Viking Completes First Great Lakes Voyage: Travel Weekly


On May 6, Viking completed its maiden Great Lakes voyage on the new Viking Octantis, the largest cruise ship to sail the Great Lakes.

Viking is offering three Great Lakes itineraries this year on the 378-passenger expedition vessel.

One itinerary will be an eight-day trip from Milwaukee to Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Octantis will call at the car-free island of Mackinac in Michigan; visit Gregorian Bay, home to some 30,000 UNESCO Biosphere Reserve islands; navigate the St. Mary’s River and pass through the Soo Locks between Canada and the United States; and stop at Silver Islet in Ontario. The ship will then spend the night in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Another itinerary sails from Toronto to Milwaukee in eight days with stops at Niagara Falls and Point Pelee in Ontario; and Detroit, Alpena and Mackinac Island, Michigan. The ship will spend the night in Milwaukee.

A third route includes stops in Thunder Bay; Duluth, Minnesota; the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin; Houghton and Mackinac Island, Michigan; and Milwaukee.

Starting in June 2023, the line will introduce a new 15-day Great Lakes route between Toronto and Duluth.

The Octantis’ sister ship, Viking Polaris, is scheduled to join the fleet in August.


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