Breathe in the misty air as the cascade of Niagara Falls plunges into the foaming waters below, and watch sun rays dance through the rugged bedrocks and white pine forests of the Georgian Bay. Masterful regional cuisine, carefully selected destinations and educational enrichment enhance each cherished day.

Chicago, IL

they invented deep dish pizza,
the twinkie, and electric

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

See Earth’s raw power on full display during an unforgettable encounter with a natural wonder of the world. Thoughts swirl in the surreal roar of rushing water as it crashes into the jadegreen lake below. Excitement escalates as we climb aboard our aboard a catamaran to sail into the mesmerizing mist.

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

The entirety of this charming island is a National Historic Landmark, and motor vehicles are not allowed, so explorations of Fort Mackinac are done by horse-drawn carriage. Visit the iconic Grand Hotel, the coastal resort famed for hosting presidents, authors and inventors and known for having “The World’s Largest Porch.”

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Toronto, Ontario

Where the whiskey is 90 proof and
the distillery is 100% haunted.

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Great Lakes Cruises

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and experience magic tailor-made for you by expert guides and crew members. Aboard a Great Lakes cruise with American Queen Voyages, you can expect to be engulfed in the spacious luxury of your stateroom, enriching onboard entertainment, personalized service, and fine dining that reflects local flavors. From the history of Mackinac Island and French-Canadian towns to spectacular wildlife and breathtaking shorelines, you are sure to soak in fascinating local cultures on your Great Lakes cruise. 


Whether you are looking for a fascinating adventure closer to home or want to explore the treasures of North America, cruises on the Great Lakes are the experience you seek. With the variety of itineraries offered by American Queen Voyages, you will find the best great lakes cruise for you. Touring the Great Lakes by ship is the best and easiest way to see the diversity of the area’s attractions in a single trip. 



Great Lake Cruise FAQs 

Are there any cruise ships on the Great Lakes?

There are many cruise lines on the Great Lakes, each offering its own onshore excursions, inclusions, and unique features. American Queen Voyages’ unique cruise liners navigate the Great Lakes and take you where larger cruise ships cannot go. On board the small boutique cruise ship, you will feel at home away from home, enveloped in luxury and spoiled by personalized service and the highest quality amenities. 


What are the most popular destinations to visit when on a cruise around the Great Lakes? 

The Great Lakes are a remarkable opportunity for a cruise and the perfect way to experience the immensity of North American nature. On this adventure, you will intimately get to know the two iconic countries, Canada and the U.S. Here are the destinations not to be missed on your cruise around the Great Lakes. 


Niagara Falls is the most iconic site in the Great Lake region. Feel the immense energy of the falls from the vessel on a boat tour and get closer to the falls than you ever imagined. Experience the historic charm of Mackinac Island, where motor vehicles are not allowed, so explorations are done by horse-drawn carriage. Stroll through fortifications and historic buildings in Quebec. Discover the buzzing life in Toronto along its lively streets and different cultural quarters. From urban marvels of Chicago to emerald and turquoise hues of the Georgian Bay, your Great Lakes cruise will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. 


What sights can you see on a Great Lakes cruise? 

The Great Lakes offer a wide variety of sights and experiences. You might find yourself exploring a town in a horse-drawn carriage, taking in urban allure in Chicago, to kayaking through crystal clear waters in Georgian Bay. You might explore the brewing scene in Milwaukee or take in 360-degree views of stunning Toronto. 


How much do Great Lakes cruises cost? 

The cruises with American Queen Voyages are all-inclusive, which means aside from potential airfare to commence the journey and personal expenses such as souvenirs, everything is included in the cost of the cruise.  


What is included in a Great Lakes cruise? 

Great Lakes cruises with American Queen Voyages include the highest quality amenities, spacious luxury, and comfort to ensure you feel at home away from home. Included in the cost of the cruise you will be welcomed with a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay, ground transfers between hotel and vessel, personally tailored and expertly crafted unlimited guided tours, unlimited beverages at open bars and lounges, acclaimed cuisine in multiple venues, in-room dining, unlimited Wi-Fi, and live entertainment and enrichment onboard.  


How long are Great Lakes cruises? 

The length of Great Lakes cruises ranges from 9 days with 7 port visitations to 16 days with 12 port visitations. 


How many Great Lakes are there? 

The Great Lakes include five lakes, namely Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior. They are freshwater lakes sitting on the border between the U.S. and Canada.