Cruise ships are back in the Great Lakes and in Toronto, which is great news now that summer is approaching and Ontarians are resuming the forgotten vacation ritual.
But with always-messy airports and so much natural beauty in our backyard, there’s always the option to cruise to sunny, exotic destinations like…wait…Milwaukee?
Did I read correctly?
It turns out that the beer capital of North America is indeed a popular destination for Ontario travellers, or at least the terminal stop of a popular Great Lakes cruise ship itinerary from Viking Cruises Canada.
And even if you’re not a fan of reasonably priced beer or a Giannis Antetokounmpo stan, there’s more than the Midwest’s fourth most densely populated metropolitan area on this cruise’s itinerary through four of the five Great Lakes.
Milwaukee might not be everyone’s scene, especially those coming from the much bigger and more cosmopolitan Toronto, but there are a total of four stops in between, plus all the fancy frills of the ship Octantis.
the @VikingCruises The Octantis vessel is currently moored in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and does shore excursions in Alpena, MI. #Big lakes #lachuron #Michigan @LakeHuron pic.twitter.com/QuX6qYYS1o
— Daniel B (@danielb9600) May 4, 2022
You can travel the Welland Canal to Niagara Falls, visit Canada’s southernmost point at Point Pelee (further south than the California-Oregon border!), soak up the ruins and revival of the Motor City with a stop in Detroit, and check out the serene beauty of Lake Huron with stops in Alpena and Mackinac Island before arriving in Milwaukee.
— Carl Jones II (@CarlJonesPhoto) May 3, 2022
Cruises depart regularly throughout the spring and summer from Toronto and Milwaukee, and range in price from $7,795 to $9,095 per person, although it looks like August is already sold out. Viking offers airfares starting at $599 per person.
If all that sounds like a lot of money, well, it is.
Take a quick look at any major cruise line website like Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lineand you’ll find plenty of destination options that, at least at first glance, seem much cheaper and much more exotic than Milwaukee or any of the points in between.