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Great Lakes & Waterfronts: Chicago to Toronto - 2022

Chicago • 9-night Great Lakes small ship cruise with Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Detroit, Cleveland, Niagara Falls • Toronto
  • Ocean Explorer Product Carousel Atrium and Main Staircase
    CRUISE ON THE 5-STAR OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
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Quick facts
Launch: 2021
Length: 104.4 Meters
Max Capacity: 162 guests — 134 for polar expeditions
Cabins: 77, including a landmark 15 solo cabins — 80% of all cabins feature a private veranda

The intimate Ocean Explorer is the cruise industry’s newest and most premier small ship built for global exploration. Accommodating just 162 guests (134 guests on  expeditions), the ship is outfitted with the latest satellite, sustainability, and navigation capabilities, including SOLAS “Safe Return to Port” requirements and ULSTEIN X-BOW® technology, a significant enhancement for smooth sailing in polar seas.

On all Vantage small ship cruises, education is an essential component of the journey. Enjoy talks from notable scholars, onboard historians who travel alongside you, and handpicked regional experts. On polar expeditions with Vantage, you’ll attend lectures, lessons, and activities offered by a 17-member Expedition Team of experts in fields ranging from biology to oceanography.

In your downtime, you’ll find relaxation and luxury aboard the Ocean Explorer. Visit the gym or onboard spa for a facial, massage, even a haircut. Soak in the hot tub after a rewarding day of sightseeing. Enjoy gourmet fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus outstanding culinary experiences built into your journey. And because there’s no more than 162 fellow travelers onboard, (134 guests on expeditions) you’ll enjoy small group outings by day and share meals, stories, and fun with new friends by night.

  • 77 cabins, including a landmark 15 solo cabins
  • The latest satellite and navigation capabilities, including ULSTEIN X-BOW® technology
  • State-of-the-art safety technology, Polar Code 6 compliant, and fully compliant with the latest SOLAS requirements in expedition cruising in Antarctica and the Arctic
  • Environmentally friendly standards with reduced emissions into air and sea and lower energy consumption

Amenities:

  • A culinary program offering gourmet dining and regional fare, with wine and beer included at dinner
  • Hot-rock cooking restaurant
  • Multistory lounge and lobby
  • Three bars and various lounges
  • Top deck observation deck for gatherings, lecturers, performances, and more
  • Spa, massage, and hair services available at the onboard spa
  • Sauna
  • Two hot tubs
  • Fitness center
  • Curated lectures, programs, musical performances, and cultural events
  • Low passenger-to-crew ratio, plus onboard Concierge (not available on expeditions)
  • On expeditions, enjoy the services and curated lectures of a 5- or 17-person Expedition Team, comprised of experts in their field
  • Knowledgeable staff by region; expedition cruises will be led by an experienced Expedition Team
  • Onboard medical doctor (travelers are responsible for medical fees associated with doctor visit and medications)
  • Gift Shop
  • Library with over 200 titles
  • Separate, intimate dining space for groups or special events (available upon request)
  • Complimentary unlimited WiFi (WiFi on certain segments of trips may not be available)
  • 20+ live TV channels featuring popular US news channels, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and National Geographic
  • Entertainment and video on demand for 250 classic movies

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Journey Great Lakes & Waterfronts: Chicago to Toronto A Voyage along the Great Lakes – with Smithsonian Journeys
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Included Tours and Special Features 21 included features and Cultural Discoveries

Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: Georgian Bay

The services of a Cruise Director, plus shipboard commentary, regional experts, and private motorcoach for excursions 

10 Included Tours

A program of onboard enrichment provided by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts – American Maritime Historian Frederick Stonehouse and Geologist Kirt Kempter
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Meals 34 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 11 dinners, with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner on board
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