Great Lakes' cruise tours navigate the St. Lawrence

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- When French explorer Jacques Cartier came upon the St. Lawrence River in 1535, he believed it would lead him to the Northwest Passage and from there, the Orient.

Some 465 years later, the Great Lakes Cruise Co., based here, is offering a Canadian maritime adventure reliving Cartier's voyage.

This fall, travelers can choose from three cruise options to explore the St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Provinces.

While cruising the St. Lawrence, the group will tour some of Canada's cities and picturesque villages. The cruise will culminate as the ship enters the Atlantic Ocean to take in the beauty of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

Available tours include a five-day voyage from Toronto to Montreal Oct. 7 to 12; a 10-day journey from Montreal to Halifax from Oct. 10 to 20, and a combination of both tours for a 13-day cruise Oct. 7 to 20.

The sailings are aboard Le Levant, a 90-passenger luxury expedition vessel equipped to handle secluded coves and remote coastlines.

Staterooms are situated high above the waterline and offer picture-window views.

Trained biologists and historians will be on board to share their knowledge of local customs, culture, history and ecology with passengers.

Guided sightseeing tours, whale-watching and shore excursions are offered.

The cost for the five-day cruise starts at $2,290; the 10-day cruise from $4,845, and the 13-day sailing from $5,860. An optional rail excursion is available.

The price includes a one-night hotel stay, some transfers, on-board meals, receptions, port charges, shipboard gratuities, guide tips, wine with lunch and dinner daily and excursions and sightseeing as indicated.

Great Lakes Cruise Co.
Phone: (888) 891-0203

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