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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe destination enhancements, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!
Known for its delicious maple syrup, Canada’s sugar shacks are a long-held tradition that dates back to the earliest First Nations people. European settlers arriving in the northeast during the fur trading boom observed Indigenous peoples making high-calorie maple sugar every spring, which was used to sustain them through the tough winter months. The settlers used their technology to improve on the process of tapping maple trees and making crystallized maple sugar, which was then broken down into slices and melted or shaved directly over dishes. Today, sugar shack meals are a popular northeastern event for locals and visitors alike. A sugar shack meal is unlike anything else and you have to be fully prepared to indulge in a rich, delicious, maple-laden meal that will leave you completely satisfied. You’ll be able to celebrate the tradition yourself on this one-of-a-kind, full-day excursion that includes a sugar shack tour and, of course, a full meal!
Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Mackinac Island’s historic Grand Hotel. Featuring the longest porch in the world, this Victorian-era hotel has hosted a roster of illustrious guests, including several U.S. presidents, Thomas Edison, and even Mark Twain. After lunch, head to Fort Mackinac for an immersive tour that includes a cannon and rifle firing event! Back on board, enjoy an engaging historical lecture from a local historian.
The Niagara Peninsula is the largest and most concentrated winemaking region in Canada. Gently blanketing much of the Niagara countryside, the area’s countless vineyards and wineries offer a wide array of one-of-kind, intimate experiences. This optional tour includes a tour of a local winery, followed by a tasting and lunch. Whether you’re a serious connoisseur, or a wandering grazer more interested in food and views, there is a varietal for your palate.
See Chicago’s iconic skyline from a new perspective on a guided architectural boat tour. There are more than 50 buildings that line the Chicago River, which celebrate how this metropolis has thrived over the past century to become one of the world’s largest cities. Later, enjoy a classic Chicago favorite for lunch: deep-dish pizza!
Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts on this optional tour. Located in midtown Detroit, this museum features one of the most renowned art collections in the country. Some of its most notable holdings include Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals and Vincent Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to be featured in a North American museum collection.
Our onboard wine tastings are a guest favorite while sailing and have become a staple of both our ocean journeys and river cruises. Savor rich global flavors from varietals that span the best wine regions on earth, as our onboard expert explains the notes and flavors of each one. Whether you are a connoisseur or a novice, wine tastings offer the perfect balance of indulgence and fun, and are a fantastic way to expand your palate.
The optional activity is available on board your vessel.
Join our onboard expert as they guide you on a journey for the palate as you sample delicious, full-bodied whiskeys from all over the world. Taste the intricate barrel-aged flavors of your favorite small-batch Kentucky bourbon, try a classic 25-year-old Scotch, and enjoy local whiskeys from many of the regions we cruise to, all hand-selected from our private collection
Our exclusive, onboard Chef’s Table Dinner is must-do for any traveler looking for an indulgent dining experience. Hosted by our highly-trained Master Chef, you’ll savor an expertly-prepared, multicourse meal that is sure to be a feast for the senses. This memorable, highly sought-after experience is only available on a limited basis, and you certainly won’t want to miss out.
A wine pairing dinner involves the delicate process of combining a meal with select wines with the purpose of elevating the flavors of each dish and providing a wholly unforgettable dining experience. Our skilled onboard chefs will create an exceptional multicourse dinner, with each course designed to pair perfectly with a chosen wine from our private collection. This incredible dining experience is available on a limited basis on every journey.
This optional onboard experience combines Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s indulgent Chef’s Table Dinner with our exclusive Wine-Pairing Dinner for a truly elevated dining event. Hosted by our highly-trained Master Chef and our onboard wine expert, you’ll savor a skillfully-prepared, multicourse meal where each dish is perfectly paired with a select wine chosen from Vantage’s private collection. This is sure to be a truly unparalleled feast for the senses, but it is only available on a limited basis. Reserve now so you don’t miss out.
Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.