with scones, finger sandwiches, pastries, sherry, and champagne.

Greet the morning in Wisconsin's Door County, home to Sturgeon Bay, an idyllic shipbuilding port where modern yachts sail among historic lighthouses. An optional morning tour of this enchanting coastal community begins with a local wine tasting, and continues to the Door County Maritime Museum, where you can board an authentic 1930s tugboat or take the wheel of a steamship from 1907. This afternoon sail toward riverside Manitowoc, WI, known as "Wisconsin's Maritime Capital."

A leisurely morning sail brings you to Milwaukee, Wisconsin's largest city. An optional tour begins at City Hall, a German Renaissance Revival-style masterpiece dating to 1895 and a National Historic Landmark since 2005. Continue your optional exploration along the scenic Riverwalk, a pedestrian walkway winding through the city's lively downtown, home to charming cafes, welcoming brewpubs, and delightful local shops. Visit postcard-perfect Cathedral Square, then explore the Milwaukee Art Museum, featuring a marvel of engineering known as the Brise Soleil, a retractable ceiling which opens gracefully over Lake Michigan (subject to weather and availability). Conclude your optional Milwaukee adventure with a tasting of the city's iconic cheese and craft beer at a local brewery. This evening, enjoy a musical performance onboard the ship.

A morning cruise on majestic Lake Michigan carries you back to bustling Chicago, IL. After lunch, get to know this iconic American city during an optional Grand Tour beginning in the South Side, home to the Chicago White Sox. Discover the beauty of the North Side and behold elegant architecture in the Gold Coast historic district and the Magnificent Mile, a world-renowned shopping district on stylish Michigan Avenue. Admire the city's numerous stunning public parks, beginning at Lincoln Park, boasting nearly two miles of lush greenery and gorgeous beaches along the lakefront. Stroll through the Lincoln Park Conservatory, an exquisite showcase of diverse flora, tropical palms, ancient ferns, and flowers blooming in a rainbow of brilliant hues. Visit urban Grant Park and marvel at the opulent Buckingham Fountain, then view Washington Park, home to the DuSable Museum of African American History and its adjacent sculpture garden. Conclude your tour at the Chicago Museum Campus, home to the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field, and the famous Field Museum, dedicated to understanding the physical Earth and its many species. Celebrate the conclusion of your Great Lakes adventure this evening with a festive farewell dinner and onboard entertainment.

Disembark this morning at Chicago's Navy Pier.

Chicago, IL • Holland, MI • Beaver Island, MI • Mackinac Island, MI • Sturgeon Bay, WI • Manitowoc, WI • Milwaukee, WI

Chicago Harbor • Lake Michigan • Lake Macatawa • Straits of Mackinac • Lake Huron • Sturgeon Bay • Manitowoc River • Milwaukee Harbor

All itineraries including ports, activities, and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.